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Regan E. Ralph President and CEO
Regan E. Ralph is the president and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights and has directed the organization since its founding. Prior to launching the Fund, Regan was Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington D.C. where she led advocacy, policy and educational strategies to promote the quality and availability of health care for American women. From 1992-2001, Regan helped build and ultimately directed the Women’s Rights division of Human Rights Watch, where she developed campaigns to ensure the prosecution of sexual violence in conflict as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote women’s rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan and Mexico. Regan is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She serves on the boards of EG Justice and WITNESS, the advisory council of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center, the advisory committee of The Council for Global Equality, and the global practitioner council at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. Regan is also a member of the Steering Committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group.
James Logan Director of the European Office
James joined the Fund in November 2017 as Director of its European Office and comes with a range of experiences promoting human rights – as an activist, a researcher, and as a grant maker. He was previously the Associate Director at the Human Rights Initiative of Open Society Foundations looking at grantmaking, strategy, and learning. James’ other experience of grantmaking includes seven years with the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program, where he supported organizations working to achieve justice for human rights violations as well as to bring new skills and technologies into the human rights sector. He has worked with the Panic Button, a technology-based initiative for human rights defenders and started his career as a country specialist at Amnesty International, investigating and campaigning against abuses in Turkey. He is passionate about finding better ways to empower and support activists and human rights organizations and is a member of the Advisory Board of Benetech’s Human Rights Program. He has also served on the Steering Committees of the International Human Rights Funders Network and the Thomas Paine Initiative, a collaborative initiative using strategic communications to build support for human rights in the UK. James is a Turkish-speaker and has a first degree in Turkish and Arabic from Oxford University and an LLM with Distinction in Public International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Naima Allcock Development and Outreach Officer
Naima joined the Fund in July 2015 and currently serves as Development and Outreach Officer. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge where she studied French and Spanish, with an emphasis on post-colonial Francophone African literature. Whilst a student at Cambridge, Naima spent a year in Côte d’Ivoire during which time she interned for an international NGO. Prior to joining the fund, Naima pursued graduate studies in Francophone literature and Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley. Naima speaks fluent French, advanced Spanish and is conversant in Swahili and Kinyarwanda.
Keri Kae Almstead Director of Individual Giving
Keri Kae joined the Fund in 2016 from World Food Program USA where she led individual giving programs, helping the organization feed more families and address the systemic causes of chronic hunger and malnutrition. With a passion for connecting resources with change agents, Keri Kae has worked with donors on a variety of international issues, including economic participation for women, safe spaces for children, disaster relief and long-term recovery, and access to basic services. Prior to her tenure at WFP USA, she held fundraising positions at CARE and the United Nations Foundation. She is a graduate of the George Washington University, where she studied the history and politics of the Middle East, and obtained her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2014. She also pursued studies at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, spent time living in Tunisia, speaks French and is conversant in Arabic and Farsi.
Micaela Pacheco Ceballos Grants Manager
Mikyala Clayton Director of Human Resources
Mikyala joined the Fund in May 2016 as Director of Human Resources. At the time of her joining, Mikyala’s Human Resources experience with nonprofit organizations spanned over 10 years, including 5 years at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a nonprofit working to improve the quality of healthcare. Early in her career, she spent two years working at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, where she assisted British nationals and UK diplomats transition to the US. Mikyala holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) from Howard University and a Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A) in Organizational Development from Trinity Washington University.
Lydia Cocom Senior Program Assistant
Lydia joined the fund in September 2016 and serves as Senior Program Assistant to support the Fund’s programmatic work. Before joining the Fund, Lydia most recently worked in criminal justice reform with an emphasis on ending the use of the death penalty and solitary confinement in the US. Before this she interned, worked, or volunteered at a number of organizations in Mexico City and Washington, DC with a focus on promoting migrants’ rights. Lydia is a graduate of Haverford College where she received a BA with honors in Political Science. While completing her MA in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service, she wrote her thesis on information gathering, decision making, and risk mitigation among Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. Lydia spent a year studying at Oxford University and a semester at the Academia Diplomática del Perú Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. She speaks Spanish.
