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Scott Beale, Founder and CEO

Scott is the inspiration and driving force behind Atlas Corps. A 2010 NGen Fellow and White House Fellow finalist, Scott brings 10+ years of professional experience to Atlas Corps. Scott started three nonprofit organizations and helped thousands of peers become agents for social change through his work with Ashoka’s Youth Venture, which he helped expand from three to 25 staff. His efforts spans four continents and crosses nonprofit, government, and business sectors. Scott executed one of the most successful crowd-sourced philanthropy campaigns, achieving $400,000. He has a B.A. in Government and Economics from Georgetown University and an MPA from the University of Delaware.

Languages: English, some Spanish, French, Hindi, and Urdu

Personal Motto: We have more power to change the world than we realize

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Abby (Flottemesch) Robinson, Chief Development & Engagement Officer

Abby brings more than 10 years of experience in development, communications, and youth leadership development, which includes being a Class 2 Atlas Corps Fellow in Colombia. Abby also worked as a Development Strategist for the Inter-American Culture and Development Foundation (Washington, DC), Fundacion Escuela Nueva (Bogota, Colombia), and The Campus Kitchens Project (national). Abby is the DC Community Connect for the One Percent Foundation - a a group of young adults who pool their funds and time to strengthen their communities, while at the same time increasing their understanding of and participation in philanthropy. Abby served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Puerto Rico and organized community development efforts throughout the northern part of the island. Abby graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Spanish with a minor in Marketing from the University of Minnesota Duluth and completed the Fundraising for Small Nonprofits course offered by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. You can hear more about Abby's perspective on social sector careers in this interview from Idealist.org.

Languages: English, Spanish, and Minnesotan!

Personal Motto: Make it big!

Kelly Reid, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly brings to Atlas Corps more than a decade of partnership building, team leadership, and organizational development experience. As Director of Organizational Development with the National MultiCultural Institute and an independent consultant, she helped approximately 40 public, private, and social sector organizations advance their missions by leading initiatives to strengthen operations, enhance capacity, and improve cultural competency. Driven by a commitment to social justice, Kelly’s professional experience include extensive background engaging with the unique needs of diverse and traditionally underserved communities. Her previous positions include: Program Officer for the Institute of International Education’s Investing in Women in Development fellowship program; AmeriCorps*VISTA with Survivors of Torture, International; and Research Assistant of the Instituto de Estudios de la Mujer, UNA in Costa Rica. Kelly is an avid community volunteer, including holding voluntary leadership positions with the Baltimore-Washington Racial Diversity Collaborative and YNPNdc’s Board of Directors. She also founded the Committee for Social Justice and Public Safety in London, was an ESL Instructor, and served as Educational Advocate for the Sudanese Refugee Network in San Diego. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, a Masters in Gender from The London School of Economics, and a certificate in Development Project Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Languages: English and conversational Spanish

Personal Motto: March forth.

Partnerships Team

Ebben Wiley Bell, Partnerships Manager

Ebben joined the Atlas Corps team in Spring 2014. As Partnership Manager, he is responsible for recruiting prospective Host Organizations and assisting them through the process of considering hosting a Fellow to selecting a Fellow. Ebben graduated with a B.A in Sociology from the University of Florida, where he served as Assistant Director for UF’s Student Government Cabinet for Community Involvement and as an Orientation Leader. His desire to help others resulted in him promoting girls education and empowerment through small business development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African country of Burkina Faso. Ebben’s favorite project was an empowerment project that involved the designing, manufacturing, and marketing of hand bags and accessories made from recycled materials. If you are looking for Ebben out of the office, you’ll most likely find him belting out 90’s classics with his competitive karaoke team or playing kick ball on the National Mall.

Languages: French

Personal Motto: "Just keep swimming..." - Dory from Finding Nemo

Brittany Gropp, Partnerships Manager

Brittany joined the Atlas Corps team in Summer 2015. As Partnership Manager, she is responsible for identifying and building relationships with prospective Host Organizations and assisting them through the process of selecting a Fellow fit for their team. Brittany graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech in only three years. She spent her first three years out of college working in corporate sales and marketing. Motivated by her aspiration to make a difference in the world, she then moved to Madrid, Spain, where she served as a Language and Culture Assistant in a bilingual elementary school. While in Madrid, she also volunteered as the Marketing Coordinator for a local TEDx event. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys sampling the wide range of international cuisines D.C. has to offer and burning off the resulting calories by participating in various sports leagues around town.

Languages: English and conversational Spanish

Personal Motto: "It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. So get to it!” - Kid President

Program Team

Meredith Newmark, Program Director

Meredith is responsible for Fellow support, recruitment, and program promotion. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program in Greensboro, N.C., where she coordinated housing for over 250 newly arrived refugees, attracted and managed in-kind donations, recruited volunteers, and wrote a successful grant application. She then served as a Staff Assistant at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she supported both the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). Her duties included accounting, website management, and planning events, including a global research conference on social entrepreneurship. Meredith’s interest in nonprofit work originated in college when she interned at the Boys and Girls Club and STRIVE (a workforce development agency), volunteered for a summer in Peru through ProWorld, and was actively involved in her college radio station. An award-winning baker, Meredith graduated from Duke University with degrees in Economics and Political Science, and later earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke.

