Thought leaders

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

  1. Abby Maxman

    President & CEO, Oxfam America

    As President and CEO of Oxfam America, Abby Maxman seeks to create a future that is equal. She mobilizes people and resources worldwide to make positive social change and to provide lifesaving support to people in crisis.

    Over 30 years, Abby’s approach has been informed by the everyday economic, climate, and gender injustices faced by the people she works with and for, as well as her experience living and working through social change movements, regional and geopolitical shifts and humanitarian and development challenges. These include: apartheid in southern Africa; the HIV/AIDs and Ebola epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa; chronic food insecurity and famine in Ethiopia; post-genocide relief and recovery in Rwanda; strengthening community organizations during the Rose Revolution in Georgia; and large-scale responses to humanitarian disaster in Haiti.

    Abby strives for accountability by examining and changing the power dynamics within the aid sector. Since joining Oxfam America in 2017, she has transformed the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors to be more representative of the diversity of people Oxfam works with and has elevated the organizational focus on gender and climate justice and fighting inequality.

    Abby is a leader on safeguarding systems and cultures in the aid sector, as well as humanitarian and development policy, practice, and learning. She has been at the forefront of Oxfam’s response to the COVID pandemic; launching and leading the organization's ambitious 2030 strategy; championing accountability, and galvanizing action for vaccine equity.

    Recognizing that long-term change to address the root causes of poverty and injustice requires joining with others, Abby plays an important role supporting, coordinating, and sharing efforts and expertise with NGOs and other organizations. This includes serving as Vice Chair of Interaction, Chair of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, Representative on the UN Inter Agency Standing Committee, and representing Oxfam on the boards of Frontline AIDS, Global Executive Leadership Initiative, and the Classy Leadership Council.

    Abby has served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International, Vice President of International Programs and Operations and in leadership roles in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Middle East for CARE USA. She has also served with US government agencies, the German development agency, and the UN World Food Programme. Abby holds a BA in History and Political Science, a Masters in International Administration, and several Honorary Doctorate degrees. She is a mother of three and lives in MA with her husband and children.

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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. Bob Ferguson

    Creative Alliances and Music Outreach Project Manager

    Bob Ferguson (he/him/his) manages the Creative Alliances and Music Outreach program for Oxfam America from his office just outside NYC, where he is responsible for Oxfam's relationship with some of the world's most respected music artists, and at whose concerts Oxfam connects their hunger, poverty, and social justice campaigns with hundreds of thousands of music fans every year.  He has twice been nominated for Emmy Awards, and won for his work on Oxfam's collaboration with The New Pornographers for the "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" music video.

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  4. Dr. Nick Galasso

    Interim Head of Research

    Nick Galasso joined Oxfam America in 2012 as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow (2012-2014). He has over twenty years of experience promoting social justice in international development. As Head of Research, Galasso manages a team of researchers who provide the strategic and intellectual foundations Oxfam relies on to set agendas.

    Galasso’s own research focuses on economic inequality, with a particular focus on the relationship between wealth and democracy. His work has examined how international systems of trade impact inequality, and how international financial and development institutions help or hinder inequality reduction. For the past six years, Galasso has led Oxfam’s work to assess the consequences of far-right nationalism on issues including gender justice and migrant rights. Galasso’s research has been published in academic and policy journals, including Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Policy, and Turkish Policy Quarterly. His research has been cited in numerous news outlets including The Economist, The New Yorker, Vox, USA Today, The Washington Post, and NPR. Outside of his research roles, Galasso served as the Oxfam International Head of Office in Washington, DC to coordinate Oxfam’s World Bank and IMF advocacy. From 2016-2018, he was hosted by the Council of Independent Colleges as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Galasso has a Ph.D. in Global Governance from the University of Delaware.

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  5. Alexandre Galimberti

    Senior Advocacy & Collaborations Advisor

    Alex Galimberti is a food professional turned activist. After ten years working in restaurants he became an organizer and advocate for workers in the food system. In his current role as Senior Advocacy & Collaborations Advisor at Oxfam’s U.S. Domestic Program he works building partnerships with workers and advocates to support better conditions for the people who produce, process, and prepare our food. The focus areas of his work are on workers’ rights and immigrants’ rights with an emphasis on racial equity and gender justice. Alex was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has lived and worked in various cities throughout South America, Italy, and in the U.S. states of California, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. He brings his life experience to his day-to-day work engaging diverse constituencies on behalf of Oxfam. His formal education includes a Bachelors Degree from the University of Texas at Dallas; an Associate Degree from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park NY; and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Gastronomy from Boston University.

