Nanako Tamaru - Executive Director

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Nanako Tamaru serves as BNID's Executive Director. As a licensed attorney and peacebuilding practitioner, Nanako's areas of expertise include gender justice and social inclusion, preventing and countering violent extremism, constitution drafting, and inclusive approaches to statebuilding.

Nanako is also the Director of Strategy and Programs at CDA Collaborative Learning and a faculty member at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She also serves as Principal and Founder of The Peace and Security Collaborative, where she provides research, training, and facilitation services to a range of NGO, governmental, and multilateral clients.  

Previously, Nanako worked for Inclusive Security where she led research and training programs examining why women's inclusion matters for peace and how it can be achieved. She has also managed peacebuilding programs in Syria and Somalia and has written on issues related to governance and conflict resolution for Inclusive Security, UN Women, United Nations Development Programme, International IDEA, and Conflict Dynamics International.

Erin Dennehy - Programs Associate

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Erin Dennehy is BNID’s Programs Associate. She is a recent graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology. She is passionate about sustainable development initiatives that foster climate resilience and leverage the strength and leadership of local communities. Over the past four years, Erin worked with several environmental & political advocacy nonprofits, including Common Cause of Massachusetts (where she researched key democracy reforms) and Small Planet Institute (where she researched state climate policies and managed the organization’s academic outreach program).

Interests: Sustainable Development, Climate Policy, Environmental Policy, Community & Economic Development, Global Justice, Nonprofit Management

Joshua Cram - Programs & Outreach Intern

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Joshua Cram is BNID’s Summer Programs & Outreach Intern. He is a current student at Boston University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. He is passionate about the future of international cooperation on matters of climate change, conflict resolution and public health. Joshua has previously worked in the fields of education, law, philanthropy and politics.

Taylor Donnelly - Social Media & Storytelling Intern

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Taylor Donnelly is BNID’s Summer Social Media & Storytelling Intern. She is a current undergraduate student at Boston University studying Journalism and International Relations. She is passionate about writing, photography, and activism. Taylor has worked with Sustainability-initiative driven nonprofits in the past including Born Global. In the past Taylor has worked in education, fundraising, and in the environmental non profit sector.