Nisreen Yonis is the Program Associate for the Social Science Research Council’s Understanding Violent Conflict Program (UVC). Building on the SSRC's work in international peace and security, in partnership with other international policy and academic research institutions, Nisreen supports the delivery of experience-based findings, operationally relevant evidence, and policy-oriented research outputs conducted on the complexities of violent conflict, the political marketplace, and public authority in Africa and the Middle East. Nisreen also supports the management of the Conflict Research Fellowships and Small Grants Programmes, the China-Africa Peace Fellowship, and the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF). A Distinguished Delegate at American University’s School of International Studies, Nisreen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montclair State University with a BA in International Justice, concentrating in Conflict and Development Studies. Prior to joining the SSRC in New York, Nisreen served a tour with the Homeland Project at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) refugee camps in the Palestinian Territories and before that, in the Refugee Resettlement Programs at the International Rescue Committee. While in Washington, D.C. Nisreen collected research data from the Palestinian Monitoring Group (PMG) on Israeli settler violence and projectile launches from Gaza for the Jerusalem Fund & Palestine Center’s Settler Violence Project. An Orin Kramer & Hillary Ballon Scholar, Nisreen is the recipient of the 2017 University Research Award and the 2017 Best Undergraduate Paper Award.
- Program Associate
- Understanding Violent Conflict (UVC)
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Zachary Zinn is Director of Technology and Digital Operations at the Social Science Research Council. A project manager, web developer/designer, systems administrator, and general technology enthusiast, he has worked on a wide variety of SSRC information technology projects and digital publications since joining the Council in December 2006. In addition to his work at the Council, Zinn provides technological consulting for nonprofit institutions and manages NoPro Sports, an organization that he co-founded with SSRC staff in 2009 towards developing casual sports leagues and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals in New York City. He holds a BA in government from Hamilton College and an MBA from CUNY-Baruch Zicklin School of Business, specializing in Computer Information Systems.
- Director of Technology and Digital Operations
- IT / Communications
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