OGP Support Unit

The OGP Support Unit is a small, permanent secretariat that works closely with the Steering Committee to advance the goals of the Open Government Partnership. The Support Unit is designed to maintain institutional memory, manage OGP’s external communications, ensure the continuity of organizational relationships with OGP’s partners, and support the broader membership. The Support Unit serves as a neutral, third-party between governments and civil society organizations, ensuring that OGP maintains the productive balance between the two constituencies.

Sanjay Pradhan
Chief Executive Officer

Sanjay Pradhan joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Bringing a wealth of open government and innovation experience to the role, he previously served in three senior positions at the World Bank: as the Vice President for Leadership, Learning and Innovation, the Vice President of the World Bank Institute, and the Director for Governance. While at the World Bank, Mr. Pradhan tirelessly promoted open development. He led the WBG’s Governance and Anticorruption Strategy, launched the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, incubated ICT-mediated citizen feedback to improve governance, initiated Open Contracting with Partners, and rolled out a flagship Collaborative Leadership for Development program to help government and civil society leaders undertake collaborative actions. During his tenure at the World Bank, Sanjay gained extensive experience working in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia.

Mr. Pradhan is a global spokesperson and distinguished speaker on open governance and anticorruption issues, appearing in major world forums including the European Parliament, the BBC World Debate and the TED Global Conference. He has published widely, and was a principal author of the 1997 World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Joseph Powell
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Joe Powell joined the Open Government Partnership Support Unit in May 2013 as Deputy Director. He previously worked for the ONE Campaign, where he was managing ONE's global campaign for increased transparency in the extractive industries. As Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at ONE, Joe also led global advocacy on the G20 and policy development for the 2013 G8. Prior to working at ONE Joe was based in Uganda, where he launched an online current affairs platform called ‘Uganda Talks' for the Independent, a weekly East African news magazine, and worked for Action Aid Uganda. He also studied at Makerere University. Joe holds a BA from the University of Cambridge.

Joe can be reached @josephpowell on Twitter or by email at Joe.Powell@opengovpartnership.org

Meghan Wallace
Events Officer

Meghan joined the OGP Support Unit Operations Team in April 2016 as Events Associate. She is responsible for collaborating with OGP Support Unit staff, host governments, and civil society to run OGP regional and global events. Prior to joining OGP, Meghan was the Advocacy and Impact Manager at the Enough Project, a human rights policy and advocacy organization, where she supported and lead advocacy and communications efforts. Meghan holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego.

Meghan can be reached at meghan.wallace@opengovpartnership.org.

Diana Leckie
Executive Assistant

Diana joined the Open Government Partnership as Executive Assistant in April 2016. She supports the Chief Executive Officer and assists the Management team. Prior to joining OGP, she worked at the Freedom Forum and Newseum where she was responsible for the organization of international media forums, management of scholarships and journalism conferences for high school seniors, and development of business partnerships with hotels in the D.C. metropolitan region. During her term at the American Medical Student Association, Diana was involved in fundraising activities and planned the logistics of the 62nd General Assembly of the International Federation of Medical Students Association. Recently, she worked at the World Bank assisting the Vice President of Leadership, Learning and Innovation. Diana holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business at the University of the Philippines and Marketing Management in Delft University.

Diana can be reached at diana.leckie@opengovpartnership.org.

Jaime M. Mercado
Governance Officer

Jaime Mercado joined the Support Unit in March 2017 as a Governance Officer where he leads the engagement with the OGP Steering Committee, and coordinates Steering Committee and Subcommittee initiatives. Prior to OGP, Jaime worked as an international development consultant with a focus on open government and transparency programs for multiple international organizations, including the World Bank, the Organization of American States and the Transparency & Accountability Initiative. Jaime holds an MA in International Relations from the Barcelona Institute for International Studies (IBEI), and a BS in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University.

Jaime can be reached at jaime.mercado@opengovpartnership.org.

Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Capacity Building (KLIC)

Abhinav Bahl
Program Manager

Abhinav Bahl leads OGP’s peer learning end exchange program. He previously worked for Global Integrity managing their transparency and accountability policy research and outreach initiatives. Abhinav has also worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat's Governance and Institutional Development Division on public sector capacity-building programs across its 54 member states. Prior to his public policy career, Abhinav worked in the private sector as a management consultant specializing in risk management. He is a graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Abhinav can be reached at Abhinav.Bahl@opengovpartnership.org

Mohammad Ali Haider
Program Associate

Ali joined the KLIC team in June '17, where he works on coalition building, research and storytelling. Originally from Lahore, he has substantive experience with civic engagement and media activities for development in Pakistan. He has also worked in the World Bank Institute on issues of leadership and governance with the Collaborative Leadership for Development (CL4D) division. He completed a M.Sc. in Development Practice from UC Berkeley focusing on coalitions and participatory governance, he also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Ali can be reached at mohammad.haider@opengovpartnership.org

Munyema Hasan
Program Manager

Munyema joined the OGP Support Unit in January 2014. She manages OGP’s research program, monitoring and evaluation strategy and organizational learning activities.

Prior to joining OGP, Munyema worked in the field of transparent and accountable governance with the World Bank, International Budget Partnership, Stanford University and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability. She studied economics and political science and holds degrees from the London School of Economics, the American University in Cairo and the University of California, Berkeley.

Munyema can be reached at Munyema.Hasan@opengovpartnership.org

Peter Tuths
Research Assistant

Peter Tuths became a Research Assistant with the Open Government Partnership after joining as a Data Entry Specialist in April 2017. Prior to joining OGP, Peter interned with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute where he performed research on policies affecting low-income DC residents, authored papers on income inequality and underserved urban schools, and facilitated policy collaboration between D.C. government and civil society entities. He has also worked in development at Heading Home, a Boston- based homelessness housing and service provider, and as a Massachusetts State House Intern and Congressional Campaign Fellow. Peter holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from Stony Brook University.

Peter can be reached at peter.tuths@opengovpartnership.org

Civil Society Engagement

Paul Maassen
Director for Civil Society Engagement

Paul Maassen started working with the Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is the Director for Civil Society Engagement, a program of work that has its origins in the team of independent civil society coordinators that merged with the Support Unit in 2014. The team aims to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP. In practice this means making sure that civil society across the globe understands the basics and potential of OGP and is supported in using it to realize the reforms they are advocating for. Paul has a long track record in the role technology and media can play in changing people's lives and the societies they live in. Prior to joining OGP Paul worked as Head of Finance and Partnerships for WWF International' Global Climate & Energy Initiative, working primarily with WWF offices in emerging economies to strengthen the design and sustainability of their programs. Before joining WWF Paul worked for 7 years with Dutch development organisation Hivos, as program manager for the global ICT & Media program. This is where he learned the ropes of being a funder and got a deep understanding of the complexities of realizing change in developing and repressive countries. Paul strongly believes in the potential of individuals to make a difference if they set their mind to it and get the tools – including technology – to realize their potential. He was also involved in the establishment of the East African citizen agency initiative Twaweza. Paul attained private sector experience with Dutch telecom company KPN. He holds an MSC in industrial engineering and management. Paul is based in Brussels.

Paul can be reached at Paul.Maassen@opengovpartnership.org

Shreya Basu
Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific

Shreya Basu is OGP’s Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific. Her role is to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in OGP in the region and support civil society organisations to use the OGP platform effectively in furthering their advocacy goals. Prior to joining OGP, Shreya managed the research and monitoring workstream for Publish What You Fund, successfully advocating for the world’s largest donor agencies to make their aid transparent. Prior to that, she worked with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where she conducted research on public sector reforms in South and Southeast Asia. She has private sector experience delivering fraud risk management and anti-corruption compliance programs for clients across multiple industries. She is a graduate of Yale University’s Master’s in International Relations program. Shreya is based in Singapore.

