Michael J. Nyenhuis is the new president and CEO at UNICEF USA, leaving the top position at Americares where a former UNICEF USA executive, Christine Squires, was promoted to replace him.
Before becoming president and CEO of Americares in 2014, Nyenhuis was chief executive of the global nonprofit MAP International for 13 years. A former journalist, he previously served on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and chaired the board of the Integral Alliance, a global network of faith-based NGOs. He is on the board of InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S.-based relief and development organizations working internationally, and the leadership council at Concordia, an organization and forum that promotes cross-sector partnerships for social impact.
Nyenhuis has more than 25 years of global humanitarian, development and fundraising experience, according to a UNICEF USA announcement. “I grew up doing Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and that taught me the importance of global citizenship at a young age. It is an honor to join the more than 13,000 heroes worldwide that are carrying out UNICEF’s lifesaving mission,” said Nyenhuis via a statement.
Nyenhuis will join the UNICEF USA headquarters in New York City starting March 30, leading a team of 300 employees across nine regional offices in the United States.
At Americares, Squires is the new president and chief executive officer. She has spent more than 20 years championing humanitarian causes and has held numerous senior leadership roles. Prior to joining Americares in 2016, she served as chief operating officer for Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw global fundraising, strategic planning, human resources, information technology and an $8.5 million budget. Squires also served as managing director of development and outreach for Human Rights Watch and spent 10 years as vice president of marketing at UNICEF USA.