Brittany Daley Development-Operations Associate
Brittany joined the Fund in July 2017 as Development-Operations Associate and is responsible for coordinating core development department operations as well as managing the Fund’s database. She has seven years of nonprofit experience in operations and development and is passionate about building systems to manage workflows and maximize efficiency. When she’s not at the office, you can find her at craft fairs, concerts and extolling the many virtues of Jamaican carry-out restaurants.
Opare Densua Staff Accountant
Opare joined the Operations and Finance Team of The Fund as its Staff Accountant in November 2017. Opare is a native Washingtonian who previously worked in finance for an international NGO focusing on global budget transparency and brings close to 10 years of finance, accounting, and operations experience to The Fund. Opare holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, an Associate’s degree in Fashion Merchandising, and is a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.
Kate Fanning Outreach and Engagement Officer
Kate Fanning joined the Fund in 2017 as the Outreach and Engagement Officer from the academic world, having taught university courses in human rights, civil society, and international relations. In this role she also co-founded the Youth Model United Nations at the university and organized various outreach events around the themes of human rights and societies in conflict. Kate gained prior outreach and development experience with the organizations Human Rights Watch and Seeds of Peace. She holds post-graduate degrees in International Relations and Non-Governmental Organizations, with post-graduate studies in Middle Eastern Studies and bachelors’ degrees in Germanic Languages and Literature and Fine Arts (Design), and has worked in the NGO and Arts sectors. Kate speaks fluent German, is conversant Spanish and has knowledge of Arabic and Farsi, and is a certified mediator. Kate has lived in continental Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America, but has called London home for several years now.
Dana Fletcher Human Resources Coordinator
Dana joined the Fund in January 2018 and serves as the organization’s Human Resources Coordinator. In addition to adding Operations capacity, she will be our resident HR data guru, helping to streamline and enhance our HR systems and processes like onboarding, leave tracking, benefits, and more. Prior to the Fund, she worked as a writer for a digital marketing agency. She has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Florida and an MA in Human Resource Management from the University of Leeds. While a student in Leeds, she became interested in the student mental health crisis on UK university campuses. This inspired her final thesis which examined the relationship between financial hardship, term-time employment, mental well-being and academic performance; she found a bidirectional relationship between these factors, mitigated by the role of social support. Her passion for this research prompted the launch of her mental health awareness campaign, Embrace Your Unknown. Having lived in both Spain and Jamaica, she is conversant in Spanish and Patois.
Ana Paula Hernández Program Officer for Latin America
Ana Paula Hernández joined the Fund full time in July of 2011 as the Program Officer for Latin America, and has also been leading the Fund’s Corporate Accountability Project in Mesoamerica. Ana Paula worked for fifteen years in the field of human rights in Mexico, including six years at the Miguel Agustín Pro Juarez Human Rights Center in Mexico City, and four years as Deputy Director of Tlachinollan Human Rights Center in the state of Guerrero. She has carried out consultancies in fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development, capacity building, advocacy and human rights education for a number of organizations and networks on a national and state level. She has been a consultant to the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute and the Angelica Foundation. Her recent experience has focused on the issues of land and resource rights, human rights and citizen security, and drug policy reform. She is founder and member of the Collective for an Integrated Drug Policy (CUPIHD), an organization working in Mexico on drug policy reform with a human rights perspective. She has a BA in Sociology from the Iberoamericana University, an MA in Human Rights and Democracy from FLACSO and in 2010 was named a Yale World Fellow. She lives in Mexico City.
John M. Kabia Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives
John joined the Fund as a Program Officer in June 2012. Most recently, he was with the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace based in the UK, where he developed and facilitated peace and human rights training programs for victims and survivors of conflict and human rights abuses. He also has experience working with human rights organizations and networks in his native Sierra Leone and has authored a series of research publications on human rights, conflict and peacebuilding in West Africa. John holds a PhD in conflict, security and development from the University of Bradford.
Kaylyn Kvochak Director of Institutional Relations
Kaylyn Kvochak joined the Fund in August 2008 and serves as the Fund’s Senior Manager of External Relations. Kaylyn is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she simultaneously pursued a BA in International Affairs and a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in nonprofit organizations. Kaylyn was an intern at the U.S. Department of State’s Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, where she worked on issues related to the refugee and IDP return process in Kosovo. Prior to joining the Fund, Kaylyn spent a year living and working in Paris, France. She is fluent in French and has a personal interest in women’s rights.
