About the Author


Mark Lutz, UnPovertyMark Lutz grew up in South Africa, the son of missionary parents. Living for twenty years under apartheid shaped him to become an advocate for justice. Visits to fifty countries have sharpened his vision for a world free from extreme poverty.

For the last 25 years, Mark has worked with international development organizations. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy at Opportunity International helping to provide interventions to empower the hardworking poor around the world.

Mark earned a Masters degree in cross-cultural communications from Wheaton College. He and his wife, Lise, live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where they raised their three children.

“My richest lessons come from the poorest people. They deepen my understanding of what really matters in life. I listen to their stories and they compel me to speak out—for their sake and ours. As you read their tales, you will gain new optimism and hope. You will recognize that they are poor only in material terms. Given an opportunity to help themselves they unloose the chains of poverty for their families and communities. From around the world, they invite you to join them in an accelerating revolution to eradicate extreme poverty during our lifetime.”Mark Lutz

Mark and I share a passion for empowering the poor. We also share the love of a good story. You will be enlightened by the stories, challenged by the need and encouraged with the results. Mark Lutz has spent his life making the world better, now it is your turn. Unpoverty really is happening — today.

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