Michael J. Nyenhuis

President and Chief Executive Officer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Disaster response and recovery
  • Global health programs in low-resource settings
  • Corporate partnerships
  • Nonprofit management and accountability
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic planning

Committed to improving global health, Michael leads an international aid organization improving access to care in more than 90 countries.

The leading nonprofit for delivering donated medicines and relief supplies, AmeriCares saves lives and improves the health of people suffering in the wake of natural disasters, political conflict and everyday emergencies caused by devastating poverty. He has oversight of all AmeriCares health programs worldwide, including the AmeriCares offices in India, Liberia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, as well the AmeriCares clinics in the United States and El Salvador.

Michael came to AmeriCares in 2014 with a deep understanding of global health issues having spent nearly two decades with global nonprofit MAP International. During his 19 years at MAP – the last 14 as CEO – Nyenhuis spearheaded the growth of the Georgia-based charity, increasing its annual revenues from $100 million to $400 million and expanding its health programs to include field offices in 10 countries.

Michael began his career as a journalist and spent nine years as a reporter and editor for The Florida Times-Union, where his reporting took him to South America, Europe and the Middle East. Over the years, his work has brought him to more than 40 countries, including Argentina, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uganda and Ukraine.

A Minnesota native, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Michael has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including NPRReutersUSA TODAY, the Hartford CourantWCBS 880WABC-TV New York, and he has been a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.