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Past Staff

Hannah Lewis, Program Director (2013-14)
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Hannah Lewis has worked for various non-profit organizations focused on sustainable development in Latin America. She has spent the past three summers coordinating community development and youth leadership programs in Ecuador, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. A recent graduate of Wesleyan University, Hannah majored in Latin American Studies and focused her academic work on sustainable development and poverty alleviation strategies. She is thrilled to bring her passion, energy, and skills to Building Dignity.
 Hannah Lewis
Rebecca Jackson, Community Outreach Coordinator (2013)
A senior Latin American studies major at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Rebecca Jackson has dedicated her undergraduate studies to feminisms, community media, and social change. Currently, Rebecca is writing a thesis about community radio and decolonization in El Alto, Bolivia. A local activist on issues of immigration, labor rights, and education in U.S. Latino communities, Rebecca is excited to expand her organizing skills beyond the U.S. border.
Rebecca Jackson
Julia Smith, Program Director (2012-13)
Originally from South Burlington, Vermont, Julia Smith is a 2011 graduate of Macalester College, where she studied Latin American Studies and Education. She is passionate about combining human rights and education as well as issues of economic justice. While at Macalester she coordinated numerous projects that focused on utilizing human rights and education as tools of empowerment. Since graduating she has been conducting research about microfinance in Mexico, supported by a Fulbright fellowship. She is excited to work with all of the inspiring people at Building Dignity.
Julia Smith
Naomi Sussman, Community Outreach Coordinator (2012)
A senior history major at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Naomi has dedicated her undergraduate studies to Latin America and the agency of indigenous peoples. Currently, Naomi is writing a thesis about sonic and material culture and native agency within the California Missions. After she graduates from Macalester, she hopes to expand her academic work by advocating for indigenous peoples in the United States and abroad. A music minor, she also plays the flute. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, Naomi builds relationships with other local nonprofits, working to establish Building Dignity's presence within the Twin Cities. 
Naomi Sussman
Dr. Adrienne Christiansen, Building Dignity Advisory Board (2012-14)
Adrienne serves as Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching and Associate Professor of Political Science at Macalester College.  She holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and specializes in political communication, campaigns and elections. In 2008, she received the Macalester College Excellence in Teaching Award. An early supporter of Building Dignity, she promotes our mission in the Twin Cities and, in 2011, led a group of Macalester alumni on a trip to Peru.
Adrienne Christiansen