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.

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Jordan Luftig Community Manager

Jordan builds bridges to places we’ve never been—in our psyche and as a society. Since 2007, he has worked at the edges of human development and social change as educator, coach, convener, and grantmaker to help create inclusive, integrative futures. A cross-disciplinary specialist, Jordan has taught graduate courses in philosophy, politics, and psychology and published on integrative thinking in business, movement building through meta-narrative, and the power of play. His convenings tackle big issues, such as the role of philanthropy in democratic societies, building solidarity across movements, and transitioning to a regenerative economy. In addition to his work at FSD, Jordan volunteers with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and serves on the boards of Integral Without Borders and the Policy Jury Project. Jordan holds a BBA from Emory University and an MA in Integral Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and is a certified Integral Master Coach. He lives in Oakland with his wife Paulette and their cat Mango.

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.

Coco Bernard International Programs Intern

Coco grew up in a suburb North of Chicago and is an upcoming junior at DePauw University where she is studying Global Health with a focus on Environmental and Human Health. She is an Environmental Fellow and part of the Sustainable Leadership Program (SLP). Through SLP Coco has focused on sustainable forms of energy and education outreach which has included traveling to high schools to give presentations about sustainability, researching and collecting data about DePauw’s energy inputs and outputs, and working with Depauw’s facility’s management to understand solar energy and oversee sustainable developments on DePauw’s campus. Coco is compassionate about the environment and learning about sustainable practices that use what we have thoughtfully in order to accommodate for future generations. Not only is she interested in learning about sustainability, but she also loves the education aspect of teaching and guiding others to discover basic and unique sustainable options.

Ife Akinmade International Programs Intern

Ife Akinmade is a rising sophomore at the George Washington University, D.C. and is working towards a bachelor of arts degrees in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Communications. As an undergraduate at the George Washington University, he has performed research on humanitarian crises in countries such as South Sudan and simultaneously drafted policy recommendations for key actors including Uganda, the African Union, the United Nations and the United States. While at FSD, Ife will collaborate with other international programs interns to expand on content for the current FSD website, create articles discussing various issues surrounding the works of international interns and contribute to file sharing initiatives which will facilitate the progress of past intern projects. As an intern with the organization, Ife hopes to learn more about the intricacies of International Development and the process by which organizations such as FSD are making lasting impacts in various communities around the world. When not working, he enjoys playing soccer and basketball, visiting museums and traveling.

Nicole LaPorte Marketing & Communications Intern

Nicole was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, where her early observations of local homeless communities ignited her passion for assisting underrepresented populations around the world. Currently a third year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, Nicole is majoring in International Development Studies and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice. Nicole is the acting Women's Empowerment Committee director for a university student-run nonprofit that supports the economic, social, and health development of communities in rural India. Nicole recently returned from a semester abroad in Thailand, where she interned for an NGO that supports refugees seeking relocation. Nicole has worked in India and Peru, where she collaborated with women's self help groups to establish stronger domestic and international market connections for the sale of their handicrafts. Believing that her previous work in the development field aligns closely with the strategy and mission of FSD, Nicole is excited to begin her work as the organization’s Marketing and Communication Intern. Nicole is an avid traveler and aspires to someday visit every continent, if not every country, in the world.