Our Team

Meet our amazing team! 

Jon Shaffer - Executive Director

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Jon Shaffer is a Ph.D. student in sociology at Boston University where his research interests exist at the intersection of global health, human rights, science and technology studies, and social movements. Previously, Jon launched a community organizing platform with Partners In Health called PIH Engage (engage.pih.org), which has organized more than 100 teams of volunteer community organizers, thousands of new grassroots supporters, raised nearly one million dollars, and developed new capacity to advocate for policies that advance the human right to health. Before that, he worked to develop, launch, and lead GlobeMed (www.globemed.org) which has engaged thousands of university students in the global health equity movement. Jon has served on BNID's Board since 2012 and is excited to support and lead in this next phase of growth.

Adam Korn - Co-Founder & Director Emeritus

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Adam Korn, Esq. 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. Adam served as the Director of BNID between 2010 and 2017.


Vladimir Grenkov - Director of Technology

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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.

Dmitry Zharkov - Marketing Associate

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Dmitry Zharkov is BNID’s Marketing Associate. Dmitry graduated Summa Cum Laude from Suffolk University Sawyer Business School with a B.S. in Finance in 2017. Besides interest in international development and volunteering, Dmitry served as an Associate intern at IEC Partners, where he worked on go-to market strategy and fundraising activities for international startups in Educational Technology, Marine Products Manufacturing, and Fin-Tech.

Cecilia V. Lalama - Copy Editor

Cecilia V. Lalama, a native New Jerseyite, but longtime Bostonian, is a higher education professional with a background in print journalism, radio, TV and copywriting. Cecilia studied International Relations and Journalism at Boston University and is interested in regional development, access to education, college persistence, and all things communications-related. Cecilia has helped lead national communication efforts for her professional organization and has been involved in pro bono creative work for a local non-profit. Her favorite pastimes include constantly checking headlines, occasionally running, volunteering and traveling whenever possible.

Allison Mohrfeld - Community Development Intern

Allison Mohrfeld is a senior at Boston University double majoring in International Relations and Japanese Language. Her degree's focus on international business and economics has led to her interest in international development, specifically micro-finance. After spending a year abroad in Tokyo and traveling the world, she hopes to broaden her knowledge of international development in order to further enhance her perspective of the world.

John Gerring - Co-Founder

John Gerring is a professor of Political Science at Boston University, where he teaches courses on methodology and comparative politics (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1993).