Mercy Corps president confirmed as USAID assistant administrator

September 30, 2010

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mercy Corps today announced that President Nancy Lindborg has been confirmed by the US Senate for the position of Assistant Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. Lindborg will leave Mercy Corps on October 8th and join USAID immediately thereafter.

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

Lindborg’s 14 years of service have left Mercy Corps well positioned to be a leader in relief and development. She has overseen a period of unprecedented growth, increased focus on fragile and transitional environments and innovation at all levels of the agency, and built remarkable policy expertise.

Mercy Corps has no plans to fill the position of president. The agency will restructure to ensure that Lindborg’s responsibilities – particularly programs and policy initiatives – are afforded proper leadership. The agency recently announced that Craig Redmond, formerly Regional Program Director for South and Southeast Asia, will assume the position of Senior Vice President of Programs. In addition, the agency plans to hire a vice president to guide public engagement, policy and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC.

“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,” commented Keny-Guyer.