WLP International Liaison Office (Bethesda, Maryland)
Mahnaz Afkhami, President and CEO, is former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs. She is Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and serves on advisory boards for a number of national and international organizations. She has over three decades of experience working at the government and non-government levels to advance the rights of women, particularly in the Middle East. She has authored numerous publications, among them Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation (1997), Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995), Women in Exile (1994), and Women and the Law in Iran (1993). Among the training manuals she has co-authored are Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies (1996), Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies (1998), Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women (2001), and Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women (2010).
Ariana Rabindranath, Chief Operating Officer, supports the management and coordination of WLP projects and initiatives. She has over 15 years of global experience in research, strategic engagement, and project management on social development issues including gender inequality, sustainable development, and culture. She recently served as Co-Investigator for the George Washington University (GW) project, “Women and Water in South and Central Asia: Building International Social Capital for Sustainable Peace and Development.” She has conducted research and given presentations for UNDP, GW, Conservation International and Asia Society on women’s political leadership, gender and environmental policy, social protection for Southeast Asian migrant women, and violence against women. She earned an MA in International Affairs (majors: Women in Development and Southeast Asia).
Catherine Harrington Senior Program Officer for Advocacy & Communications, works to formulate and implement strategies to advance WLP's mission and advocacy campaigns; liaises with WLP partner organizations in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, helping to coordinate programs in these countries; and manages communications and outreach related to WLP's campaigns and programs. Catherine also served as consulting producer for WLP's documentary films, From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women, and most recently Because Our Cause Is Just, on the backlash against women's rights post-Arab Spring. Prior to WLP, Catherine worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as an editorial assistant for Foreign Affairs, interned at the Center for International Cooperation, and served as an editor for Watching America. She earned her M.Sc. in Global Affairs from New York University, with a concentration in international relations, and a B.A. in History from Tulane University.
Siobhan Hayes, Senior Program Officer for Training and Evaluation, liaises with WLP partner organizations in Latin America, South East Asia, and the Middle East and helps coordinate the joint programs in these countries. Siobhan earned her MA in International Education at The George Washington University, where her research focused on gender, intercultural conflict, and multicultural education. She received her BA in Philosophy at Fordham University and has taught in Thailand and the U.S. Her past work includes serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Los Angeles, providing counseling and aiding homeless women and men to gain employment, and providing research assistance on a project investigating women’s health care in the US prison system at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Krista Nickerson, Program Officer for Knowledge and Archival Management, develops and maintains WLP’s knowledge sharing and information management systems. She also liaises with WLP partner organizations in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia to support the implementation of training and advocacy programs. Prior to joining WLP, Krista worked as a technical writer and trainer in the communications technology industry. During that time, she alternately pursued her passion for gender-focused training and education, completing a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Argentina and conducting training programs for adolescent girls in Ghana and Baltimore, MD. Krista earned her M.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Women, Leadership, and Social Change from Towson University. Her research focused on transnational feminist activism and women’s trauma, writing, and healing. She received her B.A. in English and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.
Natasha Lamoreux is Senior Program Officer for Online Learning at WLP and liaises with WLP partner orginizations in South East Asia. Natasha is a graduate of New York University Center for Global Affairs (CGA) where she earned a Master's of Science in Human Rights, with a focus on women's human rights and human security, gender equality, and empowerment and engagement of women within marginalized communities. Natasha has contributed to various publications, sites and programs on topics related to women, including engaging women in transnational secuirty, implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325, gender and civic education in MENA (Middle East and North Africa), girls' education in Afghanistan and gender and women's rights in the transnational Roma Rights movement.
Abdul Khan, Director of Technology, coordinates all technology related advancements for WLP, and provides internal staff technology support. He works to ensure that WLP continually utilizes technology in the most effective manner, in order to fully leverage best business practice while setting the trend for our partners. Abdul studied Computer Science and Network Engineering at George Mason University. Before joining WLP, he was an IT manager with the National Minority AIDS council, providing technology support and capacity building in all aspects of the agency’s technology division, while being a technical resource point for community based organizations that work with the agency.
Marion Marquardt, Director of Digital Initiatives, coordinates WLP's ICT empowerment projects. She is responsible for developing training materials and technology tools to facilitate communication and knowledge-building among WLP partners, and to support and strengthen the technology capacity of partner organizations. Marion received her B.Sc and M.Eng. in Computer Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.Phil. in Technology Policy at Cambridge University where she focused on gender and ICT. She has worked as Lead Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation for many years, coordinating the deployment of international content management suites as well as managing data warehousing, data mining, and online reporting systems.
Kimberly Schor, Administrative Assistant, joined WLP in 2011 and provides support to the President and staff of WLP. She has several years of experience in nonprofit administration including office management, project coordination, program and donor development activities, and foundation and corporate grant writing and reporting. Her background in mission-based environments includes The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington office, International Internship Programs, and Cable in the Classroom—a commercial-free, K-12 educational initiative of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. She earned a B.A. from Hollins College.
Staci Scott, Manager of Finance and Operations, oversees WLP’s financial policies and procedures. She manages administrative and financial functions including human resources and facilities management. Staci has more than 20 years of experience in government, private and non-profit accounting. She earned a BA in Business Administration from Otterbein University.ShareThis