Shreya can be reached at Shreya.Basu@opengovpartnership.org

Tonusree Basu
Program Officer, Civil Society Engagement

Tonu leads on partnership engagement, working with civil society organizations to promote ambitious thematic reforms in OGP National Action Plans. She also supports civil society in a subset of European countries. Tonu has consulted on international open government projects, including with Transparency for Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, UN Women, and the World Bank. She was part of the coalition driving India's Right to Information movement and serves on the founding Executive Committee of SNS India, that promotes social accountability working with marginalized communities. Previously, Tonu managed the media and civic engagement program of India's independent parliamentary research initiative - PRS Legislative Research, where she helped launch the Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament fellowship. She has also worked on social investment issues, launching a global policy network based in San Francisco. She holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Public Service Fellow. Tonu is an Odissi dancer, currently in her 18th year of training in the Indian classical dance form. Tonu is based in London. 

Tonu can be reached at tonu.basu@opengovpartnership.org

Lotte Geunis
Programme Officer

Lotte Geunis joined OGP in August 2017 and is based in Brussels. As program officer, she supports OGP's thematic and public service delivery priorities and works closely with the civil society members of the Steering Committee. Prior to joining OGP, Lotte was a parliamentary development consultant at UNDP’s Pacific Office in Fiji, where she advised parliaments and political parties in the South Pacific on gender equality and civic engagement. Previously, she was based at UNDP Brussels as knowledge management coordinator of the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development, supporting parliaments in Europe, Africa, the Arab States and Asia-Pacific. Lotte has consulted for the World Bank’s programs on energy and environment and holds a research position at the University of Maastricht for Homo’poly, a European project promoting understanding and awareness of homosexuality in schools. 

Lotte obtained a BA in History and Politics from the University of Warwick and an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford.

Lotte can be reached at lotte.geunis@opengovpartnership.org

Maureen Kariuki
Civil Society Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East

Maureen is OGP's Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East. As regional coordinator for these regions, she supports civil society organizations to engage more meaningfully and effectively with the OGP and push for the delivery of open government reforms in their countries.

Maureen is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya who has been working on the promotion of good governance in Africa since 2009. She previously worked with the United Nations Against Corruption (UNCAC) Coalition where she was engaged as Regional Coordinator for sub Saharan Africa; and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) where she served as Programme Coordinator (Outreach). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law; a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and a Master's Degree in International Relations.

Maureen can be reached at Maureen.Kariuki@opengovpartnership.org

Emilene Martínez Morales
Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Latin America

Emilene Martínez Morales joined the Open Government Partnership in September 2012 as the Civil Society Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Studies from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Since 2001, she has worked with a number of institutions, including the National Security Archive at the George Washington University; Fundar Center for Research and Analysis; the Council for Transparency in Chile; the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education; and the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE). As a consultant she has worked for Global Financial Integrity, the World Bank Institute, El Economista and The Carter Center. Emilene is the founder and is currently the Chair of the Board of the journalist network, “México Infórmate”.

Emilene can be reached at Emilene.Martinez@opengovpartnership.org

Peter Varga
Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Europe

Peter joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2016, as Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Europe. He supports civil society organisations across the continent in using the OGP platform more effectively to push for open government reforms and further their advocacy goals. Previously, he worked with Transparency International, supporting national chapters across the Nordic, Baltic and Central European regions, as well as devising the movement’s global internal communications policy. Earlier, Peter developed social enterprises and consulted on non-profit sustainability in emerging markets across Central Europe and Latin America, also piloting the world’s first LGBT venture philanthropy fund. He also gained private sector experience working for a global marketing agency. Peter was Fulbright Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University in 2011-2012, holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, and a BA in Political Science from Yale University. Currently based in Berlin, he is an avid reader of history books and a blessed cheesemaker.

