Saadia Ali joined the Global Resilience Institute as an Operational Support Analyst in January 2021. Having recently completed a BA in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy at Boston University, Ali is passionate about good policy. Ali has a strong background in non-profit work, especially with anti-hunger organization Project Bread and mentorship agency Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Before GRI, Ali interned at the Office of Senator Edward J. Markey. Ali has been admitted to Boston University School of Law for Fall 2021.
Dr. Liz Allen contributes to interdisciplinary resilience research initiatives at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, applying a sociotechnical systems perspective to study sustainability and social justice implications of the sharing economy, energy system transitions, and climate change adaptation. She also supports international research coordination and partner engagement within the Global Resilience Research Network. Liz holds a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her doctoral research explored approaches to stakeholder engagement in regional climate change impacts modeling and analyzed how environmental models are used in land use planning. Her community engagement work centers on collaborative system dynamics modeling and participatory research to help decision-makers understand system interactions and feedbacks across multiple sectors and plan for resilience.
Hyeonji Choi joined the Global Resilience Institute in May 2019. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Boston University Questrom School of Business in September 2016. Hyeonji is currently enrolled in Northeastern University pursuing a master’s degree in Global Studies and International Relations, with a concentration in International Economics and Consulting. Prior to joining GRI, Hyeonji worked at Hyundai Commercial Vehicles in Sydney, Australia as an operations specialist.
Iván is a Master’s student in Northeastern’s Security and Resilience Studies program, recently graduated from his undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Affairs. He currently focuses his research towards disaster management/recovery alongside counter-terrorism studies. He’s worked in a range of places – from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals as a communications co-op, to the Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel as a research assistant, to your local skate shop as a “shred specialist.” A Puerto Rican native, his first language is Spanish and he knows all the best places to mountain bike on the island. He’s greatly looking forward to putting his skills to good use with the team at the GRI throughout his Fall co-op.
John is the Marketing & Communications Manager at the Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University. In this role, he leads the development and execution of all marketing and communications initiatives across GRI. Prior to joining GRI, John worked as a marketing & strategy consultant across a variety of industries, in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing leadership roles spanning multiple disciplines. John earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Boston College. He also holds a Master of Education and bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from Boston College.
Carlisle Dockery currently serves as Research Coordinator at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. She joined GRI in September 2017 as the Staff Assistant. Prior to starting this position, she served as a FoodCorps service member at GROW Windham in Connecticut, working with elementary schools to bolster nutrition and sustainability initiatives. Carlisle graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in Anthropology
Kathleen is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University. Originally from upstate New York, she moved to Montreal, Quebec to pursue her undergraduate studies. In 2018, she graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Anthropology. Since receiving her Bachelor’s, she has worked in Montreal, Chicago, and the south of France, and is now very happy to be part of the Global Resilience Institute in Boston.
CJ Grasso currently serves as Associate Director for Research at the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University. Mr. Grasso joined GRI as Program Manager in 2016. In this role, Mr. Grasso has managed projects related to natural and man-made disasters and has studied ways in which communities and individuals can build resilience to future disruptions. Mr. Grasso has also worked extensively with communities to perform community assessments in support of resilience-based economic development planning and implementation.
Mr. Grasso holds a Master of Science in Security and Resilience Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Security and Resilience Studies from Northeastern University. He also is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Northeastern with a focus on the resilience of enterprises to various forms of stress and disruption.
Lauren joined Global Resilience Institute in January 2020. She is currently in her fourth year at Northeastern University pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in entrepreneurship. Prior to joining the marketing team Lauren worked as a design co-op at TJX, interned at TOMY as a print designer and was involved with IDEA, Northeastern’s Venture Accelerator, creating digital content and print materials for the organization.
Laura currently serves as a Global Coordinator while pursuing her MS in Global Studies and International Relations focusing on international economics and consulting. She holds a B.S. from Walsh University where she majored in biology and minored in entrepreneurship, while excelling at two sports: soccer and javelin. During her undergraduate studies, she completed research on fungal and bacterial elicitors within crayfish to evaluate how their overall immune system was affected and provided consultation to a national organization, the Patriot Project on how to successfully sign on 6,000 chiropractors around the United States within three years.
After graduating she spent three years in the AmeriCorps VISTA program where she helped build capacity for four preparedness programs for the American Red Cross in Colorado Springs, and was asked to help rebuild the two state VISTA program for the region. Laura is passionate about disaster management, international studies, economics, and entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth Moore has had a variety of work experience. Aside from her position within the University she is also a research assistant within the D’Amore McKim school of International Business. Previously she has had a variety of research assistantships for professors at both Providence College and Brown University. Furthermore she has devoted significant time to substitute teaching Spanish, History and Mathematics at her local middle school.
Elizabeth obtained her PhD in Political Science from Northeastern University in 2017. She defended a Dissertation entitled: “Transnational Actors and New Venture Growth: Examining Formal and Informal Entrepreneurship from an Inter-Disciplinary Perspective”
Daniela Rincon is currently a graduate student pursuing a MS in Media Advocacy at Northeastern. Daniela also works as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the College of Media and Design. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she double-majored in Journalism and Global Studies. She is passionate about international affairs, sustainability and immigration law. In the past, Daniela has worked as a Legal Writer for an immigration law firm and collaborated on advocacy and communications campaigns in social justice organizations like the ACLU.
Elizabeth Shepard joined GRI in March 2020 as Assistant Director of Finance and Administration. Previously, Shepard held senior level financial and administrative roles at Harvard University starting in 1997. Shepard graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Social Sciences from Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Skylar joined the Global Resilience Institute in January 2021. She is currently in her fifth and final year at Northeastern University, pursuing a BS in Computer Science and Design. Prior to joining the marketing team, Skylar worked as a UX Development co-op at Chewy and a Software Development co-op at True Fit. She was involved with Scout, Northeastern’s student-led design studio, as a designer and web developer for an IDEA venture and for the organization’s annual design conference: INTERVENTIONS. She has also served as the design chair for Northeastern University Women in Technology, where she worked on digital and printed marketing materials in addition to developing the organization’s brand.
Amanda Wright is the Executive Assistant at the Global Resilience Institute. In this role, she provides operational and administrative support to the Founding Director, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Marketing and Development Operations, and Associate Director of Operations, and she also assists with special projects. Amanda has over eight years of experience in international education, student advising, and higher education administration. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.