Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, is the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.
In 2013, he published Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul, a memoir of his struggle with his sexuality, brought out as an ebook from The Atlantic Books. His previous book was Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America, published in 2004 by Times Books (Henry Holt). Although much of his writing has been on public policy, he has also written on topics as widely varied as adultery, agriculture, economics, gay marriage, height discrimination, biological rhythms, number inflation, and animal rights.
His multiple-award-winning column, “Social Studies,” appeared from 1998 to 2010 in National Journal. Among the many other publications for which he has written are The New Republic, The Economist, Reason, Harper’s, Fortune, Reader’s Digest, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Public Interest, The Advocate, The Daily, and others.
In his 1994 book Demosclerosis—revised and republished in 2000 as Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working—he argues that America’s government is becoming gradually less flexible and effective with time, and suggests ways to treat the malady. His 1993 book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought (published by the University of Chicago Press) defends free speech and robust criticism, even when it is racist or sexist and even when it hurts. In 1992 his book The Outnation: A Search for the Soul of Japan questioned the then-conventional wisdom that Japan was fundamentally different from the West.
In 1996, with Robert Litan, he also co-authored a report for the U.S. Treasury Department on the future of the financial-services industry (American Finance for the 21st Century). In 1995 he spent a year as a visiting writer for The Economist magazine in London, and in 1997 he returned as guest editor of the Christmas special issue.
Rauch was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and graduated in 1982 from Yale University. He went on to become a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina before moving to Washington in 1984. From 1984-89 he covered fiscal and economic policy for National Journal. In 1990 he spent six months in Japan as a fellow of the Japan Society Leadership Program.
In addition to the National Magazine Award, his honors include the 2010 National Headliner Award, one of the industry’s most venerable prizes. In 1996 he was awarded the Premio Napoli alla Stampa Estera for his coverage, in The Economist, of the European Parliament. In 2011 he won the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association prize for excellence in opinion writing. He has also won two second-place prizes (2000 and 2001) in the National Headliner Awards. His articles appear in The Best Magazine Writing 2005 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004 and 2007. He has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs. He does not like shrimp.
Ambassdor Norm Eisen
Ambassdor Norm Eisen
Ambassador (ret.) Norman Eisen is a Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where his research focuses on transparency and good political and corporate governance. Before joining Brookings, Eisen served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic from January 2011 to August 2014. During his tenure, Ambassador Eisen reinvigorated strategic and defense ties between the two countries; boosted bilateral trade and investment; and promoted our shared values, including working against corruption and for civil rights. Eisen also devised and hosted an annual global anti-corruption meeting in Prague.
Prior to his ambassadorship, Eisen served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Ethics and Government Reform and Special Counsel to the President, and was dubbed by the press as “Mr. No.” In addition to ethics, his portfolio also included open government, whistleblower protection, lobbying regulation, and campaign finance and other political law issues. Eisen was the Deputy General Counsel to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition. Before entering public service, Ambassador Eisen was a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm Zuckerman Spaeder, where he specialized in litigation and investigations relating to allegations of financial and political corruption, as well as election litigation. He is the co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group. Ambassador Eisen received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Brown University, both with honors.
Ambassador Eisen was credited by director Wes Anderson as an inspiration for the character of the crusading lawyer Deputy Kovacs in the 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anderson said that he told actor Jeff Goldblum, who played Kovacs, “that he should go to Prague and see Norm; this is your man….The character of the lawyer Kovacs in the film maintains the awareness of law and justice…the character is actually a kind of ethics czar for the whole film,” a reference to another one of Eisen’s White House nicknames: the “Ethics Czar.” His forthcoming book, The Last Palace, traces the tumultuous history of the past century in Europe as witnessed by five occupants of the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Prague and will be published by Crown in 2018.
Co-founder & Chief Executive
David Bonbright, a human rights lawyer, is co-founder and Chief Executive of Keystone Accountability, an international charity dedicated to bringing Constituent Voice to performance management for social change. In the early 1990s, he created a set of infrastructure organizations to underpin South Africa’s emerging democracy, and has worked in leadership roles at Ashoka, Aga Khan Foundation and Ford Foundation. He is a regular contributor to professional journals, and has authored a number of reports and books. David sits on diverse boards, advisory councils and knowledge networks, including the governing board of CIVICUS Global Alliance for Citizen Participation, which he chaired from 2010- 2013.
Fund for Shared Insight
Melinda is the project manager for Fund for Shared Insight (“Shared Insight”). In that capacity, Melinda plays a key role in guiding and facilitating Shared Insight’s activities including operations, communications, grantmaking, and evaluation. Melinda is an independent consultant who works with the senior leadership of philanthropic organizations to develop strategies for effective philanthropy. Prior to starting her consulting practice in 2003, Melinda was managing director of REDF (formerly The Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) – a social venture capital fund she co-founded, served as a manager at a national healthcare nonprofit, and worked as a management consultant.
T. Kebo Drew
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
T. Kebo Drew, CFRE directs capacity building, organizational development and strategic thinking, and is responsible for collaborations and audience engagement for QWOCMAP programs and projects. She serves as Co-Instructor and participant support for the Filmmaker Training Program. She also directs communications and fundraising activities for all artistic programs, including the San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, in terms of sponsorship, in-kind donations and advertising. She joined QWOCMAP as its second staff member in 2007 as a Horizons Foundation Rickey Williams Leader Fellow, when she developed and expanded the QWOCMAP Community Partner program. She also conceived QWOCMAP’s signature presentation “Reels of Resistance: Film IS Social Justice Activism.” She is responsible for building and expanding artistic collaborations and activist partnerships on local, national and international levels. She was a national 2012 Arts & Culture Fellow of the Rockwood Institute and a 2011 Next Generation Leaders of Color Fellow at CompassPoint. From 2009-2011, she served as the Co-Director of ROOTS: a national LGBTQ people of color social justice coalition. She became a Certified Crisis Counselor through SFWAR in 1997 and served on its Women of African Descent Task Force, representing SFWAR at the historic Color of Violence conference in 2000, which launched the national organization, INCITE!! Women of Color Against Violence. She provided trainings for SFWAR’s Multi-lingual Advocates program and she continues to conduct trainings for new SFWAR Crisis Counselors about queer and transgender survivors. Drew has professionally managed development, operations and events for corporations, community, arts and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She formerly served on the Board of Directors of Frameline (SF International LGBT Film Festival). She holds a B.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco.
She is a filmmaker, writer and dancer, she is the writer, producer and director of Ain’t I A Woman? which has screened at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival and Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival, among many others around the world. She is a member of the QWOCMAP Productions Team responsible for story development. She has also produced numerous films, which include Don’t Fence Me In: Major Mary and the Karen Refugees from Burma, which won the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary from the 2006 Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival and the Director’s Citation Award from the 2006 Black Maria Film Festival. She got her start in the 2001 QWOCMAP screenwriting workshop, where she wrote two feature-length screenplays. She has performed in the U.S., Latin America and Europe as a poet and dancer. She is a Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and won the Audre Lorde/Pat Parker Award and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Award. She also won the Irene Weed Dance Award and Robert Kuykendall Dance Scholarship.
