Andy WhiteCoordinator, Rights and Resources Initiative
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Andy WhiteAndy White is Coordinator of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). He also serves as President of the Rights and Resources Group, the nonprofit coordinating mechanism of the RRI Coalition based in Washington, D.C. Prior to co-founding RRI in 2005, Andy served as Senior Director of Programs at Forest Trends and Natural Resource Management Specialist at the World Bank, as well as worked as a consultant to the International Food Policy Institute, Save the Children Federation, and the Inter-American Foundation. He has worked extensively in Haiti, Mexico, and China. As Coordinator of RRI, he advises policy research, advocacy, and engagement in Asia, Latin America, and Africa and leads initiatives and networks to advance RRI’s mission. His research and publications have focused on forest tenure and policy, forest industry and trade, as well as the role of forests, communities, and institutions in climate change. Andy has a PhD in forest economics, a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in forestry from Humboldt State University.
Janis Bristol AlcornRRI Senior Director, Programs & Interim Director, The Tenure Facility
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Janis Bristol AlcornDr. Janis Bristol Alcorn has proven abilities to bridge anthropology to biology, policy to implementation, and rural situations to donor agencies. She has applied her skills in Latin America, Asia, the South Pacific, and Africa for over 25 years. Dr. Alcorn began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India. She received her doctorate in botany and anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982, for her research on indigenous natural resource management systems in Mexico. She was honored as an elected American Association for the Advancement of Science Honorary Fellow in Biology in 1989. Dr. Alcorn also served as AAAS Diplomacy Fellow advisor to USAID (1988-1990). Subsequently she directed the Biodiversity Support Program for Asia and Pacific and the global Peoples-Forests-and-Reefs program to map and secure indigenous territorial rights at World Wildlife Fund (1991-2001), where she led an $18 million program; managed twenty staff in Washington, Nepal and Indonesia; and provided technical oversight and strategic direction. As an independent consultant (2000-2012), Dr. Alcorn carried out consulting assignments for USAID, World Bank, UNDP, Garfield Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The Christensen Fund, UNEP, CBD, CIFOR, CIEL, WRI, IRG, Forest Trends, WWF, Field Museum, RRG, MSI, GDF, ARD/TetraTech, Chemonics, EcoDit, IADB, First Peoples Worldwide, and others. Dr. Alcorn is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute. Prior to joining RRI, she served as the Deputy Director for Social Soundness in the USAID global project–Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities. She serves on several editorial boards, and has served on several NGO and association boards, including International Association for Common Property. She also served as Chair of the Theme on Governance, Equity and Rights, and member of the Steering Council of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; as President of the Anthropology and Environment Society; and as Member of the Council of the Society for Economic Botany, among others. Her publications include five books and 143 articles and reports from work and research in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Papua New Guinea, as well as global analyses and policy papers including, among others, a MacArthur Foundation White Paper on Indigenous Peoples and Conservation, and a USAID brief on tenure and Indigenous Peoples.
Matt ZimmermannChief Operating Officer
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Matt ZimmermannMatt is the Chief Operating Officer of the Rights and Resources Initiative. He has 30 years of experience in the financial management and administration of Non-Government Organizations, including experience establishing new entities. Before RRI, Matt held similar positions with Evidence Action, American Rivers, and Forest Trends. Matt was Chief of Party on a capital markets development project in the Republic of Georgia, prior to spending 10 years in a variety of financial management positions with the Nasdaq Stock Market and its parent company, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD, now FINRA). Matt has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BBA from the College of William and Mary.
Luke AllenAssociate, Strategic Communications
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Luke AllenLuke has worked with RRI’s Strategic Communications team since August, 2016, and previously interned with the Tenure Facility. Prior to joining the Tenure Facility, Luke was a Lantos – Humanity in Action Fellow in the Office of U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, where he worked on foreign policy issues with an emphasis on Europe and the Americas. He previously completed the Humanity in Action Fellowship program in the Netherlands, where he studied and wrote on social justice issues in the Dutch context. Luke graduated from Macalester College in 2014 with a degree in international studies and political science. As a student, Luke’s interest in development led him to spend a semester abroad in Senegal, where he interned with a local development NGO. Before moving to Washington, Luke also worked in the field of immigration law in Minnesota and Iowa.
Solange Bandiaky-BadjiDirector, Africa Program and Gender Justice
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Solange Bandiaky-BadjiSolange Bandiaky-Badji is the Africa Program Director for the Rights and Resources Initiative. She leads the development of RRI’s strategy for engagement in Africa with a focus on tenure rights, building more synergies around new strategic analyses, and giving actors a more strategic understanding of trends, issues, options, and gender in Africa. She holds a PhD in women’s and gender studies from Clark University in Massachusetts, and master’s degrees in environmental sciences and in philosophy from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal. She previously worked as the Regional Expert on gender and climate change for the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) and the UNDP/ BDP Gender Team in New York. Solange has published work on gender in relation to natural resource management, decentralization/local governance, forest and land reforms. She speaks English, French, and Wolof, one of the local languages of Senegal.
