Rebecca holds a B.A. from Smith College, where she majored in East Asian Languages and Literature. Her interest in international development stems from her experience volunteer teaching children in rural China for two summers during college. Upon graduation, Rebecca joined the Fulbright Program in South Korea and taught English as a Foreign Language to public high school students.
Class of 2019
Lainey Heyl joins GHD after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa and later in Yangon, Myanmar. In Benin, Lainey served as an English language teacher in a rural village. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Lainey devoted her time and attention to promoting gender development and female empowerment at local and national levels.
Anna Khandros joins GHD after working with American Councils for International Education in Ukraine. Previously, she was a fellow with the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. in Washington DC, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Tajikistan, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.
Joshua Kirton, from the United Kingdom, joins GHD after six years working on humanitarian programs primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. He graduated from Queen Mary, the University of London in 2010 with a BA in Modern History. While at Queen Mary he took the opportunity to study Arabic at the University of Damascus in Syria.
Benjamin Lavin is attending GHD after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa for the previous three years. He facilitated data collection, analysis and research as a MEL Assistant at ABMS/PSI on the USAID Sanitation Services Delivery project in his last year.
Alden LeClair is passionate about improving governance and institutions, particularly in fragile countries and in Africa. While at GHD, he worked for DAI in Monrovia, Liberia, implementing a USAID governance project supporting the Liberian government in their decentralization process. In his second year, he served as a Fellow with the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, a donor collaborative working to improve programming and practices in the transparency, accountability, and participation field. He also earned a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. Prior to GHD, he worked for Centennial Group International, a small international development consulting firm in Washington, DC, as a Project & Research Associate.
Josue Niyonsingiza grew up and was educated in Rwanda. He graduated with a degree in Applied Chemistry from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. He fluently speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Swahili. He is passionate about education of vulnerable people, global health, environment and climate change and rural livelihoods development. Prior to joining GHD, Josue had worked with Global Communities and Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda.
Rachel Norris graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Special Education. As an undergraduate, she worked abroad at La Casa de mi Padre in San Salvador, El Salvador and at Romanian Christian Enterprises in Arad, Romania coordinating services for orphans with special needs.
Hannah Peterson joins the Global Human Development Program after working in international development for five years. After graduating with a B.A in Economics and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, she moved to Nicaragua for one year to work as a Program Director for a community development non-profit called Manna Project International. As a Program Director, Hannah implemented a range of education, health and economic development programs in communities in Managua. After her first year in Nicaragua, Hannah realized her passion for international development and extended her stay in Nicaragua to become the Volunteer Coordinator for a local non-profit called Fabretto Children’s Foundation.
Gayatri’s initial foray into the development space began with two years spent working in an impoverished community in Chennai as a Fellow at Teach for India, where she was responsible for leading a classroom of 25 low-income students towards academic and social success.