Photographs: Jeyhoun Allebaugh
Paulette Amadi, Manager, Grants Management and Compliance
Paulette Amadi is Manager, Grants Management and Compliance at Unbound Philanthropy; she joined in 2012 as Grants Assistant. Paulette brings to the Foundation administrative experience gained as an Information Officer at Queen Mary University, and as an intern at the Young Foundation and in the Civil Service Fast Stream. Paulette earned a degree in geography from the University of Southampton, where she became a volunteer for Unbound Philanthropy grantee, Student Action for Refugees (STAR). Paulette has continued to be an active volunteer for STAR and has volunteered as a governor to a local school, and trustee of a drop-in center to provide support for migrants in Haringey, London. Both of Paulette’s parents migrated from Nigeria to London, where Paulette now resides.
Baylen Campbell, Program Assistant to the Executive Director
Baylen Campbell is the Program Assistant to the Executive Director. He is a trained development practitioner with interests in migration and natural resources. Before joining Unbound, he was a Program Assistant at Independent Diplomat, a non-profit diplomatic advisory group. Baylen spent four years working with migrant and refugee communities in Italy and has conducted independent research on mineral certification and traceability in Rwanda. Baylen has also conducted research and conflict analysis with several NGOs, including Students Take Action Now Darfur, Concern Worldwide, & Amnesty International USA. He holds an MSc Development Practice from Trinity College Dublin/University College Dublin and a BA in International Affairs from John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.
Adey Fisseha, US Senior Program Officer
Adey Fisseha joined Unbound Philanthropy in 2012. Adey helps develop, implement, and evaluate Unbound Philanthropy’s grantmaking strategies in the United States. Adey previously worked for 10 years at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), most recently serving as a policy attorney and campaign coordinator. She worked on a wide range of federal policy issues at NILC, including, notably, as lead lawyer on a national advocacy campaign to pass the Dream Act. Adey was a compelling media spokesperson on the effort and led a coalition of more than one hundred national faith, education, labor, and immigrant/civil rights groups on the campaign. She also has served as a legislative aide to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA). Adey graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government and a certificate in African studies, and earned her law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a Cardozo Public Service Scholar. Adey is a refugee and immigrant from Ethiopia.
Taryn Higashi, Executive Director
Taryn Higashi is the Executive Director of Unbound Philanthropy. Prior to working at Unbound, from 1997 to 2008, Taryn managed the migrant and refugee rights portfolio at the Ford Foundation and served as Deputy Director of the human rights unit from 2001-2008. Previously, Taryn was a Program Officer at The New York Community Trust; a staff attorney and Program Coordinator for Safe Horizons in New York City; and an associate at the law firm O'Melveny & Myers. Taryn has received numerous awards, including the Robert V. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations, which she shared with Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; a 40th Anniversary Community Change Champion Award from the Center for Community Change; and a Human Rights Visionary Award from the Border Network for Human Rights, among others. Taryn currently serves on the Board of the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Steering Committee of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle. She is a former Chair of the Advisory Board of the International Migration Initiative at the Open Society Foundations and former Co-Chair of the Board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. Taryn is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego. She resides in New York City with her husband and son.
Kaitlin Kitzrow, US Grants Manager
Kaitlin Kitzrow is proud to serve as the US Grants Manager at Unbound Philanthropy. Prior to joining Unbound in November 2018, Kaitlin was the Grants Manager for the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, a Grants Officer at University Settlement/The Door, and the Development and Communications Associate at Epic Theatre Ensemble. She holds a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is thrilled to bring her broad range of experience in grants management, nonprofits, and the arts to support Unbound's innovative philanthropic approach and further the vital work of its grantees.
Olena Kosheva, Controller and Senior Manager, Operations
Olena Kosheva is Controller and Senior Manager, Operations at Unbound Philanthropy. She joined Unbound in 2017 as Accounting and Operations Manager. Olena has 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounting, in small, large, profit and not-for-profit organizations, having worked at The Rockefeller Foundation and the Central Bank of Ukraine. Olena earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from University of Economics in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Jake Lee, Deputy Director, UK Program
Jake Lee is the Deputy Director of the UK Program at Unbound Philanthropy, where he has helped develop the foundation’s UK strategy since 2012. As a social justice lawyer, his focus has been on the foundation’s legal rights programme and its arts and popular culture work. He also works at The Legal Education Foundation where he has shaped the Foundation’s strategy and built its access to justice and policy portfolio. In both roles, he co-founded the Justice First Fellowship programme and assists multiple non-profits as a board member or advisor. Previously, he was an attorney at Allen & Overy for ten years, where he worked in Brussels and London as an EU lawyer before managing the firm’s international pro bono programme and foundations. Jake has a first class degree in Economics from Warwick University and graduated from BBP Law School with Distinctions in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course. Jake is the lead in the UK for the Foundation’s arts and culture grantees and studied fine art before realising he was better suited to the law. When not at work he can be found running or swimming, sometimes with a friend who is a blind war veteran.
