Governing Board

  • Tamara Lashbrook (Chair) has over 15 years experience in business and non-profit management and international development. Tamara was the Director of the 12-country NIS/RIBA Program for 5 years. She has designed and conducted evaluations of Civil Society Organizations capacity and Civil Society Organizational capacity-building and advocacy programs. She has consulted and assisted international organizations with localization of their development projects, including business planning training and technical assistance. In the private sector, she managed a Russian-Alaskan import-export company.
  • Alla Kos (member) is a development practitioner, cofounder and currently the Executive Director of the RADA Institute. Prior to joining RADA, Alla worked with the American Bar Association/Central Europe and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) for over five years. While with ABA/CEELI, she worked as a regional organizational development consultant and later held the position of the NIS Regional Institution Building Program director. She continues to provide technical assistance to ABA/CEELI as an external consultant. Alla brings to RADA extensive experience in working with legal reform and advocacy non-governmental organizations across Eurasia. Her expertise ranges from capacity building, strategic development to advocacy and sustainability issues. She also worked on capacity building projects with the local Red Cross National Societies in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Minsk Delegation, Belarus). Before engaging in the NGO sector initiatives, she worked with a multinational business company and Embassy of Italy in Belarus for over five years. Alla holds a BA in linguistics from the Belarus University of Foreign Languages and a degree in law from the Belarus State University. More recently, Alla completed the Stanford University Summer 2005 Fellowship Program on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (California, US).
  • Ludmila Ungureanu (member) joined RADA as a program director in 2006, overseeing the planning and implementation of the Social Enterprise Development Program. Ludmila spent the past two years in the United States as a graduate fellow and more recently as a graduate student in business management at the School for International Training. She completed course work and practical training at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and School for International Training focusing on international development, policy analysis and nonprofit management. Ludmila brings to RADA extensive experience in nonprofit management, civil society development and rule of law programming. She worked with the American Bar Association/Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) for over seven years, where she was in charge with designing and implementing a number of successful Rule of Law programs and headed the Moldova Institution Building Program from 2001 to 2004. Ludmila completed her law degree in 2001 at the State University of Moldova.
  • Elena Buryan (Member) is the Program Director of the USAID funded Training, Advocacy, and Networking Program implemented by Mercy Corps International in Mongolia. She oversees this five-year program that is aimed at strengthening civil society organizations in rural areas of Mongolia and focused on local community mobilization, social entrepreneurs support, capacity building of rural civil society organizations and cooperation between the three sectors contributing to sustainable local development. Prior to joining Mercy Corps in 2005, Elena worked for the NIS Regional Institution Building Program of the American Bar Association/Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in different capacities including directorship of the program for over five years. While with ABA/CEELI she had worked on strengthening legal reform and advocacy civil society organizations working in the NIS countries and has been instrumental in setting up a comprehensive capacity building program covering 12 NIS countries. Elena brings to the RADA Institute over 7 years of capacity building, program evaluation and management experience in development assistance projects working in the area of governance and civil society development.
  • Maria Hovoumyan (Member) has managed the Armenia Institution Building Program of ABA/CEELI for more than five years. In this role she provided capacity building services to ABA/CEELI and its local partner organizations. Among her clients are Chemonics International Inc., Chamber of Advocates of Armenia, Armenian Young Lawyers Association, Governmental Lawyers Association, Armenian Association of International Law, Environmental Public Advocacy Center, Association of Judges of Armenia, Legal Clinics and others. Prior to joining ABA/CEELI, Maria worked for over four years as a Credit Officer and Credit Manager with the USAID funded Kamurj Micro Enterprise Development Fund, where she assessed the capacity for business growth of several hundred small business owners. As one of the leading organizational development trainers in Armenia, Maria brings to RADA extensive training expertise. She co-founded and was the President of the Armenia Professional Association of Trainers for over two years. Maria received a BA in International Relations from the Yerevan State University and has completed Denk Model and Cambridge training courses on such topics as Business Management, Human Resource Management, NGO Income Generation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Marketing and Client Orientation, Advocacy and Microfinance Methodology.