Raymond C. Offenheiser
Raymond C. Offenheiser returned to the US in 1996 to join Oxfam America as its President. Oxfam America, a Boston-based international relief and development agency, supports organizations committed to developing solutions to poverty and injustice around the world. Oxfam America is the US affiliate of Oxfam International—a confederation of 17 Oxfams, which collectively works in 94 countries, and has annual revenue of $1 billion. Oxfam complements its grassroots work with far-reaching programs to engage world public opinion and influence decision makers on such issues as food security, climate change, trade, debt relief, foreign aid, HIV/AIDS, et al, and as such, brings a unique and informed perspective to those critical issues that directly affect the lives of the world's poor.
Under Offenheiser's leadership, Oxfam America more than quintupled in size, and repositioned itself in the US as a leading voice on international development and global trade. Offenheiser has worked his entire career in the non-profit sector, and is a recognized leader on issues such as poverty alleviation, human rights, foreign policy, and international development. He has played a critical leadership role in shaping the development of the Oxfam International confederation and is a founder board member of both the ONE Campaign here in the US as well as the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). He brings more than 30 years of international development experience as a field programmer, grant maker, and executive in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the US. Prior to joining Oxfam America, he served for five years as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh and, prior to that, for five years in a similar role in the Andean and Southern Cone Region of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico.
He serves as a resource and frequent commentator in the media and before diverse public fora on such issues as foreign aid, global poverty, humanitarian relief, international agriculture, human rights, climate change, global trade policies and corporate social responsibility. He has appeared in programs on CNN, NPR, and the BBC, and published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe and other major American newspapers. He recently stepped down as the Honorary President of Wetlands International, a global conservation organization dedicated to the protection of wetland regions. In addition his membership on the Board of Oxfam America and Oxfam International, he also serves or has served on boards, advisory bodies and working groups with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Interaction and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow.
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Chief Operating Officer
Jim Daniell joined Oxfam America as COO in 2009 where he oversees all of the agency’s global staff and operations. Daniell works closely with the President, Ray Offenheiser, to translate Offenheiser’s vision for a 21st century, networked non-governmental organization (NGO) into a reality. Together, they are recruiting and building an Oxfam family where employees thrive as a team of passionate professionals committed to blazing a new trail in the field of international development focused on global poverty and injustice.
Daniell’s approach to operations emphasizes strategic planning, systems management, operations, learning, and innovation. Based on his entrepreneurial and high tech background, Daniell is focused on issues of organization development, flexible global teams, greater integration of private sector systems, and better overall integration of Oxfam America with other NGOs and members of the Oxfam Confederation.
Daniell also has a broad entrepreneurial background having led start-ups, ran divisions of large companies, and worked with both venture funds and angel investment groups. Prior to joining Oxfam, Daniell was the CEO of several technology firms as well as an executive at AT&T where he oversaw global business development (among other roles). He was also a co-founder of CommonAngels – Boston’s most prominent angel investment group. He is presently a Trustee with the Mass Technology Leadership Council and the Museum of Science. Daniell’s other non-profit experience includes oversight of the Episcopal Diocese of Boston. He holds a dual Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Master’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Connecticut as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President for Development and Communications
Stephanie Kurzina joined Oxfam America in 1996 to lead the organization's fund-raising programs. During her tenure, annual revenues have more than quadrupled from $12 million to approximately $50 million per year. Kurzina also led the organization through its first major, multi-year fund-raising campaign for program growth, successfully completed in 2008. The campaign exceeded the $50 million goal, raising over $63 million. In 2009 Stephanie became Vice President for Development and Communications, expanding her role beyond fund-raising to include marketing, media, outreach, and digital communications. In her new capacity, Kurzina helps the organization more effectively involve and engage constituents in our campaigns and issues; she believes that a key factor to overcoming global poverty is the involvement of more US donors and activists to increase Oxfam America's influence. Kurzina also serves as president of the Oxfam America Advocacy Fund, founded in 2004.
Prior to joining Oxfam, Kurzina was an associate director at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, director of development at New England Aquarium in Boston, and director of major gifts at the Joslin Diabetes Center, where she directed a $45 million capital campaign. She has a bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, where she began her fund-raising career in the University's New York Regional Development Office.
Vice President for Programs
Darius Teter oversees Oxfam America’s humanitarian response work, regional development programs, community finance and learning and evaluation.
Before joining Oxfam, Teter supervised worldwide program development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government grant-making agency founded in 2004 to apply the principles of country ownership, accountability and results measurement to large-scale public investments in transport, agriculture and social services. Previously he worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a senior economist focused on community forestry, agriculture and flood control projects in Bangladesh and Cambodia, then as a deputy country director in Mongolia. He went on to become an advisor for overall operations in east and central Asia. Prior to ADB he served as an advisor to the Indonesian Ministry of Finance with the Harvard Institute for International Development, focusing on trade and investment policy and forestry.
Teter has a BA in history from Yale University and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School. He completed advanced graduate work in forest resources management, focusing on natural resource economics, at the University of British Columbia.
Mark F. Kripp
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Kripp is the chief financial officer for Oxfam America. He joined Oxfam in July of 2005 after working most recently as the vice president of finance for Spryance Inc., a socially progressive organization in India. Prior to that Kripp was the founder and principal of EJE Associates Consulting. In this capacity he directed financial activities of multiple organizations, including corporations, foundations, and the Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. Kripp has over 25 years of extensive and varied experience with all aspects of finance, and has brought the weight of that experience to bear in Oxfam America's operations department. In addition, Kripp has served on the Board of Directors and various Board Committees of the Grant Foundation/Hospital Albert Schweitzer, American Leprosy Missions (Greenville, SC), and is currently treasurer of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School (Franklin, MA).
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
Paul O'Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America. Prior to joining Oxfam in 2007, O'Brien lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked in the office of the President and the Ministry of Finance as an advisor on aid coordination, development planning and policy reform. Prior to that, he worked for CARE International as their Afghanistan Advocacy Coordinator and Africa Policy Advisor. Previously, O'Brien was the President of the Echoing Green Foundation, and a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya and the founder of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, both of which are thriving organizations today. O’Brien has juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, and has published on humanitarian policy, human rights and emerging trends in development.