Elizabeth Andersen, Director, joined the ABA ROLI in September 2014. She has more than 20 years of experience in international law, international human rights and rule of law development. She previously served for eight years as executive director and executive vice president of the American Society of International Law; for three years as director of ABA ROLI’s Europe and Eurasia Division (previously known as ABA CEELI); and for eight years at Human Rights Watch, as a researcher, as director of advocacy and, ultimately, as executive director of its Europe and Central Asia Division. Ms. Andersen began her legal career in clerkships with Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and with Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is an expert in international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and teaches these subjects as an adjunct professor at the American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Andersen received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, as well as a on the governing and advisory boards of several international non-profit organizations. You can contact Ms. Andersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Borns, Deputy Director, joined ABA ROLI in May 2015. After practicing law in Los Angeles, he served as a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for 26 years. He began his career with USAID working in the Office of General Counsel. His overseas postings began by serving as the regional legal advisor in Kenya and Ecuador. He then served as the director of USAID’s Office of Democratic Initiatives in Peru and Guatemala. In Washington, D.C., he served as the director of the Disaster Response and Mitigation Division of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Within the Bureau for Africa, he served as the director of the Office of East African Affairs and as the director of the Office of Sustainable Development. He then was the director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, followed by his final posting in South Africa as the USAID’s mission director in Southern Africa. Before coming to ABA ROLI, he was the Relief and Reconstruction Business Area director at Engility Corp. He holds a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College and both a B.A. degree in political science and a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa.
Laura Ruch, Special Assistant to the Director, joined ABA ROLI in July 2011. She previously served as a peacebuilding advisor for the Department of State Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, located at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. She has also worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Open Society Institute and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. Ms. Ruch holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Boston College Law School, and a M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.You can contact Ms. Ruch at email@example.com.
Samantha Feinstein, Development Coordinator, joined ABA ROLI in April 2014 and provides research, coordination, tracking and knowledge management support for development and fundraising efforts. Ms. Feinstein has more than six years of experience working in the international development field as a program manager focusing on proposal development, grant management and compliance, program implementation and new country program startups. She has a B.A. degree in government and world affairs from the University of Tampa and an M.A. degree in international relations from Hult International Business School in London. You can contact Samantha Feinstein firstname.lastname@example.org.