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.

Nancy Abraham, Clerk

Nancy is the Senior Vice President of Documentary Films at HBO, responsible for overseeing development and production of documentaries for the network, many of which have garnered honors including Emmy, Academy, Peabody and du Pont Awards. Previously, Nancy lived in Budapest for three years as Director of Programming for HBO Hungary. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Vassar College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and attended Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She served as an intern at the US Committee for UNICEF and has had a lifelong interest in youth and international development. She has been on the Board of Restless Development since 2007.

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.

Josh Ezrin, Treasurer 

Josh works in finance at FBR Capital Markets, and 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.

Emily Godfrey

Emily is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at 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.

Nik Hartley, Ex-Officio 

Nik is the Chief Executive of Restless Development. Nik has been with Restless Development since 1998. He was based in Zambia for half of that time and led the direction of global programming for the organization. He has had two decades of hands-on and executive leadership in youth-focused and youth-led programming with an emphasis on community development and education. Before his work with Restless Development he gained long term programmatic experience in Bolivia, Guyana and Jamaica.

Jordan Hewson

Jordan is the founding editor of Global Citizen, an initiative of the Global Poverty Project. She recently graduated from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Creative Writing from the same institution. Jordan volunteered as an intern with Restless Development Tanzania in 2010. In 2011 she participated in a trek to Nepal to raise money for the organization. She joined the US Board in July 2012.

Allie Hunter McDade 

Allie is the Deputy Director at the Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy, a Boston-based nonprofit that increases women's political participation in Iran. Allie has over 10 years experience in nonprofit leadership and resource development, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Bikes Not Bombs, an NGO that uses donated bicycles as a vehicle for social change in Boston and in the Global South. Allie has a keen interest in youth leadership, both locally and globally, and has volunteered with community development projects in Ecuador, Botswana, and Ghana. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics & International Relations from Ursinus College, a Master’s degree in International Development with a Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies from Ohio University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from Boston University. Allie joined the Restless Development USA Board of Directors in 2015.

Kate Roberts, Board Member

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.

In Memoriam: Joseph Melrose

For more information on Ambassador Melrose’s distinguished career, please read the following excerpts from Ursinus College’s tribute, or read the full article

Ambassador Melrose recently served as the Acting U.S. Representative for Management and Reform at the United States Mission to the United Nations, and as a Senior Area Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the 61st, 62nd and 63rd U.N. General Assemblies. He served as acting representative for management and reform at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.He is perhaps best known for serving as the Ambassador to Sierra Leone during its civil war where he brokered a peace treaty and is credited with turning its future around…

Ambassador Melrose was instrumental in uncovering the connection between the illicit trade in diamonds and armed conflict. He helped to establish the first certification programs for diamonds, which evolved into today’s Kimberley Process and has worked to ensure that blood-diamonds do not enter the retail stream…

In addition to his diplomatic and negotiating skills, Ambassador Melrose was renowned at the State Department for his hands-on ability to solve problems, and was sometimes referred to as “Mr. Fixit.” He led the Foreign Emergency Support Team that deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, following the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings, where he helped oversee the reestablishment of Embassy operations and the recovery effort. He also played roles in the reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut after terrorist attacks there in 1983, as well as the evacuation of U.S. diplomatic personnel following unsuccessful attacks on the Karachi consulate during the first Gulf War.Upon leaving Sierra Leone in September 2001, he served as coordinator for the State Department’s post-September 11th Task Force.

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