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  6. 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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  7. Ben Grossman-Cohen

    Director of Campaigns

    Ben Grossman-Cohen is Oxfam America’s Director of Campaigns. For 15 years he has led advocacy campaigns to change federal, state, local and corporate policies. He cut his teeth on electoral campaigns working as an organizer and media representative on local, state and Presidential campaigns. Ben has been with Oxfam since 2010 where he has led impactful campaigns on climate change, gender equality, and economic justice.

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  8. 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 is the lead researcher and author of Oxfam’s Best States to Work Index, a look at how states treat workers and working families in the US. This index captures 25 policies across three themes – wages, worker protections, and rights to organize – and includes all 50 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. There were special editions of the index released in 2020 focused on COVID and in 2021 focused on working women. Dr. Henderson is a member of the Oxfam Research Network (ORN), a coalition of researchers across all Oxfam International, and works within the ORN as a member of the Gender Working Group. She writes regularly for Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty Blog.

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Joi Owens Norwood

    Senior Policy Advisor and Program Lead for Mississippi and Louisiana

    Joi Owens Norwood is Oxfam America's Senior Policy Advisor and Program Lead for Mississippi and Louisiana. As an experienced policy advocate, organizer, and coalition builder, Joi has received several local and national prestigious awards. Before joining Oxfam, Joi served as the managing attorney and lobbyist for Disability Rights Mississippi, worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, and served as a Judicial Intern for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also served on the Mississippi Bar's Women in the Profession Committee and the Mississippi Women's Lawyers Association board of directors. Joi earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from Jackson State University and her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. Norwood was a 2016 National Juvenile Justice Fellow, a 2017 Mississippi Bar Leadership Class graduate, a 2019 Leadership Mississippi graduate, and 2020 young professionals on the rise award recipient. In addition, she is a proud wife and mother to a son, Legend, and daughter she's expecting in February 2022.

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  12. 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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  13. Dr. Kimberly Pfeifer

    Acting Knowledge for Impact Director

    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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  14. Dr. Alivelu Ramisetty

    Director Gender Justice and Inclusion Hub

    Alivelu leads Oxfam America’s Gender Justice and Inclusion portfolio and serves on the Global Partnerships and Impact Leadership Team. Working with Oxfam since 2010, Alivelu  inspires and collaborates with the  leadership teams of Oxfam America to define and implement gender justice and inclusion policies and systems.

    Alivelu leads and catalyzes Gender Justice and Inclusion work across thematic and functional departments, with Oxfam Country and Regional Leadership within the Oxfam confederation, and builds synergy in gender justice work across long-term development, humanitarian, and advocacy and campaigns. She leads the feminist approach work with colleagues within Oxfam America, as well as across the agency and with partners and allies, to design and deliver Oxfam’s Feminist Principles commitments.

    Alivelu leads the development of a robust and systematic approach to putting inclusion and gender justice at the heart of all of Oxfam America’s work, through long-term development. Alivelu leads in the sector on topics such as transformational leadership for women’s rights, addressing gender-based violence and Unpaid and Underpaid Care work.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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. She leads a team of advisors that engage the private sector on tax, business and human rights, vaccine equity, legal advocacy, supply chain and labor relations, climate change and gender and racial equity. She oversees the private sector engagement from campaigns and advocacy to collaborations and programs focused on corporate behavior along with a work focused on investors and shareholder advocacy.

    Prior to working at Oxfam, Ms. Tamir was the Director of Government Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, where she successfully lobbied for an extensive federal and state legislative agenda. She co-led the effort to pass the Sudan Divestment Bill in Massachusetts, which required the state pension funds to divest from companies doing business with the Government of Sudan in an effort to halt its human rights violations in Darfur. Ms. Tamir is an attorney with a masters in international law and has taught Business and Human Rights as an adjunct at Boston College Law School. She sits on the Board of the Fair Labor Association and co-chaired the Working Group on Business and Human Rights for the New York City Bar Association. A devoted human rights activist, she has spoken publicly about inequality, human rights, climate resilience, and the food system. Ms. Tamir has had years of experience in government relations and is a former prosecutor who supervised civil rights prosecutions and hate crimes.

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