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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

Harriet Kezaabu, Training Manager (Fellow, Uganda)

Harriet is a development practitioner with over seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University. Harriet worked as the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Manager at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) implementing economic empowerment programs for refugee women in emergency settings, urban areas and women and girls in post conflict northern Uganda. As a Gender and Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialist with the Production for Improved Nutrition project-USAID, Harriet spearheaded the development of the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy. She trained project staff and volunteers in gender sensitive programming while collaborating with the Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development to ensure compliance and timely service delivery for vulnerable children. While serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors, and Young Professionals Chapter Coordinator at Uganda Rural Fund, Harriet was responsible for fundraising, grants research, program monitoring and evaluation, and youth leadership programming. Harriet has also served as a Social Worker and Unit Head at Francois Xavier Bagnold (FXB) International in Uganda. Harriet is passionate about Orphans and Vulnerable Children, women and youth programming.

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Development & Communications

Esther Pinnock, Engagement Manager (Fellow, Jamaica)

Esther has over three years of experience in the non-profit sector, having served as Executive Director of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona. While at CAB, Esther had managerial responsibility for the operations of the Bureau, Skills Training Centre, as well as the Early Childhood Institution it operates. As an Executive Director, she gained experience in corporate governance, operations management, and youth training and development. Esther previously worked as a Public Relations Officer with the Jamaica Information Service, (JIS) the public relations arm of the Government of Jamaica. Esther has also involved herself in youth leadership and community development in voluntary capacities in local community based organizations. Her professional experiences honed her into a strategic planner, who is competent in the application of communication for social transformation. Esther is passionate about empowering citizens through information and education. Through her pursuit of an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, she aims to create a synthesis between development communication and entrepreneurship that will dismantle abject poverty and its effects, throughout her sphere of influence.

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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.

Andreaearned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is active in the non-profit community and has participated in numerous service activities including the Humane Society’s 5K run and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 100K Seagull Century Bike Ride and is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s.

Languages: English, restaurant Italian and French

Personal Motto: Sure, we can figure that out.

Andrea M. Hernandez, Controller

Andrea brings to Atlas Corps more than a decade of public and private accounting including audit experience. Prior to joining Atlas Corps, Andrea worked as a Controller for a local non-profit organization for over two years. Previously, Andrea has worked for two national accounting firms; she continues to expand her expertise through continuing professional education and hands-on experience as a member of our finance team. She is experienced with Federal OMB requirements and cost principles and has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe conducting financial statement and grant specific audits for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Norwegian Agency for Development Co-Operation and United States Agency for International Development.

Andreaearned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. She is active in the non-profit community and has participated in numerous service activities including the Humane Society’s 5K run and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 100K Seagull Century Bike Ride and is a member of the Greater Washington Society of CPA’s.

Languages: English and fluent in Spanish

Personal Motto: “At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear”—Norman Maclean

Samuel Ole, Bookkeeper

Samuel Ole has more than 7 years of experience in managing and handling of financial accounting with different donors on grant projects, Carbon Management Program and sponsorship projects. He has worked with internationally non-profit organization based in Washington, USA which is focused on children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Samuel has a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from Haromaya University, certified with USAID Grant and non-governmental organization and CPA candidate.

Languages: English, Amharic

Personal Motto: Go for it!! You can do it!!


International Offices

Carol Mondragon, Latin America Director

Carol, a Bogota native, drives the Colombia program. She volunteered with Atlas Corps for several months as the Program Evaluation Coordinator before becoming a full-time member of our staff. Prior to joining Atlas Corps, Carol was involved in the Colombian citizen sector providing services to seniors. She also worked in Germany, with European Communication as a Project Management Consultant. During this time she was able to work closely with EU Parliament Member in the project Art for All. Carol holds a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in public administration from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and next year she will complete a PhD in International Cooperation for Development from the Phillips Universität Marburg in Germany. While studying in Germany she focused on international cooperation between Colombia and the European Union within the Peace Laboratories Project.

Languages: Spanish, English, German

Personal Motto: Learn today, lead tomorrow

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