Young Professional Advisory Board

The purpose of IIRR’s Young Professional Advisory Board (YPAB) is to provide support and innovation for the work of IIRR. This dynamic group is comprised of diverse members with a vast array of professional experience, including international development, conflict resolution, philanthropy, international affairs, mediation, project management, finance, law, construction, education, graphic design, communication, music & the arts, web development, as well as writing, editing, and foreign language skills.

This volunteer group meets six to eight times per year, and has a core membership located in New York City, as well as members located around the globe. We also have sub-committees that focus on various projects, including our Events Committee, Communications Committee, and Goats for Girls Committee.

The key goals of the YPAB include:

1) Outreach: Expand the circle of IIRR’s friends

2) Enhance IIRR’s visibility

3) Fundraising & Events

4) Project Support

If you are interested in joining our mailing list or joining the Young Professional Advisory Board, please send a short email to

YPAB Members

Sabrina is an international development consultant based in NYC, with a particular focus on strategic partnerships and communications for the United Nations. Most recently she worked for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and Rework. She has extensive experience in the water and sanitation sector, including past roles with WASH United and charity: water – managing programs in Southeast Asia. Sabrina sits on the advisory boards for a number of organizations, including: the American India Foundation, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, Games for Change, NY+ Acumen (Acumen Fund) and Periamma. She received a Masters in Health Policy & Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an undergraduate degree in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a freelance photographer.

Nasra’s family is originally from Somalia, but they fled their home country for fear of death. Nasra grew up living in exile in Dubai. Later in her life, she fled again from an abusive arranged marriage. She lived in France for eight years and became a French citizen. She now lives in New York with her daughter, where they have remained for the past two years to pursue her career as a professional singer. Nasra’s journey has been one of courage and the overwhelming desire to be free and to conquer oppression. She envisions power, freedom, rights, and protection for all women. When united in the notion that women can defy any and all boundaries, they will not be classified by gender, rather engendered to embrace their ambition, desires, and sexuality. To Nasra, the imposed and global female identity crisis may be eradicated in the shared journey of women to defy marginalization. Her songs address these themes. You can see her work and follow her on Facebook.

Sarah Hahn is an Engagement Executive for LRN Corporation, an ethics and compliance company. She is dedicated to coordinating efforts across LRN business units and partner support to maximize her partners’ ethics and compliance program goals.Previous to LRN, Sarah managed strategic communications accounts in the Social Innovation practice at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. She advised clients on how to tell their unique stories and reach new audiences. Working with a mix of nonprofit and private sector organizati ons, her clients included the UN Foundation, UNICEF, Shire HGT, Expedia and T-Mobile. She also has experience in managing internal stakeholders and communications outputs while at ExxonMobil and Monitor 360.
Early in her career, Sarah was drawn to working with philanthropic foundations in various capacities of writing proposals, evaluating grantmaking programs, and developing programming and managing events for a grantmakersÕ organization. Sarah has a BA in Economics and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in Peace & Conflict Resolution (as a Rotary World Peace Fellow) from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and an MA in International Business and Environmental Policy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is fluent in Spanish.

Rebecca is a Marketing & PR consultant based in NYC. She currently represents a boutique spa and tennis resort in Arizona. She began her marketing career in film, having worked for several independent film companies, including Lions Gate Films. In addition to overseeing Oscar-nominated campaigns, she also handled acquisitions for the company, attending festivals and screenings to seek out new talent and product. She also did a stint at Sony Music and Epic Records in the International Marketing department, handling talent press as the liaison between all international affiliates in Europe, Asia, and Australia,
Rebecca began her career as a professional dancer, dancing for a contemporary company in California and later moving to NYC to work and produce shows, videos and industrials. She lived in Barcelona, Spain for two years, dancing for a company and teaching at a professional school.
Rebecca was a founding member of the Pygmalion Project, a non-profit dedicated to awarding scholarships and mentorship to victims of domestic violence. She currently is a pro-bono consultant for the Kioo Project, a non-profit that runs photography workshops for vulnerable children in impoverished areas of the world. Rebecca graduated with a joint B.A. and performing arts degree from NYU.

