Staff Updates

Meet Asylum Access’s New Development Manager, Ally Basak Russell!

Ally joined the AAHQ development team in August 2010 as its first Development Manager. She holds a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a member of the IL Bar and the 2010 recipient of the Erich D. Mathias Award for International Social Justice.

Ally first connected with Asylum Access during Summer 2008 while completing the Kenneth Cmiel Human Rights Fellowship at Quito-based firm Paz Horowitz. She brings a wide array of nonprofit management experience, having worked for organizations such as the Dartmouth College Fund, Teach For America, the Harvard Center for International Development, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, and World Organization for Human Rights. She is excited to be leading new fundraising, marketing and communications initiatives at Asylum Access.

Welcome Ally- we’re glad to have you on board!

Welcoming New Leadership Staff in Thailand

In October, Asylum Access Thailand welcomed Medhapan Sundaradeja, its former Operations Manager, as the new Country Director for its Bangkok office. Medhapan has worked with Asylum Access since March 2010 as a driving force in our growth. In addition to her background in refugee advocacy with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, she brings strong management experience to the role.

As Country Director, Medhapan represents Asylum Access vis-à-vis other organizations and institutions in Thailand and directs the implementation of systems for Legal Counseling and Representation, Policy Advocacy, and other strategic initiatives.

We look forward to taking on new challenges and opportunities under Medhapan’s leadership!

Published Nov 2010