Director of Humanitarian Response
Michael Delaney has led Oxfam America’s humanitarian response to all emergencies during the past 13 years, including the 2004 tsunami, earthquakes in Pakistan and El Salvador, Hurricane Mitch in Central America, food crises and conflicts in West Africa, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and emergencies in Ethiopia and Sudan. He also works with Oxfam International (OI) to manage and direct the organization’s global resources for all aspects of emergency response in more than 120 countries. OI is the international confederation of 14 Oxfam organizations, of which Oxfam America is a member.
Prior to being named director of humanitarian response, Delaney was Oxfam America's regional manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for overseeing the organization’s development projects in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Before joining Oxfam America in 1990, he spent five years in Central America and Mexico working with refugee populations and promoting grassroots development initiatives in war-torn El Salvador. He also coordinated disaster relief efforts following the devastating 1986 earthquake in San Salvador as part of this role.
Delaney has been interviewed by a number of outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR.