Our partner-driven approach is exemplified by our talented and diverse team. The PartnersGlobal team brings the Partners Way to life, leading positive change and shaping sustainable peace from our Washington, DC office and around the globe.
Our partner-driven approach is exemplified by our talented and diverse team. The PartnersGlobal team brings the Partners Way to life, leading positive change and shaping sustainable peace from our Washington, DC office and around the globe.
Starting in 2008, Julia had the privilege of working as Executive Director for two years at PartnersGlobal under the mentorship of our founder Raymond Shonholtz. She took over as President of the organization in 2010 upon his retirement and feels strongly about carrying on his legacy. Her roots in Portland, Oregon are an important part of her identity, as well as the number of years she spent living and working in Bogota and Belgrade.
Julia has spent her entire career as a mediator, conflict resolver and peacebuilder and brings to the Partners Network a commitment to multi-lateralism, authentic partnership and building bridges with other networks and industries. Trained as a lawyer, she is a collaborative leader who drives the entrepreneurial spirit at PartnersGlobal to continue to grow and adapt as an organization.
Anyone who knows Julia well, knows she loves to bake cookies for her loved ones, will lead any group in song around the piano or campfire and has been accused of being a “pathological optimist.”
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As CFO for PartnersGlobal, John manages Partners‘ finances, including financial strategy planning, management of mitigation of financial risks, record-keeping, financial reporting, and data analysis. He also assists PartnersGlobal on all strategic matters related to budget management, cost analysis, forecasting, and securing the financial health of the programs.
John has extensive experience managing finance, administration, and audit departments in companies with multi-million dollar, multi-year programs. He has a strong history building automated solutions to provide timely decision support. John also has experience developing business metrics and models to use collaboratively with key internal and external executives to make sure goals are reached. John brings experience guiding international finance teams in the design, implementation and evaluation of internal controls to achieve operational objectives, ensure accuracy and reliability of financial information, and ensure compliance with the law.
As a promoter of efficient and effective operations, John is an early adopter of technology that helps improve both work and everyday life.
Roselie is Mexican-American born in Germany and raised in California. She made her way to DC initially for graduate school studying International Communications. After spending several years in Central Asia, being an independent consultant, and launching a small business, Roselie found her way to PartnersGlobal through a family friend.
In her dual role with a foot in both the regional teams and the technical support team, she is at the heart of providing strategic planning and oversight for the Latin America programs while also applying lessons learned from the civil society portfolio throughout the organization. She takes the lead on our Civil Society global partnerships with a commitment to organizational resiliency and innovative partnerships in the sector.
Some of her past accomplishments include building a sustainable civil society capacity building program in Central Asia, empowering women social entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia, and building a network of women’s health advocates. Roselie also loves combining her love of theater, travel, and cross-cultural exchanges and previously founded a company called Wanderlust Theater Lab to provoke conversation and understanding.
Solange joined PartnersGlobal in January 2019 as the Director of the Sub-Saharan Africa. Solange is a Senegalese national who began her academic career at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, obtaining degrees in philosophy and environmental sciences. Solange came to the United States in 2002 as a Ford Foundation Fellow to complete a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies at Clark University. Prior to Partners, Solange served as Director of Africa and Gender Justice Programs at the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). She also worked as a consultant for United Nations agencies such as UNDP.
Solange brings over twenty years of experience working on natural resource governance, decentralization, strategic advocacy with civil society organizations, land and forest reform processes in Africa; including gender and women’s tenure rights at the regional and global levels. In her role, she oversees Partners’ donor-funded programs in Sub-Saharan Africa and scopes opportunities for regional growth of the Partners Network.
Outside of work, Solange loves African arts, fashion, hair-braiding, and food!
Originally from South Texas, Edith joined PartnersGlobal in August 2019 as the organization’s first Human Resources Leader. Edith received her BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Baylor University, and her MA in Public Administration in Human Resources Management and Legal/Judicial Administration from Texas State University. Prior to joining PartnersGlobal, Edith managed the Talent Management and Human Resources functions for large and mid-size corporations across the United States, Mexico, and Canada in industries including real estate, retail, and legal services.
As the organization’s Talent Manager, Edith is responsible for leading the senior leadership and management teams in reinforcing strong company culture, creating and leading employee engagement and development programs, and implementing reward and talent management strategies that support the achievement of PartnersGlobal’s mission. Edith’s other areas of responsibility include: talent acquisition, employee relations, health and welfare, safety, organization development and learning, and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
When not working, Edith enjoys spending time with her family, running and singing off-tuned karaoke. Edith is married to an active duty US Army Physical Therapist and in addition to having two fur babies, is the proud aunt to three nephews and three nieces. Edith also enjoys mentoring up-and-coming HR professionals where she shares her knowledge and passion for people operations programs.
