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 a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a Mind Trust Fellow, and a Harvard Social Enterprise Fellow.
Abby hold a B.A. and M.Ed. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
- President, Fusion Venture Partners, LLC
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 is currently 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 also a Senior Moderator.
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.
- VP of Operations, Strategy, & Talent
In her role as Vice President of Operations, Strategy, and Talent, Mizmun is responsible for building the human capital and…
In her role as Vice President of Operations, Strategy, and Talent, Mizmun is responsible for building the human capital and systems needed to catalyze growth and ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization.
Having lived half her life in the U.S. and the other in her native Malaysia, Mizmun joins Global Citizen Year with a fond recollection of her own transformative bridge year as a student in Oklahoma. In addition to her cross-cultural background, Mizmun draws on more than a decade of international cross-sector management experience, first as an investment banker in New York with Citigroup and later as a community development lender in Washington D.C. with the Fannie Mae Foundation. Most recently, she served as the manager of a family endowment of a prominent Malaysian entrepreneur, for whom she also started an education foundation and led various social impact initiatives throughout Southeast Asia.
Mizmun holds a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. She also holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
- VP of Programs
Shannah is who she is today, in large part, because of the experiential-learning opportunities she had in her late teens…
Shannah is who she is today, in large part, because of the experiential-learning opportunities she had in her late teens and early twenties in El Salvador, Israel, Mexico, and Ecuador. Over the last nine years, as she worked on international development, human rights, educational, and environmental management projects throughout Latin America, and mostly in Ecuador, Shannah continually confronted – and continues to confront – the same questions about social justice, sustainability, and global citizenship that were posed to her on those study abroad experiences. For this reason, she is very excited to join the GCY team this year and bring its program to Ecuador – a country she loves dearly – to facilitate a unique and powerful experience of working, questioning, learning, and living that will position the Fellows to propose innovative solutions, from the local to the global, to critical challenges that face our communities today.
Shannah is motivated to share her deep knowledge about, and intimate appreciation for Ecuador with the GCY Fellows. She brings a breadth of technical and practical experience, having worked with indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian communities through local Ecuadorian NGOs as a Program Coordinator and educator, as well as for international institutions as an expert consultant in the human rights, environment, and higher education fields.
Shannah holds a B.A. and M.A. in Environmental Anthropology from Stanford University.
- VP of Partnerships and External Affairs
As Vice President for Partnerships and External Affairs, Noam is focused on building a robust and supportive network to unleash the…
As Vice President for Partnerships and External Affairs, Noam is focused on building a robust and supportive network to unleash the potential of a new generation of global leaders.
Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Noam spent a decade focused on U.S. foreign policy. He worked on humanitarian crisis analysis and response at the State Department and at the U.S. Agency for International Development before spending more than 5 years at the Brookings Institution, where as a Global Economy and Development Fellow he researched, wrote and spoke publicly about the policies and politics of foreign aid and development efforts. Previously, he also worked in a successful start-up business focusing on software research and design as a linguistics analyst for Streamsage, Inc.
Noam’s deep interest in international affairs and overseas experience was shaped by his college study abroad in Nepal and by his time as a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow, during which he carried out a year-long, around-the-world project along a single line of latitude (10 degrees north of the equator).
Noam is a Council on Foreign Relations term member as well as a founding member and principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. He has been recognized by Devex as one of the 40-under-40 International Development Leaders in Washington, DC., and he lives in Silver Spring, MD, with his wife and three sons.
Noam holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Religion from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
- Country Director, Senegal
Born in New York, Nicole moved to the Netherlands when she was six weeks old and has since traveled, lived,…
Born in New York, Nicole moved to the Netherlands when she was six weeks old and has since traveled, lived, and worked overseas and in the U.S.
An accomplished environmental educator, trainer, and director as well as a respected facilitator and teacher of adult education, Nicole has also worked as an independent environmental law and education contractor in the Baltic countries, served as political and legislative director at the Vermont State Employees’ Association, and been elected to the city council for two terms in the capitol city of Vermont.
In 2005, she and her husband joined the Peace Corps and served in Senegal, where they developed a successful solid waste management project. Nicole remained in Senegal to work for WWF to continue the project, as well as to conduct a feasibility study to expand it into two more cites in Senegal.
In 2009, Nicole became the Director for Peace Corp’s Small Enterprise Development and Eco-Tourism Program in Senegal. She supervised the work and cultural integration of 46 Peace Corps volunteers, providing technical, logistical, and administrative support.
