james-kiddJames Kidd
James Kidd has worked in the publishing industry for over 15 years. He has edited books, magazines, newspapers, policy papers, newsletters, op-eds, and various other writings. He was assistant editor of This Rock magazine, managing editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin, and assistant director of research editing at the Heritage Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dallas.

Maria Bevza
Development Fellow
Maria Bevza has five years of experience in the civic sector. She graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University and has a master’s degree in Area Studies and Translation/Interpretation. During her studies she was in an exchange program in Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea. In 2014, Maria started working for the Association of Fundraisers of Russia and in 2015, she became an executive director. There, Maria worked with government and nonprofits to create infrastructure and develop educational programs in fundraising. Through free consulting, lecturing, and writing articles, Maria contributed to the promotion of fundraising ethics and overhead needs in nonprofits. She provided services for over 60 members of the association and was actively involved in fundraising from different sources. Between 2012 and 2014, Maria also worked in the corporate social responsibility departments of several businesses. There she was engaged in work with volunteers and nonprofits that helped underprivileged children. She was responsible for research, monitoring, and grant management. Through these experiences she developed strong project coordination, reporting, budget management, and communication skills. Maria received grants from Pontis Foundation and Eurasia Foundation that helped her to learn more about the work of professional nonprofit associations in Europe and the U.S. Maria feels passionate about the development of the social sector in Russia through education in fundraising, infrastructure support, and professional unities. She is also committed to the capacity development of local organizations in the regions of Russia. Outside of work, Maria enjoys volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia and has a strong interest in human rights protection.

Ashley March
Research Assistant
Ashley March is a management and development consultant specializing in the nonprofit world. She provides capacity building in the areas of development, public relations, and communications. March was the founding managing director of Classic Theatre International, an international, not-for-profit American touring theater company. She was the principal liaison with producing directors, programming mangers, front-of-house staff, sponsors, and arts councils. She coordinated media relations in major cities for runs of one to 12 weeks, secured new performance venues and contracts, and negotiated corporate sponsorships throughout Europe and Japan. She is the executive producer of the feature films The Eyes of Van Gogh and King Lear.

Deborah Rephan
Research Assistant
Deborah Rephan worked for Boston’s public television station, WGBH, promoting such iconic shows as Nova and Frontline. She earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from The American University. She has strategized for U.S. and international NGOs, authors, and Washington think tanks on issues ranging from economic mobility to climate change and terror financing. She is thrilled to delve into these and other important topics to create buzz-worthy programming for When not busy with that, she can often be found on the banks of the Potomac River in D.C. cheering on her daughter’s high school crew team.