The 1st NAEF is a military veteran-founded NGO, initially focused on humanitarian and medical aid. The organization has since grown into a leading-edge stability operations, peace support, and humanitarian assistance organization.

Our success is heavily dependent on the dedication and experience of our Executive Team, and specialist support from members of our External Advisory Board and Legacy Board.

Executive Team

Our current Executive Team is a mix of military veterans and industry professionals focused on developing solutions, providing expert advice, and fundraising.

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The purpose of our External Advisory Board (EAB) is to establish a world class advisory, advocacy, and action body to support the operations and activities of the 1st NAEF in achieving its mission, goals, and values. EAB members:

  • provide specialist advice, based on their subject matter expertise;

  • support stakeholder relations and communications;

  • actively contribute through fundraising and project sourcing; and

  • provide ongoing assistance and surge capacity support for our operations.


The Legacy Board (LB) comprises 1st NAEF members who have, over time, contributed to the development and success of the organization. The LB includes members who are currently employed at other organizations, retired, or are inactive on 1st NAEF operations at this time.