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Washington, D.C.


Jennifer Rasmussen, Director of the Asia Division, has 20 years of experience in international development and has worked on rule of law and human rights programming in 36 countries. She joined ABA ROLI in March 2008 following her tenure as director of program design for Global Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, where she worked since 1996. As the creator and director of Global Rights’ Access to Justice Initiative, Ms. Rasmussen worked to develop human rights programs involving public interest litigation, legal reform and advocacy in various regions of the world. Ms. Rasmussen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a J.D. degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, specializing in international law. 


James Brown, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013. He has previously interned at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, at CNN’s Beijing Bureau and at the Zhicheng Public Interest Law non-governmental organization, where he worked on international relations, human rights, rule of law and social justice issues in China. Mr. Brown graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 2011 with a B.A. degree in sociology and a minor in philosophy. He speaks Mandarin Chinese. 


Vanessa Hunsberger, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013 after obtaining her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to law school, Ms. Hunsberger was a program coordinator for Population Services International’s China program, where she helped to implement an HIV/AIDS prevention program for injecting drug users. She also interned with ABA ROLI’s Africa Division and was a legal research assistant at Landesa, where she researched land rights issues. Ms. Hunsberger speaks French and Mandarin Chinese, and she has lived and worked in Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zambia and Russia. She received her B.A. degree in Asian studies from Occidental College. 


Victoria Martin, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in May 2013. She previously worked for Chemonics International in their Middle East Division, primarily working on programs in Egypt. She also worked on a grant program at the ABA’s Center on Children and the Law focusing on the use of closed-circuit television and recording technology in child abuse cases. She holds a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Virginia. 


Sehar Raziuddin, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in April 2014. She previously worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. She has also held positions with the Middle East Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center and Public Citizen. Ms. Raziuddin earned her M.A. degree in comparative politics from American University and her B.A. degree in political science from the George Washington University. She speaks Urdu and Hindi. 


Brianne Stuart, Deputy Director of the Asia Division, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division in November 2010. She previously worked as a law fellow for ABA ROLI’s China program in Beijing. Before joining ABA ROLI, Ms. Stuart served as a law clerk at the Massachusetts Appeals Court and at the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She earned her J.D. degree from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. degree in literature from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, Ms. Stuart lived in China for two years and spent part of that time interning at a local non-governmental organization that works on HIV/AIDS-related issues in the region. 


Jeanette Asencio Tocol, Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist), joined ABA ROLI’s Philippines office in July 2012, and moved to ABA ROLI’s D.C. office in December 2014. She has more than 12 years of development experience in the justice sector (law enforcement, prosecution, courts, alternative dispute resolution), human rights sector, urban and local development sector, and in governance and public administration reforms. She has worked on projects under the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the UNDP, European Commission, UN HABITAT, GTZ and USAID. Her expertise includes project development and management, performance management, monitoring and evaluation, institutional development and business process reengineering. Before joining ABA ROLI, she was vice president of CPRM Consultants, Inc., a Philippines-based consultancy firm with extensive experience in judicial and governance reforms, where she provided project governance, technical quality assurance and project review and development.

China


Jen Leung, Country Director for China, joined ABA ROLI in January 2011 and is responsible for implementing technical assistance programs with local partners, program-related reporting, budget planning and oversight of financial reporting, as well as general management of the Beijing office. She has experience designing and managing multi-million dollar rule of law programs in China, including U.S. government-supported programs. Her portfolio covers rights programs including criminal justice, good governance and environmental protection. Ms. Leung was previously an attorney practicing in Hong Kong and New York at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardell focusing on cross-border and capital markets transactions. She received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Williams College. Ms. Leung is proficient in business Mandarin and Cantonese.


Yang Jie, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in January 2009. She is responsible for managing and implementing criminal justice reform programs and oversees projects, budgets, partner relationships and program monitoring and evaluation. Before joining ABA ROLI, she was a program officer at China Law Development Consultants Company in Beijing, working on rule of law and governance projects. Prior to that, she spent three years at International Bridges to Justice in China as a program officer responsible for criminal justice program development and implementation. She has an LL.B. degree from Anhui University of Finance and Economics.


Darius Longarino, Legal Specialist, provides support for program design, implementation and evaluation, as well as English and Chinese-language legal research. He recently received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Kent scholar and received the Edwin Parker Prize for Excellence in comparative or international law. As a law student, he interned with The Door Legal Services, a Chinese anti-discrimination NGO, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Court of International Trade. Prior to law school, he was an assistant to professor Jerome A. Cohen at New York University School of Law's US-Asia Law Institute. He is proficient in business Mandarin.


Jay Monteverde, Program Manager, is responsible for contributing technical expertise and conceptual input; overseeing projects and results, including monitoring and evaluation; and providing comparative legal resources. His portfolio includes environmental, disability advocacy, legal professional ethics and labor law programs. He previously consulted for PILnet, a public interest law NGO, and was a Fulbright researcher focusing on Chinese environmental litigation with the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims. Prior to coming to China, he was an assistant attorney general in the Special Litigation Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and he has 10 years of public interest law experience in the U.S. on issues including environmental enforcement, employment law, immigrant rights, fraud against the government, and civil and criminal constitutional rights. Mr. Monteverde received his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School and his B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is proficient in business Mandarin.


