Speakers

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Michelle Bekkering
Michelle Bekkering serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). Ms. Bekkering concurrently serves as the Agency’s Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In this capacity, she oversees the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment portfolio for the Agency. Prior to joining USAID, Bekkering was the Director for Global Initiatives and Senior Gender Advisor at the International Republican Institute (IRI).
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Jeff Birnbaum
Jeff Birnbaum leads a team in Washington and London that gives strategic advice to coalitions, companies and governments about handling the media and issue campaigns. An award-winning journalist, Jeff has worked for the premier news outlets in the United States. His experience includes serving as a White House, congressional and tax reporter for the Wall Street Journal, a senior political correspondent for Time Magazine, Washington bureau chief for Fortune Magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post. He is also the author of four books about Washington including the award-winning “Showdown at Gucci Gulch,” which he wrote with Alan S. Murray.
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Martha Brooks
Martha Finn Brooks has over 25 years of corporate board experience with large global public companies in a variety of industries. Her board work followed nearly 25 years in global manufacturing and marketing with Cummins, Alcan, and Novelis. Martha held a variety of leadership positions with Cummins. As President and COO of Novelis, she led the company through a spin off from Alcan, to become a public company, and then later in a sale to Mumbai-based Hindalco. She has served as Board Chair of the Yale-China Association, Board Chair of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, and a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities. Martha holds a B.A. in economics and political science and a M.A. of Public and Private Management from Yale University. Martha joined CARE’s Board in 2013.
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Ellen Carmichael
Ellen Carmichael serves as Director of Citizen Advocacy at CARE. Since joining CARE as a Regional Advocacy Coordinator in 2008, Ellen has worked to build its constituent advocacy network across the U.S. Today, she leads CARE’s strategy to recruit, train and mobilize the CARE Action Network – CARE’s extensive network for volunteer advocates and leaders. Prior to joining CARE, Ellen was the state lobbyist and conservation manager for the Ohio Sierra Club.
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Michelle Carter
Michelle Carter has more than twenty years with CARE. Currently, she is the Managing Deputy Regional Director of Southern Africa for South Africa for CARE International. Michelle has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, a regional role covering East and Central Africa, Mozambique, Burundi, South Africa, Lesotho and now Southern Africa. She is fluent in French, Portuguese, German and Haitian Kreyol.
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Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin is the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford University. She is also a distinguished fellow of global agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She previously served as executive director of the World Food Programme from 2012 until 2017. In this role, Cousin led the world’s largest humanitarian organization with 14,000 staff serving 80 million vulnerable people across 75 countries. Cousin possesses more than 30 years of national and international nonprofit, government, and corporate leadership experience. In 2009, Cousin was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate as the US ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
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Sheba Crocker
Sheba Crocker is CARE USA’s Vice President for Humanitarian Programs & Policy. Sheba provides overall leadership and strategic guidance for CARE USA’s emergency and humanitarian operations, programs, and policy. She is responsible for overseeing humanitarian technical and operational support to CARE country offices and CI members and leads, which includes emergency food aid programs. Sheba came to CARE after serving at the State Department as Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Director in the Office of Policy Planning and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. Her prior government service includes additional roles at the State Department and in the National Security Council. Sheba has extensive inter-governmental and non-governmental organization experience including at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the United Nations, the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has taught at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, George Washington University, and American University. Sheba received a bachelor of arts from Stanford University, a master of arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
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Adam Deguire
Adam Deguire serves as Associate Vice President for State Government and Advocacy in the office of Government and Community Engagement. In this role, Adam oversees all relations with the state legislature, the governor’s office and state agencies, and directs the University’s grassroots advocacy programs. Prior to joining Arizona State University, Adam was a Partner at Phoenix-based Compass Strategies where he ran the firm’s political and advocacy operations and consulted numerous campaigns at the federal and state levels. Adam also assisted multiple corporate clients with their legislative strategy and government relations needs. Adam’s professional experience includes serving four years as U.S. Representative Matt Salmon’s Chief of Staff, where he gained extensive knowledge on federal issues and developed key relationships on Capitol Hill. Adam has been a senior political aide for numerous federal, state and local campaigns – including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s historic election in 2010 – and has served as Executive Director and Political Director for two different state Republican Party committees. In addition, Adam previously worked at the Republican National Committee and College Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2016, Adam served as Campaign Manager for the ballot initiative campaign that successfully defeated recreational marijuana in Arizona, as well as General Consultant for Congressman Andy Biggs’ winning campaign. For his achievements, the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) recognized Adam as a “40 under 40” rising star in 2017. A native Arizonan and proud Eagle Scout, Adam graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Political Science. He lives in Mesa with his wife, Dawn.
