Working at the crossroads of social entrepreneurship, international education and international development, Global Citizen Year has built a team of passionate, results-oriented professionals who share a commitment to unleashing to potential of the next generation of global leaders through a transformative bridge year before college.
- Founder & CEO
- As Founder and CEO, Abby leads the team by developing the vision, strategy and resources to make a global bridge…
As Founder and CEO, Abby leads the team by developing the vision, strategy and resources to make a global bridge year after high school a common expectation and opportunity.
Prior to founding Global Citizen Year, Abby spent more than a decade as an educator and entrepreneur in communities across the U.S. and around the world. One of her most notable achievements was designing an initiative that empowers youth to address global poverty, a model which has now become a flagship program of Mercy Corps.
A frequent speaker on social innovation and global education, Abby’s work has been featured in leading forums including the Clinton Global Initiative, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Pop!Tech, and The New York Times. For her achievements as a social entrepreneur, she has been recognized as an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a Mind Trust Fellow, and a Harvard Social Enterprise Fellow.
Abby holds a B.A. and M.Ed. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
What inspires you?
Passion, innovation, and human potential.
- Chief Operating Officer
- As Chief Operating Officer, Erin is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of Global Citizen Year in partnership with…
As Chief Operating Officer, Erin is responsible for executing the vision and strategy of Global Citizen Year in partnership with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Erin served as VP of School Partnerships for Revolution Foods where she led the expansion of Revolution Foods from 5 schools to over 1,200 nationwide. Prior to Revolution Foods, she served as the Bay Area Director for Playworks. Erin was instrumental in expanding this small, Bay Area organization into one that now partners with over 350 public schools nationwide. For the past 12 years, she has simultaneously served as the Head Varsity Coach of the girls’ basketball team at Emery High School and is also the Board Chair for Oakland Leaf, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Oakland youth in their search for social justice.
Previously, Erin worked for NICRO Women’s Support Centre in South Africa developing and implementing a policy that worked to prevent gender-based violence in major school districts.
Erin holds a B.A. from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon.
It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela
- Vice President of Development
- As Vice President of Development, David is responsible for developing resources and partnerships to fuel Global Citizen Year’s financial engine.…
As Vice President of Development, David is responsible for developing resources and partnerships to fuel Global Citizen Year’s financial engine.
Before joining Global Citizen Year, David spent a decade at Teach For America. As an elementary school science teacher in Houston, David was named a national finalist for the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching. He then joined the organization’s staff, pioneering the recruitment of graduate students and leading math/science recruitment strategy. While overseeing campus recruitment in the western US, David’s team grew the number of admitted teachers by 77%. He managed the team’s human resources function, its approach to leadership development, and long-term strategic planning, while also building high-level external relationships with university presidents and chancellors.
A Seattle native and University of Michigan alumnus, David is an Eagle Scout and a six-time marathoner.
- Vice President of Operations and Finance
- As Vice President of Operations and Finance, Jonas is responsible for building the team, systems and core operations to enable…
As Vice President of Operations and Finance, Jonas is responsible for building the team, systems and core operations to enable Global Citizen Year’s ambitious growth in the coming years.
Jonas has a background in for-profit and non-profit organizations in high-growth stages. Most recently, he served in a variety of roles at Revolution Foods as it grew from providing healthy school lunches in a few schools in California to serving over a million meals a week around the country. He founded World PULSE, a non-profit providing international service opportunities and cross-cultural trainings to low-income young people.
With Room to Read, he implemented new technologies with local staff throughout Asia. He led the marketing and community relations efforts at Noah’s Bagels as it grew to a national chain. And as one of the original employees at Sports4Kids (now Playworks), Jonas led operations as it became a leading national youth development organization.
Jonas holds a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley.
Why do you do what you do?
I’m a cross-cultural mashup: born in Bangkok to a German mother and Chinese father and have lived and traveled around the world. It’s motivated me to work towards getting more young people to be exposed to the challenges and joys of international experiences.
- Vice President of Programs
- As the Vice President of Programs, Shannah leads the Global Programs team in developing the strategies and operations for facilitating…
As the Vice President of Programs, Shannah leads the Global Programs team in developing the strategies and operations for facilitating a world-class leadership development program that delivers a positive experience and impact for Fellows and Partners. Prior to leading Global Programming, Shannah designed, built, and grew the Global Citizen Year Ecuador Program as well as oversaw the development of the Global Training Curriculum.
Before joining the Global Citizen Year team in 2010, Shannah worked on international development, human rights, educational, and environmental management projects throughout Latin America, and mostly in Ecuador. Her career included consulting for Lumni Inc., CARE, and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), as well as leading Programs Teams at two Ecuadorian NGOs – Fundacion Pachamama and Fundacion Altropico..
Shannah holds a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Anthropology from Stanford University.
Why do I do what I do?
I love interacting with people and diverse perspectives and life experiences, so that I can learn more about them, myself, and the world, one relationship at a time!
- The New School-Eugene Lang College Faculty Advisor
- Stephanie Browner is the Dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. As…
Stephanie Browner is the Dean of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City. As part of her work there she meets with and advises students and alumni, observes classes, and teaches a yearlong course to the cohort of Lang/Global Citizen Year Fellows via email during their time abroad. The school received a $5 million grant from its founder, Eugene M. Lang, in honor of her leadership, and she recently secured a half million-dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation to launch Lang’s new Civic Arts and Humanities Community Partnerships Program.
Formerly Stephanie was the Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Berea College, a liberal arts college in Kentucky known nationwide for providing a tuition-free education to low-income students. Her accomplishments there included securing gifts and grants, increasing faculty diversity, designing new curricular initiatives, and collaborating with leaders across the state to launch a series of conferences on Kentucky’s energy policy.
Stephanie’s scholarly interests include nineteenth-century American and African-American literature, the history of American medicine, postcolonial literature, digital humanities, and contemporary public health issues. Her scholarship has appeared in leading journals including PMLA and American Quarterly, and she is the author of two books, including Profound Science and Elegant Literature: Imagining Doctors in Nineteenth-Century America. In fall 2013 a recent article written by Stephanie will appear in the German publication Communicating Disease: CulturalRepresentations of American Medicine.
Stephanie has lectured widely, especially on literature and medicine, and has created websites on Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. She is the founder and editor of The Charles Chesnutt Digital Archive and serves on the board of Networked Interface for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES).
Stephanie’s early experience includes work as a medical volunteer in Central America, a high school English and Spanish teacher, and a professional modern dancer. She holds a PhD and an MA in American Literature and American Studies from Indiana University and a BA from the University of Chicago.
