CONSULTANT IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, New York, NY 6/97-present
Research, writing, editing, and policy and strategic analysis in the areas of gender and international development policy; women’s reproductive health and rights; political, economic, and social development and; U.S. foreign policy. Clients have included:
UNIFEM (The United Nations Development Fund for Women)
UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund)
Family Care International
HERA (Health, Empowerment, Rights & Accountability)
Save the Children, Mali
A Women’s Lens on Global Issues (a project of the Aspen Institute)
The International Women’s Health Coalition Burkina Faso
Program Officer; Special Assistant for Public Affairs
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S HEALTH COALITION, New York, NY 4/95-5/97
Managed and developed public affairs program, including constituency development, advocacy, communications, publications, and public information initiatives for nonprofit organization working with individuals and groups in Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights.
Wrote, edited, researched, and managed production of policy analyses, technical reports, and public education and reference materials, including speeches, opinion pieces, briefing materials, and fact sheets.
Worked closely with in-country and global program staff and international colleagues on advocacy and public information efforts in support of women’s health and rights.
Directed team to conceive, construct, and launch World Wide Web site (www.iwhc.org).
Oversaw translation of publications into French, Spanish, and Chinese and their dissemination.
Managed focus group research and polling to determine U.S. women’s and men’s interests in foreign policy and international development assistance.
Coordinated and led media campaign at Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995).
Programmed annual budget of between $160,000 and $300,000 and supervised assistant, researchers and interns.
Special Assistant for External Affairs1/94-4/95
Initiated, coordinated and managed public policy and global advocacy activities in the office of the president, including participation in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (Cairo, 1994) and preparatory meetings. Provided policy analysis, research, and writing for president’s projects on U.S. constituency development, fund raising, and coalition-building.
Led team that provided logistical and research support in New York and Cairo to staff and international colleagues’ advocacy efforts for the ICPD.
Administered over 100 travel grants to women’s health advocates in 15 developing countries
Liaised with political consultants in Washington to build alliances with and disseminate information to U.S.-based non-governmental organizations.
Consultant GOVERNMENT OF KENYA, MINISTRY OF PLANNING 9/92-4/93
Co-wrote Kennedy School of Government master’s degree thesis, “Wildebeests and Wheat:
Crafting a Land Policy in Kenya’s Maasailand” as consultant to the Ministry of Planning and National Development. Thesis conceptualized an integrated conservation and development policy for group ranches surrounding the Maasai Mara National Reserve, including recommendations for land use and land tenure. Thesis used by Government of Kenya for long-range planning; nominated for Kennedy School thesis prize.
Research Associate ASHOKA: INNOVATORS FOR THE PUBLIC, Arlington, VA 6/92-9/92
Documented and evaluated community-based development projects in Western and Southern India in the areas of women’s health and rights, sustainable development/resource management, and education for nonprofit foundation that grants fellowships to “social entrepreneurs” in developing countries.
Produced three case studies highlighting the strategy, development and outcomes of each project.
Profiled project coordinators for foundation annual directory.
Wrote analysis of strengths and weaknesses of fellowship program in India.
Provided editorial support in India to project directors for funding proposals and public education.
Program/Development Associate CHILDREN’S EXPRESS FOUNDATION, NY, NY 1990-1991
Managed fund raising and program operationsfor non-profit news service advocatingchildren’s rights.
Coordinated development and management of on-going programs and new initiatives, including international reporting projects, a pilot school-based journalism curriculum, news bureaus, and publications.
Wrote all grant and program reports, including a $200,000 proposal for published book on children and violence.
Administered state, city, and foundation grants, and researched new funding sources.
Served as liaison to foundations, public sector funders, and Board of Directors.
Managing Editor STREET NEWS, New York, NY1989-1990
Directed editorial office of monthly newspaper sold by homeless people. Wrote, edited, and acquired articles, managed editorial staff, and provided editorial support to homeless writers.
Reporter GANNETT NEWSPAPERS, White Plains, NY 1988
Wrote news and feature articles on education, school/community relations, and environmental issues for two daily and Sunday newspapers (daily circulation: 80,000; 200,000 Sunday).
JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Master of Public Policy, 1993; concentration in International Development. Teaching assistant/researcher for international development faculty and researcher/writer for the Harvard Family Research Project.
COLUMBIA COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, B.A., English, cum laude, 1987.
14 Published articles, papers and monographs on women and development, sustainable development, and U.S. social policy in journals and through research and advocacy organizations.
Work and travel in China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Eastern and Western Europe.
Public speaking and conference organizing experience.
Conference Report, Confounding the Critics: Cairo, Five Years On. New York: HERA (Health, Empowerment, Rights & Accountability), 1999.
A Women’s Lens, Defining an Agenda for Global Issues: A Symposium. New York: A Women’s Lens on Global Issues, 1999.
Programming for Maternal Survival. (in press). New York: UNICEF, 1999.
State of the World’s Mothers. (in press). Westport, CT: Save the Children, 1999.
Symposium Report: A Women’s Lens on Foreign Policy. New York: International Women’s Health Coalition, 1997.
UNIFEM AnnualReport 1996. New York: UNIFEM, 1997.
A Women’s Lens on Foreign Policy: Different Values, Different Views, New Policy? New York: International Women’s Health Coalition, 1997. with Joan Dunlop and Rachel Kyte. “Women Redrawing the Map: The World After the Beijing and Cairo Conferences”. SAIS Review, Winter, 1996. Washington, DC.: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
Contributing writer, Raising Our Future: Families, Schools and Communities Joining Together. Harvard Family Research Project. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1995.
Reinventing Systems: Collaborations to Support Families. Cambridge: Harvard Family Research Project, 1994.
A Quick Guide to Funding Sources for Human Rights Organizations. New York: The Fund for Peace, 1994; revised 1995. with Eric Azumi. “Wildebeests and Wheat: Crafting a Land Policy in Kenya’s Maasailand”. Kennedy School of Government master’s thesis, 1993.
Researcher, Voices From the Future: Our Children Tell Us About Violence in America. New York: Crown Publishers, 1993.