BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chief Operations Officer
Benilda SamuelsNurse Family Partnership
Chief Operations Officer
Benny is a seasoned bilingual integrated marketing communications executive with 25 years of experience developing and implementing communications campaigns that engage the hardest to reach populations; including teens, poor men of color, the underserved, Native Americas, and the working poor. Before joining Nurse-Family Partnership, Benny led the Denver campaign to reduce unintended pregnancies (a 40% reduction in Colorado), and various campaigns to increase access to publicly sponsored health care (Medicaid, the Child Health Plan Plus and sliding scale discount programs) for the uninsured. In her role of chief marketing and communications officer at Nurse-Family Partnership she serves as the lead strategist responsible for increasing referrals for NFP’s vision to scale plan; in addition to all national communications and outreach efforts.
Benny holds a Master's Degree in Mass Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an undergraduate degree from Denver University in Graphic Design. She is a native of Panama, and is married to a retired firefighter/paramedic. They have one son, Sergio, a sophomore at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. They live in Denver with their “strange but wonderful” mutt, Oreo.
Chief Executive Officer
Jean-Louis Sarbib is currently Chief Executive Officer at Development Gateway, an international nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to reduce poverty in developing nations by improving aid effectiveness, governance, and transparency through information technology. Mr. Sarbib joined the board of the Development Gateway in 2004 and was elected chair in 2008. In March 2009, the board asked him to serve as chief executive officer. From 1980 to 2006, Mr. Sarbib was at the World Bank where he occupied a number of senior positions. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Sarbib was the World Bank’s Vice President for Africa and from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His last position (2003 – 2006) was as Senior Vice President for human development, with global responsibilities for the World Bank activities in education, health, social protection, and HIV/AIDS.
Upon leaving the Bank, Mr. Sarbib joined Wolfensohn & Company as a managing director from October 2006 to March 2009. A French national, Mr. Sarbib serves on the boards of World Links for Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The International Center for Conciliation, and FXB International. He served on the board of GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) from 2003 to 2009, the board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Education Planning from 2003 to 2006, chaired the governing board of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2004-2006), and represented the World Bank at Head of Agency level at the UN-AIDS Committee of Co-Sponsoring Agencies.
He has taught at Georgetown University (2008-2010), and served as senior non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (2006-2010) and adviser to James Wolfensohn (2006-2010). Mr. Sarbib graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, before going on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master’s degree in city and regional planning. After working for the French Ministry of Industry as Deputy Director of the Groupe de Reflexion sur les Stratégies Industrielles (GRESI), he returned to teach in the United States, at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2006, Mr. Sarbib was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the World Bank. He received numerous honors from the countries where he worked.
Vice President Communications
Bryan SimmonsArcus Foundation
Vice President Communications
Bryan has more than 30 years of global experience in communications, brand management, and integrated marketing campaign development. He began his career at Strayton Advertising and Public Relations (later the Advanced Technology Division of Hill & Knowlton). Bryan held a number of executive positions in Marketing and Communications at Lotus Development Corporation and IBM Corp., including Vice President, IBM Americas, Vice President of Global Industry Communications, and Vice President of Marketing, IBM Lotus Software. He also launched IBM’s global alumni program and led the planning for IBM’s Centennial. He has served on the boards of Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, ACLU Massachusetts, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and Harvard Magazine. Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in European History from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA.
Nathaniel HellerResults for Development
Executive Vice President
Nathaniel Heller is the Managing Director of Geneva Global, where he leads all client service delivery teams, drives business development efforts, and supports the company’s overall strategic development. Previously, Nathaniel was the executive vice president of integrated strategies at Results for Development (R4D), where he oversees the organization’s cross-cutting practice areas, including R4D’s work in governance and social accountability, adaptive and collaborative learning, adapting and scaling up innovation, and initiatives aimed at increasing access to vital products and services. Nathaniel oversees and contributes to strategy development, partner and donor management, public-facing thought leadership, and programmatic and research design efforts. Nathaniel was previously a managing director at R4D, overseeing the organization's governance and social accountability program.
