George M. Ingram is Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund. His professional career – working in the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the non-profit sector – has focused on international economic and development policy. He recently assumed the position of Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves as chair emeritus and senior adviser for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a network of more than 400 companies and NGOs that work on behalf of greater resources for and more effective use of U.S. policies and programs of U.S. engagement in international affairs. He is also co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, an alliance of development organizations, think tanks, and academics that advocate for modernizing U.S. foreign assistance programs and structures.
Ben Leo is CEO and Co-Founder of Fraym, a geospatial data analytics company focused on the African continent. He also is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Mr. Leo has conducted extensive applied research on African statistical systems, data acquisition methods, and African infrastructure and financing issues. His work has been cited in numerous major media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, USA Today, Mail and Guardian, CNBC Africa, This Day, The Standard, and Daily Nation. Previously he served as Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign. In 2011, he worked for the African Union as a facilitator and technical expert in the secession negotiations between Sudan and South Sudan. Leo has worked at the White House as the Director for African Affairs, advising the President and national security advisor on central, eastern, and southern Africa and economic issues. Additionally, he helped design and implement several development initiatives at the US Treasury, including the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative and US-Africa Financial Sector Initiative.
Larry Nowels is a consultant on foreign aid reform and budget issues to several organizations, including the Hewlett Foundation and several global development NGOs. Previously, he was a specialist in foreign affairs at the Congressional Research Service. During his 35-year career at CRS, he wrote extensively on U.S. foreign assistance policy-making, including the congressional role in legislating and overseeing American foreign aid programs. Larry further served on detail assignments to the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Upon leaving CRS in mid-2006, he served as a consultant to the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe (HELP) Commission, ONE and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Larry is Treasurer to the Friends of Publish What You Fund board.
Paul O’Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America. He oversees all of Oxfam America’s policy, campaigning, and private sector engagement work. He has diverse experience in the humanitarian and human rights field, having worked throughout Africa, and in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Previously, Paul was the president of Echoing Green, which uses venture philanthropy principles to support social entrepreneurs, and he worked as a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore, LLP. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya, which served in Nairobi’s slum communities, and he founded the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, which brought together 12 international and Afghan non-governmental organizations.
Nora O’Connell is the Associate Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children. She joined Save the Children in 2011 to lead the organization’s policy and advocacy portfolio on international development, including health and nutrition, education, food security and aid effectiveness. Prior to joining Save the Children, she spent nearly a decade helping to build Women Thrive Worldwide as the leading NGO shaping US policy on global women’s issues, serving as Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. Women Thrive received InterAction’s Mildred Leet award for their advocacy to advance gender integration within Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as an essential tool for achieving economic growth and poverty reduction, which resulted in the MCC being the leader on this within US foreign policy. She served as deputy campaign manager for Chellie Pingree’s U.S. Senate campaign and led the Women and the Economy program at the Center for Policy Alternative, which was the premier NGO developing progressive policy solution across the 50 states during an era of intense devolution. She also worked at the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC), where she helped advance better policies for children in the child welfare system through strategic communications. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and minor in Ethnic Studies.
Dr. Tessie San Martin, President and CEO of Plan USA, is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience helping to address gaps in education, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, political reform, and labor policy globally. Her work has taken her to Egypt, India, Mexico, Bosnia, and Indonesia, among other countries, where professional initiatives have involved supporting disenfranchised populations, a significant number of whom are women and young girls. Tessie serves as Secretary to the Friends of Publish What You Fund board.
Matt Frazier is a partner at Dalberg Advisors, a strategic advisory firm devoted exclusively to pursuing social impact, especially in emerging and frontier markets. Matt leads Dalberg's Washington, DC office and heads its Global Policy and Advocacy practice. In that role, he specializes in working with philanthropies and nonprofits on refining their strategies and improving their organizational effectiveness. He also specializes in helping advocacy organizations develop practical, meaningful monitoring, evaluation, and learning programs, and received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation in 2016 to pursue that work. In addition, Matt leads teams in country policy and advocacy power mapping, to help understand and influence governments’ policies and budgets. Prior to joining Dalberg, Matt was the Director of Operations at the ONE Campaign. There, his portfolio included global strategic planning, analytics and measurement, grants management, and organizational development. Earlier in his career, Matt spent five years at McKinsey and Company, in the London and Boston offices.