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Scott Beale, Founder and CEO

Scott is the inspiration and driving force behind Atlas Corps. A 2010 NGen Fellow and White House Fellow finalist, Scott brings 10+ years of professional experience to Atlas Corps. Scott started three nonprofit organizations and helped thousands of peers become agents for social change through his work with Ashoka’s Youth Venture, which he helped expand from three to 25 staff. His efforts spans four continents and crosses nonprofit, government, and business sectors. Scott executed one of the most successful crowd-sourced philanthropy campaigns, achieving $400,000. He has a B.A. in Government and Economics from Georgetown University and an MPA from the University of Delaware.

Languages: English, some Spanish, French, Hindi, and Urdu

Personal Motto: We have more power to change the world than we realize

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Abby (Flottemesch) Robinson, Chief Development & Engagement Officer

Abby brings more than 10 years of experience in development, communications, and youth leadership development, which include being a Class 2 Atlas Corps Fellow in Colombia. Abby is also an alumnae of the Independent Sector NGEN Program and the American Express Leadership Academy. Prior to Atlas Corps, Abby worked as a Development Strategist for the InterAmerican Development Bank (Washington, DC), Fundacion Escuela Nueva (Bogota, Colombia), and The Campus Kitchens Project/DC Central Kitchen (national). Abby served on the Board of the One Percent Foundation—a group of citizen philanthropists who pool their funds and time to strengthen their communities, while at the same time increasing their understanding of and participation in philanthropy. Abby served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Puerto Rico and organized community development efforts throughout the northern part of the island. Abby graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Spanish with a minor in Marketing from the University of Minnesota Duluth and completed the Fundraising for Small Nonprofits course offered by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Languages: English, Spanish, and Minnesotan!

Personal Motto: Make it big!

Kelly Reid, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly brings to Atlas Corps more than a decade of partnership building, team leadership, and organizational development experience. As Director of Organizational Development with the National MultiCultural Institute and an independent consultant, she helped approximately 40 public, private, and social sector organizations advance their missions by leading initiatives to strengthen operations, enhance capacity, and improve cultural competency. Driven by a commitment to social justice, Kelly’s professional experience include extensive background engaging with the unique needs of diverse and traditionally underserved communities. Her previous positions include: Program Officer for the Institute of International Education’s Investing in Women in Development fellowship program; AmeriCorps*VISTA with Survivors of Torture, International; and Research Assistant of the Instituto de Estudios de la Mujer, UNA in Costa Rica. Kelly is an avid community volunteer, including holding voluntary leadership positions with the Baltimore-Washington Racial Diversity Collaborative and YNPNdc’s Board of Directors. She also founded the Committee for Social Justice and Public Safety in London, was an ESL Instructor, and served as Educational Advocate for the Sudanese Refugee Network in San Diego. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, a Masters in Gender from The London School of Economics, and a certificate in Development Project Management from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Languages: English and conversational Spanish

Personal Motto: March forth.

Linda Keene Solomon, Chief Program Advisor

Linda Solomon brings more than 25 years of impressive experience and expertise working as a financial consultant and analyst for some of the world’s largest companies. Most recently, she has worked as a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, serving as the segment leader for Deloitte’s Homeland Security practice. In this position, she and her team of 500 consultants/practitioners assisted DHS with critical mission and back-office programs where they have brought together private and public sector leading practices. Linda is on the board of directors of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, and in 2010 she was recognized by Consulting Magazine as one of the country’s “Top 25 Consultants” and was featured in Women in Technology’s debut book, “No One Path.” Before serving the Federal market, Linda consulted to major commercial manufacturing and energy companies such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Monsanto, Ethyl, General Motors, and Honeywell, managing teams around the world, including Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Singapore and Mexico. Before joining Deloitte, Linda worked as an analyst for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. Linda is passionate about serving her community and others around the world. She is an advocate for solving hunger and serves on the Capital Area Food Bank's Board. Additionally, she is a certified “Ready When the Time Comes” American Red Cross volunteer, and supports international cultural exchange for youth as an approach to promoting global economic development and world security and peace. Linda earned a degree in computer mathematics with a minor in French from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to graduate as a Consortium Fellow from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a MBA in Finance and was inducted into the Phi Beta Sigma Society for her academic achievements. In her free time, Linda enjoys many outdoor activities, and has successfully completed five marathon races.