Peter can be reached at peter.varga@opengovpartnership.org

Government Support and Exchange

Alonso Cerdan
Deputy Director of Government Support and Exchange

Alonso Cerdan joined the Open Government Partnership Support Unit in January 2014 as a Program Manager. He previously worked in the Mexican Ministry of Public Administration in the unit that oversaw all OGP activities, including drafting of three National Action Plans and as a representative for the Mexican Government at the Tripartite Technical Secretariat. Alonso is a founding member of GESOC, where he led the Public Management Program. He also has consulting experience in Mexican firms Gerencia Pública and Civicus, where he conducted projects for public and nonprofit organizations several areas. Alonso holds a BA in Public Administration from El Colegio de Mexico and an MPA from Manchester University.

Alonso can be reached at Alonso.Cerdan@opengovpartnership.org

Theophilous Chiviru
Government Support & Exchange Officer for Africa

Theophilous Chiviru joined the OGP Support Unit in February 2017 as Government Support & Exchange Officer for Africa. He holds an honours degree in Development Studies from Midlands State University and an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Human Rights from the University of Pretoria. He has worked on research, advocacy and campaigns programs in the area of human rights, good governance and democracy; working for organisations such as Institute for Democracy in Africa (Idasa), Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Young Professional Research Initiative (YPRI), Save the Children Sweden and Save the Children International. Prior to joining OGP he was a Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at ONE Campaign leading their work in Africa.

Theophilous is driven by the need to strengthen and consolidate human rights, good and open governance through strong state institutions and a vibrant civic society that holds government accountable.

Brittany Giroux Lane
Program Manager, Subnational Government Pilot Program

Brittany is the Program Manager for the Subnational Pilot Program. Her primary focus is to support the OGP pilot of fifteen subnational governments and other local level reformers and civil society organizations to develop and implement ambitious OGP action plans. Prior to joining OGP, Brittany worked at the World Resources Institute and the Urban Institute on issues of local governance, urban planning, and urban service delivery. She holds an MSc in Urban Development Planning from the Development Planning Unit at University College London and a BA in Urban Studies and Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Brittany can be reached at Brittany.Lane@opengovpartnership.org

Jack Mahoney
Program Officer

Jack Mahoney is a Program Officer at the Open Government Partnership Support Unit and started with OGP in January 2013. As a member of the Government Support and Exchange team, Jack supports the points of contact in roughly 20 OGP participating governments, largely in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining OGP, Jack worked for the governance program at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). He has also worked on Barack Obama's first Presidential campaign, and spent a year on a Fulbright grant in Surabaya, Indonesia. Jack holds an MSc in Public Management and Governance from the London School of Economics, and a joint BA/BS in Religious Studies and Political Science from Santa Clara University.

Jack can be reached at Jack.Mahoney@opengovpartnership.org

Rosario Pavese
Program Officer

Rosario joined the OGP Support Unit in April 2017 as a Program Officer at the Government Support and Exchange team. Her primary focus is to provide guidance and assistance to governments across Americas, as well as facilitating exchange and learning between governments.

Prior to joining OGP, Rosario worked at Buenos Aires City Government, mainly promoting openness and transparency through different projects, being one of them the participation of the city in the OGP Subnational Pilot Program. Previously, she worked for civil society as a Political Institutions and Government Director at Poder Ciudadano, Argentine Chapter of Transparency International.

She holds a degree in political sciencie, from Universidad de Buenos Aires, and is currently working on her master degree thesis, on Electoral Analysis, Law and Management, from Universidad de San Martín.

Rosario can be reached at rosario.pavese@opengovpartnership.org

Helen Turek
Program Officer

Helen joined the OGP Support Unit in January 2016 and works on the Government Support and Exchange team. Her primary focus is to provide guidance and assistance to approximately 20 governments across Europe and Africa, as well as facilitating exchange and learning between governments.

