Team Members

 Serena HeadshotSerena Newhall 
 Executive Director

Serena Newhall serves as the Executive Director of CIFAL Atlanta. In May 2016 she received her Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University, where she was a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Colorado. Her first position after receiving her undergraduate degree was as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer with the Unites States Peace Corps in Kenya. She returned to the United States after her 27-month assignment and began her career in community development and program management while working for the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service and later with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname.

She recently published "Ethical Reform in Bangladesh’s Ready Made Garment Industry: Building on the Alliance and the Accord," 

Serena has lived in six countries on four continents, and her interests in intercultural communication, international and community development and non-profit management reflect her many years studying, living and working overseas in the Americas, Europe and Africa. 

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Brittany Foutz
Program Manager

Brittany Foutz is an International Conflict Management Ph.D. student at Kennesaw State University and is the Graduate Research Assistant for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research’s Centre International de Formation des Autoriés et Leaders (UNITAR-CIFAL). In addition to research with CIFAL, Brittany is a Research Assistant and Trained Mediator at the Bosserman Center for Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.

Brittany’s research interests include US international relations, US-South America Relations, international law, human rights advancement and the rule of law, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, international mediation, multi-track diplomacy, and regional integration.

Brittany received a M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University and was awarded Top Graduate Student. As a M.A. student, she was the Graduate Assistant for the Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Department. In addition, she was awarded an internship studying in The Hague, Netherlands where she had the opportunity to attend The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice in the summer of 2016 with the International Peace and Security Institute and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. At the symposium, she was awarded a Post-Graduate Certificate in Post-Conflict Transitions. In The Hague, she was able to take part in criminal proceedings at the International Criminal Court, and had opportunities at the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, and the International Court of Justice.

Brittany also has Certificates in Conflict Analysis from the Unites States Institute of Peace and Peace Operations Specialized Training from the Peace Operations Training Institute, has presented research at the Council on Foreign Relations Graduate School Forum, and is a Department of State Gilman Ambassador.

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 Jason Ford
 Program Coordinator

A native of the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Jason now lives in Hartwell, Georgia with his wife and son. He is currently continuing his 20-year career in eye care as the General Manager of America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses in Athens, Georgia. In addition to being a Licensed Dispensing Optician, Jason is completing a second Masters Degree in International Policy Management at Kennesaw State University. His work in IPM has provided an opportunity to work as an intern with CIFAL-Atlanta. Jason also has a Masters Degree in Leadership from Shorter University as well as a Bachelors Degree in Human Services-Nonprofit Administration from Kennesaw State University. During his academic career, Jason has been recognized for academic achievement and is a member of Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration as well as Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Epislon Nu Chapter. Jason continued his involvement with the Kennesaw State University community by returning as a part-time faculty member and teaching classes in both Ethics in Leadership and the First-Year Seminar.

 Jason’s mission is to travel the world and help people. He has worked with several nongovernmental organizations in developing countries to provide services across the globe in five continents. Also, in 2004 Jason joined the United States Army/Georgia Army National Guard where he served as a Combat Medic in the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He deployed in support of Hurricane Katrina Relief, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. During his service, Jason conducted pathfinder missions in Biloxi, Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina, convoy security operations in Iraq, and was an embedded tactical trainer with the Afghan Provincial Police in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. Jason was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Medic Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal among others. He is an advocate for equal access to education for all children as well as providing physical security for institutions of learning in areas of conflict.

Jason enjoys music, sports, and general tomfoolery especially when travelling to a new, unfamiliar destination.

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Camila Urbina Escobar
Development Coordinator

Camila is a Human Rights lawyer from Medellin, Colombia. She has two Masters degrees from Syracuse University in Public Administration and International Relations. She has experience in capacity-building, partnerships and communications for development projects across Latin America and donor relations in humanitarian operations. She served as political adviser for the Colombian Mission to the United Nations Security Council team in New York, worked in humanitarian operations for the World Food Programme in Timor-Leste and government relations for the agency in France. She has a passion for creating effective public-private partnerships and harnessing technology to strengthen local government and create resilience.