Executive team

Neal Keny-Guyer

Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO

Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. A native of Tennessee, Keny-Guyer holds a BA in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University and an MA in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mr. Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Read Neal's full bio ▸

Craig Redmond

Craig Redmond, SVP of Programs

Craig Redmond leads Mercy Corps' program operations and development, as well as financial services, innovations and emergency responses around the world. He has been with Mercy Corps since 2000 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the field, including Regional Program Director for South and Southeast Asia. Prior to Mercy Corps, he worked with the U.N.

Beth deHamel

Beth deHamel, Chief Financial Officer

Beth deHamel stewards Mercy Corps' financial resources and ensures strict accountability standards. She was previously the CFO at TriMet, the Portland region's public transportation agency, after holding executive positions at various financial services firms. She serves as a board member for several Oregon nonprofits.

Jeremiah Centrella

Jeremiah Centrella, General Counsel

Jeremiah Centrella is General Counsel at Mercy Corps. He is a member of the Board of Directors of InsideNGO, a member of Harvard Law School’s Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Engagement Working Group and Senior Workshop, a member of the NGO Counsel Forum, and a participant in various global and US government focused consultations and advisory groups focused on the legal issues that INGOs face when operating in close proximity to armed groups and terrorist organizations. He received his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Willamette University College of Law and his B.A. in political economics from Colorado College.

Nigel Pont

Nigel Pont, Chief People and Strategy Officer

Nigel Pont oversees Mercy Corps’ organizational strategy, leadership development, human resources and more. He has been with Mercy Corps since 1997 and served in a variety of roles in the field including Regional Program Director for the Middle East. During a sabbatical in 2010-2011, Pont was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds a master’s degree in coaching and consulting for change from Oxford and the French business school HEC Paris.

Dafna Rand

Dr. Dafna H. Rand, Vice President for Policy and Research

Dafna H. Rand leads Mercy Corps' Policy and Advocacy and Research teams, and is responsible for Mercy Corps' efforts to influence practice across global institutions and to elevate thought leadership around core Mercy Corps priorities. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Dr. Rand held a number of leadership positions in government and academia, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State.

Simon O'Connell

Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps European Headquarters & SVP for Global Partnerships

Simon O’Connell has been the Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships since early 2015. An experienced and entrepreneurial development professional with almost two decades living and working in numerous countries in Africa, Simon has responsibility for Mercy Corps’ European headquarters and oversees a global portfolio of programmes supported by our European partners. Passionate about promoting equitable opportunity and catalysing positive change, Simon’s main areas of expertise are in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnership; particularly new partnership models in fragile environments. Prior to his current role, Simon was Mercy Corps Regional Director for West and Central Africa, managing an annual budget of over $70 million and supervising a team of more than 600.

Dina Esposito

Dina Esposito, Vice President of Technical Leadership

Dina Esposito leads the Technical Support Unit and New Initiatives, supporting nearly 5,000 Mercy Corps team members working in some of the toughest places in the world to help people survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. Dina oversees the Technical Support Unit subject matter experts that help set agency strategy and provide consultation — from assessment and design through project implementation and results measurement. The team provides critical technical support, shares guidance on emerging trends and best practices, fosters organizational learning, contributes to research, represents Mercy Corps to external audiences and develops robust partnerships. Technical areas include youth, gender, peace-building, maternal child health, food security and agriculture, market systems, energy, the environment and other sectors critical for effective agency work.

Graham Craft

Graham Craft, Interim Chief Development and Marketing Officer

Graham Craft currently oversees resource development, marketing and communications for the organization as Interim CDMO. As Vice President, Corporate and Foundation partnerships, he is also responsible for relationships with strategic partners including Cisco, Google, Starbucks, TripAdvisor and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Craft brings over 12 years of on-the-ground experience in humanitarian relief and international development in conflict settings having managed emergency response and development programs in the Balkans and Latin America. Prior to joining Mercy Corps Craft managed international teams monitoring Bosnian elections and a cease-fire agreement in Kosovo.