Open Gov Hub
Nada Zohdy became Manager of the OpenGov Hub, an initiative of Global Integrity, in September 2015. As Hub Manager she oversees all strategy, operations, and programs for this social enterprise, and leads the design and implementation of programs to promote collaboration, innovation and learning across the Hub network. In 2015 she received a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Nada worked as a consultant for the OECD through her applied Master’s thesis, which analyzed the opinions of 100 local civil society groups about open government reforms in Tunisia. From 2011-2013, Nada was Founding Program Coordinator for Civil Society Partnerships at Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Over the last decade, Nada has supported 25+ nonprofits in various capacities (half in the U.S., half in the Middle East). These experiences fuel her interest in social impact. She is particularly passionate about civic innovations, locally and globally. In 2009 she received the Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service.
Genevieve Maitland Hudson
Head of Evaluation and Impact Assessment
Power to Change
Gen joined Power to Change in May 2016. Over ten years, with a £150 million endowment from Big Lottery Fund, Power to Change is supporting community businesses to create better places across England.
Gen has spent the best part of the last ten years working with social programmes that are committed to the informed use of measurement to improve their work. She started her career in academia with a doctorate in the politics and philosophy of identity. She has lectured at Oxford University, Roehampton University, the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and Birkbeck College London. She was formerly Director of Research at the social impact lab Osca, Head of Social Impact at The U, a social venture developed by the Young Foundation, and founder and director of GLUE, a social enterprise working with young people excluded from school.
Gen is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Youth Impact, a Science and Social Policy Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a Trustee of the Friends of Ruskin Park, a community business in South East London. She tweets @my_impact_is
Brad Dudding’s career has been focused on public and nonprofit management. He is now the COO at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) where he oversees internal operations, human capital, technology, and evaluation and learning. Prior to joining CEO, Mr. Dudding worked at the NYC Office of Management and Budget and at the New York State Controller’s Office. Brad was educated at Macalester College, University of Missouri (BA, Economics), and Rutgers University (Masters of Urban and Regional Planning). Brad is also currently an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service teaching a class on performance measurement and management.
Director of Communications
Jennifer Lentfer is the Director of Communications at IDEX, a San Francisco-based international grant maker, and creator of the how-matters.org blog. She was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “”100 women to follow on Twitter” at @intldogooder.
Jennifer is constantly looking for ways to portray the realities of people’s lives, their struggles, their strengths – as well as outsiders’ roles and mistakes – in an impatient, “silver bullet solutions” world. With her students at Georgetown, she published “The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty” in 2014 and is currently co-editing a book that features the growing community of small grantmakers that find and fund effective grassroots leaders around the world.
Lentfer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade. She has served with Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, American Red Cross, UNICEF, and Firelight Foundation, where she focused on organizational development and learning. Today she works to place community-driven initiatives and grassroots movements at the forefront of international aid, philanthropy, and social enterprise. It’s no wonder, given that her hometown of Bruning, Nebraska, USA has a population of just 248 people.
Sophie joined LIFT in 2013 as the organization’s first evaluation expert before moving into a broader program design and oversight role. She manages the National Program Team to ensure high quality program design, implementation and evaluation. With operations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, LIFT provides career and financial coaching services to parents with young children.
Prior to LIFT, Sophie was a Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Economics at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she supported design and evaluation of large-scale investments in wide ranging areas including the power sector, vocational education, and government anti-corruption efforts. At MCC, Sophie worked in lockstep with country partners in Indonesia, Mongolia and Sierra Leone to ensure that investments targeted constraints to economic growth and then rigorously evaluated those projects for impacts on household poverty. Prior to MCC, she worked in Nepal advocating for media freedoms and refugee assistance and with a legal services firm that researched internal grievance systems at multilateral banks and the UN. Sophie earned a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Masters from the Fletcher School.
Program Innocation Analyst
Center for Employment Opportunity
Nate Mandel is the Program Innovation Analyst at the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). Leveraging previous frontline experience as an Outreach Specialist for CEO, Nate’s focus now shifts toward propelling CEO’s Constituent Voice project across all of CEO’s national jurisdictions.
Lotte Ruppert is a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. She contributes to the institute’s work on humanitarian action and monitoring and evaluation. Her areas of expertise are humanitarian coordination, cash transfer programming and accountability to affected populations.
Since early 2015, Lotte works on Secure Access in Volatile Environments (SAVE), a study on how to deliver quality and accountable aid in challenging operational settings. Together with 18 partner aid organisations in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and South Sudan, the SAVE team analyzed different strategies for aid monitoring. Lotte’s research specifically focused on how agencies collect and respond to feedback from crisis-affected people in these insecure settings, in order to identify good practice and lessons learned.
Lotte holds a joint master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of Roskilde in Denmark and the University of Leipzig in Germany. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Research and Evaluation Advisor
International Rescue Committee
Sheree Bennett currently serves as a Research and Evaluation Advisor at The International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she works with academic experts to design and manage impact evaluations for governance programs in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Zimbabwe. She also supports the IRC’s Client Voice and Choice Initiative, which seeks to improve’s the organization’s responsiveness to the preferences, needs, desires and expectations of the populations the IRC serves. She currently leads a research project that incorporates behavioral science insights to identify strategies and tools that can increase the use of client feedback in programmatic decision-making of NGO’s in Uganda. Her academic training is in the politics of local development, political psychology and experimental and quantitative research design.
Engagement and Partnerships Associate
Sarah works to promote efficiency and effectiveness through data uptake and technology use. She led Development Gateway’s Results Data Initiative in Sri Lanka and focuses on what makes data use champions “tick”. Beyond results data use, Sarah supports DG’s open contracting program, as well as engagement and partnerships. Prior to DG, Sarah worked with Nuru International, a locally-led organization that equips local leaders with tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty.
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Nick uses GlobalGiving’s data to answer strategic questions, with a special focus on our nonprofit partner data and social impact tracking. In addition to designing and maintaining our GG Rewards algorithm and our fraud protection systems, Nick lives to make GlobalGiving’s data accessible, understandable, and actionable for everyone. Prior to joining GlobalGiving through the ProInspire Fellowship, he worked as a reliability consulting engineer for Fortune 500 companies around the world and held NSF research positions in China and Thailand. Nick holds a Masters of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley’s School of Information as well as a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. Outside the office, he is a proud folk music street performer, amateur haiku poet, and worm farmer.