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Alex DiLalla
Alex DiLalla is a Manager for the Global Policy and Government Affairs team. Previously, Alex consulted for political campaigns, and served as a fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. He grew up in Raleigh and graduated with honors from The University of Chicago. Alex is a proud member of the LGBT community and got his start organizing for equality. Outside of work, you'll find him in an aisle seat at the movies or browsing Instagram for dogs he wishes he had a yard for.
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Iman El-Mahdi
Iman El-Mahdi is a Documentation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Officer for CARE’s Women’s Rights Program in Cairo, Egypt. She is also one of the team leaders for the Circles of Change, an initiative to engage men and boys to end unequal power relations to end gender-based violence and a winner of the 2018 scale X Design Challenge. As an Egyptian development and humanitarian practitioner who also lived and studied in Sudan, she worked to support and advocate for uneducated and unemployed people, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, refugees, and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
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Jeff Flake
Senator Jeff Flake is a fifth-generation Arizonan who was raised on a cattle ranch. As a member of the U.S. Senate, Jeff sits on the Judiciary Committee where he also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee where he also serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Power, and the Foreign Relations Committee where he also serves as chairman of Subcommittee on African Affairs. In 1987, Jeff started his career at a Washington, D.C. public affairs firm, but soon returned to Africa as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Namibia. In this role, Senator Flake helped monitor Namibia's independence process and saw that nation usher in freedom and democracy.
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Michèle Flournoy
Michèle Flournoy is the former CEO of Center for a New American Security, an organization she co-founded. She serves on the CNAS Board of Directors. She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s 2012 Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD. In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded CNAS, a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies.
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Savannah Fox
Savannah Fox joined CARE as a Regional Advocacy Advisor in 2017 after a decade with Amnesty International USA. She is a skilled activist, organizer, facilitator, and human rights educator with over a decade of experience working in the international advocacy field. Savannah served as the 2017 Human Right Fellow for the Young Professionals In Foreign Policy and is currently serves on the Executive Board of the New Leaders Council in Washington, D.C.
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Helene D. Gayle
Before assuming leadership of the Trust in October 2017, Dr. Gayle was CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit that brings together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges. From 2006 to 2015, she was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues. Dr. Gayle serves on public company and nonprofit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America and the ONE Campaign. Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice.
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Dani Gilbert
Dani Gilbert is a PhD Candidate-in-Residence at The Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, where she studies terrorism, political violence, and nationalism. Her dissertation research is a multi-method examination of hostage taking by violent, political organizations. Her work has appeared in Terrorism & Political Violence and War on the Rocks, and her research has been supported in part by the Cosmos Club Foundation, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, and the Georg W. Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy at Yale University. Prior to GW, Dani spent four years on Capitol Hill, including as a Senior Legislative Assistant and Appropriations Associate, focusing on foreign policy, health care, women’s issues, and economic policy; she has advised presidential and congressional campaigns. She holds master’s degrees from The London School of Economics and The George Washington University and a B.A. from Yale.
