Young Professionals

Nathan Associates is proud of its program assistants, research analysts, research associates, and associates and their involvement in the firm's international development work in the United States and overseas. They imbue each task they work on with fresh perspectives, energy, and delight in mastering exacting challenges.

Aubrei Barton

Ms. Barton is a research associate for telecommunications and infrastructure projects. Her background is in global studies, international development, and international business. She has worked with refugees at the International Rescue Committee and volunteers for Librii, a subsidiary of Libraries Across Africa. Ms. Barton has conducted research on Millennium Development Goals, gender in development, and the extractives industries in Afghanistan. She has lived and studied in Ghana, West Africa, and speaks Spanish and Arabic. ‌email

Calvin Chan

Calvin Chan is a research associate with the firm’s trade facilitation unit. Before joining the firm, Calvin worked in Hong Kong as an intern with the region’s Democratic Party; taught English and helped build schools as a volunteer in China, Thailand, and Mongolia; and was a virtual intern with USAID and worked at the AidData Center for Development Policy, where he oversaw AidData activity coding projects and developed training on classifying foreign aid records. Calvin has a B.A. in international relations from the College of William and Mary and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. ‌email

Katie Clancy

Ms. Clancy is a consultant in the private sector and rural development practices at Nathan Associates London and manages the DFID-funded Design of Northern Nigeria Skills Training Programme. She recently participated in a SIDA-funded review of the evidence on achieving systemic change in market development programs. Ms. Clancy is familiar with business case development, having been Nathan London’s project manager and research analyst for the Design of DFID Private Enterprise Programme in Zambia, and having worked on the design of the West Africa Regional Food Markets Programme. As a project manager and research analyst for a World Bank project in Nigeria, Ms. Clancy researched the investment climate, market structure, enterprise development, and private sector development policies of Edo, Rivers, Kano, and Kaduna states.

Jessica Cross

Ms. Cross is a managing associate. Before joining Nathan, she worked at the Center for International Private Enterprise, Cardno Emerging Markets, and the International Trade Administration. She has a master’s degree in public policy with a concentration in international economic development. ‌email

Lauren DeHaven

An economist with five years of experience in international development, Ms. DeHaven has worked on economic development, education, and labor and environmental legislation with a variety of organizations. For Nathan Associates London, she is managing the Malawi Innovation Challenge Fund and pursuing business goals. Before joining the firm, she worked with the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Environment Program in Geneva. For the past three years has concentrated on business development, writing winning proposals for such agencies as the UK’s Department for International Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the European Commission. Ms. DeHaven’s subject matter expertise includes trade and export promotion, sustainable agriculture, access to finance, SME lending and leasing projects, and SME energy efficiency lending.

Matthew Dellinger

Matt Dellinger is research associate in the firm’s economic policy and governance unit, coordinating public financial management projects based in Washington and Zimbabwe and supporting business development. Before joining Nathan, Matt completed a two-year assignment with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, where he supported members of a women’s handicraft cooperative in developing skills in business management and export-related marketing and finance. Matt also helped to improve Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan’s systems for monitoring and evaluation and for data management and oversaw allocation of USAID grants. Earlier, he worked with ICF International, where he supported business development. Matt has a B.A. in economics and history from Denison University. He also studied international business and economics in Copenhagen. ‌email

Katherine Fobben

Ms. Fobben is a research associate providing support for the firm’s international project finance and telecommunication projects. Before joining the firm, Ms. Fobben lived in Santiago, Chile, where she taught at Departamento Universitario Obrero Campesino and worked with Amnistía Internacional. She has a B.A in Spanish and international relations from Elon University, with concentrations in business and history.

Clara Garcia Parra

Ms. Garcia Parra, a junior consultant with Nathan Associates in London, is managing the Trade Challenge Fund for Trademark East Africa, drawing on her experience in economic and private sector development, macroeconomic policies for integration, and governance and climate. She speaks Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese and has worked with international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization and private sector institutions in Latin America. She has a master's degree in international public management from Sciences Po Paris.

Urmila Kashyap

A senior program assistant with Nathan Associates, Ms. Kashyap worked for more than 20 years in the development field in Nepal with various organizations (Save the Children US, UNICEF, and USAID) and held various positions of increasing responsibility. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics and education and a master's degree in sociology from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. ‌email

Caroline Kaufman

Ms. Kaufman is a program assistant in the trade policy practice, supporting projects in El Salvador, Uganda, and Asia. She has a particular interest in development issues as they relate to gender and is eager to further explore this interest at Nathan. Before joining the firm, Ms. Kaufman was a research intern at RefugePoint, assisting with studies of the livelihoods of female refugees, and a research assistant for the International Relations Department of Tufts University, where she supported studies of gender and development. While living in Argentina, she contributed to government-related research with Transparency International. Ms. Kaufman has a B.A. in international relations and development economics from Tufts University. ‌email