Farm Radio International
Heather Gilberds is a Research Consultant at Farm Radio International and Accountability Labs. As a research consultant, she is leading research projects in Tanzania and Liberia examining how social innovation and information and communication technologies help foster inclusive civic engagement and improve government transparency and accountability. She is also a PhD Candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where her research explores the intersection between ICTs, feedback mechanisms and aid accountability in the post-Ebola reconstruction of Liberia. Heather has conducted research in the fields of ICTs for development, grassroots media, media activism and citizen mobilization in Nepal, Malawi, Tanzania, Mali, Rwanda and Liberia. She has published and taught in the areas of media and advocacy, health communication, alternative media and communication for development.
Fund for Shared Insight
Valerie Threlfall is Project Lead for the Listen for Good initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight. In this role, she is guiding the design of the Listen for Good offering and leading all grantee support efforts for the initiative. Valerie is an independent consultant focused on strategy development and performance measurement design for nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Valerie served as founding director of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) YouthTruth project, scaling the project from an idea to a nationally recognized survey and data analysis organization capturing youth perspectives. More than 85 percent of participating educators report using the student feedback gathered through YouthTruth to inform their programmatic and policy decisions. Under Valerie’s tenure, YouthTruth surveyed more than 125,000 students from 210 schools around the United States. Prior to joining CEP, Valerie was part of the core business team that built a successful start-up biotechnology company, Momenta Pharmaceuticals (publicly traded, $750MM at peak).
Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, and writer who reported on business and sustainability for many years. Since March 2015, he has been writing about foundations, nonprofits and global development on his blog, Nonprofit Chronicles.
Marc was editor at large of Guardian Sustainable Business US from 2012 through 2015. He was a senior writer at FORTUNE magazine from 1996 through 2008.
Marc is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business (Crown 2004). His latest book, Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis, was published in 2012 as an Amazon Kindle Single.
A skilled moderator and speaker, Marc has appeared before corporate audiences and at numerous conferences. He was creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, FORTUNE’s annual conference on business and the environment, which ran from 2008 through 2014. To hire him as a moderator or speaker, click here.
Marc is a graduate of Yale University, husband and father, a marathon runner and a lover of the outdoors. He lives in Bethesda, MD. For a complete bio, click here.
Amy Costello is the Founder and Managing Editor of Tiny Spark, an independent podcast and news program that investigates and reports deeply on philanthropy, nonprofits and international aid.
Prior to launching Tiny Spark, Amy was the Africa Correspondent for PRI’s The World. She has reported for NPR, Marketplace, the BBC World Service, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has worked as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, her alma mater.
Amy’s television investigation about the Playpump, a celebrated idea designed to do good, exposed myriad problems with the technology and became the impetus for launching Tiny Spark. Her PBS television story, Sudan: The Quick and the Terrible, was nominated for an Emmy Award.
iTunes podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tiny-spark/id505053432
Mari co-founded GlobalGiving with Dennis Whittle, and currently leads the organization. In 2011, Mari was named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 Global Thinkers for “crowdsourcing worldsaving.” Before GlobalGiving, she worked at the World Bank where she managed and created some of the Bank’s most innovative projects including the first ever Innovation and Development Marketplaces, and the first series of strategic forums with the World Bank’s president and senior management. Mari also designed a range of investment projects in the Russia reform program, including a residential energy efficiency project, structural adjustment loans, and legal reform project. She currently serves as chair of the board of Guidestar US. She also serves on the board of DataKind, APOPO US, and the Global Business School Network. In addition to her native Japanese, Mari also speaks Russian, Italian, and French. She has an undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University and did graduate work in Russian and Japanese history and politics at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. Mari also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
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.
As the senior director of the Intellectual Capital team, Roy is focused on enabling the Omidyar Network to become a highly innovative and effective learning organization. Roy works across all regions and initiatives, working closely with both the board and the management team. His work focuses on helping the firm achieve its learning objective at all levels – ranging from external trends and environmental shifts, to testing our theories of change to social impact considerations to internal operational activities, and many facets in between
Prior to joining Omidyar Network Roy served for nearly a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a deputy director and founding member of the agricultural development Initiative in the foundation’s global development program. Previous to the Gates Foundation Roy spent 8 years in Africa where he was founder and CEO of Cyberplex Africa, one of the largest web development and knowledge management companies in southern Africa. Early in his career, Roy was an original founder and managing director of Africa Online, where he pioneered the delivery of Internet service in Zimbabwe. Furthermore, Roy was a senior manager of CH2MHill and a founding member of CH2MHill’s Strategies Group, which focused on assisting large corporate clients in strategically managing key environmental engineering and water management issues. Roy also has served McKinsey & Co both as a consultant early in his career and most recently as a senior advisor.
Roy holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in agricultural and biological engineering with minors in economics and International development from Cornell University. He also holds two B.S. degrees in both mechanical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Isabella Jean directs CDA’s collaborative learning wing and oversees monitoring and evaluation efforts to capture the results of CDA’s initiatives. Her learning and advisory focus is on conflict-sensitivity, peacebuilding effectiveness, program design, monitoring and evaluation methods, aid effectiveness, accountability and feedback loops. Isabella has led and facilitated collaborative learning processes and field research in Africa, Asia, Caucasus and the Middle East. In 2012, she co-authored CDA’s book, Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of Aid.
Prior to joining CDA, Isabella conducted policy research on conflict, coexistence, democracy and education in multi-ethnic societies. She directed training programs for community organizers and conducted evaluations of programs for at-risk youth in urban centers in the United States. She currently teaches a graduate-level course on design, monitoring and evaluation of strategic peacebuilding interventions as an adjunct faculty at Brandeis University’s Heller School. Isabella holds an MA in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University and a BA in International Relations from Bowdoin College.
As Senior Director of Programs, Britt oversees relationships with close to 3,000 nonprofits, including managing all of GlobalGiving’s impact measurement, capacity building work, and disaster relief grantmaking. In addition to her seven years at GlobalGiving, Britt has worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with a variety of non-profits in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. She sits on the boards of Beyond Borders and Retrak America. Britt holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 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.
Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Everyday Peace Indicators Project at George Mason University/USIP
Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Everyday Peace Indicators Project at George Mason University/USIP
Pamina Firchow is Assistant Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Her main research interests surround the study of the international accompaniment of communities affected by mass violence, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In this vein, her work focuses on the design, monitoring and evaluation of transitional justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding interventions. Since 2013, she has been developing and piloting an inclusive and participatory measurement system called the Everyday Peace Indicators. This participatory measurement system is used to make claims about the effectiveness of local level interventions after war in Firchow’s forthcoming monograph, Reclaiming Everyday Peace, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Firchow has published in several journals, including Human Rights Review, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Politics and International Studies Perspectives. She is also the editor of a recently published edited book entitled Practical Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting Theory to Work.
Dr. Firchow has received support for her research from the United States Institute of Peace, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rotary Foundation, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the University of Geneva. She is currently a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at USIP and serves as a consultant to various international peacebuilding organizations. Firchow earned her PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has been working in the peacebuilding sector as a scholar-practitioner for non-governmental organizations and universities since 1999.