- Medical Advisor
- Sharon is a Board Certified Internist and HIV Specialist. She practices and teaches in several locations in San Francisco, including…
Sharon is a Board Certified Internist and HIV Specialist. She practices and teaches in several locations in San Francisco, including California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), St. Mary’s Medical Center, and University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Sharon has a diverse outpatient practice, caring for patients from ages 16 to 103. She also supervises medical students and residents in training, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
In addition to her work as the Medical Advisor for Global Citizen Year, Sharon was the Assistant Medical Director of the Sister Mary Philippa Clinic, the Medical Director at the University of San Francisco Student Health Clinic. She was also the Inpatient Attending and Faculty at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Assistant Medical Director at the Family Health Center at CPMC. Additionally, Sharon was the Attending Physician at UCSF’s 360 Program, an HIV Women’s Program. Sharon has volunteered her time as a physician at Camp Mather near Yosemite National Park.
Sharon attended medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington D.C. She completed her medical residency at California Pacific Medical Center, in San Francisco, CA where she was also Chief Resident.
Sharon’s daughter is a 2014 graduate of Global Citizen Year; her daughter spent her bridge year in Ecuador.
“I was born to catch dragons in their dens / And pick flowers / To tell tales and laugh away the morning / To drift and dream like a lazy stream / And walk barefoot across sunshine days.” – James Kavanaugh
PeeBee van den Toorn
- Global Health and Safety Director/US Training Manager
- As the Health and Safety Director, PeeBee’s role is to strengthen risk management systems in order to best support the…
As the Health and Safety Director, PeeBee’s role is to strengthen risk management systems in order to best support the fellows and the program. As the US Training Manager, PeeBee manages both the US-based Fall and Re-Entry Trainings for the global cohort of Fellows.
Before Global Citizen Year, PeeBee’s career included a number of international and youth development experiences. Her passion for international work began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, where she partnered with local schools, NGOs, and community youth members in environmental education initiatives. Beyond Bolivia, and following a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies, PeeBee expanded her global portfolio with additional experiences including work with Project Concern International in El Salvador and post-tsunami India, doing project design, proposal writing, and training in both the health and environment sectors.
For the last several years, PeeBee has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in a number of capacities including Field Instruction, Risk Management, Administration, and Leadership. She has also been a Lead Trainer for both the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) and NOLS Professional Training (NOLS Pro). In all of her roles with NOLS, PeeBee has been responsible for designing and implementing leadership and skill-based curriculum and training systems.
PeeBee holds a B.A. in History with minors in Spanish and Art History from the University of California at Davis where she played varsity soccer for four years. PeeBee also earned a M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) with a specialization in Nonprofit Management in Developing Countries. Since 1996, she has maintained an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.
What inspires you?
People and Potential
- Operations and Finance Manager
- As Manager of Operations and Finance, Doug is responsible for maintaining accurate records and controls over Global Citizen Year’s finances. …
As Manager of Operations and Finance, Doug is responsible for maintaining accurate records and controls over Global Citizen Year’s finances. This includes overseeing the bookkeeper, performing month and year-end close, preparing budgets and financial modeling. Doug will also play a key role assisting with Human Resources, IT, and other operational functions.
Doug brings a diverse finance and accounting background mainly in large for-profit companies. Most recently, he served as Finance Manager at Clorox where he created financial reporting tools and systems in their Latin American operations. Prior to that, Doug worked in a number of different finance roles supporting sales, marketing and manufacturing departments at Chiron, a pioneering Bay Area BioTech company.
Doug’s career started out with a stint in public accounting with Ernst & Young in Cleveland, Ohio and then as an accounting manager with a small firm in Lesotho, Southern Africa, so he understands the challenges of operating in developing countries.
Doug holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Why do you do what you do?
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went directly to college in the Midwest after high school. I had never been outside North America until a semester abroad during my junior year of college. That semester changed my life and ever since then I have had a thirst for other cultures and other places. I have now travelled and lived in over 70 different countries – and counting!
- Bookkeeper/Office Manager
- As Global Citizen Year’s Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Rebecca provides support to the finance department by overseeing accounts receivable, accounts payable, and…
As Global Citizen Year’s Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Rebecca provides support to the finance department by overseeing accounts receivable, accounts payable, and maintenance of the general ledger. Additionally, she provides critical administrative and office management support.
Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Rebecca provided money management services to older adults within a nonprofit fiduciary services program. She has also provided social services to older adults, and held research and information management roles within the fields of publishing and higher education development.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has also completed coursework for a certificate in Professional Fiduciary Management for Conservators at California State University, Fullerton.
- Manager of Program Experience
- As Manager of Program Experience, Esther helps to oversee the US Fellows program experience at Global Citizen Year. She is…
As Manager of Program Experience, Esther helps to oversee the US Fellows program experience at Global Citizen Year. She is also responsible for managing curriculum development, evaluations, and program operations.
Esther previously worked in the social enterprise and higher education sector at Northeastern University, where she managed the Social Enterprise Institute’s international field research programs. Esther has led over 400 students abroad to work on social enterprise programs in Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and South Africa. At the SEI, Esther advised students on development projects selected for Clinton Global Initiative University, and was a Change Team Staff Leader for Ashoka University’s Changemaker Initiative. She also volunteered with Citizen Schools, a national afterschool teaching program. Prior to her work in higher education, Esther worked in a refugee camp in rural Zambia where she led microfinance operations, and in refugee resettlement with the UN Refugee Agency. Esther understands the transformative value of bridge year programs, as she spent her bridge year in South Africa working with children impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Esther holds a B.A. in International Affairs & Economics, certificate in Business Administration from Northeastern University, and is currently completing her M.S. in Nonprofit Management.
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
- Recruitment and Alumni Engagement Manager
- As the Recruitment and Alumni Engagement Manager, Emmy Highsmith focuses on the bookends of the Global Citizen Year fellow cycle,…
As the Recruitment and Alumni Engagement Manager, Emmy Highsmith focuses on the bookends of the Global Citizen Year fellow cycle, recruitment and alumni relations. Her goal is to ensure Global Citizen Year recruits a diverse group of young leaders for each cohort, and keeps them engaged and supported after program completion.
Prior to joining the Global Citizen Year team, Emmy worked as the Senior Manager of Customer Relations at Revolution Foods for over five years.
Emmy holds a B.A. in American Studies (with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies), from San Francisco State University.
- Admissions Manager
- As Admissions Manager, Aparna leads the application, selection, and on-boarding process for Global Citizen Year. Aparna has worked in the…
As Admissions Manager, Aparna leads the application, selection, and on-boarding process for Global Citizen Year.
Aparna has worked in the non-profit sector for over six years and has contributed to organizations such as Atlas Corps, Semester at Sea, and South Asian Americans Leading Together. (SAALT) She has worked on program development, operations, and has a passion for helping organizations implement technological solutions that will allow them to be more effective.
Aparna holds a B.S. in International Business and a minor in International Development and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland.
