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

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

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

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 ( 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Zoen - Senior Advisor at Oxfam America

Sarah Zoen is a Senior Advisor with Oxfam America’s Private Sector Department. She primarily leads on improving gender equality in corporate policies and practices and manages relationships with Amazon, Walmart, Mondelez, and Whole Foods, for the confederation. In her 15 years at Oxfam, she held roles promoting farmworker and immigrant rights as well as working with Oxfam’s country offices on private sector engagement.

Education: American University of Paris (BA), Boston University (MA, Ed), and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management (MA)

Expertise: Stakeholder Engagement, Gender Justice, Program Design and Implementation, Project Management, Fundraising, and Monitoring Corporate Policy Implementation