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. Sanjay supports the countries, local governments and thousands of civil society organizations working to make governments more open, participatory and less corrupt. He leads OGP’s policy dialogue with Heads of States, senior ministers and civil society organizations across the partnership, and serves as OGP’s global spokesperson.

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 World Bank’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 TED Global Conference, the UN General Assembly, the European Parliament, the BBC World Debate, South by Southwest (SXSW), London Anti-Corruption Summit, IACC, and OGP Global Summits in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has published widely, and was a principal author of the 1997 World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Joe Powell
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Joe Powell is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership. He leads OGP’s global engagements, including working with the OGP Steering Committee, OGP Summits and linking OGP with other multilateral processes. 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 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 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
Senior Events Officer

Meghan joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2016. 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 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
Senior Governance Officer

Jaime Mercado joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2016 in March 2017. 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.

Senior Gender Advisor

Allison Merchant is the Senior Gender Advisor for the Open Government Partnership where she manages the gender thematic work and the Feminist Open Government Initiative. As a partnership of OGP, Results for Development, and the International Development Research Centre, the Feminist Open Government Initiative uses research and action to encourage governments to create commitments that advance gender equality and better governance through increased transparency, participation, accountability, and government responsiveness. Through prior roles at Inclusive Security and the National Democratic Institute, Allison designed and implemented wide-ranging programs to promote women’s participation in legislatures, political parties, peace and reconciliation processes, and civil society advocacy.

Allison received her Master‘s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, with a concentration in Democracy, Politics and Institutions, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and Communication from Denison University.

Allison can be reached at allison.merchant@opengovpartnership.org.

Knowledge, Learning, Innovation and Capacity Building (KLIC)

Munyema Hasan
Manager, KLIC

Munyema joined the Open Government Partnership 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

Katrina Galang
Special Assistant to the CEO

Katrina joined the Open Government Partnership in 2017. She is responsible for supporting the needs of the CEO and the Deputy CEO. Her tasks include information management, research, and developing presentations. She also supports the Knowledge, Learning, Innovation, and Capacity Building program in maintaining the organization's database. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific and holds a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Project Management. Prior to OGP she has done research the different sectors in the Philippines such as the oil industry, healthcare industry, and social enterprises.

Katrina can be reached at katrina.galang@opengovpartnership.org.

Mohammad Ali Haider
Program Officer

Ali joined the Open Government Partnership in June 2017. 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

Jessica Hickle
Data Analyst

Jessica Hickle joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2018. She manages OGP's primary databases, contributes analysis to KLIC's knowledge products, and provides data support on a variety of OGP initiatives. She holds a bachelor's degree in International Politics from Georgetown University. As an undergraduate, Jessica worked as a research assistant at the Georgetown University Initiative for Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (gui2de), where she conducted analysis for a research project about recent education reforms in Tanzania.

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

Peter Tuths
Research Associate

Peter Tuths joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2017. He works on KLIC's publications, Action Plan research and peer-learning opportunities. Prior to joining OGP, Peter interned with the DC Fiscal Policy Institute where he researched 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 and fundraising 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

Country Support

Paul Maassen
Chief, Country Support

Paul Maassen started working with the Open Government Partnership in June 2012. He is currently the Chief, Country Support (CCS). The CCS leads on the implementation of the strategy for OGPs engagement with and strategic support of all OGP stakeholders at the national and local level. His team with staff in over 10 locations supports global efforts of open government champions, primarily of government and civil society, in using Open Government Partnership to further their objectives on transparency, accountability and participation. Before assuming this role Paul was responsible for overseeing the OGP support to civil society across the globe. 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

Alonso Cerdan
Deputy Director of Country Support

As Deputy Director for Country Support, Alonso leads and oversees support and engagement to OGP participating governments in order to foster ambitious open government reforms and inclusive co-creation processes. In this role, Alonso also provides high level support in the Latin American region. Additionally, Alonso acts as Support Unit liaison to the Criteria and Standards Subcommittee, where he assists members of the Steering Committee to update eligibility criteria, assess and update OGP rules, conduct review processes and implement OGP’s Response Policy. Alonso joined OGP in 2014 as Program Manager for country support where he lead the initial efforts to develop basic guidance and rules for OGP participating governments and more recently lead the global Government Support team. Before joining OGP, Alonso 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 for public and nonprofit organizations. Alonso holds a BA in Public Administration from El Colegio de Mexico and an MPA from Manchester University as a recipient of the Chevening and Conacyt scholarships.

