Our people

Oxfam America’s staff are available for comment and background briefings for the media on a wide range of issues. Please contact any member of the media team listed on this page.

  1. Barbara Durr

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Executive Office

    Barbara joined Oxfam America in 2010, after a 15-year career with CARE. She is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships under President and CEO Abby Maxman, covering Abby’s external relationships and exploring innovative partnerships and sources of earned revenue.

    Meet Barbara Durr
  2. Ian Gary

    Director, Accountable Development Finance

    Ian Gary directs Oxfam America’s policy and advocacy work focused on promoting transparent and accountable financial flows – for example from oil and mining revenues, taxes and aid – to fight poverty.

    Meet Ian Gary
  3. Gawain Kripke

    Director of Policy

    Gawain Kripke is the director of policy and research at Oxfam America and has more than 20 years of experience working on public policy and advocacy issues. His department conducts research and policy advocacy focusing on the effectiveness of foreign aid and development, climate change, trade and agriculture, humanitarian issues, and extractive industries.

    Meet Gawain Kripke
  4. Carlos E. Mejia

    Director, Humanitarian Programs & Policy

    Carlos Mejia is Oxfam America’s Director of Humanitarian Programs and Policy, with over 25 years of experience leading programs and teams to effect strategic aid worldwide. He has done recent collaborative work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help build their local humanitarian leadership initiative.

    Meet Carlos E. Mejia
  5. Muthoni Muriu

    Senior Director of International Programs

    "From an early age, I believed in the value of service. Oxfam’s very ethos, of working on sustainable and systemic solutions to social justice issues, fit with what is a natural inclination for me. I need to know I am making a difference, and serving others. Oxfam provides me with one of the best and most influential platforms to do this."

    Meet Muthoni Muriu
  6. Paul O'Brien

    Vice President for Policy and Advocacy

    "I am at Oxfam because it works harder than any other organization I know to link the fight for global justice to local truths. We are a distinctive NGO because we do so much policy, advocacy, and campaigning. We are a different kind of 'idea leader' because we work so closely with communities around the world. On our best days, we bring it all together."

    Meet Paul O'Brien
  7. Scott Paul

    Humanitarian Policy Lead

    Scott Paul leads Oxfam America’s policy advocacy on a number of emergencies and cross-cutting humanitarian issues. During his tenure at Oxfam, Paul has spearheaded the organization’s work on a number of acute crises, including those in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.

    Meet Scott Paul
  8. Kimberly Pfeifer

    Head of Research

    Kimberly Pfeifer is the Head of Research at Oxfam America, where she oversees the production of research and trends analysis. She serves as the editor of Oxfam America's Research Backgrounder Series and is a member of the organization’s Gender Resource Group. Kimberly co-founded and co-leads the Oxfam Confederation’s Research Network.

    Meet Kimberly Pfeifer
  9. Shannon Scribner

    Humanitarian Policy Manager

    Shannon Scribner has been with Oxfam America since 2003 and is currently leading the humanitarian policy team in Washington, DC. She has worked on Oxfam’s humanitarian responses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.

    Meet Shannon Scribner
  10. Robbie Silverman

    Senior Advisor, Private Sector Department

    Robbie Silverman is a Senior Advisor for Oxfam America’s Private Sector Department, where he leads engagements with for-profit corporations to advance Oxfam’s mission to combat poverty, hunger, and injustice worldwide. Robbie works on the strategy and implementation of Oxfam’s global “Even it Up” campaign against inequality, with a particular focus on stopping corporate tax avoidance.

    Meet Robbie Silverman
  11. Minor Sinclair

    Director, US Regional Office

    Minor Sinclair directs Oxfam’s US regional office and the domestic program on Decent Work, which seeks policy and workplace solutions for low-wage workers in America’s food system. He serves as co-chair of the Equitable Food Initiative, a consortium of major food buyers, growers, farm worker groups and consumer advocates working to improve working conditions and food safety.

    Meet Minor Sinclair
  12. Fatema Z. Sumar

    Vice President of Global Programs

    Fatema Z. Sumar joined Oxfam America in 2018 as Vice President of Global Programs, where she oversees our regional development and humanitarian response programs. Fatema comes to Oxfam with a distinguished career in the U.S. government, leading U.S. efforts to advance sustainable development and economic policy in emerging markets and fragile countries.

    Meet Fatema Z. Sumar
  13. Irit Tamir

    Director, Private Sector Department

    Irit Tamir is the Director of Oxfam America's Private Sector Department. In her role, she is focused on working with companies to ensure that their business practices result in positive social and environmental impacts for vulnerable communities throughout the world. Irit leads Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign.

    Meet Irit Tamir
  14. Sasanka Thilakasiri

    Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change and Energy

    Sasanka Thilakasiri is a Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Change and Energy at Oxfam America. He works on issues of energy poverty and clean energy access, in shifting international financing towards more pro-poor clean energy investments. He is the energy policy lead for Oxfam International and co-led the development of organization’s global energy policy. Previously he was Oxfam International’s economic justice policy lead for international financial institutions, leading on advocacy efforts toward the World Bank Group and IMF on climate, energy, land and agriculture.

    Meet Sasanka Thilakasiri