Creative and results-oriented social justice leader with over 20 years experience in executive, senior technical and consultant positions in foundations, government and non-governmental organizations. Diverse experience in 30 countries, crafting strategies to advance human rights and combat urban poverty; promote resilience; sustain arts and cultural institutions, and advance the use of media and technology for advocacy. Highly regarded for integrity, strategic thinking, and sound political judgment.Fluent Russian, working knowledge of French.
Recent clients include the International Human Rights Programme of the Oak Foundation; the global consulting firm IMG; and the development management practice Partners for Change. Previous clients include Purpose, which incubates technology-driven social movements to address major global problems; and the Issues Affecting Women Programme of the Oak Foundation.
Led a foundation-wide exploration on systemic and structural inequalities affecting 1 billion people living in slums in the Global South.Initiated a portfolio of strategic grants on five continents.
Led a 15-person team and refocused social justice strategy to strengthen human rights, free expression and voices of pluralism in Russian society, adding initiatives to explore absent memory and enlarge the role of domestic philanthropy.
Formulated external relations strategy for USAID Administrator, one of the U.S. government's two top diplomats, including all talking points, speeches, and policy briefings. Supervised team responsible for all external meetings and foreign trips for Administrator as she led annual program of $14b with 8,000 staff in over 70 countries. GS-15 rank.
Principal advisor on workforce development, safety net policies and social protection programs that are essential to improve labor market function, increase income security and reduce household vulnerability. Developed a quantitative and qualitative risk model for analyzing labor market vulnerability in 27 transitioning economies, used as a basis for setting priorities onprogram funding decisions. Played key role in securing social protection in the US Foreign Assistance Framework. Consistently rated a top presenter in economic growth training courses for junior and mid-level Foreign Service officers.
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF THE USA, New York, NY
Director, Global Policy Project (1998-2000)
JOHN D. & CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, Russian Federation
Co-Director, Moscow Office (1992-1995)
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH & EXCHANGES BOARD (IREX), Princeton and Moscow
Moscow Representative (1990-1992), Program Officer, Assistant Program Officer (1988-1990)
ST. BONIFACE HIGH SCHOOL, Galeshewe Township, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Volunteer Teacher, English and pre-calculus mathematics in defiance of Bantu curriculum (1987-1988)
Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Board Member, The Rules Foundation (2012-); Advisory Committee, Partners for Change Global (2012-); Advisory Committee, Urban Poverty Project, Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies (2010- ); Selection Committee, Thomas J. Cahill Scholarship Fund (2 010- ); Global Issues Fellowship Selection Panel, Wilson Center for International Studies (2006).
USAID Meritorious Honor Awards for outstanding leadership in the integration of social sector concerns into new Agency framework (2007); outstanding performance in labor market analysis and development in Europe and Eurasia (2004); USAID Superior Unit Citation, Croatia Social Sector Working Group (2003); Federal Bureau of Investigation Certificate of Appreciation (2005); Georgetown University Regents Citation for Public Service (1986).
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