Make equality real: Join the match challenge

Make equality real: Join the match challenge

Thought leaders

A selection of staff voices from Oxfam America. For media inquiries please contact [email protected]

  1. Abby Maxman

    President & CEO, Oxfam America

    Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as president and CEO in 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development, she brings a strategic focus on addressing the policies and systems that perpetuate global poverty. Maxman has particular experience in gender and power in social change; humanitarian preparedness and response; and organizational development, behavior and culture. Throughout her career she has also focused on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse within the aid sector, and currently plays an important role within the Oxfam Confederation and among US-based NGOs to improve safeguarding practices.

    Prior to joining Oxfam, Maxman served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International in Geneva, providing leadership across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs and Operations for CAREUSA, and in other country and regional leadership roles in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.

    Before CARE, Maxman had assignments with the U.S. Peace Corps, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, UN World Food Programme, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Colorado College and a Masters of International Administration from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

    Maxman has witnessed the impact of poverty, injustice, war and disaster first hand, and has said she believes the fight against global poverty and inequality is more relevant now than ever before. She is married and lives with her husband and three children in Winchester, Mass.

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  2. Gina Crista Cummings

    Vice President of Advocacy, Alliances & Policy

    Gina is the Vice President of Advocacy, Alliances & Policy for Oxfam America where she oversees research, policy, advocacy, campaigning, and building Oxfam's network of US allies, partners, and supporters to influence the US government and US corporations.

    Gina joined Oxfam America in 2006 as an Organizing and Alliances Manager where she developed the Sisters on the Planet ambassadors program, as well as alliances with chefs and other key allies. She then served as Director of campaigns setting the strategic direction for Oxfam’s advocacy campaigns and developing the team structures to support them.

    Prior to joining Oxfam, Gina was Chief Operating Officer of Physicians for Human Rights, a nongovernmental organization that uses medicine and science to document and advocate against mass atrocities and severe human rights violations around the world. She managed day-to-day operations and supervised senior teams that oversaw policy, media, and fundraising work; forensic investigations; research; campaigns; and human resources.

    Gina’s work included looking at the impact of torture in Guantanamo prison; juvenile justice in the US; asylum and human rights in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chechnya, Sierra Leone and Rwanda; and forensic investigations to determine crimes against humanity and genocide in Guatemala, Honduras, Rwanda, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She also served as the organization’s Director of Campaigns, organizing medical and nursing school programs, and establishing partnerships and projects with Partners In Health, the American Public Health Association, and other health-related organizations.

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  3. Noah Gottschalk

    Global Policy Lead

    Noah Gottschalk is Oxfam America’s Global Policy Lead, where he coordinates the organization’s advocacy efforts on conflict, fragility, and migration. He has nearly two decades of experience promoting peace, justice, and human rights, and has spent much of his career living and working in countries experiencing complex crises in the Middle East and Africa.

    Gottschalk has led Oxfam’s human rights campaigns in response to natural disasters, conflicts, and protracted crises including in the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes, Central America, Syria, Iraq, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel, working to mobilize the public and to ensure government policies are driven by the priorities of impacted people. He has testified before Congress and the European Parliament, served as an expert witness, and provided guidance to policymakers at the UN Security Council, European Union, and African Union. In addition to policy work, Gottschalk’s experience includes managing humanitarian programs and providing legal assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, and immigrants.

    A frequent media commentator, Noah’s analysis has been featured in a wide range of US and international radio, print, and television outlets. He holds an MA in International Human Rights Law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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  4. Dr. Kaitlyn Henderson

    USDP Senior Research Advisor

    Kaitlyn Henderson is a senior research adviser with Oxfam America’s US Domestic Policy Program. Previously, Dr. Henderson was a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow with the Aspen Strategy Group, which focused on national security and foreign policy through Track II diplomacy. Dr. Henderson completed her PhD in modern Latin American history at Tulane University, where she received the Peter T. Cominos Memorial Award for her dissertation work. During her graduate work, her research focused on race and politics in twentieth-century Cuba. She is an affiliate of the Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello and has worked closely with the Fundación Nicolás Guillén and the Instituto de Historia de Cuba. Dr. Henderson received her BA from Macalester College.

