Diverse and moving practitioners with over 100 years of professional experience.
Beryl Levinger - Managing Development Projects
Beryl Levinger is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Public Administration Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Academic Director of the Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) program. In 2012, Dr. Levinger also became Distinguished Visiting Professor in Emory University’s Master’s in Development Practice program. Her academic expertise and teaching focus on program evaluation, program design, organizational leadership, civil society, and education for development.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Levinger held significant leadership positions in several major international organizations: president of AFS Intercultural Programs; Senior Vice President (chief operating officer of CARE); and senior adviser to Save the Children’s president.
From 1992 until 2007, Dr. Levinger directed the Center for Organizational Learning and Development at the Education Development Center. Center clients included NGOs, governments, and multilateral institutions seeking to craft new strategies, develop greater capacity, evaluate results, or achieve organizational transformation.
Dr. Levinger is a former vice chair and a founder of InterAction, the coalition of 175 US-based international nongovernmental organizations focused on the world’s poor. She has written extensively on capacity building and development. Her books include Togetherness: Intersectoral Partnering in Latin America; Critical Transitions: Human Capacity Development Across the Lifespan; and Nutrition, Health, and Education for All. Read more.
Evan Bloom- Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Partnering
Evan Bloom is founder and managing partner of Root Change, an international non profit which helps social innovators scale up enduring solutions to social and economic problems by launching and supporting pattern-breaking social enterprises that advance new ways of connecting people, organizing efforts, and promoting open innovation.
Before founding Root Change, Evan Bloom served as the vice president for capacity building at Pact, Inc. His duties included setting strategic directions for Pact’s organizational strengthening initiatives and projects, developing new capacity building technologies and researching new pathways to higher nonprofit performance.
During his 13- year tenure at Pact, Mr. Bloom authored one of the most widely used capacity diagnostic tools in international development, co-founded the Impact Alliance, a global action network committed to strengthening the capacity of individuals and organizations to generate deep impact, and founded the Capacity Building Services Group (CBSG). CBSG was the first global nonprofit management consulting and advisory group launched and directed from within a major US international nonprofit development agency, providing organizational capacity building technical assistance and advisory services to local organizations, multi and bilateral agencies, and NGO networks in 28 countries.
Michelle DeFayette - Facilitating Participatory Development
de: facilitation, training, capacity building, organizational development, strategic planning and e-learning.
Prior to joining Engility/IRG, DeFayetter spent 8 years with USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance as Training Manager. In this capacity, she was responsible for designing, developing, facilitating, and managing instructor-led and online courses in new employee orientation, grant-making to relief organizations, safety and security, direct disaster response activities, team management, and coordination with US Government and international entities. Her impressive body of work in the Agency made her the recipient of the USAID Superior Group Award, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) in 2008, and the USAID Meritorious Honor Group Award, OFDA Training Unit for Iraq, Sudan, and Tsunami disaster response in 2005.
Ms. DeFayette has an M.A. in International Communication from American University in Washington, DC and a B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University.
Marie Kagaju Laugharn - Rwanda Practicum Instructor
Marie Kagaju Laugharn was a member of the Seeds of Empowerment at Stanford University’s School of Education. This project is dedicated to adapting technological advances for international development.
Previously, she worked as a Political Affairs Officer at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at The Hague, Netherlands. At the United Nations Development Programme in Mali, Kenya, Central African Republic, and Rwanda, Laugharn managed projects on HIV/AIDS, governance, elections, and peace-building.
Marie Kagaju Laugharn received her M.A. in English from the Université Nationale du Rwanda and studied Economics at Lycée Notre Dame de Citeaux in Kigali, Rwanda. She serves on the Santa Cruz County Women's Commission and is a board member for the Ihangane Project in Rwanda.