Sandy has been our ED since June of 2016. Originally from Canada, he has a Master’s degree in International Relations and from 2002-2016 worked in the international development sector. With a specific focus on the intersections between health research and health policy, Sandy has lived and worked in Sénégal, Zambia, and Kenya and spent significant time working on projects in Tanzania and South Africa. He has helped build several African organizations focused on national or regional health policy development; has developed methodologies and approaches designed to connect health research and health policy; has led various strategic-planning and evaluative exercises; and has developed a dynamic communications portfolio, including video series (shooting documentaries around the world, including an investigation into tobacco company practices in 5 African countries), animations, curricula, peer-reviewed papers, and think pieces.
Over 2008-2016, he was an independent consultant for the World Health Organization, national and provincial governments, research funders, nonprofit organizations, and research universities. Previous to this (2002-2008) he served as a program officer at the International Development Research Centre, developing and maintaining a $2 million grant portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa. He has sat on several nonprofit boards, and in his spare time is a parent to two young children, a partner to his wife Michelle (whom he met in Cape Town!), and an avid guitarist, skier, and hiker.
Program Officer, Events
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Susan Jay joined the Santa Fe Council on International Relations team in 2008, serving as Office Manager, while also coordinating the promotion and presentation of CIR’s many educational programs. She has coordinated membership activities and offers support to the Board of Directors and the IVLP as needed.
Susan’s background is in education, publishing, and the arts. Before joining the CIR team, Susan worked with the New Mexico Rural Revitalization Initiative, traveling around the state of New Mexico to help facilitate focus groups with at-risk rural school districts and accompanying rural superintendents on a tour of South Australia’s community schools.
Susan has served as Administrative Director for Hands On Community Art, Golden Hummingbird, Inc., and the Terma Company where she also contributed her design, teaching and editorial skills. As an artist and expressive arts facilitator, she has participated in many Santa Fe arts programs including Girls Inc., Artworks, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Art and Leadership for Girls. Since 1990, Susan has exhibited her work in a variety of Southwest galleries.
Before moving to Santa Fe, Susan lived in Northern California where she served as Financial Manager of Crown Point Press, a fine art publisher. She received her BA in Fine Arts with a specialization in Graphic Design and French from UCLA; and continued studies in Art History and Expressive Arts at UC Berkeley and JFK University in Orinda, CA.
Program Officer, International Visitors
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Brent joined CIR as a program officer in December 2015. He acts as an in-house liaison to many of our international visitors, manages both our Youth Council and Business Council, actively contributes to our educational initiatives, leads IVLP program coordination, and attends to many development issues. Prior to becoming a full-time staff member, he participated in CIR’s international visitor programs as an intern since 2014, coordinating professional appointments and accompanying delegates on more than 20 programs.
Brent received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Grinnell College in 2014. A native of Santa Fe, he enjoys sharing his love of the mountains and historical sites with international visitors, leading hikes around the Anasazi ruins at Bandelier National Monument and through the historic city center of Santa Fe. Brent has a background in domestic policy-making, with previous experience in the office of US Senator Tom Udall, research work at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), and with the New Mexico Tourism Department. Outside of CIR, Brent can be found on the ski slope, on his mountain bike, or exploring Santa Fe’s innumerable hiking trails.
CIR has an extensive number of interns for summer of 2018.
Caroline Soloway joined CIR as an intern in the summer of 2014 and has returned to the Council in 2018. She serves as a business development associate and assists with IVLP program coordination. Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2017 and spent the following year traveling around 18 countries spanning 3 continents. In the past, Caroline has interned at the New Mexico Supreme Court and became a fellow through the Columbia University President’s Global Innovation Fund, which allowed her to conduct original historical research in Northern Ireland for her senior thesis. Outside of CIR, Caroline can be found skiing, learning German, and struggling to learn the art of high altitude baking.
Nani Detti has been a College Fellow at CIR since October 2017. She has been working closely with CIR to engage young people to join the organization’s events. This past year, she collaborated with CIR to organize the first ever Global Citizen Summit, at St. John’s College. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nani left home at 16 to complete her high school education at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, Canada. Having always been passionate about human rights, Nani continued her advocacy work by creating awareness about issues such as FGM, early child marriage, honor-based violence and other women’s rights issues. Nani is currently a student at St. John’s College where she has immersed herself in the Great Books Program. She also runs the Amnesty International chapter at the school and was just appointed the Student Activist Coordinator for New Mexico. During her spare time, Nani enjoys going on road trips and reading.
Changwoo Lim studied the Great Books Program at St. John’s College. A passionate traveler and language learner, he is interested in promoting cross-cultural exchanges and sustainable tourism. He believes that his IVLP internship experiences will give leverage to working for the South Korean tourism department in the future.
Yeseul Lee joined CIR as an intern in March 2018. She is a recipient of the Korea-WEST program, an exchange program which places up-and-coming leaders in organizations across the United States to solidify their English skills and gain professional experience. Yeseul is involved in many of CIR’s projects: welcoming and accompanying international exchange participants as a local liaison, preparing schedules and other professional exchange materials for delegations, marketing for the organization, social media and video content editing, and more. Through these projects, she has helped build relationships between international visitors and Santa Feans. Yeseul received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International trade and Business administration from Chosun university, in South Korea. In 2016 she learned Chinese at the Beijing Language and cultural University. Passionate about international trade, she intends to have a career in helping to increase the activity and stabilize trade in Korea. Yeseul enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and language learning.
Selma Gutierrez was born and raised in Santa Fe. She is currently enrolled at St. Edward’s University at Austin, Texas. She is majoring in International Relations, her focus is in Asia with a thematic track of International Conflict, Cooperation, and Security. She’s very interested in studying the impact of Asian countries, like China and Japan, on the United States. This interest will take her to Japan this year, where she will study at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu. Selma is also excited to be studying abroad as it gives her the opportunity to travel and thus expand her perspective about the world. Since joining CIR in May 2018, she has learned so many perspectives through the IVLP visitors; this has made her quite excited to be traveling and learning for her future career.
Neha Sadasivan is a junior at Los Alamos High School in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She is interested in political science and international affairs, and participates in speech and debate and symphonic orchestra in her free time. She loves to read and dance as well as listen to music and hang out with her friends.