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

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.

Michael Kovaka, Senior Counsel, Kosovo Project Director
Mr. Kovaka is Senior Counsel at PILPG and the Director of the Kosovo Rule of Law Project.  He previously served as the Chief of Party in Kosovo.  Prior to joining PILPG he practiced for many years with Dow Lohnes PLLC, one of the nation’s preeminent communications law firms, where he served as a partner in the firm’s First Amendment practice.

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.

Matthew T. Simpson, Darfur Project Director, Doha, Qatar
Mr. Simpson, a Canadian national, directs PILPG’s Darfur program and is an accredited legal advisor to the Darfuri delegation at the Doha peace talks.  He was formerly an attorney with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Anna Triponel, Senior Counsel, New York, NY
Ms. Triponel, a dual British/French national, is the Director of PILPG’s New York Office, and the Director of PILPG’s Kenya and Libya programs.  She formerly served as an attorney with Jones Day and as a Legal Advisor for the World Bank.

Tyler Jess Thompson, Counsel, Washington, DC
Mr. Thompson serves as the Project Coordinator for PILPG’s Transitional Justice Project in Libya, and directs PILPG’s Ceasefire Project.  Previously, he worked as a law fellow for PILPG.

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.

Cate Behles, Legal Consultant, Washington, DC
Ms. Behles serves as a legal consultant for PILPG.  She previously worked with PILPG as a law fellow, and has experience working with Amnesty International and the International Criminal Tribunal for Cambodia.

Lisa De Gray, Legal Consultant, Washington, DC
Ms. De Gray is a legal consultant for PILPG.  She previously worked with PILPG as a law fellow, as well as with the International Justice Resource Center, the International Womens’ Human Rights Clinic, and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Department of Homeland Security.

Tara Rucker, Legal Consultant, Washington, DC
Ms. Rucker is a legal consultant for PILPG.  She previously worked for PILPG as a law fellow.  Prior to joining PILPG, Ms. Rucker worked for Pompan, Murray & Werfel, the World Organization for Human Rights, and was a Peace Corp. volunteer in Kenya.

Elinor Stevenson, Legal Consultant, Washington, DC
Ms. Stevenson is a legal consultant for PILPG.  She previously worked for the Department of State.  She directs PILPG’s Knowledge Management Initiative.

Sara Waldron, Legal Consultant, Washington, DC
Ms. Waldron serves as a legal consultant for PILPG.  Prior to joining PILPG, she worked for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Lee Anna Tucker, Legal Consultant, Gaziantep, Turkey
Ms. Tucker serves as a legal consultant in PILPG’s regional office in Turkey.  She previously worked as a law fellow for PILPG.  Prior to joining PILPG, Ms. Tucker worked for the Egyptian-American Rule of Law Association and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague.

Lauren Barr, Policy Advisor, Tripoli, Libya
Ms. Barr is a policy advisor to PILPG’s project field office in Libya.  Previously, she worked as a NSEP Boren Fellow in Morocco, as well as with the United States Institute of Peace.

Chiefs of Party

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.

Dr. Valery Perry, Chief of Party, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dr. Perry is the Chief of Party of PILPG’s program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She previously worked with the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Centre for Minority Issues, the NATO Stabilization Force, and a number of NGOs.

Thomas Santoro, Chief of Party, Kenya
Mr. Santoro serves as the Chief of Party for PILPG’s Kenya program.  Previously, he worked for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

Andres Perez, Deputy Chief of Party, Libya
Mr. Perez serves as the Deputy Chief of Party for PILPG’s Libya Program.  Previously, he worked for the UN Tribunal for Rwanda, and in South Sudan.

Staff

Rachel Gottfried, Special Assistant to the President, Washington, DC
Ms. Gottfried is 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.

Marcia Levitan, Office Coordinator, Washington, DC
Ms. Levitan serves as the office coordinator for PILPG’s Washington DC office.  Ms. Levitan is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she earned a degree in Public Policy.  She has previously worked for the United States Senate, as well as the Record Clearance Project.

Senior Peace Fellows

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.

Dr. Bruce Hitchner, Senior Peace Fellow, Boston, MA
Dr. Hitchner is the Chair of the Department of Classics at Tufts University and the Chairman of the Dayton Peace Accords Project.

Frederick Michael Lorenz, Senior Counsel, Seattle, WA
Mr. Lorenz is the Director of PILPG West, and the Co-Director of PILPG’s Water Diplomacy Practice Area.  Mr. Lorenz is a former U.S. Marine Corps lawyer.  He currently serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle.

Vladimir Matic, Senior Peace Fellow, Clemson, SC
Mr. Matic is a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Professor at Clemson University.  He is the former Deputy Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia.

Michael Newton, Senior Peace Fellow, Nashville, TN
Mr. Newton is the Director of PILPG’s Vanderbilt Program.  He is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School.  He previously served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, U.S. Military Academy, and in the Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State.

Principal Affiliated Experts

Cynthia L. Ebbs, Affiliated Expert, New York, NY
Ms. Ebbs is an attorney with Dornbush Schaeffer Strongin & Venaglia, LLP.  Previously, Ms. Ebbs served as an attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

Chris Goebel, Affiliated Expert, Paris, France
Mr. Goebel is an attorney based in Paris, France, with Salans.  He was previously with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Jennifer P. Harris, Affiliated Expert, New York, NY
Ms. Harris is an attorney in the Global Finance Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

Francesca Pecci, Affiliated Expert, New York, NY
Ms. Pecci, an Italian national, is a Political Affairs Officer at the Security Council Affairs division of the United Nations.  Ms. Pecci also works with the UN Sanctions Committees on Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Louis D. Sell, Senior Peace Fellow, Washington, DC
Mr. Sell is a former Foreign Service Officer with over twenty-five years experience in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Soviet/Russian relations.  Mr. Sell also headed the Kosovo office of the International Crisis Group.

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