Ubuntu – “A person is a person through other persons.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Content & Onboarding Manager
- As Content & Onboarding Manager, Katie manages the selection and onboarding of new Fellows by organizing the application review, interview…
As Content & Onboarding Manager, Katie manages the selection and onboarding of new Fellows by organizing the application review, interview process, and international travel preparations. She also implements Global Citizen Year’s social media strategy.
Katie comes to Global Citizen Year with administrative experience from several non-profits including the Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Global Health Delivery Project. Her firm belief in the transformative power of a bridge year is informed by her own experiences volunteering in India during high school and studying abroad in Uganda during college.
Katie holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.
“Being human always points, and is directed, to something or someone other than oneself–be it a meaning to fulfill or another human being to encounter… a cause to serve or another person to love” – Viktor Frankl
- Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations
- As Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Nisha contributes to the development of resources and partnerships that allow Global Citizen Year’s…
As Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Nisha contributes to the development of resources and partnerships that allow Global Citizen Year’s programs to thrive.
Prior to joining the development team at Global Citizen Year, Nisha spent seven years coordinating and managing several complex education initiatives at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her work managing the behind-the-scenes operational machinery of Carnegie’s programs included contracts and grants administration, budget management, project planning, and systems improvement. As the project manager for Carnegie’s Community College Pathways initiative, she developed a deep appreciation for the transformative impact that a great program can have on the higher education trajectory of at-risk students.
Having extensively traveled and volunteered in developing countries, Nisha is excited about the bridge year’s potential to transform our nation’s collective cultural sensitivities and capacity for empathy.
Nisha holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.P.A. from San Francisco State University.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
- Risk Management Coordinator
- As Risk Management Coordinator, Molly works closely with the Programs team to support incident responses from the field. She also…
As Risk Management Coordinator, Molly works closely with the Programs team to support incident responses from the field. She also serves as the right arm in strengthening overall risk management systems.
Molly comes to Global Citizen Year with a depth of Field experience- having led youth and adult trips for both Adventures Cross Country and Backroads. She has also been an ESL instructor in South Korea and holds a Wilderness First Responder certification. Molly graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Global Health and Education Development and completed UC Berkeley’s institute in Urban Planning and Sustainable Design. She is passionate about social innovation and design and also continues to pursue these interest in the bay area.
Molly understands the transformative experience of a bridge year program, as she spent a semester in Ecuador developing a women and children’s health volunteer program as well as in Israel doing field research in health and education policies.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss
- Development Associate and Special Assistant to the CEO
- As Development Associate and Special Assistant to the CEO, Ceylan helps to manage development data and oversee timely donation. She…
As Development Associate and Special Assistant to the CEO, Ceylan helps to manage development data and oversee timely donation. She is also responsible for managing research needs across the development team and providing executive support.
Ceylan comes to Global Citizen Year with economic research and administrative experience. As a Research Assistant at Yale University, then Junior Economist at TUSIAD, Ceylan worked to promote sustainable development with focus on education and the quality of human capital. Her research contributed to policy suggestion process in Turkey on different issues.
Ceylan holds a BA in Economics from Bogazici University in Turkey and an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University.
Favorite Quote? “Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire
- Admissions & Onboarding Intern
- As an Admissions & Onboarding Intern for the summer of 2015, Divya is working alongside the Admissions Team to get…
As an Admissions & Onboarding Intern for the summer of 2015, Divya is working alongside the Admissions Team to get the 2016 Cohort all ready to head to their countries. She is also working on projects to streamline onboarding, develop the recruitment process, and is attempting to manage some social media initiatives. As a 2014 Ecuador alum herself, she loves giving her input on all things Global Citizen Year. She is especially excited to be one of the Alumni Leaders during Pre-Departure Training and meet all the new Fellows, of whom she now knows too much about through the Admissions & Onboarding process.
Divya will start her second year at Williams College in the Fall, where she thankfully won’t have to declare her major for another two semesters. She is passionate about the intersection of science and development, especially with regards to environmental and human rights, interests she got to explore during her time in Ecuador.
“If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
- Program Development Intern
- As a Program Development Intern for the summer of 2015, Charlotte is helping close out the 2015 cohort and is…
As a Program Development Intern for the summer of 2015, Charlotte is helping close out the 2015 cohort and is also supporting a team of other alumni to coach the 2016 class through Summer Campaign and Pre-Departure Training.
In April of 2015, Charlotte returned from her own Global Citizen Year in Ecuador, where she worked in fair trade jewelry, at an indigenous museum, at a dog shelter, and as a part-time English teacher. Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Charlotte interned with Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education. She has also worked as a Postmate courier, camp counselor at Round Robin Farm in VT, and ranch hand. At her high school, she worked with The Center for Civic Engagement and led workshops on racism and sexism.
Charlotte graduated from Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco in 2014 and will be starting Middlebury College in the fall of 2015. In college, she hopes to continue her language acquisition and study foreign policy, environmental studies, and visual art.
Favorite Quote (one of many):
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” — Oscar Wilde
- Program Development Intern
- As the Program Development Intern for Global Citizen Year, Neil will be helping to coordinate the 2016 Summer Campaign and…
As the Program Development Intern for Global Citizen Year, Neil will be helping to coordinate the 2016 Summer Campaign and Pre-Departure Training for the incoming class of Fellows. His goal is to support Fellows during their on-boarding process as a cohort and prepare them for their experience abroad.
Neil is a 2014 Fellow alumnus who spent his year abroad in the southern Andean slopes of Ecuador working in a local reforestation and agricultural development program. He is a passionate environmentalist with a fondness for all activities involving nature. Currently, Neil is attending De Anza College in the Bay Area and studying Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
- Development Intern
- As the Development Intern, Matthew will spend the summer researching and coordinating strategic partnerships between Global Citizen Year and other…
- As the Development Intern, Matthew will spend the summer researching and coordinating strategic partnerships between Global Citizen Year and other entities to increase the capacity of the organization and continue building the bridge year movement.
Matthew is passionate about empowering communities and re-imagining institutions to address the inequalities that exist in our global society today. As an organizer and activist at their community college, Matthew helped to develop partnerships between students, faculty and administration to institute a Women, Genders and Sexuality Center. Matthew also served as a Senator in student government, advocating for policies and programs that supported equity and social justice.
Matthew is a Global Citizen Year Fellow of 2013, and spent their bridge year farming in Senegal as Doudou Fall on an agricultural training center. Prior to Global Citizen Year, Matthew served as a mentor and tutor in a fourth-grade classroom through City Year in the South Bronx and spent a year in Ecuador as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.Matthew holds an A.A. from De Anza College, Certificate in Leadership and Social Change and is pursuing a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice at University of California, Berkeley.
