Meet our outstanding Board of Directors!
MartinAlexis - Heller Board Fellow
Martin Alexis is a BNID Board Fellow and a current dual-degree student at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University receiving a Social Impact MBA and a MA in Sustainable International Development. He has expertise in international development, education, project management, and business development. Martingraduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Minor in Business Administration, and a Certification in TEFL. He served in the Peace Corps as a Primary Literacy Promoter in Guyana, working with local government officials and the Ministry of Education to design and facilitate literacy workshops for local primary school teachers in the Essequibo Region. Martinhas also interned with The Boston Foundation, as a Business Development and Market Study Intern, working alongside The Haiti Development Institute to design and implement an agricultural processing facility in Southern Haiti. Prior to graduate school, Martinworked as an Account Manager at EM Financial Services where he developed strategic business plans for small businesses.
Education: University of Florida (BS), Brandeis University (MBA and MA, expected Aug. 2023)
Expertise: International Development, Education, Project Management, and Business Development
Kathryn Kempton Amaral - Brown University School of Public Health
Kathryn Kempton Amaralis a global health professional with more than twenty years of experience in non-profit operations, logistics, project management, and communications. She worked for many years at Partners In Health, where she gained an understanding of the root causes of health inequity and cemented her belief in health as a human right. During her tenure at PIH, she built a global team responsible for equipping the organization’s hospitals around the world. This team was also deeply involved with PIH’s response activities in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
In 2015, Kathryn and her husband moved to the Netherlands, where she worked for IDA Foundation, a non-profit supplier of generic essential medicines. Her broad portfolio at IDA included management of the HIV/AIDS portfolio as well as overseeing the marketing and communications department. Upon returning to Boston in 2019, Kathryn worked at the Harvard Global Health Institute as the Director of Education, Research, and Operations. In early 2021, Kathryn joined the Brown School of Public Health as the Senior Director of Public Health Leadership. She recently completed her master’s degree in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Northeastern University.
Education: Boston University, Northeastern University
Expertise: Program design and implementation, leadership development, management, communications
Jezabel Aponte - WPI Board Fellow
Jezabel Aponte is a Nicaraguan Civil Engineer graduated from Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). She is a WPI student in the Master in Science and Technology for Innovation in Global Development. Jezabel's volunteering experiences with NGOs, TECHO (Emergency Shelter Construction), World Vision (Disaster Relief), and Raleigh International (Climate Change Resilience) motivated her to pursue a career in Development. She worked as a Consultant for the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association, an NGO specializing in comprehensive water and sanitation solutions in Nicaragua, and provided logistic support to the Nicaraguan Network of Water and Sanitation. Later she joined the Japan International Cooperation Agency as a Project Assistant for the Revision of Zoning Regulation in Nicaragua, a project to support local government's Direction of Urban Planning and Environment.
Education:Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Lynn Arsenault - BNID Board Chair; Owner and Grant Consultant of LMA Grant Consulting LLC
Lynn Arsenaultis a professional grant consultant who works with nonprofit clients around the U.S. to strategically develop funding goals; identify prospective funders; provide coaching to improve grant writing; and apply for foundation, corporate, and government grants. She works with clients in a variety of nonprofit sectors, including the arts, education, health, international affairs, tech, and community development. Prior to launching her consulting business, Lynn led the grant writing efforts for 4 years at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) -- an educational nonprofit whose mission is to build a network of global citizens in the Boston area.
Prior to her work in nonprofit development, Lynn served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu from 2012-2014. Upon her return to the U.S., she devoted several years to teaching before shifting her career toward the nonprofit sector. During this time, she was an English as a Second Language Teacher in Boston and a 4th grade Writing and Social Studies in Houston, Texas. Lynn received her MBA in Nonprofit Leadership from New England College and her BA in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology from Westfield State University.