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  5. Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego

    Global Program Director for Food Systems

    Dr. Laté Lawson-Lartego currently serves as Oxfam America's Interim Co-Vice President of Global Programs. With over 20 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, Laté also directs Oxfam's food systems work that fights for inclusive, resilient sustainable and healthy food systems for all. He leads key program operations, while also serving as vice-chair of Oxfam’s West Africa Governance Group.

    Before joining Oxfam, he spent 17 years with CARE International in various capacities in country, regional and global roles. His most recent global roles with CARE were Director of the Economic Development Unit and Sr. Director for Food & Nutrition Security Department in the US. While with CARE, he and his team pioneered CARE’s first Market Engagement & Value Chain Development strategy and implementation, enabling CARE to impact over 10 million people, especially women.

    Dr. Lawson-Lartego earned a Doctoral Degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University in the US, with focus on innovative business strategies and value co-creation between Business and Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). He also earned two Master's degrees in Economics & Business from University of Lomé in Togo and Social & Rural Development from Reading University in the UK.

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  6. Dr. Tawanda Mutasah

    Vice President of Global Partnerships & Impact

    Dr. Tawanda Mutasah is Vice President of Global Partnerships and Impact (GPI), with responsibility for overall strategic and operational leadership of Oxfam America’s GPI division, and for identifying, nurturing, and. maintaining a wide range of strategic partnerships within and outside the Oxfam International confederation on all matters related to programmatic impact and global networks. Mutasah joined Oxfam America in 2021, bringing over 25 years of international nonprofit management and program leadership and innovation in a vast range of areas from humanitarian response to advocacy and long-term development. He was the Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International where, among other things, he established and operationalized the global human rights movement’s Sustainable Development Goals engagement and partnerships.

    Before that, Mutasah served as the Global Director of Programs at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where he stewarded a $400M budget. He had previously held a variety of other positions in the global OSF complex, including Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. Mutasah also previously worked for Oxfam Great Britain. And he has served on governing and advisory boards for global institutions that include the Center for Civilians in Conflict, Open Society Justice Initiative, and Rutgers University’s Center for Women’s Global Leadership; as well as African entities that include Trust Africa, and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa. Among other initiatives credited to his leadership over the years, Mutasah founded the Southern Africa Resource Watch, which researches and advocates on extractive industries.

    A graduate of Harvard Law School, New York University Law School, the Graduate School of Public & Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand, and the University of Zimbabwe, Mutasah has taught at the Paris School of International Affairs on international humanitarian law and human rights laws.

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  7. Scott Paul

    Senior Manager for Humanitarian Policy

    Scott Paul leads Oxfam America’s policy advocacy on a number of emergencies and cross-cutting humanitarian issues. During his tenure at Oxfam, Paul has spearheaded the organization’s work on a number of acute crises, including those in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. His advocacy in these emergencies often focuses on the political drivers of violence and vulnerability, as well as the financial exclusion of vulnerable individuals and the remittance companies and charities that serve them.

    Paul is a frequent media commentator with outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera and has testified before Congress. His published work focuses on international humanitarian law, the use of force, and bank de-risking, among other issues. Apart from his work on humanitarian emergencies, Paul is also responsible for formulating Oxfam America’s approach to US foreign policy as it relates to multilateralism and global governance.

    Before joining Oxfam, Paul was the UN representative for CIVIC and led campaigns at Citizens for Global Solutions to strengthen the US government’s commitment to international cooperation and the rule of law. As a student and young professional, he was a co-founder and the first Chair of SustainUS. Paul graduated from New York University Law School and did his undergraduate work at Columbia University and St. Petersburg State University.

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  8. Dr. Kimberly Pfeifer

    Head of Research

    Kimberly Pfeifer is the Head of Research at Oxfam America, where she oversees the production of research and trends analysis. She serves as the editor of Oxfam America's Research Backgrounder Series and is a member of the organization’s Gender Resource Group. Kimberly co-founded and co-leads the Oxfam Confederation’s Research Network.

    She has written a number of Oxfam International Policy Briefing Papers focused on trade and agricultural issues, and has managed numerous research projects, including on issues of biotechnology, the future of agriculture, food security, agricultural innovation, trade, extractive industries, and economic inequality.

    Prior to joining Oxfam, Kimberly worked for the AFL-CIO as a researcher with the Center for Strategic Research in Corporate Affairs. She has also worked for the Aga Khan Foundation in Zanzibar, Tanzania. While in Tanzania, Kimberly held a Research Fellowship with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Florida in Political Science and African Studies. She has a number of publications and papers critiquing models of development, and on land and natural resource politics.

