Bio: Ken Isaacs
Vice President, Programs and Government Relations, Samaritan’s Purse
As vice president of programs and government relations, Ken Isaacs oversees all international relief projects for Samaritan's Purse.
Isaacs has more than 29 years experience working in the relief and development communities, and his work has taken him to 120 countries. He has testified multiple times before House and Senate committees and subcommittees, including the Foreign Relations Committee.
Isaacs has served on the ground in response to foreign disasters and aid projects. He has directed major relief operations around the world since 1991, including Samaritan's Purse work in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Isaacs also coordinated relief efforts after massive earthquakes in China and Haiti, and the devastating cyclones that hit Myanmar and the Philippines. In addition, he designed and implemented emergency relief programs in North Korea, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Kosovo, Turkey and Afghanistan.
During his career, Isaacs has also served as Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Under his direction, OFDA served as the lead agency for U.S. government relief responses to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2005 Pakistan earthquake. He also oversaw U.S. humanitarian relief efforts in Darfur and South Sudan, and emergency responses in Ethiopia and Niger.
Isaacs often speaks at universities, as well as national and international conferences, about complex humanitarian crises with a focus on emergency assistance and disaster relief. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons, one a Marine officer and the other a humanitarian worker.