Open Contracting Partnership
Sierra Ramirez is a Program Analyst at the Open Contracting Partnership. She is an M&E and learning specialist with Latin America and Middle East field experience in organisational learning and development. In her work she emphasizes reflective and collaborative strategies to integrate meaningful Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) across all our program interventions, as well as providing general program support.
Sierra has a dual-degree Masters from American University’s School of International Service and the UN-Mandated University for Peace, in international affairs and natural resources & sustainable development.
Laura Walker McDonald
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Social Impact Lab Foundation, Laura supports organizations around the world to use mobile technology to transform their work. Drawing on her expertise in humanitarian aid, human rights law and international development, she brings a cross-disciplinary approach to communications, innovation and information management. Laura writes and speaks about SIMLab’s work, and mobile for social change more generally, contributing to technical resources and journals with understandings of good practice in applied mobile communications, with a particular focus on humanitarian aid, and quality and accountability. Before coming to SIMLab, Laura worked for the British Red Cross on international humanitarian policy and learning, focussed on quality and accountability, innovation, urbanisation, cash transfer programming and civil-military relations, as well as strategic planning. Laura holds an LL.B (Hons) in Law, French and German from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and an LL.M in International Development Law and Human Rights from Warwick University.
International Rescue Committee
Chloë Whitley coordinates the International Rescue Committee’s strategic ambitions around improving the organisation’s responsiveness towards affected populations. Her work involves generating understanding around the challenges and opportunities associated with responsive programming; identifying and testing practical solutions to changing behaviour around the use of client feedback; and working with others across the organisation and the sector to shift policy and practice in support of more accountable, effective programming.
Chloë has worked for the IRC in a number of previous roles as well as with the Norwegian Refugee Council, International Alert and other organisations in the sector in roles targeting improvements in programme quality.
Center for Economic Opportunity
Parker Krasney is a Senior Advisor with the Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) in the New York City Office of the Mayor. In this role, he works with City agencies and service provider organizations to coordinate the design, implementation, performance measurement and evaluation of a portfolio of education, mentoring and workforce development programs serving disconnected and justice system-involved youth and young adults. Parker holds a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College and a MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Nathaniel Heller is a Managing Director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), which he joined in 2014, and leads R4D’s Governance Program. At R4D, Nathaniel works to harness citizen-centric transparency and accountability efforts as drivers of development outcomes.
Prior to joining R4D, Nathaniel co-founded and led Global Integrity, a non-profit 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.
Vice President for Global Initiatives
Alison Campbell is currently Internews’ Vice President for Global Initiatives based in Washington, DC, overseeing our environmental, health and humanitarian programs. With a background in both journalism and humanitarian relief, she specializes in the design and troubleshooting of information projects in humanitarian, conflict, post conflict, peacebuilding and other transitional environments. She actively manages Internews Rapid Response Humanitarian Projects, most recently in Greece, Nepal and Liberia (Ebola).
Alison has worked in various capacities for Internews since 2000: She established the Internews program at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, providing a foundation for the important work that Internews still does in Rwanda. She founded Internews Burma project in 2001, started the Internews Burma Journalism School and has been deeply involved in the recent exciting developments in the media scene in Burma/Myanmar since. As Regional Manager for Africa Programs saw oversaw projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan. Before joining Internews, Alison worked in radio, print and television newsrooms in South Africa and in the UK before spending four years as a press officer for CARE, managing press relations and policy in humanitarian emergencies including Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Bosnia.
Lindsay Austin Louie is a Program Officer for the Philanthropy Grantmaking Program, which sits within the Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group. In this role, Lindsay supports two grantmaking strategies that seek to increase and improve the effectiveness of all foundations: (1) Knowledge for Better Philanthropy, and (2) the Fund for Shared Insight.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). At SV2, she worked closely with donors and grantees to help identify strong nonprofit organizations and then to strengthen those organizations with long-term funding and additional assistance in management, governance, and internal operations. Before leading SV2, Lindsay ran business development for Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin Counties.
Lindsay holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Public Management, as well as an M.A. in Education, M.A. in Sociology, and B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is the Board President of Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY), a Bay Area nonprofit that provides school-based mental health services in over 30 local public schools.
Chief Development & Engagement Officer
Abby brings more than 10 years of experience in development, communications, and youth leadership development, which includes being a Class 2 Atlas Corps Fellow in Colombia. Abby also worked as a Development Strategist for the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (Washington, DC), Fundacion Escuela Nueva (Bogota, Colombia), and The Campus Kitchens Project (national). Abby is the DC Community Connect for the One Percent Foundation – a a group of young adults who pool their funds and time to strengthen their communities, while at the same time increasing their understanding of and participation in philanthropy. Abby served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Puerto Rico and organized community development efforts throughout the northern part of the island. Abby graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Spanish with a minor in Marketing from the University of Minnesota Duluth and completed the Fundraising for Small Nonprofits course offered by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. You can hear more about Abby’s perspective on social sector careers in this interview from Idealist.org.
Founder & CEO
Deepthi Welaratna leads the team at Thicket Labs. For the last 15 years she’s helped launch products, movements, and ventures at the intersection of research, community, and technology.
Through her strategic consulting at the intersection of markets, policy, and communities, Deepthi has worked with global brands and fortune 500 companies. Her award-winning communications campaigns have engaged communities globally in understanding and reshaping complex policy issues that affect their lives. She’s helped one startup become the market leader in their space, lead another through a full pivot in business model, and weathered acquisition by the world’s largest advertising holding company at a third.
After identifying a game-changing technology with the potential to radically improve strategic collaborations, Deepthi founded Thicket Labs to build technology solutions to help teams work better together.
Deepthi was born in the UK, raised in Silicon Valley, lived in France, and her family is from Sri Lanka. She received her MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York, where she currently makes her home.”
US Director of Programs & Strategy
Maggie is an accomplished international development specialist with 15 years of experience in the development and aid sectors. She currently serves as the US Director of Programs & Strategy for Souktel, leading program design and implementation with clients in North America. In addition to her expertise in the mobiles for development (M4D) space, she spent over 10 years at leading non-profit IREX, where she managed media development programs and global new business development–serving most recently in IREX’s Education Programs Division. Prior to IREX, Maggie worked at IFES (the International Foundation for Electoral Systems) on programs which focused on civic education, political party development, and election administration–and at USAID’s Europe and Eurasia bureau. Maggie holds a BA in history from the University of Michigan and an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University.
Strategy and Policy Manager
Access Social Investment
Ed joined Access in July 2015 as the Strategy and Policy Manager. He leads the development and delivery of our Capacity Building programmes, alongside managing our work with data, systems and reporting processes.