- Recruitment & Alumni Intern
- As a Recruitment and Alumni Engagement Intern for the summer of 2015, Jay works to deepen the experiences of Applicants…
As a Recruitment and Alumni Engagement Intern for the summer of 2015, Jay works to deepen the experiences of Applicants and Alumni of Global Citizen Year. This includes developing recruitment materials and strategies, finding new ways to support Alumni, and ensuring that Global Citizen Year can best serve LGBTQ+ Applicants, Fellows, and Alumni.While apprenticing with CARE-International in Cayambe, Ecuador as a 2012 Fellow, Jay learned the power and transformation that can occur when communities come together. After gaining experiences around nutrition and women’s and youth empowerment with CARE, Jay began to experiment with using dance as a tool for personal development in indigenous schools. This lead to a journey of intense technical dance study at the University of Georgia. UGA also incubated many more opportunities for dance and social innovation to intersect, particularly around social and reproductive justice issues.In 2014, Jay became the first Global Citizen Year Dalai Lama Fellow and birthed Be Compassion, a curriculum and social movement rooted in the biopsychosocial perspective that promotes social justice through dance. This experience boosted Jay’s skills and passions for non-profit work while igniting a desire to learn more. By interning with Global Citizen Year this summer, Jay hopes to learn, dream, and build connections to continue doing the necessary work back home at UGA.Jay will obtain a BSFCS in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Dance from the University of Georgia in the spring of 2016.Favorite Quote“Hope is hearing the music of the future. Faith is to dance to it.” –Rubem Alves
- Country Director, Senegal
- As Senegal Country Director, Macoumba leads the Senegal team, manages the in-country program to guarantee a high quality experience for…
As Senegal Country Director, Macoumba leads the Senegal team, manages the in-country program to guarantee a high quality experience for Fellows, and fosters a valuable exchange for local partners and communities.
Macoumba was born and raised in Dakar. His early interest in American culture played a great part in his decision to avoid the beaten path of getting a college degree in Europe. He moved to the US to study Economics at the University of Washington, Seattle. After a short professional stint in Seattle, Macoumba moved back home to Dakar, Senegal to manage the University of Washington’s HPV research Group cancer and HIV studies in Senegal. This position gave him an opportunity to develop the skills needed to lead a US based endeavor in Senegal successfully, balancing both the demanding American work culture and the unique Senegalese environment.
After over 15 years with the University of Washington, Macoumba was seeking the opportunity to switch fields, to an area which he felt more passionate about and directly connected to – as someone who grew up in Senegal, went to college in the US, and had his own versions of “bridge years” in Senegal and the US. As a college student, Macoumba engaged in tutoring and teaching activities. Back home, he facilitated the first steps of an American high school global program and supported medical school candidates internships in a Dakar hospital.
His passion for youth development and education matured in the process and he embraced the opportunity to contribute to Global Citizen Year’s vision in Senegal. Macoumba loves witnessing and being part of the rich experiences provided by travel and cultural immersion. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children and experimenting with his bass guitar whenever possible.
Hassana Hedrick Diallo
- Team Leader, Senegal
- As a Team Leader, Hassana is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Kedougou region throughout their bridge year in Senegal.…
As a Team Leader, Hassana is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Kedougou region throughout their bridge year in Senegal. Hassana leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Hassana Hedrick Diallo was born in the rural community of Dindefelo, in southeastern Senegal, and lived there until the age of 10, when he was adopted by Peace Corps Volunteers who had served in his village. He returned with them to the States, where he learned English and attended at The Maret School in Washington, D.C. before going on to graduate from Olympia High School in Washington State. Throughout his time in the U.S., he returned every year or two to Senegal, never losing his native languages or his connection with Senegalese culture. After graduating from college, he worked in two positions in Washington state government, focused on customer relations and training. In 2008, a year after his father returned to Senegal to become the Peace Corps Country Director, he also returned to Senegal to start a new venture, focused on the agricultural supply chain, which now employs 6 people. While doing this, he also worked with and mentored several Peace Corps Volunteers in the Kedougou region.
Previously, Hassana also worked for Malaria No More, educating the Senegalese population on malaria and its preventions. He was the Malaria Education Coordinator in the Senegal Office and was charged with recruiting and schools to incorporate a malaria education curriculum to students and with overseeing its implementation.
Hassana has traveled throughout West Africa and some parts of Europe and is fluent in English, French, Pulaar and Wolof. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Washington state with a focus on business management and entrepreneurship.
- Team Leader, Senegal
- As the Team Leader for the Thiés region of Senegal, James provides support and coaching for Fellows from the vantage…
As the Team Leader for the Thiés region of Senegal, James provides support and coaching for Fellows from the vantage point of someone who has also recently gone through the process of cultural integration and adaption in Senegal. As well as running training sessions and conducting monthly site visits to ensure the wellbeing of the Fellows, James also contributes to building strong partner relationships and research into local community engagement opportunities.
James moved to Senegal in early 2014 after spending a year working with the Desmond Tutu Foundation UK as a Monitoring & Evaluation intern. James has also been trained in Peer Coaching and has worked in numerous supportive roles, including at a Migrant Support Centre, an Immigration Detention Centre and a program helping youth offenders. He has also conducted numerous research projects, including an analysis of NGO responses to gang & youth violence and two projects focusing on current political and economic issues in Senegal and West Africa while working as a research assistant with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Dakar.
James holds a Masters degree in Medical Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself” – Henry Miller
- Interim Director, India
- As Interim Director, Sunita manages the operations of Global Citizen Year in Pune, India. In addition to leading a high…
As Interim Director, Sunita manages the operations of Global Citizen Year in Pune, India. In addition to leading a high performance team she fosters and supports local partners to ensure high quality experience for fellows, their families/communities and host institutions through cultural immersion and exchange.
An Indian national, Sunita has been actively engaged in the field of social development for over three decades through her work with renowned national and international organizations. Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Sunita served as India Country Manager with Cross Fields, India Country Representative with American Jewish World Service, India Country Director with World Education, Country Coordinator with Institute of International Education, National Education Program Coordinator with CARE and Senior Program Officer with National Foundation for India. Throughout her professional career Sunita has spearheaded programs that bring positive change to disadvantaged and marginalized communities. She was often responsible for designing and implementing programs where none previously existed, and rejuvenating programs that were faltering. She thrives working in challenging situations and values facilitating collaborative and team oriented work environments. Mentoring groups of young professionals and potential leaders/change makers has been her most gratifying experience. Sunita is also on the selection committee of Cargill Global Scholars Program for young professionals.
Sunita holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences. She has extensively travelled in India and outside. In her free time Sunita loves making beautiful dolls and is passionate about cooking delicious meals for family and friends.
