Our Mission Statement
RepDevGlobal strives to increase representation of minorities in the global development and peace-building sectors by providing extracurricular programs with overall goals of both teaching young people about global issues and encouraging minorities to consider the field for future academic study and potential career. RepDevGlobal is registered as a not-for-profit organization with the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Corporations Division.
Through a hands-on, global development studies curriculum designed for high school students, RepDevGlobal programs will empower young people to develop a passion for development issues, and compassion for those living near and far, thus laying the foundation for the next generation of global leaders.
RepDevGlobal empowers American minority youth to work in the international development and peace-building sectors.
RepDevGlobal is based on the principle that pre-collegiate education is an ideal time to lay the foundations for young adults stressing the importance and value of global development and peace-building issues. RepDevGlobal seeks to equip and motivate students to develop awareness of global development and peace-building issues, and create positive and innovative solutions for addressing development issues at home and abroad.
While the goal of RepDevGlobal is greater knowledge, skills and abilities of all interested high school students, RepDevGlobal also aims to foster the next generation of American minorities working in the development and peace-building sectors—directly creating a new generation of leaders in a field that lacks minorities and indirectly creating deeper international understanding of American minorities.
Kimairis Toogood, Executive Director
Kimairis Toogood recently served as a Peacebuilding Expert with UNHCR. She previously served as a Senior Peace-building Trainer and Facilitator with International Alert’s Kyrgyzstan-based field office, and a Conflict Prevention Officer with the US State Department’s Office for the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization and as a Conflict Prevention Expert with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Peace and Development Programme (PDP) in Kyrgyzstan. Prior to working in the development field, Kim worked as an Analyst with the Department of Defense, specializing on political, economic and military analysis in the Middle East. She was a University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne Research Fellow 2010-2011, a National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellow in 2009, a Katherine Davis Russian Language Fellow 2009, and a Hunt Inclusive Security Fellow 2009. Kim is a doctoral candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, received her Masters of Arts in International Conflict Analysis from Kings College London and her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and English from Clemson University.
Bermet Ubaidillaeva, Curriculum Development Advisor
Bermet Ubaidillaeva is currently working as a freelance peacebuilding and social protection consultant in the Kyrgyz Republic. Bermet has more than ten years of professional experience in non-profit sector work in Kyrgyzstaion including rural livelihood development, agricultural extension, rural banking, child welfare and family heath. She has academic knowledge of social economic development and poverty alleviation strategies, acquires from her Masters in Social Work in the US. Working with Saferworld and International Alert, Bermet has achieved knowledge and skills in mediation and facilitation training at the community level as well as a conflict analysis and resolution programming design. Bermet is a member of the Public Fund “Social Pedagogues’ Union” in Kyrgyzstan, as well as the Brown School’s Alumni Association. She received a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Lewis in 2011, a Diploma in Economics from Osh Technical University in 2005 and her Bachelors degree from the English Language Faculty at Osh State University.
Asel Abdyramanova, Curriculum Development Advisor
Asel Abdyramanova, currently an MA student at Politics and Security Program (Central Asia) at OSCE Academy in Bishkek. She received her BA on International Relations from International Education Integration Faculty, Osh State University, Osh, Kyrgyzstan. Asel served as an instructor at the International Relations department at Osh State University from 2006-2013. At the same she worked with various international institutions and organizations as Asian Development Bank, International Alert, and Save the Children on Conflict prevention and mitigation projects.
Asel was visiting fellow at Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas and Harriman Institute, Columbia University in the city of New York, US in 2010-2012, through Faculty Development Fellowship Program funded by Open Society Foundations.
Her research interests are focused on ethnic policy, conflict resolution, religion and state relations.
Xiaoyi Wang, Corporate Donor Liaison
Xiaoyi Wang currently works as Quality Manager at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in the New York City area. Her work is focused on strengthening the quality of in-vitro diagnostics products that are used in clinics, hospitals, and laboratories across the world. Prior to her work at Siemens, she was based in Shenyang China for four years. During this period, she worked as a project manager and production manager for Michelin, and oversaw the construction and startup of a new manufacturing facility.
Xiaoyi’s passion for international development and business drove her to pursue an International MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France in 2012. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Biosystems Engineering and a minor in international politics from Clemson University. Xiaoyi speaks English, Chinese and French and has travelled more than 20 countries.
Shana Grant, Communications and Public Relations (US-focused)
Shana Grant is graduate of Clemson University, B.A. Psychology and Webster University, M.A. Communications Management & Public Relations. She currently works as an administrative coordinator and fiscal analyst for the Communication Studies Department at Clemson University in Clemson, SC. Shana has a passion for helping others and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Health Communication to put that passion to work. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and spending time with family.
Aijan Temiralieva, Communications and Public Relations (Internationally-focused)
Aizhan Temiralieva works at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She was previously employed at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Osh Kyrgyzstan, her native hometown. Parallel to her job, Aijan is a student of the Diplomatic Academy of the Kyrgyz Republic and hopes to receive her MA in International Law in 2015. She graduated her Bachelors of Arts in the International and Comparative Politics department at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) with a minor in International Law. Throughout her college years, she volunteered to become a teacher of English language and Computer in the center for disabled people. Moreover, she worked as a translator and got a chance to ravel to Seoul, Korea in 2010. She also studied in a boarding school and participated in one-year exchange program for high school kids. She has travelled to the US to study at Cascade High School in Leavenworth Washington in 2005 and 2006. Throughout that year, she participated in various essay competitions sponsored by the US Department of State. By winning one of the essay competitions, she got a chance to participate in a “Close up Program” that was organized for young leaders from all over the world. The workshop was held in the Capital of the United States – Washington DC. Together with other participants, she learnt the principles of tolerance, democracy and equality.
Heather DeVine, Web Designer/Graphic Artist
Heather DeVine hails from Richmond, Virginia where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University concentrated in Animation and Media Studies. After college she pursued a career at a local ABC television station, where she held positions as a motion graphic artist, web designer and an art director. Shortly after, she joined her alma mater at VCU Office of Research as their web developer. Heather founded People Spread Love, a social movement where her and the community fulfill love requests from those in need of a little extra love. She loves being involved in her community, art, music, sketching, skiing and bike rides. Heather moved to Jackson, WY for new adventures and the opportunity to expand her creative mind in wide open spaces. She’s passionate about working with local businesses and non-profit organizations – helping them succeed. What she does involves assessing what our client’s needs are and what she can do to help them achieve the best possible results through branding, social media marketing, search engine marketing, various printed goods, strategic planning and consulting.