Our Team

Juliana Araujo
Vice President, Marketing Management and Global Citizenship

Juliana Araujo is the Vice President for Marketing Management and Global Citizenship. She has more than 20 years of experience overseeing programs with higher education institutions, NGOs, governments and the private sector in Latin America and the United States, including education and student exchange programs between Brazil and the United States. 

Juliana has also led business development, marketing, and communications departments for 500 Fortune corporations in Brazil, Argentina, and the United States where she fostered her capacity for international partnership building for the implementation of programs with economic and social impact, including partnerships to promote international education. She has advocated for global education, organizing and implementing workshops to promote international academic programs targeting U.S. students interested in cultural and educational exchange, and pursuing academic and professional degrees from Latin America and the Caribbean higher education institutions. 

Juliana has further researched and advocated for financial citizenship, holding an executive program certificate in the field of financial inclusion from Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil, an MA in Scientific and Technology Policy from State University of Campinas, Brazil, and an MBA from University of Sao Paulo Brazil. She also holds an MA in Education from the Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil.

Ashton Bitton
Program Officer, Education and Exchanges

Ashton is a Program Officer for Education and Exchanges at Partners of the Americas. She works on U.S. Department of State-funded programs that promote professional development among U.S. exchange alumni and leadership development among youth in Latin America.  

Ashton was born in California and raised in the Portland, Oregon area. She studied abroad in Rwanda in the summer of 2014, which ultimately formed her passion for international development, education, and service. During her experience as an educator and international development professional, Ashton has developed an array of passions and skills relating to international education, workforce development, social inclusion, and conflict resolution. In previous roles, Ashton has taught in China and California and supported international development programs focused on youth, gender, and resilience. Additionally, Ashton conducted a program effectiveness evaluation as part of a pro-bono consultant team for the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund in the spring of 2019. She is excited to again join the Partners team to support the development of youth and young professionals in the Americas. 
Ashton received her MA in International Development from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs with a concentration in Gender and Resilience and a B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University. In her free time, she loves to go running, drink coffee, learn new languages, and listen to music from all over the world.  

Ukiah Busch
Director, Public Private Partnerships

Ukiah Busch is the Director of Public Private Partnerships at Partners of the Americas, where he oversees the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund and the Study Abroad Diversity Fund, as well as Partners’ annual Higher Education Partnership conference.  In a previous role, Mr. Busch led Partners’ higher education membership strategy and played a key role in building the network of more than 1,800 institutions that currently make up the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Network.  In 2011, Mr. Busch became the first recipient of the Machado “Intrapreneurial” Fellowship for his development of the PartnersCampus Student Chapter initiative, which connects university students at institutions across the Americas for international service and leadership activities.  

In 2010, Mr. Busch served in Ecuador as a legal advisor for immigrants and refugees in the human rights organization, Movilidad Humana.

Mr. Busch earned degrees in Italian, French and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Masters of International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.

Diana Cartagena
Administrative Officer

Diana is the Administrative Officer at Partners of the Americas. In her role, she provides administrative support to Partners' staff, assists in reviewing and certifying for contract compliance, and provides executive support to the President’s office for Partners of the Americas.

Originally from Colombia, Diana graduated in December 2017, with a degree in Finance and International Commerce Degree emphasizing International Business. She further completed certification programs on International Digital Marketing from Florida International University (FIU) and Collaborative Economies from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain.

Prior to joining Partners, Diana worked as an intern at the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism in Bogota, Colombia, where she supported the Office of Foreign Investment and Commerce in the Services Sector. Additionally, Diana worked as a volunteer on a Colombian political campaign as a member of the Social and Youth Committee, where she developed and led numerous activities related to increasing youth participation in local politics, and social activities to help vulnerable populations across rural Colombia.