“Believe you can and you are halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt
- Senior Team Leader, India
- As Senior Team Leader of the inaugural program in India, Alexander is responsible for leading a cohort of fellows…
As Senior Team Leader of the inaugural program in India, Alexander is responsible for leading a cohort of fellows and managing relationships with host families, apprenticeship supervisors, and other key stakeholders. Drawing on a decade of experience in cultural programming, international education, strategic communications, and small business management, he also plays a lead role in developing systems, cultivating partnerships, and designing leadership training curriculum that will help position the program for growth.
Alexander began his career as an English teacher at international schools in France and Italy. Drawn to the field of international education and cultural diplomacy, he went on to work for Global Ties U.S., where he helped implement a government-funded professional exchange program for hundreds of emerging leaders from around the world. In 2013, at UNESCO New Delhi, he contributed to the development of Punjab’s Cultural Heritage Policy aimed at empowering the Punjabi community on both sides of the India-Pakistan border to collaborate in safeguarding their common cultural heritage. Alexander later worked at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia, designing and managing the mission’s cultural programs, coordinating various government-funded exchanges, and assisting with public diplomacy efforts to share information about U.S. foreign policy. Most recently, as an AIF William J. Clinton Fellow, Alexander developed a comprehensive digital communications strategy for Central Square Foundation, a Delhi-based venture philanthropy fund and policy think tank focused on improving the quality of school education in India.
Fluent in seven languages, Alexander holds a B.A. in French and European Studies from the University of Arkansas. He also graduated summa cum laude with a B.M. in Piano Performance, which he earned at music conservatories in Russia and Italy and at the University of Arkansas Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He earned an M.A. in International Relations and European Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where his research examined the role of exchange programs in enhancing U.S. foreign relations, particularly in the face of ideological conflicts during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
- Team Leader, India
- As a Team Leader, Vipul is responsible to facilitate a transformative learning and cultural immersion experience for Global Citizen Year…
As a Team Leader, Vipul is responsible to facilitate a transformative learning and cultural immersion experience for Global Citizen Year fellows in India.
Vipul grew up in a small Indian village near Pune in western India. After completing his high school at the age of 15, he participated in Rotary youth cultural exchange program to Minnesota. Vipul has since engaged with several non-profit organizations in India including Ashoka Youth Venture, Initiatives of Change and Shikshantar where his work revolved around mentoring young social change-makers and co-designing informal learning opportunities. As a Teach For India fellow on its first cohort, Vipul served as a teacher in a school located in low-income urban community for two years. He has also interned with a for-profit property firm in the UK and a project-based charter school in Minnesota. During his college days, Vipul along with his friends successfully launched a ‘Quiet India Campaign’ to bring awareness around excessive honking in India. He has traveled extensively across India and the globe exploring alternative/sustainable models of education and living. He recently spent a monsoon season working on an organic farm located in a tribal region of India.
Vipul holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Symbiosis University and a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard. He is also a certified Yoga instructor and holds a distance-program degree in counseling.
“In order to find our way, we must get lost. ” — African proverb.
- Country Director, Ecuador & Program Experience Director
- As Ecuador Country Director and Program Experience Director, Eileen manages local programming, staff, in-country strategy and day to day operations…
As Ecuador Country Director and Program Experience Director, Eileen manages local programming, staff, in-country strategy and day to day operations of Global Citizen Year’s largest program.
An Ecuadorian national, Eileen has committed the last eight years of her life to education, international cooperation, and social entrepreneurship on three continents. Eileen’s early overseas experience led her to launch SEED Canada, an education charity now based in Kenya and Zambia. Professional experiences also took her to Ghana and Costa Rica, supporting government officials in the planning and implementation of international cooperation projects.
While in Canada, Eileen’s most recent home base, she remained connected to work overseas, sourcing social innovations as Global Marketing Coordinator for Ashoka’s Changemakers and, most recently, serving as Executive Director of Education Generation, a crowd-funding platform supporting students in the developing world to attend some of the world’s most innovative programs in their home countries. Through these experiences Eileen has worked extensively with youth, developed training programs, supported organizations delivering world-class innovation, and built and led dynamic teams.
Eileen’s career and passion has revolved around developing and supporting creative solutions to social problems.
Eileen holds a B.A. from McMaster University, Canada and a Post-Graduate Degree in Latin American Human Rights and Public Policy from the Henry Dunant School of Human Rights, Chile.
- Operations Manager, Ecuador
- As the Operations Manager in Ecuador, Yuri supports the Ecuador Country Director in managing local programming, staff, in-country strategy and…
As the Operations Manager in Ecuador, Yuri supports the Ecuador Country Director in managing local programming, staff, in-country strategy and the day to day operations of Global Citizen Year’s largest program.
A Spanish/Dutch national, Yuri has spent over half his life living, studying and working in Latin America, and has traveled and explored the globe extensively.
Prior to working for Global Citizen Year, Yuri worked with local and international development organizations and governmental institutions in various countries, focusing on organizational development, capacity development, impact and strategy.
Yuri holds a B.S. in International Relations and Sociology from Aston University, UK, and an MS in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from the Humanitarian Aid Studies Centre, Spain.
- Team Leader, Ecuador
- As a Team Leader, Michaela is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Chimborazo region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador. …
As a Team Leader, Michaela is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Chimborazo region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador. Michaela leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Michaela has been dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice since her internship working with the international nonprofit Global Exchange in San Francisco. While living in Ecuador, she supported an international human rights and environmental justice lawsuit brought by indigenous groups in the Amazon. Michaela has also worked as a group leader and teaching assistant during field studies with the Northeastern Social Enterprise Institute in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and led a language learning trip for teens throughout Spain. Additionally, she has staffed youth leadership development conferences in Rhode Island and Ohio since 2004. Most recently, Michaela completed qualitative research for a start-up micro lending program with a Ugandan agricultural foundation and worked at the nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital as a translator and in the business development and corporate relations department.
Michaela graduated from Northeastern University with a B.A. in International Affairs, with minors in Sociology, Spanish, and Social Entrepreneurship.
Michaela strives to live by the African ubuntu philosophy “I am what I am because of who we all are.”
- Team Leader, Ecuador
- As a Team Leader, Sara is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Cañar/Azuay region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador.…
As a Team Leader, Sara is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Cañar/Azuay region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador. Sara leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Sara has always held a great appreciation for experiential education and full-heartedly believes in the old cliché, “the world is our classroom.” She recently completed an Environmental Educator Training Program focused on empowering youth through experiential wilderness education. Prior to that, she spent a year in Ecuador as a Fulbright Fellow conducting research on community-level realities of bilingual indigenous education.
Her deep curiosity for other cultures, lifestyles, and socially just systems guides both her professional and personal endeavors. She has worked with organizations striving to empower immigrant families, in classrooms alongside the Dineh people of the Navajo Nation to foster more engaging educational environments, and in Pacific University’s Center for Civic Engagement where she successfully founded and coordinated a program to redistribute campus food to local sites in need as well as a program facilitating cultural exchange between students and local Latino families.