Development & Communications Team

Calum Lindsay-Field, Special Projects Manager

Calum has seven years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. While working at the Foundation for Young Australians, Calum coordinated a number of education campaigns utilizing his expertise in policy, media, government relations and digital campaigning. Calum also designed, facilitated and evaluated programs to support young people's transition from education to employment. Previous to this, Calum worked as a teacher assistant at an elementary school for three years where he supported and led classes across a range of disciplines. Through these experiences, Calum has developed strong skills in policy analysis, campaign strategy, and a detailed understanding of the education sector. Calum is passionate about supporting all young people in their transition from education to employment and strives to create a world where everyone can participate in lifelong learning.

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Disha Arora, Engagement Manager (Fellow, India)

Disha has seven years of experience in the development communication sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Indraprastha University in New Delhi, India. She worked as communication manager with the Vasudha Foundation to promote socially just and sustainable models of energy in India. She also helped to develop the communication strategy for the foundation and its campaigns. She worked on creating the branding guidelines and specific communication material (audio-visual, print, and web-based) to be disseminated through media outlets. Previously, Disha worked on an independent documentary about women’s rights and religion in India. It was a self-initiated project, so she was responsible to do research, shooting, editing, and directing of the documentary. Disha has volunteered as a communications consultant for Outer Shell Africa, a social enterprise to enhance the wellness of Sub-Saharan Africans living with skin conditions. Through these experiences, she has developed strong strategic communication, graphic designing, and filmmaking skills. Being a feminist, Disha enjoys focusing on areas related to gender rights, and she has a strong passion for animal protection.

Giannina Raffo, Engagement Manager (Fellow, Venezuela)

Giannina has more than three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela, and a Master’s degree in Think Tank Management from Atlas Economic Research Foundation in the United States. While working as a Public Relations and Social Media Manager of the most influential free-market think tanks in Latin America, The Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom), Giannina helped to create and manage social media campaigns with high impact, and coordinate forums and round tables for the Public Spending Observatory, Economic Legislative Observatory, and the young core of CEDICE. In addition, she also serves as International Programs Director of CEDICE, where she coordinates the fundraising of international programs for women, children and youth. Previously, Giannina worked as Project Manager of the Economics Program for Children and Youth, developing the comic book “Justice League of Freedom", educating free market ideas in low income areas of Venezuela, and also developed the program Women, Leadership and Communication, creating training workshops for young female journalists. Giannina also has been a writer and junior researcher working with several media outlets around the world, such as Panam Post, Peru 21, International Society for Individual Liberty, and the Venezuelan Council for Investment Promotion, on issues of freedom, entrepreneurship, human rights and Venezuelan economy. Giannina enjoys focusing on the topics of youth development, civic engagement and fundraising.

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Shelby Scarpa, Development Manager

Shelby brings 15 years of fundraising and development experience to Atlas Corps, with a background in political campaigns, nonprofit advocacy, and philanthropy. As an independent fundraiser and campaign management consultant, Shelby spent 10 years on Democratic Congressional, statewide, state, and local races around the country. In 2015, she also served as the Interim Director of Development at FAIR Girls, a Washington, D.C.-based international anti-trafficking organization for girls and young women survivors. Prior to campaigns, Shelby worked in public affairs for Planned Parenthood of South Florida, where she organized youth and community activists to implement action plans that addressed local ordinances, state legislation, and statewide ballot initiatives. Shelby began her nonprofit career as a Program Officer with the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. There she made program funding recommendations to the Board of Directors and worked with donors to develop specific community-centered giving strategies. A native of Florida, Shelby earned a BA and MA in Anthropology, with a focus on Cultural and Political Anthropology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Florida Atlantic University. She has volunteered as a mentor at FAIR Girls, on a clean water project in the Bolivian jungle, as an English teacher at a monastery for student monks in Nepal, and as a big sister at the Children’s Home Society in Palm Beach County.

Languages: English, some Spanish

Personal Motto: "Hang in there!" - Unknown, kitten poster


Partnerships Team

Brittany Gropp, Partnerships Director

Brittany joined the Atlas Corps team in Summer 2015. As Partnership Manager, she is responsible for identifying and building relationships with prospective Host Organizations and assisting them through the process of selecting a Fellow fit for their team. Brittany graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communication from Virginia Tech in only three years. She spent her first three years out of college working in corporate sales and marketing. Motivated by her aspiration to make a difference in the world, she then moved to Madrid, Spain, where she served as a Language and Culture Assistant in a bilingual elementary school. While in Madrid, she also volunteered as the Marketing Coordinator for a local TEDx event. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys sampling the wide range of international cuisines D.C. has to offer and burning off the resulting calories by participating in various sports leagues around town.

