MAG America Board Members
Board ChairTommy Ross is a career national security professional and has worked in senior leadership positions in both chambers of Congress, the executive branch, and the private sector.
He currently serves as Senior Director for Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance, where he focuses on cybersecurity and law enforcement policies, and as a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, Ross served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation, where he led the most significant reforms to Department of Defense security cooperation, resources, and implementation in the department’s history. He joined the Defense Department after 12 years as a staff member in Congress. He served as Senior Intelligence and Defense Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and as Legislative Director for Representative David Price (D-NC) and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), advising each on national security policy.
Mr. Ross holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and a master’s degree in Theology and Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel Clune
Development ChairDan Clune was U.S. Ambassador to Laos from 2013-2016, where he made clearing unexploded ordnance from the Vietnam conflict a priority and successfully supported an increase in U.S. funding for UXO clearance from $9 million to $30 million per year. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Clune also served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs and as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'Affaires at the U.S embassies in Canberra, Australia and Nassau, Bahamas. He was Director of the State Department’s Office of Monetary Affairs and served as head of the U.S. Delegation to the Paris Club. He spent a year at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Director of Middle East and Mediterranean Affairs and served at U.S. embassies in Lima, Peru and Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ambassador Clune is a graduate of Boston College and Boalt Hall School of Law, the law school at the University of California at Berkeley. He practiced law for ten years in Chicago before joining the Foreign Service in 1985. Since he retirement, he has worked with Catholic Charities representing undocumented immigrants on a pro bono basis.
Governance ChairSheila Crowley is a mission-driven, international development executive with 25 years’ experience in public, private, and non-governmental sectors. Sheila has been fortunate in her career to have worked for two gold-standard organizations: Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity International. In her tenure with Peace Corps from 2010-2018, she held multiple leadership positions: Country Director in Romania and Indonesia, Chief of Operations and Associate Director, culminating in being named as Acting Director of the agency from January 2017 to April 2018, during an administration transition. Having worked for Habitat for Humanity International from 2004-2009, Sheila recently returned to Habitat as Vice President of Volunteer and Institutional Engagement where her focus is on developing strategies to engage the next generation of champions in the cause of poverty-shelter issues. In the middle of her career, Sheila took a detour and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2001-2003, and worked prior at JP Morgan and McKinsey & Co as a Senior Business Researcher and Librarian from 1994-2001.
Sheila volunteers as an English teacher at the Washington English Center, and she and her black Labrador, Maya, currently serve as volunteers at People. Animals. Love., visiting veterans and children’s libraries. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree in history and Russian studies from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in information science from Drexel University.
Board memberTunc Dayioglu is a Managing Director at The Rock Creek Group where he focuses on global macro strategies. He joined the firm in 2008 and led the credit/event driven strategies before taking on global macro strategies. Prior to this, Tunc was a Principal Investment Officer at the World Bank's Investment Management Department and also worked in Asset-Liability management, where he structured and traded derivative transactions for the World Bank. He also worked with the Financial Products and Services group, advising clients on sovereign debt management techniques and designing new financial products. Tunc received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University in Istanbul. He also holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a master's degree in Finance from George Washington University.
Board memberSteven Lawry is Senior Associate at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He has worked for the Ford Foundation in Namibia, Egypt and at the Foundation’s NY headquarters. He was president of Antioch College and a senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as associate director for Africa programs at the University of Wisconsin’s Land Tenure Center. He holds a PhD from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Finance ChairMr. Mark Michalowski has served in senior management finance roles with leading nonprofit and commercial organizations for over 20 years.
Mr. Michalowski is currently Vice President of Finance and Administration at IDS International. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Institute for Physical Sciences and held senior financial management roles in defense and telecom firms, including Lockheed Martin Global Telecom (COMSAT Corp). He holds an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University.
Board memberVeronica Pollock is a Senior Public Policy Advisor with The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson. She advises a wide range of clients on public policy matters and political developments that impact businesses. Veronica specializes in monitoring and analyzing international policy developments and how they affect politics and commerce within the United States.
Prior to joining TDG, Veronica worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) managing a variety of projects across the globe. She contributed to international election-observation missions, program development and management, and coordinated with international leaders on special projects. Veronica was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2001 to 2003, which is where she first developed her commitment to international affairs.
Veronica lives in Washington, DC with her husband David, their children, and a senior rescue dog. She is from Central New York and graduated with a bachelor's degree in History from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Board memberAnne Simmons-Benton is a champion and leader of international development with more than 30 years of experience in government, private sector, and academic roles. Anne has managed and led complex and critical USG priorities including the World Trade Organization’s Integrated Framework, the Regional Investment Initiative under Gore-Chernomyrdin in Russia, the Stability Pact in the Balkans, the Presidential Initiative on Trade Capacity Building and the Central American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
She has worked in over 32 countries throughout her career. As an international development expert and lawyer, she brings expertise in trade, commercial law, competitiveness, economic growth, rule of law and gender. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter. Anne has been a licensed attorney since 1984. She holds a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C., a Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certificate from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is married to Jonathan Benton, a Foreign Service Officer, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Board memberOlivia Wong is the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at WETA – the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital – responsible for local publicity and corporate brand strategy for the station's television channels (WETA, WETA UK, WETA PBS Kids, and WETA World) and Classical WETA 90.9 FM. Prior to joining WETA in 2016, Wong was a WGBH National Marketing senior publicist and social media lead for the MASTERPIECE series on PBS; and was part of the promotion team on numerous PBS national series including American Experience, This Old House and NOVA. A graduate of Brown University, she is the co-recipient of a 2012 PR News Digital PR Award for Downton Abbey's Digital PR Campaign, and has participated as a speaker at PromaxBDA and SXSW Interactive.
