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As the following profiles demonstrate, ICMA program staff come from many backgrounds, bringing a diversity of experience with donor organizations, research projects, and programs in a wide variety of technical areas. Individuals can be contacted at the e-mail addresses provided below. General questions about ICMA's international programs can be directed to international@icma.org. Questions about ICMA's U.S.-based programs can be directed to sustainability@icma.org.

David Grossman
David Grossman, Director, Global Program Management

David Grossman brought 30 years of technical and managerial experience in international development to his position when he became director of ICMA International in January 2008. In addition to his experience in municipal development, he has expertise in such areas as finance, credit, and urban infrastructure. He began his professional career with the New York City Planning Commission, helping tenants to organize and maintain their buildings. After a year with the United Nations Development Program, he served for six years as a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Foreign Service Officer, in Honduras and Costa Rica. From 1984 to 1994 he worked in the USAID Office of Housing and Urban Programs, including serving as its chief operating officer (COO). He later held COO positions with USAID’s Global Bureau Environment Center and USAID’s Office of Development Credit. Most recently he served as the senior advisor for research and development for the USAID Development Credit Authority. During his years at USAID, he received Honor Awards and other citations for outstanding performance. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science/Latin American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master’s degree in international affairs, with a specialization in economics and urban planning, from Columbia University, in New York City. He speaks English and Spanish. Contact: dgrossman@icma.org

Rachel Bingham
Rachel Bingham, Digital Media & Communications Specialist

Rachel Bingham joined ICMA in August 2014. She is a Temple University graduate holding a bachelor's degree in communications and writing composition. Her specialties include layout and design, social media, and editing. Prior to joining ICMA, she interned extensively in the non-profit sector for both local and international organizations. She is a D.C. area native and enjoys cooking, photography, and performing spoken word in her spare time. Contact: rbingham@icma.org

Mila Bobu
Mila Bobu, Senior Program Manager

Mila Bobu has more than 9 years of experience in USG international programs in Asia, Mexico, Central America, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus providing support in areas of financial management, operations, procurement, contractual compliance, etc. She joined ICMA in early 2016 to support a $48M program in the Philippines - Strengthening Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE). She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Academy for Economic Studies in Moldova. She fluently speaks Romanian, Russian, English, and Spanish and has good knowledge of German and Italian. Contact: mbobu@icma.org

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Isabelle Bully-Omictin, Director, Latin America & Caribbean Programs

Isabelle Bully-Omictin joined ICMA in 1997, and has since participated in local governance program design, management, implementation, and monitoring. She is in charge of managing programs, developing and guiding the implementation of business development strategies, and leading the writing and production of technical and cost proposals to international donors in selected countries and regions, in particular Latin America and the Caribbean. Isabelle also serves as the Director of the Municipal Partnerships for Violence Prevention in Central America (AMUPREV) program, a USAID-funded cooperative agreement designed to promote comprehensive local-level violence prevention strategies and programs and foster development of regional peer knowledge networks. She also has manaaged other USAID-funded programs, including a youth-at-risk program in Panama, a crime and violence prevention program in Mexico, and a CityLinks Pilot Partnership in crime prevention through environmental design in Honduras. Isabelle has worked in Bolivia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and the Philippines, developing and implementing programs with local governments in performance measurement, local government management, community development, information technology, and crime and violence prevention. Prior to joining ICMA, she managed USAID-funded urban environmental programs for Datex, Inc., and was a Local Planning and Development Coordinator for the Peace Corps in the Philippines. She has an M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. with Distinction in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She is bilingual in French and English, is fluent in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese and Cebuano. Contact: iomictin@icma.org

Octavio Chavez
Octavio Chavez, Director, ICMA México-Latinoamérica

Dr. Chavez has been involved in local government management programs in Mexico since 1996 and environmental issues primarily focusing on the US-Mexico Border since 1990. He is the Director of ICMA’s office in Mexico, a self-sufficient bureau that focuses on fostering the professionalization of local government in Mexico and the region. ICMA México-Latinoamérica (ICMA-ML) helps local governments strengthen their institutional capacity by promoting the adaptation of good management tools to improve their effectiveness and efficiency. ICMA-ML provides educational programs in performance measurement; finance; human resource management; ethics and professional conduct; leadership; and transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption, as well as programs promoting institutional strengthening in finance, human resource management, planning and legal framework management. Previously, Dr. Chavez served as the ICMA Chief of Party for the USAID-funded US-Mexico Partnership for Municipal Development, a program that promoted democratic practices in the operation of the municipalities by encouraging citizen participation in local government decision-making processes, professionalism in the local government sector, improved financial administration, use of performance measurement, and transparent governance. Dr. Chavez has worked as a researcher, university professor, and consultant in both the United States and Mexico. He earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Chemical Engineering. Mr. Chavez is bilingual in Spanish and English. Contact: ochavez@icma.org

