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The IRC's impact at a glance

Our work

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas.  We deliver lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.

Here are highlights of our impact over a year:

IRC Board of Directors and Board of Advisors


The International Rescue Committee is governed by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors. In addition, the IRC Board of Advisors provides advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and public relations.

Update - March 31, 2022: Kerwin Charles, Victoria Long Foley, Kenneth French, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Abraham Verghese elected to the IRC Board

Timothy F. Geithner

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Sally Susman

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

Eduardo G. Mestre

Chair, IRC Board of Advisors

Liv Ullmann

Honorary Vice-Chair, International

Oscar Raposo 

Treasurer, Secretary

David Miliband

President and Chief Executive Officer

Alan Batkin
Katherine Farley
Winston Lord
Sarah O’Hagan
Thomas Schick
James Strickler
Jonathan Wiesner
Tracy R. Wolstencroft

Chairs, Emeriti

Board of Directors

Masood Ahmed

President, Center for Global Development

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Former UN Human Rights Chief

Clifford S. Asness

Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management

Dr. Titilola Banjoko

Chair, Board of Directors, IRC-UK

George Biddle

Chairman, World Connect

Kerwin Charles

Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management, Yale School of Management

Susan Dentzer

Visiting Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Cheryl Cohen Effron

Founder, Conjunction Fund

Laurence D. Fink

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.

Victoria Long Foley

Mediator, New York Peace Institute

Kenneth R. French

Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance,Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College

Timothy F. Geithner

75th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; President, Warburg Pincus

Udi Grofman

Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Becca Heller

Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

Maria Hummer-Tuttle

Uzodinma Iweala, M.D.

CEO, The Africa Center

Matthew M. Johnson

Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole LLP

Andrew Klaber

CEO, Bedford Ridge Capital

Steven Klinsky

Founder and CEO, New Mountain Capital

David A. Levine

Former Chief Economist, Sanford C. Bernstein

François-Xavier (FX) de Mallmann

Chairman of the Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs

Prakash Melwani

Senior Managing Director, Blackstone

Eduardo G. Mestre

Chairman of Global Advisory, Evercore Partners

David Miliband

President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Jillian Muller

Janet Napolitano

Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author; Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

Michael J. O’Neill

Former Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, American Express Company

Dr. Kathleen Pike, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center

Omar Saeed

Pamela Saunders-Albin

Gillian Sorensen

Former UN Assistant Secretary-General

Joshua L. Steiner

Chairman of the Board of Castleton Commodities, and Senior Adviser, Bloomberg, L.P.

Sally Susman

Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.

Mona K. Sutphen

Senior Advisor, The Vistria Group

Tony Tamer

Founder and Co-CEO, H.I.G. Capital

Dr. Merryl H. Tisch

Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees

E. Eric Tokat

Partner, Centerview Partners

Abraham Verghese

Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine, School of Medicine at Stanford University

P. Maureen White

Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Kathrin Wieland

Co-Founder & CEO TolaData GmbH

Leah Joy Zell

Founding Partner, Lizard Investors, LLC


Board of Advisors

Morton I. Abramowitz

Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation and President Emeritus, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Laurent Alpert

Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton

F. William Barnett

Former Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Alan R. Batkin

Chairman and CEO, Converse Associates, Inc

Christoph Becker

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, cbc

Georgette F. Bennett

President, Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding and Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

Vera Blinken

Chair, Primavera Mobil Mammography Program; Vice Chair, Foundation of Art Preservation in Embassies; Co-Chair, Blinken European Institute/Columbia University

Betsy Blumenthal

Senior Managing Director, Kroll Associates

W. Michael Blumenthal

Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and Founding Director of Jewish Museum Berlin

Mary Boies

Counsel, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Andrew H. Brimmer

Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher

Jennifer Brokaw, M.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Tom Brokaw

Special Correspondent, NBC News

Glenda Burkhart

Frederick Burkle, M.D.