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Asha Gomez
Asha Gomez is the author of the cookbook “My Two Souths” with Running Press (Perseus Books) which launched in 2016. My Two Souths has received rave reviews from the Washington Post, Garden and Gun, and The New York Times to name a few. My Two Souths was nominated as a finalist for a James Beard Award in the American Cooking category and won the prestigious Piglet Award for best cookbook. In addition, the cookbook was a finalist in Gourmand's World Cookbook Awards. In 2017, Asha was featured twice in the New York Times in a piece named “A chef's quest in India” and “ Spice-laden Kerala...” chronicling an incredible trip to Kerala, India. She is most passionate about her advocacy and policy work in reducing global food insecurity as a global brand ambassador for CARE and her work with the United Nations, and the James Beard Foundation. Throughout her career, Asha has used food as a platform to connect people across countries and cultures and has seen firsthand how food and nutrition can enhance the lives of those facing poverty. Her engaging demeanor and remarkable ability to translate wonkish research into compelling personal narratives makes her a highly sought after speaker nationally and internationally as a panelist, presenter, and moderator- including most recently with the United Nations' Global Nutrition Summit- the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, she is featured in Chef David Chang's web series “Ugly Delicious” currently streaming on Netflix. Asha has opened several critically acclaimed restaurants in Atlanta. She currently founded and runs The Third Space , a culinary studio and multi-functional event space in Atlanta, GA, where she regularly hosts intimate dinners for guests in a Miele kitchen-designed urban loft and is working on here second cookbook featuring global cuisine.
Here favorite endeavor is raising her 12 year-old son Ethan to be a global poverty fighter and world changer.
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Whitney Griggs
Whitney Griggs serves as CARE’s Southeastern Regional Advocacy Coordinator. In this role, Whitney implements a regional strategy to mobilize CARE supporters and opinion leaders in order to engage members of Congress around CARE’s mission. Prior to joining CARE, she managed grassroots strategies and implementation plans for various healthcare issue campaigns for several local non-profits.
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Carla Hall
Carla Hall is a co-host of ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew.” Hall is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars”, where she won over audiences with her fun catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla is also active with a number of charities and not-for-profit organizations that reflect her passion for causes close to her heart. As a CARE Chef Advocate, Carla is changing the way policymakers and communities think about food in order to empower the millions of people around the world who do not have enough food to eat.
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Heather Higginbottom
Heather Higginbottom serves as CARE USA’s Chief Operating Officer. She leads overall operations throughout the organization and is responsible for day-to-day execution of CARE USA’s strategy, including the Campaign 2020 initiative. Prior to joining CARE, Heather served as the first female Deputy Secretary of State and managed operations and foreign assistance programming for the State Department and USAID. Prior to joining the State Department, Heather was Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget where she served as the chief operating officer and a principal architect of the federal budget, and as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Heather has also held senior positions on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns. Heather holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University.
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Juliette Kayyem
Juliette Kayyem is a national leader in homeland and national security. She presently serves as CEO of Zemcar, a lifestyle company focused on connecting busy parents with qualified drivers to solve their family’s transportation needs. A frequent on-air national security analyst for CNN, Kayyem also serves as the Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she is also the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security.
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Julia Kent
Julia Kent is the Strategic Partnerships Director for CARE in the Middle East and North Africa region, and has been based in Amman, Jordan since 2014. She has worked for CARE for eight years in total, and is currently responsible for supporting humanitarian response, gender-based violence prevention, and women’s economic empowerment work across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus. She has also previously worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington DC, Water For People (an international water and sanitation organization) in Colorado and Uganda, and Generations For Peace (a Jordan-based peace-building organization). Julia earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University, and a master’s degree in International Development from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
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Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar is the first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the United States Senate. Since arriving in the Senate, Amy has worked with Democrats and Republicans on legislation focused on moving the country forward. She fought to pass the most significant consumer product safety legislation in a generation and pushed the cell phone companies to enact more consumer-friendly policies. In 2015 she was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee to develop policies to strengthen the economy and serves as a Ranking Senate Member of the Joint Economic Committee, the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer rights, a member of the President’s Export Council and the Senate Commerce Committee.
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Katie Kraft
Katie Kraft is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN and serves as CARE’s Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the Midwest region (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, WI, WV). In this role she works with advocates across 13 states to help them build relationships with their Members of Congress and raise the profile of global health and development issues in their local communities. Prior to joining CARE, Katie worked for The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church & Society where she organized faith-based advocates to build support for international family planning programs in local communities and on Capitol Hill.
