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Alumni Profiles

The following are profiles of a few of our approximately 1300 distinguished alumni. They come from many distinct and different backgrounds and work in variety of organizations throughout the field of development.


Olga Morales

INE/ENE- Loans Execution and Disbursement Consultant
Inter-American Development Bank

Past Positions: Project Manager, Consultant, Department of Sustainable Development for the Organization of American States; Intern, Department of Communications and Institutional Image for the Organization of American States; Junior Executive-Commercial and Marketing Analyst for Bien Raiz Bogota and System Technology Group's Operations Manager for IBM

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2012
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Los Andes- 2008

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Mario Gonzalez-Flores

Consultant
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Carrie Slease

Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Region
Opportunity International

Past Positions: Executive Director for Foundations for a Civil Society, Slovakia

Education:
Master of Science in Development Management, American University- 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French, Duke University- 1989

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Jaime (Holland) Clark

Professional Development Manager
International Baccalaureate

Past Positions: Interim Director of Administration and Finance- ProParque for DAI; Program Support Specialist for DAI; Sr. Program Coordinator for DAI and CIMCAW Project Program Specialist for DAI

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2007
Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration, University of North Carolina-Wilmington- 2002

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Rob O'Donovan

Director of Program Development
Eurasia Foundation

Past Positions: Senior Program and Evaluation Officer for the Eurasia Foundation; Regional Director, South Caucasus Program for the Eurasia Foundation; Business Development Contractor for Chemonics International and Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan.

Education:
Master of Science in Development Management, American University- 2002
Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Vermont- 1994

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Sharmila Sitther

Independent International Development Consultant

Past Positions: Professional Writing and Resource Development Consultant at Design Impact; Grant Writing Consultant at Thrive, DC; Conservation and Social Enterprise Fellow at Rare Conservation and Grant Writing Consultant at Reef Artisan Collaboration Initiative

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2006
Bachelor of Arts in English Writing, Eastern University- 2002

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Jennifer Flowers

Project Manager, Project Design and Policy Analysis
International Baccalaureate

Past Positions: Project Manager for BaGa Maidi Tribal Development Trust; Student Monitoring and Evaluation Designer for CEDPA Bihar; RAISE Project Coordinator , Information Management for Society for Women's Health Research; Peace Corps China and Cameroon Volunteer

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Digital Media Production, University of California, Santa Cruz- 2003

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Amanda Peltz

Gender Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS
USAID

Kathryn (Kate) Fleming

Senior Health and Education Specialist
American Institutes for Research

Past Positions: Managing Associate for Weidemann Associates; HIV/AIDS Specialist for Plan USA, Program Associate for the Global AIDS Alliance and Program Manager for Keep a Child Alive

Education:
Certificate in Population and Reproductive Health, University of Michigan- 2005
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2001
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian Studies, Lehigh University- 1999

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Ekawati Liu

Inclusion Consultant
World Bank PNPM Support Facility

Past Positions: Freelance Consultant; Research Associate, ASEAN Institute on Disability and Public Policy project for COTELCO at American University; Consultant for Handicap International Belgium and Adjunct Instructor for the Early Childhood Education Department at Guam Community College

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2011
Master of Science in Deaf Education, McDaniel College- 2003
Bachelor of Science in Soil, Water and Environmental Conservation, University of Maryland, College Park- 1999

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Jessica Roach

Policy Associate
American Friends Service Committee

Past Positions: National Water Policy Coordinator and Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch; Legislative Assistant and Project Manager for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, US House of Representatives and Research Fellow at Centro de Investigaciones Economicas y Politicas de Accion Comunitaria

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government, University of Washington- 1999

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Monica Price

Co-Owner and Director of International Operations
ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Hayden Aaronson

Technical Director, Enterprise Development
ACDI/VOCA

Past Positions: Chief of Party for Cardno Emerging Markets Group USA; Economic Development Advisor and Economic Development Program Manager, USAID CRDA for Mercy Corps; Project Officer, GEGI for BearingPoint/ARD and Assistant Proposal Manager for ARD, Inc.

