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Washington, D.C.


Jennifer Rasmussen, Director of the Asia Division, 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. In Asia, she has worked on programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Nepal and Timor-Leste. Ms. Rasmussen holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law, specializing in international law. You can contact Jennifer Rasmussen at jennifer.rasmussen@americanbar.org.


James Brown, Program Associate, 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. You can contact James Brown at james.brown@americanbar.org.


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. You can reach Vanessa Hunsberger at vanessa.hunsberger@americanbar.org.


Charlie Koo, Senior Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in February 2015. He previously worked at the American Council on Education’s Office of Higher Education for Development (ACE/HED), administering and managing USAID-funded higher education partnership projects in a wide range of sectors around the world, including agriculture/agribusiness, environment, public health and workforce development. Prior to ACE/HED, he was with Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development, where he helped to administer a USAID-funded scholarship program for Latin American and Caribbean students at community colleges throughout the United States. Mr. Koo has a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in nutritional sciences and a B.A. degree from Cornell University. He has high proficiency in French, German, Italian and Spanish, and intermediate proficiency in Japanese and Korean. You can reach Charlie Koo at charlie.koo@americanbar.org.


Victoria Martin, 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. You can contact Victoria Martin at victoria.martin@americanbar.org.


Victoria Pratt, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division in June 2011. Previously, she helped promote international clean energy cooperation through her work at the Howard Baker Forum, a public and international affairs affiliate of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. She has also interned for the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she worked on clean energy policy initiatives with China. She speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Pratt holds a B.S. degree in international politics: foreign policy and policy processes, and a certificate in Asian studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. You can contact Victoria Pratt at Victoria.Pratt@americanbar.org.


Nicole Pytlik, Program Associate, joined ABA ROLI in February 2015. She previously worked as a program manager at Atlas Corps, where she contributed to spreading global diplomacy by recruiting and supporting emerging global leaders who served in the Atlas Corps’ Fellowship. Prior to joining Atlas Corps, Ms. Pytlik spent two years in rural China participating in the Teach for China Fellowship. There, she implemented numerous community-development projects, including the school’s first library. Ms. Pytlik graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and Chinese language and culture. She speaks Mandarin Chinese. You can reach Nicole Pytlik at nicole.pytlik@americanbar.org.


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. You may contact Sehar Raziuddin at Sehar.Raziuddin@americanbar.org.


S. Gouri Srinidhi, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in August 2013. Her regional focus is South Asia. She speaks several Indian languages and has worked in women's empowerment, micro-financing, livelihood development and education programs in both India and Nepal. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Pennsylvania State University with an emphasis on development policy and bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. Srinidhi has had experience as a reporter for a city-wide newspaper and as a research associate for the Congressional Research Service, and she is actively involved in sustainable development initiatives in South Asia. You can contact Gouri Srinidhi at sushupta.srinidhi@americanbar.org.


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. from the George Washington University Law School and her B.A. 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. You can reach Brianne Stuart at brianne.stuart@americanbar.org.


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. You can contact Jeanette Asencio Tocol at jeanette.tocol@americanbar.org


Rebecca Vernon, Program Manager, joined ABA ROLI’s Asia Division as a Program Manager in June 2014. She had previously served with the division as a legal fellow and consultant. Prior to joining ABA ROLI, she worked for a government transparency academic research project and has held positions at PILnet, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and a large corporate law firm. She has also provided pro bono assistance to the ABA’s Center for Human Rights and the International Bar Association. She holds a J.D. degree with specialization in international legal affairs from Cornell Law School and a B.A. degree, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College. Her work has been published in Government Information Quarterly, Pace Law Review, the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law and the Federal Lawyer. She speaks French fluently.


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.


Brian Giacometti, Rule of Law Advisor, is responsible for contributing technical expertise, conceptual input and support for access to justice programs. Before joining ABA ROLI, he was a program manager working on rule of law programs in Iraq, where he worked with members of parliament and their staff on policy, legislative and parliamentary research. He also previously consulted for the World Bank Group and worked with the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines. He received a J.D. degree from Georgetown University, an M.A. degree in public policy from Harvard University and a B.A. degree from Hamilton College.


