Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer
Rod Dubitsky is Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer for BRAC USA. Rod’s involvement with BRAC USA goes back to 2007 as a volunteer. He joined the Advisory Council in 2009 and the Board in 2011. In 2011 he coauthored with BRAC a chapter covering agriculture and microfinance in the book "New Pathways out of Poverty." He also spent two months in Peru as a volunteer for TechnoServe working on research related to the development of the cocoa value chain. Rod’s current role includes coverage of Sierra Leone and Liberia as well as providing support for BRAC’s agriculture and microfinance programs. He has also played a key role in BRAC’s Ebola response. In addition, Rod has produced knowledge products including a summary review of BRAC’s impact research and a primer on BRAC’s social enterprise programs. Prior to joining BRAC, Rod was an executive vice president and lead asset expert in PIMCO's Advisory Group. PIMCO Advisory played a leading role in several of the most important financial crises bailout programs. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was managing director and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse, where he helped create residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and Asset-Backed (ABS) surveillance and analytics systems. He was ranked as a leading analyst in asset-backed securities by Institutional Investor magazine in 2002-2008. Rod holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an economics degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
Senior Writer and Communications Specialist
Scott has worked at BRAC USA since 2011. A writer and former journalist, he has spent most of his working life in developing countries, covering the transition from communism in central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s as a business journalist, then working as an editor and freelance writer in the Middle East. As a travel writer, his work has taken him throughout Southeast Asia, China, India, and Africa. He holds a BA in English from Amherst College. His work has been published in Slate, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune.
Chief Financial Officer and Program Manager
Stacey serves as the Chief Financial Officer for BRAC USA and also provides financial oversight for BRAC's Limb and Brace Center in Haiti. She works to support BRAC's programs Targeting the Ultra Poor, our programs focused on adolescent girls in Bangladesh as well as our programming in Pakistan. Stacey joined the team at BRAC USA in November 2011 from her work doing finance, fundraising and project management for several non-profit organizations in South Africa. She earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, and a combined BS in International Business Administration and BA in French Language and Culture from The Ohio State University in 2002. Stacey became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007. Prior to her time in South Africa, Stacey worked at Morgan Stanley as a Senior Manager in their Financial Control Group and prior to that, as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young.
Project Director, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative
Sadna manages consulting services and provides technical assistance to external governments and INGOs related to BRAC's pioneering Ultra-Poor Graduation approach. In addition to consulting services, Sadna also manages the creation and dissemination of knowledge products and global advocacy efforts related to the Graduation approach including outreach and engagement with implementing and funding agencies, immersion training and speaking engagements related to Graduation. Prior to her work at BRAC USA, she founded and was Managing Partner of B Inclusive, an organization providing consulting services to help market-based, BoP initiatives and inclusive businesses grow and thrive. She has consulted on strategy, barriers to scale, effective messaging and knowledge products for various social enterprises and development sector organizations. Her clients include The World Bank Group, World Bank Institute, Vision Spring, The Network Enterprises Fund and Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship Initiative. She writes and speaks on the subjects of livelihood development and innovation at the base of the pyramid. Previously, Sadna was the founder and Managing Partner of InSiteLogic, a technology and software development company providing solutions to a range of social enterprises, for-profit and non-profit organizations. She earned a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship and International Development from New York University and is a recipient of the Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs.
Senior Program Associate
Renée joined BRAC USA in May 2012 and supports BRAC's microfinance, education, and health programs in Africa and Asia. Prior to BRAC, Renée worked in both formal and non-formal education in the United States and Cameroon, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English language to over 400 secondary education students, in addition to founding an adolescent development program. Renée earned her Masters degree from Columbia University's Teachers College in International Educational Development, with concentrations in Developmental Psychology and African Education. Renée also holds a BA from Florida State University in Political Science and International Affairs.
Senior Program Associate
Anu joined the team at BRAC USA in January 2013. She has worked in India on monitoring and evaluation projects studying the impact of Avahan, a multi-state HIV intervention program for high risk populations. She has also conducted field research in North India looking at work-time burden of front-line health workers in rural and peri-urban areas. Anu earned a Masters in Public Health in 2012 from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, where she specialized in global health, health systems, maternal health, and sexual and reproductive health.
Finance Associate & Intern Coordinator
Amanda joined the BRAC USA team in March 2013. Prior to BRAC, she performed research on the aspirations of middle-class college students in regions of Northern India. She has also interned with the Logistics Department of the United States Army Europe in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Amanda holds a B.A. in International Relations and minors in Asian Studies and Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Special Assistant to the CEO
Aissatou is Special Assistant to the CEO, BRAC USA. A native of the Mano River Union, she earned her academic stripes at the University of Ghana Business School, UCLA School of Law and New York University where she was part of the inaugural class of Reynolds Fellows. Prior to joining BRAC USA, Aissatou worked in the private and public sectors in Liberia, Ghana, Los Angeles and Washington DC before settling down in New York to qualify as a lawyer and briefly practiced securities litigation.
