News publications and other organizations are encouraged to reuse Direct Relief-published content for free under a Creative Commons License (Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International), given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

When republishing:

  • Include a byline with the reporter’s name and Direct Relief in the following format: "Author Name, Direct Relief." If attribution in that format is not possible, include the following language at the top of the story: "This story was originally published by Direct Relief."
  • If publishing online, please link to the original URL of the story.
  • Maintain any tagline at the bottom of the story.
  • With Direct Relief's permission, news publications can make changes such as localizing the content for a particular area, using a different headline, or shortening story text. To confirm edits are acceptable, please check with Direct Relief by clicking this link.
  • If new content is added to the original story — for example, a comment from a local official — a note with language to the effect of the following must be included: "Additional reporting by [reporter and organization]."
  • If republished stories are shared on social media, Direct Relief appreciates being tagged in the posts:
    • Twitter (@DirectRelief)
    • Facebook (@DirectRelief)
    • Instagram (@DirectRelief)

Republishing Images:

Unless stated otherwise, images shot by Direct Relief may be republished for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution, given the republisher complies with the requirements identified below.

  • Maintain correct caption information.
  • Credit the photographer and Direct Relief in the caption. For example: "First and Last Name / Direct Relief."
  • Do not digitally alter images.

Direct Relief often contracts with freelance photographers who usually, but not always, allow their work to be published by Direct Relief’s media partners. Contact Direct Relief for permission to use images in which Direct Relief is not credited in the caption by clicking here.

Other Requirements:

  • Do not state or imply that donations to any third-party organization support Direct Relief's work.
  • Republishers may not sell Direct Relief's content.
  • Direct Relief's work is prohibited from populating web pages designed to improve rankings on search engines or solely to gain revenue from network-based advertisements.
  • Advance permission is required to translate Direct Relief's stories into a language different from the original language of publication. To inquire, contact us here.
  • If Direct Relief requests a change to or removal of republished Direct Relief content from a site or on-air, the republisher must comply.

For any additional questions about republishing Direct Relief content, please email the team here.


Direct Relief’s President/CEO and its CFO do not sit on the Board of Directors. Both positions report to and serve at the pleasure of the Board.

Moreover, California law assigns specific responsibilities directly to the CFO regarding the organization’s financial management and reporting and requires that these responsibilities remain separate from those of the CEO.

Executive Staff, Direct Relief

  • Thomas Tighe, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Dawn Long, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jonathan Steiner, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors (2022-2023), Direct Relief

Under Direct Relief’s bylaws and consistent with legal requirements, all activities and affairs of the organization are managed, and all corporate powers shall be exercised, by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. Among other functions, the Board reviews and approves a strategic plan, annual operating budgets to execute the plan, and all organization policies.

The Board, through written delegations of authority, authorizes the CEO, CFO, or other staff members to manage the day-to-day activities, finances, and operations of the organization, subject to limitations that the Board determines. However, the Board retains direct responsibility for personnel decisions (including compensation) relating to executive staff and may not delegate certain responsibilities, including overall fiduciary responsibility, general oversight, and Board organization and governance.

Directors are volunteers who serve without pay.