Michael Christopher
Senior Director, Strategic Alliances and Communications

Michael Christopher is the Senior Director for Strategic Alliances and Communications for Partners of the Americas. With over twenty years experience managing international development and technology projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the U.S. working in the health, knowledge management, investment promotion and ICT4D sectors. Michael leads the Business Development Unit and oversees public communications.​

Prior to joining Partners of the Americas, Michael worked with diverse public and private sector agencies such as the World Bank Group, USAID, CDC, the United Nations, Yahoo! Inc., the International Medical Corps, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Peace Corps.​

Michael also holds an MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in International Relations and History from Michigan State University. A certified PMP® and Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM), you can follow him on Twitter at @mickchristopher.

Morgan Doggett
Communications and Outreach Officer, Economic Development & Health
Morgan Doggett is the Communications and Outreach Officer of the Economic Development & Health Unit at Partners of the Americas. Specializing in agriculture and food security, she works directly with implementers of the international USAID-funded Farmer-To-Farmer, Haiti-based RANFOSE, and Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer activities. She leads media and communications, outreach, digital strategy, and program integration.
Morgan has a comprehensive background in media, US agriculture legislative policy and systems, emerging technology investment, and agriculture-based youth vocational education applications.
When not in Washington, D.C., she takes an active role in her home community and her family's 5th-generation farm in Southern Illinois. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of ACES and Wabash Valley College.
Rachel Falek
Communications Officer

Rachel Falek is the Communications Officer at Partners of the Americas. Her primary role is to share Partner’s story and impact by collaborating closely with over a dozen international development programs and a grassroots chapter across 30 countries. 

Prior to joining Partners, Rachel strived to better communities and ensure access to human rights at numerous organizations, including the Center for Health and Gender Equity, Girls Inc., PAI, Prevent Human Trafficking, and the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault. At the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, Rachel worked on a six-figure national media ad buy that led to over 35,000 constituents contacting their Congress members. She is eager to continue working to make a difference in minority communities. 

Rachel graduated summa cum laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Gender Studies.

Fadrique Iglesias
Senior Program Officer, Child Protection Unit

Fadrique Iglesias is the Senior Program Officer of the Child Protection Unit at Partners of the Americas. His primary role is to provide technical and operational leadership to facilitate implementation of combating child labor projects in Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay. 

Prior to joining Partners, Fadrique worked at the Inter-American Foundation at the External and Government Affairs Office, at the Inter-American Development Bank's Division of Culture and Solidarity Affairs, and with grassroots organizations such as the Capital Area Food Bank in D.C. and Proyecto Martadero in Bolivia. 

He holds a master’s degree in Local Economic Development and a bachelor's degree in Labor Studies from the University of Valladolid in Spain. In his parallel life, Fadrique represented Bolivia in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 800 meters, writes non-fiction stories, and participated as speaker in a TEDx event in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.


Penelope Kim
Assistant Director, 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund

Penelope Kim is the Assistant Director for the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. She has a background in international affairs and international development with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work and studies abroad have taken her to nearly 30 countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

One of these overseas opportunities was through the Peace Corps, where she served in Costa Rica in 2009-2011 as a Rural Community Development Volunteer working in youth development. Ms. Kim holds a Global Master’s of Arts in International Relations from Webster University through their global program, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a European and Asian Concentration, and a Minor in Spanish from Hawai’i Pacific University.

Randi Knox
Program Officer, Education and Exchanges

Randi is a Program Officer for Education and Exchanges, working primarily on U.S. Department of State-funded programs that promote professional development among U.S. exchange alumni and leadership development among youth in Latin America.  

Originally from Nebraska, Randi studied abroad in Mexico during her undergraduate career and has experience traveling in Asia and South America. Her passion for international development and education led her to intern at Partners with the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund in the spring of 2018. Following her internship, Randi continued to contribute to the Education & Global Citizenship Unit as a consultant. Randi is excited to once again support the personal and professional development of youth and young professionals in the Americas.

Randi holds a B.A. in Modern Language Studies and a B.S. in Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU). Randi was a member of NWU’s Global Service Learning, the country’s first student-led global service learning group. She has volunteered with organizations across the U.S. and previously served as the Community Life Coordinator at a small Nebraska-based non-profit.