Prior to joining OGP, Helen worked at Transparency International. She lead several regional European projects on issues related to political corruption. Most recently she managed a project on lobbying, which aimed to bring greater transparency and ethics to political influence activities. She holds a BA in Russian and French and an MA in Politics, Security and Integration, both from University College London.

Helen can be reached at Helen.Turek@opengovpartnership.org

Independent Reporting Mechanism

Joseph Foti
Program Director, Independent Reporting Mechanism

Joseph has over 8 years of experience in assessing good governance and sustainable development. Joseph directs the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which annually assesses national performance on OGP commitments. Prior to his work at OGP, he worked as a Senior Associate for the Access Initiative, a network led by the World Resources Institute (WRI). During his time at WRI, he helped to develop a number of indicator-based toolkits to assess access to information, public participation, and access to justice for matters affecting the environment. In particular, he led work in Latin America, work on poverty and open government, as well as citizen participation in climate change adaptation policy. He was the lead author on a number of papers and reports, including "Voice and Choice Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy" and "A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Decisions for Development and Environment." Prior to this, he worked as a public school teacher for 5 years.

Joseph can be reached at Joseph.Foti@opengovpartnership.org

Lesly Baesens
Program Officer

Lesly is the Independent Reporting Mechanism Program Officer. She is in charge of identifying, contracting and training local researchers as well as working with the IRM Manager to track and shepherd quality control processes for international reports in each OGP country. She is also assisting in fact-checking national studies and assisting in the editorial process as well as coordinating international events and conferences. Lesly is from Belgium but has lived in Washington, DC for over 10 years. She previously worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she was the Project Coordinator for the Global Secretariat of The Access Initiative, a network of civil society organizations working on issues of transparency and accountability in environmental decision-making processes.

Lesly can be reached at Lesly.Baesens@opengovpartnership.org

Renzo Falla
Research Assistant

Renzo Falla is an IRM Research Assistant. He is responsible for supporting and carrying out research and quality control for OGP participating countries, and plays a significant support role in helping researchers with writing and research. Renzo graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and Economics. He previously worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where he supported citizen security and democracy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Renzo can be reached at Renzo.Falla@opengovpartnership.org

Megan Kavaras
Research Associate

Megan joined OGP in September 2016 as a Report Production Specialist. She is responsible for carrying out research and quality control for OGP participating countries. Her primary focus is supporting national researchers in developing IRM reports to assess the implementation of government commitments. Prior to joining OGP, Megan worked with USAID and Georgetown University as a research project manager developing and implementing a randomized control trial for road safety in Tanzania. She has also worked with the American Library Association and Google on public policy, research and advocacy. Megan holds a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and studied democracy assistance through a fellowship at Central European University.

Megan can be reached at megan.kavaras@opengovpartnership.org

Denisse Miranda
Research Manager

Denisse Miranda is a governance and human rights specialist with over 9 years of experience in development, civil society and public policy. Denisse is a Research Manager for the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which annually assesses national performance on OGP commitments. Prior to her work at OGP she was the Governance and Transparency Coordinator for a national federation of NGO's in Honduras where she is from. She has been involved with OGP at different levels since 2011, first as a civil society advocate and later as part of the research team responsible for the IRM report in her country. For the past four years she has also specialized in civil society enabling environments, improving legal and fiscal practices for CSO's and promoting international best practices to guarantee the right to freedom of association, assembly and expression.

