Where We Work: USA: Staff
Senior Advisor and Chief Knowledge Officer
Rod’s involvement with BRAC USA goes back to 2007 as a volunteer. He joined the Advisory Council in 2009 and joined the Board in 2011. Last year, Rod coauthored with BRAC a chapter covering agriculture and microfinance in the book "New Pathways Out of Poverty". Rod has visited BRAC's operations in Bangladesh, Uganda and Liberia. In 2011, he spent two months in Peru as a volunteer for TechnoServe working on research related to the development of the cocoa value chain.
Prior to joining BRAC, Rod was an executive vice president in the Munich office in PIMCO's Advisory group. Before relocating to Munich in August 2012 he was based in the Newport Beach office. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was managing director and head of asset-backed securities research at Credit Suisse, where he helped create residential mortgage-backed securities (MBS) surveillance and analytics systems. He was ranked as a leading analyst in asset-backed securities by Institutional Investor magazine in 2002-2008. Rod holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Binghamton.
Senior Program Manager
Santhosh Ramdoss grew up in Gandhigram, a rural town in Southern India. He graduated with an MBA from Bharathidasan Institute of Management, one of the top business schools in India. He recently obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. At NYU, he received the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovation in recognition of his efforts in identifying cross-sectoral solutions for social change, and also the Howard G Newman Award for exemplary work done by a team on a consulting project. He was also a Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU. Prior to coming to NYU, Ramdoss was a senior analyst at AC Nielsen BASES, one of the world’s leading marketing consulting firms. He complements his experience in the private sector with his non-profit experience, having worked with many small non-profits in India. Santhosh also previously co-founded two social ventures, both of which have won multiple awards internationally.
Senior Program Manager
A native of Mumbai, India, Manisha graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Administration and International Development. Prior to joining BRAC USA, she was Manager of Development and Communications at the Synergos Institute, where she was responsible for institutional fundraising and program development for Southern Africa. She’s worked on several USAID projects and was instrumental in developing a partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition to address child undernutrition in Southern Africa. Manisha’s previous experience includes several years at the Corporate Executive Board; a best practices management consultancy, where she led initiatives with major Fortune 500 and Global 3000 organizations. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Hanoi, Vietnam. She volunteers extensively with several Indian NGOs focused on education and women’s rights.
A writer by profession, Scott has spent most of his working life in developing countries. He covered the transition from communism in central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s as a business journalist. He then moved to the Middle East in 2005, living in Cairo and Dubai and working as an editor and freelancer writer. From 2009 to 2011 he worked as a travel writer, travelling full-time through Southeast Asia, China, India, and Africa, where he was exposed to international development and learned about BRAC. His travel writing project (covered on WanderingSavage.com) took him from Tangier to Cape Town and then northward to Nairobi, traveling entirely on public transport. He holds a BA in English from Amherst College. His work has been published in Slate, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Tribune. He began working at BRAC USA in September 2011.
Chief Financial Officer and Program Manager
Stacey joined the team at BRAC USA in November 2011 from her work doing finance, fundraising and project management at two non-profits in South Africa. She earned a Masters of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, and a combined BS in International Business Administration and BA in French language and culture from The Ohio State University in 2002. Stacey became a Certified Public Accountant in 2007. Prior to her time in South Africa, Stacey worked at Morgan Stanley as a Senior Manager in their Financial Control Group and prior to that, as a Senior Auditor at Ernst & Young. She is currently taking over all financial responsibilities at BRAC USA and will soon manage our grants in Haiti and work with the BRAC Development Institute at BRAC University.
Zoe joined BRAC USA in June 2012. Prior to BRAC, she provided monitoring and evaluation, reporting and financial management for a USAID community development initiative in Afghanistan. She also worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as grants and operations manager on a post-conflict transition project focused on institution building. Zoe holds dual masters degrees in International Affairs and Journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Marketing and Communications Associate
Oscar joined BRAC USA in October 2012. He supports BRAC USA's growing communications efforts to raise public awareness and mobilize resources to advance BRAC's global mission.
Prior to BRAC, Oscar worked at Results for Development Institute (R4D), where he helped facilitate the organization's first internal branding process, and launched R4D's social media and helped garner major online media coverage of R4D's work around the world. Before that he was at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), managing the CIPE Development Blog and launching CIPE's social media. Oscar also blogs for Co.Exist, the Fast Company spin-off on world-changing ideas and innovation, as well as for Nextbillion, the online community focusing on the intersection of development and enterprise.
Oscar has a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies from Villanova University, where he was a St. Martin de Porres Scholar, and also shared the inaugural Solidarity Award from Villanova's Center for Peace and Justice Education.
Naveen joined the BRAC USA team in September 2011 as a program intern. She holds a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in sociocultural studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and has previously interned at BRAC University in Dhaka for the JP Grant School of Public Health in 2009, where she co-organized a workshop on Gender, Sexuality and the Media. Prior to joining BRAC USA, Naveen managed a number of political campaigns in her home state of California, most recently a unionled campaign for Jerry Brown’s 2010 gubernatorial race.
Renée joined BRAC USA as Program Associate in April 2013, having previously held the role of Program Intern since May 2012. Prior to BRAC, Renée served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2009 to 2011 in Cameroon. She taught English language to over 400 secondary education students, in addition to creating a non-formal youth development program and serving as Co-Coordinator of the Peace Corps Cameroon Education Steering Committee. In May 2013, she is expecting to complete her Master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in International Educational Development, with concentrations in Developmental Psychology and African Education. Renée also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Political Science and International Affairs, with a minor in Italian language and culture.
Special Assistant to the CEO
Brandon joined BRAC USA as Special Assistant to the CEO in March 2013. He provides administrative and project support to Susan Davis, BRAC USA’s President & CEO, as well as assists with the day to day operations of the office. Previously, Brandon spent two years working in the Connecticut office of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, where he finished with the title of Congressional Aide, CT Scheduler & Press Liaison. Brandon has past international volunteer experience in both Haiti and Kenya, and in 2009, spent two months in Western Kenya assisting with local orphan feeding programs and health initiatives.
He graduated from Trinity College in May 2010 with a B.A. in History and minors in both African Studies and Legal Studies.