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Alicia Lanchimba
Women’s rights activist Alicia Lanchimba was sent to work by her impoverished parents at age 10 to help out with expenses and also because they did not see value in continuing her education. Speaking no Spanish, she moved Quito to be a domestic worker in the household of a high-ranking government official. By age 14 she had learned Spanish and moved to Colombia with an abusive Ecuadoran family that not only expected her to work as a housekeeper and nanny, but also as a street vendor. Subject to abuse and humiliation, she was coerced to remain with the family through a withholding of her pay and threats to her reputation. After years of mistreatment, Alicia finally broke free when she filed an official complaint with the authorities. Alicia’s lived experience of violence and abuse taught her that women should not have to live between blows; instead they could strive for love and a dignified life as she was finally able to do. Alicia is now married with three children who inspire her activism to ensure that they are educated and not subject to the same mistreatment that she faced as an indigenous woman and a domestic worker. She joined the Central Committee of Women of UNORCAC, the Union of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations of Cotacachi, where she learned about women’s rights and how to demand and exercise them. She is currently a member of the Union of Domestic Workers, where she became one of the faces of CARE’s #ThisIsNotWorking campaign. Over 300,000 women in Ecuador are domestic workers, and many of them experience violence of all kinds. Through her activism, now amplified via the #ThisIsNotWorking campaign, Alicia has courageously shared her life story so that others do not have to live so much pain.
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Rachael Leman
Rachael Leman is the Executive Director of Citizen Advocacy at CARE. In this role she oversees CARE’s national citizen advocacy network, digital advocacy program, issue campaigns and congressional and presidential candidate engagement. Before joining CARE, Rachael was the Policy Director for Senator Lindsey Graham’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also worked on Capitol Hill as a House staffer for over 13 years, including 10 years at the House Rules Committee, which is the “traffic cop” committee through which all major legislation passes before moving to the House Floor. She served on the committee as Deputy Staff Director for Policy and Strategic Communications, Staff Director of the House Trade Working Group and staff lead on the House Democracy Partnership, a legislative strengthening commission with 17 programs throughout the developing world. Rachael has worked on several congressional campaigns as a policy and communications adviser, fundraiser, field organizer and FEC compliance manager. She has done international policy consulting in Asia and has served as an international elections observer on three continents. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
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Liz Marcey
Elizabeth “Liz” Marcey is the Senior Policy Advocate for Budget and Appropriations for CARE USA’s Government Relations team. As a registered lobbyist, she works with the Hill and advocates for the overall US foreign assistance budget, with a special focus on anti-poverty and humanitarian accounts and programs. Liz joined CARE USA in August of 2014 as the Senior Policy Advocate for Food and Nutrition Security, and worked on the passage of the Global Food Security Act of 2016 and continued advocacy on international food aid reform. Prior to CARE, Liz worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in U.S. Government Relations around foreign assistance funding and international agricultural development issues. In addition, she previously worked for several D.C. nonprofits including Bread for the World and the Human Rights Campaign. She received her B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, and her M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliot School for International Affairs.
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Thomas Morgan
His award-winning work includes Storied Streets and Waiting for Mamu. Thomas was also executive producer for India’s Daughter, which received the Peabody award for journalism, and the Emmy-nominated film Silenced. His latest film, Soufra, will be released this fall. Based in Beirut, Lebanon, the film is about an enterprising group of female refugees who are trying to make history with a food truck. Morgan has spoken before the US Congress, the PPL Forum at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, for the United Nations on disruptive innovations and numerous TEDx talks. He is the co-founder of Rebelhouse, a Los Angeles-based film production company.
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Michelle Nunn
Nunn, who took the helm of CARE in July 2015, has devoted her 25-year career to civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO and a candidate for U.S. Senate. She co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta, growing its volunteer engagement model from a single entity to a national network of more than 50 affiliates. Nunn helped initiate and oversaw that group’s merger with Points of Light, founded by President George H. W. Bush to promote volunteerism. The merger yielded the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with affiliates across the globe engaging more than 70,000 corporations and nonprofit organizations. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013. As a respected and nationally recognized leader in the service and nonprofit sector, Nunn served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and as a co-convener of the ServiceNation Coalition, which helped pass the bi-partisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The NonProfit Times has named Nunn seven times to its annual “Power and Influence Top 50” list of change agents from the nonprofit sector.