She has also worked as a Mentor and Leader facilitating outdoor adventure trips and other programming to guide new students through their Freshman year of college. She brings much passion for education as an agent for social change to her work as a Team Leader, along with extensive mentorship experience merged with a deep awareness of social justice issues.
Sara holds a BA in Political Science from Pacific University of Oregon with minors in Sociology and Spanish.
“If you have come to help me you are wasting our time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” – Lily Watson
- Team Leader, Ecuador
- As a Team Leader, Stephanie is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Azuay region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador.…
As a Team Leader, Stephanie is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Azuay region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador. Stephanie leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Stephanie developed her passion for international education and cultural exchange during a semester abroad in Brazil, where in addition to studying Latin American international relations and Portuguese she taught middle school English in one of Rio’s favelas. Upon returning to the U.S., she continued teaching English to international students and gained experience in bilingual elementary school education. Most recently before joining the Global Citizen Year team, Stephanie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cuenca, Ecuador, where she partnered with Ecuadorian teachers to lead projects in English education, professional development, youth leadership, and literacy.
Stephanie graduated from the University of California Davis with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Political Science.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
- Office Manager, Ecuador
- As the Office Manager of Ecuador and Risk Management coordinator, Eugenia provides support in overlooking administrative tasks and providing support…
As the Office Manager of Ecuador and Risk Management coordinator, Eugenia provides support in overlooking administrative tasks and providing support in logistics.
Eugenia spent part of her childhood in the US. She attended high school and got married in Ecuador. After having her daughters she moved back to the US where they lived for 12 years. Her daughters currently attend college in Georgia.
Eugenia highly values cultural diversity and is a firm believer that cultural exchange is necessary to reach worldwide mutual understanding. During the periods of time that she lived in the States, she was a board member and close collaborator of the Ecuadorian Association of Georgia, which was founded by her parents in 1973 and was the first organized immigrant association in the state. She and her family have actively participated in cultural activities like Latin folkloric dance presentations around the state and helped organize frequent events in order to teach, preserve and propagate Ecuadorian and Latin culture and traditions.
In Ecuador, she worked as Sales Manager in the export flower business. In the US, she obtained experience in different industries as Account Executive and Customer Service Manager. She also worked close to the immigrant community of Georgia by providing services as a Medical Interpreter for low-income Spanish speaking patients. Most recently before moving to Ecuador she found her way into the non-profit world when working for a Fair Trade Non-profit Ecuadorian organization based in Atlanta that helps around 350 Ecuadorian artisans overcome poverty and exploitation from the industry by being the vessel to export handmade sustainable crafts to the US. She moved back to Ecuador over a year ago and joined the Global Citizen Year family. She feels that her work and effort now make a real difference and impact on peoples lives and that her professional and life experience can be of more service and support to her team members and fellows.
- Team Leader, Ecuador
- As a Team Leader, Lisa is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Imbabura region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador.…
As a Team Leader, Lisa is responsible for supporting Fellows in the Imbabura region throughout their bridge year in Ecuador. Lisa leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Lisa’s passion for international human rights stems from her own bridge year experience in Ecuador, where she served as Volunteer Coordinator for UBECI; a local NGO that provides social support for working children in Quito. While at university, Lisa served on the Alternative Breaks Executive board and as a Site Leader for seven domestic and international service trips. She also co-founded a student organization that utilizes the arts as a medium to raise awareness for social justice issues and to facilitate activism. Lisa also co-led a student research initiative in El Salvador to investigate social inequities following the civil war. Additionally, she has served with Pueblo Sin Fronteras; a Dallas nonprofit that empowers and supports the undocumented migrant community. Following graduation Lisa returned to Quito to serve as Development Coordinator with UBECI.
Lisa graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Human Rights, with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish.
“Action from principle — the perception and the performance of right — changes things and relations; it is essentially revolutionary, and does not consist wholly with anything which was.” – Thoreau
- Operations Assistant Intern, Ecuador
- As an Operations Assistant Intern for the Ecuador Program, Will supports the Ecuador program with building and refining resources for…
As an Operations Assistant Intern for the Ecuador Program, Will supports the Ecuador program with building and refining resources for fellows and local partners, as well as in planning events throughout the program cycle and organizing the day-to-day logistics of the program.
Over the past four years, Will has developed a keen interest in innovative solutions to social and economic issues. In his first year of university, Will participated in a four-week field study program to the Dominican Republic and Cuba organized by the Social Enterprise Institute of Northeastern University, focusing on the different methods that local grassroots organizations and microfinance institutes were using to combat rural poverty. Will spent 14 months of the following two years in Cape Town, South Africa and Livingstone, Zambia, working first as an intern and then as the Communications Officer for Greenpop, a South African social enterprise dedicated to creating an inclusive environmental movement in Africa through tree planting projects and environmental education.
Upon completing his 6-month internship in July 2015, Will will return to Boston, where he is currently pursuing a B.A. in International Affairs with minors in History and Social Entrepreneurship.
“Do what you can with what you have to leave this space BETTER than you found it!” – Kuumba Singers of Harvard College
- Country Director, Brazil
- As Brazil Country Director, Isabela leads the Brazil team, manages the in-country program to guarantee a high quality experience for…
As Brazil Country Director, Isabela leads the Brazil team, manages the in-country program to guarantee a high quality experience for Fellows, and fosters a valuable exchange for local partners and communities.
Isabela was born and raised in Brazil, but developed her passion creating cultural and educational bridges between Brazil, the U.S., and around the world through her own experiences studying and working abroad. Over the last 17 years, Isabela has enjoyed a diverse and varied career in performing arts, experiential education, and social entrepreneurship.
Her unique experience range from performing with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Wise Fool and Teatro de Los Sentidos, contributing to community-oriented projects with underserved youth through the Miami Performing Arts Center, Sister-City Project in Nicaragua and the UNESCO Universal Cultural Forum in Mexico, to leading the Brazil Program for the experiential educational company Where There Be Dragons as the Brazil Course Director.
One of her bold achievements was to combine her work in the arts and environmental education to found and lead the Organization of Permaculture and Art – OPA in Bahia, Brazil.
Isabela holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Dalai Lama.
- Risk Management Coordinator, Brazil
- As a Team Leader, Belisa Rathunde manages and fosters local partnerships, performs daily administrative tasks, and provides support and guidance…
As a Team Leader, Belisa Rathunde manages and fosters local partnerships, performs daily administrative tasks, and provides support and guidance to her cohort of Fellows. Belisa’s background in Psychology and Pedagogy, as well as her extensive experience working in social and environmental projects throughout American countries, affords her a comprehensive mentorship towards fellows’ challenges of encountering diverse cultural, familiar and apprenticeship environments.