Martine Target Louis Grants Manager
Martine joined the Fund in June 2016 and serves as the Grants Manager for the Fund’s Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa and Migrants’ Rights Programs. Before joining the Fund, Martine interned with the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Program. Martine is a graduate of Florida International University where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minored in International Relations. During her undergraduate career, Martine served as a 2014 Women Who Lead Ambassador, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity, and was awarded with the Excellence in Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction by the Center for Leadership and Service. Martine speaks fluent French and Creole.
David Mattingly Vice President for Programs
As Vice President for Programs for the Fund for Global Human Rights, David is responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of human rights grant-making in six regions around the world. Since joining the Fund in 2005, David has managed grants programs for frontline groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored the human rights situation in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, David worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights in Guatemala, environmental justice, and women’s rights and reproductive health. David serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).
Franny McGill Institutional Relations Officer
Franny joined the Fund in 2014. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she pursued a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus on North Africa and the Middle East. While at Northwestern, she studied abroad in Morocco, and received two grants to conduct ethnographic research on social networks in a rapidly-developing, low-income district of Casablanca for her senior thesis. After graduating, Franny worked at the Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) in Guinea for 6 months, where she helped to rehabilitate orphaned chimpanzees and track the CCC’s group of released chimpanzees in the Haut Niger National Park. She later became the Development and Volunteer Coordinator for Project Primate Inc., the non-profit that supports the CCC. Prior to joining the Fund, Franny interned at Grameen Foundation and spent several months working on a farm in France.
Seema Nair Program Officer for South Asia
Seema joined the Fund in October 2014 as the Program Officer for South Asia. Before this she worked with Hivos India as the program officer in areas of Human Rights, Gender, Arts and Media. Prior to that she consulted with UNESCO as a Specialist for a South Asia program on ICTs and Development. She is trained as a journalist holding a Masters Degree in Communication from Manipal University. She worked with national and international news institutions and radio stations before her foray into rights based work. Seema speaks six Indian languages and is based out of Bangalore, India.
Clare Gibson NangleManager of Institutional Relations
Clare joined the Fund in 2016 from the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), where she managed the institutional grants portfolio, helping the organization work toward its mission of guaranteeing human rights for all those living in the Americas. Prior to her work at CEJIL, Clare participated in internships with anti-trafficking organizations, including Polaris Project and the Anti-Trafficking Program at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Clare holds a BA in Humanities and Spanish from Providence College and an MA in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has a love of Latin America, having spent ample time studying, volunteering, and traveling in the region, and is particularly passionate about women’s rights. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. In past lives, Clare has worked as a Spanish teacher and legal assistant.
Rona PeligalVice President for Development and Communications
Rona Peligal joined the Fund in July 2017 as Vice President for Development and Communications. Rona brings to the Fund a unique set of skills: knowledge of human rights issues, fundraising experience, and the ability to create materials and messages to promote the human rights cause. Prior to joining the Fund, Rona served for two years as Vice President for Development at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where, as a member of the Executive Team, she oversaw a transition in AJWS’s fundraising model, helped build the Board, and launched an $18 million reserve fund. From 1999-2015, Rona worked at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in two main capacities. For the first nine years, Rona served as deputy director of Development and Outreach, where she was responsible for raising approximately one third of HRW’s revenue from foundations and program-specific donors. For the latter six years, Rona was a deputy director of the Africa division. In that capacity, she oversaw HRW’s work on Nigeria, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other countries. In 2014, Rona authored an HRW report entitled “Whose Development?,” which investigated human rights abuses connected with iron ore mining in Sierra Leone. She has also contributed to HRW reports on LGBTI rights and women’s rights. Rona has a Ph.D. in African history from Columbia University, where she also specialized in women’s history. Rona speaks French and Swahili.
Patrick Pierce Program Officer for Southeast Asia
Patrick joined the Fund in February 2016 as Program Officer for Southeast Asia. Previously, Patrick led the International Center for Transitional Justice’s work on Burma for more than six years. Prior to that role, he worked with the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma in Chiang Mai. He helped develop a network of local human rights groups and produced training materials and a series of human rights documentation manuals. He also organized a program bringing together activists from Cambodia, Guatemala, Iraq, Burma, and other countries to exchange challenges and strategies in human rights documentation. This work is captured in the 2009 report, Documenting Truth. Patrick has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology. He is based in Thailand.
