Our Team

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Staff


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.


Yasmin Padamsee Forbes, Deputy Executive Director

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Yasmin joins CAI with over 20 years of experience managing projects in Asia, Pacific, and the US. Yasmin is extremely adept in building relationships with donors and partners, increasing visibility, and bringing in new resources to support and expand programs. Prior to coming to Boston, Yasmin worked over seven years in Myanmar in positions of increasing leadership dealing with innovation, film, learning, and peace building. She has also worked in Papua New Guinea, where she led a network of theater groups disseminating social and health messages in rural communities. Yasmin holds a Masters in Communications and Film production from New York University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. She also served as the Harvard Alumni Representative in Myanmar for the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board.

 


Aryeh Shell, Education & Training Director

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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.


Luis Quino, Progam Officer

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Luis brings a deep understanding of how CAI collaborates with local organizations from his eight-year tenure with The Riecken Foundation, one of our early partners in Guatemala. From managing its community library network to guiding overall strategy as National Director, Luis strengthened Riecken’s mission of promoting creativity, critical thinking and a spirit of discovery. Recently, in a consulting role for a USAID educational reform project, Luis leveraged community libraries as a space for learning and growth. Luis’ education experience includes teaching visual art to high school students and training Peace Corps volunteers in Spanish language and culture.

Luis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala, is a certified teacher of visual arts for secondary education and has completed graduate coursework in library management. In his free time, Luis enjoys playing music with his friends and appreciating the culture and scenery of Guatemala’s rural communities.


Isabel Carrio, Field Project Manager

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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.


Danielle Kaidanow, Finance & Operations Associate

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Danielle joins the CAI team with experience in environmentalism, technology, and nonprofits. She previously worked as a Program Coordinator with Seeds of Peace, The Clinton Foundation, and Tufts University. Danielle is passionate about farming and has held positions focusing on organic farming and agriculture technology, most notably with the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Danielle believes that like nutrition and nature, art connects people, and she is excited to help facilitate creative learning experiences that spark ingenuity and strengthen communities. She aspires to earn a Masters degree in environmental policy and currently holds a BA in History with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Vermont.


Board of Directors


Davis Bradford, Chair

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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

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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.


Martha Collette

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Martha is a clinical neuropsychologist on staff at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital where she teaches, supervises and does program development in addition to a practice in Beverly, Massachusetts. Special interests include children’s learning, women’s empowerment and broad-based development of self-esteem. With a strong interest and connectedness to Guatemala, she has been involved with indigenous communities, women’s groups, preservation of tribal weaving patterns and local environments by working with Amigos del Lago Atitlan, and the Textile Museum at the University of San Carlo de Guatemala. Undergraduate studies in psychology were at Clark University, and graduate studies were at Tufts University and the University of Hawaii where she did research on culturally based learning patterns with the East West Center, the Kamehameha Schools and Head Start.


G. Brett Robb

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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.


Ann Vincenti-Michelman

Ann has worked in the arts for over 20 years, as an arts educator, working artist, and now gallery owner and manager. She recently opened the Rafius Fane Gallery in Boston’s South End, showcasing Boston area contemporary artists to the general public. She believes that the essence of creativity knows no ethnic, racial, or geographic boundaries. The work that CAI is committed to aligns with what comes natural to Ann: the impact of an art form is a powerful initiator in establishing change whether it be social, environmental, or intimate and personal. The creative process, on the other hand, is the fuel and the vehicle for the lasting strength necessary to continue the work that will make the most difference. Ann holds a BFA from Montserrat College of Art and a BA from Hampshire College. She has participated in artist residency programs at RISD and at the Vermont Studio School.


Sonny Regelman

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Sonny is a publishing professional with 20 years of content development and leadership experience at educational companies including Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has expertise in creating professional development courses and training curricula. She is currently Sr. Director, Content Development at creative services company Aptara Corp. Sonny holds a B.A. in Communications with Honors from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston. A writer and poet from an early age, she believes in the power of creativity to lift up individuals and communities. She also serves on the boards of Tejas Family Guidance Center and Austin Poetry Society, where she is Membership Director. A former resident of Beverly, MA, Sonny has been appreciating warmer temperatures in Austin, TX since 2005.


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.


Paul Guggenheim

With extensive experience in Latin America, Paul led efforts of the Riecken Foundation in Guatemala to strengthen and expand a network of modern community libraries which provide access to information and leadership development for multi-ethnic communities. Riecken has partnered with CAI in Guatemala and Honduras. Paul has also worked at The Field Museum in Chicago, as a street educator at Casa Alianza in Managua, Nicaragua, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and as a field supervisor and project director for the volunteer organization Amigos de las Americas in Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua. He also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. He holds a MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a BA in Anthropology from Ithaca College.