• Rebecca Kershberg

    Rebecca Kershberg is a graphic designer and front-end developer at the SSRC, where she manages and executes print and digital projects, including logos, microsites, and HTML e-mail newsletters. She has a BS in computer science and interactive media from the Art Institute of California and a certificate in integrative health coaching from Duke University. In addition to her role at the Council, Rebecca works as a freelance designer, enjoys practicing yoga and playing with her pup Ruca.

    Title
    Communications Associate
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    kershberg@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3678
    Staff
  • John Koprowski

    John Koprowski, MBA, economics, New York University, and BS, accounting, St. Peter's College, has been with the Council as senior financial advisor since 2004.

    Title
    Senior Advisor
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    koprowski@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3623
    Staff
  • Gail Kovach

    Gail Kovach joined the staff of the Council's finance office in 1986 as assistant to the controller and later served as assistant to the chief financial officer. In 1996 she was appointed fellowship accountant, responsible for the payment, maintenance, and taxability of all the Council's fellowship awards while handling various other financial and administrative tasks. In July of 2000 Ms. Kovach was promoted to director of administrative services, a position that included management of the Council's facil…

    Title
    Senior Advisor, Operations
    Contact
    kovach@ssrc.org, (212) 377-2700
    Staff
  • Nicole Levit

    Nicole Restrick Levit is the manager of the fellowships office and the assistant director of the Abe Fellowship Program and the Japan Program. She holds a B.A. in modern literary studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Cornell University. Prior to joining the Council in 2006, Nicole worked in the field of international education, exchange and outreach for five years, first as associate director of the National Clearinghouse for U.S.-Japan Studies, Ind…

    Title
    Fellowships Manager; Associate Director
    Department
    Abe Fellowship Program
    Contact
    levit@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3639
    Staff
  • Kristen Lewis

    Kristen Lewis is Co-Director of Measure of America and co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties. Before founding Measure of America with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps in 2007, Kristen was senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs, and was co-author of the task force report, H…

    Title
    Codirector
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    kristen@measureofamerica.org, (718) 517-3689
    Staff
  • Xiaofang Liu

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    China Environment and Health Initiative
    Contact
    liu@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Lisa Marshall

    Lisa Marshall joined the SSRC in late 2014 as Development Officer, in which capacity she is helping to coordinate the organization's Campaign for the Second Century and build a long-term fundraising program. Lisa is a recent cross-country transplant from Portland, Oregon, where she spent 12 years fundraising in the arts and social service sectors. She has a BA in English and graphic design from Lewis & Clark College and master's coursework in poetry and independent publishing. In addition to her work in n…

    Title
    Development Officer
    Department
    Development
    Contact
    marshall@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3713
    Staff
  • Nina McCoy

    Nina R. McCoy received a B.S. from the University of Oregon in sociology, a Masters in teaching from the School for International Training and a Masters in public health (international health) from the University of Hawaii. She did additional post-graduate studies in sociology, teaching and public administration. After Peace Corps service in Thailand, Ms. McCoy worked with the Swedish International Development Authority as a language and cross-cultural trainer in Sweden and co-coordinator of an English la…

    Title
    Vietnam Representative
    Contact
    nmccoy@ssrc.org, +84 3 942 2667
    Staff
  • Mary McDonnell

    Mary McDonnell is executive director and chief operating officer of the SSRC, and she leads the Council's capacity strengthening, fellowships, and Asia-focused work. McDonnell received her PhD in history from Columbia University with a focus on transregional connections between the Arab Middle East and Southeast Asia, particularly through Islam. She has master's degrees in both international affairs and journalism, also from Columbia, and worked as a journalist covering Asian and Middle Eastern affairs be…

    Title
    Executive Director
    Contact
    mcdonnell@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3620
    Staff
  • Clare McGranahan

    Clare McGranahan is the editorial assistant for the SSRC’s Communications Department. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a BA in religion and philosophy. Before joining the SSRC she interned for Island Press’s Production Department in Washington, DC. .