Ding Xia, Field Financial Manager, is responsible for managing financial matters, including reimbursements and financial reporting. She joined ABA ROLI in February 2006. She previously held positions as a public relations manager, general office deputy director and secretary to the president of Songhe Hotel, Tianlun Dynasty Group from 2001–2002. She also worked at the five-star Tianlun Dynasty Hotel, where she served as a public relations officer from 2000–2001, and as a secretary for its housekeeping department from 1998–2000. She received her B.A. degree from the Business College of Beijing United University.


Zhang Yijun, Program Officer, supports environmental and civil society development programs. Prior to joining ABA ROLI in November 2013, she worked for more than six years at Conservation International and the Shanshui Conservation Center, where she carried out policy research and provided program recommendations, was responsible for monitoring and evaluation, and managed programs related to biodiversity conservation, natural resources management and village self-governance. Ms. Zhang also worked as a program officer at the International Poverty Reduction Center in China, where she was responsible for designing exchanges with ASEAN countries on poverty reduction models and policies. Ms. Zhang received a master in social policy from Beijing Normal University, with support from the Ford Foundation China Fellowships Program, and holds a B.A. degree in accounting from the Southwest University of Finance and Economics.


Kang Zherong, Program Assistant, joined ABA ROLI in October 2015. He provides programmatic support for all ABA ROLI projects in China. Before joining ABA ROLI, Mr. Kang worked at Bank Information Center in Washington DC, promoting public participation for a more transparent and accountable World Bank. He also spent time at UNDP China in Beijing, where he worked closely with Chinese government counterparts and civil society organizations on issues covering gender, equitable growth and governance reform. His service to the people was recognized by the United States president’s Volunteer Service Award in 2015. Mr. Kang obtained his master of arts degree in international development studies in 2015 and bachelor of science degree in economics and international affairs in 2012, both from the George Washington University in Washington DC

Philippines


Robert La Mont, Country Director, is a highly regarded rule of law specialist with more than 15 years of experience heading programs in various countries. Since opening ABA ROLI’s liaison office in the Republic of Georgia in 1996, Mr. La Mont has led long-term programs in Mongolia, where he helped to automate all courts and prosecutors’ offices, in Indonesia, where he focused on reform of the Attorney General’s Office, and now in the Philippines, where he leads efforts to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the judiciary and court systems. He has also worked on shorter-term projects in Cambodia, Afghanistan, Serbia and Kosovo. Prior to his career in rule of law, Mr. La Mont was an American foreign service officer in Iran during the Iranian revolution and practiced law in the United States for 13 years specializing in complex product liability litigation. Mr. La Mont has a a B.A. degree in economics from the Occidental College, a master of public administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. 


Paquita “Pat” R. Abay, Administrative Assistant, joined ABA ROLI in July 2011. She previously served as an administrative assistant for the Structured Products Group (a department of the Philippine Bank of Communications) and for the Capital Markets Development Project (a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded project). She holds a B.A. degree from Santa Isabel College. 


Arleen Aduna-Taguba, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, joined ABA ROLI in April 2015. She previously served as the monitoring & evaluation officer for the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons program (AAPTIP). Under AAPTIP, Ms. Aduna-Taguba provided technical assistance and strategic direction to the National Technical Working Group on TIP in the Philippines to develop program objectives and success indicators. She has 10 years of professional experience in government and with international development organizations, including World Vision Development Foundation and Save the Children, where her responsibilities included project planning, system development, and monitoring and evaluation. 


Rosalie Bautista, Administrative Assistant I, joined ABA ROLI in June 2009. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she was the senior data entry machine operator for the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jaime D. Jacob of the Department of Education. She studied computer science at the System Technology Institute (STI), earning a certificate course in programming and mainframe operating system. 


Besnik Belegu, Court Automation Specialist, joined ABA ROLI in August 2014. He has more than 10 years of experience developing different software solutions, which served as main back-office and front-office systems, mostly for financial institutions. During his work at Banka Ekonomike Prishtine (BEK), he oversaw the complete software development lifecycle for more than 15 projects—including e-Banking and SMS Banking—some of which he developed and implemented singlehandedly. Since then, he has taken on various information and communications technology consultancy assignments, including developing a project management information system for the World Bank. Mr. Belegu also worked at the East West Management Institute as a database analyst for the Case Data Management System they developed specifically for the Constitutional Court of Kosovo. He has also managed the development of an enterprise resource planning solution for Universal Foods’ flour production factory in Kosovo and a supply chain finance solution for Advance Global Capital in London. 



Hazel Anne Cruzat, Java Programer, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014 where she works on coding and troubleshooting the eCourt program, a court automation system currently being implemented in courts throughout the Philippines.  She graduated from De La Salle University in October 2014 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. 