Nicole loves to travel and visit new places and cultures; is fascinated by what motivates people to change their social norms; loves African art, culture, people and food; and wants to retire some day on a small farm near the ocean.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Tulane University, a Master’s in Adult and Environmental Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
- Country Director, Brazil
Isabela was born and raised in Brazil, but developed her passion creating cultural and educational bridges between Brazil, the U.S.,…
Isabela was born and raised in Brazil, but developed her passion creating cultural and educational bridges between Brazil, the U.S., and other foreign countries through her own experiences studying abroad. Over the last 16 years, Isabela has enjoyed a diverse and varied career in performing arts, experiential education, and social projects with youth and adults in Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Australia, Spain and the U.S. Isabela’s unique experiences range from performing with Cirque du Soleil, Wise Fool, and Teatro de los Sentidos to contributing to community-oriented projects such as Bridging for the Arts with the Miami Performing Arts Center to working for a Sister-City Project in Nicaragua and the UNESCO Universal Cultural Forum in Mexico. Combining her work in education and the performing arts with environmental awareness and sustainability, Isabela founded the Organization of Permaculture and Art (OPA) in 2004 in Bahia, Brazil. Most recently, she worked with the experiential educational company Where There Be Dragons as the Brazil Course Director.
Isabela is enthusiastic about sharing her deep knowledge of Brazil and contributing to an amazing, life changing experience for Global Citizen Year Fellows. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado.
- Country Director, Ecuador
An Ecuadorian national, Eileen has committed the last 8 years of her life to education, international cooperation, and social entrepreneurship…
An Ecuadorian national, Eileen has committed the last 8 years of her life to education, international cooperation, and social entrepreneurship on three continents. Her career has revolved around helping future leaders develop their own understanding and capacity to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems.
One of Eileen’s early overseas experience in Zambia drove her to develop a scholarship program that has evolved into what is now SEED Canada, an organization supporting scholarships for high school and university students in Kenya and Zambia. Professional overseas experiences that followed include work with government officials in Ghana as an African Program Staff for Engineers Without Borders Canada, work in Costa Rica for the International Centre for Sustainable Cities, and volunteer work in India and Ecuador.
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. After having spent the last 12+ years abroad, Eileen is excited return to her native country and spearhead Global Citizen Year’s program there as the Ecuador Country Director.
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.
- Senior Manager, US Program and Operations
Molly has been an avid supporter of bridge years since she took one herself after high school, cobbling together elements…
Molly has been an avid supporter of bridge years since she took one herself after high school, cobbling together elements of study and service to create a year that, despite a certain degree of disjunction, nevertheless impacted her more than any before or since. Once in college, Molly co-founded a small NGO devoted to leadership building among youth from around the world who have endured war or other violence, and most recently served as a Communications Advisor to a large Cambodian NGO. She combines her extensive international experience and penchant for communications with a passion for working with young people, particularly those in times of transition and transformation.
Molly holds a Bachelor of Science of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with a major in Comparative Studies of Latin America and Africa and a Certificate in International Development.
- 2013 Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative
Ann is currently a fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a year-long program to prepare experienced executives to take…
Ann is currently a fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, a year-long program to prepare experienced executives to take on new challenges in the social sector.
Ann is the former Chief Operating Officer of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit venture capital fund focused on goods and services for low-income customers. Acumen, a pioneer in the impact investing space uses market forces, business tools and accountability to accomplish its goal of poverty alleviation. Acumen has investments in health, water, energy, agriculture, housing and education businesses. It currently operates in nine countries and will expand to fifteen by 2015. Ann oversaw Acumen’s worldwide operations, strategy and expansion. She was a member of a four-person management committee and principal liaison to its board.
Before joining Acumen, Ann spent 17 years as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she held various senior roles including General Counsel of PwC-US, US Management Committee member and then Paris-based position of Global Deputy General Counsel.
Ann currently sits on the board of the Audit Committee of the Lycée Français de New York, the Advisory Boards of Equality Now and the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.
Ann holds a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a B.A. from Tufts University.
- Social Entreprenuer
A leader in the national service movement, Catherine H. Milton is a social entrepreneur with exceptional experience in designing programs…
A leader in the national service movement, Catherine H. Milton is a social entrepreneur with exceptional experience in designing programs focused on volunteer generation and youth.