Education:
Master of Science in Development Management, American University- 2005
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Vermont- 1999

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Hilary Bennett

Manager, Conservation and Education Philanthropy
National Wildlife Federation

Past Positions: Grants Manager for American Forest Foundation; Executive Assistant, International Operations Coordinator and Biotechnology and Trade Policy Assistant for the U.S. Grains Council and Political and Economic Affairs Assistant for U.S. Department of State

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2012
Graduate Certificate in International Economic Relations, American University- 2009
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French, Allegheny College- 2006

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Elizabeth Bryan

Senior Research Analyst
International Food Policy Research Institute

Past Positions: Research Analyst and Senior Research Assistant at International Food Policy Research Institute; Short Term Consultant for the World Bank and Program Assistant, Latin American Program for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2007
Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Wagner College- 2001

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Paul Columbini

Foreign Service Officer
U.S. Department of State

Past Positions: Program Analyst for the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID; Private Equity Intern for Small Enterprise Assistance Funds; Research Assistant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Advocacy Project Fellow for the Chintan Environmental Research & Action Group

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2009
Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Maryland, College Park- 2004
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, University of Maryland, College Park- 2004

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Stephanie Shearer Cate

Executive Director
The Batonga Foundation

Past Positions: Corporate Language Trainer for Enel; Philanthropy Director for the American Women's Association of Rome

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- 2005

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Heidi Wilson

Vice President of Program Development and Management
Strategic Applications International

Past Positions: Senior Project Manager for ONE; Program Manager and Program Associate for the National Association of City and County Health Officials and Director of Graphic Design and Post Production for Norstar Communications

Education:
Fellow, Public Health Leadership Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- 2010
Master of Science in Development Management, American University- 2005
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Modern History, University of St. Andrews- 1997

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Anne Cramer

Co-Founder
TouchPoint Dashboard

Past Positions: Senior Consultant for the East Bay Group; Owner of Anicka Designs; Senior Project Leader for ACME Business Consulting and Director, Game Services for Exent Technologies

Education:
Master of Business Administration, Cornell University- 2001
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 1994
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, University of Southern California- 1992

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Alexandra Barrantes

Social Protection Specialist
Organization of American States

Past Positions: Specialist for the Civil Identity Program of the Americas at the Organization of American States; Specialist for the Department for the Promotion of Governance/Unit for the Promotion of Democracy at the Organization of American States and Consultant/Project Assistant for the Secretariat for Integral Development at the Organization of American States

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2004
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Universidad del Salvador- 1999

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Suzanne Riger

Foundation Relations Coordinator
Plan International USA

Past Positions: Coordinator for the Dental Philanthropy Network; Fall Associate, Global Philanthropy for the Council on Foundations; Development Coordinator for the American Association of Endodontists Foundation and Director of Development for St. Pius V Parish and School

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2012
Bachelor of Science in Business, Hospitality, Spanish and Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst- 2005

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Chris Saenger

Program Officer
USAID

Past Positions: Program Manager for Social Impact; Compact Implementation Intern for the Millennium Challenge Corporation; Editor, Intercultural Management Quarterly for the American University Intercultural Management Institute and Associate Program Manager for World Learning

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Wesleyan College- 2001

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Bindi Jhaveri

USAID Community Connector Project Manager
BRAC Uganda

Past Positions: Business Development Manager, Uganda for Catholic Relief Services; Research Assistant for the United Nations Environment Programme; Program Assistant for Democracy International and Project Officer Intern for Social Impact

Education:
MA in International Development, American University- 2010

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Andres Lafe

Account Director
mcgarrybowen

Past Positions: Management Supervisor for Y&R Brands; Account Supervisor for TBWA/Chiat/Day; Account Supervisor for Mad Dogs & Englishmen and Account Executive for Hanft Ranboy & Partners

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University
Master of Business Administration, American University
Bachelor of Arts in History, Colby College

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Meegan March

Business Development Specialist
RTI International

Past Positions: Program Manager for WorldBlu; Deputy Training Director for Peace Corps-Panama; Regional Leader and Community Development Promoter for Peace Corps-Panama and Program Assistant for the International Fund for Agricultural Development

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2001
Bachelor of Arts in English and Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College- 1997

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Fernanda Soares

Consultant
Inter-American Development Bank

Jose Martinez Diaz de Rivera

Deputy Director, New Media
SEIU

Past Positions: Campaign Manager for SEIU; Teaching Assistant for the Interamerican Defense College at American University; Research Associate for Global Integrity and Hispanic Community Liaison for Alamance-Burlington School System

