Our Secure Future Team

Cynda Collins Arsenault

Founder

Cynda Collins Arsenault is the founder of Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference and works hand in hand with the team to provide strategic vision to the program as a part of One Earth Future. She is the co-founder, Board Chair and President of Secure World Foundation, an operating foundation working for the... more

Sahana Dharmapuri

Sahana Dharmapuri

Director

Sahana Dharmapuri is the Director of Our Secure Future, a program of One Earth Future Foundation. From 2006-2016 she was an independent gender advisor on gender, peace, and security issues to USAID, NATO, The Swedish Armed Forces, the United States Institute for Peace, International Peace Institute, and other... more

Lexie Van Buskirk

Lexie Van Buskirk

Project Manager

Lexie Van Buskirk received her Master’s degree in International Peace and Security from the department of War Studies at King’s College London in 2014. Following her education, she worked for a private security consultancy, was a researcher for Wikistrat, and interned remotely for the Hudson Institute’s Center for... more

Tara Dillon

Tara Dillon

Project Specialist

Tara has strong experience in international affairs, with a focus on gender and civilian protection. She received her Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Prior to joining Our Secure Future, Tara worked as reporter and producer... more

Erin Cooper

Erin Cooper is currently pursuing a master’s degree with specializations in Security and Human Rights at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in International Studies. At the University of Denver, she is a staff member of the Human Trafficking Center and will serve... more


Fellows

Miki Jacevic

Miki Jacevic

Fellow

Mirsad “Miki” Jacevic is a seasoned peacebuilding practitioner, with over 25 years of work on issues of conflict prevention and resolution, Women, Peace and Security, and transitional justice.  He has collaborated with OEF and OSF over the last years to help shape programming to elevate women’s leadership on... more

Hans Hogrefe

Hans-Joachim Hogrefe

Fellow

Hans Hogrefe is a foreign affairs, human rights, humanitarian affairs and government-relations consultant with more than 23 years of experience working in senior positions in the US Congress, the US Executive Branch, and the NGO community in Washington, DC.  For 13 years, the German-born Hogrefe served the... more

jolynn shoemaker

Jolynn Shoemaker

Fellow

Jolynn Shoemaker focuses on gender equality in international peace and security. She has worked with numerous non-profit organizations engaged in policy-relevant research, advocacy, and training on Women, Peace and Security and women's leadership. Ms. Shoemaker is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine, focusing on... more

ambassador Don Steinberg

Ambassador Donald Steinberg

Fellow

Donald Steinberg recently stepped down as president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. For more than 80 years, World Learning programs have helped empower new generations of global leaders to... more


Advisory Committee Members

Elmira Bayrasli

Elmira Bayrasli

Advisory Committee Member

Elmira Bayrasli is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. She is also the CEO and co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a professor at Bard College’s Global and International... more

Dr Susanne Jalbert

Susanne E. Jalbert, PhD

Advisory Committee Member

As a veteran global activist, Dr. Jalbert has employed economic development as an essential tool towards a more equitable, safe life.  Living at the nexus of conflict and development by working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), her work includes: diplomat in Afghanistan,... more

Ambassador Steve McGann

Ambassador Steven McGann

Advisory Committee Member

C. Steven McGann is the Founder of The Stevenson Group, a Washington, DC consulting firm that provides global solutions for economic growth and security. Ambassador McGann previously was Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Adviser of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource... more

Eliza Woloson

Eliza Woloson

Advisory Committee Member

Eliza Woloson is an anthropologist and entrepreneur.  She is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Women Have Wings, a human rights award established in 2012 from the selling of Amelia Earhart's Electra 10-E sister-ship. To date the award has honored fifty-one women of courage from around the world. In 1998... more


Former Interns

Caroline Meserve

Intern

(2016-2017)

Caroline Meserve graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A in political science and economics in 2016. She spent her junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics. Caroline previously interned for an NGO working to combat human trafficking and for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.... more