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Our Team

USA for UNHCR helps and protects refugees and people displaced by violence, conflict and persecution.

Our Board

USA for UNHCR is governed by an engaging and cohesive Board of Directors who share a commitment to the goals and objectives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). With an extensive knowledge base and various expertise our Board provides advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and programming.

All Board members are independent.

Mark Wallace — Chair

Kelly Blevins — Vice Chair

William Ball — Secretary

Yasmin Causer — Treasurer

Biar Kuek — Board Member

Aishah Hasnie — Board Member

Rachael Jarosh — Board Member

Mark Lopes — Board Member

Matthew Marolda — Board Member

Jane Meseck — Board Member

Eric Sprunk— Board Member

Virginia Tenpenny — Board Member

Beth Turner — Board Member

Dr. Liberty Vittert — Board Member

Charity Wallace — Board Member

Our Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of influential business leaders and philanthropists who are advising USA for UNHCR on new strategies, tactics and connections for breakthrough solutions and resources to address the global refugee crisis.

Advisory Council Co-Chairs

The Humanitarian Coalition

The Humanitarian Coalition is comprised of next generation philanthropists and business leaders who are working to further USA for UNHCR’s mission by helping raise funds and awareness. Coalition members from across the U.S. bring a wealth of passion, influence and connections that will help to empower refugees with hope and opportunity.

Humanitarian Coalition Members

Suzanne Ehlers, Executive Director and CEO

Suzanne Ehlers

Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Suzanne Ehlers served as CEO of Malala Fund, where she worked closely with co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai to create a world where all girls can attain an education. Before joining Malala Fund, Ehlers was President and CEO of PAI, a global advocacy leader in protecting and promoting the reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Ehlers has held numerous board and advisory positions and, early in her career, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the C.A.R. She holds a bachelor's degree in Government from Cornell University.


Senior Leadership

The Hive

Founded in 2015, The Hive’s mission is to engage with the American public to raise awareness about refugees and design solutions that address their needs through technology and data science. The Hive supports USA for UNHCR's goals by:

The work of The Hive is guided by the Hive Advisory Board (HAB) to provide leadership and strategic support. The HAB is composed of leaders from diverse backgrounds in the corporate sector, government, nonprofit and academia.

It’s a Global Challenge

Humanitarian emergencies around the world have produced record levels of displacement and human suffering.

100 Million

children, women and men displaced by spiraling crises around the world.

1% of Humanity

displaced by violence, conflict or persecution.

80% of Refugees

are hosted in countries affected by acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

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