  • Mark Linehan, Chair – President, Wynmark Company
  • Byron Scott, MD, Vice Chair – Adjunct Faculty, UMass Amherst School of Management & Jefferson College of Population Health
  • Siri Marshall, Secretary – Former SVP, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, General Mills
  • Thomas Sturgess, Treasurer – Executive Chairman, Tiri Group Limited and Blue Star Print Holdings
  • Annalisa Pizzarello, Assistant Secretary – Senior Vice President of Results Delivery, Amgen
  • Harry McMahon, Assistant Treasurer – Senior Advisor, G100 Network; Former Executive Vice-Chair, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Pamela Gann, Chair Emeritus – Professor of Legal Studies, Claremont McKenna; Former President, Claremont McKenna
  • Mary M. Dwyer, Ph.D. – President and CEO, IES Abroad
  • Stayce D. Harris – Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force, Retired
  • Evan Marwell – CEO, Education Superhighway
  • Jay McGonigle – Former Chair and CEO, Corporate Executive Board
  • Jamie Ruffing, Ph.D. – Public Health Office, Epidemiologist, and Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air National Guard
  • Jim Selbert – Co-Founder, Warren & Selbert
  • Dr. Marla Salmon – Professor of Nursing, Public Health, Global Health & Public Affairs at the University of Washington
  • Laurie Siegel, Former Chief Human Resources Officer, Tyco
  • Elizabeth A. Toro – MD, MPH, FACOG, Student Health Services Gynecologist, University of California Santa Barbara; Clinical Advisor, UCSB Covid19 Response Team Clinical Advisor; Director of Health, Africa Schools of Kenya
  • Tim Wertner – Senior Vice President, U.S. Operations, FedEx Express
  • Mark Schwartz – Co-Founder/Co-Manager, KSHFO, LLC

Honorary Board, Direct Relief

  • Dorothy Adams, Director Emeritus
  • Thomas J. Cusack, Chair Emeritus
  • Richard Godfrey, Chair Emeritus
  • Stanley C. Hatch, Chair Emeritus
  • Angel Iscovich, M.D., Chair Emeritus
  • Dorothy F. Largay, Ph.D, Chair Emeritus
  • Nancy Lessner, Chair Emeritus
  • Rita Moya, Chair Emeritus
  • John Romo, Chair Emeritus
  • Denis Sanan, Chair Emeritus
  • Nancy Schlosser, Chair Emeritus
  • Mark Schwartz, Chair Emeritus

Medical Advisory Council, Direct Relief

  • Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Chair
  • Juan Carlos Alvarenga, MD
  • Federico Antillon, MD, PhD
  • Steve Arrowsmith, MD
  • Hon. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA
  • Leigh Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP
  • Elizabeth Duarte, MD
  • Adrian Ebner, MD
  • Charles Fenzi, MD
  • Charles Filipi, MD
  • Lynn Fitzgibbons, MD
  • Grace Floutsis, MD
  • Henri Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP
  • Hon. Jaime Galvez Tan, MD, MPH
  • Paul Giboney, MD
  • William C. Gong, Pharm D, FASHP, FCSHP
  • Bert Green, MD
  • Elizabeth Green, RN
  • Dan Greenfield, MD
  • Douglas S. Gross, MD, PhD
  • Cother Hajat, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPH
  • Angel L. Iscovich, MD, FACEP
  • Rosie Jadidian, PharmD
  • Karen Lamp, MD
  • Michael Maguire, MD
  • Laurinda Marshall, RN
  • Sofia Merajver, MD, PhD
  • Carol Millage, PharmD
  • Charles Nicholson, MD
  • Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH
  • Sonak Pastakia, PharmD, MPH, PhD
  • Jamie Ruffing, PhD
  • Bakht Sarwar, MD, MS
  • Ayesha Shaikh, MD, OB/GYN
  • Hambardzum Simonyan, MD
  • Larry Stock, MD, FACEP
  • Elizabeth A. Toro, MD, MPH, FACOG
  • Thomas Weisenburger, MD
  • Beatrice Wiafe Addai, MD, PhD

Fund for Health Equity Advisory Council, Direct Relief

  • Hon. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, Co-Chair
  • Byron Scott, MD, MBA, Co-Chair
  • Martha Dawson, DNP, MSN, RN, FACHE
  • Jane Delgado, Ph.D., MS
  • Gail Small, JD

Board of Directors, Direct Relief Mexico, A.C.

  • Mark Linehan, President
  • Byron Scott, MD, Vice-President
  • Siri Marshall, Secretary
  • Harry McMahon
  • Thomas Tighe
  • James Selbert
  • Felipe Ize
  • Cristobal Thompson