Education: New England College, Westfield State University
Expertise: Grant Writing, Education, Nonprofit Management
Laura Burroughs - Heller Board Fellow
LauraBurroughs is a BNID Board Fellow and current Social Impact MBA student at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. She has expertise in community-driven international development, monitoring and evaluation, and gender and development. For the past six years, she worked at an international nongovernmental organization, One Earth Future Foundation, at its headquarters near Denver, Colorado. Laura worked for the Secure Fisheries program, which promotes peaceful and sustainable fisheries as a source of food security, economic security, and community resilience in the Somali region. Laura's title was Program Specialist - Knowledge Management and Gender, which included monitoring and evaluation, developing communications materials for Somali stakeholders and for the Secure Fisheries website, and promoting gender mainstreaming throughout Secure Fisheries’ projects. Prior to One Earth Future, Laura worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Austria. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in International Affairs and German Studies. Laura also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
International development, sustainable resource management, gender, monitoring & evaluation, project management
Lewis & Clark College (BA), Brandeis University (MBA, expected Dec. 2022)
Jacques (Teddy) Chery - Community Engagement Specialist at Boston University School of Medicine
Jacques (Teddy) Chery holds a dual masters degree in Political Science and Public Administration, and has a strong professional background working in state, municipal, and federal government. Through his experience in constituent services, Teddy brings a large network of Boston-based connections such as political leaders, social service providers, philanthropists, and more, that will be an asset to the BNID team.
Education: Suffolk University, Lesley University,USF Muma College of Business
Expertise: Policy Analysis, Community Engagement, Public Policy, International Development, Program Development, Strategic Partnerships
Raina Fox - Former BNID Executive Director
Raina Fox, MA, is currently the Senior Manager of the Executive Office at InterAction where she manages and leads on key communications, strategy, policy, and partnerships on behalf of the Executive Office, including Board management.
Raina has spent the last 13+ years directing, developing, and growing collaborative, high-impact, globally celebrated programs that elevate marginalized voices and build movements for peace, justice, sustainable development, and social change in the U.S., India, Hong Kong, Jordan, Morocco, Australia, and beyond. Prior to InterAction, she was Executive Director of Boston Network for International Development, and was based at Oxfam coordinating international COVID-19 campaigns and advocacy efforts, collaborating on global feminist research initiatives, human rights, racial and labor justice efforts in the U.S. From 2015-2018 she was Programs Director for Millennium Campus Network where she developed and launched a global SDG fellowship program that now engages 1000+ undergrads in 20+ countries every year in partnership with U.N. Academic Impact.Her other professional experiences have included working on youth innovation programs with UNDP Arab States in Jordan, at a grassroots sustainable livelihoods NGO in Kutch, India as an AJWS World Partners Fellow, at a small cultural nonprofit in Hong Kong, and with a range of nonprofits, museums, and universities across the U.S.
Education: Macalester College, Brown University,University of Queensland (Australia)
Expertise:Peacebuilding and Conflict transformation, Program management, Leadership development
Adam B. Korn - BNID Co-Founder; Attorney, Mintz Levin
Adam Korn, Esq.co-founded BNID and served as itsDirector between 2010 and 2017. He helped grow BNID from a word press blog to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with over 7,000 members and hundreds of organizational partners. He is still active with BNID by serving on its Board of Directors and is always available to answer questions about the local international development community at [emailprotected]. He graduated with distinction from Boston University with a B.A. in Political Science and holds an M.A. in International Affairs from New York University. He graduated with a J.D., magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School.
Education: Boston University, New York University, Suffolk University Law School
Expertise: International development, nonprofit management, litigation, global affairs
Jacob Kuipers - Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery
Jacob (Jake) Kuipers, Esq.is a cross-border transactions attorney at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Throughout his professional career, Jake has maintained a significant interest in international development, working across public and private sectors in the US government, international NGOs, and multinational firms. Drawing on his research and international experience, he has written numerous articles for a variety of publications. Among other issues, Jake’s research and writing covers global investment law, strategic mechanisms in bilateral investment treaties, and the rule of law in developing countries. Jake hopes to leverage his broad experience in the development sector at BNID. He has been a board member of BNID since 2017.
