Board members



Katharine I. Crost is an attorney in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Ms. Crost’s practice involves the financing of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, and utility stranded costs. Recently, Ms. Crost has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform. Ms. Crost has served on Orrick’s Executive Committee, as Chair of their Women’s Initiative and as a Practice Group Leader. She received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University.

Ms. Crost has served as a member of the Board of the Women’s Refugee Commission and currently serves on the Board of Indego Africa. She has travelled to refugee camps in Ethiopia and Myanmar. Ms. Crost is a volunteer at USCRI’s Albany field office and resides in New York City.



Katharine Laud served most recently as Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Vermont Foundation, a development-focused public charity.  Prior to that, she served as Chief Financial Officer of a successful non-profit in northern NJ which developed affordable housing.  Ms Laud served on the board of Provident Financial Services, a NYSE-traded bank holding company, as a member of the Audit and Governance Committees and as chair of the Wealth Management Committee.  Prior to her service on the Provident Board, she was instrumental in the founding of the Wealth Management division of the First Morris Bank & Trust while a member of that bank’s board of directors. Ms Laud has a background in investment management and derivative strategies at NYC and Chicago banks.  She received both her MBA degree and AB degree from Dartmouth College and currently lives with her family in Vermont.



Mr. DeFelice is an experienced corporate executive and legal leader with a wealth of knowledge in areas  including business management, compliance, and corporate governance. He is currently the Managing Director of Novo Strategic Partners, a business management consulting firm. He has served as the General Counsel and executive leader for a number of organizations. Gene has also held leadership positions in sales and marketing, as well as general management roles in operations and business. Mr. DeFelice graduated from Rutgers University, received his doctorate of Law degree from Seton Hall University and a master’s of Business Administration with distinction from Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland. He previously served as a member of the Board of the International Institute of St. Louis and a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.



Scott is a partner at Omidyar Network and leads the firm’s investment, finance, and legal operations. He previously served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow and senior advisor and entrepreneur-in-residence to the innovation funds of USAID. Scott was a member of the founding team of a crowdfunding platform and co-founded several venture capital and investment firms that together manage more than $1 billion. Scott has also committed himself to issues addressing global poverty and education, including serving as former chairman of USCRI and as former president of Aim High. He has worked on development projects in Tanzania, with a center combatting child prostitution in Bangkok, monitored refugee camps, co-founded a middle school for the underprivileged, and volunteered in AIDS orphanages. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.A. in government from Dartmouth College.


Mr. Blackman is a corporate partner resident in the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson, LLP. He joined the firm in 1966 and became a partner in 1973. Mr. Blackman has a wide-ranging practice that includes representing domestic and international clients in a variety of corporate transactions. His areas of expertise include the representation of Canadian companies in connection with cross-border financing, as well as merger and acquisition transactions and other matters involving the application of U.S. securities laws to foreign issuers.

Mr. Blackman received his LLB, cum laude, from Columbia University Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He received his AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Blackman resides and is barred in New York.


Diann Dawson is President and CEO of DDA & Associates. She enjoyed a distinguished public service career with more than 38 years in federal and state governments. She continues her service in the private sector as a national and global advocate for children and family strengthening initiatives and serves as a director on several non-profit boards.

Prior to her retirement as a senior executive, she served as the Director of the Office of Regional Operations within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary regarding field operations, she provided executive leadership and directions to ACF’s ten regional offices on the integration and coordination of more than 65 human services programs to promote the well-being of children, families and communities.

Ms. Dawson holds a BA from Bennett College, MSW from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and is admitted to the DC and MD bars. She resides in Silver Spring, MD.


Earl Johnson was appointed by the White House to serve as the Director of the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (HHS/OFA). In this position Earl oversaw an annual budget of $17.8 billion. In this role, he was the principle policy and administrative manager for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. He was the one of the leaders within the Administration and ACF on promoting responsible fatherhood and economic security issues related to men and boys of color.

Earl has a longstanding relationship with California, the Bay Area and in Philanthropy. Before accepting his current position, he was the Senior Policy Advisor and Interim Workforce Investment Board Director for the City of Oakland and Mayor Ron Dellums. Prior to that he was the Senior Program Officer for the California Endowment and the Associate Director for the Rockefeller Foundation’s Working Communities Division. He also served as the Associate Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for the California Health and Human Services Agency under the Davis Administration.

Earl has a Ph.D. from UCLA’s School of Social Work and Public Policy. He holds an MA from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. Earl also recently completed Harvard University’s Executive Management Program on Negotiation.


Jeffrey Metzger is an attorney who has worked in corporate, government, and private practice. Most recently, Jeff was Staff Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Unisys Corporation, a multinational corporation. At Unisys, Jeff was responsible for the company’s litigation, counseling the company’s government businesses, and directing the company’s federal government contracts organization. Jeff also designed the company’s first ethics compliance program and then served as Corporate Ethics Officer. Before coming to Unisys, Jeff served on the professional staff of the President’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (chaired by David Packard and known as the Packard Commission), where he was principally responsible for making recommendations on defense industry compliance issues. Jeff also served in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice for a number of years, representing the United States in procurement fraud and government contract litigation. Before joining Justice, Jeff worked in private law practice in Washington, D.C., chiefly in the international trade area.

Jeff has long been interested in refugee issues. He recently represented, on a pro bono basis, two children who sought Special Immigration Juvenile Status in the D.C. trial courts. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School. Before attending law school, Jeff worked as issues coordinator in the first Senate campaign of Joe Biden of Delaware.


John T. Monahan is the Senior Advisor to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and a Senior Scholar with Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.  In his current position, he advances university-wide initiatives in global health, development, and related areas; co-chairs the Lancet Commission on Global Health and Law; and teaches global health courses in Georgetown’s law and foreign service schools.

Over the course of his professional career, Monahan has played multiple leadership roles in government (serving in appointed positions in all three branches of the federal government), philanthropy, academia and politics at the global, national, and state/local levels.  He has focused on managing complex health, social service, and development issues and programs affecting low-income and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.


William (Bill) Shuey served for 24 years as Executive Director of the International Institute of Rhode Island (IIRI)—a USCRI partner agency. Before retiring in December 2012, he orchestrated a merger of IIRI with Dorcas Place Adult Literacy Center, now known as Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island. Mr. Shuey has served on numerous boards and task forces at the local, state, and national levels and is the founder of the International Charter School, a dual language immersion K-5 elementary school in Pawtucket, RI. He has 30 years of experience working with immigrants and refugees. Over the years he has made several site visits to refugee camps in Thailand, Eritrea, Hong Kong, and Ethiopia and has also traveled to/lived in several countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

Mr. Shuey was Executive Director of Project Persona and oversaw its transition to the International Institute in 1984. In 2000, he became an inaugural fellow of the Rhode Island Foundation Non-Profit Fellowship program. He received an MA in Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; an AB in Literature from Claremont McKenna College; and completed graduate work in English literature at New York University. He taught English as a Second Language both while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey and back in Providence, RI. Mr. Shuey speaks, reads, and writes Spanish and is comfortable reading and speaking French and German, as well as some Turkish. Mr. Shuey currently resides in Providence, RI and West Yarmouth, MA with his wife.


Since 1999, Mr. Udani has been publisher of ILW.COM, a leading law publisher with over 50,000+ pages of free information on immigration law that receives 250,000 visitors per month. Under Mr. Udani’s direction ILW has conducted 600+ CLE seminars, published over two dozen immigration law books and conducted immigration events in over a dozen countries. He resides in New York City.