Claire Biason-LohierDirector, Coalition and Strategic Networks
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Lindsay BigdaCommunications Officer
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Lindsay BigdaAs a member of RRI’s communications team, Lindsay oversees the publications production process and supports writing, outreach, and storytelling initiatives for the RRI coalition. Previously, she worked with communications teams for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Peru; most recently, she managed the communications program for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Syracuse University.
Omaira BolañosDirector, Latin America Program
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Omaira BolañosOmaira manages the Latin America Program, providing strategic support and knowledge on the socio-political context of the region in order to envision opportunities for RRI engagement. She holds a PhD in anthropology and a master’s degree in Latin American studies with a concentration in tropical conservation and development both from the University of Florida. Prior to joining RRI, Omaira worked extensively in development and community-based conservation, watershed management, gender equity, and Indigenous Peoples’ tenure rights throughout Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, and her native Colombia. In addition to Spanish, she speaks fluent English and Portuguese.
Sandra León BolourianSenior Manager, Finance and Administration
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Sandra León BolourianSandra León Bolourian is Senior Manager, Finance and Administration at RRI. She manages the Strategic Response Mechanism Program and is responsible, among others, for ensuring the integrity of collaborative agreements with Partners and Collaborators, as well as other agreements. During her tenure at RRI, Sandra has been responsible for the administration of the Tenure Facility and the Country and Regional Program (CRP), as well as overseeing the administrative systems for CRP and the Global Programs. Sandra is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in administration, human resources, external relations, event planning, and public affairs in large international organizations and smaller non-profits. Sandra came to RRI from the World Bank’s Latin America Social Protection program. Prior to that, and following a 14-year career at INTELSAT, an intergovernmental cooperative of over 147 nations, she worked at Calvert Foundation, a non-profit investing in disadvantaged communities. She holds an M.B.A. in international business and a B.A. in radio and television, with a minor in sociology from George Washington University. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Joseph BonoSenior Associate, Coalition and Strategic Networks
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Joseph BonoPrior to joining RRI in July 2013, Joe held positions with the European Parliament as well as with several national and international electoral campaigns. As Chief of Staff to a Member of the European Parliament, he drafted legislative proposals on rural development policy, alternative energies, and diplomatic initiatives between the European Union and the governments of East Asia. Upon returning to the U.S., Joe developed and implemented the Republican National Committee’s statewide Big-Data strategy for the 2012 Missouri Presidential Campaign. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The State University of New York at Purchase.
Lien De BrouckereDeputy Director, Africa Region
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Lien De BrouckereLien is a lawyer with experience supporting civil society organizations on human rights, corporate accountability, and rights-based development in the context of industrial resource extraction projects across Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, and Uganda) and in Afghanistan. She previously directed the Natural Resources & Human Rights Program at Global Rights, where she led the launch of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability with members representing more than 25 countries. She has a strong interest in company-community mediation and collaborated with the mandate team of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights to further access to non-judicial remedy. Lien completed her law degree with Great Distinction from McGill University and speaks French, Dutch, English, and German fluently.
Natalie CampbellAssociate, Asia Program
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Natalie CampbellNatalie joined the Asia team at RRI in September 2016. Prior to joining RRI, Natalie worked for the Secretariat of the International Land Coalition based in Rome, Italy on coordinating the Global Call to Action and conducting in-depth analysis on pastoralism and climate change. Previously Natalie worked with local communities in Madhya Pradesh, India conducting primary research for Bioversity International on the participation of marginalized communities and women in Joint Forest Management (JFM) programs, and in the foothills of the Himalayas for CHIRAG. Natalie has also worked for Land Tenure Desk at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She holds a Master’s of Development degree from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex in Brighton UK, where her dissertation focused on the Forest Rights Act (FRA) in India and communal forests systems of Indigenous communities. Natalie is a global citizen, growing up in India and Indonesia, she has dual US and Australian nationality and speaks English, Hindi, Italian and Bahasa Indonesia.
Carole CarlsonSenior Manager, Accounting
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Carole CarlsonCarole is responsible for ensuring that the financial accounting systems of RRI are in compliance with donor and U.S. tax-exempt regulations requirements as well as meeting the accounting standards generally accepted in the United States. Before coming to RRI, she worked for nearly 20 years in public accounting, specializing in nonprofit organizations. Carole is a Certified Public Accountant and also holds a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialty in international business.