Languages: English, Spanish

Personal Motto: What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do - The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Julie Sherbill, Program Associate

Julie graduated from University of Michigan’s School of Public Policy with a focus on Middle Eastern policy. At Michigan, Julie was involved in malnutrition relief efforts and a variety of internationally focused campus activities. She interned in the public diplomacy sections of the U.S. Department of State in D.C. as well as the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. From these experiences and internships, Julie developed great enthusiasm for the educational power of global exchange. After studying Turkish intensively in Bursa, Turkey, she moved to Istanbul. There, she worked as a Research Assistant and pursued a Masters degree in Global Affairs at Bahcesehir University. Upon returning to the U.S., Julie has created a conversation partner program for Turkish and other international students studying English in D.C.

Languages: English, Turkish, Spanish, rudimentary Arabic

Personal Motto: Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. –Rumi

Mehak Toseef, Training Manager (Fellow, Pakistan)

Mehak has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Environmental Policy from the Lahore School of Economics. While working as an Assistant Manager for Communications and Knowledge Management at Nur Center for Research and Policy, Mehak spearheaded a DFID-UKAID funded project for developing the first National Knowledge Portal for Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). This knowledge portal serves as a platform to share and collate maximum available MNCH knowledge in Pakistan, to facilitate public health experts and establish policymakers in developing evidence-based policies to strengthen the MNCH sector in Pakistan. Mehak also worked as Project Lead for an operational study with UNICEF on the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative, where she was intricately involved in organizing training sessions for skilled birth attendants and designing interventions based on the findings of the research. In the past she has worked for different social and development projects, supporting youth and women’s rights, which she feels passionately about. Previously, Mehak has worked on a one year USAID funded project on rehabilitating survivors of gender based violence (GBV) at a shelter-home. Her work involved developing holistic rehabilitation plans for the GBV survivors in order to reintegrate them back into society. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, report writing, event planning and communication skills, especially with regards to donor-funded projects. She is also a certified fitness instructor and works part-time at a fitness studio, leading High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Mehak will be responsible for managing the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (GLL), a training program for rising global nonprofit leaders participating in the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She will also plan and manage this leadership development program to empower Atlas Corps Fellows in their professional journeys. Mehak will ensure the overall excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow participants.


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Nick Cortina, Latin American Program Associate

Nick joined the Atlas Corps team in January 2016. As Latin American Program Associate, he is responsible for recruiting, vetting, managing and placing individuals to serve as English Teaching Fellows in Colombia. He also works on the recruitment of Latin American candidates for the classic Atlas Corps Fellowship. Nick will graduate with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Government from Georgetown University, where he serves as an active member of the co-ed national community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. After several internships at Atlas Corps earning him the organization’s “Distinguished Volunteer Award,” Nick has developed a strong passion for the Atlas Corps mission and the power of global exchange in advancing social change.

Languages: English, Spanish, intermediate French, beginning Portuguese

Personal Motto: "Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world." - Barack Obama

Development & Communications

Samantha Sachs, Program and Development Associate

Samantha joined the Atlas Corps team as a Program and Development Associate in the Summer of 2015. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Global Studies, focusing on Latin American countries. During her time in college Samantha spent a semester as a congressional intern in Washington D.C. through the UC Washington Academic Program.
Her intense interest in other cultures and passion for education resulted in Samantha accepting a teaching position at a college in China. After China, Samantha proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine where she was an instructor of business and conversational English at the university and high school levels. She partnered with USAID on HIV/AIDS education projects and also worked with the U.S. Embassy sponsored Windows on America. She is most proud of organizing a seminar for local English teachers as well as assisting high school students in applying for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, which helped her students experience different cultures and ways of life. Outside of work Samantha is an avid traveler, runner and hiker, most recently tackling the Inca Trail in Peru.

Languages: English, Basic Russian and Spanish

Personal Motto: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t…you’re right!”—Henry Ford

Andrew Tangas, Special Projects Manager (Fellow, Australia)

Andrew Tangas has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from La Trobe University in Australia. While working at the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), a leading Australian youth program delivery and policy advocacy organization, Andrew engaged with federal and state governments to leverage program funds and influence policy change around youth-related education, employment, entrepreneurship, and social change. In this role, Andrew oversaw the development and implementation of the organization's government relations strategy, worked closely with the CEO in developing relationships with key government decision-makers, and supported the organization's program teams in generating government funding streams. Through his experience in the nonprofit sector, Andrew has developed strong government relations, strategic thinking, and communication skills. Andrew is particularly passionate about creating strategic partnerships between governments, nonprofit organizations, and social entrepreneurs to maximise the social impact of innovative change projects.

