Patricia McIlreavy is the vice president of the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team at InterAction, an alliance of U.S.-based relief and development organizations. She leads InterAction’s efforts to assist the humanitarian community, including InterAction members, UN agencies, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, to address the needs of vulnerable populations. Through her current role, she represents InterAction membership, expanding the position, partnerships and influence of NGOs in multilateral and bilateral fora and events. McIlreavy serves on the advisory board of the Charity & Security Network.
McIlreavy’s experience in the humanitarian field began in 1993, when she joined USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance. After serving on USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team to Rwanda in 1994, McIlreavy took on a position with the International Rescue Committee’s Rwanda program. Her subsequent career with the IRC spanned 14 years, during which she held Country Director posts in Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, and Regional Director for the Horn and East Africa. As Regional Director, a post she held for five years, she oversaw IRC’s relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development programming totaling over $134m in Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. Directly prior to joining InterAction, she was based in Amman, Jordan, for 3 years, working as an international management and training consultant with a diverse group of organizations, including humanitarian NGOs, the Red Cross movement, United Nations agencies and NATO.
McIlreavy holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service and was a 2014-2015 fellow of MIT’s Seminar XXI program. In 2014, she was selected for inclusion into the United Nation’s Humanitarian Coordinator pool.