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 Coordinator

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.