Experience, History, and Education

SUMMARY

Sociology, theology, and peacebuilding have educated me to see how the underlying structural problems of a society hinder peace and justice, while my experiences have taught me to be more observant and creative, to be mindful of the other and arrive at solutions beneficial to all. With this background, I strive for a more just and peaceful world.

EXPERIENCE

Conflict Analysis, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Mediation:

  • Fifteen years of experience negotiating grants and contracts with funding agencies (including private foundations, local governments, US Department of State, and USAID) and agreements with sub-awardees—including local governments, non-profits, for-profits, and international partners (2001-Present)
  • Participant in the Problem-Solving Workshop, a training conducted jointly by American University’s International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program and George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (2011)
  • Participant in American University’s Negotiation Project (2010-2011)
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution class at American University (SIS-609, Fall 2010, 3 semester credits, grade A), paper and presentation entitled “Mexico’s Drug Wars” and final paper entitled “The Role of Respect in Conflicts and Their Resolution”
  • Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group (ILCRG) Cross-cultural Mediation Workshop (2009)
  • ILCRG Labor Basics Training (2008)
  • ILCRG & Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Mediator Training (2008)
  • Numerous observations and simulations (2008-2011)

Communication, Training, and Relationship-building:

  • Liaise with internal and external customers regarding contractual discussions, compliance matters, and audit issues—includes communicating with expatriate field staff, local field staff, and international contractors (2001-Present)
  • Maintain a strong relationship with internal customers, including program staff, attorneys, risk management, and finance (2001-Present)
  • Train staff on contractual topics and funder requirements (2001-Present)
  • Provide technical assistance to Public Health program staff in the development of requests for proposals and contract completion (2001-2010, 2012-Present)
  • Adviser to headquarters and field staff on matters related to contract terms and conditions, compliance issues, and risk (2010-2012)
  • Managed agreements in eleven countries and thirteen major programs, including several multimillion dollar USAID contracts and cooperative agreements (2010-2012)

Organizational Knowledge:

  • Ensure compliance with Federal laws and regulations and sponsor-specific requirements (2001-Present)
  • Managed PATH’s USAID awards, sub-awards, and sub-agreements, requiring a working knowledge of USAID’s complex rules and regulations (2011-2012)
  • Contributed to and assisted with establishing and enhancing operational policies and procedures for procurement and contracts/grants management at AMIDEAST (2010-2011)
  • Operations manager for contracts section: section lead and supervised other Contract Specialists; provided contract expertise for the department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants; technical resource to internal and external staff on contract administration; participated in solving issues and concerns regarding contracts with the department; represented the section in department committees (2009-2010)
  • Managed the implementation of two separate contract management systems (2007 and 2016)
  • Wrote five King County Council ordinances to allow multiyear contracts for levy-funded activities, creating numerous efficiencies for Public Health and suburban cities and fire districts (2002-2010)

WORK HISTORY

  • Contract Specialist (Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 2012-Present and 2001-2010, Seattle-WA)
  • Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health-PATH, 2011-2012, Seattle-WA)
  • Contracts and Grants Officer (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services-AMIDEAST, 2010-2011, Washington-DC)
  • Confidential Secretary to C.O.O. (Seattle-King County Department of Public Health, 2000-2001, Seattle-WA)

EDUCATION

  • American University (Post-graduate studies in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2010-2011, Washington-DC)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, Concentration in Cross-Cultural Studies, 1996, Pasadena-CA)
  • University of California-Irvine (Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1993, Irvine-CA)

SELECTED CERTIFICATES AND TRAININGS

  • American University: Problem-Solving Workshops training (2011)
  • Center for Public Management: “Mastering USAID Rules and Regulations” (2010) and “Management of USAID/CDC Cooperative Agreements from RFA to Closeout” (2010)
  • United States Institute of Peace: “Conflict Analysis” (2009) and “Interfaith Conflict Resolution” (2009)
  • King County: Inter-local Conflict Resolution Group Mediation Practicum (2008-2010), trainings in Project Management, Presentation Skills, and Undoing Institutional Racism (2005)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary: “Just Peacemaking” class, Dr. Glen Stassen (2008)
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service: Basic Mediation Training (2008)