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

Shreya Basu
Lead, Asia Pacific

Shreya leads on OGP’s regional strategy and country engagement in the Asia Pacific region. She leads on supporting countries in the region in adopting and implementing open government reforms working within and across various OGP teams and with OGP’s network of partners. Previously, she worked at Publish What You Fund where led on research and monitoring and successfully advocated for the world’s largest donor agencies to make their aid transparent. Earlier, she worked with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore where she conducted research on anti-corruption and public sector reforms in South and Southeast Asia. Shreya has private sector experience conducting fraud investigations and 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
Lead, Thematic Engagement

Tonu leads OGP's cross-organizational strategy on thematic engagement, to advance reforms on sectors such as anti-corruption through OGP’s multilateral and multistakeholder platform. She focuses on supporting the OGP Steering Committee’s engagement on thematic issues, strengthening collaboration with thematic partners, and working with OGP’s regional teams to identify opportunities for thematic ambition and OGP’s support.

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 campaign 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 also managed a global policy network, in collaboration with the UK Cabinet Office and World Economic Forum on social impact investing coming out of the G8 in 2013.

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 a trained Odissi dancer and is based in London, UK

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

Theophilous Chiviru
Senior Regional Coordinator Africa and the Middle East

Theophilous Chiviru joined the Open Government Partnership in February 2017. In his role, he supports governments in the Africa region. He holds an honors 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.

Lotte Geunis
Program Officer

Lotte joined the Open Government Partnership in 2017 and is based in Brussels. She leads OGP’s parliamentary engagement and supports OGP's public service delivery work across the Partnership. Lotte also works closely with the Steering Committee’s Civil Society members. Prior to joining OGP, Lotte was a parliamentary advisor at UNDP’s Pacific Office, where she worked with parliaments and political parties on gender equality and civic engagement. Before that, she was the knowledge management coordinator of the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development at UNDP Brussels, supporting parliaments in Europe, Africa, the Arab States and Asia-Pacific. Lotte has previously 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 has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Warwick, an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford and a Master in Translation from the University of Leuven.

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

Adna Karamehic-Oates
Program Officer, Thematic Priorities

Adna Karamehic-Oates joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2019.

Adna supports the cross-team efforts to mobilize coalitions, strengthen partnerships, provide knowledge resources and technical support to OGP governments, civil society and other stakeholders who leverage OGP to advance reforms in priority thematic sectors. Before joining OGP, Adna spent 11 years at the Open Society Foundations in Washington DC, in program management as well as advocacy roles focusing on the central/eastern Europe region as well as rule of law and transparency/accountability issues globally. After leaving Open Society and Washington, she continued working on the Millennium Challenge Corporation as an independent consultant and taught international affairs courses at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Adna holds a PhD in Globalization and Governance from Virginia Tech University.

Adna can be reached at adna.karamehic-oates@opengovpartnership.org

Maureen Kariuki
Senior Regional Coordinator Africa and the Middle East

Maureen joined the Open Government Partnership in December 2014. Focusing on Africa and the Middle East. 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

Patrick Kazyak
Program Associate, Local Program

Patrick joined Open Government Partnership in October 2018. In his role he supports the OGP Local Program, including local governments and civil society organizations. He also works with one of OGP’s partners, UCLG, on advancing the Community of Practice on Transparency and Open Government. Prior to joining OGP, Patrick worked in research, community development, and diversity & inclusion. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, with concentrations in International Development and Housing & Community Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Patrick can be reached at Patrick.Kazyak@opengovpartnership.org

Emilene Martínez Morales
Senior Regional Coordinator Americas

Emilene Martínez Morales joined the Open Government Partnership in September 2012. In her role, she focuses on supporting civil society organizations in 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 can be reached at Emilene.Martinez@opengovpartnership.org

Ivy Ong
Program Officer, Asia-Pacific

Ivy leads on local engagement for Asia-Pacific, supporting governments and civil society at local level. She works across teams in OGP to design and implement an overall strategy for public service delivery and other priority themes in the region, as well as assist in shaping the enhanced co-creation and implementation services for participating countries and locals in Asia-Pacific.

