Our Leadership

Nancy Wilson President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary Au Chief Financial Officer
Jamie Hall Senior Vice President, International Programs (Interim); Senior Vice President, Performance, Accountability and Learning
Ann Koontz Senior Vice President, Technical Assistance
Stephen Croll Vice President, Operations
Jamie Jones Vice President, Program Development
Elia Makar Vice President, Human Resources

 

Nancy E. Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer    

Nancy Wilson has served as CEO of Relief International since March 2014. Prior to joining RI, Nancy completed ten years in the leadership of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Under her leadership, the college became a national model for university civic engagement and building citizen participation skills among students of all schools, degrees and fields of study.

Her prior experience includes managing the livelihoods, emerging micro-finance and gender grant portfolios in East Africa for the Ford Foundation and leading capacity-building projects on adult education and NGO strengthening in Namibia as Chief of Party for World Education. Nancy led the customer relationship management division in Sub-Saharan Africa with PriceWaterhouseCoopers while stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nancy and her family have spent more than 15 years living in Africa. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Stanford University and her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mary Au
Chief Financial Officer    

Mary has proven financial leadership experience in the international development sector.  She has worked for a number of international development organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, and she has worked with organizations funded by U.S. government, UN, and European grants and contracts. She holds an MBA from Arizona State University, Carey School of Business and a BA from Boston College where she was a Fulbright recipient. She is certified in Fraud Examination, Risk Management Assurance and Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She is a member of the Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

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Jamie Hall
Senior Vice President, International Programs (Interim)
Senior Vice President, Performance,
Accountability and Learning

Jamie Hall joined Relief International in 2005 to lead the European head office of the RI network, established as a UK registered Charity called Relief International UK. At the helm of RI-UK, Jamie established RI’s presence in the United Kingdom and managed the rapid growth of that office’s programs across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Jamie expanded RI’s relationships with a wide range of partners including the UK Department for International Development, the European Commission and UN bodies. He has established RI as an important member of the community of British humanitarian agencies.

As RI and RI-UK became managed as one organization, Jamie has taken the role of leading our global performance, accountability and learning unit.

Jamie’s overseas work has included designing and managing drought recovery programming in Niger, developing post-conflict rehabilitation projects in Lebanon, and establishing educational services for Afghan refugees in Iran. Jamie has also been a policy advisor to the UK government with a particular focus on aid effectiveness, and holds a post-graduate degree in Development Studies from the University of London. 

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Ann Koontz
Senior Vice President, Technical Assistance    

Ann Koontz has three decades of experience working with NGO's and the private sector both in the United States and abroad. She has worked in more than 40 countries.

Ann began her overseas development work in the health and education sectors while living in Paraguay and the Philippines. After working on land tenure issues with indigenous people, Ann came to specialize in environmentally responsible business development, designed to reduce poverty and improve overall sector sustainability and efficiency.

She has worked in the development field in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, forestry, light industry, handicrafts and furniture, tree crops, personal care, energy, water, and ecosystem services products. She has worked with producers and businesses in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her extensive experience in organizational strengthening and training for local organizations and producer groups encompasses a broad range of areas including enterprise-based biodiversity conservation, market analysis, and negotiation between the public and private sectors, as well as certification, monitoring and evaluation.

Ann has a BA from Stanford University in International Relations and an MBA from George Washington University. 

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Stephen Croll
Vice President, Operations    

Stephen Croll is responsible for directing grants and contracts, procurement and logistics, and security at Relief International. Steve has more than 20 years of experience in international development.

Prior to his work with RI, Steve was a Vice President with Tetra Tech ARD, where he was responsible for administrative and support functions ranging from audits to security. His background is primarily in public health, specializing in family planning and reproductive health. He previously served as country director for PATH in Cambodia and as deputy chief of party in Egypt for Pathfinder International. His start in international development was as MIS/commodities director at the Futures Group on a global family planning social marketing project.

Steve has a Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Occidental College. 

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Jamie Jones
Vice President, Program Development    

Jamie Jones leads Relief International’s Program Development Department, working with global and country-based teams to develop effective programs for communities worldwide. Jamie has been with RI since 2007, serving in a variety of program capacities. He has also supported RI’s response to a number of emergencies, leading program design teams in Libya during the 2011 conflict, in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, and in Bangladesh following the 2007 cyclone. In addition, he has led RI assessments in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Tajikistan.

Jamie joined RI from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), where he was responsible for supporting the information unit both in Washington and as part of the USAID humanitarian team in Darfur, Sudan. Jamie has also worked in various relief and development capacities for UNICEF, Search for Common Ground, the World Bank, the U.K. Labour Party and the U.S. Government.

Jamie holds a Master of International Affairs degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He is fluent in French. 

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Elia Makar
Vice President, Human Resources    

Elia Makar joined Relief International in 2010. With more than 18 years of human resource experience, Elia has spent a great portion of his career working for United States government-funded programs and international NGO projects both internationally and within the United States. Over the last decade, Elia has served in senior management positions, where he has successfully created results-oriented human resource teams and managed HR operations in complex global environments.  

Elia holds a BA in English Literature from Cairo University. He earned his MBA at Edinburgh Business School. Elia is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). 

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