Charissa Zehr joined the IAF in 2019. Charissa worked for five years in the Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office as a legislative associate for international affairs. She monitored U.S. policy in the Latin American and Caribbean context, working with grassroots partners to determine priorities for Congressional advocacy and amplifying their messages. For several years she was co-chair of the Haiti Advocacy Working Group coalition and also has extensive experience working with local partners in Colombia, Central America & Mexico. Prior to policy work, Charissa spent four years in Honduras facilitating women’s economic development projects with two local NGOs and was the interim country representative for Mennonite Central Committee Honduras, managing partner grants and personnel. Charissa holds a master’s degree in Public Management from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in International Business and Spanish from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.