Our Team



Clare Dowd, Executive Director

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As founding Executive Director, Clare has built a strong network of partnerships with passionate social change organizations that have embraced CAI's unique approach to development. Clare brings a strong background in international marketing and trade, having worked in the private sector for 10 years as an international marketing consultant with Global Connections. After that time she felt pulled back to the nonprofit sector where she began, and transitioned into consulting work with iNGOs, eventually to become the Director of Development for Cultural Survival. Clare’s interest in international development began with her work as a teacher in Colombia and later as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. Clare continues to strengthen CAI's impact by broadening reach and increasing replication; forging strategic partnerships with environmental and social change organizations; identifying resources to support the work and build the organizational structure to support social change worldwide.

Louisa Trackman, Programs & Partnerships Director

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Louisa first joined CAI in 2010 and has held a variety of roles in fundraising, program design, and evaluation. As Director of Programs and Partnerships, Louisa develops strategic institutional and programmatic partnerships, as well as manages and evaluates CAI’s transformational work at the intersection of creativity and social change. Prior to returning to CAI, Louisa was the Associate Director of Institutional Giving at the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. Louisa holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics and Human Security from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BS in Political Science and Human Rights Studies from Barnard College. When not dreaming about her next international trip, Louisa enjoys mountain biking, reading novels, and adventuring with her two very active sons.

Aryeh Shell, Education & Training Director


Aryeh first joined CAI in 2006 as a Field Artist serving in rural El Salvador, and now leads our Education and Training program. Aryeh is passionate about bringing art and creativity to the forefront of human and community development. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina and an MA in Education: Equity and Social Justice from SFSU. She is deeply trained in Theatre of the Oppressed and Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects with extensive experience in cultural activism and popular education. Aryeh has designed and facilitated transformational trainings, campaigns and creative projects for over a decade throughout the United States and Latin America with a specialization in community theater, deep ecology, systems thinking and Integral Life Coaching. She is also an avid gardener, hiker, poet and dancer.

Julia DOrazio Development & Communications Manager

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Julia's experience in non-profit communications and development includes working with the San Diego Repertory Theatre and Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN). Writing and performing in international theater and film features strongly in her background. Julia holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from San Diego State University, studied with The Actors' Studio in NYC, and is a certified MT. She's excited to join the CAI team to advance social and environmental progress.

Eloise Willemsen, Finance & Operations Associate

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Eloise joins the CAI team with experience in project management, holistic health care and education. She previously worked as a project management intern with Autism Speaks New England, and the STEP Women’s shelter as a volunteer coordinator. Eloise is passionate about environmental stewardship and gender equity and has held positions on farms and in multiple student and community empowerment organizations. She hopes to earn a Masters degree and currently holds a BA in Anthropology and Chinese from Whitman College.

Veronica Thamaini, Regional Coordinator

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Veronica joins CAI with experience in working with adolescent girls and young women in East Africa. Previously she worked as a program director with Akili Dada, an internationally recognized leadership incubator. Veronica believes in creating spaces for girls and young women to develop and grow and become what they can be and want to be and to use their power in changing and building communities positively. She holds a BA in Commerce from Strathmore University in Kenya. 



Isabel Carrio, Field Project Manager


Isabel is a Visual Artist from Argentina, trained in painting, murals,​ drawing and printmaking at the Arts Students League and the National Academy of Fine Arts in NYC. She worked for two years as a teaching artist in the public school system with the Brooklyn Art Council and also taught visual arts at Kanoria ​C​community ​C​enter in India. As an educator, Isabel emphasizes the value of learning from one another. Isabel has worked with our indigenous partner organizations FUNDENOR AQ’AB’AL, in Alta Verapaz and Ecologic - 48 Cantons in Totonicapán. Her work encourages the weaving of Mayan culture into community development and environmental projects. Today she is the Field​ Project​ Manager in Belize working with our partner organizations in Belize: Ya'axche', SACD, TIDE, SEA and in Guatemala with Fundaeco for the Gulf of Honduras Creative Conservation Project.

