Joel Charny: Joel Charny was appointed Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council USA in
December 2015. Prior to joining NRC, Joel was the Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction and the Vice President for Policy at Refugee International, where he conducted humanitarian assessment missions to
Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, the Chinese border with North Korea, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the tsunami, the Central African Republic, Burma, Syria, Kenya, and Sudan.
Lindsay Coates: Lindsay Coates
recently became a Managing Director of the non-profit organization BRAC global
Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI). In her new capacity, she leads the
UPGI’s advocacy agenda to leave no one behind through effective and powerful
solutions for the worlds most marginalized people. A life-long advocate
for human dignity, Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the
World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the executive
committee for Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and the boards of
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and United State Global Leadership
Coalition (USGLC). She also served on the Obama administration’s task
force on Global Poverty, was a Trustee for her alma mater the University of the
South at Sewanee, and a board member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers
Project and the Global Heath Council.
BRAC in 2018, she was President of InterAction, overseeing all management
issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. Prior to
her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in
various capacities. She began her career in Mississippi, and then served as
chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education, and an equal
employment opportunity attorney at the National Gallery of Art.
Jason Cone: Jason Cone was appointed Executive Director of
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) US in June 2015. Prior to being appointed Executive Director, Jason served as Communications Director for MSF for six and a half years. Jason has an extensive
background in crisis management, advocacy, and communications.