Robin Pierro Manager of Communications
Robin is the Fund’s London-based Communications Manager, working to build the Fund’s presence in Europe and change the narrative around human rights activism. Robin previously worked with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), where she spent six years designing and implementing complex media development programs in a number of conflict and post-conflict countries. Robin is also the creator and manager behind the award-winning Indigenous Reporters Program, which has contributed significantly to the Indigenous rights movement across Canada through empowering Indigenous communities to tell their own stories, better engage with media and lead conversations about human rights issues. Her work has developed the capacity of local reporters and civil society leaders globally, and has helped build an enabling environment for independent journalism in some of the world’s most challenging regions. Robin has also previously worked in non-profit communications and fundraising, and as a multi-media journalist and filmmaker, producing four documentary films to date. Robin has a BA in Journalism and MA in Human Rights Law and Democratization. Her passion for investigative research and deep interest in how technology is transforming traditional research methods is evidenced through the publication of her thesis on the use of new ICT tools for human rights documentation. Although Robin hails from Toronto, Canada, she has lived throughout Africa, Latin America and Europe—she now calls London her home.
Chloée Ponchelet Program Officer for Migrants’ Rights
Chloée currently leads the Fund’s initiative on Migrants’ Rights, and has previously served as the Fund’s Program Officer for the Maghreb as well as the African Great Lakes regions; she had previously worked on these regional programs for two years on a consulting basis. Before joining the Fund, Chloée worked for Medical Care Development International in Washington, DC, promoting access of marginalized groups to health care. Prior to that she worked in Paris for Agir Ici, where she organized advocacy campaigns to promote fair North-South relations. Chloée earned a BA in International Relations at the Institute of Political Science in Aix-en Provence, France, an MA in Political Science and African Studies from the Institute of Political Science in Bordeaux, and an MA in International Development from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University of Paris. Chloée is a native of France and has a high interest in the use of advocacy techniques in the promotion of human rights.
Indhira Prego-Raveneau Executive Assistant
Indhira joined the Fund in September 2014 and serves as the Executive Assistant to the President. Before joining the Fund, Indhira worked as a freelance consultant for a grassroots organization dedicated to improving access to education for children in disadvantaged urban communities in Colombia; for a family foundation where she managed their grant-making programs in social justice, arts & culture, and access to health; at the Pan American Health Organization’s Department of Public Information; and did an internship working on external communications and development at a national foundation in Spain. Indhira earned a BA in Political Science and French at the University of Miami and later pursued an MA in Nonprofit Management at the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Indhira is a native Spanish speaker, is fluent in French and conversant in Portuguese. She is passionate about human rights issues, particularly those affecting women and girls.
James Savage Program Officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders Program
James joined the Fund in February 2016 as Program Officer for the Enabling Environment for Human Rights Defenders Program. From 1999 to 2016, James worked for Amnesty International UK, where he led the organization’s work for and with individuals at risk, including human rights defenders and most recently, served as director of its Human Rights Defenders Programme. He has also worked in a variety of human rights campaigning and activism roles with AIUK including mobilising youth, student and trade union activists. In 1994, James became involved in human rights activism with Peace Brigades International (PBI), taking a variety of roles working in PBI’s UK national group and International Office, and from 2002 – 2003 as a field volunteer for PBI in Colombia, which involved accompanying and supporting human rights defenders at risk from intimidation, stigmatisation or attack. He holds a BA in History from University College London and a Master’s Degree in Latin American studies from the University of London. James works out of the Fund’s European office in London.
Kathryn Sommers Vice President for Operations
Kathryn Sommers joined the Fund in May 2007. She oversees all operational and administrative aspects of the organization including accounting, human resources, technology and security. Kathryn has over fifteen years of experience in the non-profit sector ranging from direct service and program management to fundraising, operations, and financial management. Throughout her career she has cultivated specific skills and interest in organizational infrastructure and knowledge management. Kathryn has a BA in History with Minors in Religion and Philosophy and TESOL. Prior to joining the Fund, she worked in the adult education and literacy field and has spent time traveling and studying in Côte d’Ivoire.