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Andisheh Nouraee
Andisheh Nouraee is a digital media marketing expert, storyteller, fundraiser, artist and author. As digital engagement director for the global humanitarian relief CARE, I lead a team that has more than doubled the 72-year-old organization's social media supporter base in just three years. I’m the co-author and illustrator of “Americapedia: Taking The Dumb Out of Freedom,” an American civics book for young adults called “The Daily Show for the Y.A. set,” by the New York Times. I tweet jokes at @andishehnouraee.
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Mary Olive
Mary Olive is the Policy Advisor for Food and Nutrition Security at CARE USA. She works with Congress and the Administration in support of US food aid and long-term food security programs. Prior to joining CARE, Mary worked for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where she oversaw international food aid and agricultural development programs, as well as domestic issues relating to environmental regulations and animal welfare. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. and M.A. in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.
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Gayatri Patel
Gayatri Patel is the Senior Policy Advocate for Gender & Empowerment at CARE USA. She leads CARE’s advocacy on the gender priorities, with expertise focused on gender-based violence, child marriage, women’s economic empowerment, and gender in emergencies. Ms. Patel has 15 years of experience leading coalitions, advising the U.S. State Department on a variety of human rights and humanitarian issues, and directing legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. Gayatri hold a Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law, a Masters’ Degree from American University’s School for International Service, and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College.
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Emily Pelton
Emily Pelton rejoined CARE during August 2018 as the Senior Director of Policy, Planning and Resource Mobilization for the advocacy team. Earlier in her career, Emily helped to “start up” the CARE advocacy team and served as policy analysis director, where she focused on the needs of countries in conflict and HIV/AIDS policy. She also served for several years as head of CARE’s foundation fundraising team. During the 1990s, Emily worked in the Clinton Administration in the Office of Management and Budget and on the international affairs team of the President’s Science Advisor. She got her professional start after college at NASA and the House Space Science Subcommittee. She has also worked as government relations director for a university and a professional lobbyist. During the last decade, Emily has worked on behalf of refugees and to advance other anti-poverty and children’s causes in the Atlanta community. She served as Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a statewide child advocacy organization. She also co-led a successful merger of two refugee organizations to create one of the largest refugee service organizations in Georgia, New American Pathways. Ms. Pelton attended Cornell University (B.A. in Physics and Russian Studies) and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (MPA).
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Leslie Philipsen
Leslie Philipsen is the Director, DOVE® Chocolate at Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. As Director, Leslie is responsible for the strategy, organization and innovation for DOVE® Chocolate. Prior to her current role, Leslie was the Senior Brand Manager for DOVE® Chocolate. Previously, she was the Senior Brand Manager, Trident Gum, as well as the Senior Strategy Manager for Cookies and Crackers, both at Mondelez International. Leslie earned her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and her Masters of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
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Ed Royce
U.S. Representative Ed Royce serves California's 39th Congressional District. Ed's priorities in Congress are: addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare. For the 115th Congress, Ed was selected to be Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and he has held that position since January 2013. Immediately prior to becoming Chairman of the Committee, Ed served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade and a member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
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Zainab Salbi
At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO from 1993 until 2011, Women for Women International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 420,000 women in 8 conflict areas. It also distributed more than $100 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members. Salbi was Executive Editor and Host of the nationally broadcast PBS Series, #Me Too, Now What?. Her other TV projects include: THE ZAINAB SALBI PROJECT, an original series with AOL and Huffington Post; and, The Nida’a Show with TLC Arabia. The Nida’a Show started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the region (Oprah had presented Salbi 10 times on her own show). Her books include Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, The Other Side of War and If You Knew Me You Would Care. Her forthcoming book, Freedom is An Inside Job, will be published in October. She is currently the editor at large at Women in the World in association with The New York Times. Zainab’s website: http://zainabsalbi.com
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Kevin Schultze
Kevin Schultze has been working directly with advocates and Capitol Hill staff for more than ten years, following 15 years as an Emmy-nominated television news reporter, which prepared him to work quickly and efficiently with both lawmakers and associations. He oversees the Congressional Relations department at Soapbox. Kevin has facilitated the growth of client lobby days and site visits for clients including the Human Rights Campaign, Goodwill Industries International, United Way Worldwide and Easter Seals. Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Masters Certificate from George Washington University.