Languages: English and Australian

Personal Motto: Question everything

Giannina Raffo, Engagement Manager (Fellow, Venezuela)

Giannina has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and a Master’s degree in Think Tank Management from Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the United States. While working as a Public Relations and Social Media Manager of the most influential free-market think tanks in Latin America, The Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom), Giannina helped to create and manage social media campaigns with high impact, and coordinate forums and round tables for the Public Spending Observatory, Economic Legislative Observatory, and the young core of CEDICE. In addition, she also serves as International Programs Director of CEDICE, where she coordinates the fundraising of international programs for women, children and youth. Previously, Giannina worked as Project Manager of the Economics Program for Children and Youth, developing the comic book “Justice League of Freedom", educating free market ideas in low income areas of Venezuela, and also developed the program Women, Leadership and Communication, creating training workshops for young female journalists. Giannina also has been a writer and junior researcher working with several media outlets around the world, such as Panam Post, Peru 21, International Society for Individual Liberty, and the Venezuelan Council for Investment Promotion, on issues of freedom, entrepreneurship, human rights and Venezuelan economy. Giannina enjoys focusing on the topics of youth development, civic engagement and fundraising.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Giannina will support the work of the Chief Development & Engagement Officer to raise the profile of the organization, to better share the story of Atlas Corps, with the purpose of increasing the pool of potential Host Organizations and individual candidates and leveraging additional funding opportunities. She will be integral to the management of the organization’s social media strategy, and will be involved in event planning, and publications development, while assisting the execution of Atlas Corps Fellow Recruitment Strategy.

Finance & Administration

Ruth Taylor Kidd, Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Taylor Kidd is a dedicated nonprofit professional with expertise in multiple aspects of finance, administration, operations, and fundraising. With nearly twenty five years in the social enterprise community, she brings a hands-on approach to problem solving and a commitment to helping nonprofits achieve their vision. Currently, Ruth provides interim and part time CFO support as well as project resources to several non-profit organizations. Ruth particularly enjoys working with organizations that are undergoing transitions or scaling to the next level of growth. Prior to consulting, Ruth served as the CFO for Ashoka, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate and support social entrepreneurs throughout the globe. Ruth spent a year in Islamabad, Pakistan, working with the Society to Preserve Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage (SPACH) and the International School of Islamabad. Ruth also has extensive experience with museums, having served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Capital Children’s Museum, Director of Budgeting and Planning at the Guggenheim Museum, and Manager of Program Budgets at the American Museum of Natural History. Ruth holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ruth attended the Getty Leadership Institute/Museum Management Institute (MMI) and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in the visual arts.

Languages: English, restaurant Italian and French

Personal Motto: Sure, we can figure that out.

Mosab Ahmed, Finance Manager (Fellow, Sudan)

Mosab is an Atlas Corps Fellows with has seven years of experience with Finance and Administration in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Khartoum in Sudan, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bahari University in Sudan. Mosab most recently worked with United Nation Development Program at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) as Administrative Associate. He also has worked as Finance and Administrative Assistant with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in the Food Security and Capacity Building Program. He previously worked as Finance Officer for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Income Generation Activities for a female sex workers project at the JASMAR Human Security Organization in Sudan. At UNDP, Mosab supported the administration and implementation of GFATM projects. Previously, at the JASMAR organization, he contributed to building the capacity of 27 local nonprofit organizations, focusing in fund management and financial reports. Mosab helped reduce the HIV/AIDS levels in the targeted areas by providing technical support and developing strong tools for effective and efficient monitoring of the project budget. Mosab has played key roles in the success of HIV/AIDS – And Income Generation Activities for a female sex workers project, which encouraged donors to allocate more funds for this project. Though these experiences, he developed strong financial resource management and financial control skills. He hopes to have the opportunity to use his current studies and acquired skills to become a specialist in non-profit organization finance and administrative management.

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps
Reporting directly to the Controller and also assisting the Chief Operating Officer, Mosab Ahmed will work hand in hand in the daily oversight of the accounting and finance functions in the organization, including liaising between Atlas Corps staff and other Fellows on behalf of the accounting department.

Dan Hooks, Controller

Dan Hooks has worn many hats throughout his over twenty years in the non-profit community in the Washington, DC area. He has either performed or managed all aspects of accounting and finance with multiple organizations as well as aspects of human resources, information technology, development, and administration. Dan enjoys making use of his extensive experience in the details of day-to-day activities to inform strategic thinking for organizational growth and development. Prior to joining the team at Atlas Corps as Controller, Dan held multiple positions with the National Captioning Institute with the last one being the Director of Finance & Controller, served Voices for America’s Children as Vice-President of Finance & Administration, led Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund as the Controller, held the position of Director of Finance for the Alliance to Save Energy, and served with RESOLVE, Inc. as Director of Operations & Controller. Responding to his passion for mission-focused organizations, Dan has over thirty years of leadership roles, paid and volunteer, with faith-based organizations. Dan hails from the University of Georgia with a major in biology (thought he was going to be a veterinarian) where he was also a member of the UGA Redcoat Marching and Symphonic bands and later studied accounting at Northern Virginia Community College.

Languages: English, residual high school Spanish and college German

Personal Motto: That which may try to harm us will only make us stronger.

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