Beth deHamel is a finance expert who has dedicated her skills to advancing Mercy Corps’ mission. She is currently Mercy Corps' interim chief executive officer.
Beth joined the team in 2012 as chief financial officer out of the Portland headquarters. She oversaw the organisation’s global financial position and worked to ensure financial efficiency and stability, allowing Mercy Corps to continue to implement innovative, impactful programmes and reach people in need.
Her favourite part of working at Mercy Corps is the people: her outstanding team and the country teams, who are on the front lines every day and motivate her to continue in this work.
In addition to her interim CEO responsibilities, Beth sits on the boards of Mercy Corps’ social venture fund, the employee 403b retirement programme, and two microfinance banks established by the organisation in Bosnia and Kosovo. She also supports a microinsurance company founded by Mercy Corps.
Before taking her role with Mercy Corps, Beth served as CFO of the Portland-area public transit agency and, prior to that, was an investment banker on Wall Street for many years, focusing on financing large U.S. infrastructure projects like water, power and transportation. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and public policy from Duke University, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
In her free time, Beth enjoys running, hiking, cooking, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.