Our Staff

Associate Director of Community Integration Programs

Anam oversees ECDC’s Community Integration Programs, including Matching Grant, Preferred Communities, and Refugee AmeriCorps. Prior to ECDC, Anam worked in various capacities for governmental, non-profit and international organizations. Ms. Gnaho holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University; a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University; and a law degree from the University of Pune in India.

Senior R&P Program Officer

Benaiah conducts ECDC’s refugee allocations process, including attending weekly allocations meetings, requesting assurances from site offices, reviewing and submitting reports, and following up on inquiries regarding the status of pending cases. In the past, he worked in various capacities for the government of Sudan, the Office of African Studies at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM). Benaiah has experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations and has specialized in cultural orientation.

R&P Program Officer – Projects Lead

Carolyn serves as team lead for monitoring and monitoring and evaluation. Carolyn holds an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in international studies from Rhodes College. Prior to joining ECDC, Carolyn conducted research, provided guidance on monitoring and evaluation, and supported program operations for organizations promoting maternal and child health.

R&P Program Specialist

Elise is the point person for SIV post-arrival walk-in requests, and she processes and tracks trends of R&P Period Reports, IOM Loan Collection Reports, I-94 record delay inquiries, and Social Security Card delays.  Elise began at ECDC as the R&P Processing intern in September 2017 before officially becoming a part of the processing team as a specialist in February 2018.  Her field of study was Anthropology, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University.

Program Officer

Elizabeth is a Program Officer for the Preferred Communities Program. She holds a Master’s of Social Work from Barry University and a Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Elizabeth has also completed the Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program from Harvard’s Center for Refugee Trauma. Prior to joining ECDC, Elizabeth worked for a refugee technical assistance provider that focused on refugee mental health and also worked for a resettlement agency where she coordinated the employment programs.

Associate Director of Refugee Resettlement Program

Emily is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ECDC’s refugee resettlement efforts. Before joining ECDC, she was the Immigration Services Coordinator in the Refugee Resettlement Department at the Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.

R&P Program Specialist

Jonathan serves as lead on ECDC’s P-3 Family Reunification Program, Central American Minors Program and Lautenberg Program. He manages assurances, inquiries, allocations, transfers and associated case reports in ECDC’s processing unit. Previously, Jonathan helped resettle refugees and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders in Maryland and Northern Virginia through ECDC’s African Community Centers. He began as an intern with ACC-DC in Silver Spring, Maryland where he became a Reception & Placement Case Manager. Prior to his position with ECDC, Jonathan served as Lead Reception and Placement Case Manager for ACC-VA in Arlington, Virginia.

Program Officer


Kathryn is a Program Officer for the Preferred Communities program primarily focusing on Refugee AmeriCorps. Kathryn served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member serving refugee and immigrant communities in Minneapolis, MN. Kathryn has a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Rachel is a Program Officer for the Preferred Communities program. Prior to this position, Rachel was a PC program coordinator for a local resettlement affiliate. She also served as a former Refugee AmeriCorps member providing both intensive case management and job readiness services. Rachel has experience in direct services and teaching ESL to refugees in South Africa. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies.

R&P Program Officer

Rebecca serves as an R&P Program Officer, providing guidance on Cultural Orientation and Gender. She has over ten years of experience in international and local NGO’s as a gender advisor, program manager, project coordinator and a trainer. The thematic areas she was involved in includes issues of human trafficking, child protection, HIV/AIDS, gender mainstreaming, and women’s empowerment. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Addis Ababa University and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from The International Leadership Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Program Officer

Ron is a Program Officer for the Matching Grant program. He has worked with a local refugee resettlement agency providing employment services, monitoring and evaluating program outcomes, maintaining case files, and supervising case workers, interns and volunteers. Ron holds a M.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Anthropology.

R&P Program Specialist

Yeshareg previously served as an Engineering Assistant and Data Entry Supervisor at ABB, Inc. She lived and worked in London before relocating to the U.S.