Mercy Corps Mourns the Loss of Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Steven Smith

March 24, 2015

CEO of Steven Smith Teamaker and founder of Tazo Tea remembered for philanthropic work on behalf of tea growing communities

Portland, Ore. — The global Mercy Corps family is grieving the passing of Steven Smith, a distinguished Portland entrepreneur who was dedicated to improving the lives of people in tea growing communities around the world. The CEO of Steven Smith Teamaker and founder of Tazo Tea, Steven passed away on March 23rd.

"Steve was so much more than a successful entrepreneur,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps. “He helped set a new bar in the tea industry for doing well by doing good."

As the head of Tazo, Steven started the Mercy Corps CHAI program in 2003, an initiative that has improved the lives of more than 84,000 people in 200 communities in India and Guatemala. At Smith, he and his company have supported the School Education Retention Program (SERP), also run by Mercy Corps, which provides academic coaching and scholarships to disadvantaged secondary school students in the tea estates of Assam, India.

Steven's family and colleagues have set up a memorial to benefit the SERP program. Donations can be made here.

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