The LIDS Executive Board is composed of current students actively engaged in the organization. It is responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its activities. Each spring semester, new co-presidents are elected and a new board is appointed for the following academic year.
Co-President: Sam Datlof
Sam Datlof is a joint-degree J.D.-M.P.P. student graduating in 2017. Since joining LIDS, Sam has been a co-VP of Projects, and worked directly on projects for the ABA Criminal Law Section’s International Committee and the Vale Center for Sustainable International Investment. He is also a member of the Board of Student Advisers, the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Latin American Caucus.
Prior to law school, Sam worked for a community education organization in Guatemala called Niños de Guatemala, where he was engaged in social enterprise and communications. During his 1L summer, Sam worked on impact litigation at the New York Legal Assistance Group. The following summer, he worked for the World Bank’s Public Integrity and Openness Directorate investigating legal responses to corruption in post-conflict and fragile states.
Co-President: Elizabeth Loftus
Elizabeth Loftus is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Cornell University in 2010 as a double major in history and political science with a concentration in comparative politics. After college, she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon where she collaborated with communities to address water sanitation, reforestation, food security, and literacy. At HLS, she is involved in the Harvard Human Right Journal, the Law and International Development Society, and the Trade Innovation Initiative. Her research with LIDS and TII has explored incentivizing anti-corruption efforts in public sectors and improving access to finance for cooperatives and small enterprises. During the 2014 summer, she worked in the Special Litigation Unit of the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency in Washington, D.C.
Co-Vice President, Projects: Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell is a member of the Harvard Law School J.D. class of 2017. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. She has worked on two projects since joining LIDS, researching communal land rights in Latin American and contributing to a report prepared for negotiations between coal mining companies and local communities in Colombia. She is also a member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
Prior to law school, Naomi was Women’s Program Manager for a non-profit organization in Lima, Peru, where she coordinated workshops for women’s community groups on financial education, nutrition, and artisan skills. Before living in Peru, she was the Microdemocracy Fellow at the Right Question Institute, an educational non-profit dedicated to helping people in low-income communities advocate for themselves, participate in decisions that affect them, and partner with service providers, in educational and healthcare settings.
Naomi will spend the summer of 2015 in Bogotá, Colombia at the Programa de Acción por la Igualdad y la Inclusión Social (PAIIS), a disability rights legal clinic at the Universidad de los Andes School of Law.
As Co-Vice-President of Projects, Naomi generates, organizes, staffs, and oversees the development projects implemented each semester with partner organizations.
Co-Vice President, Projects: Kelsey Jost-Creegan
Kelsey Jost-Creegan is a member of the J.D. class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. Originally from Boston, she received her B.A. in Global Studies (with a focus on transnational cultures in Latin America) and Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Kelsey wrote her thesis about the evolution of human rights discourse in Argentine migration and refugee legislation.
Before coming to law school, she worked with women’s rights and children’s rights at the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers in Buenos Aires. She also completed a Humanity in Action Fellowship in Lyon, France.
Since joining LIDS, Kelsey co-led a project for Colombian NGO Pensamiento y Acción Social on corporate responsibility for health problems caused by mining pollution, and researched the security of collective landholdings in Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil as a project member on a project for the World Resources Institute. At HLS, she has also been involved with the International Law Journal and volunteers as a translator at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. During the summer of 2015, Kelsey will work on issues of transitional justice with Dejusticia in Bogotá, Colombia.
As Co-Vice-President of Projects, Kelsey generates, organizes, staffs, and oversees the development projects implemented each semester with partner organizations.
Vice President, Communications: Katie King
Katie King is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Harvard Law School. In addition to serving on the LIDS board last year, she has also worked on two LIDS projects, developing humanitarian border management protocols for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and researching legal recognition of community-based paralegals. She has also been a part of the Harvard African Law Association and the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and continues to participate in the International Human Rights Clinic.