Ivy's past lives include: shaping the design and implementation of the first ever Metro Manila Civic Innovation Fellowship at Five by Five, leading the Open Data Lab Jakarta of the World Wide Web Foundation as its Lab Director, and serving as Co-coordinator and Outreach Lead of the inter-government agency team that built the Open Data Philippines program. She was in government service from 2012 to 2016 as senior staff at the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Department of Budget and Management, Government of the Philippines. Prior to this, she planned and co-designed leadership development programs for public sector leaders at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Center for Bridging Leadership and worked with communities and local governments to build multi-stakeholder teams to improve public education.

She holds a degree in Development Studies with a Minor in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Ivy can be reached at ivygail.ong@opengovpartnership.org

Rosario Pavese
Senior Regional Coordinator Americas

Rosario joined the OGP Support Unit in April 2017 as a Government Support Coordinator 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 science, 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

Sandra Pernar
Senior Regional Coordinator Europe

Sandra joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2018. She provides guidance and assistance to governments in Europe, primarily in Southern and Eastern Europe, facilities exchange and learning between governments, as well as support to civil society organizations in these countries to push for open government reforms.

Prior to joining OGP, Sandra has worked as Senior Advisor in the Croatian Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs. She is a long-standing champion of open government and a stalwart supporter of OGP both within her native Croatia and beyond – she has served as OGP Point of Contact for Croatia, on OGP Steering Committee and was a member of inaugural Board of Directors of the OGP Secretariat. She was also the President of the Academy for Political Development, Croatian organization which primarily provides political education and networking for young leaders in politics, business, public administration, civil society and media. Before all of that, she was the Executive Director of GONG, a leading Croatian anti-corruption, FOI and good governance NGO. Sandra also regularly provides expert support across European and Asian countries, directly or through OSCE, on various issues related to open government. She holds a BA in political science from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science.

Sandra can be reached at Sandra.Pernar@opengovpartnership.org

Helen Turek
Senior Regional Coordinator Europe

Helen joined the Open Government Partnership Support Unit in January 2016, and works for the Country Support Team. Her primary role is to provide guidance and assistance to governments and civil society organisations across Europe, supporting the development and implementation of open government reforms.

Prior to joining OGP, Helen worked at Transparency International Secretariat where she lead on projects related to political corruption. She focused on lobbying reform, aiming 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 is based in Berlin, Germany.

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

Peter Varga
Senior Regional Coordinator Europe

Peter joined OGP’s Country Support Team in July 2016. He provides guidance and assistance to civil society organisations and governments across Europe (primarily in the North Sea/Baltic Sea region), supporting the development and implementation of open government reforms. Previously, he worked with Transparency International supporting 15 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, also piloting the world’s first LGBT venture philanthropy fund. He has further 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

Alan Wu
Senior Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific

Alan joined the Open Government Partnership in August 2018. He was previously the Australian OGP Point of Contact, and an executive and lawyer with the Australian Government, having worked across the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Attorney-General, and Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Alan also has a strong civil society background focused on social inclusion and civic participation. He serves on the Board of Directors of Oxfam Australia, one of Australia’s largest international development organisations. After attending the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, he was also commissioned to help grow the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, which supports young changemakers across the world. Previously, Alan served as Chair of Australia’s peak body for young people, as Special Envoy for Young People to the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, and on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

Alan is based in Singapore. He can be reached at Alan.Wu@opengovpartnership.org.

Independent Reporting Mechanism

Denisse Miranda
Director, IRM

Denisse Miranda is a governance and human rights specialist with over 9 years of experience in development, civil society and public policy. Denisse is part of 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

Lesly Baesens
Senior Program Officer

Lesly 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 also assists in fact-checking national studies and 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

Mauricio Cardenas
Research Officer

Mauricio joined IRM/OGP in February 2019. He provides support to the IRM team in assessing the development and implementation of action plans aiming at improving governance and transparency in OGP participating members. Prior to OGP, Mauricio worked on a project to support the U.S. Department of State in assessing US foreign policy on counternarcotics.