    Title
    Editorial Assistant
    Department
    Communications
    Contact
    mcgranahan@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3709
    Staff
  • Arno Mokros

    Arno Mokros is Program Associate for the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program. He graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy, completing a year of coursework in environmental studies and German studies at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. His current academic interests include feminist, queer, and gender studies, the study of museums and curatorial practice, and the relationship between art, politics, and activism.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
    Contact
    mokros@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3704
    Staff
  • Amanda Morrison

    Title
    Human Resources Assistant and Administration Coordinator
    Department
    Human Resources
    Contact
    morrison@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3628
    Staff
  • Dianne Nasella

    Title
    Finance Manager
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    nasella@ssrc.org, (212) 377-2700
    Staff
  • Cleia Noia

    Cleia Noia is the program manager of the Drugs, Security and Democracy Program. She received her law degree from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in Brazil and her master's degree in law and diplomacy, with a focus on international development and human security, from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Prior to joining the Council in February 2014, Cleia worked as a corporate lawyer in Brazil and consulted on Brazil's drug policy for the Open Society Foundations.

    Title
    Program Manager
    Department
    Drugs, Security and Democracy Program
    Contact
    noia@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3710
    Staff
  • William O'Neill

    William O'Neill is a lawyer specializing in humanitarian, human rights and refugee law. He was Senior Advisor on Human Rights in the UN Mission in Kosovo, Chief of the UN Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda and led the Legal Department of the UN/OAS Mission in Haiti. He has worked on judicial, police and prison reform in Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Timor Leste, Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He investigated mass killings in Afghanistan for the High Commissioner for Human Rights. He also…

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    oneill@ssrc.org, (212) 377-2700 x3650
    Staff
  • Cyril Obi

    Cyril Obi is currently a program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and leads the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) program, bringing his extensive research, networking and publishing experience on African peace, security, and development to the Council. From January 2005-2011 he was a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He has been on leave since 2005 from the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) where he is an associate research…

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    African Peacebuilding Network
    Contact
    obi@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3673
    Staff
  • Eugene Pak

    Title
    IT Support Specialist
    Department
    IT
    Contact
    pak@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Aaron Pangburn

    Aaron joined CPPF in January 2013. He received his Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concentrating in International Security Policy and International Conflict Resolution. He was selected as the Program Associate for the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and worked with the organization while he completed his studies. His research interests are the mechanisms of conflict management and international peace process…

    Title
    Program Coordinator
    Department
    Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)
    Contact
    pangburn@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3693
    Staff
  • Mimi Pham

    Title
    Finance Assistant
    Department
    Finance
    Contact
    pham@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3625
    Staff
  • Kevin Placek

    Kevin Placek is a program assistant for the Abe Fellowship Program, based in Tokyo. He holds a B.A. in international relations and a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the Council, Kevin interned at the Japan Chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. and for Kono Taro, a member of the House of Representatives, in the Diet in Tokyo. His writings have appeared in a number of publications, including The Diplomat, E…

    Title
    Senior Program Assistant
    Contact
    placek@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Alex Powers

    Alex Powers, program associate, performs qualitative and quantitative analysis in support of Measure of America's work. Among his other duties, he tends to MOA's budget and online presence. Prior to joining MOA, he worked at Neuberger Berman and at Time magazine. Alex recently earned a BA in world politics from Hamilton College with distinction in the major, and will enter a Master's program at Cambridge University in Fall 2016.

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Measure of America
    Contact
    alex@measureofamerica.org, (718) 517-3685
    Staff
  • Anna Rama

    Title
    Program Associate
    Department
    Drugs, Security and Democracy Program
    Contact
    rama@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3656
    Staff
  • Elsa Ransom

    Elsa Ransom joined the SSRC in June 2007 as the program coordinator for the IDRF program. She received her B.A. in political science and Russian studies from UCLA and her M.A. in Russian and Central Asian studies from Harvard. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia as an English teacher and Tashkent, Uzbekistan, first as an intern for the U.S. Embassy and then again as a graduate student conducting research on water resource management in Central Asia. Prior to joining the SSRC, Elsa worked at the Open S…

    Title
    Assistant Director
    Department
    International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program
    Contact
    ransom@ssrc.org, (718) 517-3642
    Staff
  • Natalie Reinhart

    Title
    Program Assistant
    Department
    Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa
    Contact
    reinhart@ssrc.org,
    Staff
  • Jason Rhody

    Title
    Program Director
    Department
    Digital Culture
    Contact
    rhody@ssrc.org, 718-517-3717
    Staff