Katie is from Ohio, where she received her B.A. in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs (concentrating on Sub-Saharan Africa) and Latin American Studies from Miami University. During the summer of 2014, she worked for the Equal Education Law Centre in South Africa. She spent this past summer working for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department.
As Vice-President of Communications, Katie is responsible for keeping LIDS members and interested HLS students up to date on LIDS activities and events related to international development.
Co-Vice President, Press & Media: Ashley Lee
Ashley Lee is a doctoral candidate and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studies the Internet and youth’s civic and political expression. Ashley has worked on a number of international development projects with the U.N., focusing on labor and human rights, youth empowerment, and child protection. Ashley graduated from Stanford University’s School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
As Co-Vice President of Press & Media, Ashley is responsible for media relations, coverage and promotion of LIDS events and projects, including on social media. Ashley is also responsible for managing LIDS Live.
Vice President, Finance: Kristin Beharry
Kristin Beharry is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Harvard Law School, where she is also involved with the Social Enterprise Law Association and Harvard International Law Journal. Prior to joining the LIDS Board, Kristin worked on a project through LIDS researching the process necessary to undergo the transformation of a Samoan microfinance institution into a commercial bank.Kristin is from Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and International Studies: Political Economics and Development at the University of Michigan in 2013. As an undergraduate, she was the Executive Director of the Detroit Partnership, a nonprofit aimed at building community between the University of Michigan and Detroit through the art, health, and educational programming. During the summer of 2011, Kristin worked with Clean Water for the World in El Salvador, promoting health through implementing water purification units and surveying local communities as to the effectiveness of those units. During the summer of 2014, Kristin will be working with the Accountability Counsel in San Francisco, defending the environmental and human rights of marginalized communities affected by internationally-financed projects.
As Vice-President of Finance, Kristin procures financial support for LIDS activities and works on establishing new funding partnerships with sources from within the Harvard community as well as externally. Kristin is also responsible for establishing LIDS’ budget and managing operating expenses.
Co-Vice President, Events (Symposium): Kelsey Davidson
Kelsey Davidson is a joint degree candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. She graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to joining the LIDS Board, Kelsey was a co-project leader on a project for the Afghan Independent Bar Association. At HKS, she was involved in the Israel-Palestine Study Group and worked as a Research Assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
Before starting graduate school, she worked at the Center for International Security and Cooperation as the Research Assistant on the biography of George Shultz. During the summer of 2015, Kelsey worked at the International Institute for Counterterrorism in Israel.
As Co-Vice-President of Events, Kelsey organizes events on behalf of LIDS – in particular, the 2015 Symposium on Security and Development.
Co-Vice President, Events (International Women’s Day): Anya Andreeva
Anna (Anya) Andreeva is a member of the JD class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a double concentration in international relations and English. Anya is originally from Russia and spent her formative years in Mumbai, India. Prior to attending law school, Anya worked as a paralegal in Boston and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At HLS, Anya is involved in the International Law Journal, the Business Law Review, and the Harvard Immigration Project. Anya is also a board member for HLS Negotiators and the Women’s Law Association. Before joining the LIDS board, Anya worked on a project with morethanshelters, an implementing partner of UNHCR, to create frameworks facilitating cross-sector collaboration to develop the Al Za’atari Camp in Jordan.
As Co-Vice-President of Events, Anya organizes events on behalf of LIDS—in particular the 2016 International Women’s Day celebrations—bringing together academics, policymakers, and practitioners working in law and development.
Co-Vice President, Events: Lesedi Mbatha
Lesedi Mbatha is a member of the JD class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Human Rights. Prior to attending law school, she spent a year working in New York and Madrid. Lesedi also attended the London School of Economics, where she received an MSc in Human Rights and her coursework focused on conflict, transitional justice, and development. While in London she also worked for REDRESS, a human rights NGO that focuses on obtaining justice for victims of torture.
At HLS, Lesedi is involved in the Harvard Human Rights Journal and serves on the board of the Harvard African Law Association as co-chair of the African Development Conference. She is also a member of the Black Law Students Association. Since joining LIDS she worked on a project with Transparency International, which focused on global anti-corruption efforts.