Languages: English and conversational Spanish

Personal Motto: "It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. So get to it!” - Kid President

Alissa Fernandez, Partnerships Associate

Alissa Fernandez joined Atlas Corps in Summer 2017. As a Partnerships Associate, she is responsible for recruiting and advising prospective Host Organizations as they consider, select, and support Fellows. She graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Culture and Politics and a certificate in Women and Gender's Studies. During her time in college, Alissa spent a semester abroad in Santiago, Chile enrolled in local universities studying ethnicity and gender in Latin America. In her free time, Alissa enjoys all things musical and finding green spaces to hike and backpack.

Languages: English, Spanish proficiency

Personal Motto: "What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything...Fall in Love, stay in love, and it will decide everything" – Pedro Arrupe

Nicole Banister, Partnerships Associate

Nicole joined the Atlas Corps team in January 2017. As the Partnerships Associate, she is responsible for recruiting and advising prospective Host Organizations as they consider, select, and support Fellows. Nicole graduated with a BSFS in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University where she was heavily involved in community service organizations both on and off campus. Her passion for international development and social justice led her to spend three and a half years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. She spent her first two years teaching English classes and coordinating a variety of health and fitness projects in a rural community. She then spent her third year in Cape Town with Grassroot Soccer where she was a member of the global partnerships team that facilitated sustainable sports for development trainings for partner organizations across the African continent. Outside of the office, Nicole is an avid dancer and fitness fiend.

Languages: English, Spanish, Sepedi

Personal Motto: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." – Marianne Williamson


Program Team

Meredith Newmark, Program Director

Meredith is responsible for Fellow support, recruitment, and program promotion. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program in Greensboro, N.C., where she coordinated housing for over 250 newly arrived refugees, attracted and managed in-kind donations, recruited volunteers, and wrote a successful grant application. She then served as a Staff Assistant at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she supported both the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE). Her duties included accounting, website management, and planning events, including a global research conference on social entrepreneurship. Meredith’s interest in nonprofit work originated in college when she interned at the Boys and Girls Club and STRIVE (a workforce development agency), volunteered for a summer in Peru through ProWorld, and was actively involved in her college radio station. An award-winning baker, Meredith graduated from Duke University with degrees in Economics and Political Science, and later earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke.

Languages: English, Spanish

Personal Motto: What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do - The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Mehak Toseef, Training Manager (Fellow, Pakistan)

Mehak has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Environmental Policy from the Lahore School of Economics. While working as an Assistant Manager for Communications and Knowledge Management at Nur Center for Research and Policy, Mehak spearheaded a DFID-UKAID funded project for developing the first National Knowledge Portal for Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). This knowledge portal serves as a platform to share and collate maximum available MNCH knowledge in Pakistan, to facilitate public health experts and establish policymakers in developing evidence-based policies to strengthen the MNCH sector in Pakistan. Mehak also worked as Project Lead for an operational study with UNICEF on the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) initiative, where she was intricately involved in organizing training sessions for skilled birth attendants and designing interventions based on the findings of the research. In the past she has worked for different social and development projects, supporting youth and women’s rights, which she feels passionately about. Previously, Mehak has worked on a one year USAID funded project on rehabilitating survivors of gender based violence (GBV) at a shelter-home. Her work involved developing holistic rehabilitation plans for the GBV survivors in order to reintegrate them back into society. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management, report writing, event planning and communication skills, especially with regards to donor-funded projects. She is also a certified fitness instructor and works part-time at a fitness studio, leading High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts.

Host: Atlas Corps

Fellow Role at Atlas Corps: Mehak will be responsible for managing the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (GLL), a training program for rising global nonprofit leaders participating in the Atlas Corps Fellowship. She will also plan and manage this leadership development program to empower Atlas Corps Fellows in their professional journeys. Mehak will ensure the overall excellent experience for staff, speakers, and Fellow participants.

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Nick Cortina, Latin American Program Manager

Nick joined the Atlas Corps team in January 2016. As Latin American Program Associate, he is responsible for recruiting, vetting, managing and placing individuals to serve as English Teaching Fellows in Colombia. He also works on the recruitment of Latin American candidates for the classic Atlas Corps Fellowship. Nick will graduate with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Government from Georgetown University, where he serves as an active member of the co-ed national community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. After several internships at Atlas Corps earning him the organization’s “Distinguished Volunteer Award,” Nick has developed a strong passion for the Atlas Corps mission and the power of global exchange in advancing social change.

