Jean Duff

Jean Duff


Ms Duff serves as chief executive of the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities (JLI) an international, interfaith, multi-sector collaboration for excellent evidence for faith groups’ activity and contribution to the development and humanitarian challenges. JLI’s goal is to equip policymakers and practitioners with the information they need to scale up faith engagement for the common good. In 2008, she co-founded the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty at Washington National Cathedral. Previously, she led the Cathedral’s global poverty program as Managing Director of the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation. In 2008, she co-convened the Women, Faith and Development Alliance. Ms Duff holds graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology (University College Dublin) and in Epidemiology (Columbia University) She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.



Olivia Wilkinson

Director of Research

Olivia Wilkinson is a qualitative researcher with expertise in religion, secularism, and international humanitarian action and development. She completed her PhD from Trinity College Dublin on secular humanitarian organizations’ interactions with local religion following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. She has been published in academic journals and written NGO reports and policy briefs. Her research has covered gender mainstreaming, education in emergencies, humanitarian principles, ethical research standards, refugee response, and most recently localization of humanitarian action.

She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia and the University of the Philippines Diliman, and received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and Universite catholique de Louvain respectively.

Stacy Nam

Stacy Nam

Senior Programs and Knowledge Manager

Stacy’s previous experience includes chronic disease prevention and community-based program implementation including refugees. She is interested in how local communities develop through a holistic systems perspective. Stacy joined the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities in 2016 supporting learning hubs and adding capacity to implement the JLI’s evidence strategy. Currently, she manages programs, grants and communications. She has her Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. At Johns Hopkins, she focused on social and behavior change and policy and worked on a childhood obesity project in Baltimore to increase access to healthy food.

Rima Alshawkani

Rima Alwshawkani

Project and Finance Assistant

Rima assisted in establishing and managing the Acacia Foundation in Yemen for development, a non-profit organization focused on preservation, education, and promotion of arts. She also founded and supervised a recreational program named Pay it Forward to serve the youth, poor and disabled in Yemen. In recent years in the United States, she collaborated with different organizations to promote fundraising efforts and campaigns to help the people of Yemen. Rima’s educational background is in Finance. She formerly worked as a budget analyst and financial assistant. Rima is excited to join JLI and continue her work in the dynamic non-profit sector.