Ruth Allen Mercy Corps’ Director of Community Mobilization

Ruth Allen is Mercy Corps’ Director of Community Mobilization, Governance and Partnerships, a headquarters-based technical support team. In this capacity she collaborates with field offices and other technical teams such as food security and climate change on program design and implementation, as well as staff and partner capacity building for civil society strengthening, increased civic participation and good governance. She recently spearheaded the creation of Mercy Corps’ Guide to Community Mobilization Programming (2009) and Guide to Good Governance Programming (2010), both with accompanying tools and training materials. Ruth joined Mercy Corps in 2004 supporting peace-building programs primarily in Africa, where she helped start innovative programs in southern Sudan and Ethiopia which are still strong today. Since then Ruth has traveled to 19 countries for Mercy Corps assignments in every region. She serves as an Instructor at Clark University’s International Development, Environment and, Community Planning department (Worcester, MA) and prior to joining Mercy Corps, Ruth worked with Conflict Management Group, Seeds of Peace, Habitat for Humanity, Human Rights Watch and as an International Observer of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She holds a joint M.A. degree in Geography and International Development from Clark University and the University of Nairobi, where she was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.