As Vice-President of Events, Lesedi is responsible for hosting events and panels throughout the school year.
Ishita Kala is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Harvard Law School. In addition to serving on the board last year, Ishita worked on a LIDS project with CAfGEN researching biobank policies and procedures for pediatric populations in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also participated in the International Human Rights Clinic and is a member of the International Law Journal.
Ishita is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2013 with a B.A. in Government and Psychology. During the summer of 2014, she interned at USAID Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C. working on conflict and humanitarian assistance issues. Last J-term she traveled to Tanzania with New Markets Lab to research the intersection of international trade and development, particularly as it relates to female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector.
As Co-Vice President of LIDS Global, Ishita will be working with LIDS partner schools around the world to assist them in publishing a white paper and implementing development projects with partner organizations.
Chris Crawford is a member of the JD class of 2016 at Harvard Law School, and 2010 graduate of Trinity University. Chris became involved initially through LIDS Global, a project that coordinates joint research between LIDS at Harvard and other like-minded student organizations around the world. The 2013-2014 research focused on issues in transnational corruption, a topic that Chris plans to continue researching during his time at Harvard.
Prior to attending law school, Chris lived for two years in Shanghai, where he taught AP United States history and persuasive writing among other subjects. He also lived in Bulgaria and worked at an NGO that served victims of human trafficking and sought to reform the nation’s juvenile justice system. At HLS, Chris is a contributor to the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and spent a summer interning at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
As Co-Vice President of Collaborations, Christopher works to capitalize on relationships between students and community members – in the Boston area and around the world – who are passionate about international development.
Vice President, Internal Operations: Alicia E. Bello
Alicia Bello is a joint degree candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School. At Harvard, she is a Senior Editor for the Africa Policy journal and conducts research on social entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. She previously worked on governance programs at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, DC and provided input on governance proposals and programming in the Central and West Africa region. Alicia is a native of Nigeria and graduated with high honors from Spelman College in 2011 with a degree in Political Science.
As Vice-President of Internal Operations, Alicia manages LIDS’ online presence and maintains the institutional memory of the organization.
Vice President, External & Alumni Relations: Marian Grove
Marian Grove is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Harvard Law School. She first got involved with LIDS during her 1L year as a team member on two projects.
Marian is from Narberth, PA. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History in 2008. After a brief stint working for the 2008 Obama Campaign, she moved to Washington, DC and worked primarily as a Senate legislative assistant for international, trade, and defense policy. Before starting law school, she and her husband spent 7 months backpacking through several continents.
As VP of External Relations, Marian serves as liaison with the LIDS Board, alumni, and outside groups.
Vice President, Community: Molly Doggett
Molly Doggett is a member of the J.D. Class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. She is from Maryland and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012 with a degree in International Studies and a Spanish minor. Prior to attending law school, Molly worked as a paralegal/legal assistant at a law firm in Bethesda, Maryland.
At Harvard, Molly is involved in the Harvard Negotiators and the Women’s Law Association, and is an article editor for the International Law Journal. This past summer, Molly interned in the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. At PACE, she worked on reports concerning critically ill prisoners and the political situation in Hungary after the promulgation of a new constitution.
As the VP of Community, Molly looks forward to welcoming new LIDS members and encouraging the participation and commitment of current members in a variety of LIDS activities.
Co-Vice President, Professional Development: Ted Brackemyre
Ted Brackemyre is a member of the J.D. class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Indiana University in 2014, majoring in economics, history, and political science.
At HLS, Ted has been involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and the Trade Innovation Initiative. During the summer of 2015, he worked at the U.S. Court of International Trade. Ted is particularly interested in the trade policy concerns of the developing world as well as non-trade-related integration efforts.
As Co-Vice President of Professional Development, Ted oversees the Trade Innovation Initiative and works to connect students with the faculty, practitioners, alumni, and information necessary to pursue opportunities in law and international development.
