Nancy E. Wilson
Chief Executive Officer
Nancy E. Wilson is the CEO of the Relief International alliance organizations, where she oversees more than 7,300 staff carrying out humanitarian and development work in 16 countries.
Since Nancy assumed this role in 2014, she has overseen the growth of Relief International from a $40M to $140M organization and instituted its innovative corporate alliance structure. This scale-up accompanied the new strategic direction she set alongside the Board of Directors, positioning the organization as a leading actor in fragile settings focused on advancing health, economic opportunity, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Nancy also championed the development of The RI Way, the organization’s approach to development that integrates local participation, working across sectors, partnerships, and building core civic skills – the keys to advancing dignity in vulnerable communities.
Prior to joining Relief International, Nancy completed ten years in the leadership of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Under her direction, 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.
Nancy and her family spent more than 15 years living in Africa, where she managed the livelihoods, micro-finance, and gender grant portfolios in East Africa for the Ford Foundation and led capacity-building projects in Namibia as Chief of Party for World Education. She also led the customer relationship management practice in Sub-Saharan Africa for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Partner of the firm based in Johannesburg.
Nancy is the Treasurer of InterAction, where she has served on the Board since 2015, and she is a former Trustee of GoodWeave International, where she was Chair from 2011 to 2014. 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.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
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Vice President, Program Development
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Vice President, Risk Management and Assurance
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Vice President, Human Resources
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Senior Director, Development and Communications
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Interim Deputy Director, Development and Communications
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Regional Director, Middle East
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Regional Director, Asia
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Global Humanitarian Director
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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Director
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Global Health and Nutrition Director
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Jill Lauren Hass
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