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.
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.
ivan marovic, director of training & systems design
Ivan is one of the founders of Otpor!, the student resistance movement that played a critical role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic in 2000. After the successful democratic transition in Serbia, Marovic began consulting with various pro-democracy groups worldwide and became one of the leading trainers in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict. He also worked on People Power, a videogame that teaches activists how to use nonviolent action in their struggle for social change. Marovic holds a BSc in process engineering from Belgrade University and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
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.
board of directors
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
Nada Zohdy, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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
Michael Slaby, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Head of mission at Timshel, a social impact technology company; former Chief Integration and Innovation Officer for Obama for America.
DAR VANDERBECK, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
scott Curran, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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