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Cory Fleming, Senior Technical Director & Program Specialist

Cory oversees ICMA's contract services to local governments implementing 311/CRM systems including community readiness assessment and system planning. She currently directs the Esri-ICMA #LocalGov Technology Alliance. She served as the project director for the ICMA National Study of 311 and Customer Service Technology (icma.org/311) from 2006-2011. This national study, the first of its type, resulted in a wealth of new research, resources, and tools for local governments that are implementing or maintaining a centralized customer service system. Cory writes about the use of data for improved local government service delivery and performance measurement. She served as editor for The GIS Guide for Local Government Officials (Esri 2005) and The GIS Guide for Elected Officials (Esri 2014). She holds a B.S. degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a master's degree in Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Contact: cfleming@icma.org

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Andrea Fox, Deputy Director, Global Program Management

Andrea oversees a portfolio of programs that provide training and education, consulting services, and research focusing on best practices and resources for local governments on public health, smart cities, sustainability planning, solar energy, distressed communities, and brownfields redevelopment. Since 2005 Andrea has worked in and with local and state governments, including the city of Omaha, Nebraska; the Nebraska State Legislature; and the city of Napa, California. As local government staff, she implemented numerous sustainability strategies and policies and developed a sustainability plan. As an aide in the Nebraska Legislature, she assisted with the passage of laws that assess and reduce energy consumption. At ICMA, Andrea uses her first-hand knowledge of local government to increase the capacity of local governments to create more sustainable, livable, and resilient communities. She has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Denver. She speaks fluent English and basic Spanish. Contact: afox@icma.org

Damian George, Director, Africa & Europe Programs

Damian George has extensive experience in project management, new business capturing, proposal development, and budgeting, with a specialty in finance. He is responsible for ICMA's project portfolio in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining ICMA in 2009, he was part of a team offering financial advisory and technical assistance services to international organizations, governments, and corporations in emerging markets countries. Funded projects on which he worked included developing a municipal and communal services strategy; designing a communal services development fund; establishing legal and regulatory frameworks for credit reporting; conducting a feasibility study for investment in urban transportation infrastructure; establishing financial and control policies for privatization of an airline; and conducting due diligence on a road proposal. He has in-country project management experience in Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Georgia, Kosovo, Madagascar, Nigeria, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Tanzania. His career also includes employment with banks in Sofia, Bulgaria, and with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation in New York City. Damian has an M.S. degree in international economic relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and an M.B.A. in finance from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Bulgarian. Contact: dgeorge@icma.org

Catalina Gutierrez-Paez, Assistant Program Manager

Catalina joined ICMA in 2015 after receiving an M.A. degree in Sustainability from the University of South Florida. Her undergraduate degree was in International Relations with a focus in Latin America from Florida International University. As a graduation project, she spent a summer in Costa Rica assessing the country’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism. Her family migrated from Colombia to South Florida in the early 2000s, fleeing the economic and political hardship of the country. As an assistant program manager, she works on the ICMA CityLinks program and the Latin America portfolio. Catalina says she really enjoys her work, as she is constantly dealing with material and information related to subjects and regions she feels passionate about. She also has an interest in public policy, research, community outreach, indigenous rights, and gender equity. Contact: cgutierrezpaez@icma.org

Jessica Cho
Jessica Johnston, Senior Program Manager, CityLinks

Jessica Johnston joined ICMA in early 2012 as the CityLinks program manager after completing her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree from the H. John Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. While at Heinz College, Jessica was named a fellow with the Council of Women World Leaders. As a fellow, she worked in the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on gender and education issues. Prior to completing her degree, she worked for an international development organization supporting projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jessica’s technical competencies include the development and implementation of stability programming in post-conflict environments, monitoring and evaluation, report writing, donor compliance, and gender programming. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, where she served as an English teacher from 2006 to 2008. Jessica is originally from Denver, Colorado. Contact: jjohnston@icma.org

