2017-18 Board of Directors Press Release


September 15, 2017

CONTACTKatherine Raphaelson, President

Tel. 202-331-1317, kraphaelson@sidw.org


SID-Washington Announces

2017-18 Board of Directors


Washington, DCThe Society for International Development – Washington Chapter (SID-Washington) announced today its 2017-18 Board of Directors. The Executive Committee includes the following:

  • ChairMelissa Logan, Managing Director, Ethics and Risk Management, Chemonics
  • Deputy ChairJeff Grieco, Independent Consultant
  • Vice Chair for Program AffairsJohn Glover, Director, International Public Sector Practice, PwC
  • SecretaryAnne Simmons-Benton, Executive Director, ASU International Development, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University 
  • TreasurerMark F. Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, International Development Services, Tetra Tech
  • General Counsel: Ignacio Jáuregui, Partner at Jauregui Partners
  • Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA
  • Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President for International Development, RTI International


Other Board Directors are:

  • Ed Abel, President – USA, Palladium
  • Demetria Arvanitis, Executive Director, SNV USA
  • Kerry Bruce, Executive Vice President for Programs, Social Impact
  • Susan Chodakewitz, President and CEO, Nathan Associates
  • Daryl Edwards, Senior Advisor, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Embassy of Australia
  • Molly Fannon, Director of International Relations and Global Programs, Smithsonian Global
  • Sarah Helmstadter, Managing Director, Africa, DAI
  • Jay Knott, Executive Vice President & Chief Business Officer, Abt Associates
  • Carla Koppell, Vice President for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation, United States Institute of Peace
  • Larry Michel, President and CEO, Crown Agents USA
  • Nora O’Connell, Associate Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children
  • Carol Ann Smith, Vice President of Awards, Proposals, and Strategic Pricing at Blumont Inc.
  • Kate Thompson, Principal, Deloitte Consulting


 “I have seen first-hand how dedicated our members are to our mission of advancing equitable development globally,” said Ms. Logan, SID-Washington’s Board Chair. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve them in this new role. The world is facing unprecedented development challenges, and I am excited about the opportunity to work with our new board and our members to develop and share innovative ways to overcome them.”

“Our new board reflects the diversity of sectors and institutions within the current development space,” stated Katherine Raphaelson, President of SID-Washington. “We look forward to working with the board and, through its expertise, strengthening our programs and strategic plan.”

In addition, Jean Gilson, Executive Committee Member of the Governing Council of the Society for International Development (SID-International) was appointed to serve as the SID-International Governing Council Liaison to the SID-Washington Board.

SID-Washington is the largest chapter of the Society for International Development and the premier professional association for individuals and institutions interested in international development in the Washington, DC region. The mission of SID-Washington is to advance equitable development by bringing diverse constituencies together to debate critical ideas, policies, and practices.  Through its many programs and events, such as its upcoming Annual Dinner, SID-Washington convenes its members and the broader community for information exchange and networking. Learn more about us online at www.sidw.org.