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 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.
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.
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 in biology from Cornell University. He has high proficiency in French, German, Italian and Spanish, and intermediate proficiency in Japanese and Korean.
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.
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.
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.
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.