Denisse can be reached at Denisse.Miranda@opengovpartnership.org

Tinatin Ninua
Research Manager

Tinatin is the IRM research manager in charge of the quality control processes for international reports in a number of OGP countries. She has more than 10 years experience in anti-corruption and good governance field. Prior to joining OGP, she was a programme coordinator at Transparency International Secretariat focusing on transparency of political party financing in various regions of the world. Along with other public sector initiatives, she managed a regional research and advocacy project in the Western Balkans and Turkey aimed at improving national integrity systems in the countries. In her home country Georgia, she has worked on democracy support, parliamentary and electoral strengthening programmes under NDI and UNDP. Tinatin received her BA in Public Administration at the Georgian Technical University and completed a one year academic exchange programme at the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond, USA. She holds the Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Tinatin can be reached at Tinatin.Ninua@opengovpartnership.org

Gustavo Perez Ara
Program Officer, Subnational Government Pilot Program

Gustavo joined the IRM team as a Program Officer for the Subnational Government Pilot Program. His primary focus is to support the subnational researchers in the development of IRM reports to assess the implementation of government commitments. He began his work at OGP as a Report Production Specialist, aiding national researchers in writing and researching. Previously, Gustavo worked at Transparency International as part of the Global Advocacy and Campaigns Department and the Public Management Office of Transparency's Venezuelan Chapter. He holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and International Mediation from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in Liberal Arts and International Politics from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.

Gustavo can be reached at gustavo.perez@opengovpartnership.org

Laura Vossler
Research Associate

Laura Vossler joined OGP as the IRM's Research Assistant. She is responsible for supporting and carrying out research and quality control for OGP participating countries, and she plays a significant support role in helping researchers with writing and research. Laura graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations in 2013. She has previously coordinated academic research in the Philippines and worked for several international think tanks.

Laura can be reached at Laura.Vossler@opengovpartnership.org

Operations

Kate Lasso
Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Kate joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2017. With over 30 years of non profit management experience, Kate previously served as the Director of Finance at the Consumer Health Foundation. Prior to that appointment, Kate was the Finance Director for Namati, promoting legal empowerment in disadvantaged communities across the globe. Other positions include working for IMPACT Silver Spring, the Academy for Educational Development, Free the Slaves and Planning Assistance. Kate holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, D.C. She earned a Bachelor’s in Economics from Miami University of Ohio.

Kate can be reached at Kate.Lasso@opengovpartnership.org

Sangita Sigdyal
Director of Operations

Sangita Sigdyal joined the Open Government Partnership in November 2014 as its Director of Operations. She is responsible for OGP's operations including finance, human resources and other functions to effectively carry out OGP's four-year strategy. Prior to joining OGP, she worked with the World Bank Group to develop a strategic roadmap, to launch the Open Contracting Partnership, and to advise the Board Chair on board/governance matters. She brings over 10 years' experience in senior management including multi-stakeholder initiatives and NGOs. Among her previous experiences, she was Managing Director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, a global platform and MSI that advocates for and advances microfinance as an effective tool for poverty alleviation. She led the Campaign's strategic direction and oversaw its programs including monitoring and evaluation, its flagship regional and global summits and external affairs function. She was a council member of the Global Action Network (now Innovations for Scaling Impact, which launched the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency). Prior to her work with MSIs, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Association for Conflict Resolution for five years, and as a management consultant for another five. She currently serves on the boards of HelpAge USA and COMMITTED, USA. She holds an MPA from Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a BA from Ithaca College. She was born and raised in Nepal, and currently resides in the Washington, DC area with her family.

Sangita can be reached at Sangita.Sigdyal@opengovpartnership.org

Sandy Arce
Operations Officer

Sandy joined the OGP Support Unit as an Operations Associate in June 2015 and is responsible for assisting the Operations team. Prior to joining OGP, she spent six years in the Government Contracting industry providing market intelligence and tracking Federal Procurement policy. Originally from Arlington Virginia, Sandy has lived and studied abroad in Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. She was also an aid volunteer in Honduras where she worked on housing and clean water projects. More recently, Sandy has worked with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal at the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia assisting with overseas election administration and outreach. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy with a concentration in International Governance and Institutions from GMU's School of Public, Government and International Affairs and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington.

