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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.
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.
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.
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 West Africa
John joined the Fund as its Program Officer for West Africa 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 Administrator & Program Assistant
Martine joined the Fund in June 2016 and serves as the Grants Administrator and Program Assistant 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.
Angela Lucas Operations Associate
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.
Amy MorrisDirector of Programs
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.
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 Development Manager
Robin joined the Fund’s London office as a Development Manager in February 2017, on a maternity cover contract. Robin is responsible for maintaining and growing the Fund’s UK and European donor base over the next nine months. Robin previously worked with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), where she designed and managed complex media development and human rights programs in a number of conflict and post-conflict countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Robin was also the creator and manager behind JHR’s award-winning Indigenous Reporters Program, that has supported and trained over 400 indigenous people across Canada in human rights reporting. 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 worked in nonprofit communications and fundraising, successfully securing over $7 million for rights-based development programs, and as a multi-media journalist and filmmaker, producing four documentary films to date and numerous news stories for media around the world. Robin has a BA in Journalism and MA in Human Rights Law and Democratization. Robin has a passion for investigative research and a deep interest in how technology is transforming traditional research methods, evidenced through her published thesis on the use of new ICT tools for human rights documentation. Although Robin hails from Toronto, Canada, she has lived in Africa, Latin America and Europe and has traveled to over 60 countries—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.
Amanda Townsend Donor Relations Officer
Prior to joining the Fund in January 2016, Amanda served as the Development Director for the Council for Court Excellence, managing all fundraising and external communications for the organization. Amanda has also served as Development Officer at Polaris Project, a leading anti-human trafficking organization, and as Publications Manager at Georgetown University Law School. Amanda holds a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies from Trinity Washington University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Ryan Winstead Development and Communications Associate
Ryan joined the Fund in May 2016 and serves as the organization’s Development and Communications Associate, focusing on individual giving and 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 Grants Administration
Esra joined the Fund in August 2012. She currently serves as the Manager of Grants Administration and oversees the Fund’s grant-making 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.