Senior International Public Policy; Scholar at Woodrow Wilson; International Center for Scholars

Néstor Carbonell

Former Vice President for International Public Affairs, PepsiCo

Robert M. Cotten

Trinh D. Doan

Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Jodie Eastman

Member; Leadership Council, New York Stem Cell Foundation

Andra Ehrenkranz

Laura Entwistle

Co-Founder and CEO, EmancipAction

Katherine Farley

Former Senior Managing Director Brazil, China & Global Corporate Marketing, Tishman Speyer

H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan

Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management

Corydon J. Gilchrist

President/Owner, KCG Holdings I, LLC

Robin Gosnell

Evan G. Greenberg

Chairman and CEO, Chubb

Maurice R. Greenberg

Chairman and CEO, C.V. Starr & Co

Sarah K. Griffin

Ziad Haider

Head of Geopolitical Risk, McKinsey & Company

Philip Hammarskjold

CEO & Managing Director, Hellman & Friedman LLC

Leila Heckman

Managing Director, Lebenthal Asset Management

Karen Hein, M.D.

Former President of the William T. Grant Foundation

Lucile P. Herbert

Volunteer, International Rescue Committee

John Holmes

Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors, IRC-UK

Bob Horne

President, ZS Fund LP

Badr Jafar

CEO, Crescent Enterprises

Aly S. Jeddy

Director, McKinsey & Company

Marvin Josephson

Founding Chairman, ICM Holdings, Inc.

M. Farooq Kathwari

Chairman, President and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc.

Caroline Kennedy

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan

Dr. Christina Kirby

Henry A. Kissinger

Former U.S. Secretary of State; Chairman, Kissinger Associates

Yong Kwok

Reynold Levy

Former President, Lincoln Center

Winston Lord

Former U.S. Ambassador, China

John J. Mack

Chair Emeritus, Morgan Stanley

Vincent A. Mai

Chairman and CEO, Cranemere, Inc.

Robert E. Marks

President and Chairman, Marks Ventures, LLC

Roman Martinez IV

Former Managing Director, Lehman Brothers, Private Investor

Kati Marton

Author and Journalist

David Miliband

President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

W. Allen Moore

Distinguished Fellow, The Henry Stimson Center

Sara Moss

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Sarah O’Hagan

Former Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee Board; Consultant

Anjali Pant M.D., M.P.H

Scott Pelley

Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News and Correspondent, 60 Minutes

Dylan Pereira

PwC Financial Services Advisory

David L. Phillips

Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Milbrey Rennie


Condoleezza Rice

Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Gideon Rose

Editor, Foreign Affairs

George Rupp

Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

George Sarlo

Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Tom Schick

Former Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee Board

Dr. Rajiv Shah

President, Rockefeller Foundation

James T. Sherwin

J.D.; Hon LLD; Director, Hunter Douglas N.V.

Jennifer Sime

Chief Operating Officer, Physicians for Human Rights

James C. Strickler, M.D.

Emeritus Professor Medicine and Community Medicine, Emeritus Dean, Dartmouth Medical School

Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.

Liv Ullmann

Josh Weston

Honorary Chairman of the Board and former CEO, ADP

Jonathan L. Wiesner

CEO, Phenix Strategic Partners

William T. Winters

CEO, Standard Chartered

Tracy R. Wolstencroft

Former President & CEO, National Geographic

Heidrick & Struggles

Strategy100: Empowering people in crisis and beyond 


Since the International Rescue Committee (IRC) was first founded at the request of Albert Einstein in 1933, our global team of more than 17,000 staff have helped people upended by conflict and crisis to survive, recover, and regain control of their lives. Today we work in more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. and European cities, from conflict-affected countries like Yemen to resettlement communities like Boise, Idaho.

We focus our support in five areas: ensuring safety from harm, improving health, increasing access to education, improving economic wellbeing, and ensuring people have the power to influence decisions that affect their lives. In all our programming, we address the unique needs of women and girls (who represent the majority of those displaced)—and the barriers to progress everywhere we work.

Changing needs in a changing world

In the almost 90 years since our founding, the world has changed and so have the needs of the people we serve. Today a staggering 82.4 million people are displaced as result of conflict, persecution and crisis, including 26.4 million refugees, a record 48 million internally displaced persons, and 4.1 million asylum seekers. People are displaced for longer periods than ever (most for over a decade) as conflicts (such as that in Afghanistan) average 20 years in length. The climate crisis, projected to displace as many as 150 million people by 2050, further exacerbates these trends, as does COVID-19

A strategic vision for 100 years of action

The goal of Strategy100 is to make our programs a model for the global humanitarian response. We aim to deliver high-quality, cost-effective programs—on our own and with local partners. We will combine research on programs that work best with insights driven by those we serve, to reshape the way the world helps those in need. With this we want to make empowerment and lasting change the norm.

