Who We Are

To save lives and build sustainable programs with the Haitian people quickly and effectively.

Families in Haiti demonstrate to the world the transformative potential of marginalized, high-density, urban neighborhoods as an engine of development for the 21st Century.

J/P HRO accompanies and empowers these families by bridging emergency response and community-driven development, leveraging direct service implementation as a model in capacity building of local institutions, and harmonizing programs at the field-level with policy and advocacy at the national level and beyond.


Through four integrated programs:

1. Camp and Relocations Management,
2. Engineering and Construction,
3. Medical, and
4. Community Development

J/P HRO supports residents in the marginalized, high-density Port-au- Prince neighborhood of Delmas 32 and surrounding areas affected by the earthquake transition to resilient, sustainable and prosperous communities.

Resilient: Through improved disaster preparedness, infrastructure and community bonds, families are able to more effectively avoid, mitigate and cope with natural disasters and other shocks.

Sustainable: Through intentional design and implementation, families are able to effectively manage environmental, financial and technical resources for long-term development.

Prosperous: Through training, services, safety nets and investment, Families enjoy economic stability, shared growth and expanding opportunity.

About Us

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

Taking a geographically focused and integrated approach to community regeneration, J/P HRO programs empower the residents of Delmas 32 to revitalize their neighborhood. Together, we aim to demonstrate that something fundamentally different can come from a slum in the center of one of the world’s poorest cities: sustainable and prosperous communities.


On average, J/P HRO employs nearly 350 staff. There are more than 80 Haitians volunteering with J/P HRO and among the full-time staff in Haiti, 95 percent are Haitian or are of Haitian origin. On any given week 30 to 40 temporary workers support camp maintenance activities and 100 to 120 Cash-for-Performance laborers work with the J/P HRO Engineering Program to remove rubble and debris from Port-au-Prince’s streets. On average, two new international unpaid medical volunteers arrive each month to join the J/P HRO clinic staff, providing short-term support in our health facilities and professional development opportunities for our Haitian medical staff. To support the organization’s efforts in the field, J/P HRO has Program Support and Finance and Accountability teams in the Port-au-Prince office, alongside six employees in our US office, who ensure financial accountability and effective, sustained support. All told, every month J/P HRO counts on about 620 paid workers and nearly 100 volunteers to implement its programs.

Fast Facts
  • Since Feb. 1, 2013, and through a $8.75 million grant from The World Bank and Government of Haiti, our Camp and Relocations Management Team has implemented a relocation process to transition the remaining people living in the Pétionville and Cité Maxo displacement camps, which had an original population of 60,000
  • Nearly 4,000 camp residents have been vaccinated against cholera
  • The Education Team has created a model micro school district, with teacher training that impacts more than 3,000 students in the Delmas 32 neighborhood
  • To date, J/P HRO's Engineering Team has demolished more than 2,000 condemned, unsafe homes and removed 500,000 cubic meters (m3)-approximately 31,250 dump truck loads-of earthquake debris and rubble
  • New construction and structural reinforcements are complete on 147 homes and buildings, including two pilot homes-Kay Rose and Kay 4 Fanmi and 252 families are now living in earthquake-resistant retrofitted residences and buildings
  • An average of more than 8,000 patient visits per month in two clinics providing:
    • General practice and 24/7 emergency services
    • Maternity ward
    • Women's clinic
    • Chronic disease clinic
    • HIV/AIDS testing, counseling and referral for treatment
  • On average, our medical staff vaccinates nearly 600 children per month against life-threatening diseases: polio, measles, rubella, diphtheria, tuberculosis, tetanus and pertussis
  • On average the Women's Clinic provides health services to 650 pregnant women each month
  • More than 100 metric tons of cholera treatment supplies delivered to medical clinics across all 10 districts of Haiti and recognized by the Haitian Ministry of Health for cholera preparedness and response
  • Every week, more than 250 community residents attend various academic, artistic and athletic activities, such as arts, Taekwondo, music, debate, and more at J/P HRO's community center, Kay Kominote
  • 2000 community members have participated in small business management training; 15-20 new participants engage in livelihood and vocational trainings each week

1. Medical
2. Camp and Relocations Management (including Protection)
3. Engineering and Construction
4. Community Development (Education, Community and Livelihoods)

J/P HRO has four core programs that provide services to earthquake survivors, primarily from neighborhoods that surround the Pétionville and Cité Maxo camps, which originally had a population of 60,000 displaced people. The Camp and Relocations Management Program manages the two camps and is actively relocating the remaining families into long-term and structurally sound housing. The Engineering and Construction Program has cleared more than 500,000 cubic meters (m3)—approximately 31,250 dump truck loads—of earthquake debris and rubble from the city to date, and has been recognized as a leader in the overall rubble removal effort for safety and efficiency. It also rebuilds and retrofits badly damaged structures, including education and medical facilities, and builds new homes, in accordance with the government’s “build back better” approach. The Medical Program provides free emergency and primary medical care for a nominal sum, averaging more than 8,000 patients a month at two community clinics. The clinics also lead broad public education campaigns on good health and hygiene practice. The Community Development Program is running a primary school and 260 children are enrolled and receiving a quality education. Community Development also offers capacity-building education and enrichment opportunities for the community members, while forging partnerships with small businesses in Port-au-Prince.