Summar Lyons
Senior Program Officer, Youth Leadership & Higher Education Initiatives

Ms. Lyons leads international youth leadership programming by preparing youth leaders to build mutual understanding between Latin America and the United States and to develop skills that foster long-term commitment to volunteerism and service. Ms. Lyons also oversees the grant competition review process for Higher Education Institutions applying for opportunities through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.

Throughout her professional and academic experience, she has become well-versed in Latin American culture, youth leadership capacity building and international development. Ms. Lyons has had the opportunity to travel through Central America on a study abroad program in Merida, Mexico in 2006 and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica from 2009-2012.

While living in Costa Rica, she served as a project management advisor and youth development liaison in collaboration with the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia (P.A.N.I.) and the Board of Directors of two Development Associations where she helped implement children’s right and environmental awareness campaigns, youth leadership and life skills workshops and the constructions of a sports court project. Upon her return to the U.S., she was selected to be a Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellow. In this role, she volunteered at Woodrow Wilson High School, D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School and Next Step supporting global studies resource development and English learning initiatives.

She earned a M.A. in International Development from American University’s School of International Service with a concentration in Children and Youth Development and a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Northwestern University.

Ms. Lyons is deeply passionate about sharing how volunteerism abroad not only has a meaningful impact on improving the lives of others but also has a lasting effect on one’s personal and professional growth. 

Danielle Martin
Senior Finance and Administration Officer

Danielle Martin is a Senior Finance and Administration Officer at Partners of the Americas. She started with Partners as part of the President’s Internship Program in May 2014 working with the Professional Leadership Exchanges team. She now has joined the staff at Partners in October 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Professions and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a focus on International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

During her studies in Wisconsin, Ms. Martin has had the opportunity to study abroad twice, once in Costa Rica and another time in Italy. In Costa Rica, she studied at a local school to obtain fluency and better understanding of Spanish. In addition, she spent two weeks living with the BriBri tribe in Costa Rica, whom are an indigenous tribal group located in the southern half of the country near Buenos Aires. During her study abroad in Italy, Ms. Martin had a great introduction to the arts, history, language and foods of the region. She is deeply passionate about international development and volunteerism abroad, and hopes to continue to help others in the Americas throughout her work at Partners.

Kelly McNally
Program Officer, Economic Development & Health

Kelly McNally serves as the Program Officer for the Economic Development & Health Unit. She supports the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program in recruiting highly qualified volunteers for 2-4 week technical assignments. She conducts orientations for the volunteers prior to departure for their assignments and acts as a liaison between headquarters and field staff during their assignments. Kelly also conducts outreach to industry contacts, associations, universities, and other organizations to raise awareness of the Farmer-to-Farmer program and recruit potential volunteers.

Kelly is a former agricultural extensionist volunteer for Peace Corps Panama from 2016-2018. As a volunteer, she worked alongside several Panamanian government agencies to develop projects for her community and trained community members on innovative techniques to improve crop yields, pest management, and how to work in a cooperative. In this role, she developed her skills as a facilitator and project manager. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Environments & Sustainability from the University of Virginia.

John McPhail
President & CEO of Partners of the Américas

John is the President & CEO at Partners of the Americas. He brings over 20 years of leadership experience at nonprofit organizations across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean and is a seasoned expert in partnership building, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. He is passionate about community development in Latin America and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. After his service, he remained in country for a total of over fifteen years, marrying a Salvadoran doctor and raising their three daughters.​

John brings significant experience as a country and regional director for international nonprofits including Save the Children, World Vision, and Project Concern International. He has held leadership positions on the Boards of numerous local nonprofits and associations in El Salvador, providing operational and strategic direction. He coordinated or co-coordinated  multiple national and regional networks in Central America in health, water & sanitation and agriculture/food security. John received a BSc in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.​

Susanna Meyer
Senior Membership Officer

Susie Meyer is the Senior Membership Officer at Partners of the Americas. She is returning to the Partners team after interning in the Membership Unit from September to December 2017. She is eager to continue supporting and growing the Partners network, providing chapter members, HEIs, and affiliates with the resources and information they need to make a difference in their local communities and connections across borders.

