Food Tank spoke with Ray Offenheiser, the President of Oxfam America, who will be speaking at the Food Tank Summit in Washington, D.C.
Raymond C. Offenheiser is President of Oxfam America, a non-profit international development and relief agency and the U.S. affiliate of the Oxfam International confederation. Oxfam works to end global poverty through saving lives, strengthening communities and campaigning for change. Since Ray joined Boston-based Oxfam America in 1995, the organization has grown more than sevenfold and become a leader in the US on a broad array of public policy issues from international development, to human rights and environment. Ray has worked his entire career in the nonprofit sector: before joining Oxfam America, he served for five years as the Ford Foundation Representative in Bangladesh and, prior to that, in the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. He serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory bodies for a diverse array of both national and international institutions. Ray holds a master’s degree in development sociology from Cornell University and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.