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  9. Rebecca Rewald

    Program Advisor

    Rebecca Rewald is Program Advisor at Oxfam America (OUS), working on a variety of gender policy issues in both the international and domestic spaces.  She supports country offices on gender and agriculture advocacy initiatives as part of the Together Against Poverty (TAP) grant, including by leading research on and developing strategies around gender-responsive budgeting advocacy.  She also serves as the unpaid and underpaid care work (UUCW) lead at OUS, and has been focused on federal child care policy advocacy in the US, while overseeing the implementation of the entire OUS UUCW strategy. In addition to research and strategy development, Rebecca’s work involves policy and legislation analysis, engaging with partners and coalitions, and communicating with supporters, legislators, and policymakers on Oxfam America’s gender policy asks and priorities.  She’s the author of several research reports, blogs, and Op-Eds.

    Rebecca has been at Oxfam America since 2013 and has worked with other teams, such as the Aid Effectiveness team and the Policy and Research team. She also serves as the lead for Oxfam International's Women's Rights Capacity Development (WRCD) Group, which is focused on building tools and resources on gender for Oxfam staff across the confederation.  She received her MA in International Development with a focus on Gender and her BA in International Affairs, both from the George Washington University.  Rebecca is Ethiopian-American and grew up in Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Atlanta, GA.  She now lives in Washington DC with her partner and two dogs, Elway and Scherzer.

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  10. Shannon Scribner

    Director, Humanitarian Department

    Shannon Scribner leads Oxfam America's humanitarian work and serves on the Global Programs Leadership team. With Oxfam since 2003, Shannon has worked on Oxfam’s humanitarian responses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries.

    In 2009, Scribner testified on the US strategy in Somalia before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa. Scribner was also invited to present the nongovernmental organization perspective at the Obama administration’s policy review on Somalia at the National Defense University in 2010.

    From 1997 to 1999, Scribner served as a Peace Corps health care volunteer in a small, rural village in the Republic of Zambia. Following that, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from American University and worked at Amnesty International USA.

    She has been interviewed on a range of humanitarian topics for The Christian Science Monitor, Congressional Quarterly, NPR, PBS, and Fox News.

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  11. Robbie Silverman

    Senior Manager, Private Sector Advocacy

    As Senior Manager of Private Sector Advocacy, Robbie Silverman manages a team focused on engaging and challenging for-profit corporations to advance Oxfam’s mission of combating poverty and injustice worldwide.

    He is currently focused ensuring free and equal access to all Covid-19 vaccines and treatments, implementing Oxfam’s global campaign against inequality, with a focus on stopping corporate tax avoidance, and advancing Oxfam’s Behind the Barcodes campaign challenging America’s largest supermarkets to improve conditions for workers in their global supply chains.

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  12. Lauren Stuart

    Associate Policy Advisor, Climate and Energy Team

    With a unique background in meteorology, sustainable development and international climate policy, Lauren is passionate about bridging these often-siloed spaces to address the climate crisis.

    At Oxfam America, Lauren focuses on US leadership in international climate policy and diplomacy. Her work includes building coalitions at the nexus of domestic and international climate policy, advocating for climate policies grounded in global justice and engaging with the Biden Administration and Congress. She leads Oxfam America’s climate finance work, advocating for scaled up finance to support developing countries hit hardest by the climate crisis and also covers policy issues related to adaptation, loss and damage and climate migration and displacement. She has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace podcast and quoted in a number of media publications.

    Before joining Oxfam in 2019, Lauren served as a Peace Corps Food Security Volunteer in Nepal. She previously interned at the Green Climate Fund where she worked hydrometeorological projects and completed a work placement at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change where she worked with the Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage. She holds a BS in Meteorology and a BS in Geography from Florida State University as well as a MS in Climate Change and International Development from the University of East Anglia.

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  13. Irit Tamir

    Director, Private Sector Department

    Irit Tamir is the Director of Oxfam America's Private Sector Department. In her role, she is focused on working with companies to ensure that their business practices result in positive social and environmental impacts for vulnerable communities throughout the world. Irit leads Oxfam America’s work on business and development including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign.

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