Meet our outstanding Board of Directors!
Raina Fox - Partnerships Director at Millennium Campus Network
Raina Fox, MA, is the Partnerships Director at Millennium Campus Network, where she leads program development and partnerships with universities, non-profits, government and for-profit agencies to advance MCN's vision of a generation of global development professionals who are more ethical, effective, and engaged.
Raina brings extensive experience in leadership development, community engagement, and program development working with social change non-profits and academic institutions in India, Hong Kong, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Providence, and Chicago. She is committed to working alongside diverse communities to form creative, meaningful, intentional and impactful opportunities for personal and social change. Raina holds a BA in Art History and Cultural Studies from Macalester College and an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University.
Education: Macalester College, Brown University
Expertise: Leadership Development, Program 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
Justin Kang - Executive Director of City Awake
Justin Kang is the Executive Director of City Awake, a nonprofit organization focused on building the ecosystem of civic engagement and social innovation throughout Greater Boston. Recognized by the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and the City of Boston, Justin started his career as an associate at MassChallenge where he learned the importance of community building. He remains the Industry Champion ("Dean of Students) for the Social Impact track at MassChallenge. He later joined Opportunity Nation as a national organizer around economic mobility issues. Most recently he was a customer success manager at Yesware. A graduate of Brandeis University, Justin is also on the Massachusetts board of Generation Citizen, an active Big Brother, and a New Leaders Council Fellow.
Adam B. Korn - BNID Co-Founder; Attorney
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
Amber Oberc - BNID Board Member
Amber Oberc most recently served as the US Managing Director of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund, a Cambridge-based organization which works to improve the lives of marginalized children in Tanzania. Amber joined the TCF team in 2013, and is responsible for leading all aspects of TCF’s US operations. Having been struck by a passion for working with orphans and vulnerable children after a trip to Uganda, Amber has spent the past 13 years at Boston area international development organizations working to promote social justice. At Management Sciences for Health, she served as a Program Officer for the organization’s Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program, working on monitoring and evaluation projects. She also served as the assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at Partners In Health, then transitioned to managing PIH's Right to Health Care project. Amber also recently worked as the US Managing Director for Project Muso, a community-based organization in Mali that integrates health care delivery, community organizing, microenterprise, and education to stop cycles of poverty and disease.
Education: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Expertise: Nonprofit management, budgeting and community building
Michael Pizziferri - 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
Jon Shaffer - BNID Executive Director, Board member, and 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 Institute of Health Professions. Most recently, she worked with Drs Vikram Patel and Giuseppe Raviola as a Research Assistant 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 to be taught at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health on global mental health and sustainable development, and assisted with various research projects aimed at reducing the treatment gap for mental illness. 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
Expertise: Public Health, Global Mental Health, Sustainable Development