Prior to joining R4D, Nathaniel co-founded and led Global Integrity, a nonprofit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide through high-quality research, cutting-edge technology, and innovative policy insights. In addition, Nathaniel conceptualized and established the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first open government-themed co-working community with locations in Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. He also created an emerging markets research company servicing consulting firms and hedge funds, now Foglamp Research, that was successfully spun off from Global Integrity in 2013. Prior to co-founding Global Integrity, Nathaniel served at the US Department of State focusing on European political-military affairs; as a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity reporting on public sector accountability and ethics issues; and as a foreign policy fellow to the late-Senator Edward Kennedy. He currently serves as a civil society steering committee member of the Open Government Partnership, advisory board member of Civio, and on the board of The engine room.
Britt LakeChief Executive Officer
At Feedback Labs, Britt leads a team working to change the norms in development, aid, and philanthropic policy to be more responsive to the people those policies aim to help. A founding member of Feedback Labs in 2014, Britt joined the organization as CEO in April 2019. Prior to this role, Britt was a member of the executive team at GlobalGiving, the world's first and largest global crowdfunding community. During her 12 years at GlobalGiving, Britt helped grow the organization to raise $400 million in support of thousands of community-led organizations in 170+ countries. She also built and managed the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving, which granted millions of dollars in small grants to local groups working to rebuild their communities after natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Britt has also worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of nonprofits throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), and a Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Dennis WhittleSenior Advisor
Dennis co-founded Feedback Labs. He has worked for over 30 years in international aid and philanthropy. He is also co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding website, where he was CEO from 2000 to 2010. GlobalGiving has mobilized over $400 million for nearly 24,000 projects in 170 countries, fueled by hundreds of thousands of individual donors and 295 leading companies and foundations.
From 1986-2000, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank, where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on agriculture, housing reform, energy efficiency, structural adjustment, and innovation. His New Products Team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces in the late 1990s.
Dennis has previously also been a Visiting Scholar at New York University, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and economist at USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
Core BeliefEveryone should have an equal chance to be heard and to achieve.
Feedback SuperpowerTurning voices into conversations.
Management MantraYou don’t need my permission, but you do need to ensure it is spectacular.
Director of Research, Learning, and Engagement
Megan CampbellDirector of Research, Learning, and Engagement
Megan helps to set the learning objects and agenda for Feedback Labs by helping determine the right questions to ask, and how we should ask them. She manages the blog and other writing, and leads research and experimentation.
A systems design engineer by training, Megan has over a decade of experience promoting adaptive implementation in international development. She lived for five years in Malawi, working with Engineers Without Borders Canada to help national and local government officers experiment and develop new ways to improve water and sanitation service delivery. As Co-Director of EWB’s program in Malawi, Megan focused on finding ways to strengthen formal and informal feedback loops in the Malawian water and sanitation sector. She firmly believes that helping information travel within a system is a key prerequisite for learning and iterative improvement.
Upon her return to Canada Megan took on the management of Engineers Without Borders’ incubation portfolio. In that role, Megan mentored and supported early stage social enterprises working to transform service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, Megan worked with the Global Delivery Initiative secretariat at the World Bank to promote a common language with which to explore service delivery challenges and solutions. Megan is an Action Canada fellow and advisor to Fail Forward, and cheers with futility for the Toronto Blue Jays. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Core BeliefLocal government is an underutilized key to closing feedback loops.
Feedback SuperpowerMaking implicit assumptions explicit
Management MantraHold strong opinions lightly.
Meg VanDeusenSenior Manager of Operations and Finance
Meg VanDeusen is FBL’s Senior Manager of Operations and Finance. Meg oversees the admin, finance, and day-to-day operations of the Labs and manages the community pillar, including the annual Summit and bi-weekly LabStorms. After graduating from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead-Cain scholar with a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Meg spent two years working in education systems abroad. She seeks to understand how classroom engagement strategies translate into the feedback field, and vice-a-versa, and the role that listening plays in the co-creation of development programs. In her spare time, Meg can be found experimenting with new recipes, hosting events as a member of the UNC Pride Alumni Board, on hiking adventures with her Venture Crew, or playing with her cats.