MAG America advisors
MAG America AmbassadorRebecca Rusch has been a professional athlete for 25 years and counting, earning accolades for her work around the world. The “Queen of Pain” with a heart of gold has done it all, from riding her bike up Africa’s legendary Mt. Kilimanjaro to developing training clinics to introduce more women to endurance biking to writing a best-selling memoir, Rusch to Glory. The seven-time World Champion is recognized as a trailblazer in adventure racing, becoming the first female ascent rock climbing captain in Yosemite, river-boarding 300 miles of the entire Grand Canyon in 18 days, and giving men a run for their money in endurance mountain bike racing in events like the Leadville 100 and Dirty Kanza DXL. Rebecca is CEO of Rusch Ventures, which oversees Rusch’s signature “Rebecca’s Private Idaho” gravel bike event, Rusch Academy’s outdoor camps, and her epic travel adventure MTB-Lao. In addition, Rebecca recently launched the BeGood Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports unexploded bomb clearance in Laos and preservation of public lands through personal growth and outdoor exploration. To date she has raised over $500,000 for various local, national and global charities, including the Mines Advisory Group, where she has been named MAG Ambassador for her work to bring attention to the UXO crisis in Laos. In 2017, with Red Bull Media House, Rebecca released the award-winning film Blood Road, which followed her personal journey cycling the 1,800 kilometer Ho Chi Minh Trail. The film has received the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction. Rebecca spends her spare time serving her community as a volunteer firefighter with the Ketchum Fire Department.
MAG America CounselSteve Solow has worked for MAG America for over 15 years as the organization's outside pro bono counsel. Steve is currently a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Baker Botts LLP, where he is a litigator and specializes in internal investigations, crisis response, regulatory, and safety compliance matters in the U.S. and abroad.
Previously he served at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) as Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section and, before that, as a prosecutor with the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. While at the DOJ, Steve directed an international investigation to combat the smuggling of ozone depleting chemicals and coordinated the work of U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies. Steve has also been a law professor at both the University of Maryland School of Law and Pace University School of Law.
As MAG America's outside counsel, Steve provides pro bono legal support for the organization and has visited MAG operations in Vietnam and Lebanon. Steve is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law.
MAG America staff
Executive DirectorJamie Franklin has over 18 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, including more than 15 years of experience working with MAG. Jamie joined MAG America in 2011 as MAG’s Representative in the Americas before becoming Executive Director in 2014. Prior to joining MAG America, Jamie spent two years as MAG’s Country Program Manager in Cambodia and also has worked for MAG in Laos, South Sudan and the U.K.. He holds a master's degree in Economics in Development Administration and Management from the University of Manchester, and a bachelor's degree in Engineering from Loughborough University. Jamie is a keen oenophile, but is more likely found at his local Target or Home Depot stores these days. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife Charlotte and daughter Leena.
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Development & External Relations DirectorKathryn Duval joined the MAG America team in 2018. Prior to her work with MAG America, she served as the Director of External Relations & National Giving at 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, and as the Manager of Individual Giving at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She has a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications, and is a proud member of Women In International Security, the Development Leadership Consortium, and YNPN - DC. Kathryn holds a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Art History from Case Western Reserve University. When she's not putting the fun in fundraising, Kathryn can most likely be found practicing yoga, taking photos, eating bagels, or cultivating her Netflix queue.
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Grants ManagerRachel joined MAG America as Grants Management and Administration Assistant in September 2014, rising to the role of Grants Manager in July 2018. Prior to joining MAG America, Rachel taught for the Cambodian National Defense University and delivered high-level language training for business professionals in Phnom Penh. She also worked for Altsean Burma in Bangkok, Thailand, undertaking policy research and providing off-site training for Burmese activists. Rachel holds a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, encompassing graduate work in Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Rachel also holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science with concentrations in Public Administration and Sociology from Truman State University. In her free time, Rachel can be found hiking and kayaking in the great outdoors.
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Development Operations CoordinatorLisa joined MAG America in 2014 as an intern, then as Executive and Development Assistant from 2015 to 2018, before assuming her current role as Development Operations Coordinator in 2019. Prior to working at MAG America, she worked as an Administrative Assistant at Lockheed Martin from 2008 to 2013. Lisa has also worked with various news outlets as a correspondent. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lisa enjoys old, sweet literature, painfully depressing music, and watching Bob Ross videos with her husband.
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Executive AssistantBrenna Hettler joined MAG America as Executive Assistant in 2019. After graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor's in Applied Linguistics, she taught English in southwest China for two years. Prior to joining the MAG team, she worked at Clearwater Legal as Office Manager. When she's not planning her next trip, Brenna enjoys going to farmers markets and checking out local bands.
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