Institutional Capacity Building

Adelia DeMarsico

Adelia DeMarsico
M.S. Candidate

My name is Adelia and I am a South Florida native.  As an enthusiast for Latin America, I majored in Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Florida and have spent significant time in Latin America traveling, teaching English, and interning. Before moving to New Orleans to pursue my post graduate degree in International Development, I worked as a middle school Spanish teacher.  Through this experience, my passion for children and education became apparent to me.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Susan Lightfoot Schempf

Susan Lightfoot Schempf
M.S. Candidate

Susan Lightfoot is a community food systems development professional with 15 years of hands-on experience in food and nutrition security, sustainable agriculture and youth development programming. After co-founding and directing the Noyo Food Forest, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in rural northern California, Susan designed and implemented an innovative regional Farm to Fork program to increase smallholder farmers' income and improve school feeding programs in the region.

Tiffany Martindale

M.S. Candidate

G. Alexander Crowther

Alumnus, PhD, RAND Corporation

Strategist. International Affairs Specialist. Politico-Military Specialist. Researcher. Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Light Infantry Officer. 

Worked at the field, the regional and global levels. Field work in Central America, the Andean Ridge, Korea and Iraq. Regional in Latin America, Europe and Middle East. Global level experience performing politico-military activities in Washington DC.

Shea Garrison

Shea Garrison
Doctoral Student

Shea Garrsion holds a Master of Science (MS) in International Development from the Payson Center. While pursuing her MS, Shea worked with Drs. William Bertrand and Elke de Buhr developing capacity building classes and reporting documents for a Department Of Labor contract with the purpose of eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in cocoa production in Western Africa.

Susan Webber

Alumna, M.S., Peace Corps

Susan Webber works in the Office of the CFO at the Peace Corps in Washington, DC as a systems analyst. Currently, she is working on a project to re-architect a financial application that is deployed at all overseas Posts. Her longer term goal is to work for a development agency that is focused primarily on finding solutions for energy poverty (e.g. efficient cookstoves, micro-grid technologies). While at the Payson Center, Susan's studies focused primarily on development issues in Africa, particularly Kenya.

Paulin Basinga

Dr. Paulin Basinga
Alumnus, PhD & MS, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

I joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2012 as a Senior Program Officer for Integrated Delivery. My current grant portfolio focuses on health interventions for HIV and the childhood illnesses of pneumonia and diarrhea as well as the development of community health worker platforms.

Meredith Bambrick

Meredith Bambrick, Tulane Payson Center for International Development LLM in Law & Development
Alumna, LL.M. in Development

Meredith Clare Bambrick, Esq. is a graduate of Tulane University Law School where she earned a J.D. and certificate in international and comparative law (2013) as well as an LLM in Development (2014), the latter for which she was awarded a full tuition scholarship.


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