Belisa was born and raised in Brazil. Her passion for different cultures led her to her first experience abroad at the age of 16; a one-year stay as an exchange student in the US. After college, she spent nearly 4 years living and working as a volunteer in 10 countries in South and North America. Her work was focused on fostering community development, education, sustainability, and leadership empowerment in organizations including the Frontiers Foundation (amidst Northern Canada Indians), the Permaculture Institute (Brazilian Amazon), Ecovillages in Colombia, and Waldorf schools in Ecuador. Upon returning to her home city, Belisa sought to bridge the skills she acquired abroad with local challenges by working as a teacher and coach in poverty-stricken communities.
Belisa holds a BA in Psychology from the Tuiuti University of Paranga.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
- Team Leader, Brazil
- As a Team Leader, Belkis is responsible for supporting Fellows throughout their bridge year in Brazil. Belkis leads and coaches…
As a Team Leader, Belkis is responsible for supporting Fellows throughout their bridge year in Brazil. Belkis leads and coaches a cohort of Fellows, manages local homestays and partners, and supports leadership training development.
Ever since childhood, Belkis has had an appreciation for cross-cultural interactions and environments. Belkis was born and raised in Brazil. She studied Graphic Design and has been involved with arts her whole life. After living in the U.S. for two years, she became an English teacher in Brazil and moved on to coordinate one of the biggest English schools in country.
Belkis holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná.
“The essence of all Beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
- Team Leader and Risk Management Coordinator, Brazil
- As Risk Management Coordinator, Karin plays a key support role in adapting and contextualizing Risk Management and Emergency Response Global…
As Risk Management Coordinator, Karin plays a key support role in adapting and contextualizing Risk Management and Emergency Response Global systems to the operating context in Brazil. While Fellows are in-country, Karin also provides critical support to the Team and Fellows throughout the whole Program Cycle.
As a Team Leader, Karin is responsible for supporting and coaching Fellows in Santa Catarina region through their bridge year in Brazil.
Karin comes to Global Citizen Year, with a depth of knowledge on Experiential Education /Outdoor Education. Her past experience includes: Program Supervisor and Senior Course Leader Field Instructor for NOLS – National Outdoor Leadership School, Senior Field instructor for Outward Bound Brazil. For NOLS, Karin led field self-sufficient and long term expeditions for the North American Youth, in remote places of Patagonia, Amazon, Alaska and Scandinavia. Through those Expeditions, Karin developed personal growth and Leadership on her students using hardship, resilience and good expedition behavior as a framework. For Outward Bound Brazil, Karin helped to develop and implement a variety of Experiential Cooperative Programs for big enterprises in Brazil. The focuses of those trainings were: Communication, Risk Management planning, Team Work and Leadership. As a Physical Therapist, Karin has about 200 hours of patient care in critical stage in Hospitals of Belem, in State of Para in Brazil.
Karin holds a B.A. in Physical Therapy with Post Graduation in Chinese Medicine. She also is a certified Open Water Kayaking Instructor for the American Canoe Association – ACA. Karin is a WFR – Wilderness First Responder by WMI – Wilderness Medicine Institute.
Favorite Quote? “There is more in you than you think. When you realize this, you will never more be the same.” – Kurt Hahn
- Outreach Advisor
- As Outreach Advisor, Joan manages outreach networks, seeking to connect alumni with potential new Fellows in order to widen the …
As Outreach Advisor, Joan manages outreach networks, seeking to connect alumni with potential new Fellows in order to widen the range of applicants to the Global Citizen Year program.
Natively from Huntington Beach, CA, Joan spent her Global Citizen Year in Tena, Ecuador working with the German International Cooperation and Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment. Joan left her post in the Amazon with a capstone project that spearheaded the creation of bilingual Spanish-English reproductions of the Huellas del Sumaco environmental magazine originally produced by her host organization.
Joan is currently studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she plans on graduating with a double major in International Development Studies and Geography, and a minor in Environmental Systems and Society by 2016.
“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.”
-Pearl S. Buck
- Media Advisor
- As Media Advisor, Emily Hwang shoots and edits videos that aim to support Global Citizen Year’s vision to reinvent educational…
As Media Advisor, Emily Hwang shoots and edits videos that aim to support Global Citizen Year’s vision to reinvent educational standards. Emily is from Cerritos, CA and spent her bridge year in Riobamba, Ecuador ‘13, where she worked at a vocational school with special needs teenagers. She was deeply humbled by the love she received and feels grateful to have grown in perspective and joy through her experience. Emily is currently a Media Arts Design major at Cypress College. Next Fall, she will continue her studies at Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts ‘16, where she plans to study Culture and Media/Psychology.
I want to be like water. I want to slip through fingers, but hold up a ship.
- Director of Strategic Initiatives, Aspen Global Leadership Network
- Stace Lindsay has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world. He has held …
Stace Lindsay has been a strategic advisor to senior business, government and non-profit leaders throughout the world. He has held senior positions at both Monitor Company and the OTF Group, where he worked closely with Michael Porter to adapt his work to emerging markets. Stace was most recently the president of Fusion Venture Partners, a firm he started in order to bring together people, insights and capital. Stace also has significant start-up, turnaround and operating experience with companies, having been CEO of New England Portable Storage and VP Business Development for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals. He has also been a Managing Partner in the Latin American focused venture capital firm, Explorador.net. Stace has served on the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network For Development Entrepreneurs as well as the Board of Directors of TechnoServe, a non-profit organization dedicated to building competitive businesses in rural Africa and Latin America. He has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Business School as well as the University of Adolpho Ibanez Business School in Chile. Stace is also the co-founder the Central American Leadership Initiative, part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network where he is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives. Stace is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and earned his degrees in International Relations from Georgetown University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
- Social Impact Entrepreneur
- Lisa O’Kelly envisions education as a humanitarian enterprise, and her goal is to inspire and train global citizens among today’s…
Lisa O’Kelly envisions education as a humanitarian enterprise, and her goal is to inspire and train global citizens among today’s youth and unlock the intellectual potential of tomorrow’s leaders. Her immigrant parents imbued in her the importance of education and the opportunities it could unleash. After witnessing the socioeconomic and educational disparities in New York City, she decided to bridge these inequalities through strategic investments and innovation. Lisa has worked at Smith Barney, Bear Stearns, and CS First Boston and now serves on the Advisory Council at the Center of Universal Education at the Brookings Institute, helping craft policies and solutions to achieve universal equitable education. She was a Board Member of the GO Project for 8 years, advocating for struggling New York City public school children, and has collaborated with Apex for Youth to support underprivileged first generation Asian students, recruiting positive role models and encouraging them to prepare for college and to reciprocate through community service. Lisa holds a BBA in finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
- President, Encore.org
- Ann MacDougall has had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles, and working both in the US and…
Ann MacDougall has had a long career spanning both legal and operating roles, and working both in the US and Europe. She is currently the President of Encore.org, a San Francisco-based organization focused on tapping senior talent for the greater good. In 2013, Ann was a Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a year-long program to prepare experienced executives to take on new challenges in the social sector. Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer of Acumen, a global venture capital fund focused on goods and services for low-income customers. Ann oversaw Acumen’s worldwide operations, strategy and expansion. Before joining Acumen, she was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she rose through the ranks to become General Counsel of PwC US and a member of the Management Committee. During her 17 years at PwC, Ann also spent five years in Paris as Global Deputy General Counsel.