Nilanka grew up in Columbia, SC except for one year when he went to middle school in his parents’ homeland of Sri Lanka. He has the distinction of being the first DC-based employee after PartnersGlobal moved from our original offices in San Francisco in 2007. He joined us right after graduating with an MPA from George Washington University, working closely with our founder Raymond Shonholtz to help grow that two-person office to the organization we are today.
Nilanka has worn many hats within PartnersGlobal, but his current role entails overseeing the office, donor compliance, and overall operations of the organization. Informally, Nilanka serves as the organization’s historian and continues to maintain strong relationships with all the Partners Network members throughout the world.
In college Nilanka worked as a radio DJ; and, prior to working at PartnersGlobal he has held a variety of jobs, from shelving books to selling rugs. Along the way Nilanka has compiled a library of useless information so should you ever need to know what actor has only appeared in movies that got nominated for best picture he’s your guy.
Luis has been a part of the Partners Network since 2008, starting his career at our affiliate in Mexico City at the Centro de Colaboracion Civica where he served as a facilitator of complex citizen security dialogue processes. He joined the PartnersGlobal team in DC in February 2015, bringing to the organization a deep level of technical and regional expertise. He has experienced first-hand the power of dialogue and believes deeply in positive conflict transformation.
At PartnersGlobal, Luis oversees the management of the LAC portfolio, leads business development for the region, and maintains a close and productive engagement with regional allies and partners. He also leads the Closing Political Spaces Initiative which brings together practitioners, donors, and scholars to strategize on how to protect and enable the role of civil society.
In addition to his work at PartnersGlobal, Luis is an avid reader and chef.
Originally from Kenya, Muthoni grew up in Michigan. She comes to PartnersGlobal with 12 years of experience, previously working at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she developed expertise in private sector development and democracy and governance. At NDI, Muthoni establised new areas of programming, specifically NDI’s extractive industries programs.
As the Senior Program Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Muthoni leads PartnersGlobal’s programs in Nigeria, liaising closely with Partners West Africa – Nigeria. Her role at PartnersGlobal also includes developing a strategy for and expanding the organization’s programs into Southern and Eastern Africa. Muthoni also maintains collaborative relationships with international democratic development organizations, civic organizations, and Partners’ network of trainers and experts.
Muthoni earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Finance from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Arts in Africa Studies and Conflict Resolution from Howard University. In her free time, Muthoni enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and putting her passion for interior design to work.
Hailing from New Jersey, Jeffrey comes to PartnersGlobal after six years with the MENA team at The Solidarity Center, dedicating much of his career to workers’ rights. There, he helped spearhead the organization’s efforts on migrant worker and trade union rights in Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain.
At PartnersGlobal, Jeffrey leads programs in the region that are reducing conflict between internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their host communities in Iraq, as well as helping to build civic engagement across the religious and political spectrum in the Gulf.
Jeffrey is extremely passionate about his profession and lives by the principle that if you find something you love to do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. When he is not in the office, you will find Jeffrey listening to podcasts, catching up on his ever-growing reading list, and rooting on his favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings.
Bridget is a native of the Boston area and started working at Partners in 2013 as an intern pursuing her Masters’ of Arts in Latin American Studies at Georgetown. Bridget is a Latin Americanist and has studied in Ecuador and Colombia and spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
As the Manager for Business Development, Bridget manages proposal coordination efforts, identifies new funding opportunities, and works to sustain external partnerships and build Partners’ institutional knowledge capacities. She also plays a key role mentoring and coaching beneficiary organizations in the Latin American region. In addition to her official duties, Bridget is also involved in making Partners a better place to work and believes strongly in teamwork, collaboration, and any excuse to celebrate with people.
She finds joy in yoga and cooking but mostly through hanging out with her tortoiseshell cat and (attempting to) take her for walks.
Jill joined PartnersGlobal in 2019 as the organization’s first Strategic Communications Manager. She comes to the role with a background in development, conflict resolution and human rights and a passion for storytelling. Prior to joining Partners, she served as Strategic Content Manager at the global development organization Creative Associates International, where she led communications strategy and production across Creative’s website, social media, other digital platforms and print, working with and traveling to projects in nearly 30 countries. Before that, she supported the Middle East and North Africa portfolio at Human Rights Watch.
At PartnersGlobal, Jill helps to advance the mission and impact of Partners and its programs by developing and implementing communication strategies and by providing strategic guidance and oversight in marketing, public relations and digital engagement efforts.