Co-Vice President, Professional Development: Melissa Freeman
Melissa Freeman is in the class of 2017 at Harvard Law School. A California native, she studied English at UC Davis, and volunteered in Brazil after graduating. She then left Brazil to work at a study abroad agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also interning at the Argentinean chapter of Transparency International.
Before joining the LIDS board, Melissa participated in two LIDS projects, one involving negotiations at the International Committee for the Red Cross and the other related to import and business regulations for a social enterprise. She is also on the board of the Social Enterprise Law Association at HLS and is spending her summer at a dispute resolution organization in Washington, DC, focusing on corporate-community relations.
As LIDS Co-Vice President for Professional Development, Melissa is working to expand and institutionalize development-oriented experiential opportunities for at HLS and solidify a development-focused network with students, related organizations and alumni.
Vice President, Liaisons: Jake Kuipers
Jake Kuipers is a member of the J.D. class of 2016 at Boston College Law School and is also completing a Masters in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the Executive Articles Editor of the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review and a Legal Editor of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs. For the previous two years Jake has been an active member of LIDS. He has been The Fletcher School’s Liaison, a co-leader for a LIDS project on cross-border social entrepreneurship, and two Public International Law and Public Policy Group projects.
Jake is passionate about helping governments use the rule of law to generate effective and meaningful economic development. Prior to law and graduate school, Jake worked for the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Harvard Business School, and the U.S. Congressional Budget Office. In these organizations, Jake analyzed how the political and legal infrastructure of states and nations impacted private-sector decision-making. He has a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College.
As Vice President of Liaisons, Jake will help to strengthen ties between LIDS and Harvard graduate programs, The Fletcher School, and other Boston area law and graduate schools.
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy Co-Liaison: Ameya Naik
Ameya Naik is a dual Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy – Masters of Law in International Law candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is also a research scholar with The Takshashila Institution, an Indian think-tank, for whom he writes on Indian energy security and foreign policy. Before starting graduate school, he served as Executive Assistant to Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the Government of India. In 2015, Ameya has received summer fellowships from the Harvard Program on Negotiations and the Tufts Institute of Global Leadership, to support a research internship at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions.
Ameya holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Bachelors in Law (LL.B.) from Mumbai University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He has participated in LIDS research projects in Spring 2014 (PILPG) and Spring 2015 (GOPAC).
As Fletcher School Liaison, Ameya will help to strengthen ties between LIDS and the Fletcher School community, and to further promote an interdisciplinary approach to development.
Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy Co-Liaison: Smita Rana
Smita Rana is a student of the Class of 2016 at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she is pursuing Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a focus on international climate and energy policies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Teri University, India.
Since joining LIDS, Smita has worked on China Environmental Law & Governance Project for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) and also on a World Resources Institute (WRI) project dealing with land and natural resource laws of India and Sri Lanka.
Prior to joining the Fletcher School, Smita worked with the German Embassy’s Department for
Economic & Global Affairs in New Delhi, India where she was an advisor to the German diplomats for India´s policies in energy, climate change and environment sector. She also managed liaison activities with between Indian and German ministries. During the summer of 2015, she is interning with the World Bank’s Global Climate Change Policy team in Washington DC.
As the Fletcher School co-liaison, Smita will help to strengthen ties between LIDS and the Fletcher School community, and further promote a more interdisciplinary approach to the field of international development.
Harvard Kennedy School Liaison: Zak Ostertag
Zak is a second-year Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he focuses on social sector collaborations and strategic partnerships in the global development sector. This past summer he worked in Nairobi, Kenya as business development strategy Fellow with Sanergy, an award-winning sanitation social enterprise. Prior to HKS, Zak worked for the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, and also conducted two program evaluations for World Vision. A 2011 alum of Pepperdine University, Zak is passionate about poverty alleviation both internationally and domestically. In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, hiking, traveling, and learning new languages.