Gareth Crawford, President & CEO
As president of the Carey Institute for Global Good, Gareth Crawford is responsible for guiding the center’s mission to advance Wm. Polk Carey’s defining principle of “Doing Good While Doing Well” and to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.
Gareth has extensive experience designing, implementing and leading non-profit development programs around the world. Prior to joining the Carey Institute for Global Good, Gareth served as Head of Disaster Risk Management in Asia for Plan International, one of the oldest and largest international child development organizations. His role included disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction, disaster response and climate related programming across 14 countries in South and South East Asia. He was responsible for ensuring quality, accountability, sustainability and learning in all disaster-related programming in the region.
Most recently, Gareth led Plan’s $50 million response to super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, designing and implementing a five-year relief and recovery program to support some of the worst affected communities in one of the worst storms ever recorded.
Previously as Head of Regional Resource Mobilization in Asia, he oversaw a growing grant portfolio of $300 million. In this role he developed and implemented guidelines for effective grant-funded program design and development, was part of the global program effectiveness team, conducted strategic field operation reviews and was on the strategic high level leadership program.
Gareth has previously worked as Country Director and Program Manager focusing on children and women’s’ rights for the BBC World Service Trust, Save the Children and Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, Somalia, Uganda and Pakistan and has over 15 years of experience leading rights-based programs and operations in the Sustainable Development, Food Security and Agriculture, Economic Security, Health, Nutrition, Education, Media and Journalism sectors.
Gareth serves on the board of directors of Doctors of the World. Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while fighting for equal access to healthcare worldwide.
Gareth has a masters in management and public administration and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and communication studies from the University of Liverpool. He grew up in Northern Ireland where he first started working as a volunteer with children and youth affected by conflict.
Gareth relocated to Rensselaerville, NY in 2014 with his wife, Susannah Friedman, a Rensselaerville native, prior to the birth of their first child Eve.