Our instructors are diverse and moving practitioners with a combined 100+ years of professional experience.
Beryl Levinger - Managing Development Projects
Beryl Levinger is the Chair of the Development Practice and Policy Program at the Middlebury 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
- Nutrition, Health, and Education for All
Evan Bloom - Social Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning
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.
Sharon M. Bean - Facilitating Participatory Development
Sharon Bean is a senior-level program manager and master trainer with over 20 years of experience in international development policy, program design and management, performance improvement and institution strengthening for USAID, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Department of State. Ms. Bean leads the professional development and talent management programs within USAID, and as such, contributes strategically and technically to building the internal and external capacity of USAID, its partners and its programs. A specialist in Democracy and Governance, Conflict and Stabilization, Ms. Bean lived in Haiti for ten years contributing to the transition from conflict to fragility to stabilization of government institutions and bolstering citizen participation in democratic processes. Ms Bean then worked in the Sahel designing interagency conflict prevention programs and civil-miltary learning initiatives to address destabilizing social trends. Ms. Bean is versatile in her ability to design, implement and evaluate programming as well as create learning agendas to transform teams, sync leadership, strategies and outcomes. Ms. Bean has been a lecturer at the National Defense University’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies, and for USAID, regularly delivers courses on design, evaluation, management and leadership. Ms. Bean has a Master’s degree in International Education and a Master’s degree in Public Health: Health Policy and Resource Administration. She is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole, conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Matt Reeves - Kenya Practicum Instructor
Matt Reeves is based in Nairobi as Global Advisor for Civil Society with the Aga Khan Foundation. Matt has worked for over twelve years in international development and social change organizations, supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society organizational, network and systems strengthening initiatives in over twenty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Before joining AKDN, Matt worked as Global Director for Capacity Development with Pact. In this role, he was responsible for the development, piloting and roll out of the Organizational Performance Index, an innovative approach to measurement which has since been adopted by other organizations including USAID, Global Giving and John Snow International. Matt holds an MPA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and has taught graduate-level courses in multi-stakeholder facilitation.