Lucy Bassett


Associate Professor of Practice of Public Policy

Prior to joining the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Lucy Bassett was an Education Specialist and a Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank, where she focused on education, social protection, nutrition, and early childhood development. She has also worked on those thematic areas at UNICEF, the World Food Programme, Save the Children, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

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Kirsten Gelsdorf


Professor of Practice of Public Policy, and Director of Global Humanitarian Policy
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As Director of Global Humanitarian Policy, Kirsten brings 19 years of experience working in the humanitarian sector; most recently serving as the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Innovation section at the United Nations Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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David Leblang


Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Director of the Global Policy Center
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David Leblang is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia as well as a Professor of Public Policy at the University’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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Brooke Ray


Operations Manager, Global Policy Center

Prior to joining the Global Policy Center, Brooke Ray served as the Senior Manager of Food and Agriculture Programs for the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville, Virginia. For six years she developed their New Roots program into a multifaceted food and agriculture initiative for refugees and other vulnerable populations. During her tenure, she partnered with UVA’s Batten School, Humanitarian Collaborative, School of Medicine, and Morven Farm on several student applied learning initiatives. Brooke studied Community and International Development at the University of Vermont with a focus on food systems. She has worked in Central America and the U.S. on food, agriculture and health development projects. As a community advocate, Brooke has worked to expand awareness of equity and refugee interests in local, state and national arenas and is a founding member of the Charlottesville Food Justice Network.

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