She currently sits on the Audit Committee of the Lycée Français de New York and on the Advisory Board of Equality Now.
Ann holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.
- Visiting Executive Scholar, Haas Business School
- Kim Wright-Violich is founder and principal of a consulting practice focused on philanthropic and social sector consulting. Clients are primarily…
Kim Wright-Violich is founder and principal of a consulting practice focused on philanthropic and social sector consulting. Clients are primarily Silicon Valley executives focused on international, systemic changes. From 2000-2011 Kim served as CEO/President of Schwab Charitable, a stand-alone nonprofit corporation founded by Charles Schwab & Co. to increase philanthropy by providing turnkey charitable asset management and philanthropic services. Built from start-up by Kim to the second largest donor advised fund in the US and the largest nonprofit corporation in California attracting over 13,000 customers, $5 billion in charitable assets and facilitating more than $2 billion in grants to more than 50,000 charities.
On Capitol Hill and with national media, a sought-after thought leader and public speaker in the social sector, influencing legislation, published and widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, CNBC, Bloomberg Television News, Investment News, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Chronicle of Philanthropy and Trust and Estates Magazine.
One of San Francisco Bay Area’s 100 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times (2006-2011); WATCH Award (Women at the Center of Leadership and Vision) Junior League of San Francisco: 50 most influential women in the US for 2009 in wealth management by Wealth Manager magazine.
She is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.A. in Human Biology and Public Policy; Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Executive Program; Stanford University, Mass Media Institute; and course work at Harvard Business School’s Governing for Non-Profit Excellence.
- Fmr. Director, White House Fellows
- Gail Britton served as the National Director of College Democrats from 1989 to 1992 and then was recruited to create…
Gail Britton served as the National Director of College Democrats from 1989 to 1992 and then was recruited to create White House Internship Program after President Clinton was elected. The internship program thrives today giving hundreds of young people every year a unique experience and the opportunity to provide worthy service at the epicenter of government. After setting up the intern program and directing it through its inaugural year, Gail was appointed Deputy Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, the nation’s premier public policy leadership program. Ms. Britton helped manage both the rigorous national selection process and the Fellows’ year-long experience of service at the highest levels of government.
In 2006, Gail managed an educational fund-raising trek through Tanzania for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which included recruiting the participation of high-end donors, organizing site visits to Pediatric AIDS-funded projects in Tanzania, and supervising all aspects of the trek.
Gail received her Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University. She is active in both New York and national politics, and continues to mentor many former interns and White House Fellows.
- Fmr. School Head, Dalton, Branson, and University High Schools
- After spending 12 years after college in business, Peter Esty moved to education and never looked back. He served as…
After spending 12 years after college in business, Peter Esty moved to education and never looked back. He served as a teacher and, later, Faculty Dean at Deerfield Academy for a decade, after which he was appointed Head of School at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn for a number of years before being lured to San Francisco University High School for most of the 1990s. After a short stint in foundation work, Peter returned to take on interim headships in Manhattan’s Dalton School, Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT, and The Branson School in Marin County.
In addition to his work leading schools, Peter has also long been involved with the School Year Abroad program, serving on its Board (most recently as Chair) and as Resident Director of the programs in Viterbo, Italy and Hanoi, Vietnam for a year each. Beyond SYA, Peter has served on boards of schools, museums, and education associations on both coasts. He was the founding Board Chair of Summerbridge National, now The Breakthrough Collaborative, and twice served the young Bay School of San Francisco—first to oversee hiring of the founding faculty, and four years later to direct a long-view study of the school as it might want to look in 2040.
Peter holds a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.A. from The Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Dean of Freshmen (Fmr.), Stanford University
- Julie Lythcott-Haims was Stanford’s first dean of freshmen, a position she created in order to help students feel a strong…
Julie Lythcott-Haims was Stanford’s first dean of freshmen, a position she created in order to help students feel a strong sense of belonging within the university’s community of scholars. She held this position for ten years and in 2010 received Stanford’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for exceptional contributions to undergraduate education. A graduate of Stanford University as well as Harvard Law School Julie is herself a student once again, this time pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She remains deeply interested in humans living lives of meaning and purpose, and encourages the young and young at heart alike to have the courage to find their voice and honor what they hear. She is writing a book on the impact of helicopter parenting (Henry Holt and Company, forthcoming 2015). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their two children, and her mother.
William S. Reese
- President & CEO, International Youth Foundation
- Bill Reese was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation in 2005, having joined IYF in…
Bill Reese was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation in 2005, having joined IYF in May 1998 as its Chief Operating Officer. He was President and CEO of Partners of the Americas for twelve years. Previously, he served with the Peace Corps for ten years, first as a volunteer in Salvador, Brazil, then as director of Brazil operations, and in Washington as deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean region. Bill has served on USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid since 1991.
He currently serves on the boards of Women Thrive Worldwide, the Basic Education Coalition and Episcopal Relief and Development, among others. He was chairman of the board of InterAction and a board member of the Independent Sector.
Bill received his B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and is a 1995 graduate of the Business School’s Executive Program.
- Founder & CEO, Three Ships
- Zach is Managing Director & CEO of Three Ships, a data-driven digital marketing company he founded in 2009. Zach is…
Zach is Managing Director & CEO of Three Ships, a data-driven digital marketing company he founded in 2009. Zach is obsessed with creating extreme value for Three Ships clients and building the company’s Digital Edge. Three Ships focuses on generating new leads and new customers for mid-market companies that have a mandate for growth.
At Three Ships, Zach leads the strategic direction of the team and advises clients on digital marketing strategy. He is deeply engaged in developing the quantitative metrics utilized to assess client performance and identifying new innovations which can increase clients’ marketing Return On Investment. Three Ships uses strategy consulting, analytical and creative solutions, and its own proprietary data and technology to generate demand across digital channels — specializing in Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Digital Advertising, and Conversion Optimization.
Previously, Zach was CEO of New Media Campaigns, a web and mobile application development company he founded in 2007 as an undergraduate. The company has successfully grown for eight consecutive years and Zach remains involved as a shareholder and director. Zach also currently serves on the Foundation Board at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Board of Advisors for the Broughton Capital Foundation.
Zach has written for The Hotline, authored two books, published numerous articles on digital media, and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News. Zach holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BA from UNC Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.