Board Members

Jean-Max Bellerive

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and External Cooperation
Republic of Haiti

Born in 1958 in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), son of a physician, a senior official of the World Health Organization (WHO), Jean-Max Bellerive left his homeland at an early age to begin his primary, secondary and university studies in Switzerland, France and Belgium. He graduated in Political Sciences and International Relations and returned to Haiti in 1986.

He made his debut in the private sector as Coordinator of l'Aquinoise, fishing cooperative located in the south and financed by the European Union.

In 1988, he joined the Ministry of Interior and Local Authorities as Assistant Chief of the Department of Analysis and Policy Perspectives. He left that post in 1990 as he held the title of Director of Organization and Method Unit and Acting Director General.

In 1990, with some colleagues in the Civil Service, he founded Sibel Consult, a management and project development agency. In such capacity, he collaborated with public institutions including the Secretariat of State for Tourism, the National Port Authority, Banque Populaire Haitienne, the Provisional Electoral Council and the Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad, and several private firms.

After a brief stint at the Provisional Electoral Council in 1999-2000 where he served as Chairman of the Electoral Bureau for the West, between 2000 and 2006 he occupied the functions of Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Jean-Marie Chérestal, Chief Technical Advisor to Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and Coordinator of the Coordination and Monitoring Unit for Public Policies, financed by UNDP and attached to the Office of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue.

In 2006, he was called to join the Préval-Alexis Government as Minister of Planning and External Cooperation and remained in the same position during the Préval-Duvivier Pierre-Louis Government. On October 30, he was designated by President Préval, and ratified by Parliament as Prime Minister on November 11, 2009.

Jean-Max Bellerive is married with two children.

Lieutenant General P.K. (Ken) Keen, USA, Retired

Lieutenant General P.K. (Ken) Keen retired from the U.S. Army with over 38 years of experience leading military and government organizations. He commanded a Company and an Airborne Battalion in the 82nd Airborne Division; 1st Ranger Battalion and the 75th Ranger Regiment; a Special Forces Detachment; Military Group in Colombia and Office of Defense in Pakistan; U.S Army South; and Joint Task Force units including participating in combat operations in Panama and Iraq.

He served on 3 U.S. Embassy country teams (Colombia, Haiti, and Pakistan) leading the U.S. military forces in each country during crisis periods.

Keen was Commander of Joint Task Force – Haiti leading a force of over 22,000 personnel in the largest U.S. military’s response to a foreign disaster following the earthquake in Haiti on 12 Jan 2010. He has worked extensively with governments, the United Nations, and non-government organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean in response to natural disasters and on humanitarian assistance projects.

He led the Office of Defense Representative – Pakistan, with an annual $1.05-billion security assistance aid budget, collaborating with and coordinating efforts among the International Security Forces in Afghanistan on border operations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as supporting U.S. interagency organizations in counter-terrorism efforts. He worked to nurture personal relationships with senior Pakistani military leaders to sustain military-to-military relationships during the most challenging period in our bilateral relationship in the last 20 years.

Keen was the second in command at U.S. Southern Command in Miami in execution of U.S. military humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations, and counter-drug operations spanning a diverse theater of 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

LTG (Ret) Keen currently serves as a Leadership Executive in Residence at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Elizabeth J. Kucinich

Elizabeth J. Kucinich is a government affairs professional with a background in international development, monetary reform, conflict analysis and diplomacy. A longtime human rights advocate and champion for improved human health, medical research efficacy and animal-protection, Elizabeth is the Director of Public and Government Affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Elizabeth has worked in international humanitarian and development roles serving the people directly in India (Missionaries of Charity), Tanzania (VSO), Uganda (independent initiative) and the UK (refugee case worker, British Red Cross and detained asylum seeker support worker, LDSG). In Tanzania she lived and worked in a subsistence farming community for 16 months as an international development worker whose mandate was in the field of education, HIV/AIDS awareness raising and intermediate technology development (rain water harvesting, bio gas, etc.).

Elizabeth left development fieldwork in order to further concentrate on changing destructive international policies which create disparities in global wealth, health, social and environmental well being but continues to advise several international education and community-building projects in East Africa.

Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in International Conflict Analysis and a BA with honors in Religious Studies and Theology, both from the University of Kent, UK. She has also received vocational training in human rights fieldwork, minimum standards in disaster response, and other related areas.

Bryan Lourd

Bryan Lourd is a partner and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), an entertainment and sports agency, based in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing. CAA represents many of the most successful professionals working in film, television, music, theatre, video games, sports, design, and the Internet, and provides a range of strategic marketing and consulting services to corporate clients. Lourd represents many of the world’s leading actors, actresses, directors, and producers.

