American Refugee Committee Welcomes New President/CEO Daniel W. Wordsworth


May 14, 2009

Minneapolis, MN - The American Refugee Committee announced that it has appointed a new president to lead the organization.  Daniel W. Wordsworth assumed leadership of the American Refugee Committee this week.  Wordsworth joins the American Refugee Committee at a time when the organization is responding to the current humanitarian crisis in Pakistan, where 500,000 people have fled their homes in the past week.
“Daniel has extensive experience in the field of humanitarian relief—and with the proven leadership skills, energy, and innovative thinking to lead us into the future,” said Holly Myers, chair of the American Refugee Committee Board of Directors.  “We are excited about what the American Refugee Committee will achieve under Daniel’s leadership.”
A seasoned leader, Wordsworth brings years of humanitarian experience in the aid field to the American Refugee Committee, including 12 years with the Christian Children’s Fund, where he most recently served as Vice President of the Asia Region, based in Thailand.  Prior to joining ARC, he led a team engaged in for-profit business start-ups in China.
A unique life path led Wordsworth to this new position.  As a young man, he joined the Navy of his native country of Australia.  For two years, he trained to be a pilot. But a call to helping the poor changed his course, and Wordsworth decided to devote his life to helping people escape poverty.  For many years, he lived and worked with the urban poor.  Over time, he came to the conclusion that what the poor really needed were resources, bold thinking, and innovation.  This realization led him to the relief and development field.
“I am excited to lead a thriving international relief agency based here in Minnesota,” said Wordsworth.  “I have seen the American Refugee Committee in action overseas, and know firsthand that it has made an incredible impact in some of the world’s most desperate places.  I am pleased to join the staff and supporters to help people around the world who have lost everything take back control of their lives.”

ABOUT THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE:  The American Refugee Committee is a humanitarian aid agency that works to help people take back control of their lives.  The partnerships we form with our constituents provide essential services and economic opportunities to people who have lost everything due to conflict and disaster.  Each year, ARC works with nearly 2.5 million people in Africa and Asia.

Press contact: Therese Gales at (800) 875-7060.


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