Restless Development USA


restless development usa board of directors

Restless Development USA’s Board of Directors is made up of professionals and alumni from various fields including finance, media and the international development sector. The Board meets quarterly to discuss the strategy, growth, operations and financial management of Restless Development USA.

Click on one of our Board members to find out more about them.

Andrew wood, chair

Andrew Wood has been Chair of the Board since April 2016. He has over forty years’ experience in the global real estate sector. Most recently he was a founding shareholder and Director of MGPA, a real estate investment management business that had approximately US$12 billion under management and was sold to Blackrock in October 2013. Andrew retired from the business at the end of 2013. Andrew was a Counsellor of Real Estate and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Apart from his involvement with Restless Development, Andrew is a Director of Outside Perspective Project and a Director of the Shoreline Arts Association. Andrew joined the Restless Development USA Board of Directors in 2015 and heads up their Fundraising Committee.

Emily godfrey, clerk

Emily has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily was a volunteer peer educator with Restless Development in Tanzania in 2008, and joined Restless Development’s US Board in 2010. She holds a degree in International Relations from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.

michael dow, treasurer and chair of finance committee

Michael Dow has been on the Board of Restless Development since August, 2017. He has been involved in commercial Real Estate on both sides of the Atlantic for 40 years. He has primarily worked with JLL, based first in London and then based in New York where he was the CEO from 1994-1999 when the merger with La Salle Partners took place. Following the La Salle Parnters merger, he joined Cresa, a US-based corporate Real Estate advisory firm as their President from which he retired in 2009. Michael is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.

sami mccabe, chair of development committee

Sami McCabe is the CEO and founder of Clarity PR, an international tech PR Agency with offices in London, New York, Berlin and San Francisco. Clarity delivers media relations, digital strategy, and content marketing campaigns for fast-growing technology companies all over the world. Sami is a passionate advocate for the potential of entrepreneurship to effect positive societal change, which is one of the key drivers for his support of Restless Development. He joined the Restless Development USA Board of Directors in May, 2017.

perry maddox, ex officio

Perry is the Chief Executive of Restless Development. Prior to Restless Development, Perry worked with at-risk youth in Nicaragua, community development in Dominican Republic, Panama and Costa Rica, and with volunteer-led development in Paraguay. Perry joined Restless Development in 2009 as the Country Director in Uganda before taking a roving consultant role on the Senior Management Team in 2011. He began his new role as COO in London in October 2012.

josh ezrin

Josh works in finance at B. Riley FBR, primarily an investment bank and institutional broker dealer with offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. Josh is the head the Event Driven Group for the firm. He previously worked for more than 10 years in sales and trading at Bear Stearns and J.P Morgan. Josh participated in two challenge events to raise money for Restless Development, the Mount Kilimanjaro climb in 2010 and the Nepal Trek in 2011. Josh joined the Restless Development US Board in October 2012.

Kathleen M. Barksdale

Katy Barksdale is the co-founder the Rockdale Foundation, established in 1994. The Rockdale Foundation is a private family foundation with a grant making emphasis in the areas of education, ethical leadership, and community. In addition to her leadership on the foundation, Ms. Barksdale has been actively involved in the Atlanta community for the past two decades. Ms. Barksdale serves on the Boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta and the John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Education Funders Group. She is a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. Ms. Barksdale previously practiced law, worked at CNN, The Southern Company, and was Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and Press Assistant to Sen. Herman E. Talmadge of Georgia. Ms. Barksdale completed two terms on the Atlanta Board of Education and served as Chair. She also served as Chair of Teach For America Atlanta, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, and Perimeter College Foundation. She was awarded the Silver Medallion Award of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, was named a Hometown Hero of Atlanta and a YWCA Woman of Achievement. She received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law, attended Hollins College, and earned her B.A. degree from the University of Georgia. Ms. Barksdale joined the Board of Directors of Restless Development USA in 2015.

kate roberts

Kate Roberts is a second-year MBA student at Yale School of Management. She began her career with Restless Development as a volunteer peer educator in Tanzania in 2005. She then worked with the organization in Zambia, the US, and Nepal. In addition to work with Restless Development, Kate has worked in non-profit consulting in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and the US. Kate graduated from Williams College with degrees in Biology and Political Theory.

jamie bedson

Jamie in an international development consultant based in Seattle, working with clients that that include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the former Country Director of Restless Development Sierra Leone and was previously Director of the Banking with the Poor Network, the Asian microfinance association. Jamie has eleven years’ experience in international development and his work has focused largely on supporting non-governmental organizations to develop their capacities, as Director, consultant, trainer and technical advisor. He has worked on the design, implementation and evaluation of projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the USA. In Seattle, he is on the Advisory Board of Global to Local, a community health initiative. Jamie joined the Restless Development USA Board in 2015.