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.

Han Jingjing, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in January 2015 and her work focuses on implementing and monitoring criminal justice reform programs, providing technical support to local partners and managing partner relationships and communications. She received an LL.M. degree from the Renmin University of China Law School and an LL.B. degree from the China University of Political Science and Law International Law School. Before she joined ABA ROLI, Ms. Han worked at the law firm Zhicheng Public Interest Lawyers for eight years as a senior research fellow, a senior project officer and a lawyer in charge of international cooperative projects and empirical research. After leaving Zhicheng, she worked on gender programming at UN Women as a program assistant.


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, Yirenping, 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 United States-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.

 

Siodhbhra Parkin, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, works with partners and donors to design and implement monitoring and evaluation plans to maximize the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of ABA ROLI programs. She has an LL.M. degree from Renmin University School of Law, an M.Sc. degree in China studies from the London School of Economics and an M.A. degree in regional studies of East Asia as well as a B.A. degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University. She is proficient in business Mandarin and conversational in Japanese.


Tan Qi, Program Officer, joined ABA ROLI in July 2007, and her portfolio focuses on public interest lawyering, public participation, and disability rights and advocacy. She provides technical support for core program activities, monitors and evaluates programs to assess impact; manages communications with key program partners and manages program budgets. She received an M.A. degree in simultaneous interpretation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and has worked as a contract interpreter for China Construction Bank and Bank of America, as well as interpreted for many major conferences. She has translated numerous commercial, legal and official documents, including the National Reports for the 61st session of United Nations General Assembly and the Chinese edition of the book Spook by Mary Roach. She is currently pursuing a law degree at Peking University.


Winona Qi, Office Manager, assists the country director and deputy country director with office and program oversight, including human resource matters and programmatic coordination. She previously held positions as an events manager of American Chamber of Commerce P.R.C and as an administration officer of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s China office from 2003–2011. She has a master’s degree in project management from the University of International Business and Economics.


Xue Qing, Program Officer, has worked for ABA ROLI since July 2002, prior to which time she worked as an administrative officer for the German consulting company ECI Consulting. She provides technical support for core program activities, with focus on the rights of women and ethnic minority. She monitors and evaluates programs, manages contact and communications with program partners and manages program budgets. She has an M.P.A. from Tsinghua University and a B.A. from the Beijing Textile Engineering Institute of Beijing Union University.


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.

Philippines


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 BA degree from Santa Isabel College.


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.


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.


Maria Jane Angela Isabel Cui Odulio (Maya), 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. 


Cynthia Smith, Senior Program Manager, is an international affairs professional with more than 17 years of experience in legal and policy advocacy and rule of law program design, implementation and evaluation. Ms. Smith is an attorney with training in international comparative and human rights law and substantive experience in civil litigation, immigration and employment law, and administrative advocacy. She has coordinated national legal services programs in the United States for the nation’s largest legal immigration service provider and engaged in legislative and administrative advocacy on matters ranging from civil rights in the workplace to trafficking in persons and unaccompanied alien minors. In addition to currently working on rule of law programs in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, Ms. Smith worked extensively throughout Latin America on rule of law programming funded by USAID, the U.S. Department of State and international donors. As the director of Partners of the Americas’ Center for Civil Society, Ms. Smith managed a multi-million dollar portfolio of regional and country-specific civil society networking, rule of law, transparency and local government strengthening initiatives. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith has networked, trained and provided technical assistance to government and civil society counterparts on migration, access to justice, anti-corruption and transparency, civil society participation, and network and coalition building. Ms. Smith holds a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law; an M.A. in Spanish studies with an area focus in international development from American University; and a B.A. in Spanish studies, with a minor in English, from Gettysburg College.

Regional Anti-corruption Program


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. You can contact Chitvimol Krishnamara at chitvimol.krishnamara@abaroli.org.

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