Heath Cosgrove Mr. Cosgrove is the Director of USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office and a USAID Foreign Service Officer currently working in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the Agency’s global advisory and learning services that advance poverty-reducing principles for inclusive economic growth and good governance through improving land and resource governance and strengthening property rights. Mr. Cosgrove most recently served as the Director of the Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion office in Washington, D.C. and prior to that as the Director of Economic Growth, Water, and Environment in Lebanon and as the Economic Governance Division Chief in Afghanistan. While in Lebanon, he led the U.S. Embassy’s response to the Syrian conflict and its spillover effects. Throughout his career he has worked in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He also served as Senior Trade Adviser to the Governor of Alabama and managed marketing strategies on three continents for CBS financial news. Cosgrove holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Suffolk University, a master’s degree in International Development Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, and an executive certificate in Innovations in Governance from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Contact Heath Cosgrove.

Ioana Bouvier Ms. Bouvier is a Senior Geospatial Analyst in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resources Management Office. She has a background in spatial decision support, GIS and remote sensing for program design, management and evaluation. Before coming to USAID, Ms. Bouvier served as a geospatial analytic methods team lead at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where she developed methods for data analysis and visualization, and informed policy makers. While at NGA, she conducted research on climate change and food security in West Africa. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Bouvier worked as a geospatial and international development specialist with DAI for nine years, providing technical support and training for numerous USAID-funded environment, food security, and natural resources management programs. Ioana has a master’s degree in Remote Sensing / GIS for Development and Environment from Clark University, Worcester, MA. Contact Ioana Bouvier.

Stephen Brooks Mr. Brooks is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He focuses on the integration of property rights considerations into ongoing global climate change objectives. He has over five years of experience in research, program management and technical assistance focused on community-based coastal conservation projects in Southeast Asia. He holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration on international development and conservation. His research at Yale sought to clarify the historical implications of property rights conflict on current mangrove conservation projects in Indonesia. Mr. Brooks also holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Contact Stephen Brooks.

Chad Dear Dr. Dear is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science Policy Fellow serving USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He is currently focusing on social safeguards and responsible land-based investments. Prior to joining USAID, Chad co-led the establishment of the Mountain Societies Research Institute (part of the Aga Khan Development Network) and guided the Institute’s inaugural applied research programs. Dr. Dear, who has a PhD in Forestry and Conservation, has nearly ten years of on-the-ground international experience as a researcher and development professional, primarily in Central Asia and Southern Africa. He is an affiliate faculty member in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana and is a former Fulbright Fellow. He also previously served in USAID’s Global Development Lab. Contact Chad Dear.

Susan Elegba Ms. Elegba is a Program Officer for USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She oversees the coordination of procurement, budget, and reporting actions for the office. Previously, she managed and supported programs within USAID’s Global Health Bureau, and also worked for the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Elegba’s academic and professional research at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in South Africa includes best practices for Local Economic Development and Small Medium and Micro Enterprises. She holds a master’s degree in International Development with a concentration in Democracy and Governance from American University’s School of International Service, and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from SUNY Binghamton. A native of Ghana, Ms. Elegba enjoys African literature, art and fashion. Contact Susan Elegba.

Sarah Lowery Ms. Lowery is an Economist and Public-Private Finance Specialist in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She focuses on the link between secure land tenure and inclusive economic growth and leads the econometric and financial analysis related to strengthened land tenure and access to finance. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Lowery managed the Public-Private Co-Finance Initiative at Forest Trends, where she designed public-private financial mechanisms in Brazil and Colombia that encourage sustainable land use (i.e. reduced deforestation and increased climate-smart agriculture technologies). She has authored several papers and thought-pieces on climate finance innovations like REDD+ bonds and ways to utilize climate finance to unlock larger pools of capital like domestic agricultural finance in the pursuit of conservation goals. Previously, Ms. Lowery was a financial analysis consultant for projects in Spain and Colombia and she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize. Ms. Lowery holds an MBA and master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Lafayette College. Contact Sarah Lowery.