Jenna DiPaolo ColleyDirector, Strategic Communications
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Jenna DiPaolo ColleyJenna directs the Strategic Communications Program for the Rights and Resources Initiative. She comes to RRI from a consultancy at the U.S. Navy where she served as a Congressional & Public Affairs Coordinator. Prior to her time in the private sector, Jenna was a Fellow at the Alliance for Justice, a national alliance of human rights and civil liberties-focused nonprofits, where she managed the Alliance’s extensive online outreach and communications efforts. Additionally, Jenna has work experience in event coordination and income development. Jenna has an M.A. in international affairs and human rights from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a B.A. from Bucknell University. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she spent a year in Europe studying the efficiency and effectiveness of the world’s premier International Organizations.
Molly Rose Freeman CyrAssociate, Africa Program
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Molly Rose Freeman CyrMolly is a graduate of Wellesley College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies and French, and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she earned a Masters of Philosophy in International Peace Studies. Prior to joining RRI, she worked in Dublin, Ireland as an advocate for human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk in sub-Saharan, Africa. She is fluent in French and English.
Alain FrechetteDirector, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement
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Alain FrechetteAlain is the Director of the Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement program with 15 years of experience in development assistance related to organizational and program monitoring, evaluation and performance management, and over 20 years of service in areas related to natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Alain began his career with state and provincial forest and protected area agencies in the United States and Canada before pursuing strategic consultancies with multilateral organizations, development agencies, and NGOs such as IUCN, IDRC, the World Bank and various UN institutions across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Alain joined the Rights and Resources Initiative in 2015 and leads the Rights and Climate program and provides technical guidance and support for the development of RRI’s performance management system, the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, and the Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement unit. He has an undergraduate degree in environmental biology (forestry major) and a master’s in educational leadership from McGill University, as well as a PhD in environmental sciences (forest governance) from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Anne-Sophie GindrozSoutheast Asia Regional Facilitator
Anne-Sophie GindrozSince July 2014, Anne-Sophie Gindroz has worked as the RRI Facilitator for South East Asia and is based in Indonesia. Before joining RRI, she worked as Country Director in Mali and Laos for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation for 10 years. She has also worked for SDC, the European Commission, the ICRC, and Swisscontact. Anne-Sophie has been engaging in the Aid and Development Effectiveness process, focusing in particular on creating an enabling environment for civil society. She has also been advocating for the resource rights of communities challenged by extractive industries and industrial plantations. Anne-Sophie has a law degree and holds a master’s degree in Development Studies.
Chloe GinsburgTenure Tracking Associate
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Chloe GinsburgChloe has supported RRI’s tenure data collection and analysis since joining RRI in March 2015. She also contributes to the Rights and Climate theme. She received her B.A. in environmental policy and politics from Drake University with a concentration in primate studies. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester in northeast Thailand studying social and environmental justice in the face of development and conducted field research on a chimpanzee population in Gishwati National Park in Rwanda.
Matthew GonzalesAssociate, Communications and Development
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Jamie KalliongisSenior Communications Officer
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Jamie KalliongisJamie joined RRI in January 2015 to support the work of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. She received her B.A. in East Asian studies and English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Japanese history from Columbia University. Prior to coming to RRI, Jamie worked as a reporter at the United Nations and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Japan, where she studied human rights and minority education.
Stephanie KeeneTenure Analyst, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement
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Stephanie KeeneStephanie Keene is an attorney with a background in land tenure security, women’s rights, and corporate social responsibility, particularly in Africa. She has worked on issues of women’s land rights, gender-based violence, and social protection at the World Bank, and was previously an Associate with Covington & Burling LLP’s Anti-Corruption, Africa, and International Trade Controls practices. Stephanie has worked to protect the land rights of women-victims of illegal property seizure in Northern Uganda, and has served as a Princeton Fellow with the West African Regional Bureau of the UN World Food Program. Her field research and related reports include an environmental and human rights assessment of Indigenous People’s land rights within the context of a large-scale agricultural development project in Papua, Indonesia, and an assessment of Sierra Leone’s legal prohibition against child marriage. Stephanie received her Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, and her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
Kundan KumarDirector, Asia Program
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Kundan KumarKundan has a PhD in Resource Development (2010) from Michigan State University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management (1990). He worked with NGOs and the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) in India on community forestry, bank financing of forestry projects, watershed development, and micro-credit. He has also been closely involved with social and environmental mobilizations in India, including the enactment of India’s landmark Forest Rights Act. Prior to joining RRI in 2014, he worked as a faculty member at University of Toronto for five years, teaching and conducting research on forest governance (specifically forest tenure), environmental justice, and social movements. He has published work in natural resources governance, forests and land tenure, and social and environmental movements. He speaks English, Hindi, and Odiya.
Pengju LuSenior Associate, Accounting Systems
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Pengju LuPengju is responsible for accounts payable procedures for the Finance and Administration team, including payment review, book-keeping, and documentation. He also assists in monthly and annual closing. Pengju has a master’s degree in accountancy from The George Washington University. Prior to joining RRI, Pengju worked as a project manager at Arctan, Inc.
