Erin Mazursky, Founder & Executive Director

Erin brings over a decade of experience in movement-building, technology and advocacy to her work. She has worked with close to thirty social and political movements around the world. Formerly she’s done strategy with Purpose, served as a Youth Advisor with USAID, organized with the Obama ‘08 campaign, and co-founded STAND.


Rachel Dougherty, Communications & Special Projects Coordinator

Rachel brings over five years of organizing experience to their work with Rhize. To date, Rachel’s work and research has focused on fostering deep community engagement and creating equitable access to public space. In their spare time, Rachel serves as a board member for IgnatianQ, organizes with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and goes off-recipe in the kitchen.

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trinh nguyen, chief activation officer

Trinh is an organizer for Viet Tan, a grassroots pro-democracy organization with members in Vietnam and around the world. Before joining Rhize, she was a Program Manager at the Media Democracy Fund, working in collaboration with the Open Technology Fund to support projects and technical tools seeking to solve internet freedom, digital, and human rights challenges. She has a decade of training and campaign experience in building movements in Vietnam, reproductive justice, and internet freedom. Trinh is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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kenneth chomba, regional hub manager—africa

Kenneth Chomba is an organizer from Kenya. He is involved as a co-founder in a team that started Tatua Kenya - a grassroots movement that aims to develop strong social leaders with a deep understanding and practice for grassroots organizing. He has been involved with the movement for 7 years now with training, coaching and organizing experience for campaigns in access to education, sexual reproductive health, anti-gender based violence and farming schemes workers.

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Marilia Bezerra, Secretary of the Board of Directors

Founder & CEO, Aldeia Works, former Clinton Global Initiative executive team


Kurt Ronn, Treasurer of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Founder of HRWorks; contributor to major HR industry journals; Strategic consultant to venture-backed startups and major corporate reorganizations



Runs the OpenGov Hub, the world's first open government-themed coworking community and a network of nearly 40 organizations  citizen participation around the globe


Dr. Maria J. Stephan, board of directors

Senior policy fellow, United States Institute of Peace (USIP); nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; former lead foreign affairs officer in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations



Head of mission at Timshel, a social impact technology company; former Chief Integration and Innovation Officer for Obama for America.



Managing Director, Teach For America; Partner, Imperative; former Program Strategist USAID Office of Transition Initiatives


Brendan Halloran, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Senior Fellow in the International Budget Partnership’s Strategy and Learning Team; former Transparency and Accountability initiative, leading the program’s impact and learning stream.



Founder, Beyond Advisers; strategic counselor to social innovators; former General Counsel for the Clinton Foundation


Ann-Sofie Jespersen, Board of Directors

Cairo-based; former ActionAid; decade-long student & teacher of activism


William J. Dobson, advisor

Editor of Politics & Foreign Affairs at Slate; author, The Dictator's Learning Curve


Joe Conte, Advisor

Entrepreneur, strategist, and tech advisor; former organizing director at NationBuilder