Operation USA CEO Richard Walden named one of “15 Top Game-Changers” of 2010
Operation USA is proud to share news of the day—and honor for our CEO Richard Walden.
15 TOP GAME-CHANGERS OF 2010
By David Ferrell|
December 23, 2010
They are game-changers. They are changing ideas about what is possible. They are taking on society’s biggest, most intractable problems and, against all odds, making a huge difference.
13. Richard Walden
Walden, a former Beverly Hills attorney, set out to help Vietnamese boat people and Cambodian refugees after the Vietnam War. Using a donated cargo plane, he began airlifts to Malaysia and later arranged through an embassy in Moscow to fly directly into Phnom Penh, delivering $3 million worth of aid. Walden’s Operation USA <http://www.opusa.org/> , based in Culver City, Calif., specializes in disaster relief and has evolved into one of the nation’s highest-rated charities.
In 2010, the organization shipped aid to quake-devastated Haiti and China and brought its total outlay in food and supplies to more than $350 million. Walden, now 64, also was involved in helping landmine victims and developing technologies to find the explosive devices as part of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.
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