Prior to joining Access Ed spent three years at Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading #techforgood funder, where he led their involvement in the 360giving open data initiative, developed systems for their Triple Helix impact reporting process, and was principal researcher for the Nominet Trust 100. He began his career working in performing arts education, which led circuitously into community development, education consultancy, conflict resolution (mediation and training), and a stint in Whitehall (BIS) working on improving the regulation of the social sector.
You can follow Ed on Twitter @ejanderton
Dennis Whittle is co-founder and director of Feedback Labs. He was also co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding + crowdsourcing website, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. Earlier, he was Lead Economist at the World Bank, where his team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces – an approach which has been replicated in over one hundred countries by the World Bank and many other aid agencies, foundations, and impact investors. He has served in the past as Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Board Director of Internews.
Samir K. Doshi
USAID Global Development Lab
Samir K. Doshi is a Senior Scientist at USAID’s Global Development Lab. Samir leads the Real-Time Data for Adaptive Management initiative, with a focus on how local communities can use digital technologies in complex environments to better monitor, evaluate, learn and adapt to emergent and dynamic situations. Samir also supports USAID’s work on the Ebola response and the strengthening of health systems in West Africa.
Samir has held teaching and research appointments at the University of Cambridge, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Queen’s University and the University of Vermont. He was also a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar in India focusing on grassroots innovations and sustainable development. Samir was a fellow of Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Institute for Advanced Study, the Santa Fe Institute, the Environmental Leadership Program and other institutions. Prior to his academic career, Samir worked as an engineer for local organizations on sustainable development projects in indigenous communities around the world. His Ph.D. research specialized in Systems Ecology, and his MS and BS focus was in Development Economics and Computer Systems Engineering, respectively.
Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of FrontlineSMS. Frontline helps thousands of organizations reach tens of millions of people with the information, good, and services they need most. Sean has spent a decade at the intersection of international law, technology, and social impact services. He is the author of Ebola: A Big Data Disaster. Sean is an affiliate with Harvard University’s Berkman-Klein Center and an advisor to the Center for Internet & Society, Digital Democracy, DoSomething.org, ECPAT USA, the Environmental Peacebuilding Institute, TechChange, and UNDP. Sean is a lawyer, with a J.D./M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Fay Twersky is Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She oversees five functions including cross-foundation strategy support, evaluation and organization learning as well as grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector. Twersky spent 2010–2011 working in Jerusalem, advising Yad Hanadiv (the Rothschild Family Foundation).
Twersky served for four years as Director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing the Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.
Twersky has authored many articles and reports. Recently, she published “The Artful Juggler,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on what it takes to be a successful Foundation Chief Executive Officer. She was principal author of Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. Twersky is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. She serve on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Philanthropy University, a newly launched Massive Open Online Course offered in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Twersky holds two bachelor’s degrees in Rhetoric and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cambridge City Council
Nadeem Mazen is an educator, entrepreneur, and community organizer. He was elected to Cambridge City Council in 2013 after an energetic grassroots campaign, winning by just 6 votes – being returned to office in 2015, receiving the most votes across all 23 candidates for City Council. In his first two terms, he has worked to make city government more accessible to the public and is building coalitions that address Cambridge’s most pressing issues. He has also focused on social justice issues and greater equity for all members of our community. You can read his civic updates at Nadeemtron or learn more about his campaign at VoteNadeem.
Nadeem first arrived in Cambridge to study Engineering at MIT. After graduation, he founded two community-oriented businesses in Central Square: Nimblebot, a creative agency, and danger!awesome, a makerspace that brings creative expression and tools to the masses. He is a natural collaborator and problem-solver, dedicated to bringing fresh, progressive voices into community leadership. Over the past three years, Nadeem has organized a team of volunteers and community organizers who are proving that a truly progressive Cambridge is possible.
Marc Maxmeister is a PhD neuroscientist who serves as chief innovator for Keystone Accountability and as innovation consultant for GlobalGiving and FeedbackLabs. He is the architech of FeedbackCommons.org – a system that helps practitioners manage agile feedback loops with the people they serve. It also allows one to create sector benchmarks by merging data sets. Marc helps coordinate the GlobalGiving Storytelling project, an experiment to provide all organizations with a richer, more complex view of the communities they serve found at storylearning.org – and is author of the upcoming book, Storytelling for Change. He is also part of i-team, GlobalGiving’s impact measurement experimenting group. He was formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia and did a Fulbright research project around the impact of computers and the Internet on rural education in West Africa. He has taught graduate-level Neuroscience at Kenyatta University in Kenya and Python to middle school students in London, UK. He blogs at chewychunks.wordpress.com and is the author of several books, including Ebola: Local voices, hard facts (2014) and Trello for Project Management (2015).
Dr. Marsha Dickson is Irma Ayers Professor of Human Services in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies and co-director of the Sustainable Apparel Initiative at the University of Delaware. She has recently co-founded Better Buying, an initiative aiming to transform buyer purchasing practices so that business relationships support suppliers in providing decent workplace conditions. Dr. Dickson is internationally recognized for her research and teaching on social responsibility in the apparel industry. She has conducted research on social responsibility in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and in the U.K. and Europe. Dickson is an executive member of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-governmental organization originally formed by President Clinton to improve working conditions in factories around the world. She is also on the board of directors of the Fair Factories Clearinghouse. Dr. Dickson has received several awards for her academic and industry contributions in social responsibility, including the All Star Award from Apparel Magazine and the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in 2009, ITAA Distinguished Scholar in 2011, and ITAA Fellow in 2016.
Anne Sophie Ranjbar
Anne Sophie Ranjbar is Associate Director of Accountability Lab, an NGO that that incubates young people’s innovative ideas for building integrity in their communities. She helps lead the organization’s strategy, operations, impact and learning, and partnerships, and has also spend 6 months leading its programs on the ground in Nepal. Prior to her four years at Accountability Lab, Anne Sophie worked on the development team at the Global Fund for Children; helped the government of Ghana implement reforms for the country’s orphanage system with the KaeMe Foundation; conducted research on democracy trends across the world at the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law; and provided communications support to The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. She received a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.
Sun Min Kim
Sun-Min joined Global Integrity in December 2014 as part of the Africa Integrity Indicators project. As Research Manager, she oversees the data collection and research in a number of countries in Africa, by training in-country researchers and providing quality control on assessing national transparency and accountability mechanisms. Before coming to D.C. she worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cameroon on governance projects focusing on the socio-political inclusion of marginalized groups and development effectiveness. She also supported the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) and other citizen participation projects in West Africa while working in Togo and Burkina Faso with the Hanns Seidel Foundation. Sun-Min holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and is personally interested in questions of how to better link grassroots participatory processes to mechanisms at the national and/or regional level.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project
Madeleine Lim is an award-winning filmmaker with 25 years of experience as a producer, director, cinematographer and editor. She is the principle of MADBULL FILMS and is also the Director of The Worlds of Bernice Bing; Family Blessings; The Gift of Family; Who Is An Afghan?; Dragon Desire; TRIP – A Vision of Smart Growth; Dream; Youth Organizing: Power Through Art; shades of grey; Vin Meets Yvonne; and Can You See. Her films have screened at sold-out theaters at international film festivals around the world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and Amsterdam Amnesty International Film Festival. Her work has been featured at universities and museums like the de Young, and Asian Art in San Francisco, and Crocker Art in Sacramento, and broadcast to millions on PBS.
