Meet the Columbia World Projects team.
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPADirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr is the director of Columbia World Projects and Executive Vice President for Columbia Global. She is also the founder and director of ICAP at Columbia University and...
Cristiane CostaChief Operating OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cristiane Costa brings more than 20 years of experience designing and managing complex global development programs. As CWP’s Chief Operating Officer, she focuses on transforming organizational...
Ira KatznelsonDeputy Director for Research & EngagementRuggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia UniversityRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University. His 2013 book, "Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time," received the Bancroft...
Peter TwymanDeputy Director for ProjectsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Peter has over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and directing highly impactful public health and social development programs in the U.S. and internationally.
Cassandra ZieglerCommunicationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cassandra joined Columbia World Projects (CWP) at its inception in October 2017. During the first three years she worked on the project’s team helping to build programmatic frameworks...
David R. MurrayDirector of DevelopmentRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
David is an enthusiastic face-to-face fundraiser and philanthropy evangelist with 25 years of global experience across the non-profit sector. He is responsible for managing charitable...
Finance & Administration
Antonio PagánDirector, Finance and AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Tony came to Columbia World Projects with more than 25 years of development and management experience from various responsibilities in public health and social service organizations.
Cheryl McIntyreAssociate Director, Human ResourcesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Cheryl has more than 25 years of people, process, and program management experience in higher education and the health care and finance industries, and she returned to Columbia...
Sarah HawManager, Financial AdministrationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sarah comes to Columbia World Projects from the Center for Climate Systems Research at the Earth Institute, where she was the Administrative Coordinator for over five years.
Katherine FaynSenior Human Resources ManagerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Katherine joined Columbia World Projects in March 2020 as Business Manager. Prior to Columbia World Projects, Katherine served as Human Resources & Faculty Affairs Generalist at the...
Aneka RobertsAssistant Director of OperationsRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Aneka joined Columbia World Projects in May 2022. Prior to joining, she worked at Avenues: The World School where she was the Program Operations Manager – Global Extensions.
Lisa Dolberry HancockDirector, Learning and InnovationRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Lisa joined Columbia World Projects in 2018. She was previously a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she was head of employee community engagement, leading the creation of pro...
Daniella SarnoffDirector, Social Impact LeadershipRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Daniella joined Columbia World Project in July 2022 after over a decade at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), directing the International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program...
Zachary K. WongAssistant Director, Obama Foundation Scholars ProgramRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Zachary is the Assistant Director of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program. His prior work at Columbia University includes serving as the Manager of Communications and Projects for...
Rainah UmlaufProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Rainah joined Columbia World Projects in 2019. Previously, she worked at Trinity Wall Street where she coordinated justice, advocacy, and outreach programming on a range...
Ariam L. TorresPostdoctoral Research ScholarRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ariam L. Torres Cordero joined Columbia World Projects as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar to support and advance research and engagement initiatives in urban and water governance, climate...
Ann BournsDirector, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ann joined Columbia World Projects in April 2019 as Director, Project Management. She has spent most of her career working with non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities...
Sarah SillimanAssociate Director, Project ManagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Sarah joined Columbia World Projects in July 2019. As part of the project management team, she works across projects to support their success and enable project teams to productively work...
R. Yamir Gomez CarrascoProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Yamir joined Columbia World Projects as a Project Officer in July 2022. Prior to joining CWP, Yamir was a Program Manager at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University where...
Research & Engagement
Thomas AsherDirector, Research & EngagementRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Thomas Asher is director of research and engagement at Columbia World Projects. In that capacity he builds networks that gather researchers, practitioners, and government officials...
Ron KassimirSenior AdvisorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ron Kassimir is Senior Advisor at Columbia World Projects, providing leadership and support for the Research and Engagement portfolio of work. He previously served as Vice President...
Anna MarcheseProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Anna came to Columbia World Projects from the American Council of Learned Societies, where she administered fellowship programs aimed at strengthening scholarship in the humanities.
Hannah Bidigare-CurtisProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Hannah Bidigare-Curtis joined CWP as a Project Officer in March, 2023. Prior to CWP, they worked in partnership with NGOs to assist with programming and research in refugee settlements.
Madeline NeighlyColumbia Center for Political EconomyProject DirectorRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Madeline Neighly is the Project Director of the Columbia Center for Political Economy at Columbia World Projects.
Kathryn BurkeColumbia Center for Political EconomyProject OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Kathryn joined the Center for Political Economy at Columbia World Projects in April 2023 as a Project Officer. Prior to joining CWP, Kathryn worked for Survivor Corps, a grassroots organization...
Christine HuntSpecial Initiatives Project OfficerRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Christine Hunt has over a decade of experience in global health and public service specifically around partnership engagement and the management of both international projects and collaborative...