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Our Refugee Advocates Are Our Most Valuable Assets

Since its foundation in 2001, Nile Sisters Development Initiative ( NSDI ) has made it a priority to involve stakeholders. Our staff is a genuine reflection of this goal.

Breanne Lash, Director of Programs

Breanne Lash, Senior Program ManagerHaving moved throughout the U.S. as a youth, Breanne experienced the rich diversity of the United States that solidified her devotion to global and domestic community work.

Breanne is an alumna of Northern Michigan University, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in International Studies, focusing on Anthropology and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she completed some coursework in Sevilla, Spain. Also, she volunteered in Kehancha, Kenya, where she provided health education on women’s health.

Professionally, Breanne has worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years, shaping youth empowerment programs, violence prevention, and health and nutrition initiatives in underserved communities of Chicago, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, and Anchorage, Alaska.

As the Director of Programs, Breanne

Sam Bedwell, JD, External and Government Affairs Director

Sam Bedwell

Having lived abroad for over 20 years, Sam gained a global perspective while living throughout Europe and Africa. During this time, Sam developed fluency in Italian and Spanish, as well as his passion for serving diverse, intersectional communities.

Sam received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Diego State University and holds a Law Degree from California Western School of Law. He continued his studies at universities abroad, including the University of Maryland in Germany and Italy.

In his professional capacity, Sam has a broad background in business, political consulting, and nonprofit development. He has extensive experience negotiating a wide variety of business relationships and agreements, including licensing agreements, sales contracts, and lease agreements.

Additionally, Sam is a skilled communicator, adept at working in culturally and politically diverse and fast-changing environments. Sam participates in civic engagement and policy development efforts within his community while also volunteering on local and national political campaigns and for many nonprofit boards.

As the External and Government Affairs Director for NSDI, Sam

  • Connects with public stakeholders and manages the donor and grant development.
  • Works with decision makers to expand the organization’s advocacy network and public support.
  • Assists with the administration of the vocational training program

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