Catherine served as the first head of the Commission on National and Community Service, where she was responsible for the design and implementation of national service programs, including AmeriCorps. She was the founder and director for 12 years of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, where she was instrumental in the founding of several state and national service organizations, including the coalition Campus Compact. In 2010 Stanford announced that it is establishing a fellowship for innovative public service in her honor.
Catherine has held senior positions in the Treasury Department, the U.S. Senate, and the Police Foundation. She has authored or co-authored six books and served as a member of the U.S. Attorney\\\’s Task Force on Family Violence.
Additionally, Catherine brings eight years experience as a senior executive with Save the Children and three years as President of Friends of the Children. She has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Mt. Holyoke College, and a prestigious three-year Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. She recently served as a visiting fellow at Stanford University’s John Gardner Center for Youth, helping to develop ideas for expanding national service.
- Program Manager, Ecuador
Ever since childhood, Andy has had an appreciation for cross-cultural interactions. He was born and raised in Ecuador with an…
Ever since childhood, Andy has had an appreciation for cross-cultural interactions. He was born and raised in Ecuador with an Ecuadorian Father and an American mother; after high school, he traveled, worked, and studied in Ecuador, the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Through out his career, Andy has focused on contributing to building socially just ties among diverse cultures. He has worked in community development and international education both at the international and domestic level. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and worked with at risk youth in Washington D.C. During his graduate school years, Andy discovered a specific passion for designing and executing inter-cultural exchange programs. In Ecuador, he operated teacher and volunteer abroad programs for LanguageCorps and the Peace Corps.
Before joining Global Citizen Year, Andy also worked in Washington D.C. organizing international recruiting tours. He then returned to Ecuador eager to bring his enthusiasm for education and social change to Global Citizen Year, with a primary goal of effectively facilitating the link between the host culture and the Fellows to ensure growth for both parties.
Andy holds a B.A. in International Relations from Louisiana State University and an M.A. focused in International Education from The School for International Training (SIT).
- 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 Ms. Wright-Violich 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 Ms. Wright-Violich 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 BA 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.
Neal Baer M.D.
- Exec. Producer & Showrunner, CBS Television
Neal Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to challenge audiences’ views…
Neal Baer is a pediatrician and television writer who combines his passion for medicine and storytelling to challenge audiences’ views on a spectrum of social and political topics. Prior to his work as Executive Producer for A Gifted Man, Dr. Baer was Executive Producer of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which received six Emmys and a Golden Globe for acting, and Executive Producer of the NBC hit series ER, where he received five Emmy nominations as a producer and two for writing.
A clinical professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, Dr. Baer created Story Tours, a program that connects TV writers to community activists and former gang members, and lectures at medical schools, universities and healthcare conferences around the world on the power of storytelling to create social change. Dr. Baer lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Gerrie Smith, and his son Caleb, who was a gap year participant and is currently a student at Williams College.
María Cristina Silva
- Program Manager, Ecuador
María Cristina is an Ecuadorian professional with a multicultural formal training and several years of experience in diverse areas of…
María Cristina is an Ecuadorian professional with a multicultural formal training and several years of experience in diverse areas of development. She has successfully directed Family Support and Literacy Programs dedicated to improving the lives of Central American immigrant families with young children in Northern California. Her experience also includes her work in Ecuador with different organizations including World Teach, Peace Corps and others focused on issues of sustainable development and climate change. Beyond these professional experiences, María Cristina’s interests extend to child development, climate change and poverty reduction policy, peace education, and sustainable development.
María Cristina holds a B.A. in Social Development from the Pontific Catholic University of Ecuador and an M.A. in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development from the United Nations Graduate School for Peace and Conflict Studies, complemented with an Executive Program in Sustainability Management, from INCAE Business School in Costa Rica.
Hassana Hedrick Diallo
- Program Associate, Senegal
Hassana Hedrick Diallo was born in the rural community of Dindefelo, in southeastern Senegal, and lived there until the age…
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.
- Program Associate, Senegal
Oumou Gueye was born and raised in England to a Senegalese father and a Ghanaian mother. She moved to Senegal…
Oumou Gueye was born and raised in England to a Senegalese father and a Ghanaian mother. She moved to Senegal with her family at the age of 12 for a year before spending five years in New York where she attended the UN international school. She has attended schools on three continents and speaks English, French and Wolof fluently with a basic knowledge of Italian. After moving several times between London and Dakar, Oumou returned to Senegal in early 2010.
