Lynn Arsenault - BNID Board Chair; Owner and Grant Consultant of LMA Grant Consulting LLC

Lynn Arsenault is 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

Martin Alexis - 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. Martin graduated 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. Martin has 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, Martin worked 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 Amaral is 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

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, Allen Matkins

Adam Korn, Esq. co-founded BNID and served as its Director 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 [email protected]. 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

Connor Nickerson - BNID Board Member; Director of Marketing and Events, NEID Global

Connor is an international development professional with diverse non-profit experience in philanthropy, marketing, program management, and partnership cultivation. She has authored and published two academic papers on human trafficking and immigration and continues her career in the international development space through involvement with Kiva, Partners in Health, Haiti Development Institute, and NEID Global. She continues the pursue her passion at the intersection of climate change, conservation, health, gender equity, and refugee rights.


Education:  Received BA and MS degrees centered around social justice, international affairs and the promotion of human rights

Adriana Ramirez - BNID Board Member; Manager for External Relations and Communications at MIT's Office of the Association Provost for International Activities

Adriana Ramirez is currently the Manager for External Relations and Communications at MIT’s Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities. Her career in communications started in 2008 when she worked at the Mexican President’s Communication Office as Information Specialist. There she wrote the media analysis the Mexican president read every morning, and issued recommendations for the president’s communication strategy.

After working for the president’s office, Adriana joined the Mexican Foreign Service. As a career diplomat, she worked at the Consulate of Mexico in Anchorage, the Mexican Embassy in Germany, and the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston. During her 10 years in diplomacy, Adriana had to effectively communicate the interests of the country and community she represented to a wide variety of partners and stakeholders.

Most recently, Adriana worked as Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA. There, she spearheaded efforts to publicize Perkins’ work in Latin America to prospect donors and education practitioners.


Education: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (Mexico)


Expertise: Foreign affairs, communications, external relations, education, program management

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.

Education: Northwestern University, Boston University

Expertise: Community Organizing, Advocacy, Global Health, Sociology/Anthropology

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 America and 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

Alivelu Ramisetty - Chief Gender Justice & Inclusion Officer, Oxfam America

Dr. Alivelu Ramisetty leads Oxfam America’s Gender Justice and Inclusion portfolio and serves on the Global Partnerships and Impact Leadership Team. Working with Oxfam since 2010, Alivelu inspires and collaborates with the leadership teams of Oxfam America to define and implement gender justice and inclusion policies and systems. Alivelu as member of Oxfam's Racial Justice Advisory council provides strategic leadership to the organisation around racial justice, diversity and intersectionality. Alivelu leads and catalyzes Gender Justice and Inclusion work across thematic and functional departments, with Oxfam Country and Regional Leadership within the Oxfam confederation, and builds synergy in gender justice work across long-term development, humanitarian, and advocacy and campaigns. She leads the feminist approach work with colleagues within Oxfam America, as well as across the agency and with partners and allies, to design and deliver Oxfam’s Feminist Principles commitments.

Fuzieh Jallow - Head of Special Events, Environmental Defense Fund

Fuzieh Jallow is an events and project management professional in the area of International Development. She is the Head of Special Events at the Environmental Defense Fund. She primarily develops and executes event and conference programming showcasing research and initiatives across critical international development issues, such as climate change, health, and children.
 She previously worked as the Director of Donor Engagement & Events at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She holds a B.A. in communication with minors in women's studies & history from Boston College, an M.S. in nonprofit management from Boston University-Wheelock School of Education, and an Ed.M. in international educational development from Teachers College-Columbia University. Fuzieh is the event producer for the Climate Justice Pavilion at the annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, provides training and support in event management and fundraising for Equitable & Just National Climate Platform members, and consults with nonprofits in project and event management.

Education: Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University

Expertise: Event Planning, Project Management, Donor Relations