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Alan Seelinger
Alan Seelinger serves as Senior Director of Development on CARE’s Strategic Partnerships team. With a focus on private foundations, Alan’s portfolio includes Advocacy, Emergency Response, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies, and Governance. Since joining CARE in 2010, has also served in the Office of the President and in Human Resources. Prior to his current role, Alan managed the external engagement strategy and worked as lead speechwriter for CARE’s President and CEO. With a background in nonprofits, advocacy, and campaign communications, Alan has worked with at-risk youth in North Carolina and as volunteer State Advocacy Leader for International Justice Mission since 2009. Alan grew up in Morocco and England, holds a B.A. in Social Science from Trinity International University, an M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School in Paris, and a Master’s in Strategic Negotiation from the University of Paris.
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Rose F. Tchwenko
Rose F. Tchwenko joined CARE in 2015 as Program Coordinator to support the civil society response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Cameroon, and worked her way up through the ranks to Assistant Country Director (ACD) for Program Quality and Partnerships. Rose left Cameroon in 2013 to take up the post of ACD Programs for CARE Malawi. She leads a program team of more than 200 people in 15 of the 28 districts in the country; striving to translate her passion for women’s and girls’ empowerment into concrete actions designed to bring about changes in behaviours, attitudes and social norms. Under her leadership, CARE Malawi programs have recommitted to addressing gender inequality as a driver of extreme poverty across all sectors. Rose is a strong advocate for building on local knowledge and capacity to drive and sustain development. Rose is proudly African and is driven in her work by her belief in the potential and ability of all peoples to lead their own development. This why she loves working for CARE, attracted to and inspired by our vision, mission, and Core Values which put human dignity at the centre of everything we do. Before joining CARE, Rose worked for a corporate foundation in Washington, DC from 1999 to 2004. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University in Canada where she obtained a BSc in 1996. She was active in student government and an activist against gender-based violence, which resulted in her changing her career goals to pursue social justice through international development. Rose is fluent in English and French; loves to travel; is something of a foodie, and especially enjoys music and dancing
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Fran Townsend
Frances works across MacAndrew’s portfolio companies focusing on international, legal, compliance and business development issues. Prior to that she was a corporate partner with the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. From 2004 to 2008, Townsend served as Assistant to President George W. Bush for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and chaired the Homeland Security Council. She also served as Deputy National Security Advisor for Combatting Terrorism from May 2003 to May 2004. Townsend spent 13 years at the U.S. Department of Justice under the administrations of President George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Currently, Townsend is an on air national security analyst for CBS News where contributes to coverage of homeland security, foreign policy counter terrorism and intelligence and she also appears on the network’s digital streaming service, CBSN.
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Catalina Vargas
Catalina Vargas is the Assistant Country Director, Quality Program and Resource Mobilization for CARE Ecuador. She leads program strategy in Ecuador, providing the resources required to support project implementation. She has been working with CARE for more than 5 years, first in CARE France supporting project implementation in Latin America, and then moving to Ecuador three years ago. Catalina also has worked on education programs in Colombia and contributed to the early earthquake recovery response in Haiti from France. She has a Masters in International Cooperation from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She is Colombian but has lived as an expat for 10 years working on development in Latin America, and she is pleased to once again be able to contribute from the continent.
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Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Devry Boughner Vorwerk oversees the company’s global branding, communications, corporate responsibility and government relations efforts. Spanning a tenure of nearly 12 years, Vorwerk led Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington and Corporate Affairs for Latin America. Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Office of Industries and as Economic Advisor to the Chairman. She also served as Senior Economist in Agricultural Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the Executive Office of the President. Vorwerk is on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture and Women in International Trade. She chairs the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and formerly co-chair of the U.S. Business Coalition for the Transpacific Partnership. She is a founding member of IMPACT FFA, and served on the Advisory Board of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University’s Dyson School Advisory Council. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Arthur Page Society.
