Brooke McKean, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director, Heartland Alliance International
Brooke McKean is the Chief Operating Officer and Interim Executive Director of Heartland Alliance International (HAI). In these roles, she oversees HAI’s operations and programs in international human rights that address some of the world’s most complex human rights challenges by ensuring healing and justice for extremely vulnerable populations.
Ms. McKean began working with HAI in the Haiti office in 2010, where she served as Associate Country Director, implementing financial and administrative systems for a country-wide emergency response after the 2010 earthquake. Ms. McKean moved to HAI headquarters in Chicago in September 2011. Under her leadership, HAI has set up new operational systems – from subaward management to security to financial systems – to respond to the organization’s nearly tripling in size over the past seven years.
Prior to joining HAI, Ms. McKean was an instructor in participatory community development in West Africa. She has significant experience in community development programming, and while in Haiti helped design a program for community recreation programming that has been duplicated by UNICEF globally. Fluent in French and intermediate Haitian Creole, she has a BA in International Studies and Economics from the University of Washington in Seattle and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.