Core BeliefThe people we often underestimate are the most capable agents of change.
Feedback SuperpowerCultivating action on skills people have yet to discover.
Management MantraLeaders clear the path for others to run down.
Camila CambordaProject Specialist
Camila supports special projects at Feedback Labs. Having just finished a year-long fellowship at GlobalGiving, she is passionate about rethinking the current international development system, as well as creating solutions for the everyday work of managing a nonprofit. A new DC transplant, she graduated from Boston University with degrees in Economics and International Relations, and spent time working in education reform, local organizing, and college financial aid. In her spare time she enjoys doing yoga, biking to the library and searching for the city's best donut.
Core BeliefThe people we often underestimate are the most capable agents of change.
Feedback SuperpowerCultivating action on skills people have yet to discover.
Management MantraLeaders clear the path for others to run down.
Annie HamburgenMarketing Associate
Annie manages Feedback Labs communication. She has always been enthusiastic about innovation, creativity and progressive thinking and recently obtained a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Rochester. She has been a successful youtube content creator and artist for the past 10 years and recently co-founded a startup textbook trading platform for students at her university. Beyond her interest in entrepreneurship and design, Annmarie is an avid hiker and mountain biker who takes every opportunity to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.
Core BeliefPeople themselves are the best experts about their lives.
Feedback SuperpowerAmplifying the voices of the community in an accessible and engaging way
Management MantraEmbrace constructive criticism
Lynn JinProduct and Strategy Intern
Lynn is a product and strategy intern at Feedback Labs during the Fall 2019 semester. She is a senior and global leadership scholar at New York University, studying Mathematics and Public Health. Lynn has always been interested in turning theoretical knowledge into real-life impacts, and she is super excited to join the team and see how the theory of feedback loop can improve people's lives in various ways. During her free time, she attends Hackathon around the country, listens to and makes her own music.
2018-2019 FEEDBACK LABS FELLOWS
Cora SayreWAND Foundation
Cora Sayre's impressive list of accomplishments seems to have no limits. Her dynamic community leadership in the Philippines has won global recognition and awards, including the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Challenge for new technologies in health and sanitation.
Sayre is co-founder and executive director of the Water, Agroforestry, Nutrition and Development (WAND) Foundation, known for leading-edge innovations in the arena of water, sanitation, disaster relief and recovery and small-scale agriculture.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013, killing more than 10,000 people, Sayre and the WAND Foundation were at the forefront in disaster response with their award-winning water, sanitation and food security initiatives and remain involved in the recovery today. Aside from Sayre’s Typhoon Haiyan initiative, the WAND Foundation is responding to current disasters happening in the Philippines namely, Typhoon Tembin, Mayon Volcano eruption and the flooding in Luzon. Sayre’s WAND responded too during the Nepal earthquake.
Among the Foundation’s earlier awards: Cora was honoured as a Laureate of the Tech Awards in California, which honour innovators around the world who are applying technology to benefit humanity; a national human rights award in 2009 for their work with small-scale farmers; winner of an international development competition in Israel (2006); and a World Bank-sponsored award for development innovation (2004).
Cora holds a Bachelor degree from Xavier University in the Philippines and is currently working towards a Masters in Rural Extension Administration from Silliman University. She was a graduate of the 1996 Diploma in Social Development program at the world renowned Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Canada and was their commencement speaker in 2016. Cora has also attended international programs in the USA, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Israel, Sweden and India. She has traveled too to Australia, Italy, Vietnam, Thailand and China.
Cora, who also happens to be vice-mayor of the municipality of Initao in Misamis Oriental province for the second term now attributes much of her success to her education, field exposure and family support.
Erika TamayoFondo Semillas, Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund
Erika studied communications and has 23 years of professional experience in the private and public sectors, as well as non-profits. She is in charge of designing and executing the organization’s online and offline communications strategies of Fondo Semillas. She is also a perinatal educator and her passion is respected childbirth and breastfeeding.
