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, Senior Counsel, Washington, DC
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, Director of Pro Bono, Pro Bono Counsel, San Francisco, CA
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.

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.  She also holds a research position with Utrecht University’s Netherlands Institute of Human Rights.

Bridget Rutherford, Senior Counsel, Bosnia Project Director, Egypt Project Director
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.

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.

Nikhil Narayan, Senior Legal Advisor, CSO Syria Project Director
Mr. Narayan serves as the Project Director of PILPG’s CSO Syria Preventing Inter-Communal Conflict Program.  Previously, he served as the Chief of Party in Tanzania and the Deputy Chief of Party in Somaliland.

Tara Rucker, Counsel, Washington, DC
Ms. Rucker is the Project Coordinator for PILPG’s Kosovo and Kenya projects. She previously worked as an associate at Pompan, Murray & Werfel and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.

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.

Rachel Gottfried, Director of Operations & Special Assistant to the President, Washington, DC
Ms. Gottfried is Director of Operations and the Special Assistant to PILPG’s President, Dr. Paul Williams.  She previously worked with the University of Virginia Alumni Association and Driven Technologies.

Miya Nazzaro-Grampp, Development Director, 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.

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.

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