Former Staff

Beatrice Mauger, ’18

Beatrice Mauger served as Associate Director from January 2015 to June 2018. She was Equity for Children’s first full time hire in NY. Beatrice is a gender and child rights professional with a passion for human issues linked to poverty, inequality and sustainable development. Prior to joining Equity for Children, she worked as a Development and Alumni Affairs Consultant for Teach For America, helping to provide children in underserved communities in New York with a quality education. Beatrice graduated from The New School‘s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs. While at The New School she had the opportunity to do fieldwork in Argentina conducting baseline qualitative research on disadvantaged communities’ perception of their role and involvement within the scope of a government environmental clean-up project.

Asma Negash ’16

Asma Negash graduated from an MA in Media Studies with a concentration in Digital cinema at the Schools of Public Engagement, The New School, in 2016. Her areas of interest include race, gender and class representation in media.  Asma received a BA in Communications with a concentration in Film Studies from California State University, Sacramento. In the past, Asma has interned at CBS as a production assistant and Entercom Radio as the promotions intern. She has published film critiques in the online publication, The Black Rabbit and helped create the art and video/film collective in Sacramento, Griot. Currently, she is working as production assistant with local filmmaker, Shawn Batey on her documentary, The Changing Face of Harlem which chronicles the changes of the neighborhood over the last 10 years.

Charlotte Hamm ‘15
Charlotte Hamm is a psychology student from the University of Osnabrück, Germany. Part of her studies were attained at the EWHA Woman`s University in Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining Equity for Children, she had the opportunity to do fieldwork at an orphanage in Namibia. She has also worked as a student assistant in midwife research, interned at a psychiatric institute for children and adolescents in Bonn and recently joined the Model United Nations in New York City. Charlotte Hamm volunteered as a mentor and language coach for migrant children. She is fluent in German, English and French and has received two scholarships (DFSR- Scholarship and the DAAD- Promos- Scholarship). Currently she is working on a research project focusing on cultural and psychological differences between Germany and South Korea.

Günay Salazar ’15
Günay Salazar is a child rights advocate and international consultant specialized in child protection and communication for development. In the last two decades she has worked for UNICEF, Bilateral Agencies and NGOs in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South East Asia and North Africa on prevention of all forms of violence against children. Most recently she worked on behalf of the German International Cooperation Agency GIZ on strategies to prevent juvenile violence and the recruitment of children by armed illegal groups in Central America. She headed communication offices of GIZ in Vietnam and Colombia and the communication and advocacy office of Casa Alianza in Guatemala. Before that she was an information officer of the German Committee for UNICEF. She holds a masters degree in Social Sciences and lives in New York City since 2012 .

Valeria Chorny ’15
Valeria, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, obtained a B.A. in sociology from the National University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She is currently a master’s student in Urban Social Policies at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF). She has conducted several research projects and has worked in different areas of public policy in Argentina.

Eva Romulus ’15  Eva has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from ITESO, the Jesuit University in Guadalajara, Mexico. Before joining Equity for Children, Eva was a Consultant for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF/WHR) where she developed a report providing recommendations to systematize operations in the Regional Youth Network. In addition to interning at Equity for Children, Eva is also currently working with Donor Relations at UN Women. Previously, she worked at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN covering Social, Humanitarian and Cultural affairs. She also participated in an initiative for the relief of the Haitian population in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, by organizing food drives and community mobilization, liaising with the press, government and nonprofit organizations, and managing fundraising events and campaigns.

Lena Simet ’14
Lena is a  doctoral candidate at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She was awarded with the “best thesis prize” for her Master Thesis on The Correlation of Urban Development and Rising Socio-spatial Inequalities, with a special focus on the impact of social housing policies on divided societies within the cities of New York and Buenos Aires. Currently concentrating on Cities, Social Justice, and Development, she received her B.A. in Munich, Germany.Lena served as a Research Assistant for the economist Robert Buckley, as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Alberto Minujin, and currently assists in coordinating the International Field Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the investigation of the development project of the Matanza Riachuelo.

