About Us

At GSD, we envision a world in which every community can successfully respond to disasters.

MV DAWN crew members gathered on the bridge. By Nicole Canegata, N.C. Photography, LLC.

Discover our story and passion for communities we serve

Since our founding in 2015, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with communities across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific to build resilience and preparedness before disaster strikes.

In the event of a disaster, our team of experts quickly mobilizes to provide support to impacted communities, working closely with in-country partners to jumpstart the recovery process and amplify their work.

Our History

GSD is a humanitarian organization founded as an informal organization in 2015 after an impromptu response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. We formalized our status as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization in 2019. Since 2015, GSD has worked with a number of communities and supported various international and U.S. domestic response operations.

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Cyclone Pam | Vanuatu









Our values

Our goal is to ensure that everything we do, from the composition of our team to how we approach our work, reflects our core values of Integrity, Accountability, and Humility.



We act with integrity and show respect to partners and communities by including them throughout the humanitarian cycle – from definition of need, capacity strengthening, and disaster response to feedback and learning. 



We hold ourselves accountable – individually and collectively – and create space for discussions and feedback with partners and are transparent about our commitments and capabilities. 



We have the humility to keep learning and work in service of others to amplify their work, understand each particular community, and build strong relationships. 

Come make a positive impact with us

GSD has intentionally built a team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences including humanitarian, emergency responders, disaster response, military, development, and private sector. We believe diversity in lived and professional experiences promotes creative problem solving throughout the organization.

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Our maritime program, to include both professional mariners and support staff, is comprised of not only the most technically competent crew I’ve ever worked with, but the most technically competent crew I’ve ever heard of. That level of expertise in the maritime domain allows us to consider options and mitigate risk in ways that aren’t available to any other humanitarian or maritime organizations I’m familiar with, to the benefit of our humanitarian and maritime partners and the local communities we serve before, during, and after disasters.

Brad Milliken
Director of Humanitarian Vessel Operations