Heath Cosgrove Mr. Cosgrove is the Director of USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office and a USAID Foreign Service Officer currently working in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the Agency’s global advisory and learning services that advance poverty-reducing principles for inclusive economic growth and good governance through improving land and resource governance and strengthening property rights. Mr. Cosgrove most recently served as the Director of the Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion office in Washington, D.C. and prior to that as the Director of Economic Growth, Water, and Environment in Lebanon and as the Economic Governance Division Chief in Afghanistan. While in Lebanon, he led the U.S. Embassy’s response to the Syrian conflict and its spillover effects. Throughout his career he has worked in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He also served as Senior Trade Adviser to the Governor of Alabama and managed marketing strategies on three continents for CBS financial news. Cosgrove holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Suffolk University, a master’s degree in International Development Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, and an executive certificate in Innovations in Governance from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Contact Heath Cosgrove.
Ioana Bouvier Ms. Bouvier is a Senior Geospatial Analyst in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resources Management Office. She has a background in spatial decision support, GIS and remote sensing for program design, management and evaluation. Before coming to USAID, Ms. Bouvier served as a geospatial analytic methods team lead at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where she developed methods for data analysis and visualization, and informed policy makers. While at NGA, she conducted research on climate change and food security in West Africa. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Bouvier worked as a geospatial and international development specialist with DAI for nine years, providing technical support and training for numerous USAID-funded environment, food security, and natural resources management programs. Ioana has a master’s degree in Remote Sensing / GIS for Development and Environment from Clark University, Worcester, MA. Contact Ioana Bouvier.
Stephen Brooks Mr. Brooks is a Land Tenure and Property Rights Specialist in the USAID Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He focuses on the integration of property rights considerations into ongoing global climate change objectives. He has over five years of experience in research, program management and technical assistance focused on community-based coastal conservation projects in Southeast Asia. He holds a Master of Environmental Science from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a concentration on international development and conservation. His research at Yale sought to clarify the historical implications of property rights conflict on current mangrove conservation projects in Indonesia. Mr. Brooks also holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Florida. Contact Stephen Brooks.
Susan Elegba Ms. Elegba is a Program Officer for USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She oversees the coordination of procurement, budget, and reporting actions for the office. Previously, she managed and supported programs within USAID's Global Health Bureau, and also worked for the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Elegba’s academic and professional research at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in South Africa includes best practices for Local Economic Development and Small Medium and Micro Enterprises. She holds a master’s degree in International Development with a concentration in Democracy and Governance from American University's School of International Service, and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from SUNY Binghamton. A native of Ghana, Ms. Elegba enjoys African literature, art and fashion. Contact Susan Elegba.
Tim Fella Mr. Fella is a Chief Negotiator, Senior Land and Resource Governance Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He provides technical assistance on tenure and property rights challenges as it relates to conflict over natural assets, governance and humanitarian crises. He has worked on the design and implementation of land tenure and property rights programs for nine years in over fifteen countries across Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining USAID in January 2010, Mr. Fella worked with the Property Rights and Land Policy team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where he participated in the design and management of comprehensive land administration reform projects in Lesotho, Burkina Faso, and Liberia totaling over $88 million. He holds a Master of Social Sciences for International Development from the University of Aalborg, Denmark, and has conducted research into the formalization of informal settlements in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and communal land tenure insecurity in Sri Lanka. Contact Tim Fella.
Yuliya Neyman Ms. Neyman is a Land Governance and Legal Advisor in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Neyman worked as a corporate lawyer at White & Case, LLP in New York City, and at the World Bank. While at White & Case, Ms. Neyman was involved with several land rights and indigenous rights projects. Most recently, she worked with the UN Global Compact to create the Business Reference Guide to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prior to earning her law degree, Ms. Neyman worked as a journalist, and has written for the Huffington Post, Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal, New York Daily News, Newsday, Washington Times and USA Today. Ms. Neyman has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Contact Yuliya Neyman.
Silvia Petrova Ms. Petrova is a Geospatial Analyst in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resources Management Office. She has over ten years of experience in applying GIS Remote Sensing technology and geospatial solutions to the international development field focusing primarily on environment, land use and land use change, climate mitigation, forestry carbon assessment, capacity building, and project implementation. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Ms. Petrova worked at Winrock International. She has worked in Guyana, Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, and holds master’s degrees in GIS for Development and Environment from Clark University, Worcester, MA and in Computer Science from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria. Contact Silvia Petrova.
Anthony Piaskowy Mr. Piaskowy is a Land Tenure, Communications and Learning Specialist in the Land Tenure and Resource Management Office at USAID. He oversees implementation of the LTRM Office's communication strategy and management of all related project documentation activities. Prior to joining USAID, Piaskowy spent eight years managing development programs focused on communications, policy, training, and technology under two USG domestic programs in the public health and housing sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree in International Service at American University. He has studied or worked in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste. Outside of professional endeavors, Tony enjoys architecture, music, yoga and wine. Contact Anthony Piaskowy.
Dan Raciazek Mr. Raciazek is the Office Manager in USAID’s Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. He has served USAID since 2010, most recently in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. Mr. Raciazek plays a critical role ensuring that all office staff have the support needed to enable mission success handling day to day activities including travel, records management, and logistics. Prior to joining USAID, he was employed with Lockheed Martin and provided operations support including training, logistics, and communications throughout the corporation. Contact Dan Raciazek.
M. Mercedes Stickler Ms. Stickler is the Senior Land Tenure and Evaluation Specialist in USAID's Land Tenure and Resource Management Office. She has over ten years of experience in research, project management, and technical assistance in the land sector and has previously worked for the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Ms. Stickler leads USAID's land tenure impact evaluations and provides technical assistance to the Agency on issues related to land tenure, climate-smart agriculture, natural resources management, and land governance. She manages USAID's Strengthening Tenure and Resource Rights (STARR) project, co-manages USAID's Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) project and serves as a lead technical backstop for USAID's land programming in Africa and Southeast Asia, including in Burma, Ethiopia, and Zambia. Ms. Stickler is the co-author of a landmark World Bank book on large-scale land acquisition and has authored numerous papers on land tenure issues in sub-Saharan Africa. She has spent several years living and working in South Africa, where she earned her Master of Science in Environmental Science from Rhodes University with the support of a U.S. Fulbright Grant. She also holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from Northwestern University. Contact M.Mercedes Stickler.