Senior Marketing and Communications Associate
Emily joined the BRAC USA team in June 2014. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a degree in Convergence Journalism and a minor in Political Science. In 2010, she received the OO McIntyre Fellowship and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to report for the Global Journalist magazine during the FIFA World Cup. Following the Cup, she served as Program Manager for Umuzi Photo Club, a youth development organization that creates socially informative media to foster activism in South Africa’s under-resourced communities. In 2012 she moved to New York and worked as a Program Manager for Girls Write Now where she brought to scale the organization’s new digital media mentoring program in partnership with Parsons The New School for Design to teach technology and foster leadership in high school girls from under-served areas of the city. Emily is passionate about telling people’s stories and finding innovative ways to empower youth through multimedia training.
Program Associate, Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative
Harshani joined the BRAC USA team in January 2015 to support the TUP Advocacy campaign. Prior to her current role, Harshani was a Strategic Litigation Fellow at the Open Society Foundations in New York, where she prepared motions for litigation in national and international systems. She has held legal support roles at the United Nations Democracy Fund, the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia, and Red Cross Australia. Harshani holds a Masters of Law, with a specialty in International and Comparative Law, from George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Tarini Mohan is Program Advisor at BRAC USA and is a native of New Delhi, India. Tarini work largely focuses in fundraising for the agriculture program in Sub-Saharan Africa for which she assists in proposal writing. Tarini also works on fundraising for a range of BRAC programs, such as-- BRAC's Ebola response and road safety. Tarini works alongside Rod Dubitsky and provides him with assistance. She joined BRAC Uganda as a volunteer in 2010, an endeavor that was cut short due to a motor vehicle accident. Due to her passion for her work, before she had even fully recovered, she was back to volunteering for BRAC USA. She became a part time employee in March 2014 and works remotely from DC, where BRAC has set her up to work out of the Center for Global Development. Tarini received her B.A from Wellesley College, where she majored in Economics.
Lauren Whitehead joined the BRAC USA team in June of 2015. As a Program Manager, she provides technical assistance and support for existing and emerging clients implementing the Targeting Ultra Poor Programme (TUP), and contributes to proposal development and management of workstreams for programs throughout Africa and Asia. Prior to joining BRAC USA, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to design program evaluations, baseline research, and additional programming related to livelihoods, social and economic empowerment, and financial inclusion targeting the ultra-poor with the the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ecuador. She has worked with a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations in Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa, including Accion International, Mercy Corps, the Inter-American Development Bank's Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), d.light design, InterAction's Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD), HelpAge International, Tomorrow's Youth Organization, and others. Her skill-set includes evaluative research, program design, and fundraising with a focus on livelihoods, financial inclusion, and related programs designed for vulnerable and marginalized populations such as women, youth, and refugees. Lauren holds a Masters in Global Human Development with certificates in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies and Global Social Enterprise & Development from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Bachelors degree in Spanish & Portuguese with minors in Latin American Studies, Near Eastern Studies, and Theater & Dance from Princeton University.
Jennifer Stickland joined BRAC in June 2015 as a Technical Fellow in Nutrition. She recently completed a Master’s degree in Applied Nutrition at Northeastern University in Boston, where she currently resides. Her professional interest focuses on programs targeting micronutrient deficiencies of women and children, with a particular emphasis on food-based strategies through the strengthening of local food systems. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked with The Salvation Army in Malawi where she participated in multiple projects helping to implement donor-funded activities in coordination with the World Food Program, USAID and private funders.
Senior Program Associate
Ashley Toombs joined BRAC USA in July 2015 as a Senior Program Associate and supports BRAC with technical assistance, public engagement, and strategic fundraising efforts. Prior to joining BRAC, Ashley was part of the fundraising team of The Nature Conservancy’s NYC office. She also lived and worked in Peru for four years with the Peruvian Environmental Ministry as a Peace Corps Volunteer and as a technical facilitator specializing in community-based environmental management and youth development. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Science and Policy. Ashley completed her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University where she majored in International Studies and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Adam Schwartz is a health program manager at BRAC USA. He joined BRAC USA in 2015 and helps oversee the organization's health portfolio. Prior to joining BRAC USA, Adam had worked as a researcher and clinician in Botswana and India, with a focus on health systems strengthening, primary care expansion and mHealth implementation. Adam currently is working on a variety of projects, including efforts to rebuild health systems in Liberia and Sierra Leone in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.A physician by training, Adam splits his time between BRAC USA and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City where he is a primary care doctor and is on the faculty at the New York University School of Medicine. Adam received his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
BRAC USA Fellow
A native of Kathmandu, Nepal, Sheetal joined BRAC USA in January 2015 as an intern and again in July 2015 as a Fellow. After a 7.9 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015, killing more than 9,000 people and injuring many more, BRAC in Bangladesh responded immediately, providing emergency relief supplies. As a fellow, Sheetal works with BRAC International to document needs on the ground and facilitate key relationships with potential program and funding partners as BRAC shifts its focus from emergency response to provision of long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Nepal. Prior to joining BRAC, Sheetal worked with the Afghanistan Blind Women and Children Foundation and United Nations Development Programme, both in New York, providing technical and administrative assistance. Sheetal holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Salem College.