Board of Directors
Andrew MacCalla is the Director of International Programs & Emergency Preparedness and Response at Direct Relief, the largest privately funded non-profit aid organization in California and the 7th largest in the country. Direct Relief works to provide essential medical resources to people around the world affected by poverty and humanitarian crises in over 80 countries and all 50 US States.
Andrew spent two years living in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake as the coordinator of Direct Relief’s response – the largest humanitarian effort since the organization was founded in 1948 –overseeing the distribution of over $350 million USD worth of essential medical materials to over 100 healthcare sites.
More recently, Andrew has been on the ground overseeing Direct Relief’s response to emergencies like Hurricane Sandy in New York, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Syrian refugee crisis, Cyclone Winston in Fiji, and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Andrew studied Philosophy at University of California, Santa Barbara and has a master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Melbourne. He has written numerous articles for the Huffington Post and The Sacramento Bee.
Andrew is also the founder of Sustainable Recycling Solutions, LLC, a social business working in Haiti to provide a solution to Haiti’s plastic waste and large unemployment problem.