She received her M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Human Security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her B.A in International Relations from Georgetown University. In her free time, Jill loves cooking, reading and Facetiming her nieces and nephews.
Before joining Partners in 2018, Kate lived in Sub Saharan Africa for over seven years, working in the fields of refugee protection, child protection, social protection, and social policy for various United Nations (UN) and international organizations. In particular, Kate led projects in Namibia and Malawi to improve the identification of vulnerable refugees for resettlement to third countries, and provided technical assistance and policy advice to national governments, UN agencies, and the African Union in social policy and program design and implementation. She also contributed to a number of program evaluations and research projects, covering topics such as school feeding, child protection case management, and nutrition.
At PartnersGlobal, Kate serves as Program Manager for Sub Saharan Africa. In this capacity, she works on projects that aim to improve road safety and relationships between law enforcement and civil society in Senegal and Burkina Faso, and contribute to conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the Casamance region of Senegal.
Born and raised in Ohio, Kate received her B.A. in International Studies and French from Miami (Ohio) University and M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver). She enjoys seeing live music, hiking, and cooking in her free time.
Originally from Burkina Faso, Nina comes to PartnersGlobal from Chemonics International, where she developed expertise in program management. Some of her past accomplishments include the organizing and managing of high-level flagship events such as the Global Civil Society Dialogue at the United Nations, which brought together more than 150 civil society thought leaders and Heads of State from all over the world to make concrete political commitments for achieving gender equality in their countries by 2030.
At PartnersGlobal, she serves as a Program Manager on the Sub-Saharan African team, providing the overall daily management of implementation on projects that focus on governance, conflict resolution, security sector reform and access to justice in the Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa countries. Nina also integrates her passion for women’s empowerment and democracy into the projects that she supports throughout the Sub-Saharan African portfolio.
Nina received her BA in Urban Design from Florida Atlantic University, MA in International Affairs and a M.S in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. She enjoys cooking and swimming, as well as spending her weekends at the park.
Kalole was born and raised in Malawi, and moved to the United States as teenager. After completing his undergraduate studies, he taught English to high school and middle school students in Bordeaux, France. Before joining Partners in June 2019, Kalole was working with SEEDCO, a Baltimore based non-profit that provides workforce development training and access to social services to formerly incarcerated youth and adults. Prior to this, he worked for the International Youth Foundation (IYF), where he supported youth livelihood and household economic strengthening projects in Zimbabwe.
At PartnersGlobal, Kalole serves as Senior Program Associate for Sub Saharan Africa. In this role, he supports projects in Senegal and Burkina Faso which focus on improving road safety and collaboration between law enforcement and civilians.
He holds an M.A in Security and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California and a Bachelor’s degree in French and Mass Communication from State University of New York College at Oneonta. His passions include making music, Arsenal F.C and mentoring youth.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kyle joined the PartnersGlobal team in 2018 after leading programmatic efforts at R3SOLUTE, a Berlin-based non-profit focused on reducing conflict in refugee communities. Kyle also worked as an organizational development consultant for Bosh Bosh Inc., a grassroots Liberian women’s empowerment NGO and served for two years with the Peace Corps in Senegal.
At PartnersGlobal, Kyle works on the Global Initiatives team, providing technical support to projects that build the resiliency of civil society organizations around the world. Kyle works with Global Initiatives team members and partners in Africa and Eastern Europe to provide high quality deliverables and identify innovative solutions that contribute to portfolio growth while monitoring ongoing impacts. He also supports the team’s business development efforts.
Kyle holds a Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University, and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University. When not at work, Kyle spends his time playing acoustic guitar and teaching yoga.
Yu Chen is originally from China, having been raised in the Canton. She graduated from the George Washington University with a degree of Accountancy and minor in Economics. Before starting at PartnersGlobal, Yu Chen worked for Meridian International Center, a global leadership organization that focuses on cultural exchange and educational cooperation. She has worked for various nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC where she was responsible for finance, accounting and grant management functions.
At PartnersGlobal, Yu Chen is responsible for all matters within the financial team, and provides day-to-day assistance on a wide range of accounting transactions. This includes reviewing and verifying financial documents, making entries in the accounting system, participating in the monthly financial closing, and ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Partner’s internal policies and procedures.
Yu Chen is passionate about contemporary art and electronic music. She enjoys spending her free time at the hidden galleries and boutiques in Georgetown.
