Tiffany Gardner brings over a decade of extensive international experience in human rights advocacy and domestic public interest. She has worked on women’s rights, human rights and grassroots organizing throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States. She worked with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations International Law Commission and Human Rights Watch and recently was the co-founder and director of the One World Exchange Program for under-represented U.S. college students and organized international solidarity coalitions. She is a former Mergers & Acquisitions associate at the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a LL.M. in human rights law from Columbia University Law School. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Laura Gosa has over a decade of experience as an operations and fundraising professional in human rights, social justice, and direct service organizations in the New York City metro area. She has previously worked with the Coalition for Haitian Rights, Human Rights Watch, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (now Partners for Dignity & Rights), and most recently New City Kids, which serves at-risk youth affected by poverty, developing them as leaders and preparing them for college. Laura has a B.A. in French and European Studies and a M.A. in International Studies, both from the University of Kansas.
Amanda Pohl is a macro social worker passionate about social justice with more than a decade of experience in program development, project management, and nonprofit leadership. She has previously worked with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Virginia Organizing, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, among others. Amanda ran for Virginia State Senate in 2019 and has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Virginia Tech, an MS in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MDiv from Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond, and an MSW with concentration in Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Cecilia Silva is the first member of her family to graduate high school and attend college. In 2018, Cecilia was elected as the first Latina to serve in the role of Speaker of The Senate at The University of Texas at Arlington. During her term she was instrumental to introducing policy initiatives that provided feminine hygiene products at no cost to students, expanded college advisement resources, and much more. Cecilia has worked extensively with IGNITE National, The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and The League of Women Voters of Dallas to encourage civic participation among her community members. She is a passionate advocate for equal representation in politics and is dedicated to helping women seek careers in politics and government.
Desiree Alvarez (she/her) is a sociologist in the graduate program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her passion for social justice and improving minority and female representation in our public institutions drives her work and research interests. Desiree brings with her a strong research foundation in women and gender studies, racial and ethnic studies, and both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She lives in Arlington, Texas with her daughter, husband and their cat, Sam.
Elberel Davaa is joining ReflectUS as the Community Solutions Fellow, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. As the Executive Director for Women for Social Progress in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Elberel has experience strengthening and promoting democratic processes and good governance by increasing citizen participation, improving citizen’s education, and strengthening transparency and accountability through advocacy, training, and campaigns. During the CSP fellowship, Elberel hopes to learn about different approaches to training, advocacy, and campaigns for women and youth.