Yuliya Neyman Ms. Neyman is a Land Governance and Legal Advisor in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Neyman worked as a corporate lawyer at White & Case, LLP in New York City, and at the World Bank. While at White & Case, Ms. Neyman was involved with several land rights and indigenous rights projects. Most recently, she worked with the UN Global Compact to create the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Neyman worked as a journalist, and has written for the Huffington Post, Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal, New York Daily News, Newsday, Washington Times and USA Today. Ms. Neyman has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Contact Yuliya Neyman.

Silvia Petrova Ms. Petrova is a Geospatial Analyst in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She has over ten years of experience in applying GIS Remote Sensing technology and geospatial solutions to the international development field focusing primarily on environment, land use and land use change, climate mitigation, forestry carbon assessment, capacity building, and project implementation. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Petrova worked at Winrock International. She has worked in Guyana, Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, and holds masters’ degrees in GIS for Development and Environment from Clark University, Worcester, MA and in Computer Science from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Contact Silvia Petrova.

Anthony Piaskowy Mr. Piaskowy has served as a Land Tenure, Communications and Learning Specialist in the Land Tenure and Resource Management Office at USAID since 2011. He serves as a project manager of all evaluation, research and pilot activities for the office, and oversees implementation of communication and learning strategies. Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Piaskowy spent eight years managing U.S. domestic community development programs in the public health, economic development and housing sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and a master’s degree in International Service from American University. Mr. Piaskowy has conducted field research in Latin America and Asia and has focused more recently on urban development issues in East Africa. Outside of professional endeavors, Tony enjoys architecture, music, coffee and yoga. Contact Anthony Piaskowy.

Dan Raciazek Mr. Raciazek is the Office Manager in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He has served USAID since 2010, most recently in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. Mr. Raciazek plays a critical role ensuring that all office staff have the support needed to enable mission success handling day to day activities including travel, records management, and logistics. Prior to joining USAID, he was employed with Lockheed Martin and provided operations support including training, logistics, and communications throughout the corporation. Contact Dan Raciazek.

Caleb Stevens Mr. Stevens is a Land and Resource Governance Specialist in the USAID Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He focuses on reforming national land laws and policies, social safeguards and land-based investments, and the relationship between land tenure and global climate change. Prior to joining USAID he worked on community forestry and climate change mitigation, private sector engagement, and other property rights issues with the World Resources Institute. Previously Mr. Stevens also served as Legal Advisor to the Liberian Land Commission, where he facilitated the development of Liberia’s national land policy. He holds a master’s degree from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and a law degree from the University of Illinois. Contact Caleb Stevens.

M. Mercedes Stickler Ms. Stickler is the Senior Land Tenure and Evaluation Specialist in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She has over ten years of experience in research, project management, and technical assistance in the land sector and has previously worked for the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Ms. Stickler leads USAID’s land tenure impact evaluations and provides technical assistance to the Agency on issues related to land tenure, climate-smart agriculture, natural resources management, and land governance. She manages USAID’s Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR) project, co-manages USAID’s Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project and serves as a lead technical backstop for USAID’s land programming in Africa and Southeast Asia, including in Burma, Ethiopia, and Zambia. Ms. Stickler is the co-author of a landmark World Bank book on large-scale land acquisition and has authored numerous papers on land tenure issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent several years living and working in South Africa, where she earned her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Rhodes University with the support of a U.S. Fulbright Grant. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. Contact M.Mercedes Stickler.

Kim Kim Yee Ms. Kim Kim Yee is a Foreign Service Natural Resources Management Officer in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. In her current role, Ms. Yee focuses primarily on assisting countries with their Kimberley Process compliance, which ensures exported diamonds are conflict-free and in direct support of the US Clean Diamond Trade Act. Prior to joining LTRM, she served as Private Sector Team Leader in USAID/Ghana’s Economic Growth Office, Southern Programs Team Leader in USAID/Afghanistan’s Agriculture Office, Field Program Officer in USAID/Afghanistan’s Provincial Reconstruction Team Office, and managed a grants program in the Global Development Alliance Secretariat in USAID/Washington. Ms. Yee started her development career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania. In the hard sciences industry, she has worked in an environmental laboratory and in a computational chemistry software firm. Ms. Yee holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
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