November 2006, Second Edition

Career News

Stacey Martin, MA 05, ( accepted a position as Program Coordinator at the AIDS Program with the Boston Public Health Commission.

Rebecca Pearl, MA 01, ( returned to WEDO as the Sustainable Development Program Coordinator, a position she also held from 2001 through early 2004. Since 2004, she has divided her time between work on energy, climate change, and community development on the California-Mexico border and on gender and sustainable development with IUCN, WOCAN, WGGAN, and other organizations.

Mauricette Mongbo, MA 97, ( is currently the Chief Executive Officer of an NGO in Benin called SIN-DO, which promotes women and children through economic capacity building, education and social leadership. She is also a member of the Network of African Women Economists - NAWE (REFAE in French). She is happy to be contacted by SID alums and students with similar career interests. See (in French).

Elizabeth Petheo, MA 06, ( is working at the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on their International Budget Project ( Amongst other activities, the Project conducts research on budget transparency and accountability in 59 countries. Their 2006 Open Budget Index is the first-ever index to rate countries on how open their budget books are to their citizens. See a write up in the Economist magazine.

Gang Song, MA 06, ( is now Program Coordinator at the International Harm Reduction Development Program, Public Health Programs for the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network, New York office.

Gretchen Alther, MA 04, ( is now working for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) as a Program Associate, Rights in Humanitarian Crises.

Tate Munroe, MA 06, ( is working at the same NGO he interned for in Senegal: EnterpriseWorks/VITA. It's a small firm and he is involved in their programs in Africa, India, Nepal and Philippines.

Carlos Montero, MA 06, ( is now the Executive Director at Yaxche Conservation Trust, a small NGO in Belize that works for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in buffer indigenous communities. Some of their work entails: protected area management, educational outreach, strategic advocacy and social entrepreneurship.

Rob Maroni, MA 98, ( the first SID graduate from the States, is now working in Zimbabwe as the Country Director for Mercy Corps, a large American NGO that works in over 40 countries worldwide. In Zimbabwe, they are managing a large consortium of local and international NGOs addressing urban poverty and vulnerability. They are also implementing an innovative program providing support to 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children (due to the impact of AIDS).

Vann Piseth, MA 03, ( is currently working in Southeast Asia with a British based organization, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Cambodia Program Office. He is in charge of the Livelihoods Program Management. VSO is promoting volunteering to fight global poverty and disadvantage.

Assel Nussupova , MA 05, ( was recently appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the Science Fund in Kazakhstan. The Fund is a fully government owned company established to support applied R&D through grants. Contact Assel if you are currently working on policies on the commercialization of applied R&D and the intellectual property rights of research supported by state owned organizations. In particular, she is interested in provisions to ensure mutual benefits for both such organizations and scientists receiving grants during research commercialization. • The Heller School for Social Policy and Management