Lim’s films have received awards from the prestigious and highly competitive Paul Robeson Independent Media Fund, as well as the Frameline Film Completion Fund. She received the 1997 Award of Excellence from the San Jose Film & Video Commission’s Joey Awards and won the 1998 National Educational Media Network Bronze Apple Award. From 2000 to 2003, she was a California Arts Council Artist-in-Residence. The Featured Filmmaker at the 2006 APAture Asian American Arts Festival, Lim has thrice been awarded the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Commission for her films. She received grants from the Community Story Fund from Cal Humanities and the San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund for her film, The Worlds of Bernice Bing (2013), which won the Audience Award at the 2013 Queer Women of Color Film Festival. She holds a BA in Cinema from San Francisco State University, where she was awarded Outstanding Cinema Student of the Year. Since 2004, she has been an Adjunct Professor in the Film/Media Studies Department at the University of San Francisco, in Video Production.
At the age of 23, Madeleine Lim escaped persecution by the Singaporean government for her organizing work as a young lesbian artist-activist. Ten years later, she created the award-winning documentary Sambal Belacan in San Francisco (1997), a film that is still banned in Singapore for its exploration of race, sexuality and nationality. As one of a small number of queer women of color filmmakers on the international film festival circuit, she saw that only queer women of color would tell their own authentic stories.
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) is the result of her vision and she founded the organization in 2000 with the belief that a community of artist-activist filmmakers could change the face of filmmaking and the social justice movement. She is the Artistic Director for all QWOCMAP program and projects, and is the Lead Artist and Workshop Instructor for its Filmmaker Training Program. She also leads curriculum development and program evaluation. She mentors Instructors-in-Training and supervises staff in the coordination of the program. She leads the curatorial vision and film selection for the annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival, as well as the curatorial, design, and educational components of the Distribution Program. She implements the business plan for earned income through QWOCMAP Productions and the Distribution Program, closely monitors income and expenses, and supervises the Financial Management Consultant and Bookkeeper. She directs the development of strategic marketing and promotional materials. Lim was selected for the Rockwood Institute Art of Leadership in 2005, and participated in the Horizons Foundation Strategic Partnership Program from 2005-2008. She completed CompassPoint’s Thriving as an Executive Director in 2009 and graduated as a LeaderSpring Executive Director Fellow in 2013. She has led QWOCMAP as a member of the San Francisco Foundation Artistic Hubs cohort, the Bloomberg Philanthropies/DeVos Institute Arts & Innovation Management Program, and CompassPoint’s Fundraising Bright Spots program.
Under Lim’s leadership, QWOCMAP’s Filmmaker Training Program was awarded 2003 Best Video Program by San Francisco Community Media. In 2005, Lim received the LGBT Local Hero Award from KQED-TV in recognition of her leadership of QWOCMAP and her dedicated service to the queer women of color community. She was awarded the 2007 DreamSpeaker Award from Purple Moon Dance Project and the 2010 Phoenix Award from APIQWTC for her outstanding, sustained and pioneering contributions to the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community. She received the 2011 Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Award from the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club for her leadership in advancing justice and equality for the LGBT community. She was honored with the 2013 State Farm Good Neighbor Award presented by Equality California for her extraordinary commitment to her work and the LGBT community. In 2015, she won the Queer LifeSpace Artist On The Ground award in recognition for her work contributing to positive mental health for LBTQ women of color. Throughout the past 16 years, her leadership has been recognized by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Senate and California State Assembly, and the SF Board of Supervisors.
Senior Accountability Advisor
World Vision UK
Carla is a Senior Accountability Advisor with World Vision UK. Drawing on a breadth of professional experience Carla supports staff and partners to establish community feedback and response systems in development and humanitarian operations. Her portfolio of direct country engagement extends across Asia, the Pacific, Middle East and East Africa Regions. For the past seven years her professional focus has been on building organisational architecture, culture and staff competencies to effectively listen and respond to community feedback, so that resources intended for these communities are used in their best interest. Most recently Carla was the Field Coordinator for a multi-country Beneficiary Feedback Mechanism Pilot. This Pilot was funded by the UK Department for International Development and supported 7 partner organisations to establish beneficiary feedback mechanisms in their maternal and child health projects. World Vision UK led a consortium to support their journey and learn: · What makes a beneficiary feedback system effective? Does it improve accountability to communities and the delivery of projects? Is it worth the investment? Further information can be found at feedbackmechanisms.org Prior to joining World Vision, Carla worked with Members of Parliament in the Asia Pacific Region, Community Based Organisations in Burmese refugee camps, in research for the Australian Red Cross, and social policy analysis for the Australian Government.
Manager of Research and Learning
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.
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Austin
Kerry Connor is Austin’s Chief Innovation Officer, having joined the City of Austin on March 24, 2014. Previously, Kerry worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she established an innovation unit called the Research and Design Center in the Office of the Secretary of State, which offers research, consulting, brainstorming facilitation, and strategic design services. She developed and managed an employee idea generation program, helped architect sustainable management reforms, coordinated logistics for the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, served as an executive staffer, and improved programs and operations at two U.S. Embassies. O’Connor holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from James Madison University.
Molly leads US-based global policy and advocacy opportunities and works with Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative investees to help them achieve sector level change.
Before joining Omidyar Network, Molly was a senior fellow on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center for American Progress, and prior to that, served as chief of staff to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, co-chaired by President Yudhoyono, President Sirleaf, and Prime Minister Cameron. Her work focuses on advancing sustainable development and human dignity through the use of data, technology, and partnerships. She frequently advises governments and multilateral organizations and has helped launch global initiatives such as the Leave No One Behind charter.
Molly was previously chief of staff at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where she drove the Center’s strategy and launched the Center’s highly successful global development program. Prior to her time at NYU, she was the founding director of programs and partnerships for the Dalai Lama Fellows, a nonprofit focused on ethical leadership, and she worked for the Empirical Studies of Conflicts project and IBM Global Business Services.
Molly received an M.A. from Stanford University, where she was a teaching assistant for the Stanford economics department and a research assistant for the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in political economy and history. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was recognized with the Murphy Award as the top political economy student. Molly is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader alumni of Atlantik-Bruecke.
Communications and Development Manager
Anusha Yadav is the Communications & Development Manager of the Accountability Lab, an incubator for creative, youth-driven ideas for accountability and transparency around the world. Before joining the Lab, Anusha worked in marketing and resource management in research and tech consulting. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, with a focus in international ethics, from Mount Holyoke College in 2014.
