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ADVISORY BOARD


Jonah Watt

Jonah is a Programs Associate for Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean with Innovations for Poverty Action, where he works to support impact evaluations of development programs in those regions. He holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College, and he spent a semester in Valparaiso, Chile. Jonah was Building Dignity's Princeton in Latin America fellow for 2018-2019. Highlights from his year in Villa include leading Voices of Youth, teaching violin classes, and helping lead a neighborhood census. He currently lives in Chicago, but enjoys seeing getting updates on Villa from the kids and mothers that he is friends with on Facebook.



Emily Franks

Emily Pauletto, Advisory Board Chair
Emily is an Account Executive at Precision for Value. She holds a BA from DePaul University, where she studied Public Relations/Advertising and Spanish. Emily volunteered at Building Dignity in 2015, where she assisted with after school programming and Voices of Youth. She also served as the Communications Coordinator during this time, where she managed social media content, published monthly newsletters, developed a communications plan, and assisted with the 2015 Annual Report. Emily is eager to continue to spread the mission of Building Dignity and help develop unique ways of reaching both new and existing supporters.


David Smeath
 
David Smeath
David is a British accountant living in the south of Spain. David started doing volunteer finance consultancy in 2013 and loved the combination of adventure to faraway places and using his professional skills to help worthy organizations. David volunteered for Building Dignity as a Finance Consultant in 2016 and was incredibly impressed with the work and spirit of the Villa El Salvador community, and gratified to improve finance processes to ensure the organization runs efficiently. He feels privileged to have the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board and look forwards to playing a small part in this small but powerful organization.
 

Annie Virnig
 
Annie Virnig
Annie is an Environment and Local Sustainable Development Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In her role at UNDP, she works at the intersection of research, policy, and practice to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. She works with projects at the local, national, and international scales, coordinating the production of capacity building tools and publications across themes including biodiversity conservation, local sustainable development, resilience, and sustainable consumption and production. Annie holds a BA from Macalester College and a MPhil from The New York Botanical Garden & The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She looks forward to joining the diverse Building Dignity team and engaging with Building Dignity's work to foster education, leadership, and local development in Villa El Salvador.