A New Iberia, Louisiana, native, Lourd began his career as a page at CBS Studios before joining the William Morris Agency mailroom program in 1983, working his way up to agent. He moved to CAA in 1988. Seven years later, in October 1995, Lourd and his partners became the new owners of CAA.

Lourd is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and is on the Board of InterActiveCorp (IAC). Lourd attended the University of Southern California, earning degrees in Journalism and International Relations.

Sean Penn

In January 2010, shortly after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti, Sean Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Today Penn directs a predominantly Haitian staff of over 350 development professionals to support families in areas affected by the earthquake transition to resilient, sustainable and prosperous communities. This is done through J/P HRO's four integrated programs: 1) Medical, 2) Camp & Relocations Management, 3) Engineering & Construction and 4) Community Development. J/P HRO is dedicated to saving lives and building sustainable programs with the Haitian people quickly and effectively.

For his efforts, Penn was named Ambassador at Large for Haiti and was presented with this honor by President Michel Martelly at a ceremony in Port-Au-Prince in 2012. More recently, Penn was presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a tribute for extraordinary solidarity by the Haitian Parliament in a combined meeting of the National Assembly and the International Humanitarian Service Award from the American Red Cross. In December 2012, he was also named Special Advisor to Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe.

Penn has also been honored with the following: The Commander's Award for Service (US Army 82nd Airborne Division); 82nd Airborne Award for Meritorious Service; the Operation Unified Response JTF Haiti Certificate from Lieutenant General, US Army Commander P.K. Keen; the 1st Recon 73rd Division Coin of Excellence; 2nd Brigade Combat Team Coin of Excellence; Commendation of Excellence United States Southern Command; Award of Excellence by the Deputy Commander US Southern Command; the 2010 Hollywood Humanitarian Award from the Hollywood Film Festival; the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America; and the Children's and Families Global Development Fund Humanitarian Award, presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti. In July 2010, Penn was knighted by then-Haitian President Rene Preval in a ceremony in Port-Au-Prince.

In addition to his humanitarian work, Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award_ae as Best Actor for "Dead Man Walking," "Sweet and Lowdown," "I Am Sam" and won his first Oscar® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" and his second Oscar® as Best Actor in 2009 for Gus Van Sant's "Milk." The performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk also garnered Penn "Best Actor" awards from The Screen Actors Guild, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Penn will next be seen in the Pierre Morel drama “The Gunman” which he stars opposite Idris Elba and Javier Bardem. Penn is also a successful screenwriter, director, producer and journalist.

As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. In 2004, Penn wrote a two-part feature in The San Francisco Chronicle after a second visit to the war-torn Iraq. In 2005, he wrote a five-part feature in the same paper reporting from Iran during the election which led to the Ahmadinejad regime. Penn's landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Cuba's President Raul Castro, were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn's interview with President Castro was the first-ever interview with an international journalist.

William M. Pohlad

William M. Pohlad is the CEO, River Road Entertainment; President, Pohlad Family Foundation.Established film producer Bill Pohlad, chief executive officer of River Road Entertainment, is known for his ability to seek out unconventional material and bring it to light, unafraid to take creative risks.

Since founding River Road Entertainment in 1987, Bill has produced and directed numerous commercial, corporate and documentary films, as well as several successful feature films. His involvement in groundbreaking productions such as Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning epic, Brokeback Mountain, Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion, Sean Penn’s adaptation of Into the Wild, and Robert Kenner’s Food Inc., have made him one of the most influential producers in independent films.

Most recently, Bill produced Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, and Doug Liman’s Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Gonzaga University. He currently serves as president of the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation, and divides his time between Minneapolis and Los Angeles. He and his wife, Michelle, have one son.

Paul G. Vallas

Paul G. Vallas is Superintendent of the Recovery School District, which includes 67 traditional and charter schools in New Orleans. He is implementing sweeping district-wide reforms, duplicating many of the initiatives that turned the school systems of Philadelphia and Chicago into nationally recognized models for education reform. In New Orleans, Vallas’ initiatives include a standardized curriculum, an extended school day and school year to provide students with more instructional time on task, and a classroom modernization program that has provided interactive white boards in all core classrooms, laptops to all teachers and more than 4,000 laptop computers to high school students. In addition, Vallas implemented high school redesign initiative that has brought industry-linked signature programs to RSD high schools and helped draft a comprehensive blueprint that will guide future school construction and renovation in New Orleans.

Prior to joining the RSD, Vallas served as Chief Executive Officer for the School District of Philadelphia from 2002-2007 and as Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001. Vallas has also served as budget director for the City of Chicago and as revenue director for the City of Chicago.

Originally from Chicago, Vallas received a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and History in 1976 and a Masters in Political Science in 1980 from Western Illinois University.
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