Our People – USA

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.

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.

Tiffany Agard

Tiffany is an independent development consultant and MPA student at Cornell University, blending business and policy to drive social impact. Tiffany has previously worked on monitoring and evaluation projects in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Indonesia and supported business development for rural agripreneurs in Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, and Chile. She is most excited about the involvement of youth tackling the world’s largest issues and promoting talent development and empowerment for young populations navigating the workforce. As a member of the Restless Development Board, she is encouraged by the collaboration and passion of young people and the profound impact that technology and social media have to provide a platform for collective action.

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 in sales and trading at Bear Stearns and J.P Morgan for more than 10 years. 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.

Ambar Januel

Ambar Januel is the co-founder of brand development and advocacy firm Neta Collab LLC, the communications manager at Good Call NYC, and a marketing consultant for creative organizations, non-profits, and future-forward tech companies. With a focus on social impact, her partners utilize future technologies to disrupt the system, while prioritizing diversity and inclusion, community engagement, and social justice. She was awarded top 25 business women in Los Angeles by Walkers Legacy, is a Google Next Gen Tech Policy Leader, and has been featured at a variety of conferences and publications, including 7in7, Women in Tech LA, Vanity Fair, Travel Tech Con, Huffington Post, Forbes, Digital LA, Honeybook, WeRule, and more.

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

Nicole is the Producer of Future Stewards – a climate change leadership initiative run by Leaders’ Quest. Nicole lives in New York and was previously based in Hong Kong and Myanmar, where she worked with a variety of non-profits including ActionAid International and Teach For All. Nicole is a former staff member at Restless Development in London. She is a graduate of the University of Southampton. Nicole is originally from Hong Kong and is passionate about the power of authentic human connection in driving social change, and is inspired by Restless Development USA’s mutually affirming vision.

Sarah Detournemire, Clerk

Sarah is a global non-profit leader with expertise in communications, resource mobilization, board relations, coaching leadership, and strategic planning. Sarah has extensive experience collaborating with academics and researchers to translate and communicate evidence into actionable solutions that disrupt the cycle of poverty. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from the American University of Paris and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from New York University. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

Arman Al-Saccoh

Armaan-Al Saccoh is a native Sierra Leonean. His personal journey started there as a child who escaped a tragic and dangerous civil war. While growing up, he witnessed firsthand the tragic consequences of war; an experience that has greatly shaped his life. Saccoh is a social entrepreneur & founder of a Community Based Organization in Sierra Leone that support farming and food security. Saccoh is an active community leader and a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania. He is also the recipient of the distinguish U.S Congress Humanitarian Recognition Award, Legion of Honor and several other Humanitarian recipient. Saccoh holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Economic Development.

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. She joined Restless Development in 2014. 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 and 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 teaches yoga and meditation in her community.

Nafisa Ferdous, US Advocacy & Programmes Manager

Nafisa is the US Advocacy and Programs Manager of Restless Development. She has been working for feminist organizations across the Global South as a strategic communicator, researcher, and manager. Prior to Restless Development, she was the Asia and Pacific Program Officer for Prospera, a network of feminist funders that resourced women’s movements around the world. She was also the strategic communications manager for CREA, an intersectional feminist human rights organization based in India and the US. At CREA she supported global reproductive justice campaigns, feminist disability rights, sex workers rights, LGBT decriminalization, and against GBV. Nafisa also has significant experience as a gender researcher, having conducted and published gender-sensitive participatory research methodology books through the CGIAR global consortium. While Nafisa has been based in East Africa and Asia for the last 8 years, she began in youth work and young feminist organizations in New York City where she grew up. She currently lives in Queens, New York and illustrates in her free time.