The Coalition is governed by the chief executive officers of each member organization – CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan International USA, Save the Children, and World Vision – and run by a small, nimble staff, led by Managing Director Gwen K. Young.
Gwen K. Young
Gwen K. Young is the Managing Director of the Global Emergency Response Coalition.
Ms. Young brings to her position over 25 years of experience in international relief and development, working for organizations such as Africare, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Harvard Institute for International Development, and Médecins Sans Frontières. She is also a Distinguished Fellow in Women’s Leadership and the former Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center.
As a public policy professional, Ms. Young has a long history of developing strategy, programming and advocacy in the areas of humanitarian policy, international affairs and international development. She has developed public-private partnerships to address critical issues such as maternal health, access to finance, and primary care delivery, and worked in-country with private and public sector actors to improve agricultural productivity and supply chains.
Advocating for girls and women globally has been a mainstay of her career. Ms. Young has written and spoken extensively on the important role women play in political, social and economic development. As an attorney, she served as a professional advocate for women and human rights in corporate law settings, working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. She also provided humanitarian law and advocacy training and developed guidelines to address sexual and gender-based violence and exploitation in conflict-ridden zones.
Ms. Young is an alumna of Smith College, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of California Davis School of Law.
Rachel Richardson is the Fundraising and Partnerships Manager at the Global Emergency Response Coalition.
Rachel has over a decade of experience in campaign strategy and development. She started her career on President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and went on to hold senior positions on campaigns for municipal, state and congressional elections as well as ballot initiatives. Her roles included management, raising funds and coordinating voter outreach and mobilization. She has also led advocacy efforts for a national NGO where she built partnerships between activists, government officials and the private sector to advance environmental campaigns across the country.
Concerned about the implications of climate change on humanitarian situations worldwide, Rachel earned her master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University where she focused on issues of international affairs, migration and conflict. She also worked at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where she provided research support on migration, humanitarian response and climate change focused on the Middle East and North Africa.
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