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Staff at FSD

Lisa Kuhn Executive Director

A respected authority on international development, Lisa has provided training, assessment, and capacity-building services to more than 35 international organizations in 22 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She has more than 15 years of experience in microfinance and international development specializing in multi-sectoral and sustainable solutions to development challenges such as food security, women's empowerment, access to affordable and adequate health care, education, and enterprise development. Additionally, she has extensive experience developing and implementing practitioner-friendly monitoring and evaluation systems and has demonstrated success using participatory research methods to develop and assess programs.

Lisa has been driven by a desire to change the system and to create opportunities for people everywhere to reach their fullest potential. Her approach combines a focus on capacity and leadership development at the local level combined with thorough analysis of the dynamics that influence the achievement of social objectives--including organizational policies, processes, and culture, market forces, and political trends.

After receiving her MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, she held a number of technical, policy, and leadership positions in microfinance networks including Freedom from Hunger, Opportunity International, and FINCA International. Before taking the position as Executive Director with FSD, Lisa served as the Vice-President for Programs in Latin America for Freedom from Hunger where she helped bring integrated microfinance, health, and business services to more than 1 million women through more than 100 local Latin American partners.

When she’s not off in some remote corner of the world working on sustainable solutions for communities, she enjoys backpacking in remote corners of wilderness with her husband Mark.

Susie Noreus Finance and Operations Officer

Susanne Noreus has a Bachelor of Science degree in Purchasing and Logistics Management from Arizona State University, and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix with an emphasis in Accounting. She is compassionate about the environment and 14 years of experience working for an environmental and health safety non-profit organization.  Her past professional experience includes Finance Management, Operations Management, and Purchasing Management for a variety of both profit and non-profit organizations.  She has recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys taking care of her horses, cats and dogs on their small ranch.  In her free time, she loves to travel with her husband and two daughters.

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Devin Graves Senior International Program Officer

Devin discovered the power of social change when he learned that he shared a birthday with Nelson Mandela. Studying about Mandela’s life gave him the determination to impact the world, and because of this desire, he pursued a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. As part of his studies, he focused on sustainable project design with an emphasis in monitoring and evaluation. Before joining FSD, he spent two years designing and implementing development projects among Mayan communities in both Mexico and Guatemala, and in the eastern districts of Uganda. Previous to living abroad, he worked in international education, recruiting group leaders for summer abroad programs for high school students, and he led a group of 15 high school students on a study abroad to Argentina. When Devin is not working in development he enjoys being outdoors, hiking, volleyball, reading, and traveling with his wife.

Julia Smith Development Lead

With a longtime passion for international development, love of foreign cultures and languages, and a strong knowledge of the Bay Area philanthropic community, Julia Smith joins FSD as Development Lead. A graduate of Chapman University, where she majored in political science and minored in Spanish and French, Julia’s interest in international development was fostered while participating in a gap year program in Paraguay with AFS International. Since then she has adventured to South America, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and East Africa. In 2017, Julia completed a certificate Global Advocate program at Mama Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the way we achieve global prosperity. As a Global Advocate Julia fundraised 20K to support the projects of a community based organization in Uganda where she spent four months living and working alongside local leaders. Julia firmly believes that by putting communities in positions of control, sustainable solutions follow. She is committed to identifying and securing funding that will allow our site directors, interns, and partner organizations to achieve that goal. In her spare time she enjoys being outside, bike riding, hiking, salsa dancing and practicing Spanish and French.

David Andrusia Marketing and Communications Specialist

David is thrilled to be back on the FSD team after spending several years marketing nonprofit arts organizations. He originally joined FSD after directing the UNICEF-endorsed Artivist Film Festival (devoted to children’s and women’s rights) held in LA, Rio de Janeiro, and New York. There, he formed partnerships with Amnesty International, Environment California, Greenpeace, and other major NGOs, and orchestrated the participation of Kristen Bell, named Artivist of the Year. He also produced the “Sustainable LA” program, commended by Mayors Villaraigosa and Garcetti, for six years as part of the Downtown LA Film Festival. David’s passions lie in providing platforms for honest discussion of global issues and engendering real-world solutions to issues of the environment and human rights. He earned his bachelor’s in French and Romance philology at Columbia, and a master’s in communications and marketing management from Penn’s Annenberg and Wharton Schools.

Karla Piacentini International Programs Intern

Karla’s bicultural upbringing in a Mexican-American household in Sacramento, California instilled in her a deep admiration for engaging across cultures and languages. Her background in bilingual education and community development have led her to promote alternative educational opportunities for underrepresented youth at the local and global levels. During Kar­la’s Peace Corps service in the Philippines from 2012-2014, she worked closely with local community partners and international organizations like USAID to implement educational and public health development projects, specifically in the areas of gender equity and maternal and child health. In addition to coordinating and leading experiential study abroad trips for high school youth in Mexico and Chile, Karla advocates for initiatives that allow first generation college students to access higher education. She has also worked closely with MEarth, a nonprofit organization that supports nutrition-based education in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and Salinas Valley. Karla holds an undergraduate degree in Bilingual Education and Spanish from California State University, Sacramento and is currently a graduate student completing a dual-degree Master’s in International Education Management and Public Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is confident that her professional practicum with FSD will help her gain the skills and knowledge required for leading impact driven exchange programs. In her spare time, Karla enjoys riding motorcycles and ATVs through the sand dunes of California, organic gardening, listening to live music, and cooking.