Tony Tate Program Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa
Tony Tate began working with the Fund as the program officer for Sub-Saharan Africa in October 2010. He oversees the Fund’s grant making programs in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Before joining the Fund, Tony was a program officer at Unbound Philanthropy, responsible for the development of the organization’s international programs. Prior to his work at Unbound Philanthropy, Tony worked for seven years as a researcher at Human Rights Watch, first as their in-country researcher in Burundi, later as the Africa researcher in the Children’s Rights Division. At Human Rights Watch, he investigated and published reports on human rights violations in numerous countries in central, eastern and southern Africa. In the 1990s, Tony worked as a case manager at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Comoros Islands. He has a J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, an M.A. in international affairs and African studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. from the George Washington University. Tony is a member of the advisory committee of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and is fluent in French and conversant in Swahili.
Frances Tennyson Manager of Development
Frances Tennyson joined the Fund in May 2014 as Manager of Development and is responsible for driving forward our fundraising, communications and outreach in the UK and Europe. She has over eight years’ experience working in the international development sector, rooted in fundraising from trusts and foundations and statutory donors, grant management and communications. Prior to joining Frances spent 5 years at the global humanitarian charity CARE International working across Programmes and Funding teams, was International Fundraising & Grants Manager at Sue Ryder, and had a short term at Latin American House Association where she co-organised the UK’s first ever film festival focused on the cultures and struggles of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Frances holds a BA in Spanish & Latin American Studies from the University of London and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Poverty Reduction from the School of Oriental & African Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and has a deep interest in Latin America, having spent 2 years living in Chile and 6 months in Cuba. Frances is based in our London office in the UK.
Ryan Winstead Digital Communications Associate
Ryan joined the Fund in May 2016 and serves as the organization’s Digital Communications Associate, focusing on digital communication strategies. Before joining the Fund, Ryan interned with World Resources Institute as a writer and editor on the Sustainable Cities team. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he pursued a BA in English and Gender & Women’s Studies. As a student, Ryan conducted research on LGBTI migration in Kentucky to better understand the lived experience of rural LGBTI folk. Ryan also spent a summer abroad studying English Literature at Oxford University. He speaks intermediate Spanish.
Esra Yarar Manager of Grantmaking Operations
Esra joined the Fund in August 2012. She currently serves as the Manager of Grantmaking Operations and oversees the Fund’s grantmaking operations. She has held various other positions at the Fund—serving as the Project Coordinator for Programs and prior to that as a Grants Administrator & Program Assistant. Esra is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she studied international relations and gender and development. During her time at Wellesley, she spent a semester abroad in Alexandria, Egypt in an Arabic immersion program. She has interned at a UNESCO-funded development organization in Turkey; the Harpswell Foundation in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria; and Turkish Philanthropy Funds. Esra speaks Spanish, Turkish, and Arabic.
Sarah Yarger Manager of Technology
Sarah joined the Fund in 2012. She works closely with the Vice President for Operations assisting with various office systems from accounting to information technology. She has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in French from Elizabethtown College. During college, Sarah completed a semester at American University which included travel to South Africa to study international environment and development. While in DC, she interned with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a non-profit dedicated to the support of democratic elections worldwide. Prior to joining the Fund, Sarah worked as an Assistant Township Manager in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where she oversaw operations of the township, sewer authority and water authority, and served as Secretary/Treasurer for the township.
Carolyn Ziv Manager of Communications
Carolyn joined the Fund for Global Human Rights in October 2017. A generalist with strong writing and storytelling skills, she brings to the Fund over 10 years of experience working with the UN and NGOs in the United States, Africa, and Central Asia. Prior to joining the Fund, Carolyn was a Communications Officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where she produced content about the organization’s work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She also previously served as the Communications Manager for the #ISurvivedEbola campaign, which was driven by the first-person narratives of West African Ebola survivors. From 2012 to 2014, Carolyn lived in Liberia, where she worked as an Information Analyst for the UN Mission in Liberia then as a Communications Officer for UNICEF. Her professional experience is rounded out by her nearly four years as a Senior Grant Writer at Human Rights Watch in New York, where she managed a grant portfolio of $4 million per year, and her six months as a Reporting Officer with the development NGO ACTED in Tajikistan. Carolyn holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware. She is an avid swimmer, loves seafood, and is admittedly obsessed with her French Bulldog, Zoe.