Strategy100 will tackle five challenges

Challenge 1

The number of people in need grows each year, but the global response has failed to keep pace.


Expand our scale 

In order to reach more people in need, not just through our direct programming, but also by leveraging our resources and technical expertise to empower and strengthen local support systems, we will: 

  • Identify which interventions have the most impact at the lowest cost 
  • Target specific chronic-but-resolvable conditions like childhood malnutrition 
  • Improve the speed and access of our emergency response through regional teams integrated with community groups 
  • Engage local partners, including community networks and local civil society, to support local service delivery
  • Invest in our technical capacities specifically designed to better support, and sustain, local service delivery

Challenge 2

Aid programs put “band-aids” on problems, and too often take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to programming.


Empower people living in crisis 

In order to increase our impact and enable long-term change in people’s lives, we will:

  • Solicit input from the people we serve and local partners to ensure IRC programs are human-centered and contextually appropriate 
  • Design programs to ensure they are easily adapted to changing circumstances and need
  • Emphasize the importance of using best-available research, evidence and data in our research and innovation

Challenge 3 

Better aid alone cannot improve lives unless it is accompanied by policy change.


Use our influence

  • In order to amplify the voices of the people we serve, we will:
  • Defend the rights of displaced communities and demand that all nations honor their humanitarian commitments to asylum seekers and refugees 
  • Accelerate innovation in humanitarian and development practice by establishing four centers for innovation around the world and highlighting innovative local solutions
  • Drive global and regional campaigns for change on select policy issues of key importance to the people we serve

Challenge 4

Current recruitment, training and support practices in the humanitarian sector lead to high turnover of front-line staff and give preference to expertise  from  abroad  instead  of  elevating expertise  and  solutions from people in the countries where we work.  This leads to inequalities of power not just in our sector, but in our organization.


Invest in our people

In order to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that represents the communities we serve, we will:

  • Examine how we can address rather than reflect the pervasive and, in some cases, deepening inequalities that exist around the world, especially those of race and gender
  • Prioritize building diverse, inclusive and locally recruited leadership 
  • Refine staff skills through professional development and management training 
  • Ensure a positive, equitable and inclusive work environment that supports all our employees regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin

Challenge 5

The aid sector is driven by small, short-term grants that make long-term impacts harder to achieve.


Stabilize our funding

In order to better respond to the needs of the people we serve and make stronger investments in their futures, we will:

  • Advocate for and pursue larger, longer-term funding opportunities that enable consistent, high-quality programming
  • Partner with private-sector organizations and individuals around the world committed to humanitarian action and development
  • Provide additional, more flexible funding for strategic initiatives directly to program teams 
  • The IRC Way

    Our code of conduct


    The International Rescue Committee's code of conduct (the IRC Way) helps staff around the world keep our programs firmly directed toward the wellbeing of our clients, while meeting the expectations of our donors as responsible stewards of their resources.

    The IRC Way is available in 19 languages: Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Dari, English, French, German, Greek, Kurdish (Sorani), Malay, Pashto, Polish, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Urdu. Download a copy.

    What is the IRC Way?

    The IRC Way describes the four core values of Integrity, Service,  Accountability and Equality, and the undertakings that flow from them:

    We are open, honest and trustworthy in dealing with clients, partners, co-workers, donors, funders and the communities we affect. 

    We are accountable—individually and collectively—for our behaviors, actions and results.

    We are responsible to the people we serve and the donors who enable our service.

    We strive for equal outcomes for all clients and colleagues by promoting equitable access to opportunities and services.

    The aim of our code of conduct is to ensure that we carry out our work following the ethical and moral principles that support our humanitarian calling. Upholding this code is a responsibility shared by all involved in delivering on the IRC’s mission. It applies to all IRC directors, officers, employees, interns, volunteers, incentive staff and partners who work on behalf of the IRC.

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