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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.

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 Director, she is responsible for determining the organization's strategy around 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 IT staffing and business development/marketing for a DC-based real estate firm. 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 and volunteered as the Marketing Coordinator for a local TEDx event. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys traveling, sampling international cuisines, and burning off the resulting calories by participating in various sports leagues around town.

Languages: English and 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

Sofia Muñana Beeck, Partnerships Associate

Sofia joined the Atlas Corps team in the Fall of 2017. As a Partnerships Associate, she is responsible for recruiting and advising prospective Host Organizations as they consider, select, and support Fellows. She studied Human and Social Development and Psychology at the University of Miami and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Education degree in 2016. During her time in college, Sofia embarked on a five month global voyage through Semester at Sea’s experiential learning program, where she explored over 12 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe. After received her Bachelors degree, Sofia worked for 6 months at Ashoka U in Washington D.C. and took the lead in creating a new component to their annual conference, which convenes over 700 changemakers in the space of social innovation in higher education. Sofia was then accepted into Amani Institute’s post-graduate certificate program on Social Innovation Management. She completed the fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya, where she also worked on the ground at a tech startup on a Women’s Initiative for female artisans trying to build their businesses in the slums of Kibera, Rongai and Dandorra. Sofia also worked on an Innovative Financing project through the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University. She enjoys all forms of dance, exploring the world, and eating tapas.


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

Maria Aiolova, Atlas Corps Tech Director

Maria Aiolova brings to Atlas Corps nearly two decades of science, technology and international exchange experience. Maria cofounded Terreform ONE where she created ONE Lab School and Fellowship that combined design and science in a singular curriculum. She served as the Academic Director of Global Programs at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), where she created design, sustainability and environmental programs in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, Cape Town and New York. She was the institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an interdisciplinary space designed to support entrepreneurs working in emerging technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and connected devices. Most recently, she taught at IAAC Barcelona, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design. Maria has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, CUNY, Washington University, The Cooper Union, University of Toronto and Rhode Island School of Design. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ETEX Corporation, a bio-tech company in Cambridge, MA. Maria is an inventor, who holds 18 technology patents. Maria has won a number of honors including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity. Her work has been the official selection at the Venice Biannale and has been exhibited at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam. Maria received her M.Arch. in Urban Design with Non-profit Management Concentration from Harvard University, B.Arch. from Wentworth IT with Honors, Dipl.-Ing. from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria.

Languages: English, Bulgarian

Personal Motto: Make no little plans

Nick Cortina, Program Manager

Nick joined the Atlas Corps team in May 2016 after several internships at Atlas Corps earning him the organization’s “Distinguished Volunteer Award.” As Program Manager, he is responsible for candidate vetting and recruitment as well managing the pre-arrival process for Fellows in both the U.S. and Colombia. Nick graduated with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Government from Georgetown University, where he served as an active member of the co-ed national community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. 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

Emma Almon, Program Associate

Emma joined the Atlas Corps team in October 2017. As a Program Associate, she is responsible for managing pre-arrival logistics for new Atlas Corps Fellows, and providing them with professional and social support throughout their Fellowships.

Her verve for Atlas Corps’ work stems from her prior experience both participating in, as well asorganizing, international exchange and leadership development programs. While serving as a Project Associate in New Delhi, India with the International Innovation Corps, a program based out of the Harris School of Public Policy, Emma collaborated with the Delhi state government on various water revitalization projects and with the nationalthink tank, NITI Aayog,to foster open data platforms. Before that, she was a part of a team coordinating the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights’ internship program, guiding grantees through search and placement at host organizations around the world. Other internship experiences include advocating for immigrant rights with New Immigrant Community Empowerment, consulting for the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and event planning for After School Matters.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Chicago, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, honored as a Student Marshal, and received the Howell Murray Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Leadership. There she was actively involved in dance, soccer, and community service, all of which she continues to enjoy outside of work!

Languages: English, some Spanish and French, and learning Japanese!

Personal Motto: Use ultra-super powers to fight crime and the forces of evil

Zachary Morrice, Program Associate

Zachary joined the Atlas Corps team as a Program Associate in the Fall of 2017. He graduated from American University with a double major in international affairs and Spanish and Latin America studies. While at American, he led an Alternative Break trip to Mexico City focused on housing justice and grassroots community organizing. After graduating, Zachary served as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow in Ecuador for two years with World Food Programme and the Integrated Childhood and Adolescence Center, where he placed locals and foreigners from all over the world into the organization's many volunteer programs. In his free time, Zachary enjoys watching movies and biking in Washington DC’s diverse neighborhoods.

Languages: English, Spanish

Personal Motto: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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