Shraddha Kharel-Pandey
Shraddha Kharel-Pandey, Director, Asia Programs

Shraddha Kharel-Pandey directs business development and program management for ICMA's Asia programs. She has more than ten years of international development and program management experience in Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central America. Previously, she was a senior member of ICMA’s Afghanistan Team, overseeing ICMA’s portfolio of programs in that country. During her tenure at ICMA, which began in 2005, she also managed ICMA's signature CityLinks program and all aspects of the USAID-funded Afghanistan Municipal Strengthening Program, the FIRE III program in India, the MEGA Serbia program, the World Bank-funded Lebanese Local Economic Development program, and other programs in India and Sri Lanka. While a graduate student at the University of Louisville, where she earned a master's degree in political science with a focus on international studies, Shraddha was a member of the Management Team for the International Service Learning Program. She received a bachelor's degree from Tribhuvan University (Kathmandu, Nepal) and also worked in Kathmandu as a marketing officer at a prominent bank before coming to the United States. Shraddha has a PMP certification and she speaks fluent English, Nepali, Hindi, and Urdu. Contact: skharelpandey@icma.org

Lena Khotsevitch
Yelena Khotsevitch, Assistant Program Manager

Yelena Khotsevitch joined ICMA in 2016. Prior to joining ICMA, she worked on launching the Edmund S. Muskie Internship Program, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, during its inaugural year. In 2015, she was invited to speak about the importance of international exchange programs on Russian Radio United Nations at United Nations headquarters in New York City. From 2012-2013, she was a University Educator and Teacher Trainer with Peace Corps Response in Ukraine where she developed and conducted professional recertification courses for 156 English teachers and managed a Model United Nations program for university students. Yelena completed her first tour of Peace Corps service in Kazakhstan from 2010-2011 where she taught English at a secondary school and served as a liaison between Peace Corps and UNESCO on training for Peace Corps Volunteers. Yelena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian/East European Studies from the University of Oregon. During her penultimate year, she studied at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine. Yelena is fluent in English and Russian, intermediate in Ukrainian and a beginner in French, German and Kazakh.  Contact: lkhotsevitch@icma.org

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Harleen Kovela, Business Development Associate

Harleen Kovela has broad experience in project management, business development, and communications. Prior to joining ICMA in 2015, Harleen supported health, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as disaster preparedness, response, and recovery programs in Central, South, and Southeast Asia. She has traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, particularly in Vietnam, where she managed the implementation of a school-based disaster preparedness program, and on a separate mission served as capture manager of a consortium effort to submit a large USAID proposal. At ICMA, Harleen manages the proposal development process on a global scale and supports the Global Program Management team to produce high-quality bids. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, Harleen holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Biology from the George Washington University. She speaks English, Punjabi, and basic Spanish. Contact: hkovela@icma.org

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Carlos Loría-Chaves, Governance and Economic Advisor

Carlos Loría-Chaves joined ICMA in 2010, bringing more than 25 years of experience working at the local and national levels in his home country of Costa Rica and elsewhere in Latin America and Eastern Europe. In his work he has conducted, designed, and implemented programs to strengthen transparency and public finance, support economic reforms, and promote efficient and effective government management. He has served for many years in technical positions providing support to the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly and has more than 10 years of experience working on USAID-funded policy reform, municipal development, public budget analysis, and fiscal programs. Carlos formerly served as Chief of Party for the USAID/Guatemala Decentralization and Local Governance Program (2005-2008). He has a B.A. degree in Economics from the Universidad de Costa Rica and an M.B.A. degree with a major in Finance from the Universidad Interamericana in Costa Rica. He has been short-term consultant for ICMA since May 2009, serving as Regional Program Manager on the USAID-funded Municipal Partnerships for Violence Prevention in Central America program and as the Governance Advisor on the Communities Youth-at-Risk program in Panama. He also provides support to the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility Program to improve the creditworthiness of municipalities in Costa Rica and Argentina, among other business development tasks. Carlos is based in Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish and English. Contact: cloria@icma.org

Lindsay Lucas
Lindsay Lucas, Assistant Program Manager

Lindsay joined ICMA in August 2015, bringing four years of international experience in program and operational management. She has worked on programs in Rwanda, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Previously, she supported an $8 million dollar project focused on monitoring and evaluating global climate adaptation programs. In 2011-2013, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, where she worked on youth and community development projects with the Ministry of Health. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies from Hollins University. She speaks English, Intermediate French, and basic Kinyarwanda. Contact: llucas@icma.org

Daniet Moges
Daniet Moges, Assistant Program Manager

Daniet Moges joined ICMA in 2016, bringing more than five years of experience in Stakeholder Engagement, Project Management, Compliance, Business Development and Policy and Conflict Analysis. Through her previous placements, she has worked in social change organizations, both in private and public sectors including tech start-ups. She has conducted an applied and field research projects examining the role of economic disparities in human right abuses, peacebuilding in post-military dictatorship, transitional injustice in Chile, and the practice of impact evaluation in girls education program in Kenya. Daniet holds a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies focused in Human Security and Conflict Resolution from Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS), formerly known as Monterey Institute of International Studies. She speaks English and Amharic fluently. Contact: dmoges@icma.org