As the eldest of three children -and the eldest grandchild in her family- Oumou spent a lot of her youth taking care of others. This fueled an interest in education which led to teaching and mentoring high school students in both London and Dakar throughout the last ten years. She has also spent nine years in the voluntary sector working in community as well as international development where she strengthened her mediation, linguistic and training skills.
Oumou holds a BA honours in Social Anthropology with a minor in Development Studies from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.
- Manager of Strategic Projects
Stacey brings her passion for education reform and international immersion to the Global Citizen Year team. Stacey’s personal commitment to…
Stacey brings her passion for education reform and international immersion to the Global Citizen Year team. Stacey’s personal commitment to Global Citizen Year’s mission is fueled by the formative year she spent in Ibarra, Ecuador teaching at a community center. Stacey is excited to help build a movement where “bridge years” become the norm in preparing diverse youth for leadership across sectors.
Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Stacey was an Analyst and New Sector Alliance Fellow at NewSchools Venture Fund. At NewSchools, a national nonprofit that supports entrepreneurial education organizations working to improve public education, Stacey conducted diligence on potential investments and also supported the organization’s field-building efforts. Previously, Stacey also worked at a Chicago-based social enterprise startup and summered in equity research at Morgan Stanley.
Stacey holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with highest distinction.
- Manager of Outreach and Alumni Affairs
Conor has been dedicated to expanding the bridge year movement ever since he took his one of his own before…
Conor has been dedicated to expanding the bridge year movement ever since he took his one of his own before college. He spent his year working and volunteering at home and abroad, building knowledge and experiences that would shape his college career at UNC-Chapel Hill. By his senior year, Conor had successfully launched the UNC Global Gap Year Fellowship, one of the first of its kind from any public university in the United States, and founded Gappl: UNC’s Gap Year People, a student organization aimed at advocating and supporting gap years locally and nationally.
Conor joins Global Citizen Year ready to combine his interest in international service with his excitement about bridge years, knowing that his own year and experiences were some of the most defining times of his life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Program Associate, Senegal
Assane Diallo was born and grew up in Rufisque, one of the former French colonial cities in Senegal. He has…
Assane Diallo was born and grew up in Rufisque, one of the former French colonial cities in Senegal. He has worked as a history, geography and civil rights teacher at a private high school. He joined ACI (Africa Consultants International) in 1998 as a language instructor and cultural guide, where he had the opportunity to work with Americans of many ages, from 7 to 67 years old, including students from the Study Abroad Programs, families of missionaries, Fulbright lecturers, Researchers, US Army Officers, and various ex-pats from all over the world. Assane also worked as a private French and Wolof tutor for numerous organizations and individuals of various nationalities.
Assane traveled to the U.S. in December 2010 in order to help his adopted son obtain crucial health care. While in the U.S., he also taught French at the Islamic Academy of Alabama. In addition, he tutored students and was a guest speaker at the French Department at Samford University as well as the Birmingham International Center.
Assane holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dakar (Cheikh Anta Diop). He is fluent in Wolof, Pulaar, French, English, and proficient in Spanish.
- Program Associate, Ecuador
Lila was born in Egypt and moved to the United States as a young child. She grew up between…
Lila was born in Egypt and moved to the United States as a young child. She grew up between South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia, enjoying the culturally diverse upbringing common to families with international backgrounds. Devoted to service from a young age, Lila truly began to realize the value of international cognizance and service while studying at the University of South Carolina. There, she had the wonderful opportunity to work and volunteer abroad in Santiago, Chile, and later to study and work with an immigration research institute in Madrid, Spain.
Lila is deeply familiar with Ecuadorian culture and society after spending three years in that country with the Peace Corps, where she worked with indigenous youth from the Amazon and the Sierra, overcoming intercultural differences to promote good health practices and preventative education. Lila is committed to promoting the vision of a bridge year program for American students and draws on her experience in youth empowerment and international development to help realize this vision with the Fellows in Ecuador. Outside of serving as part of the Ecuador country team, Lila’s other interests include public health, reproductive health rights and gender issues, sustainable development, food security and nutrition, and environmental issues.
Lila holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.
- Program Associate, Brazil
Solamon “Sol” Estin was born in Bahia, Brazil and grew up between there and Ashland, Oregon. In 2010, Sol was…
Solamon “Sol” Estin was born in Bahia, Brazil and grew up between there and Ashland, Oregon. In 2010, Sol was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia, where he performed 10 months of teaching, academic advising, and research based at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín. During that time, Sol developed his research background in the areas of international relations, public policy, economic development, urban planning, and student empowerment.
