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The IWMF team is based in Washington, D.C. We are dedicated full-time professionals who combine a high level of expertise with a strong dedication for press freedom and women’s rights. We’re passionate about the work we do. Current openings are posted to Idealist.

 

Elisa Lees Muñoz
Executive Director

Named Executive Director in 2013, Elisa Lees Muñoz has over 20 years of experience in human rights, freedom of the press, and gender equality issues.

She leads the organization in our pursuit of the mission to empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry. She oversees multi-nation, multi-million dollar programming to support women in the news media around the world. Recently, with the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Lees Muñoz launched a $5 million reporting and security training initiative for women journalists in the Great Lakes region of Africa and is currently leading the development of an innovative new security mobile app, Reporta™, to promote safety for women journalists reporting in dangerous situations, as well as the establishment of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.

She also helped establish the IWMF’s Emergency Fund for Women Journalists, the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists. Lees Muñoz will be expanding IWMF’s work in support of women journalists to Latin America and other areas of the world. Lees Muñoz often presents at conferences and panels, and frequently addresses issues challenging women in the media.

Lees Muñoz graduated from the University of Maryland with a master’s degree in International Relations. Before joining the IWMF as Director of Programs, Lees Muñoz led the Crimes of War Education Project and before that was an election monitor for the OSCE in the Balkans and monitored the human rights of scientists for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Nadine HoffmanNadine Hoffman
Deputy Director

Nadine Hoffman is the IWMF’s deputy director, responsible for supporting the Executive Director, and for developing and implementing the organization’s programmatic portfolio. She has more than 10 years of experience managing international programs; before working in the nonprofit sector, Hoffman began her career as a journalist.

Prior to joining the IWMF, Hoffman was program operations manager at DC Teaching Fellows, an initiative of the New Teacher Project, working to increase educational equality for underserved students.

She also worked as the acting director of the Leadership Council for Human Rights, a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization focused on global women’s empowerment. While completing her graduate studies, Hoffman was a reporter for the Patriot Ledger, a mid-sized daily in the Boston metro region.

Hoffman holds a master’s degree in journalism from Emerson College and a bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College. She also completed a human rights law certificate program at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Jennifer HymanJennifer Hyman
Communications Director

Jennifer Hyman is the IWMF’s director of communications, and is responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s communications strategy, including brand management, messaging, media relations, publications, website and digital tools. She has more than 20 years of experience working on human rights, humanitarian assistance and international economic development issues.

After beginning her career at Human Rights Watch, she moved to Beijing to work as a journalist for the South China Morning Post, where she published more than 500 articles. Upon returning to the U.S., she served as the managing editor for the Global Health Council’s magazine Global AIDSLink, focused on HIV prevention, treatment and care. Subsequently, she was the communications manager for Global Communities, an organization engaged in international humanitarian assistance and economic development. Most recently, she spent seven years as the communications director for the international agricultural development and food security organization Land O’Lakes International Development.

Hyman obtained her master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from The George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She has worked and traveled in more than 50 countries and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Muriel Evans-BuckJennifer Hyman
Director of Development

Muriel Evans-Buck, Director of Development is responsible for strengthening IWMF’s fundraising efforts by increasing visibility, awareness and revenue for the organization. Muriel brings extensive knowledge and experience as a development professional. Her career has included senior positions in development with several national organizations. She has worked for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Delta Research and Educational Foundation. She has also worked in the political arena as a policy analyst for the late Governor Bruce Sundlun and is a former member of the Electoral College representing the State of Rhode Island.

Muriel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Ann Marie ValentineAnn Marie Valentine
Senior Program Officer

Ann Marie Valentine is the IWMF’s senior program officer, responsible for managing the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists and implementing the organization’s initiatives in Africa and Latin America. She also oversees the Emergency Fund for Women journalists.

Valentine joined the IWMF in 2012 as a program assistant. She worked on fellowship programs in Western Sahara, Morocco, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Prior to joining the IWMF, Valentine worked in external affairs for Jersey Cares, a non-profit agency in New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and religious studies from Gettysburg College. She speaks Arabic and Spanish.

Pedro DanaPedro Dana
Program Manager

Pedro Dana is program manager for the IWMF’s Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante, in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and the US-Mexico border.

Prior to joining IWMF, Dana worked at the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), supporting local civil society organizations, journalists, and human rights defenders in Latin America and the Caribbean on issues of freedom of expression, freedom of association, citizen participation, and transparency.

Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

Courtney FlanaganCourtney Flanagan
Development Manager

Courtney Flanagan is a development manager for the IWMF. She is responsible for enhancing fundraising efforts through cultivation, event logistics and database management. Prior to joining the IWMF team, Flanagan helped raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As their development manager, she worked to strengthen donor relationships and assist with the planning and fundraising for their leadership events.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University.

Adena MartinDSC_0218
Operations Manager

Adena Martin is the executive assistant for IWMF executive director Elisa Lees Muñoz. In addition to providing direct support to Lees Muñoz, her responsibilities include the overall efficiency of the IWMF office operations and team collaboration.

Martin has over 15 years of providing administrative support to non-profits, associations and private sector. In her spare time, she devotes hours to community service by feeding the homeless in the D.C. Shaw community and planning mentoring sessions with inner city youth.

Claudia GonzalezClaudia Gonzalez
Program Coordinator

Claudia Gonzalez is a program coordinator for the IWMF’s Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante. Additionally, she is responsible for supporting the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative. Prior to joining the IWMF, Gonzalez worked at Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa (AGE Africa) where she supported the organization’s fundraising, communications and operations.

Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, focused on International Development, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Latin American Area Studies from American University. She holds a Certificate in Spanish Translation and speaks Spanish and German.

Juanita IslasJuanita Islas
Program Coordinator

Juanita Islas is the program coordinator for the IWMF’s Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante. Prior to joining the IWMF, Islas worked at AMGlobal Consulting and supported a number of entities such as the Organization of American States, the Center for International Policy, Colombia’s National Planning Department (DNP) and the Woodrow Wilson Mexico Institute.

Islas holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in Latin American Security from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is fluent in Spanish.

Simone Sewell WalkerSimone Sewell-Walker
Staff Accountant

Simone Sewell-Walker is the IWMF’s Staff Accountant and is responsible for overseeing essential accounting activities and processes, as well as supporting finance projects across the organization.

Prior to joining the IWMF, Sewell-Walker worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, where she oversaw activities in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cayman Islands. Sewell-Walker has over 15 years of work experience in finance, administration and project management with a focus on the areas of education, youth, climate change and development credit authority. Sewell-Walker has received many awards from the U.S. Government.

Sewell-Walker is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom.  

Caroline WhiteCaroline White
Communications Coordinator

Caroline White is the Communications Coordinator at the IWMF, responsible for online web and social media content. Prior to joining the IWMF, White worked with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) as the Communications and Program Information Coordinator. In her capacity at SAMS, White focused on support for humanitarian and medical relief programs, access to healthcare, and advocacy on civilian protection issues.

White holds a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in International Studies, focused on the Middle East, with a minor in Spanish.

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