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Kiran Waqar
Kiran Waqar is a senior at South Burlington High School in Vermont. Kiran is also a member of Muslim Girls Making Change, a slam poetry quartet focused on breaking down stereotypes and promoting social justice. As a group, they have performed in Texas, California, New York, and Boston in addition to having competed internationally at Brave New Voices. For their poetry and activism, they have been recognized by the National Education Association, Peace and Justice Center, and the Huffington Post. In addition to her work with Muslim Girls Making Change, Kiran works to uplift underrepresented voices, particularly those of young people, and has done so through national speaking engagements, demonstrations, and arts education. Kiran will be attending the School of International Service at American University next year as a Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholar.
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Jennifer Wells
Jennifer Wells is the Youth Development Director and statewide schools organizer with West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition and the Our Children Our Future Campaign. Jennifer holds a Masters of Social Work from West Virginia University with a concentration in community organizing and social administration. With over ten years of social work experience, Jennifer has worked in child welfare, juvenile justice and Medicaid Disabled Waiver programming. In addition to being CARE’s WV state chair, Jennifer, currently, serves as the Western Regional Representative on the WV Chapter of National Association of Social Workers Board, Goodwill of KYOWVA Board, WV Center for Budget and Policy Board and is active with Huntington Women’s Caucus and League of Women Voters. She and her husband, David reside in Huntington, West Virginia.
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Kristin Wells
Kristin Wells is the Senior Director of Government Relations (GR) at CARE USA, where she leads a team responsible for directly advocating for CARE's policy agenda with the U.S. government. Her work on GR includes overseeing detailed policy analysis on the federal budget, food and nutrition security, sexual reproductive health rights, gender and humanitarian policy. The GR team influences Congress and the Administration to fund and support policies and programs in these areas that are geared towards eradicating extreme poverty and addressing humanitarian and development needs around the world. The GR team also leads extensive NGO coalition collaboration on these issues, focusing policy efforts on women and girls. Kristin came to CARE from the State Department, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). At JTIP she was responsible for guiding legislative strategy regarding human trafficking and forced labor, working with U.S. corporations on labor supply chain labor issues. Previously, Kristin served as a partner in the Public Policy and International Practice groups at the policy and law firm Patton Boggs, LLP. As policy lawyer on Capitol Hill, Kristin she served as Deputy Chief Counsel the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, advising on refugee policy, foreign assistance and other issues. She also worked as counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary and she began her legal career as a clerk for the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
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Judy Woodruff
Judy has covered politics and other news for more than four decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, the Duke Endowment and the Urban Institute. She is the recent recipient of the Cine Lifetime Achievement award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma, among others.
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Sally Yates
Sally Yates served as Deputy Attorney General in the Obama administration from January 2015 through January 2017, and then briefly served as Acting Attorney General. As Deputy Attorney General, she was responsible for overseeing all facets of the Department's work, including its four law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, ATF and Marshals Service), its prosecutorial, litigating and national security components, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the Department, during her tenure, Yates spearheaded changes at DOJ focused on criminal justice reform, including prison reform; ensuring individual accountability or corporate wrongdoing; and utilizing prosecutorial resources in a focused manner to build safer communities. Prior to her time as Deputy Attorney General, she served as United States Attorney in Atlanta, where she had previously been an Assistant United States Attorney.
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Jonathan Young
Jonathan Young serves as CARE’s West Regional Advocacy Coordinator overseeing the states of AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, and WY where he works to extend CARE’s Advocacy HQ reach from DC to local communities in the region. Connecting constituent voices that are passionate on CARE’s issues with Members of Congress on a district and state level is critical to advancing the education, impact, and policy changes to aid global communities. Jonathan is based out of and a native to Seattle, WA where he previously worked as The ONE Campaign’s, Northwest Regional Field Director overseeing a similar region. Prior to joining ONE, he worked for a variety of nonprofits including social work and interpretive services at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and building the volunteer program at Experience Music Project.
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