Mercy Corps Names Former USAID Food For Peace Director Its Vice President For Technical Leadership

September 18, 2017

Dina Esposito joins executive team leading technical support of humanitarian and development programs

WASHINGTON, DC – The global organization Mercy Corps welcomes Dina Esposito, former Director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, as its new Vice President for Technical Leadership. In this role, Esposito will lead the Technical Support Unit and New Initiatives team supporting nearly 5,000 Mercy Corps team members working around the world to help people survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

“Dina is a seasoned, dynamic leader who has repeatedly demonstrated her skills and experience leading significant relief and development assistance in conflict-affected states,” says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps. “Her invaluable expertise and commitment to excellence in program design, implementation and impact will greatly advance Mercy Corps’ mission of being a force for transformational change.”

Esposito joins Mercy Corps from USAID where she served for six years as the Director of Office of Food for Peace (FFP), overseeing the agency’s $2.8 billion food assistance program spanning 48 countries. At FFP, she led budget and organizational planning, U.S. and international partnership engagement, advocacy and communications. She also provided strategic direction for the delivery of lifesaving food assistance, oversaw scale-up of cash-based programming and expanded a focus on building long-term resilience and reaching sustained improvements in food and nutrition.

For an interim period, Esposito also served as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, where she guided the bureau’s engagement on key issues such as resilience and its response to El Niño. Prior to joining USAID, Esposito worked at Pact, Inc. as Chief of Party for the Constructive Dialogue Initiative in Ethiopia, responding to 2005 post-election violence. She later served as Pact’s peacebuilding and governance regional advisor in Nairobi, Kenya.

Esposito is a graduate of Williams College and holds a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

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