Fayyaz YaseenAccountability Lab Global
While working as desk editor at a news agency in Islamabad, Fayyaz developed interest in socio-political and economic affairs in Pakistan. The more he observed the political economy at play, the more he was convinced that the factor most hindering growth and development his country was corruption and a lack of accountability of both political representatives and public officials. Fayyaz got more involved in research, and worked with leading think tanks in Islamabad to explore and reflect upon issues of corruption and accountability in the public sector. While participating in the Atlas Corps/Think Tank LINKS Fellowship in Washington DC in 2014, he met the Accountability Lab and was excited for the opportunity to expand Accountability Lab’s work to his country. Fayyaz now leads the Accountability Lab’s Pakistan office and supports young change-makers who are committed to promote integrity through innovative accountability tools.
Imani DanielSt. Thomas Recovery Team
Imani Daniel is a native Virgin Islander, a public servant, and a Hurricanes Irma and Maria survivor. After finishing her higher education at the Johns Hopkins University in 2015, she returned home to join the private sector. In late 2017, as the storms approached her home, she joined with other able-bodied and like minded St. Thomians to prepare and brace for the impact. In the wake of destruction, she began chainsawing people out of their homes, delivering ice to medical patients and delivering food and water to nursing homes and the shut in. Since the storms, Imani Daniel has been elected as the Chair of the St. Thomas Recovery Team (a Long-Term Recovery Group) and serves as the CEO of VI Relief Logistics, an NGO that identifies vulnerable populations, assesses their needs and links them with existing resources within the community. More recently, she has accepted the position as Chief of Staff for Virgin Islands’ Senator Jean Forde and strives to improve the quality of life in the islands by passing meaningful legislation.
Isadora Hastings GarciaCooperacion Comunitaria AC
Master in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Since 2010 she is one of the founders member and the director of Cooperación Comunitaria Mexico A.C, an organization that works on a comprehensive methodology for improving living conditions and increasing resilience for rural and indigenous communities From the organization she leads, she promotes community development processes for habitat recovery in rural areas of Mexico, and articulates with other organizations to focus on social production of habitat; construction with local materials and self management of the territory. She has published some articles in Mexican books and magazines, as well and in 2 German books about social production of habitat in Mexico.
Korvi Rakshand (born on August 19th, 1985) is a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur and Founder of JAAGO Foundation. He attended Scholastica till middle school and completed high school from Mastermind. Wrapping up his O level Examinations in 2003, he attained L.L.B Honours from the University of London. During his tenure of Undergraduate studies, volunteering was an activity he dedicated most of his leisure to. Korvi, who was expected to take over his family’s business after graduation, left behind a comfortable life and the generic idea of a prosperous future to dedicate his life to something more worthwhile. Soon enough, Korvi founded JAAGO Foundation together with a group of young students. Today, JAAGO Foundation supports the education of 2500 children across its 13 branches all over Bangladesh. Korvi, who is considered the pioneer of volunteerism in Bangladesh, founded “Volunteer for Bangladesh” in 2011 realizing the immense potential of volunteerism of youth. Today, this initiative to empower Bangladeshi youth has more than 22000 registered volunteers across the country.
Lara Powers has been on the forefront of domestic anti-trafficking efforts 6 years, working on survivor leadership and empowerment issues, national hotline development and management, statewide anti-trafficking response, data management and analytics, monitoring and evaluation, policy advocacy, and trauma-informed care. She is the Survivor Engagement Advisor at Polaris, where she uses her connections with the survivor community to incorporate diverse survivor input across all of Polaris’s programs and initiatives. She is building a strategic framework on how to better reach key under-served and at-risk survivor populations; creating a platform to elevate the needs, voices, and work of individual survivors from diverse backgrounds; and developing and maintaining a knowledge management structure for survivor-focused efforts to corral internal and external insights and developments related to survivor engagement in the broader field. Previously, Lara was the National Hotline Manager, where she oversaw hotline case quality and response; protocol and policy development; outcomes and impact management; and staff training, wellness, and professional development. She joined Polaris as a Hotline Advocate in October 2012 before moving on to a role as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Specialist, where she oversaw the anti-trafficking response to calls originating in the 14 states of the region. In addition, she has provided trainings and consultations to a variety of audiences, including federal and local government and law enforcement, international delegations, service providers, judges, prosecutors, child welfare entities, juvenile justice agencies, healthcare professionals, and larger task forces and coalitions.
