Betsy Williams – Executive Director
Betsy Williams is the Founder of Emerging Public Leaders and Executive Director. She is also the founder and currently serves as PYPP International Advisory Board Chair and on the PYPP Liberia Board of Directors. Ms. Williams launched PYPP with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf upon seeing the country's urgent need for a stronger civil service following two civil wars, and recognizing the potential of youth to drive that progress. Ms. Williams' work has focused on the intersection of social development, foreign policy, and global health, having launched and supported innovative programs at USAID, JSI, Asia Society and Physicians for Human Rights.
In 2017, Ms. Williams was conferred Liberia's highest civilian honors and awarded Dame Officer, Most Venerable Order of the Pioneer. She is also a Rainer Arnhold Fellow of the Mulago Foundation. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers.
Joanne Ke Edelman – Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Edelman is the Chief Operating Officer of Emerging Public Leaders in her capacity at the Global Development Incubator (GDI). Since early 2015, she has been providing strategic, operational, and financial support and oversight to the President’s Young Professionals Program of Liberia. At GDI, she has also worked extensively with the Donor Collaborative, Precision Agriculture for Development, and co-authored “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work.” Ms. Edelman joined GDI from the World Bank Group, where she specialized in monitoring and evaluation at the IFC and provided private sector development advisory services to the Governments of Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland, and Sudan. Ms. Edelman earned an MA in Applied Economics from Georgetown University and a BA/MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Mariam Badi – Program Associate
Mariam is a Program Associate at Emerging Public Leaders. Prior to joining Emerging Public Leaders, Mariam lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania working with Smart Codes, a local digital marketing agency, on developing an innovation lab for Tanzanian startups. She previously worked at Dexis Consulting and holds significant volunteering experience with Learning Enterprises in Panama and The Foundation for Sustainable Development in Uganda.
Mariam graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 with a B.A. in Government and Politics and minor in International Development and Conflict Management. During her time at Maryland, she won the Boren Scholarship to study Swahili in Arusha, Tanzania from 2015-2016. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new coffee shops and searching for the best travel deals online.
Darin Kingston – Advisor
Darin Kingston is an Advisor to Emerging Public Leaders and a Senior Manager at the Global Development Incubator (GDI), where she works closely with the Development Frontiers focus area. She also serves as the Interim COO of Convergence, a GDI-incubated initiative, and as an Advisor to Unorthodox Philanthropy. Ms. Kingston co-authored “More than the Sum of Its Parts: Making Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives Work.” She has experience designing and implementing social performance strategies at a range of mission-driven organizations, specializing in monitoring and evaluation and economic development. Before joining GDI, Ms. Kingston led the social impact measurement work of the top solar energy provider for developing markets, d.light. She earned a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.
Christine Dickason - Communications Associate
Christine is the Communications Associate of Emerging Public Leaders in her capacity at the Global Development Incubator (GDI). Prior to joining EPL and GDI, she managed social media and digital assets at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. She also served as the Deputy Director of Correspondence for First Lady Michelle Obama. Christine earned her B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi, where she focused on inequities in education and issues of food insecurity. She is currently a 2018 Master’s in Public Policy candidate at the George Washington University, with a focus in international education policy.