Phil creates digital civic infrastructure to support open government and civic engagement. He’s spearheaded community-driven civic technology initiatives with global reach like the Open311 standard for interacting with government through an open feedback channel. Currently he leads the Data & Analytics portfolio at the GSA Technology Transformation Service and serves as the Chief Architect for Data.gov where he overseas an open development process and a federated architecture supporting open data and APIs across government. Previously, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the GSA and the White House Office of Digital Strategy.
Markets and Learning Advisor
Alison Hemberger is Mercy Corps’ Markets and Learning Advisor, where she guides agency efforts to support adaptive management and advises on market systems interventions. Alison serves on the leadership team for Mercy Corps ADAPT partnership with IRC, aimed at driving institutional and program-level change using evidence of adaptive programming. Prior to her current role, Alison was Mercy Corps Liberia’s Director of Results Management where she was responsible for leading the team’s approach to monitoring and learning in market development programming. Before joining Mercy Corps, Alison worked across sub-Saharan Africa on projects to integrate M&E design with program strategy and policy, including work with Skoll Foundation, USAID, Technoserve, CARE, and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Alison holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School with a focus on Political and Economic Development.
Director of the Digital Health Solutions Program
Dykki Settle joined the Digital Health Solutions team at PATH in June 2015. In his role as Director of Digital Health for PATH, he works to bridge the gaps between global health, international development and how users learn and adopt data systems and use. Dykki is in his happy place when he is supporting the growing global digital health community, increasing resilience and reusability of digital health global goods, and championing global and regional digital health collaboratives and regional peer learning networks.
Prior to joining PATH, Dykki served as the Director of Health Workforce Informatics at IntraHealth International since 2001. In that role, he led the design, development, and implementations of the iHRIS Suite of open-source health workforce information system software, the mHero health workforce mobile communications and coordination platform and other tools that are now being rolled out in global, regional and country programs worldwide.
Dykki has provided technical leadership in convening stakeholders to focus on health information systems and ICT applications in low and middle-income countries, utilizing his open-source experience and expertise to support a global agenda in open and collaborative health technologies and approaches. He has led and supported digital health work around the world in more than twenty-five countries.
At the moment, Dykki is thoroughly enjoying bringing together old friends and new in the emergent and convergent digital development effectiveness community.
Public Information Specialist
City of Austin | Austin Resource Recovery
Memi Cárdenas has been a Public Information Specialist Senior for Austin Resource Recovery – the City of Austin’s recycling and waste management department – since June 2015. In that time, she has made her mark by leading several innovative civic engagement initiatives, including the Insights crowdsourcing project and the Austin Recycles Games.
Memi began her career in radio promotions and branding, but soon realized what she enjoyed most was community and non-profit involvement. A true civil servant, she worked as the volunteer and community coordinator at the Humane Society of Williamson County before becoming a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives. Additionally, she worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in the pollution prevention and education section, where she coordinated and implemented conservation outreach programs.
Memi received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Economic Planning
County of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya
Director of Economic Planning
County of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya
John Maritim has been mainstreaming cross-cutting issues around the environment, gender, youth, disabilities and disaster reduction in development initiatives since 2013 in his role as Director of Economic Planning for the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet, Kenya. Formerly, he served as the Senior Economist County Development Planning Officer in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Prior to that, Maritim served as an Economist District Development Officer for the Turkana District, Keiyo District, and Keiyo South District. He received his Masters in International Development Studies (Development Economics) from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan.
Bruno Pillet joined Second Harvest Food Bank as Vice President of Programs and Services in 2015 after a productive career in the high-tech industry. He came to the Food Bank in 2014 through an Encore Fellowship, which places professionals from the for-profit sector into high-impact roles in the nonprofit sector. As an Encore Fellow, Bruno led a successful pilot project for Second Harvest, which tested new approaches to serving client families, and helped to implement key planning and process improvement tools to help Second Harvest achieve more efficient results.
Bruno brings his many years of experience in customer service and business process improvement to his role at Second Harvest, where he oversees the programs and services that ensure everyone in our community has access to the nutritious food they need to thrive. He spent more than 25 years at Hewlett-Packard, where he led a number of key initiatives. In 2002, he became responsible for HP’s Customer Support Delivery Operations and managed the integration, globalization, and transformation of customer support delivery. Following HP’s acquisition of Compaq, he led the effort to seamlessly integrate HP’s processes.
In 2007, Bruno took on the role of Vice President of Engineering for HP Services, Global Delivery, where he led the globalization and standardization of delivery processes and tools for HP’s customer support. Most recently, Bruno served as Vice President of Global Services for Grass Valley, which manufactures equipment for broadcast television.
Bruno has an MBA in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Impact & Evaluation Manager
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Krystle Onibokun is the Impact and Evaluation Manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP). In this role, Krystle measures BGCP’s impact in helping the community’s youth to achieve school success and graduate ready to succeed in college or career. Prior to BGCP, Krystle was a Teach For America Hawaii Corps Member. She taught Algebra II and Probability/Statistics at a large public high school. Krystle holds a Bachelor in Economics from Brown University, a Master of Education from the University of Hawaii, and a Master of Science in Management, Organizations, and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Zack is Reboot’s strategist in chief, directing the firm’s comprehensive growth as a social enterprise. He is a principal advisor to clients across Reboot portfolios and guides the team in developing a cohesive vision for a 21st century social contract.
A practicing theorist, Zack has extensive experience bringing community-driven approaches to policy making, program design, and implementation. He has worked in some of the world’s most challenging political environments, including post-revolutionary Tunisia, rural Pakistan, the Niger Delta, and Washington D.C., in the service of delivering more just, accountable, and inclusive governance.
Before co-founding Reboot, Zack led digital strategy for “Enough!”, the Center for American Progress’s project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. His advocacy initiatives brought popular attention to the topic of conflict minerals and contributed to the bipartisan passage of landmark human rights legislation on the sourcing of conflict minerals. Earlier, Zack was a product designer and innovation leader at the National Geographic Society. He chaired a cross-divisional effort to create the brand’s first social media platform and developed a roadmap to move branded consumer goods into sustainable packaging.
Zack speaks regularly on emerging models of governance and how they can help organizations become more responsive to the communities they serve. His most recent conference appearances include the Code for All Summit, the 2015 Service Design Global Summit, and Slush 2015.
Zack is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. On the rare occasions when Reboot is not occupying his attention, he can be found with a good book, a great glass of scotch, and his wonderful wife.
