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.
Dora Alicante was born and raised in Equatorial Guinea, West Central Africa, the country with the widest gap between per capita wealth and social and economic development in the world. One of the last in a family of thirteen children, she earned a BA in International Business and Economics from Oklahoma State University.
Jason Edward Mann graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Honors College of James Madison University (JMU) in 2016 with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Economics. Upon graduating from JMU, Jason relocated to Linares, Chile, where he served as an English teacher in a joint program with the United Nations Development Program and the Chilean Ministry of Education.
Emma Manzi graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Comparative Politics and minors in Chinese and Spanish. Living abroad during high school, Emma felt the call to serve in the U.S. military, ultimately choosing the U.S. Navy for its commitment to humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
Laurel Morrison joins the GHD program after working 5 years in the field of international development. Laurel was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone where she taught, was a member of the Gender Equity Committee, and built a library for her school.
Alexandra Muñoz joins the GHD program after 6 years of sustainable community development work in Ecuador. She served in the Peace Corps as the regional and programmatic leader for the Natural Resource Conservation Program and as a community development volunteer focused on women’s empowerment and environmental economics.
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.
Olawunmi Ola-Busari joins the GHD program after working as a Policy Associate at J-PAL Africa, where she worked with development economists, government officials and practitioners to integrate evidence from randomized evaluations into the design of programs and policies.