Social Entrepreneur Elected as Trustee
Neal Keny-Guyer ‘82 M.P.P.M., a social entrepreneur who heads the world’s fifth largest international relief and development agency, has been elected to the Yale Corporation as an alumni fellow in a ballot of Yale graduates across the globe.
Keny-Guyer will serve a six-year-term, beginning July 1. He succeeds Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan ’66 B.A., vice president for global health at Emory University and director of Emory Global Health Institute, who has been an alumni fellow since 2003.
As the chief executive officer of Mercy Corps, Keny-Guyer heads an organization with operations in 37 countries and a staff of 3,700. Mercy Corps provides assistance to more than 16.4 million people annually. Its mission is “to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.”
After graduating from Duke University in 1976 with a B.A. in public policy and religion, Keny-Guyer began his career in community and public service as special projects coordinator for Cities In Schools, working with at-risk youth in Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. He has worked for CARE/UNICEF in Thailand and for Save the Children, where he designed and implemented relief programs in war-torn regions including Lebanon, West Bank/Gaza, Afghanistan/Pakistan and Sudan.
At Yale, Keny-Guyer is a member of the board of advisors for the Yale School of Management. He received the school’s Alumni Association Achievement Award at its 25th anniversary in 2002 and was elected Commencement speaker the following year. He also has been an admissions volunteer and interviewer. In 2005 he joined the President’s Council on International Activities, a group that advises President Richard C. Levin on Yale’s international agenda.
Keny-Guyer and his wife, Alissa, live in Portland, Oregon, with their three children.