Mark Khouri was appointed Vice President of Food For The Poor in March 2017. As Vice President, he provides strategic support for continued growth of the nonprofit organization and its ability to serve the poor. He is also responsible for leading initiatives to ensure effective communication, coordination and integration across various programs. Mr. Khouri has more than 15 years of experience in charity and international development, primarily in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Prior to Khouri’s appointment as Vice President, he served as the Director of Gifts in Kind. In this role, he managed the Gifts in Kind Department that is responsible for the procurement and transportation of donated goods, as well as the management of storing and efficiently distributing thousands of 20- to 40-foot containers each year to the poorest of the poor. He has managed a vast network of international partnerships across the 17 countries served, and an extensive network of NGOs and corporate donors based in the United States.
Additionally, Khouri leads Food For The Poor’s Government Programs Department to further develop the organization’s collaboration with U.S. government programs. Under his direction, Food For The Poor has participated in USDA’s McGovern Dole Food For Education Program, Food For Progress, and 416(b) program, as well as USAID’s International Food Relief Program, Food For Peace, Ocean Freight Reimbursement, and Limited Excess Property Program. Khouri is the main point of contact for Food For The Poor’s U.S. Southern Command partnership, where FFP participates in the New Horizons and Beyond the Horizons initiatives.
Khouri is a Jamaican-born U.S. citizen and graduate of Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He has lived in South Florida for 30 years, where he resides with his wife of 26 years and their three sons. Khouri is fluent in English, conversational Spanish, and is active in both civic and religious organizations.