James Christopher MillerDirector, Finance & Administration
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James Christopher MillerJames contributes to the institutional operations of RRG, the nonprofit coordinating mechanism of the RRI Coalition based in Washington, D.C., to ensure that they effectively and efficiently enable the RRI Partner, Collaborator, and program staff’s work to achieve tenure reform. Prior to joining RRI, James worked with the Biodiversity Support Program at World Wildlife Fund, supporting community-based natural resources management programs in Asia and providing support for efforts toward recognition of traditional and Indigenous Peoples’ resource rights. He has also worked for Conservation International, assisting in compilation of a manual of the organization’s approach to conservation. James has an academic background in comparative and historical linguistics.
Jay NemeyerManager, Finance & Administration
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Jay NemeyerJay co-manages the development, integration, and maintenance of RRI’s institutional systems, policies, and procedures in Finance and Administration, including RRI’s sub-agreements and contracts portfolio, accounting system, methods of payment, Human Resources, and risk mitigation. Jay has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Drew University. Prior to joining RRI, Jay worked as a marketing assistant at ProFund Advisors LLC and as an administrative assistant at Marsh USA.
Bryson OgdenSenior Analyst, Private Sector
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Bryson OgdenBryson leads the coordination and generation of analytical work in RRI’s Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement portfolio, with a focus on the connections between business, tenure, and the environment. Prior to joining RRI, he worked as a portfolio manager and equity analyst, covering the energy sector. He also consulted for the Kenya Forestry Research Institute in Nairobi. Bryson holds a B.S. in International Business from the University of Arkansas, an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy, and an M.S. in Applied Ecology, both from Indiana University.
Silene RamirezSenior Associate, Latin America
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Silene RamirezSilene joined the Latin America team at RRI in June 2014. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio, with an M.A. in women’s, gender and sexuality studies and has a B.A. in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica with a minor in Latin American studies. Silene worked most recently with the Women’s Campaign Fund, Farmworker Justice, and the Pan American and Education Foundation, all of which were based in Washington, D.C. In her home country, Costa Rica, she worked with Amnesty International’s Regional Office with the program Stop Violence Against Women and collaborated with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. Silene is bilingual in Spanish and English with an intermediate knowledge of French.
Lai SandersDigital Communications Officer
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Mayra Johana TenjoColombia Facilitator
Mayra Johana TenjoMayra Tenjo is a professional Public Administrator with a high capacity in planning, organizational analysis, management, and implementation of activities in the social and administrative fields. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in geography at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. For eight years she has worked directly with non-governmental organizations, with people in diverse professional settings of climate change, human rights, and extractive industries. She has worked as a consultant and junior researcher with RRI, Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos, Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad, and Derechos Diersidad y Selvas. In this capacity, she provided advice about climate, forest, and the collective rights of communities and analyzed information about the environmental and forest policy in Colombia, the REDD+ process, and climate change mitigation programs.
Mary Alice JacksonIntern, Latin America
Mary Alice JacksonMary Alice joined RRI to support the Latin America team in July of 2017. Most recently before joining RRI, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the University of Villa Maria in the Cordoba province of Argentina. Mary Alice graduated from Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Area Studies and History in 2015 and later worked as a Program Assistant for Regions Refocus, an initiative housed at the Dag Hammarskjold foundation. There she assisted the Director and Policy Coordinator in implementing the organization’s strategy to advance progressive and feminist policy at a regional level in the global south by working with civil society, government, and the United Nations by researching international progressive and feminist policy in English and Spanish.
Emily ScolaroIntern, Gender Justice
Emily ScolaroEmily joined RRI to support the Gender Justice Initiative in April 2017. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016 with a degree in international development and political economy. During her time as a student, she developed a research project investigating the relationship between nationalism and cultural heritage in Indonesia for which she spent time conducting fieldwork abroad in Central Java. Her study focused on local narratives and experiences of heritage, and in integrating her findings into a thesis, she developed a passion for indigenous rights that led to her interest in RRI’s work.
Donald Quinn-JacobsTenure Tracking Intern
Donald Quinn-JacobsDon is a forester with a technical background in forest inventory and natural resource management supporting the tenure tracking team under SAGE. He found his passion for community development and advocacy during his last few years as he worked implementing community forestry and agriculture projects in Peru and Madagascar with the Peace Corps. In spring 2017 he received a Master’s in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School and Brandeis University. His field practicum study at Brandeis investigated the integration of Participatory Forest Management principles with municipal and provincial government. Previously he studied Natural Resource Management at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and achieved his technical degree in Applied Forest Technology at the SUNY Ranger School.
Christina HealyAlternative Tenure and Enterprise Models (ATEMs) Intern