Shinhee Kim is an education specialist who understands the importance of education and its practical impact on children. She developed her professional expertise through public schools in the U.S. as well as field experiences abroad. She led interdisciplinary music programs in public schools in the U.S., trained teachers to explore pedagogical approaches in Par aguay, and led academic projects and built music curriculums in Palestine. She has B.M. in Violin Performance and M.M. in Education from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She received her second master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she focused her studies on Human Security and Public, NGO & Nonprofit Management.

Michael (a.k.a Micah), is a writer, public speaker, conservation biologist and communication specialist currently specialized in mainstreaming organizational communication platforms for CORDIO in East Africa. He has managed several international projects while working as a volunteer with World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Madagascar and recently with CORDIO East Africa. He has experience in community development, planning and strategic management and communication. Michael was born in Kenya to cattle breeding family and can speak fluent Swahili, English, Dholuo, Malagasy and has basic knowledge of French and German. He holds a BSc. in Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources Management from the University of Nairobi, Is a Mitsubishi Fellow and an Ambassador for WWF youth and volunteer programme.

Shazdeh is the news editor at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and the associate editor of Women Under Siege, a journalism project founded by the Women’s Media Center. She was the copy chief of The Village Voice for four years and has worked as a reporter, writer, editor, medical editor, and copy editor in the United States and Greece. Prior to her career in publishing, she taught English at Western Connecticut State University and reported, wrote, and produced radio features as an intern at United Nations Radio. She was born in Saudi Arabia and was raised in Karachi, Pakistan, where she learned to speak, read, and write Urdu. Follow her on Twitter @ShazdehZ.

Annie Paulson is a recent graduate of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, where she studied conflict resolution and its intersection with international development and humanitarian studies. Originally from Pennsylvania, Annie holds her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Brown University, and subsequently studied cello performance at the conservatory of music in Bologna Italy. Her academic research has focused specifically on gender, human rights, forced migration, cultural studies, as well as the potential role of the arts in peacebuilding. Previously, she has worked in Ecuador through WorldTeach, and traveled extensively in Africa and Asia with the World Bank’s Advisor on Disability and Development. Recently, Annie taught a course at the Osher Institute at Tufts in Boston entitled Music for Social Change, and has been performing on cello in the Greenwich Village Orchestra. She also currently serves as the leader of IIRRs Young Professional Advisory Board.

Amanda is a land tenure and gender specialist and cofounder of Resource Equity, an international nonprofit that works to improve womenÕs rights to land and resources. Her work involves designing and conducting fieldwork on womenÕs access and rights to land and resources, analyzing land and family laws, and publishing and presenting on womenÕs land and resource rights. Prior to Resource Equity, Amanda was a land tenure specialist at Landesa. Amanda’s geographic experience includes Kenya, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Kosovo, Ghana, Liberia, and Rwanda. She has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in English from Amherst College.

Daniel White is Technical Director for Agriculture Programming at ACDI/VOCA, a leading international non-profit development organization based in Washington, DC. He has experience in managing, designing, and overseeing agricultural productivity, training and behavior change, and research and learning projects and activities in Iraq, Lebanon, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, and Indonesia. His focus is on the interplay between agronomic, economic, and social determinants of agricultural production and exchange practices. He designs and supports strategies to improve smallholder farmer yields and incomes through a climate-smart, market systems framework. Prior to ACDI/VOCA, Mr. White worked on agricultural development projects for the Louis Berger Group and business development services for the Chamber of Commerce in Florence, Italy, as well as for a private sector orchard in Orrtanna, P.A. He holds a masters degree in development studies from the University of London, and a BA in philosophy and political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He joined the IIRR innovation advisory board in March, 2015.

Jesse is a writer, analyst and emergency management professional currently specializing in disaster response and human rights. He has managed projects and programs for a number of national and international groups, the U.S. Department of State, Lawyers Without Borders, the Global Security Institute and the Mayor’s Office of New York City being listed among them. Jesse has been published in the Village Voice, Vice and Working Class magazine. He holds a M.A. in International Relation from New York University and a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase College.

Mark is an editor for a medical news publishing company based in New York City. He began his career as a mental health counselor at a small nonprofit in Montana after completing a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation. An interest in research drew him back to school a few years later where he studied experimental social psychology. Broadly, Mark’s thesis examined how social context affects cognitive processing and attitude formation. He switched gears in 2011 when he accepted a job at the Montefiore Medical Center as a clinical research coordinator. Mark has done volunteer work with New York Cares and has been on the IIRR Young Professional Advisory Board since June, 2015.