President, The Borgen Project
Clint Borgen is the Founder and President of The Borgen Project, an organization that is working to bring U.S. political attention to global poverty. Borgen works nationally with congressional leaders to build support for legislation that improves conditions for people in developing nations. He is widely regarded as one of the leading poverty-reduction campaigners in the United States.
In 1999, while working as a young volunteer in refugee camps during the Kosovo War and genocide, Clint Borgen saw the need for an organization that could bring U.S. political attention to severe poverty.
In 2003, after graduating from Washington State University, Borgen began developing the organization. In need of startup funding, the former United Nations intern took a job living on a fishing vessel docked in Dutch Harbor, Alaska (same location as the Deadliest Catch). From this humble beginning, in one of the most remote locations on earth, The Borgen Project was developed and launched by one person with a laptop and a budget that came from his Alaska paychecks. Today, The Borgen Project is headquartered in Seattle and one man's project has turned into an innovative, national campaign aimed at making leaders of the most powerful nation on earth do right for the world's poor.