Education:The Fletcher School of Law at Tufts University, Boston College Law School, Middlebury College
Expertise: Cross-Border Transactions
Simone LaPray - Program Manager at TiE Boston
Simone LaPray is the program manager at TiE Boston, a chapter of the world's largest non-profit supporting entrepreneurship through mentoring, education, networking and funding. She runs their growth stage accelerator, TiE ScaleUp, to help companies overcome common obstacles and barriers to scale while preparing for their next capital raise and also their youth entrepreneurship program, TiE Young Entrepreneurs. Before coming to the Boston area, Simone served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2011 working in the areas of education, youth empowerment, business development and HIV/AIDS awareness. She also mentors with BUILD Boston and Northeastern University. She is a graduate of the Heller School, completing her MBA and MA in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. Simone joined the BNID Board as a Heller MBA Board Fellow which allowed an MBA student to sit on the board of a local organization and take a non-voting role. Upon conclusion of the fellowship, Simone was invited to join the board in an official capacity.
Education: Heller School of Social Policy, Brandeis University
Expertise: Education, Economic Development, Social Entrepreneurship, First Mile/G2M Strategy
Jon Shaffer - PhD Candidate in Sociology at Boston University
Jon Shaffer is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Boston University who is interested in studying and advancing the social movement for the right to quality health care. Jon graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a major in biomedical engineering focused on developing therapeutic and diagnostic devices for the developing world. Shortly after graduating, Jon served as the executive director of GlobeMed, a student-driven global health organization that grew to more than 60 university-based chapters working side by side with more than 60 grassroots health organizations serving poor and marginalized communities.
After three years serving with GlobeMed, Jon moved to Partners In Health to work as the Senior Strategist for Grassroots Organizing and spent five years working to develop a novel grassroots community organizing advocacy program called PIH Engage. Through this work, nearly 100 teams of grassroots activist volunteers raised more than $1M, engaged with more than 100 members of Congress on global health issues, and brought thousands of people into the right to health movement.
: Northwestern University, Boston University
: Community Organizing, Advocacy, Global Health, Sociology/Anthropology
Sheena Wood - Public Health Professional and Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Sheena Woodis a public health professional and researcher working towards her psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner degree at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions. She currently also works part-time as a Research Assistant with Drs Vikram Patel and John Naslund in the Mental Health For All Lab, in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In this role, she supported the launch of a cross-university [emailprotected] initiative, helped develop two new courses taught at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, and currently leads the content development for the EMPOWER project. Prior to working at Harvard Medical School, Sheena was a Fulbright scholar at the mental health nonprofit Sangathin Goa, India, where she conducted a research project exploring the experiences and challenges of community mental health workers across India. She also worked for three years at Partners In Health, growing a program focused on building the movement for the right to health through community organizing and grassroots advocacy. Sheena graduated from Brown University with a degree in Public Health, and studied abroad in Brazil, Vietnam, and South Africa.
Education: Brown University, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Expertise: Public Health, Global Mental Health, Sustainable Development, Nursing
Sarah Zoen - Associate Director, ESG Reporting and Strategy
Sarah Zoen is Associate Director, ESG Reporting and Strategy at Corporate Citizenship, which is a global consulting firm, specializing in responsible and sustainable business. She primarily focuses on social impact and human rights due diligence for clients. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with Oxfam Americaand worked on improving private sector policies and practices to address human rights, worker well-being, and gender justice. In her spare time, she is a member of her town’s Human Rights Commission and volunteers as a Professional in Residence at the Heller School at Brandeis University.
Sarah has an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School and an MA in French Education from Boston University.
Education: Brandeis University, Boston University, American University of Paris, Sorbonne
Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Gender Justice, Program Design and Implementation, Project Management, Fundraising, and Monitoring Corporate Policy Implementation