A new role and great honor for Nancy Lindborg

September 30, 2010

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    Rodrigo Ordonez/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Mercy Corps President Nancy Lindborg greets participants in a cash-for-work program in Kurmuk, Sudan. Photo: Rodrigo Ordonez/Mercy Corps
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    Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Nancy visited displacement camps in Haiti in January, just days after the earthquake struck. Photo: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps

I am thrilled to tell Mercy Corps’ friends and supporters that our President, Nancy Lindborg, has been confirmed by the US Senate for the position of Assistant Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the main source of American overseas development assistance. Nancy will head up USAID’s Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.

This confirmation is a great recognition of Nancy’s outstanding leadership, and a testament to the potency of Mercy Corps’ work. The US Government has gained a real treasure – a great policy mind, innovative thinker, and champion of the world’s poorest people.

I have had the pleasure of leading Mercy Corps side-by-side with Nancy for 14 years, and I can tell you that she is exceptional: never reluctant to offer praise and support, never shy to ask the hard questions, and always striving for excellence. Nancy has overseen a period of unprecedented growth at Mercy Corps, increased our focus on failed and failing states and innovation at all levels, and built remarkable policy expertise.

Mercy Corps has no plans to fill the position of president, which was tailored to match Nancy’s specific capabilities and talents. We will rely on our very experienced and talented leadership team, and the guidance of our exceptional board of directors. In addition, we are restructuring to ensure that Nancy’s responsibilities – particularly programs and policy initiatives – are given the leadership and attention they require.

While we admire Nancy’s commitment to public service, we will greatly miss her and the energy, intelligence and insights she has brought to Mercy Corps for the past 14 years. Please join me in congratulating Nancy and wishing her all the best!