CV/RESUME

 
PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE
United Nations 
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Head of Reporting, Policy and Strategy (Aug 2018 - Present)
Baghdad, Iraq
 
Primary responsibility is overseeing reporting needs for the office and supporting the operation of the Humanitarian Country Team in Baghdad. Major focus is developing strategies to serve the needs of Iraq's millions of IDPs that still remain after the conflict with ISIS, through engagement with the Government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government, UN Agencies and NGOs.
United Nations
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of Operations
(Mar 2016 - June 2018)
New York, NY
 
My primary responsibility was supporting OCHA's Deputy Director of Operations across multiple disciplines at both UN headquarters and in the field. In that role, I effectively coordinated and supported the Deputy Director's humanitarian, development, political and managerial functions, while overseeing support staff.
London School of Economics and Political Science 
Visiting Fellow  (Apr 2014 – Mar 2016)  
London, United Kingdom
As a Visiting Fellow based in LSE's Centre for Women, Peace and Security during its inaugural year (from September 2015 until March 2016), I actively participated with Centre management and other Fellows to help influence the Centre's agenda as it endeavored to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world. My major research contribution to the Centre during my tenure was a report co-authored with World Vision entitled "No Shame in Justice," which addressed the stigma against SGBV survivors in conflict zones. From April 2014 — August 2015, I served as a Visiting Fellow based in LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights, a hybrid legal-sociology department, where my primary duties consisted of researching, writing, and guest lectures.

Over a two-year period, I pursued research examining the  interdisciplinary nature of human lights, international law, foreign policy and diplomacy. I wrote several op-ed columns and blog posts on topics such as Guantanamo Bay, statelessness, and gender equality, and have appeared on various media outlets discussing issues such as freedom of expression, marital rape in the Muslim world and the International Criminal Court. I undertook numerous speaking engagements during my tenure, including heading a panel on women in Foreign Policy at the UK Parliament, and have lectured at LSE, University College London, University of Cambridge, and Imperial College London on various issues pertaining to human rights and humanitarian affairs.   
 
Geneva Academy of 
International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights 
Consultant (Oct 2013 – Dec 2015)  
Geneva, Switzerland
Per the needs of the Academy, I was contracted for various research and writing projects. In 2014, I authored a chapter for the War Report on the international and domestic legal considerations of the U.S. drone campaign (publication December 2014, Oxford University Press); and in 2015, I authored a chapter for the War Report exploring the U.S. government’s responsibility under international law for CIA torture of Guantanamo detainees (publication December 2015, Oxford University Press).  
Reprieve 
Deputy Director (July 2012 – July 2013)  
London, United Kingdom
Primary responsibility was management of Reprieve’s “Abuses in Counter-Terrorism” team, which focused on the human rights violations carried out by United States and its allies in pursuit of the global “war on terror.” I helped oversee Reprieve’s relationship with clients in Guantanamo Bay and collaborated on crafting strategy and direction for its Armed Drones project. I assisted in fundraising for Reprieve’s activities through the writing of grant proposals and funding reports, and was responsible for hiring and managing its interns and volunteers.  Specific achievements included devising Reprieve's international legal advocacy with the United Nations and the European Union, and directing its academic partnerships with Cambridge and Emory University. Additionally, I often undertook public outreach, media appearances, and speaking engagements on issues of human rights and international humanitarian law. 
 
United Nations
International Labour Organization
Legal Officer (July 2011 – July 2012)  
Geneva, Switzerland
 
Primary responsibilities were divided between the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES) and the Ethics Office.  Within my role in NORMES, I helped draft and edit policy papers on international labour law and managed a major promotional campaign to encourage Member States to ratify the ILO’s four priority treaties. Specific achievements included examining reports submitted by governments on the application of international labour conventions which they have  ratified, conducting comparative analyses of legislation, and drafting reports for consideration by the Committee of Experts and the International Labour Conference. In my supporting role in the Ethics office, I assisted the Ethics Officer in addressing confidential requests for advice from ILO staff regarding complex ethical challenges they encounter in the course of their work.   
 
International Bridgest to Justice
Singapore Program Manager 
(Jan 2010 – July 2011)
Singapore
 
Primary responsibility was management and oversight of the Singapore Justice Training Center, which promotes human rights through criminal justice reform. I was entrusted with the establishment and development the Center, and was responsible for all aspects of its daily operations. I created strategic partnerships with the Law Society of Singapore, corporate law firms, major universities, student groups and the local defense bar. Specific achievements include the organization of a major training event in February 2011 with Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which included human rights, legal skills, public speaking and negotiations training, all promulgated under the “rule of law” and “access to justice” provisions of the ASEAN Charter. I developed the training agenda and engaged Singapore-based lawyers, academics and dignitaries to provide the training content.  I also helped managed the JusticeMakers program, which provides micro-grants to grassroots projects that propose innovative ways to improve access to justice in developing countries.   
 
 
Transnational Law Institute/American Bar Association
Legal Consultant (2009)
Monrovia, Liberia
 
Primary responsibility was working with Washington & Lee University and the American Bar Association to reform and build capacity in the Liberian judicial sector. Specific achievements include: drafting training materials for magistrate education in partnership with local Liberian lawyers and UNMIL (the UN peacekeeping force), successfully writing grants to secure funding to relieve prison overcrowding and prolonged pre-trial detention; arranging a roundtable discussion between Liberian lawyers and American NGOs on the use of the death penalty in Liberia; and facilitating logistics for a training session between American law students and civil society organizations in rural Liberia to teach legal practitioners appropriate interviewing techniques for victims of sexual violence.    
 
 
 
Languages

French (Working Knowledge)

Spanish (Working Knowledge)

EDUCATION
University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, California, USA  
Juris Doctor earned May 2005    
Emphasis: Public International Law/Human Rights Law
*Comments Editor: San Diego International Law Journal  
   
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA      
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) earned May 1999
Major: International Affairs
Minor: Spanish