Lauren Santorso ’14
Lauren Santorso completed her MA of International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement in July of 2013 with a focus on international development and monitoring and evaluation. Her undergraduate degree is from the liberal arts division of The New School, where she studied Post-Colonial Literature. She has worked at UNICEF and The Children’s Law Center New York. Lauren authored the Approaches to Equity abstracts and theory paper on the Equity for Children web page and continues to assist with research, web content, and ongoing planning with Equity for Children.

Yael Herskovits ’14
Yael is a MA candidate at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, and has completed her studies in International Law and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris with highest honors, where she  also was  the editor-in-chief of her universities political journal, SCRIPTA Politica et Economica. Yael was a Pat Cox Fellow and a trainee at the European Parliament, serving in the cabinet of Hannes Swododa, the President of the S&D Group.  Furthermore, Yael researched and worked on a wide field of human rights, including work on religious rights focusing on Germany and France as well as China. She also researched Prison labor in China whilst studying in Shanghai.  She is originally from Frankfurt, Germany and has worked in cultural education for children with the government and several NGOs.

Mammotsa Makhene ’14
Mammotsa Makhene is a MA candidate at The New School For Social Research, having completed her undergraduate degree at The University of the Witwatersrand,Johannesburg in  her native South Africa with economics and finance as her majors. Mammotsa spent five years working for Investec Private Bank, one of South Africa’s leading private banks. She then spent two years working for Wesbank,  a leading Vehicle and Asset Finance bank and part of one of the largest financial services groups in Africa.

Leila Sarvghadi ’14
Leila Sarvghadi completed her MA in International Affairs focusing on Socioeconomic Development and Governance and Rights at The New School. Leila received her BA in Global Affairs focusing in Middle East and North African Studies while minoring in Islamic Studies at George Mason University.  She previously worked at the Peacebuilding and Development Institute at American University, where she helped build professional training skills for participants from the Georgia-Abkhazia region, and analyzed field survey reports around reconstruction efforts in the Abyei region of Sudan. In 2009, she completed an internship program in Cusco, Peru working with adolescent mothers to prevent the abandonment of children.

Jessica Tallarico ’13
Jessica Tallarico received her MA at The New School’s Graduate Program for International Affairs concentrating in Development. She completed her BA in International Development with a minor in Education at McGill University.Before attending The New School, Jessica was working in diversity management in one of Toronto, Canada’s crown corporations, as well as participating in community development and education as a volunteer in the small town of Alto de los Mores, Piura, Peru.

Beth Hill ’13
Beth Hill received her MA in International Education Development from Columbia University’s Teachers College and is currently studying for a MS in International Affairs with a focus on child labor, at The New School for Public Engagement. Beth’s interest in the issues surrounding working children grew from her experiences living and working in Vietnam, from 1996-2000, and traveling throughout Southeast Asia during that time. From 1992-1995 she worked with UNICEF as a documentation officer within the Private Sector Fundraising Division. Beth holds a permanent teaching certificate, Art K-12, from New York State and a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language from Cambridge University.

Youngwon Kim ’12
Youngwon recently received her MA in International Affairs from The New School for Public Engagement. She received her BA in Spanish from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. Young Won has previously worked as a journalist featuring migration and cultural policy in Seoul, Korea. She has worked in child education as a program coordinator and has worked with Thomas Jefferson Musical Theatre Company (Mexico) on youth development through the arts. She is currently a research assistant on the educational research project College Ready Communities at the Center for NYC Affairs, The New School.

Rachele Morgante ’11, 
Rachele Morgante obtained a MA in International Affairs from The New School for Public Engagement. She received her BA in International Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her areas of interests are international health, education and community development in the Caribbean and Latin America. These interests stem from the research completed in Colombia, working with children affected by HIV/AIDS and field experience acquired in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Emma Saloranta ’10
Emma Saloranta received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and an MA in International Affairs from the New School University with a focus on socio-economic development and human rights. While a student at the New School, Emma worked for Equity for Children for a year and a half as their website and content manager. Emma has several years of experience in working with child rights, child protection, human rights and gender equality in Finland, United States, Kenya, Brazil and most recently India. Her professional interests include gender equality and women’s empowerment, participatory media as a tool for social change, and human rights-based approach to socio-economic development. Emma is currently based in Bangalore, South India, where she is working with a local civil society organization focusing on the intersection of information and communication technologies and gender equality.


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