Thomas Leonard

Thomas Leonard is a program assistant with the trade facilitation unit at Nathan Associates, providing support with business development. Additionally, he assists with the USAID-funded Jordan Fiscal Reform Bridge and Colombia Free Trade Implementation activities. Before joining the firm, Thomas worked as a policy analyst at Rock Creek Global Advisors, researching and analyzing international trade policy and major free trade agreements. He also worked as an analyst at Ascendant Program Services, researching for infrastructure development projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Thomas grew up in Kolkata, India, and has also lived in Germany, Cambodia, and Australia. He has a B.A. in political science from Haverford College and is proficient in German. ‌email

Fiona McDonald

An associate at Nathan Associates Inc. with more than 8 years of experience in an international context, Ms. McDonald provides operational and technical support for the firm’s trade facilitation project in Jordan. She has also worked on economic policy and governance projects in Zimbabwe, Philippines, and Indonesia. Before joining the firm, Ms. McDonald was the international group coordinator for Hausfeld LLP, an antitrust law firm. Other previous positions include shift editor at Oxford Analytica and volunteer at the IDEPSO Beni School for the Deaf in Bolivia. Ms. McDonald has an M.Litt. in international security studies and an M.A. in economics and international relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. ‌email

Jeannette Paulino

A research associate, Ms. Paulino provides operational and technical support for the firm’s trade facilitation projects in several countries. She is currently Project Director of the World Bank-funded Haiti Trade Information Portal Project, overseeing a team designing and developing the first-ever trade portal in the Caribbean. She also manages a trade portal project in Botswana and a trade facilitation project in Colombia. Under the Egypt Trade Facilitation Project, at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Ms. Paulino designed a tool that helps Egyptian producers of processed foods identify opportunities for duty-free export to the U.S. market. Earlier, she worked with the International Rescue Committee, the OneVoice Movement, and the ProWorld Service Corps in India, where she taught English and researched socioeconomic and emerging market trends. She is experienced in business development and project management. Ms. Paulino has a B.A. in political science from the University of Florida, with a concentration in international relations, development, and humanitarian assistance. She speaks fluent Spanish. ‌email

Tess Perselay

Ms. Perselay is a research associate providing operational, logistical, and technical support to the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration project and the Zimbabwe Strategic Economic Research and Analysis project. She has also worked on a variety of gender-related projects at Nathan, including the APEC Women and the Economy Dashboard; in-depth analyses of women’s economic empowerment in Papua New Guinea and Chile; an APEC-wide study on women’s entrepreneurship; and a data framework for women in transportation in APEC. Before joining Nathan, Ms. Perselay was a logistics coordinator and a research fellow at Vital Voices Global Partnership, as well as a research assistant at TransAfrica Forum. She has a B.A. in English and in political violence and conflict from Syracuse University and is pursuing an M.P.P. in development economics at Georgetown University. ‌email

Caroline Rubin

As a research associate in the regional integration unit, Caroline Rubin supports the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) project, Nathan’s largest USAID program to date, and USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub project. Caroline engages in technical studies, manages staff and project financials, and drafts terms of references and approval requests. She has worked in China, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. Caroline co-authored the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies literature review and supported the APEC Gender Assessment on Women’s Economic Participation in Peru, helping to develop a technical focus on women’s economic empowerment. She also supports the Gender@Nathan initiative, serving as coeditor for the initiative’s monthly newsletter. Caroline previously worked as a program assistant in Nathan’s regional integration unit. Before joining the firm, she was an intern with Vital Voices Global Partnership, providing logistical and curriculum support for female entrepreneurs overseas and researching economic trends and policies affecting the business climate for women in developing countries. Ms. Rubin has a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland. ‌email

Maya Rusten

Maya Rusten is a research associate in the Trade Policy group, backstopping projects in Southern Africa, Uganda, and Mozambique and supporting business development. She has more than four years of experience providing administrative and programmatic support to USAID and DFID-funded projects. Before joining Nathan she worked at Chemonics International providing business development support, primarily in the South East Asia region. She has a B.S. in economics from Syracuse University and is fluent in Spanish. ‌email

Alejandro Schwedhelm

Alejandro Schwedhelm is a specialist in multimodal transport, transit-oriented development, and international development. As an associate with the firm, he provides technical and analytical support for airport-related land use planning and policy. Earlier, Mr. Schwedhelm worked for Local Development International and UN-Habitat, advising on land use plans for Santa Marta, Colombia. He also worked for the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy; the Department of City Planning in Potsdam, Germany; and New York University. He has a master’s in urban planning from NYU and a B.S. in environmental spatial analysis from the University of North Georgia. While completing his B.S., he was a member of the USA Canoe/Kayak team. He is fluent in Spanish and German.  ‌email

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