Rebecca Nelson joined the IAF in December 2019 as Writer/Editor. She previously served as Regional Director of Advocacy and Partnerships for América Solidaria Internacional, an international nonprofit organization founded and headquartered in Chile, following three years as Executive Director of America Solidaria U.S. In this role, she served as the organization’s liaison to the United Nations and planned events such as a bilingual forum with the Embassy of Chile and Council of the Americas in Miami, a closed-door session with the Inter-American Dialogue, and a roundtable with the Wilson Center. She has eight years of experience teaching writing at the college level and working with writers as a professional editor and proofreader. She also handled institutional communications for America Solidaria U.S. and Trama Textiles, a federation of Mayan women’s weaving cooperatives. From 2017–2019 she was a board member of the Building Bridges Coalition, a consortium of organizations working collaboratively to advance the impact of international volunteering. She earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in human rights from the University of Connecticut in 2015. Her dissertation research in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala was funded by an IAF Grassroots Development Fellowship.
"Government is not separate from the people. “Government” is us. But the government doesn’t necessarily automatically carry out the will of the people. It responds to scrutiny. It is the responsibility of every citizen to know what leaders are doing," said Ramón Daubón, former IAF Vice President for Programs, in our recent conversation.
We are living through a historic, global crisis and many wonder how we—especially the most vulnerable among us—will recover and rebuild afterwards. We recently spoke with Steve Vetter, a former IAF leader, who recalled another time in the IAF's history when grantees displayed resilience in the face of disaster.
To launch our series on 50 years of grassroots successes, we explore why our grantees consider us one of the best funders of international development, according to the Center for Effective Philanthropy survey on grantees’ perceptions of their funders.