Nicole NG

Restless Development USA Staff

jean manney, us director

Jean Manney is the US Director of Restless Development, the global agency for youth-led development. She has led the growth of Restless Development USA as a catalyst hub for the global agency, sparking change and enabling growth through policy influence, strategic partnerships, thought leadership and technical assistance on youth engagement in development. Jean has been driving growth and innovation for youth development and civic engagement and for over 15 years, including developing service-learning programs and campus-community partnerships at higher education institutions in the US, supporting a youth empowerment program in Guadalajara, Mexico, and researching innovations in volunteering models through the lens of active global citizenship. Prior to launching Restless Development USA, Jean was the Director of Strategic Development at Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), where she designed and managed national and international initiatives, networks and partnerships that advance youth civic engagement programs and policies. Jean’s Master’s degree combined international development and NGO management at Roehampton University in London and the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Her B.A. is in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University.

Lorraine perricone-dazzo, us senior manager

Lorraine Perricone - Dazzo has 10 years of experience in community development work - starting as an AmeriCorps volunteer focused on community farming and food security in the South Bronx. Her work as Senior Manager of the US Hub focuses on building strategic direction and business management. In her 4 years with Restless Development she has worked to build new business and partnerships for the global agency, and grow and manage a portfolio of programs for the US hub. These programs include the leadership of an agency-wide Gender Committee, training for US institutions on how to engage youth in development and projects which embed young people in the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. She holds a Masters degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal in the Sustainable Agriculture sector (2011-2013). Her research focused on farmer center field experimentation to explore the potential of the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to improve food security in the Kaffrine region of Senegal. She is from Brooklyn, New York where she currently resides and is a certified yoga teacher.

Anna Tyor, US Philanthropy Manager

Anna Tyor began her role as the US Philanthropy Manager based in Restless Development's US hub in February, 2017. As US Philanthropy Manager, Anna has supported in developing all US-based philanthropic partnerships as well as growing the US Youth Collective and the US-based network of supporters. She has been developing the US communications strategy by highlighting inspiring stories from Restless Development's programs around the globe and liaising with Restless Development's 9 country offices in Africa, Asia, and the UK. Anna has over 7 years experience in the development sector in North America, South America and England focusing in fundraising, advocacy, and communications. She completed an MSc at University College London (London) in International Relations focusing on human rights and policy development (2015). Alongside completing her Masters in London she spent time advocating for Colombian grassroots organizations in the UK Parliament and European Union with UK Charity ABColombia. She previously worked in Colombia as a journalist and Argentina as an English teacher, translator, and fundraiser for various NGOs. Anna is a Spanish speaker and classical pianist.

Kelly Thompson, Gender Advocacy Manager

Dr. Kelly Thompson is the Gender Advocacy Manger based at Restless Development’s US hub. Her work as Gender Advocacy Manager supports youth-led accountability on SDG 5 and FP2020 commitments on gender and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, and supporting broader gender mainstreaming throughout the agency. Kelly has over 8 years of experience working in global health and development, where she has served as a collaborator and consultant with ILO, IPPF, PMNCH, UNAIDS, and WHO on adolescent health, HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), youth engagement and youth-led accountability. Kelly serves as the Programming and Gender Director for Women in Global Health, where she has supported thought leadership, advocacy and policy work to advance gender equality in global health leadership. During medical school, Kelly completed The PACT Post2015 Fellowship where she worked to ensure that the voices of young people in the HIV and SRHR response were reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals. Kelly previously served as a Liaison Officer with the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), where she led on global advocacy and programming, including collaboration with young people living with HIV to address stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings, access to safe abortion, women's health, gender equality and adolescent health. Kelly has obtained a B.A. from New York University; a M.Litt and M.Phil from Trinity College, Dublin; and a M.B.B.S from University of Sydney.

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