Michael Delaney has worked in the field of international development for over 30 years, leading Oxfam America’s humanitarian emergency response through some of the largest scale disasters in our time. Whether working with local community programs, addressing long-term development needs or directing emergency responses, he has championed the primacy of local community involvement. Michael has brought the voices of those threatened and affected by disasters to the design and implementation of responses. Most recently, as the Executive Director of Perkins International, Michael led the development of a new and successful strategy which both focused the work and created financial sustainability with new income streams from both international governments and foundations. Michael founded Crescendo to support stronger and more effective humanitarian actions that will help communities not only save lives and recover, but also become more resilient to the next crisis event.