Susie is a mentor and coordinator for the PartnersCampus student chapters, motivating and encouraging their development as they continue to inspire the network with their commitment and enthusiasm. She also helps to facilitate the Education & Culture program, providing all chapter members with the information they need to apply for grants and pursue their passions. She is the point of contact for any issues on membership and is a co-organizer of Partners’ international events such as the Higher Education Partnership and What Works.

Susie is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in Geography and Latin American Studies from Colgate University. She served as a Fulbright García Robles scholar in Aguascalientes, México from 2015-2016, and subsequently worked as an English professor at the Universidad Tecnológica del Retoño in El Llano, Aguascalientes, Mexico.

She is thrilled to be a part of the Partners team and is eager to use her passion for the region and deep love and appreciation for Latinx peoples to support and collaborate with the diverse Partners community.

Michael Moscarelli
Senior Director, Economic Development & Health

Michael Moscarelli is the Senior Director of the Economic Development & Health Unit. His primary responsibilities include leading strategic planning and business development efforts in the unit, establishing and maintaining relationships with donors and partners, and supporting the implementation of current programs.

Prior to his work at Partners, Mr. Moscarelli worked on the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems team at International Relief and Development, where he managed food security and value chain programs in West Africa and helped develop USAID, USDA, and DFID proposals. He also spent three years working in Ecuador’s highlands and Amazonian region as a Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer in the Peace Corps.

Mr. Moscarelli has expertise in agronomy, horticulture, and farmer-centered research and extension. He holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington.

Sergey Nikolin
Chief Financial Officer

Sergey Nikolin is the Chief Financial Officer at Partners of the Americas. In his role, Sergey oversees all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, maintains internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures and coordinates all audit activities, including annual audits, OIG financial audits, donor-specific reviews. In addition, Sergey manages the annual budgeting and planning process; as well as analyzing financial data and presenting financial reports to Senior Leadership team.

Sergey brings twenty years of experience working with USAID and an additional five years of work experience at a similar nonprofit organization. He has in-depth experience with financial management (including accounting, internal controls, audits, budgeting, cash flow, payments and reporting), grant and contract administration (policies and procedures, procurement, USG rules & regulations, compliance with the new Supercircular and managing a diverse portfolio of USG and private donors), just to name a few areas of expertise.

Kellen Parrish
Senior Program Officer, Economic Development & Health

Kellen Parrish is the Senior Program Officer for Economic Development and Health. His primary responsibilities include Monitoring and Evaluation for Farmer to Farmer field activities and helping develop work plans for F2F volunteers. Kellen has a background in project management and agricultural development with specific technical experience in aquaculture from time spent working and researching in the private seafood sector in California. 

Kellen's interest in agriculture began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Business from the California Maritime Academy. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis. In his spare time Kellen enjoys freediving, spearfishing, reading, spending time with his family and refurbishing antique wristwatches. 

Carmen Peña
Vice President, Child Protection Unit

Carmen Peña, a native Colombian, leads the Child Labor Unit. In her role, she oversees three flagship projects – EducaFuturo, Paraguay Okakuaa and Colombia Avanza. She also manages a sub-agreements for a USDOL funded project in Costa Rica and a USAID funded project in Honduras.

Carmen has a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Development at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. A former Georgia Rotary Scholar, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia.

Carmen started at Partners as Field Operations Officer, coordinating and monitoring international development programs in Latin America in compliance with donor’s rules and regulations. She backstopped the USDOL funded program Educare in Guayana and Educame Primero in Colombia to combat the worst forms of child labor through education. Carmen’s prior work experience at the Organization of American States and her knowledge on international development in Latin America enable her to expertly research, analyze, and present opportunities to hold and expand our programs in the field. She has had the opportunity to extensively travel, study and work in several Latin American countries.

