Matt Ellingson is the Director of Relief and International Partnerships - Humanitarian Affairs at Food for the Hungry. Formerly he served as the Senior Director of International Operations for World Concern, a US based faith motivated non-profit with 60 years of serving people marginalized due to crisis and poverty. For more than 18 years Matt has served through the organizations Impact Teams International, Samaritan’s Purse, Food for the Hungry and World Concern in complex humanitarian situations such as Bosnia, Darfur, Haiti, Myanmar and North Korea. He serves on the World Food Program Innovative Fund Working Group, the FAO/WFP coordinated Global Food Security Cluster, an active board member of the ACCORD Network, and is a member of West Coast Partnership, an informal consultation group on faith and conflict.
Matt represented Samaritan’s Purse in the multi-agency consortium of US based aid agencies in the provision of USAID/OFDA supported emergency food and non-food interventions into North Korea. He has had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout North Korea in coordination with UN, US Government and North Korean officials from both the Ministry of Health and the Korean American Private Exchange Society.
Matt completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Trinity Western University in Canada and in 2002 a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation and Analysis from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. He has remained engaged in the humanitarian assistance community since 1997.