East Meets West creates sustainable and catalytic solutions to difficult development problems. Our mission statement is to transform the health, education and communities of disadvantaged people by building partnerships, developing opportunities and creating sustainable solutions.

Program Areas

Our core programs are in the areas of learning, healing and health. Learn more about our programs by visiting  Our Programs section.

Program Locations

  • Headquarters: Oakland, CA, USA
  • Vietnam: Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Benin, Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, and Timor-Leste

Executive Leadership Team

Carrie Eglinton Manner, Board Chair
Jerry Falk, Board Secretary
Eric Hemel, Board Treasurer
John Anner, President
Tom Low, Chief Operating Officer
Burt Thompson, Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Nash, Executive Director, Blue Planet Network/Chief Marketing Officer, EMW
Sean Kline, Vice President, Education & Training/Executive Director, Reach Global
Minh Chau Nguyen, Vice President, WASH Programs/Vietnam Country Director

Read bios of our Leadership Team here.

Key Statistics (as of 2013)

Number of employees: approximately 110
Operating Budget for 2013: $17 million
Visit Our Financials for more information.


Support for our work comes from a wide variety of global funders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), USAID, Dubai Cares, Wellcome Trust, Lemelson Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Cisco Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, and Yahoo! Employee Foundtaion, as well as from thousands of generous individuals. Visit our Funders page for more information.


East Meets West was born from one woman's dream of helping to heal the wounds of war between the United States and Vietnam. In 1988, LeLy Hayslip, whose life story was chronicled in two books she wrote and in Oliver Stone's film, Heaven and Earth, returned to her village of Ky La in central Vietnam and started East Meets West. From the cornerstones of LeLy's early projects - Mothers Love Pediatric Clinic and Peace Village Medical Center - East Meets West has grown to be a highly respected organization implementing large-scale projects. Although LeLy is no longer with East Meets West, the people of Vietnam will always be grateful for her vision and gifts.

For more information about East Meets West, contact us by email or call our USA office at 1-800-561-3378. You can also contact one of our global offices in —visit  Contact Us for more details.




East Meets West

1611 Telegraph Ave., Suite 1420, Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: 1-800.561.3378  |  Tel: 510-763-7045  |  Fax: 510-763-6545

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