Yohana Romero-Lopez
Finance and Accounting Trainee

Yohana Romero-Lopez is a Finance and Accounting Trainee at Partners of the Americas. Her primary role at Partners is to support the Finance staff in their daily operations. During the weekends, Yohana volunteers at her church as a teaching assistant in Washington, DC.

 Prior to joining Partners, Yohana has worked for the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, a social service organization in Louisville, Kentucky and the Arlington Community Foundation in Virginia.

Yohana is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Marymount University. Previously, she obtained an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies from the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College in May 2015.

Olivia Robertson-Moe
Program Officer, Child Protection Unit

Olivia Robertson-Moe is a Program Officer for the Child Protection Unit at Partners of the Americas. Her primary role is to support the technical and operational implementation of the Unit’s projects to combat child labor and human trafficking in Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

Prior to joining the Child Protection Unit at Partners, Olivia developed her interest in human rights as a staff assistant at an immigration law firm and as the Communications Officer for her university’s chapter of ONE, an organization combatting extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa. After serving as an intern for Partners’ Economic Development and Health Unit for seven months, she is very excited to continue her work supporting the organization’s development projects in the Americas.

Olivia graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a concentration in Global Public Health. During her junior year, she spent 6 months studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which furthered her interest in Spanish and her passion for international sustainable development in the region.

Janira Romero Reyes
Associate Director, Economic Development & Health

Janira Romero Reyes, Associate Director of the Economic Development & Health Unit, supports and monitors country directors for the Farmer-to-Farmer projects funded by USAID. Her primary role is to assist the operations of field offices in Latin America and the Caribbean and evaluate the progress of countries’ projects. Janira brings project management knowledge and experience of working in the field with local community members.

Janira is a former TEFL volunteer for Peace Corps Ukraine from 2010-2012 and a former Network Support Officer for Teach A Man To Fish (a London-based NGO) in Guatemala from 2014-2015. In both roles, Janira liaised with the implementing organization and the beneficiaries of the programs, leveraging communications with stakeholders in the local, regional, and national levels. Janira is a master’s graduate in Education, Gender, & International Development from University College London and has exercised this knowledge by developing curriculum plans for diversity & inclusion programs. She continues to be a passionate advocate of cross-cultural exchanges for developing global competence, as well as improved livelihoods of women & youth through economic development opportunities.


Javiera Salinas
Program Officer, Child Protection

Javiera Salinas is the Program Officer for the Child Protection Unit. Her primary role is to support the implementation and oversight of the Unit's United States Department of Labor-funded and USAID projects. She acts as the main point of contact for the field offices in Paraguay, Colombia, Costa Rica and Honduras. 

In her junior year of college, Javiera interned at Partners for the Program Development department through the Global Politics Fellows program at GMU she interned at Partners for the Program Development department.

Javiera is originally from Santiago, Chile and is passionate about economic/social development and youth empowerment in Latin America. Javiera is eager to continue supporting the various programs in her unit, making an impact in the lives of youth and families throughout Latin America.

Javiera holds a B.A. in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance and a minor in Latin American Studies from George Mason University.

Sheila Sullivan
Associate Director, Economic Development & Health

Sheila Sullivan is an Associate Director in the Economic Development and Health Unit at Partners of the Americas, where she manages the F2F Agricultural Volunteer Opportunity Project. Prior to joining Partners, she managed a global portfolio of volunteer-sending projects at VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance) and worked on the F2F Special Program Support Project.

Sheila’s previous experience includes managing health programs at one of Australia’s largest international development NGOs, and as a reporting consultant for the UN World Food Program. She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies.


Renata Torres
Executive Administrative Officer

Renata is the Executive Administrative Officer at Partners of the Americas. In her role, Renata supports the President’s Office and manages the human resources, facilities functionalities and contracts compliance.