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2011
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Universidad de las Americas- 2003

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Paul Hanscom

Account Executive/Executive Director
Ewald Consulting

Past Positions: Customer Relationship Management Unit for the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and Project Specialist for the Bretton Woods Committee

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2004
Bachelor of Arts in International Service, American University

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Mansi Shah

Research Associate
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Munaye Tesfaye Makonnen

Microinsurance Program Officer
Oxfam America

Past Positions: Team Assistant for the International Finance Corporation; Intern for MicroRate; Research Intern for Oxfam America and Monitoring and Evaluation Intern for CEDPA

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mathematics and French, Salem College- 2008

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Hala Hanna

Global Leadership Fellow
World Economic Forum

Past Positions: Research and Teaching Assistant for the Center for International Development, Harvard University; Fellow for the Liberian Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs; Junior Professional Associate for the World Bank and Development & Strategy Coordinator for BASSMA

Education:
Master of Arts in Public Policy, Harvard University- 2012
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Economics, American University of Beirut- 2005

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Sarah (Langford) Stephens

Volunteer Coordinator
Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

Past Positions: Americorps Member/Get HandsOn Program Manager for HandsOn Charlotte and Grassroots Marketing Intern for Women for Women International

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2010
Master of Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary- 2010
Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Spanish, Centre College- 2007

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Sarra Talib

Technical Cooperations Coordinator
EBRD

Past Positions: Winter Intern for the Inter-American Development Bank; Business Process Optimization Consultant for Shell Oil; Senior Business Consultant for IBM and Information Analyst for the World Bank

Education:
Master of Science in Development Management, American University- 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance, George Washington University- 2004

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Joanna Mantello

International Cooperation Specialist
USAID

Shawna MacCarthy Waugh

Mathematical Statistician
Energy Information Administration

Douglas Kandt

Project Manager/Analyst/Accountant
Small Enterprise Assistant Funds

Past Positions: Project Analyst for Overseas Private Investment Corporation; Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant for the American Red Cross; Consultant for Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and Consultant for African Development Bank

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2008
Master of Science in Labor Studies, University of Massachusetts- 2002
Bachelor of Arts in History and Economics, Duke University- 1993

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Linden McBride

Graduate Student
Applied Economics, Cornell University

Past Positions: Volunteer for Full Cellar Farm; Senior Research Assistant for International Food Policy Research Institute; ReSAKss Intern for International Food Policy Research Institute and Editorial Assistant for the Foreign Policy Bulletin, Cambridge Journals

Experience:
Master in Arts in International Development, American University- 2011
Master of Arts in American and British Literature, Marquette University- 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology, St. Mary's College in Maryland- 2003

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Varsha Ramani

Senior Associate, International Activities
American Chemical Society

Past Positions: Social Media Coordinator for the International Commission on Dalit Rights; Corporate Communications Manager- Ascella Compliance for Microfinance International Corp. and Editor-in-Chief and Board Member for the Family Association of the International Monetary Fund

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2011
Master of Arts in Mass Communication, AJK Mass Communication Centre- Jamia Millia Islamia- 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University- 2003

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David Isaac Stonehill

Democracy and Governance Office
USAID

Past Positions: Client Services Manager for Specialized Technology Resources-Responsible Sourcing; HIV/AIDS Initiative Specialist for Corporate Council on Africa; Microfinance Consultant for FINCA International and Human Resources Specialist for Akron

Education:
Master of Business Administration, American University- 2007
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2007

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Jordan Robinson Fulp

Evaluation Associate
LeCroy & Milligan Associates

Ajani Husbands

Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer
U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan

Past Positions: Commercial Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Political/Economic Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Asmara, Eritrea and Director for the Mamelodi Project Documentary

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2007
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Stanford University- 2005

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Blanka Homolova

Director, HIV/AIDS Programs
World Learning

Past Positions: Senior Technical Specialist for World Learning; Technical Adviser for Orbis International and Program Development Advisor and Consultant for John Snow Brazil

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, American University- 2001
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, American University

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Lana Shehadeh

Research Officer
BBC Media Action- Ramallah, Palestinian Territories

Past Positions: Senior Researcher with Alpha, Economic Research Ministry of Planning, Legal Researcher UNICTR

Education:
Master of Arts in International Development, Concentration in Development Economics, American University- 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, Florida Atlantic University

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