Kristina De Guzman, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in August 2010. She is a lawyer with more than 12 years of progressive experience in legal research, government executive service and implementation of programs funded by international development partners such as USAID, AusAID and the World Bank. She managed programs on access to justice for persons with disabilities and victims of extrajudicial killings, judicial reform, anti-human trafficking and anti-corruption. Before joining ABA ROLI, she worked in various capacities for the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), where she was later appointed executive director. Ms. de Guzman was a regular Philippine delegate to the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Previously, she was also a legal consultant for the National Police Commission, the Professional Regulation Commission and several private corporations. Ms. de Guzman has a B.A. degree in philosophy and an LL.B. degree, both from the University of the Philippines.


Josephine Galaus, Senior Bookkeeper, began working with ABA in August 2009. Previously, she worked for KPMG Philippines Manabat Sanagustin & Co. as a senior accountant, primarily responsible for accounting and payroll services of U.S. funded projects in the Philippines and other international companies involved in construction, energy, outsourcing and mining. She has an M.B.A. from Manuel L. Quezon University, Philippines. 


Laarni Giron, Senior Program Manager and Implementation Specialist—e-Court, joined ABA ROLI in May 2014. Prior to this, she was a partner at the Algarra & Giron Law Offices. She has extensive experience in litigation, specializing in family and civil law and is founder and director of Law Innovations, Inc.—a legal think tank dedicated to providing services for the advancement of the legal practice in the Philippines. She has a B.A. degree in political science, with a minor in international relations and economics, and an LL.B. degree from the University of the Philippines. 


Kristina C. Manalang, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in August 2010. She previously worked in various capacities for the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC), where she was later appointed executive director. Ms. Manalang was a regular Philippine delegate to the Intergovernmental Working Group (IWG) on Review of Implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she was a legal consultant for the National Police Commission, the Professional Regulation Commission and several private corporations. Ms. Manalang has a B.A. in philosophy and an LL.B., both from the University of the Philippines. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2008. 


Maria “Maya” Jane Angela Isabel Cui Odulio, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in October 2008. Ms. Odulio previously served as the judicial reform task manager for the Rule of Law Effectiveness program, a USAID-funded project in the Philippines. She also worked for EGTA, a good-governance program funded by USAID, and served as legislative staff officer of Senator Alberto G. Romulo. Ms. Odulio earned her B.A. in development studies and her M.A. in business administration, both from the Ateneo de Manila University. 


Oliver Xavier A. Reyes, Senior Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI in June 2013. A member of the Philippine Bar since 2002, he had previously worked for the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2003 to 2009 as a Court Attorney and as a Judicial Staff Head. He was previously connected with a Metro Manila-based law firm and was involved in the private practice of law for several years. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, where he earned a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and an LL.B. 



Lannie Viloria, Finance Officer, joined ABA ROLI in November 2014. She previously worked for Expert Global Solutions (Global Business Process Outsourcing) as Treasury Reconciliation Team Lead, served as Accounting Clerk for Century Savings Bank Inc. and also worked as Bookkeeper for the National Irrigation Administration Employees Association of the Philippines (NGO). She graduated from Saint Paul University Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Major in Management Accounting. 


Mark Wallem, Regional Program Director, Southeast Asia, for the Internet Freedom program, is based in Manila. The Internet Freedom program works to ensure freedom of expression online in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines. Mark has over three decades of experience in law, politics, and international development. Before joining ABA ROLI in August 2014, Mark served 14 years with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), directing NDI offices and programs in the Philippines, Cambodia, Ukraine, and Nepal. NDI’s programs focus on political parties, elections, civic participation, parliamentary strengthening, and accountable and transparent governance. Mark also served as the Deputy Regional Program Director - East and Southeast Asia, for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (now known as UN Women), based in Bangkok, Thailand. UN Women conducts regional programs on migration, CEDAW, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to his career in international development, Mark worked for 10 years with the majority caucus in the Minnesota State Senate in the office of the Senate President, and managing Senate committees, including Judiciary and Crime Prevention. Mark earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. 

Regional Anti-corruption Program


Peter Ritchie, Regional Anti-Corruption Advisor, joined ABA ROLI in January 2014. Prior to working with ABA ROLI, he was a Senior Adviser in the Transnational Crime and Corruption Branch of the Australian Attorney-General’s Department, where he worked on the development of Australia’s first National Anti-Corruption Plan, and supported Australia’s anti-corruption work in the UN, APEC and the G20.  Peter managed the establishment of Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering Assistance Team (AMLAT), and was a financial intelligence adviser in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and other Pacific island countries.  He was previously a Senior Analyst in the Office of Strategic Crime Assessments, focusing on transnational crime in the Asia-Pacific region.  You can contact Peter Ritchie at peter.ritchie@abaroli.org


Chitvimol Krishnamara, Senior Program Coordinator–Regional Anti-Corruption Program, joined ABA ROLI in November 2002. Prior to that, she worked in banking areas at Standard Chartered Bank–Bangkok as a sales service officer and at Standard Charter Nakornthon Bank Plc.–Bangkok as an investment banking officer. Ms. Krishnamara earned her master's degree in business administration from the University of Dallas and her B.A. from Chiangmai University, Thailand.

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