He has worked for international organizations such as WRI, IOM, UNWOMEN, IDB and OAS on data analysis, and monitoring and evaluation of policies, projects and mandates. Mauricio has also assisted the Government of Colombia in monitoring the status of reintegration of former combatants (paramilitary and guerillas). He holds a M.A in Development and International Economics from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a B.A in Finance and International Relations from the University Externado of Colombia. His education background also includes coursework from Sciences Po Paris, Harvard Kennedy School and the Johns Hopkins University.

Mauricio can be reached at mauricio.cardenas@opengovpartnership.org

Juan Collazos
Research Associate, IRM

Juan conducts research and quality control for IRM assessment reports. He has over 10 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating programs of civil society organizations. Most recently Juan worked at the Markle Foundation, managing the evaluation and supporting the strategy of Skillful, an initiative promoting a skills-based labor market in the United States. Previously he was a research associate at the Urban Institute, where he worked on various program evaluations and outcome and performance measurement projects across the United States and Latin America. Juan holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is an Institute for International Public Policy Fellow.

Juan can be reached at juan.collazos@opengovpartnership.org

Tinatin Ninua
Deputy Program Director

Tinatin is the deputy director of OGP's Independent Reporting Mechanism. She leads on communication and outreach efforts for IRM's international reports and oversees quality control of assessments in 40+ countries. Her expertise is anti-corruption, elections, political party financing and democracy building. Prior to joining OGP, she was with the Transparency International Secretariat where she worked on political corruption research and advocacy in various regions of the world and also managed a regional EU funded initiative on public sector integrity in South East Europe. In her home country Georgia, Tinatin worked at NDI on issues of voter education and institutional strengthening and was a leading expert for UNDP's electoral assistance project providing support to the Central Election Commission. Tinatin received her BA in Public Administration at the Georgian Technical University and 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
Senior Research Officer, Local Program

Gustavo's 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

Flagship Reporting

Joseph Foti
Chief research officer

Joseph has over eight years of experience in assessing good governance and sustainable development. 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

Renzo Falla
Research Officer

Renzo Falla is responsible for research and data analysis for the State of Open Government Report. He previously worked for the Independent Reporting Mechanism where he supported national researchers with research and writing. He also authored the paper, “Why Commitments Fall Behind”, which describes the main obstacles to implementing OGP commitments. Renzo graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and Economics. He previously worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where he supported citizen security and democracy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

Sandy Arce
Program Officer

Sandy joined the Open Government Partnership in June 2015. 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


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

Annora Borden
Grants Officer

Annora Borden joined the Open Government Partnership in April 2017. She is responsible for OGP’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

Judith McCormack
Director of Finance

Judith joined the Open Government Partnership in November 2017. She is responsible for the oversight and management of OGP’s finance, accounting and grants management functions. She brings over 20 years of nonprofit management and accounting experience including implementing effective internal controls, preparing financial statements, annual budgets, managing annual external and internal audits, tax and information returns and compliance reports. Prior to joining OGP, she served as CFO or Director of Finance for various nonprofit organizations, including, Ethics Research Center, Pan-American Health Organization Foundation, DC Primary Care Association, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Judith can be reached at judith.mccormack@opengovpartnership.org


Stephanie Bluma

Stephanie Bluma
Chief Communications and Campaigns Officer

Stephanie joined the Open Government Partnership in July 2017. Before joining OGP, 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.

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

Jose Perez Escotto

Jose Perez Escotto
Communications Officer

Jose 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

Jessica Monaco
Web Content Officer

Jessica joined the Open Government Partnership 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.

Marissa O’Neill
Communications Associate, Digital Content

Marissa O’Neill joined the Open Government Partnership in October 2018.

She is responsible for curating and sharing creative, engaging content to OGP audiences across social media, newsletters and stories platforms and providing support for OGP campaigns. Prior to joining OGP, Marissa interned in the communications department at East Coast Greenway Alliance, a national nonprofit dedicated to public health, environmental sustainability, economic development and civic engagement.

Marissa holds a B.A. in Media and Journalism and a B.A. in Romance Languages (Spanish) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Marissa can be reached at marissa.oneill@opengovpartnership.org.