Iain has an extensive background working with civil society in countries in conflict. He was a Geneva-based correspondent for the London-based Guardian and International Herald Tribune (1976-1987); authored a book on the disappearances in Argentina; fronted several BBC documentaries; served as spokesperson for the UNHCR operation in Cambodia (1992) and the UN humanitarian operation in Haiti (2004); served as a Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace (1996-7); and conducted missions to Rwanda and Bosnia for the UN, USAID and UNHCR. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches human rights.
Karen, a Brazilian national, graduated from The University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA degree – Major in Global Studies and Minor in History. Her work with The Advocacy Project started in 2015 when she interned as a Development Assistant. Now her responsibilities include administration, fundraising, and human resources. Karen also coordinates the fellowship program and supervises the interns in the DC office. Whist at UCSB Karen worked part-time for three years at the International Students’ Office dealing with immigration matters. Also while at UCSB she was an active member of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) organization, as well as a research assistant for the Global Studies Department. Karen’s research on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Global South has been published by her University.
Kate graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts and Technology. While her dream is still to work in television, she has spent the last two years blogging and learning about social media. Kate is thrilled to be able to at once put her social media skills to use and learn even more about the best ways to market via social media. This is Kate’s first time working for a NGO, and she is very happy to be spreading the word about such a good organization. As an added bonus, both of Kate’s older sisters have been working for NGOs for several years now. It looks like the drive to support the community, whether local or global, runs in the family!
Nola is a junior at Hope College in Holland, MI, where she studies Political Science and Arabic. Having grown up in Holland as well, she is excited to be in a big city for the first time. Prior to interning for the Advocacy Project, Nola worked for Mission India, a religious nonprofit focused on bringing education to India, Christ Memorial Church where she worked under the worship coordinator and the Hope College Admissions Office where she was an office assistant, tour guide and receptionist. Nola also loves to travel, and her time in South Africa, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, India and Nepal has shaped her understanding of poverty and inequality, leading her to the Advocacy Project.
Angelique is a senior at California State University, Fullerton, where she studies Public Relations and International Politics. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, she is experiencing D.C. for the first time this spring, while interning for the Advocacy Project. Prior to this internship, Angelique worked for Habitat for Humanity, a global non-profit organization that gives low-income families a chance to own affordable and decent homes. As a volunteer in Nepal, Angelique worked at an orphanage and taught English to Tibetan refugee children. Her volunteer experience re-affirmed her passion for human rights and involvement with the global community, leading her to AP.