Tjada McKenna

Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Corps

As Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps, leads a global team of nearly 6,000 humanitarians, who provide immediate relief to save lives and livelihoods and work to create transformational change benefiting 29 million people in more than 40 countries. Previously, served as Chief Operating Officer of CARE, overseeing the organization’s programming and global operations. Has also served as Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity. Spent more than a decade working to end world hunger in roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the US Government. During the Obama Administration, served as the Deputy Coordinator of Development for Feed the Future, the US Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and the Assistant to the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Food Security in Washington DC. Also brings a passion for innovation to her work, developed early in her career, through various roles at McKinsey & Company, American Express and General Electric. BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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