Sally Smith, Executive Director

Sally founded The Nexus Fund in 2012 to build and strengthen the global community to end mass atrocities. She also serves as the inaugural co-chair of the Conflict and Atrocity Prevention Funders Working Group, a joint project of the Peace and Security Funders Group and the International Human Rights Funders Group. Prior to her work with The Nexus Fund, Sally managed the Sudan Now campaign, led by Humanity United and six other major anti-genocide and human rights organizations. She also worked on advocacy for Sudan and South Sudan through the Enough Project to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities at the Center for American Progress. Since 2003, Sally has worked for numerous campaigns, foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the Partnership for Public Service, Obama for America, Nick Lampson for U.S. Congress, Walmart Watch, EMILY’s List, and more. She has written pieces for the Washington Post and is an alumnus of EMILY’s List Campaign Corps. Originally from Texas, Sally graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rollins College and is currently pursuing a mid-career Masters in International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a focus on Conflict Management.

KKT, Myanmar Field Coordinator

KKT joined The Nexus Fund as a field researcher in Rakhine State, Myanmar in February 2016. 

Michael Olufemi Sodipo, Nigeria Field Coordinator

Michael, based out of Kano, Kano State, conducts The Nexus Fund’s field research in Northwest region of Nigeria. Michael is Founder and Project Coordinator for the Peace Initiative Network (PIN), a Nigerian peace-building organization founded in 2004. PIN conducts a range of peace education, advocacy, and training activities in schools and through extracurricular programs in several northern Nigerian states. He has spoken widely on the role of civil society organizations in promoting peace among diverse youth populations, including at conferences in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Michael studied Political Science at the University of Abuja and International Relations at the University of Nigeria. He is an alumnus of INCORE University of Ulster, Derry Northern Ireland, and the prestigious U.S Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Prince Charles Dickson, Nigeria Field Coordinator

Prince Charles, based out of Jos, Plateau State, conducts The Nexus Fund’s field research in the middle belt region of Nigeria. Before joining the Nexus Fund, Prince Charles worked on projects for  UN Women, Search for Common Ground, and International Crisis Group on several, among others. He is an alumnus of the University of Jos and the prestigious Humanitarian Academy at Harvard and Knight Center For Journalism, University of Texas at Austin. Born in Lagos State (South West Nigeria), Prince Charles is proud of his Nigerian roots. He is a Henry Luce Fellow, Ford Foundation grantee and is proficient in English, French, Yoruba Ibo and Hausa.

Delaine Powerful, U.S. Coordinator

Delaine Andrea Powerful (she/they) is the U.S. Coordinator at the Nexus Fund, leading the U.S. Program's development & implementation. She/They identifies as a Black queer agender femme and has held multiple roles doing justice and anti-oppression work as an organizer, consultant, trainer/educator, and doulx. Before joining the Nexus Fund, Delaine was the Youth Initiatives Coordinator at the National Institute for Reproductive Health where she/they led the incorporation of reproductive justice and anti-oppressive politics within the youth programming. Delaine has organized with Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and Liberate, Eradicate, Activate to Dismantle (LEAD), and sits on a number of coalitions, working groups and taskforces looking to change polices and institutional requirements and dismantle oppressive structures. She/They recently transitioned out of a three year fellowship with Women Deliver where her/their work was intentionally centered on addressing anti-Blackness, reproductive/body oppression and decolonizing global sexual and reproductive health. Delaine graduated with her Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Sadia Hameed, Managing Director

Sadia serves as Managing Director of The Nexus Fund and has spent her career deeply engaged in field-building. Through working strategically with a range of diverse human right organizations, identifying and inviting new stakeholders into conversations, Sadia serves as a thought partner who seeks to identify and create opportunities, connections and collaborations that allow the global mass atrocities prevention and response field to thrive and grow.

Before joining Nexus, Sadia most recently worked as the Program Officer for Wellspring Advisor’s Atrocities Prevention and Response Program. Here, Sadia delivered a significant portfolio of grant-making to develop frameworks and test interventions for upstream violence prevention before they escalate toward mass atrocities. This included supporting early warning mechanisms and identifying a global ecosystem of practitioners, funders, activists, academics and influencers to understand and mitigate the harmful consequences of Dangerous Speech. In addition her work also covered responding to crises that are already underway and where urgent action is required to ensure the protection of civilians.

Beyond grantmaking Sadia has worked for a diverse spectrum of non-governmental organizations since 2000, including Human Rights First, Oxfam America and Amnesty International, undertaking investigative and field research, leading policy advocacy initiatives, developing strategic campaigns and building civil society partnerships to advance human rights protections in the United States, Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and across South Asia, Central America, West Africa and the Great Lakes Region.

Sadia has served on the Steering Committee for the Peace and Security Funders Groups, as an Advisor to the Nexus Fund and was an inaugural co-chair of the Conflict and Atrocity Prevention Funders Working Group. She is also a member of the Protection and Prevention Working Group’s Expert Committee on Atrocity Prevention and is the founder and convener of the International Working Group on Speech that Can Catalyze Violence and a US Working Group to Combat Hate in the U.S.

Sadia earned her MA in International Development in 2003 from American University’s School of International Service, and holds a BA Honors in Political Science and Economic Development as well as a professional certification in International Human Rights Laws and Practice.

ML, Country Director

ML manages The Nexus Fund's grantmaking in its international countries of focus, Myanmar and Nigeria. 

Lindsey Platt, International Programs & Communications Coordinator

Lindsey, based in Kampala, Uganda, coordinates The Nexus Fund’s communications and International Programs, including the Dangerous Speech Global Fund and the Atrocity Prevention Small Grants Fund. Before joining The Nexus Fund, Lindsey worked with various organizations focused on peacebuilding, leadership and education in the Great Lakes region of Africa. She is passionate about community-led transformation and interfaith peace processes. She co-created The Unity Initiative that brought together young professionals from East Africa, the Middle East, and the West to deepen their ability to form relationships across divisions of race, religion and culture. Lindsey completed her studies at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a degree in Communication Studies and minor in Religious Studies.

Bryan Funk, Development Manager

Bryan Funk is the Development Manager at The Nexus Fund, engaging individuals and grantmakers to provide the critical resources necessary to prevent and end global mass atrocities. His career has spanned securing funding to reduce decades of violence perpetrated by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army to international mental health advocacy and political campaigns. He has seen first hand the transformative power of a well-told story and how global movements can end violence by mobilizing thousands of people to raise millions of dollars. Bryan completed his studies in English with a minor in Peace and Social Justice from Plymouth State University. He is currently a 2018 New Leaders Council Fellow working with political and thought leaders across the country to enact progressive change in our communities.