AP provides training to Peace Fellows each summer to give them expert training in the services they will be asked to provide to our partners. We are grateful to all the trainers and to their organizations.
Shannon Orcutt is an Advocacy Manager for Save the Children focused on protecting children in conflict with an emphasis on South Sudan, attacks on education, and children’s mental health and psychosocial support. Prior to joining Save the Children, Shannon worked in Uganda with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, where she conducted research and advocacy on human rights defenders living in exile, attacks on the media, and the impact of elections on civic space. She has also worked on women’s economic empowerment in Uganda with the Advocacy Project and with the Save Darfur Coalition/United to End Genocide on civilian protection in Sudan and South Sudan. Shannon holds a M.S. in Peace Operations and B.A. in Global Affairs both from George Mason University.
Nathalie Arfvidson is a first-year MBA student from El Salvador. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her experiences predominantly range from academia, non-profits, and the financial industry where she focused on analytical research, ocean policy, social media, and risk analysis. Currently, she is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at American University, where she will specialize in Sustainable Management and Data Analytics.
Allison Wilbur is an award winning longarm quilter and quilt artist. Her work is rooted in her life experiences as the daughter of a watercolor painter and a cabinetmaker, and the wife of a diplomat. Wilbur was originally drawn to traditional quilting for its combination of color and geometry. Decades of living overseas in Japan, Russia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman and Switzerland, and travel to many other countries has added elements of textiles, color combinations, and design elements from other cultures. Often these elements are paired with traditional American piecing to create collaborative work that celebrates the international language of fiber shared by women in so many cultures around the world.
Colleen graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a Masters in International Public Policy with an affiliation in Conflict Management. Colleen is a native of Buffalo, NY and graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and a commissioning as an Ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard. Immediately following graduation, she served on the Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD. In January 2010, the FORWARD responded to an earthquake that struck Port Au Prince, Haiti. As a responder, she led the first shore excursions into Port Au Prince to provide medical care and deliver humanitarian supplies. She was also responsible for coordinating helicopter medical evacuations in and out of the harbor. In 2011, she sailed with the FORWARD to Western Africa where she trained the newly created Liberian Coast Guard, Senegalese Navy, and Sierra Leone Navy. After completing another at-sea assignment and then a shore-side special staff assignment, in 2015, she transferred to serve as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Cutter DONALD HORSLEY, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While captain of the ship, the crew netted over $7 million in illicit narcotics, successfully interdicted multiple human smugglers, and conducted Search and Rescue operations in the Caribbean which resulted in seven lives saved.
Sarah Craven is a policy advocate and attorney with experience in global health and human rights. She currently serves as the Director of the Washington Office of the United Nations Population Fund. Prior to her work at UNFPA, she held positions at the U.S. Department of State and on the legislative staff to U.S. Senators Tim Wirth and Spark Matsunaga. She served as policy advisor to CEDPA during the 1994 International Conference on Population and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a M.Phil from Cambridge University (UK) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. In 2010, she was named one of Macalester College’s Distinguished Citizens.
Peter comes from a diverse background in non-profit management focused on international poverty, marketing, business development and construction management. He has long held a passion for promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty so End Poverty is a natural fit. Before moving to Washington, D.C to join End Poverty, Peter worked for many years in Hong Kong and Philippines with an organization focused on community based poverty alleviation through slum churches. He was trained extensively in management philosophy, fundraising and business development. He and his wife live in Reston, Virginia with their child Liam. Peter holds a MBA from the University of Manchester, Certificate in Fundraising from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Cynthia Boruchowicz is a PhD candidate in policy studies at the School of Public Policy of the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research is centered in understanding the mechanisms through which low-skilled workers make the choice between working in the formal or informal sector, which has broad implications for labor, tax and welfare policy. During her studies, Cynthia was a Peace Fellow with the Advocacy Project where she worked for CONCERN Nepal. Before starting her PhD, Cynthia held positions both at the Research Department and at the Vice Presidency of the Private Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). She was first a Research Fellow at the Research Department working on issues related to housing, urban development and crime in Latin America and the Caribbean. She worked then as a development effectiveness officer within the private sector of the bank, where she provided development impact and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) analysis for the operations of her division. She earned an MPP from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from the Universidad del CEMA in Argentina.
As Senior Community Engagement Associate, Miranda creates and facilitates opportunities for GlobalGiving's nonprofit partners to connect and learn together. She also strives to fine-tune a community experience that helps nonprofits make the most of GlobalGiving. Miranda is an honors graduate of American University's School of International Service where she studied international relations, sustainable urbanism, and Arabic. When she's not organizing GlobalGiving's next learning event, Miranda can be found eating breakfast for dinner, fussing over her plants, and figuring out how to get back to the Middle East.
Grace Maliska is a soon-to-be graduate of Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology Master’s program (CCT) where she studies Gap Inc.'s corporate social responsibility efforts for women's empowerment in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She also serves as a Technology Graduate Associate at Georgetown’s Center for New Design Learning and Scholarship. Her professional experience includes work as a digital producer for media technology companies doing applications and websites, communications and events for the Nationals Women's Political Caucus, as well as an online learning specialist at the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Grace received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Political Economy from Smith College in 2014. During her undergraduate career, Grace was a tri-varsity athlete and president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She also taught pilates and narrated athletic events. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, games, outdoor adventures, energy work, and idolizing Eleanor Roosevelt.
Christopher Markomanolakis graduated from Towson University in 2012 with degrees in Political Science and Metropolitan Studies. He served in the United States Peace Corps as a community health volunteer for three years (2014-2017). During the first two years, he worked on a wide variety of projects/programs including water sanitation, youth empowerment, HIV/AIDS awareness, increasing the capacity of health care providers, and many more. Chris served as an AP Peace Fellow in Uganda in 2018. Upon his return he graduated from the University of Maryland with a Masters of Public Management.
Amy Richards is a Multimedia Specialist at the Gelardin New Media Center on Georgetown's main campus. In her position at Gelardin, she currently manages all social media platforms, teaches workshops on video production and editing, and promotes and curates the Gelardin Showcase. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in filmmaking and a graduate degree at the McCourt School of Public Policy.
Elisabeth has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in Sociology with an emphasis in policy analysis. Most of her work has been within the non-profit sector, ranging from caseworker to program coordinator. In these roles, Elisabeth focused on program development, increasing client satisfaction and data management. Elisabeth is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at American University and hopes to work in impact hiring and talent acquisition. In her free time, Elisabeth coaches high school freshman boys rowing and enjoys spending time outside.
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.