Key Personnel

Managing Board

Dr. Paul R. Williams, President & Founder, Washington, DC
Dr. Williams is the President of PILPG and the Director of PILPG’s Peace Negotiations and Post-Conflict Constitutions Practice Areas.  He is also the Rebecca I. Grazier Professor of Law and International Relations at American University.  Dr. Williams formerly served as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of State and as a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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Michael P. Scharf, Managing Director, Cleveland, OH
Professor Scharf is one of PILPG’s Managing Directors and the Director of PILPG’s War Crimes Practice Area.  Professor Scharf also directs the Frederick K. Cox Center for International Law at Case Western Reserve School of Law and is a former Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Department of State.
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James R. Hooper, Managing Director, Washington, DC
Mr. Hooper is one of PILPG’s Managing Directors and the Director of PILPG’s Policy Planning Practice Area.  He is a former Foreign Service Officer with over twenty-five years of experience in the Middle East and the Balkans.  He is also the former Director of the Washington office of the International Crisis Group and was a founder and General Manager of Radio Sawa.
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Legal Counsel & Staff

Meghan E. Stewart, Vice President of Legal Strategy
Ms. Stewart is the Vice President of PILPG and directs PILPG’s Burma program.  She previously directed PILPG’s Water Diplomacy Practice Area and programs in numerous states, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, and Uganda.  She also formerly served with the ABA CEELI in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and with the international humanitarian organization CARE.

Brett Ashley Edwards, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
Ms. Edwards directs PILPG’s $9 million pro bono program with PILPG’s law firm partners.  She previously worked with the United Nations in its Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Bridget Rutherford, Vice President of Programs
Ms. Rutherford is the Director of PILPG’s Bosnia and Egypt programs.  Previously, she was the Director of PILPG’s Tanzania program.  Ms. Rutherford was formerly with Shearman & Sterling LLP and has previous experience with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria, and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training.

Miya Nazzaro-Grampp, Vice President of Development and Finance, Dallas, TX
Ms. Nazzaro-Grampp directs PILPG’s development initiatives and advises on operations.  She also is a consultant with Our Voice! Consulting, which assists non-profit organizations in developing and refining their financial and growth strategies.

Marieke de Hoon, Senior Counsel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ms. De Hoon, a Dutch national, is the Co-Director of PILPG’s Netherlands Office.  She also holds a research position at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh, Senior Counsel, Utrecht, Netherlands
Dr. McGonigle Leyh is the Co-Director of PILPG’s Netherlands Office, specializing in human rights, victims’ rights, transitional justice and accountability. She is also an Assistant Professor with Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, an executive editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and co-director of the Utrecht Center for International Studies.

Betsy Popken, Syria Project Co-Director, Advisory Council Member, Orrick Associate, San Francisco, CA
Ms. Popken, a litigation associate for Orrick, works as the Co-Director of PILPG’s Syria Project and is a member of the Advisory Council.  Ms. Popken previously worked for PILPG as a law fellow, as well as for the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Lauren C. Baillie, Counsel, Chief of Party, Kosovo
Ms. Baillie serves as the Chief of Party for PILPG’s program in Kosovo.  She previously served as the Chief of Party in Tanzania, and the Deputy Chief of Party in Libya.  Prior to joining PILPG, Ms. Baillie worked for the Brookings Institution and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

Federica D’Alessandra, UN Representative, New York, NY
Ms. D’Alessandra serves as PILPG Representative to the United Nations. She also directs PILPG activities in New York, and is a Consultant to PILPG’s Netherlands Office. Her main areas of practice are war crimes prosecutions and peace negotiations. She currently holds a research position at Harvard University, and serves as the co-Vice Chair of the War Crimes Committee of the International Bar Association.

Nina Bang-Jensen, Senior Peace Fellow, Washington, DC
Ms. Bang-Jensen is the former Executive Director  and Counsel of the Coalition for International Justice. She previously worked for two U.S. Senators and as a litigator for the law firm of Rogers & Wells.

Michael KovakaSenior Peace Fellow, Washington, DC
Mr. Kovaka has served as Director of PILPG programs in South Sudan, Kosovo, and Libya.  In addition to his work at PILPG, Mr. Kovaka is a nationally recognized First Amendment expert, having served as general counsel for the Online News Association and as partner and special counsel for major national law firms.