Sandy can be reached at Sandy.Arce@opengovpartnership.org

Annora Borden
Grants Associate

Annora Borden joined the OGP Support Unit as Grants Associate in April 2017. She is responsible for the Partnership’s grants, including writing grant applications, ensuring compliance with federal regulations and funder policies, and drafting narrative reports on OGP’s work. She also serves as project manager for OGP’s participating country contribution process and the organization’s annual report.

Prior to joining OGP, Annora provided operational and grant support for labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds a joint M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University.

Annora can be reached at annora.borden@opengovpartnership.org

Tayana joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016 as the Accounts Payable and Contracts Associate. She supports external vendors and staff with payments and contracts; and also assists the Support Unit in the budgeting and Internal Controls process. Most recently, she worked as a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank. Before that, Tayana worked at the Pan-American Health Organization and at Ipreo as a Bilingual Research Analyst for capital markets. She also worked at various local CPA firms as a staff accountant and tax preparer.

Tayana holds a B.S. in Business Finance as well as an Accounting Certificate from University of Maryland University College. Currently she is pursuing a Certificate of Forensic Accounting at Georgetown University.

Tayana can be reached at tayana.ring@opengovpartnership.org

Communications

Stephanie Bluma

Stephanie Bluma
Chief Communications and Campaigns Officer

Before joining OGP in July 2017, Stephanie served as a Presidential Appointee at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lead U.S. government organization for global development and humanitarian assistance. At USAID, she was the Deputy Assistant Administer for Public Affairs and led the divisions of strategic communications, media, public engagement, content and branding. Before that, Stephanie worked at Weber Shandwick, as Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor and Creative Director for the Washington, D.C. office. As a leader on the firm's Social Impact team, she developed and executed campaigns ranging from support for reproductive rights to increasing the diversity of young people playing golf.

Stehania can be reached at stephanie.bluma@opengovpartnership.org

Rachel Ostrow
Communications Officer

Rachel joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016 as a Communications Officer. Most recently, she was a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow in Kazakhstan, working with local NGOs and universities on economic issues facing women entrepreneurs. She also served in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan as an English education volunteer, and spent three years working in the non-profit sector in New York. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA from Mount Holyoke College in History and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

Rachel can be reached at rachel.ostrow@opengovpartnership.org

Jose Perez Escotto

Jose Perez Escotto
Communications Officer

Jose is the Communications Officer at Open Government Partnership. He is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the organization’s efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include media outreach, social media, web marketing, and publications.

Prior to joining OGP, Jose worked as the Communications Director at FIRST Global, worked for the Political Section of the European Union in Guatemala City, the British Embassy in Guatemala, and other international organizations in the region. Jose has served as a political and press analyst, and liaison between local press, government institutions, international organizations, civil society groups, and members of the private sector.

Jose can be reached at jose.perez@opengovpartnership.org

Jacqueline McGraw
Communications Associate

Jacqueline became a Communications Associate with the Open Government Partnership in March 2017 after serving as an OGP Communications Intern since August 2016. Previously, she taught English to French primary students in the South of France as a participant of the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). She holds a B.A. in French and political science from Kenyon College and spent one year of her undergraduate career studying at the Université Paris VIII just outside of Paris. Currently based out of San Francisco, Jacqueline is a recreational scuba diver and French-language enthusiast.

Jacqueline can be reached at jacqueline.mcgraw@opengovpartnership.org.

Jessica Monaco
Website Manager

Jessica joined OGP in September 2016 and works on the Communications team. She manages OGP's website, www.opengovpartnership.org, as well as other online efforts and engagements. Just prior to joining OGP, Jessica worked as a free-lance web producer and project manager. Before that, she edited and produced on various sites including the American Civil Liberties Union, Martha Stewart, and About.com and worked in Marketing at Penguin children's publishing. She has a BA in Religion and English from Columbia College at Columbia University.

Jessica can be reached at jessica.monaco@opengovpartnership.org.