Founder and CEO
Gal Alon (Ph.D.) is the founder and CEO of Insights. Gal is a passionate change maker, and was recently named by Forbes as one of Israel’s most promising young entrepreneurs. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics at the age of 29, centering his studies around the political poverty of impoverished communities. Gal started Insights in 2010, after serving as an Advisor for Strategic Development in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. In an effort to improve public service, he led several across-government reforms in the fields of performance management and inclusive policy-making. Gal edited the government’s first planning manual while coordinating the public governance committee in Israel’s accession process to the OECD. He also led policy works that restructured Israel’s Welfare to Work program and revamped assistance to Holocaust survivors. Dr. Alon was a visiting fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC in 2010 and lectured on public and social policy between 2008 and 2013 at both the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. His military service was in Army Radio.
After years of working as a non-profit executive, David started Barkan Consulting Group in 1994. BCG aims to strengthen and support organizations and collaboratives committed to social change. Specializing in philanthropic, community-based, and governmental sectors, David provides consultation, training, and facilitation services to projects of all sizes around the world. David holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology.
David is also founder and Volunteer CEO of Ultimate Peace, an international non-profit that runs cross-cultural educational, sports, and leadership programs for hundreds of teens in the Middle East.
Digital Services Expert
White House Office of Management and Budget
Matt is a technology strategist and organizer working at the intersection of open government, civic engagement, and public policy. A passionate generalist, his work has ranged from information security to open data and from crowdfunding to service design. As a co-founder of Code for DC, he helps build the capacity of DC’s technology community for social good. By day he serves at the White House Office of the Chief Information Officer as a Digital Services Expert, focusing on all the open things. Matt has also served as the Director of Technology Innovation for DC Government and as a User Experience Manager for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he focused on closing the loop from financial complaints by citizens to the marketplace using open data. He’s an English major and you should be too. At the Feedback Summit, Matt Bailey will be representing his personal views, not those of the White House.
Chief of Party, Center for Development Innovation
Growing up on a family farm in Wisconsin, Kristi Ragan developed a deep urge to see the world. While Kristi was earning her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, her professor, Madeleine Albright, urged her to join the United Nations and become “an international civil servant.” She joined the Peace Corps twice—serving in the South Pacific and in Tanzania. Working in Somalia from 1997 to 2000 for the United Nations, Kristi saw how important it is to involve the full spectrum of local actors in development solutions, particularly the private sector. In places like Hargeisa and Berbera, where donors and donor dollars were scarce, she saw businesses moving essential goods and services and generating funds for building homes and schools, stoking Kristi’s determination to bring the private sector more fully into development through public-private partnerships. She joined DAI in 2003 and quickly built relationships with Walmart, Gap, Chevron, and other multinational corporations, and leveraged these relationships after being named to lead the core services team for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Global Development Alliances. Kristi now leads an initiative for USAID that works to encourage innovative solutions to global problems such as illiteracy. Building on three decades of work in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, Kristi remains committed to finding new ways to raise the quality of life for the world’s poor.
Lesley-Anne provides strategic leadership to mPowering and coordinates across mHealth, maternal and child health advisors, program implementers, government officials, private sector, NGOs and others focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. A former family law barrister, and Dean of a Faculty of Health & Social Care, she has a strong track record of academic publications in law, global health and child rights.
Senior Program Manager
CDA Collaborative Learning Projects
Sarah Cechvala is a Senior Program Manager at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. Her learning and advisory focus is on conflict-sensitivity, accountability and feedback loops, and conflict-sensitive business practice and corporate social impacts. Sarah has facilitated collaborative learning processes and field research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Recently, she led several case studies in Ethiopia, Pakistan, and Nepal focused on feedback utilization in long-term development programs.
Prior to joining CDA, she conducted field research and trainings focused on humanitarian response, displacement, vulnerable populations, and gender-based violence in conflict zones. She has a background in forced displacement and durable solutions for refugees and IDPs, and worked in Kenya on refugee resettlement. Sarah holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a BA in International Relations from Boston University.
Centre for Youth Impact
Bethia McNeil is Director of the Centre for Youth Impact, a role she has held since its launch in September 2014. Prior to joining the team to set up the Centre, Bethia worked at the Dartington Social Research Unit, the Young Foundation, the National Youth Agency and NIACE (now the Learning and Work Institute), in a variety of policy and research roles. She has also worked in further and higher education as a teacher and trainer. Bethia is a Clore Fellow and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University.
About Centre for Youth Impact
The Centre for Youth Impact is a community of organisations committed to working together to advance thinking and practice in evidence and impact measurement in youth work and provision for young people. The Centre was launched in 2014. Our vision is to ensure all young people have access to high quality programmes and services that improve their life chances, by promoting embedded approaches to impact measurement that directly inform practice. We exist to make this a reality.
The Centre for Youth Impact is committed to feedback because it is critical in helping us to collectively understand how young people experience the impact of informal and non-formal learning in their lives, and to get better at what we do.
Director of Development
Tris leads NPC’s development of new strategies, partnerships and initiatives to help transform the social sector. He also leads NPC’s fundraising activity to support our research and thought leadership. Working with partners both in the UK and internationally, Tris focuses on both the demand and supply sides of innovation around social impact. His particular interest areas are leadership and culture, as well as frameworks and approaches that put impact at the heart of the social sector, including shared measurement, open data and systems thinking. Tris helped initiate, and now coordinates, the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022. He is also engaged in international efforts to advance an impact focus in the social sector as a trustee of the Social Impact Analysts Association, as a member of the EU GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise, the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community and the Alliance for Effective Social Investing, and as a speaker at international conferences in Europe,Australia and the U.S. Tris has helped build NPC’s approach to sector research, charity analysis, theory of change, impact reporting and shared measurement and has led numerous research projects on subjects including impact measurement, community organisations, social campaigning, refugees, child abuse and older people. Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in market research and management consulting.
NPC is making a commitment to feedback in the UK as part of its mission to help transform the charity sector for greater impact.
Quality Improvement Specialist
Alexa provides consultation and assistance to nurse consultants and nurse home visitors who implement the Nurse-Family Partnership program. She offers trainings on a variety of content areas to nurse consultants and other staff at the National Service Officea and facilitates interviews with nurse consultants and nurse supervisors. Alexa conducta qualitative and quantitative analyses and provide assistance around using data to inform practice.
Meg oversees the admin, finance, and day-to-day operations of the Labs. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Meg spent two years working in education systems abroad. She likes to think about how classroom engagement strategies translate into the feedback field and the role that listening plays in the co-creation of development programs.
As a lifelong student of culture and community, Meg has conducted research on women and girls and directed education projects across the globe including Amsterdam, Uganda, India, and Malaysia. Meg graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar with a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Following graduation she served as the On Site Administrator at Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a residential school and poverty alleviation program in rural India. Most recently, as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in rural Malaysia, Meg focused on increasing female student voice in her classrooms and collaborated with the Islamic State Police to create a girl’s leadership program. In her spare time, Meg can be found experimenting with new recipes, on hiking adventures, or keeping tabs on her former students.