Sol recently participated in the State Department’s meetings for the US-Brazil Joint Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality (JAPER) in Washington, DC. He was also awarded a second post-graduate fellowship, a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, to study Political Science at the Master’s level at UFBa’s Schools of Social Sciences in Salvador. Through this Fellowship, he has been able to serve the community of Bahia while also working toward his main passion: spurring socioeconomic development in Latin America.
Sol holds a B.A. with Honors in Political Studies, with an emphasis in International Political Economy and a Minor in Latin American Studies, from Pitzer College.
- Program Associate, Ecuador
Yuri spent his childhood in Latin America, where he developed a deep appreciation for the region at an early age.…
Yuri spent his childhood in Latin America, where he developed a deep appreciation for the region at an early age. After graduating from high school in The Netherlands, he took a bridge year during which he lived in France before traveling through several Asian countries on a six month trip that inspired him to study International Relations and Sociology on his return. During his studies, he lived in England, Spain, and Slovakia, acquiring international work experience through various projects and organizations.
After graduating, Yuri returned to Latin American and has spent the past two years living in Riobamba, a small city surrounded by some of Ecuador’s most spectacular volcanoes. There, Yuri has worked with local and international organizations on organizational and business development. Besides traveling, Yuri enjoys mountain climbing, rock climbing, and sharing his passion for the wonderful diversity his beloved Ecuador has to offer.
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.
- US Program Associate
Bobby joins the team with a passion for helping to advance Global Citizen Year’s mission, after spending a formative semester…
Bobby joins the team with a passion for helping to advance Global Citizen Year’s mission, after spending a formative semester studying Italian in Florence as a college student. Knowing that he could have also benefited greatly from a bridge year before beginning college, Bobby is thrilled to now be working to bring this opportunity to as many students as possible. He is keenly interested in international education and its role in higher education, and hopes to continue to explore the intersection of these topics throughout his career.
Prior to joining Global Citizen Year, Bobby worked as part of the Marketing team for Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. He moved to the Bay Area with hopes of finding work in social innovation, and is excited to be a part of such a focused effort on education reform.
Bobby holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Italian from Providence College.
- 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, Ms. Britton 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, Ms. Britton 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.
Ms. Britton 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.
- COO, Tipping Point Community
Renuka currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Tipping Point Community, where she is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day operations.…
Renuka currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Tipping Point Community, where she is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day operations. Most recently, Renuka served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Revolution Foods. Prior to working with Revolution Foods, Renuka served as a Principal at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she focused on the firm’s investment strategy, and led due diligence and management assistance for the early stage non-profit and for-profit portfolio ventures. In this capacity, she served on the board of directors for Revolution Foods, and has advised board members and executives of leading education organizations including, Aspire Public Schools, Education for Change, EnCorps, Beyond12, Leadership Public Schools, Teach For America – DC Region and The Urban Teacher Center.
Prior to NewSchools, Renuka was a Senior Program Officer at the Robin Hood Foundation where she focused on developing and implementing a strategy for a $65 million relief fund, one of the nation\’s largest, created to respond to the attacks of September 11th. She launched her career in the public sector at the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. She received her bachelor\’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, and completed her graduate work in public health at Emory University and holds a certificate in Innovation Leadership from California College of the Arts.
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. Mr. Reese 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.
Mr. Reese received his BA in Political Science from Stanford University and is a 1995 graduate of the Business School’s Executive Program.
- Founder & CEO, Three Ships Media
Zach Clayton is an entrepreneur interested in media, technology, and politics. He currently works at McKinsey & Company, a management…
Zach Clayton is an entrepreneur interested in media, technology, and politics. He currently works at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm that advises leading companies on issues of strategy, organization, technology, and operations.
Zach is the founder of Three Ships Media, an emerging media marketing firm with expertise in brand monitoring, content creation, online public relations, and metrics. In 2006, Zach founded New Media Campaigns, a technology and online marketing company based in North Carolina. As President of New Media Campaigns, Zach guided the company from inception through the launch of Epicenter One, a proprietary software platform for online marketing. Today, the company serves over 200 clients in 20 different states and has released several software products. Zach serves as Chairman of the Board of Three Ships Media and New Media Campaigns. He is also involved in other early-stage technology and media ventures.
Previously, Zach was a partner in The Resources Group, a public affairs firm. He created advertising campaigns and managed strategic communications for corporate and political clients. Zach has written for The Hotline, authored two books, and appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News.
Zach holds an MBA 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.