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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 European Project Manager
Naima joined the Fund in July 2015 and currently serves as European Project Manager. 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.
Sami Al Amil Director of Information Technology
Sami Al Amil joined the Fund in July 2018 as Director of Information Technology, providing oversight of the Fund’s IT infrastructure and systems, managing IT and security policies, and working with other departments to support the implementation of the leadership’s vision and strategies. Previously, Sami served as a Deputy Director of Counterpart International’s Internet Freedom project providing information security assistance, training, and support to human rights and civil society activists around the world. Sami brings over 15 years of a diverse global experience in IT operations, cybersecurity, online privacy, user support, and assessment of how to effectively safeguard an organization’s infrastructure. Earlier in his career, Sami served as a Sr. Technology Officer for the National Democratic Institute in Iraq where he gained experience with a broad range of technologies while operating in an increasingly challenging environment. When not busy overseeing the Fund’s Technology Department, Sami can often be found with a camera in hand furthering an interest in amateur digital photography. Sami has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as a few other industry certificates.
Micaela Pacheco Ceballos Grants Manager
Lydia Cocom Senior Program Associate
Lydia joined the fund in September 2016 and serves as Senior Program Associate to support the Fund’s programmatic work, with an emphasis on the Enabling Environment Program. 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 Analyst
Brittany joined the Fund in July 2017 and serves as Development-Operations Analyst 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.
Ellie Fleming Program Intern
Ellie joined the Fund in February 2019 and works as the Program Intern for the spring semester. Ellie is a junior at the University of Delaware, where she is double majoring in International Relations and Latin American and Iberian Studies with a minor in Spanish, and is part of the World Scholars Program. She is particularly interested in gender equality and migration rights. Ellie speaks Spanish, and has studied abroad in Spain and Argentina.
Kelsie Hoppes Development Associate
Kelsie joined the Fund in February 2019 and supports the development department as the Development Associate. Prior to joining the Fund, Kelsie interned at the National Women’s Law Center and at She’s the First. Kelsie graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, as well as a Global Health minor. As a student, Kelsie studied public health abroad in Thailand and worked on a woman’s empowerment program in Kenya. She also conducted research across South Africa for her senior thesis, which examined reproductive politics through the international networks of crisis pregnancy centers.
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.
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.
Jessie Macias-Doyle Grants Manager
Jessie joined the Grants Management team in March 2018. Based in the London office, she oversees the grantmaking operations for all thematic initiatives and the Southeast Asia program. Prior to joining the Fund, Jessie served as Executive Officer for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, coordinating the operations of the Global Engagement Unit. She has previously worked for the Embassy of Mexico to the UK and has done voluntary work for various organisations in Europe, Latin America and South East Asia. Jessie has lived in Mexico, Singapore, Belgium and the United Kingdom. She holds a MA in International Relations and French from the University of Aberdeen and is fluent in Spanish and French.
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).
Marianne Møllmann Director of Regional Programs
Marianne joined the Fund in April 2018 as Director of Regional Programs, providing support for the regional program officers and coordination across the program team. Marianne has played a leadership role at several international human rights organization, most recently as Director of Research at Physicians for Human Rights. Previously, she served as Director of Programs at OutRight Action International (formerly International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission), Senior Policy Advisor at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat, and Advocacy Director of the Women’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. She has overseen sub-granting programs in Latin America and Africa, and has conducted advocacy and documentation across many geographies. Marianne holds a Master of Law in International Human Rights Law from Essex University and a Master of Science in European Management from Ecole des Affairs de Paris. She also is an adjunct lecturer at Barnard College and the New School for Social Research. Marianne speaks fluent Spanish and Danish, and has a working knowledge of French and German. Marianne is based in NYC, where she spends her copious free time as an amateur sailor, dressmaker, DIY enthusiast, and mom.
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.
Indhira Prego-Raveneau Learning and Assessment Manager
Indhira joined the Fund in September 2014 and is currently managing the Fund’s Learning and Assessment Program. In this role, she coordinates the collection, management, and analysis of data around outcomes and impact, and is responsible for leading a cross-departmental working group as well as promoting learning and facilitating lesson-sharing within the Fund and with external audiences. 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. She 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.
Anjali Vogelsang Senior Manager for Institutional Relations
Anjali joined the Fund in August 2018 and brings both fundraising and program experience focused on grassroots organizations. Prior to joining the Fund, Anjali worked at the Global Fund for Women for 8 years where she served as Director of Philanthropic Partnerships. During that time, she managed key institutional donor relationships and grants, worked closely with the Programs team to develop new programs, and managed a team of grant writers. As part of the China program at the International Republican Institute, Anjali traveled frequently to China to observe village elections, and worked closely with local partners to administer a variety of trainings including leadership and governance trainings for newly elected village leaders, and encouraging women to run for village level leadership positions. Her work with marginalized grassroots organizations during this time, particularly upon seeing the importance of their work in bringing about social change, inspired her to move to China for three years to serve as an advisor for several of them on fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, and program design. Anjali holds an MA in International Relations/Asian Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in International Political Economy from Colorado College.
David Weeks Institutional Relations Manager
David Weeks joined the fund in February 2019 to build partnerships and increase support from institutional donors across Europe. Prior to joining the Fund David was Head of Institutional Relations at Humanity and Inclusion UK (previously Handicap International UK) and had previously worked with a range of NGOs including the Ethical Trading Initiative, Global Justice Now! and as a fundraising consultant. He has been involved with a range of rights-based initiatives related to disability rights, workers’ rights and modern-day slavery. He brings a wealth of experience of both building partnerships with and successfully generating funding from institutional donors in Europe, including Comic Relief, The National Lottery Community Fund, and multi/bilateral funders like DFID, the European Commission and the UK FCO. He speaks French and has a special interest in francophone sub Saharan Africa and a long-standing interest in building the capacity of civil society to advocate for their rights. One of his early achievements was raising funds to aid CSOs in sub Saharan Africa to defend their countries interests in international trade agreements. He is also keen to work with Corporates and explore how they can contribute to development and especially to human rights.
Ryan Winstead Digital Communications Officer
Ryan joined the Fund in May 2016 and serves as the organization’s Digital Communications Officer, 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 Director of Grantmaking Operations
Esra joined the Fund in August 2012 and currently serves as the Director of 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.
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.