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. 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.
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.
Folorunso David is a Program Associate at Emerging Public Leaders, where he is responsible for country programs management, organizational development, and donor engagement. Prior to this position, Mr. David had professional stints with the economic and financial governance department of the African Development Bank in Abidjan and the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. Mr. David holds a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a B.Pharm from University of Ibadan. He follows professional golf and is a fan of Afrobeat.
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.