Originally from Chicago, Lian joined PartnersGlobal in January 2019. Lian received her BA in International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University, and her MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics. At the LSE, she was awarded with the Best Dissertation Prize for her thesis titled: “Water to War: an Analysis of Drought, Water Scarcity, and Social mobilization in Syria.” Before joining PartnersGlobal, Lian gained immense experience interning at a variety of organizations, including the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, The Jerusalem Fund, Bank Information Center and Syrian American Medical Society.
As a native Arabic speaker, Lian provides the MENA team with operational and programmatic support on capacity building and civil engagement in Yemen. She also works with local partners in the region to provide high quality deliverables, identify innovative solutions to challenges that may arise, and monitor ongoing impacts.
Lian’s passion for Middle Eastern culture and linguistics stems from her Syrian heritage. She enjoys traveling to the MENA region, as well as to other parts of the world. When Lian is not working, you can find her dancing, watching an indie movie or reading a Malcolm Gladwell book.
Born and raised in West Africa, Assita started working with PartnersGlobal in early 2018. Before Partners, Assita lived in Paris, France where she completed her Master’s degree in Financial Management and worked with Aviva France. Prior to this, Assita lived in Bamako, Mali where she attained her Bachelor’s degree in Management.
She is responsible for providing administrative and financial support to the Sub-Saharan Africa team, ensuring smooth and timely flow of work. She also supports Partners West Africa Centers in Senegal and Nigeria as well as PartnersGlobal’s subgrantees in Guinea, Senegal and Burkina Faso
Assita finds joy in reading and cooking, but mostly in spending time with her two handsome sons. They particularly enjoy taking trips to the library.
Originally Greek, Daphne spent most of her childhood living overseas in Europe and the Middle East. Nevertheless, she considers Boston home. Daphne joined PartnersGlobal after completing her undergraduate degree in Government at Hamilton College. Previously, she worked at the National Women’s Law Center and National Center for Transgender Equality.
Daphne provides the Middle East & North Africa team with operational and programmatic support on capacity building, rule of law, and labor initiatives in Iraq and the Gulf region. She also works with local partners and Partners Network members in the region to strengthen their collaboration and coordination.
Daphne is an avid Red Sox fan. She loves staying active by coaching a youth softball team of middle school girls at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. She enjoys eating Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, and continues to search DC for somewhere to purchase authentic Greek feta.
Originally from Southern California, Kelli moved to Washington, DC after completing her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before joining PartnersGlobal, she interned at Peace Corps headquarters and spent a semester studying sociology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Joining PartnersGlobal in 2018, Kelli contributes to the Operations and Business Development teams by providing compliance support and assisting in proposal preparation. She also coordinates the internship program and assists with daily administrative operations.
Kelli is passionate about issues of women’s economic empowerment and environmental sustainability. Outside of work, she can be found exploring new running trails, binge-watching her favorite shows, and taking care of her house plants.
Of Ukrainian origin, Alexa proudly hails from Cleveland, OH. She completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology, French, and Spanish at the University of Notre Dame which included a year abroad in Angers, France. She spent 2018 as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the State University of Paraná in Apucarana, Paraná, Brazil.
Having previously interned at PartnersGlobal on the Sub-Saharan Africa team, Alexa is a key member of the Global Initiatives Team. She assists in program implementation focusing on the resiliency of civil society organizations in closing civic space around the world.
Alexa enjoys cheering on her underdog sports teams, exploring the various theaters and museums of Washington, and cooking recipes she learned from her times abroad.
Though currently residing in Northern Virginia, Faith was born and raised in the Eastern Market area of Southeast Washington, DC and considers the city home. Faith holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Mary Baldwin University.
Faith joined the PartnersGlobal team in September of 2019 as Executive Program and Finance Assistant. At Partners, Faith serves as confidential assistant to the President, in addition to providing financial and administrative support to the Chief Financial Officer. Some of Faith’s responsibilities include managing logistics for and attending Board of Directors meetings as well as assisting the President and Executive Team regarding human resources management.
Faith enjoys reading, vlogging with her husband, enjoying new restaurants in and around Washington DC, and spending time with family.
Born in Japan and raised in Jakarta, Sarah earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from Gallaudet University. Prior to joining PartnersGlobal in September 2019, she interned with Schwarz Financial Services LLC as a Tax Preparer with DeafTax.com. She also spent a semester earning several credit hours towards a Master of Science in Accounting from American University.
At PartnersGlobal, Sarah is responsible for providing administrative and financial management support to the senior leadership and program teams. This includes processing payments, checks, and wire transfers in a timely manner, performing accounting analysis and reconciliations, maintaining physical and electronic filing systems, participating in the monthly and yearly closing processes, and conducting general administrative functions.
In Sarah’s free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, visiting the various art museums in Washington DC, and spending time with her husband and friends.