Board of Directors

Davis Bradford, Chair


Davis is a Practice Area Lead with Slalom Consulting for their Finance and Performance Solutions practice in Boston. Davis has over 16 years of management consulting and business experience. His focus is on the delivery of advisory services to the office of the CFO, with an emphasis on increasing value in the finance function and helping finance organizations move along the value preservation/value creation continuum based on their maturity and industry challenges. Davis has served as a member of his alma mater’s Alumni Board and as the Chair of Young Alumni Giving. In his spare time, Davis enjoys skiing and keeping up with his young son and daughter.

Liz Gibbons, Vice Chair


Liz is a leader, strategist and advocate who has inspired change at both local and global levels, leading transformative action for social justice and the realization of human rights. Currently a visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in the Harvard School of Public Health, Elizabeth is also a distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edwards University. Prior to these 2011 academic appointments, Liz enjoyed a lengthy career at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Her career in social development and humanitarian affairs spanned more than three decades, during which she lived and worked in Togo, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and served as head of UNICEF's offices in Haiti and in Guatemala. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, Liz is the author of Sanctions in Haiti: Human Rights and Democracy under Assault, and a contributing author to several other books.

Jose Luis Rojas, Treasurer

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José Luis has been with Mass Growth Capital since 2011, focusing on supporting micro lending in the state and expanding the portfolio into disadvantaged communities, food related businesses and near equity products in the commonwealth. He is currently a member of the Boston Fed’s Community Development Advisory Council representing Massachusetts. Previously, José Luis was the head of lending at Root Capital, financing small and growing rural businesses in Latin America and Africa. Prior to joining the CAI Board, he served for six years as Board member of Equal Exchange, a worker-owned and fair-trade pioneer cooperative. José Luis has worked internationally in the UK, Mexico, Ethiopia and Mongolia. He has a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. José Luis is bilingual in English and Spanish, is proficient in French and has some knowledge of Portuguese.

G. Brett Robb


Brett is a staff scientist with the RNA Biology Division at New England Biolabs. Prior to joining NEB, Brett held various teaching and academic advisory positions in the US, Canada and France. In addition to his scientific and teaching work, Brett has volunteered with the AIDS Action Committee in Boston and the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Brett brings his knowledge of science and technology and passion for developing critical thinkers worldwide to CAI. Brett holds a Ph.D from the University of Toronto and a BS in Genetics from the University of Western Ontario.

Courtney Scott

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Courtney has 15 years of experience in all aspects of marketing communications, as well as extensive senior management experience, including leading small to mid-sized organizations through periods of ambitious growth. She served as the Director of Marketing at both FirstGiving, a leading online fundraising platform, and Gentle Giant Moving Company, the largest residential moving company in New England. Previously, she filled several professional service and client-facing roles at MediaMap, a PR software and media consulting agency. She holds an MBA from the FW Olin School of Business at Babson College and a BA in French and Spanish language from Bates College. She previously served on the board of Everybody Wins! Metro Boston and actively volunteers with several local animal shelters, urban farms, disaster recovery agencies, and her local business community.

Daniel Preston

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Dan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. He currently teaches various courses covering public policy, international relations, development finance, and international security in addition to being the Head of the Honors Program and a Director for overseas programs in the Balkans and Cuba. He has taught over 2,000 students since joining the faculty earning multiple awards for outstanding undergraduate instruction. Dan’s area of expertise is international development finance, and he maintains ongoing advisory engagements with organizations such as the OECD, World Economic Forum, and USAID. Prior to SPEA, Dan worked in the private sector where he held investment banking positions with Citigroup in the United States and France specializing in economic advisory, debt management, and capital raising for sovereign governments in Europe, Africa, and Asia and securitization programs for corporations primarily in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Japan. Previously, he worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Information Resources on a range of strategic issues for Fortune 500 companies and technology start-ups. Dan holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.