Rudra NeupanePHASE Nepal
Rudra Neupane, is a programme manager in PHASE Nepal since April 2015. Before joining PHASE as a full time staff, he worked for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal and gained knowledge in Disaster Risk Management. He was involved in establishment of National Emergency Operations Center in Kathmandu and formulation of National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in Nepal. Beofer UNDP, he worked for participatory watershed management projects of Japan International Cooperation Agency, that implemented about 800 community based projects that include flood/landslide mitigation, gravity flow drinking water schemes, small irrigation schemes, pedestrain bridges etc. Under the guidance of executive director and health advisor, he has been managing, dozens of projects implemented by PHASE Nepal in 26 different communities mobilizing funding from more than 20 donor organziations across the world.
Samuel BoatengCARE Ghana
Samuel Addai-Boateng is the M&E Specialist of the USAID-funded Governance Project; Ghana’s Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms project being implemented by CARE International in Ghana. He has more than 10-years’ experience in leading monitoring and evaluation functions of development projects in Ghana. Successfully led the Piloting of CAREs’ Constituent Voice Feedback Mechanism in Ghana.
Shondra Muhammad started working with SHAPE Community Center as a volunteer, just like most of the people who are part of the organization. Her role developed as a work-study student, and SHAPE became a part of her life. She now works with the Executive Director, helping to administer numerous programs including disaster relief, facility management, event planning, social media marketing, program development, and more. Working in a small organization, she wears many hats, and hopes to continue making a contribution to an organization, which has had a positive impact in the Houston area for the last fifty years.
Tiffany StaffordTarget Hunger
Tiffany Stafford is a proud native northeast Houstonian and has been helping nonprofits and educational institutions develop programs and funding for twenty years. After attending public schools in Houston, she headed east to complete high school, college and graduate studies, earning degrees from St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH, Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. Passionate about education, Tiffany launched her fundraising career in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at American University and later in the Office of Development at Trinity Washington, both in the nation’s capital. She also worked at The Catholic University of America and the Black Student Fund in Washington. Since returning to Houston in 2006, Tiffany has lent her knowledge and skills in program development, program management and fundraising to some of the city’s best known social service agencies, including Christian Community Service Center (CCSC), Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) and Target Hunger. As Director of Fund Development, Tiffany's primary role is to direct Target Hunger's efforts to secure the resources necessary to carry out the agency's work fighting hunger and food insecurity. Tiffany lives in North Houston with her daughters Victoria (7) and Olivia (4). She is an active member of First Metropolitan Church and The Junior League of Houston.
Ana Yris GuzmánNuestra Escuela, Inc, Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund
Co-founder and current executive president of Nuestra Escuela. Committed to the education of girls, boys and young people, she has focused her energies and knowledge on developing a model of educational services that empowers the talent of young people who, for various reasons, have moved away from the traditional school.
Yotam Polizer is the Co-CEO of IsraAID – Israel’s biggest humanitarian NGO. Following the September 2015 refugee crisis in Europe, he led IsraAID’s humanitarian mission in Lesbos, Greece, to support Syrian refugees on the island and also established IsraAID Germany, which provides long-term support for Yazidi and Syrian refugees in Germany.
During the last four years, Polizer has also built and led psycho-education programs in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and in South Korea to support the reintegration of North Korean defectors. He has also led missions in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and in Sierra Leone for Ebola survivors, health workers, and affected communities. He has more than 10 years’ experience in education, humanitarian aid, and international development.