Meet our amazing team!
Raina Fox [she/her] - Executive Director
Raina Fox, MA, is a programs and partnerships specialist with over a decade's 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: BA Macalester College, MA Brown University, MA University of Queensland (Australia)
Expertise: Peacebuilding and Conflict transformation, Program management, Leadership development
Erin Dennehy [she/her] - Programs Associate -
Erin Dennehy is BNID’s Fall Program & Communications Intern. 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
Jeromel Dela Rosa Lara - Storytelling Associate Intern
Hello! I am Jeromel, and I am a rising sophomore at Harvard College intending to study Comparative Study of Religion and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights.
I was born in the Philippines, and I lived there for 11 years before immigrating here to the U.S. with my mother in 2011 where we have moved around from place to place across the country. We first lived in San Diego for a year then due to some pressing circumstances, we had to move out, and we lived in Chicago for the next 7 years. We moved/drove to Boston in the summer of 2019, but we then moved/drove back to San Diego in January this year. Our lives as immigrants facing the pressures of assimilation and the struggles of living as non-U.S. born residents have made me connect deeply with immigrant communities and their experiences. It’s what draws me to journalism and global justice work where these narratives are sought, valued, and featured. I am so honored to be able to contribute to BNID this summer. I hope to make use of this opportunity to be acquainted and connected with organizations and institutions in the Boston area committed to global justice and international development. I am interested in the area of law as it relates to human rights and justice shaped by my experiences and what I witness from my country of origin and here in the U.S. I look forward to pursuing the stories that Boston has on how it connects itself to the interconnected issues happening in this country and the world, especially as it deals with people of color and immigrants.
Going along in my interest in storytelling, my biggest passions in life are journalism and the Humanities. I love reading, hearing, and seeing people’s stories as reflected in books, art, and music where you would almost always see me in libraries, museums, and cultural events (before the pandemic). On the side, I am also an amateur Philippine historian and researcher doing a project that looks into my country during the Marcos Dictatorship especially with the rise of historical revisionism where telling this history is altered today to praise and glorify an authoritarian regime.
Vladimir Grenkov - Director of Technology
Vladimir Grenkov is BNID’s Director of Technology. He graduated from University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts and Boston University with an Master of Arts in 2010, both in Economics. A voracious programmer since the age of 10, he combines his economic acumen and coding to tackle problems in business operations, tech administration and marketing. Vlad co-founded Pixel Machinery, a technical consultancy, programming, and design shop. He also teaches Principles of Economics and International Economics courses at Fisher College.