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 Development Project Management Institute (DPMI). 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.
Seth Pollack - Facilitating Participatory Development
Dr. Seth Pollack is Professor of Service Learning, and the Director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay. Under Dr. Pollack’s leadership CSUMB has become recognized as a national leader in the field of service learning and civic engagement.
In 2005, Dr. Pollack received the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, for his work in linkingcommunity and campus around issues of diversity, and social justice. He has led workshops on curricular change and civic engagement across the country and internationally.
In 2009, Dr. Pollack was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, supporting higher education’s efforts to build transformative partnerships with NGOs. Dr. Pollack has significant experience working in rural development in West Africa, Central America and South Asia.
He was Community Development trainer for Plan International, and was country director for the American Friends Service Committee in Mali, where he helped to found the first independent Malian women’s NGO: Femmes et Developpement. He also created and produced the award-winning documentary film series, The Quiet Revolution, highlighting success stories in sustainable rural development from around the globe. Dr. Pollack has a PhD in International Development Education and an MA in Organizational Sociology, both from Stanford 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.