Meet our outstanding Board of Directors!
Lynn Arsenault - BNID Board Chair; Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston
Lynn Arsenault is the Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications at the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB), a nonprofit that educates the community about global issues related to the UN. In addition to managing the communications aspect of the organization, Lynn is also the grant writer, manages week-long summer Model UN programs, facilitates school-based Model UN curriculum in partnering schools, and works with her team to deliver 10 interscholastic Model UN Conferences each year. Prior to Lynn’s work at UNAGB, she was a Sheltered English Immersion teacher in Houston, Texas and an English as a Second Language teacher here in Boston. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the island nation of Vanuatu from 2012-2014, where she worked with local teachers to increase the literacy rate in primary schools.
Lynn received her MBA in Nonprofit Leadership from New England College and her bachelor’s degree from Westfield State University, where she double-majored in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies with a focus in Psychology.
Education: New England College, Westfield State University
Expertise: Education, Grant Writing, Nonprofit Management
Adam B. Korn - BNID Co-Founder; Attorney, Mintz Levin
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
Michael Pizziferri - Previous BNID Board Chair; Public Affairs Attaché at Québec Government Office in Boston
Michael Pizziferri works on government relations and policy analysis, focusing on energy, climate change and sustainable transport. The Office represents Québec in the six New England states and is one of 28 international representations maintained by Québec's Provincial Government around the world. Michael most recently served as the Manager of Global Education Programs at WorldBoston, the city's World Affairs Council. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Politics with a concentration in French and Francophone Studies from Brandeis University.
Education: Brandeis University
Expertise: Government relations, policy analysis
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
Raina Fox - Executive Director of BNID
Raina Fox, MA, is a programs and partnerships specialist with 10+ years experience in the US, India, Jordan, and Australia managing collaborative, high impact, globally celebrated programs that elevate marginalized voices and build movements for sustainable social change.
Education: Macalester College, Brown University, University of Queensland (Australia)
Expertise: Peacebuilding and Conflict transformation, Program management, Leadership development
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
Constance Kane - Founding Director - Empowered to Educate
Constance Kane has a rich background in international women's empowerment and education, social justice, and human rights. She lived in Egypt where she conducted her doctoral research. Subsequently, she moved to Asia (Japan, Indonesia, and Malaysia) as country director and regional director for Pact, Inc. a US-based non-profit targeting HIV/AIDS, street children, and environmental management. Additional positions have included Global Program Director for Oxfam America. Senior Advisor for World Education in West Africa, and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a human rights organization based in Cambridge Massachusetts. She is the founding Director of Empowered to Educate (www.empoweredtoeducate.org) a global fellowship program for women educators.
She chairs the Board of Advisors of the Heller School at Brandeis University, is a Board member of the Brandeis Women and Genders Studies sits on the Advisory Committee for ARTE (Art and Resistance through Education). She recently joined the BNID Board and the Board of The Berkshire Choral International.
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
Vania Loredo - Youth Engagement at Advisor at Oxfam
Vania Loredo is the Youth Engagement at Advisor at Oxfam. She provides support to student leaders by creating educational materials for students and professors and oversees the day to day operations of Oxfam's college chapters. Previous to working at Oxfam, Vania worked as the Executive Assistant at WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America), a human rights advocacy and research organization. She has vast experience in community organizing and leadership development. Vania is also passionate about working on new initiatives to address problems such as diversity and inclusion and creating accessible content that could reach new audiences and increase awareness about important social issues.
Elise Pitcairn - Manager of Operations & Global Engagement Programs - WorldBoston
Elise Pitcairn is the Manger of Operations and Global Engagement Programs at WorldBoston. WorldBoston is a World Affairs Council that works to foster engagement in international affairs in the Boston community through hosting multiple community events each month and hundreds of international visitors each year.
Elise’s diverse background features political and international experience. She completed several Capitol Hill internships while in college, and then earned her master’s degree in the United Kingdom, where her thesis focused on rising sea levels and the rights of climate refugees. Following graduate school, Elise assisted in several international trade and health initiatives in D.C. and then spent a year as a Global Advocate Fellow for the San Francisco-based NGO, Mama Hope. In this fellowship she independently raised over $20,000 for community development projects with a partner organization in Kisumu, Kenya, where she then conducted four months of fieldwork.
Elise holds a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in Politics and Government, and a MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Global Environment, Politics, and Society.Education: University of Edinburgh, Ohio Wesleyan University
Jon Shaffer - PhD Candidate in Sociology at Boston University
Rodrigo Soto - Former Managing Director (2011–2012) and Principal Associate (2009-2011) at Nathan Associates Inc., Arlington, Virginia
Rodrigo Soto has worked for more than 25 years in international economic development consulting while based in the U.S. and abroad. He also has significant experience in evaluating business and investment environments, as well as proposing specific measures to improve business climate around the world, in particular Latin America and the Caribbean. He earned his BA in Portuguese Studies and Latin American Studies at UMass Amherst and his Masters in International Relations and Economic Development at American University. He earned his latest degree, an MBA focused in Project Management, at ULACEX while working in Panama in 2004. His last full time position was Managing Director for Private Sector Development at Nathan Associates Inc., an international development consulting firm based in the Washington DC area.
At this stage in his career he looks forward to sharing his expertise and embracing new challenges. Supporting BNID is very appealing to him because he strongly believe it fills a needed niche for people interested to join or already engaged in international development efforts. He is excited to work with BNID to help young students find graduate school and employment opportunities in this field, as well as to provide older professionals with a chance to network, share their experiences, and participate in BNID sponsored events.
Education: ULACEX, American University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Expertise: Private Sector Development, Project Management, and Institutional Strengthening
Sheena Wood - Public Health Professional and Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Sheena Wood is 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 [email protected] 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 Sangath in 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
Ciara Santiago - Board Fellow
Ciara Santiago is a BNID Board Fellow and Social Impact MBA student at Brandeis University who is interested in international development. Ciara graduated from Brooklyn College in 2016 with a major in international business and a minor in small business and urban entrepreneurship. After graduating, Ciara briefly worked with an international nonprofit that focused on ending hunger and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa through small-scale farming and growing family businesses. She quickly realized that if she wanted to make a large impact, she needed boots-on-the-ground experience. She then became a full-time volunteer working with AmeriCorps NCCC, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, All Hands and Hearts, and Thrive Global Hawaii. She completed various projects in Texas, Missouri, Arizona, Puerto Rico, St. John USVI, and Hawaii.
Education: Brooklyn College, Brandeis University