Inspired by the intelligence and heart of Mercy Corps staff around the world, Craig Redmond leads the teams responsible for driving impact, influence and innovation in the organisation’s global programming.
Craig joined Mercy Corps in 2000 as a programme director in Azerbaijan and went on to hold various positions, including country director for Eritrea and Indonesia and regional director for south and southeast Asia. He also started Mercy Corps’ programming in Ethiopia.
Currently, as senior vice president of programmes working out of the Portland headquarters, Craig oversees the design and implementation of Mercy Corps’ programming in more than 40 countries around the world.
Craig’s favourite thing about working at Mercy Corps is the team members he is privileged to partner with across the globe, whom he says he is consistently amazed with.
Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Craig worked with the United Nations Development Program in central Asia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Caucasus and central Asia.
Originally from central Illinois, USA — where he grew up on a farm in a town he guarantees you haven’t heard of — Craig holds an undergraduate degree in English and forestry and master’s degrees in business administration and medieval English literature.
In his personal time, Craig enjoys skiing, fly fishing, and long, complicated hikes and climbs. He also loves playing music and is a drummer and guitarist in a local band, and he reads a lot: history, natural science, poetry, and the occasional novel. Additionally, Craig spends much of his free time thinking about work because, he says, he loves that too.