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.
Alan LandisChief Operating Officer
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Alan LandisAlan Landis has been advising, building, and growing enterprises in the DC area for more than 20 years. He specializes in organizational change, managing rapid growth, and aligning long-term vision with operational prioritization. Alan joined Rights and Resources Initiative in early 2018 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he will lead efforts to align the work of the programs, administration, and fundraising teams. Alan recently left the anti-human trafficking field where he managed all operational, programmatic and administrative teams as Polaris Projects’ Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Polaris, Alan served as a senior leader at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public where he worked directly with the founder and senior leadership on numerous initiatives including technology products, fundraising, and recruiting senior talent. Prior to joining Ashoka, he was the Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at the Corporate Executive Board where, he oversaw product development, R&D, acquisitions, alliances and business line management. He also established and developed the company's corporate philanthropy and employee volunteer management program.
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 BigdaSenior Officer, Communications and Advocacy
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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 Bolaños is the Director of the Latin America Program at Rights and Resources Initiative. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Omaira has 23 years of professional experience throughout Latin American working on topics related to Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendant communities’ collective tenure rights, sustainable development, gender justice, watershed management, community forestry, forest policy, community-based conservation, applied research and capacity development. She has developed research on Indigenous Peoples land rights struggles in the lower Amazon Brazil and Community forestry in Bolivia. In the last seven years, she has worked to strategically prioritize and support the regional afro-descendant movement in consolidating their collective tenure rights. She joined RRI in 2009.
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 BonoManager, Coalition Governance and International Engagement Coordination
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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. Before his time in Europe, Joe operated as a Project Manager for capital development programs in the New York City region. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The State University of New York at Purchase.
Natalie CampbellSenior Associate, 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 CarlsonDirector, Finance & Administration
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Carole CarlsonCarole 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. 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 and Donor Relations
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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.
Caroline CosbyAssociate, Africa Program
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Caroline CosbyThe Associate for the Africa Program, Caroline manages and supports RRI’s engagement on the African continent. Before joining the team, Caroline was a David L. Boren Scholar in Dakar, Senegal, studying Wolof and French. In her previous position as a research assistant with the Timbuktu Institute, also in Dakar, she supported major countering violent extremism (CVE) projects for USAID, Creative Associates, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the African Union. Caroline holds a dual B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in International Studies and French. Her French honors thesis analyzes local women’s roles and involvement in creating and implementing CVE programs in Mali.
Johnathan ErvesOffice Manager
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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 Analyst
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 GonzalesSenior Associate, Grants Administration
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Christina HealyAssociate, Tenure and Enterprise
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Solveiga JaskunasHR Manager
Jamie KalliongisManager, Strategic Communications
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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 KeeneSenior Tenure 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.
Arvind KhareSenior Director, Tenure Facility Support Programs
Patrick KipaluAfrica Program Coordinator
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Patrick KipaluPatrick KIPALU has the role of coordinating and leading RRI’s engagement in Africa. Patrick has a strong background and interest in natural resources management and human rights in Africa. He has experience supporting civil society organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, including on human rights, natural resources exploitation (lands, forests, and mines), and climate change. Prior to joining RRI, Patrick was the Country Manager for Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Prior to joining FPP, Patrick worked for the Africa Program at Bank Information Center (BIC), and for the Equity and Governance Program (EGP) at World Resources Institute (WRI). He has experience strategizing, building capacities and coordination with governments, private companies, civil society organizations, communities and international development agencies to improve land and forest management, integrate climate change components into policies and programs, and to secure the rights of local and indigenous peoples in forest and climate change related initiatives. Patrick has a Master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from the American University (AU) in Washington DC, and a bachelors’ degree in Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources Management from the University of Kinshasa in DRC. He speaks English, French, Lingala and Kikongo (Lingala and Kikongo are some of the local languages spoken in the Congo).
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 LuFinance Administrator
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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.
Rachel MacFarlandAssociate, Tenure Facility Support Program
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John McCannAssociate, Finance and Administration
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Bryson OgdenAssociate Director, Tenure and Enterprise
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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 RamirezManager, Gender Justice
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Silene RamirezSilene joined 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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Eric TellerAssociate, Coalition and Strategic Networks
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Eric TellerAs the Coalition and Strategic Networks Associate at RRI, Eric facilitates collaboration with, and among, RRI's broad network of Partners, Affiliated Networks, and Fellows. Prior to joining RRI, he provided logistical and operational support to the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, the Andes Amazon Fund, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Eric holds a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. While pursuing his Bachelor's degree, he completed an ethnographic research project investigating the politics of NGO-Indigenous Community partnerships to restore community-managed native forests in the Peruvian Andes.
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.
Wendy AtienoIntern, Asia