Cintya Renderos
Cintya Renderos, Senior Program Manager

Cintya Renderos joined ICMA in 2016 with over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector helping to lead new community initiatives and advancements towards social justice at the local, state, national and international levels. Ms. Renderos has worked in International Development for over 8 years, serving as Sr. Program Manager and most recently as Sr. Operations Officer for USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, CDC and HSS funded programs working across various technical areas including, Violence Prevention, Education, Climate Change, Public Health, Social Justice and Financial Management. Ms. Renderos is Salvadorian and a graduate from University of Maryland, College Park School of Public and Community Health. She serves as the elected Deputy State Director for the Washington DC League of Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino organization in the United States. Before working in international development Ms. Renderos worked at the national level as a Legislative Assistant and community liaison helping to coordinate national and state level efforts on Capitol Hill including the Affordable Care Act. Contact: crenderos@icma.org

Amy Roberts
Amy Roberts, Assistant Program Manager

Amy joined ICMA in 2015 after receiving a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University. At ICMA, Amy assists in the management of funded projects, especially those addressing community sustainability. As an assistant program manager, she coordinates and provides on-site support for regional workshops and national conferences, interacts with key partners and consultants, conducts research, and assists with the marketing of events and deliverables including social media and website communications. Previously, she worked with the Department of Environmental Services in Arlington County, Virginia. Her experience also includes federal legislation and regulatory issues as a former Legislative Intern for the Humane Society of the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University. Contact: aroberts@icma.org

Bryce Rosenbrower, Assistant Program Manager

Bryce joined ICMA in 2015, bringing a background in project development, startup, research, management, and implementation in both the humanitarian and development sectors. Her experience includes support for programming in Georgia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Liberia, where she was involved with the emergency Ebola response. Before transitioning to the global development sector, Bryce completed environmental policy research in Bhutan and continues to be interested in community-led solutions to the impacts of climate change and other complex global issues. A proud Minnesotan, Bryce holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Religion from Hamline University in St. Paul. She speaks English and intermediate French. Contact: brosenbower@icma.org

Roma Shah, Assistant Program Manager

Roma joined ICMA in September 2016. Prior to working at ICMA, she worked for a small private sector public health firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in project development and implementation. Roma is a George Washington University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy focus, and a double minor in Public Health and Biology. As an assistant program manager at ICMA, she is a part of the core team organizing the National Brownfields Training Conference, a cooperative agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. She speaks English, Gujarati, and Hindi. Contact: rshah@icma.org

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Emily Sparks, Senior Program Manager

Emily joined the ICMA Center for Sustainable Communities in 2010 after working in local government in her home state of Mississippi and completing a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration degree from Mississippi State University. Emily has experience managing solar energy projects and is responsible for providing timely and actionable information to local governments and the public in order to accelerate solar energy adoption around the United States. Previously, she assisted in the management of ICMA’s Strategic Partners program for the association’s corporate partners, and has also served several times as a member of the core planning team for the National Brownfields Conference, a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to solar energy, Emily’s areas of expertise and interest include brownfields, urban planning, and her puppy Jacks. Contact: esparks@icma.org

Eva Travers, Senior Program Manager

Before joining ICMA in September 2012, Eva Travers worked in the international field for six years. During that time she served as a program manager and proposal writer with an economic development consultancy that fulfilled donor-funded projects in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Asia. In 2010-2011 she spent some time in Afghanistan implementing a portfolio of USAID and World-Bank-funded projects aimed at local capacity building, community development, and infrastructure improvement. In addition, Eva has two years of experience in technical writing in the area of international labor law and benefits. She designed employer’s country manuals for Afghanistan, Russia, Lebanon, and Kazakhstan covering the primary aspects of existing social security systems, applicable labor laws, and current benefits market trends. She obtained her master’s degree in linguistics from Far Eastern Federal University (Vladivostok, Russia) and also worked for two years as a translator before coming to the United States. She speaks fluent Russian and English. Contact: etravers@icma.org

Marcus Travis
Marcus Travis, Communications Coordinator

Marcus joined ICMA in September 2015, where as a membership marketing intern, he worked on the development and implementation of marketing plans and membership initiatives for existing and prospective members. In May 2016, he became the communications coordinator for the SPARC designation program, managing all communications and marketing aspects of the designation program and working in close concert with the team managing the SPARC technical assistance program. Marcus utilizes his marketing knowledge to create and post content promoting solar energy development and SPARC for web pages, blogs, social media, videos, press releases, flyers and brochures. His main responsibility is to make the designation program widely known to the target audience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Contact: mtravis@icma.org

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