Elyse Lightman Samuels, Communications Manager
Elyse Lightman Samuels is Communications Manager at Unbound Philanthropy. She joined in 2014 as Communications, Learning, and Special Projects Officer. Prior to Unbound, Elyse worked in communications and external relations at EngenderHealth and American Jewish World Service. Elyse has spent extensive time working in Cambodia as a Board Member of Harpswell, whose mission is to equip young women in Southeast Asia with leadership skills, education, and a supportive network; she is also a founder of PEN Cambodia. She previously served on the Board of the international women's human rights organization, MADRE. Elyse earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University's School of the Arts, where she wrote about a Muslim ethnic minority community in Cambodia; and she earned a MPA in International Nonprofit Management and Public Policy at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, where she conducted research in South Korea on skills training and certification for migrant workers. Elyse received a BA from Brown University.
Hilde Pedersen, UK Grants Assistant
Hilde Pedersen is Grants Assistant for the UK Program at Unbound Philanthropy. She earned a first class degree in international development with NGO management from the University of East London, during which she spent time in Uganda as an intern at a children’s charity. After graduating, Hilde was an administrative volunteer with Student Action for Refugees (STAR), an Unbound Philanthropy grantee, and later took up the role as interim Student Network Coordinator. Most recently she worked as data and communications coordinator at Victim Support. Hilde is originally from Norway and has been living in London since 2010.
Ingrid Rasmussen, Chief Operating Officer
Ingrid Rasmussen is Chief Operating Officer at Unbound Philanthropy, where she oversees Finance and Operations, HR and IT, and Grants Management. Ingrid was formerly Vice President for Finance and Operations at the Heron Foundation, and previously worked as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Helmsley Charitable Trust, and as V.P. of Finance at Nonprofit Finance Fund. Ingrid has extensive nonprofit Board experience at organizations such as Hot Bread Kitchen, Bronx House, and the New Community Corporation. Ingrid’s family immigrated to the US from Italy, and she is passionate about Unbound’s mission to invest in leaders and organizations in the US and UK working to build a vibrant, welcoming society and just immigration system.
Will Somerville, UK Program Director
Will Somerville is Director, UK Program at Unbound Philanthropy. In addition to his Unbound role, he also works part-time as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a think tank based in Washington DC. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining MPI in 2006, Will worked at the Commission for Racial Equality, the U.K. Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He has authored over sixty policy papers, chapters and journal articles, mostly related to migration, and has commented widely in the media, particularly for The Guardian. His most recent book is Immigration under New Labour (2007, Policy Press). Will holds a degree in History (First Class) from Leeds University, a Master’s degree (with distinction) in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Ted Wang, US Program Director
Ted Wang is the Director of Unbound Philanthropy’s US Program. Before joining the foundation, Ted had a public policy consulting practice, advising a mix of foundations, advocacy organizations, and elected officials. From 1990 to 2004, he worked at two nonprofit organizations, Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ted litigated discrimination and voting rights cases and drafted local and state laws promoting immigrant rights, racial justice, and small business development. Among the recognition he received for his community work include the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus' Legislative Hero Award and the Asian American Bar Association of the Bay Area's Outstanding Leadership to the Legal Community Award. Ted received his bachelor's degree from Reed College and his law degree from Yale Law School. Ted is originally from Taipei, Taiwan, and now lives in Berkeley, California.
Julia Yang-Winkenbach, US Program Officer
Julia Yang-Winkenbach is US Program Officer at Unbound Philanthropy; she joined as US Program Assistant in 2015. Previously, Julia worked at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she served as a development associate for the Annual and Special Giving Programs in the Office of External Affairs. As a second-generation Taiwanese American raised in Flushing, Queens, Julia is deeply committed to the foundation’s mission of supporting organizations and groups seeking to create transformative changes that make a difference for migrants and refugees alike. She currently serves on the Board of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum’s New York City Chapter (NAPAWF*NYC). Julia has also held civic engagement roles (census and voting rights) with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, as well as various fundraising roles with immigrant rights organizations. Julia completed a MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, and earned her BA in International Studies and Political Science at the City College of New York - CUNY.
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