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’s stories and observations provide a very different perspective on the poor and turn conventional wisdom about who is better off upside down. Finding grateful hearts and dignity among those facing such gut-wrenching hardships pushes us to rethink what is important. Mark’s stories give hope and confidence that we can, individually and collectively, make a significant difference in the lives of the world’s poor.

Dick Gochnauer, President and CEO, United Stationers