Beth deHamel has extensive leadership experience spanning the private, public and nonprofit sectors. With expertise in finance and management, she has consistently worked to support positive change through both her professional and volunteer activities. Beth was appointed Interim CEO of Mercy Corps by the Board of Directors in October 2019. Following Tjada D'Oyen McKenna's arrival as Mercy Corps CEO on October 15, 2020, Beth assumed the position of Senior Advisor to the CEO, supporting the CEO transition plan and onboarding, and completing special projects as requested by Tjada.
Beth joined Mercy Corps in 2012 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, she was responsible for providing leadership, direction and management of the global finance functions of the organization, including accounting, international finance, budget, treasury, internal audit, compliance and procurement. As a member of the Executive Team, she also provided strategic recommendations to the CEO and the Board of Directors.
Beth has served on the boards of Mercy Corps’ social investment vehicles, including Mercy Corps Ventures, the impact investing arm of Mercy Corps, and 3 microfinance banks established by Mercy Corps in Bosnia, Kosovo and Indonesia. At both Mercy Corps and in her prior work she has served on the boards of employee pension funds and retirement plans, including the Mercy Corps 403b plan. She was appointed in 2018 to represent the NGO sector on the steering body of the InsuResilience Global Partnership, an international organization with the goal of scaling financing to assist poor and vulnerable people affected by climate change, and on the boards of local nonprofit organizations.
Before taking her role with Mercy Corps, Beth served as CFO of the $1 billion Portland-area public transit agency. Prior to this, she was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and other firms for over 20 years. While on Wall Street she served as the lead banker for large water, power and transportation infrastructure projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and public policy from Duke University, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Beth states: “Working for Mercy Corps is the best job of my life. Our mission, working with and supporting our global team members, and the opportunity to bring large scale and transformational change excites and energizes me every day.”
In her free time, Beth enjoys running, hiking, cooking, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.