Languages: English, Spanish, intermediate French, beginning Portuguese

Personal Motto: "Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world." - Barack Obama

Samantha Moore, Program & Volunteer Manager

Samantha joined the Atlas Corps team as a Program and Development Associate in the Summer of 2015. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Global Studies, focusing on Latin American countries. During her time in college Samantha spent a semester as a congressional intern in Washington D.C. through the UC Washington Academic Program.
Her intense interest in other cultures and passion for education resulted in Samantha accepting a teaching position at a college in China. After China, Samantha proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine where she was an instructor of business and conversational English at the university and high school levels. She partnered with USAID on HIV/AIDS education projects and also worked with the U.S. Embassy sponsored Windows on America. She is most proud of organizing a seminar for local English teachers as well as assisting high school students in applying for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, which helped her students experience different cultures and ways of life. Outside of work Samantha is an avid traveler, runner and hiker, most recently tackling the Inca Trail in Peru.

Languages: English, Basic Russian and Spanish

Personal Motto: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t…you’re right!”—Henry Ford

Sara Tariq, Training Manager (Fellow, Pakistan)

Sara Tariq has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is passionate about educational empowerment and youth development. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Lahore School of Economics, and an Masters in Philosophy degree in Education from Beaconhouse National University. While working as an Acting Registrar at Nur International University, a project of Nur Foundation, she worked on developing a long-term strategy for a newly chartered university and led a cross functional team to successfully launch the university’s first undergraduate degree program within a short one month period. Her focus was to introduce programs that would strengthen academic-industrial nexus to harness full potential of the existing demographic youth bulge in Pakistan. While working with Nur Foundation, she also facilitated several other projects initiated by the Foundation including projects with Nur Center for Research and Policy (NCRP) and Nur Student Leadership Program (NSLP). With NCRP, she assisted in implementing the Ilm IDEAS funded School Health survey in Punjab, providing strategic direction for data collection processes geared toward assessing the existing status of public school children’s nutritional status. As a Program Coordinator at NSLP she was responsible for planning and implementing an internship program for young individuals to educate them about poverty issues, marginalization and social exclusion at community level. Sara also worked as Project lead with the Medical Education Department on developing a competency based curriculum for Fatima Memorial College of Medicine and Dentistry and Fatima Memorial Institute of Allied Health Sciences. Previously, Sara worked as an Academic Coordinator for the University of Louisville’s Masters in Public Health program being offered in Lahore in collaboration with Nur Foundation. Throughout her career, Sara has worked in several areas of development, such as education, health policy and advocacy, youth empowerment and community health. Through these experiences, she has developed strong competencies such as project management, project coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, leadership development, policy development and marketing and communications.


Finance & Administration

Ruth Taylor Kidd, Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Taylor Kidd is a dedicated nonprofit professional with expertise in multiple aspects of finance, administration, operations, and fundraising. With nearly twenty five years in the social enterprise community, she brings a hands-on approach to problem solving and a commitment to helping nonprofits achieve their vision. Currently, Ruth provides interim and part time CFO support as well as project resources to several non-profit organizations. Ruth particularly enjoys working with organizations that are undergoing transitions or scaling to the next level of growth. Prior to consulting, Ruth served as the CFO for Ashoka, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate and support social entrepreneurs throughout the globe. Ruth spent a year in Islamabad, Pakistan, working with the Society to Preserve Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage (SPACH) and the International School of Islamabad. Ruth also has extensive experience with museums, having served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Capital Children’s Museum, Director of Budgeting and Planning at the Guggenheim Museum, and Manager of Program Budgets at the American Museum of Natural History. Ruth holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and a BS in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ruth attended the Getty Leadership Institute/Museum Management Institute (MMI) and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and ArtTable, a national organization for professional women in the visual arts.

Languages: English, restaurant Italian and French

Personal Motto: Sure, we can figure that out.

Dan Hooks, Controller

Dan Hooks has worn many hats throughout his over twenty years in the non-profit community in the Washington, DC area. He has either performed or managed all aspects of accounting and finance with multiple organizations as well as aspects of human resources, information technology, development, and administration. Dan enjoys making use of his extensive experience in the details of day-to-day activities to inform strategic thinking for organizational growth and development. Prior to joining the team at Atlas Corps as Controller, Dan held multiple positions with the National Captioning Institute with the last one being the Director of Finance & Controller, served Voices for America’s Children as Vice-President of Finance & Administration, led Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund as the Controller, held the position of Director of Finance for the Alliance to Save Energy, and served with RESOLVE, Inc. as Director of Operations & Controller. Responding to his passion for mission-focused organizations, Dan has over thirty years of leadership roles, paid and volunteer, with faith-based organizations. Dan hails from the University of Georgia with a major in biology (thought he was going to be a veterinarian) where he was also a member of the UGA Redcoat Marching and Symphonic bands and later studied accounting at Northern Virginia Community College.

Languages: English, residual high school Spanish and college German

Personal Motto: That which may try to harm us will only make us stronger.

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