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Renata worked with one of the most successful organizations in the healthcare management field of her country. She brings more than 12 years of experience in office management, finance operations and quality control management systems to Partners.

After her arrival in the U.S., Renata graduated with a Business Administration degree from Marymount University, in Arlington, VA. She also gained experience in contract management, specifically as it relates to federal awards and mandatory provisions of USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. Additionally, Renata has excellent interpersonal skills and a deep passion for development in Latin America.

Renata joined Partners in August 2017, when she was looking for an organization where she could maximize her mission and values. According to Renata, what she likes most about being part of the Partners’ team is the opportunity to be part of something bigger than herself, capable of changing lives.

Carmen Sepassi
Senior Program Officer, Education and Culture

Carmen Sepassi is the Senior Program Officer of the Education and Culture Program of Partners of the Americas. This program is funded by U.S. Department of State. The Education and Culture Program aims to connect people and institutions, serve communities, strengthen local institutions and enhance cross-cultural understanding and cooperation between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Partners of the Americas does this through travel grants, small grants and thematic workshops. For the past 25 years, the Education and Culture Program has worked with over 20,000 volunteers throughout the region to build partnerships across borders, mutual understanding and provide needed services to communities.

Formerly, Ms. Sepassi was the Program Assistant for the Fellowship in International Development Program – Fellows I through Fellows X for 20 years. This program was sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.

Ms. Sepassi came to Partners of the Americas in April 1979 after living in the Middle East for one and a half years.

From 1972 to 1977, Carmen was the Executive Secretary for Deferred Compensation Plans, Inc., a private insurance company in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Verganza
Program Officer, Economic Development & Health

Stephanie Verganza is a program officer for the Economic Development & Health Unit. Her primary role is in assisting with the implementation of the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer program in Latin America & the Caribbean. Prior to joining Partners, Stephanie spent a year in Brazil as a Boren Scholar studying Portuguese and Brazilian culture. Her previous professional experiences include working at the Women's Foreign Policy Group, the US National Committee on UN Women-Los Angeles, and the Pacific Council on International Affairs.

Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Bachelors degrees in economics and international studies. As an undergraduate, she participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship at Princeton University and spent two years studying security and development in Central America. As the daughter of Guatemalan parents, Stephanie is very passionate about economic development and social issues in Latin America.


William Webber
Associate Director, Membership
William D. Webber is the Associate Director of Membership at Partners of the Americas. He previously served as the Program Officer for Education and Exchanges at Partners, where he worked primarily to support the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. 
Prior to joining Partners, William worked for NAFSA: Association of International Educators where he supported professionals who assist and advise international students and scholars. During his graduate studies, he studied education in Cuba as well as completed field research on international academic exchanges in Mexico. His additional international experiences include study abroad programs in France, Chile, and Tanzania. Adding to his experience, he was an English Program Coordinator in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has extensive travel experience to over 30 countries.
He earned his M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education & Human Development with a specialization in Latin American & Hemispheric Studies. William completed a B.S. in International Studies with a concentration in European Cultural Studies and a B.A. in French and Spanish as well as minors in Adolescence Education and Political Science from The State University of New York at Fredonia.
Hanyu Zhang
Finance and Accounting Trainee

Hanyu Zhang is a Finance and Accounting Trainee at Partners of the Americas. His responsibilities include data entry and audit of staff and volunteer expense reports and check/wire requests. At the same time, He also supports the Finance team in its core functions and day-to-day operations.

In the Spring of 2018, Hanyu worked as an Executive Business Center extern at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and helped process hundreds of meeting requests during the 2018 Spring Meetings held by the IMF and the World Bank Group.

Hanyu believes that helping people and making the world a better place is one of the most rewarding experiences in life he is proud to work at the Partners and do meaningful work that helps communities.

Prior to coming to U.S., Hanyu worked as a self-employed trader in China for four years. During these years, he devised a personalized trading system to find investment opportunities with best risk.

Hanyu is currently pursuing his Masters Degree in Finance from George Washington University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in both economics and management from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China.