Assistants

 

FALL 2016

Brandon Norris - Special Assistant to the Managing Director 

As a Special Assistant to the Managing Director, Brandon is responsible for assisting in the day to day operations at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) as well as performing and executing assigned duties for various projects. Prior to coming to IMTD Brandon held various leadership positions in the private sector. He also served four years in the United States Marine Corps, completing two tours of duty in Iraq.

Brandon received an Associate degree in Social Sciences from J. Sergeant Reynolds C.C. and his Bachelor's in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in History from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He is currently working on his Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction, and Stabilization at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. Brandon came to IMTD to gain hands-on experience in the area of Multi-Track Diplomacy.

 

Catherine Bourne - Assistant to the Executive Director

Catherine Bourne is the Assistant to the Executive Director at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Catherine serves as a liaison between the Executive Director and IMTD Directors and Program Managers. She assists the Executive Director with fundraising and program oversight while advancing IMTD’s goals and mission. Previously, Catherine interned in a law firm where she served as the contact between the attorney and clients. As a legal intern, she desires to learn more about conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts.

Catherine received her BA in American Studies from the College of William and Mary. During college she completed the Emerging Leaders certificate program sponsored by George Mason University’s Leadership, Education and Development Office (LEAD Office), where she developed leadership skills and conflict resolution strategies. Catherine came to IMTD to gain exposure to peacebuilding through experiential learning and to collaborate with our current programs Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI- Kenya) and Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS). 

 

 

SUMMER 2016

Jasmine Passa - Assistant Program Officer, Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald

Jasmine Passa is a Personal Assistant to Ambassador John W. McDonald and an Assistant Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). Previously, Jasmine worked at Forum for Dignity Initiatives, a research and advocacy NGO in Pakistan for LGBTQ rights. Her role was supporting the impoverished and highly discriminated transgender community by conversing with the Pakistani government to reform national laws. Prior to that, Jasmine worked with literacy in Jordan with We Love Reading. Jasmine graduated from Denison University with a BA in political science and conducted undergraduate research in Mitrovica, Kosovo, on the intergenerational gap in perceptions of other communities. She plans to work with IMTD to gain experience with different perspectives on transforming conflict before matriculating into a MA program in peace studies. 

 

 

 

Catherine Hutchison – Assistant Program Officer, Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald

Catherine Hutchison serves as both an Assistant Program Officer and as a Personal Assistant to Ambassador John W. McDonald at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. In her role, she assists Ambassador McDonald in his daily tasks and works as an Assistant Program Officer with the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya) project. Catherine previously served as a Research and Development Intern at Engage Globally, a nonprofit organization that focuses on community-based and community-led conservation and education in the U.S., Northern Ghana, and Costa Rica. Catherine studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, pursuing a BA in international studies with a concentration in Europe focusing primarily on Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She is also pursuing a BA in political science and a minor in German language. Catherine is an International Scholar at the College of Charleston, as well as a member of the William Aiken Fellows Society and a Dengate Scholar in political science. She came to IMTD to expand her knowledge of the conflict resolution and peace building field, and to learn more about the workings of global nonprofit organizations and NGOs.

 

Marisa McMahan - Assistant Program Officer, Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald

Marisa McMahan is an Assistant Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). At IMTD, Marisa assists with the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) project and works as a personal assistant to Ambassador John W. McDonald. Marisa is working to complete a BA in political science from the University of South Carolina; her focus is in international politics. She has a passion to learn more about solving conflict and building peace through international relations.

 

 

 

 

In the picture, starting from left upper line. Helen Thompson, Kiran Marfatia, Edoardo Severoni, Philip Yang, Rajit Das, Thomas Rogers, Chimalang Ngu, Sabrina Barton. Adam Zemans; Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald; Chairman and CEO Karen Dickman, Vice President.