Daniele was born and raised in Singapore, where she had the benefit of an incredible education and was fortunate to be able to travel around the region. Through her travels, she quickly spotted a disparity in access to quality education and has been a passionate advocate for education and children's rights since.
As a high school student at Singapore American School, she worked with the schools in Cebu, Philippines that Beyond the Board is running its first pilot programs in.
She is a freelance writer and recently interned at Global Citizen. Prior to pursuing her masters degree, she worked as a research assistant focusing on violence against children, gender-based violence, and youth radicalization. She has experience as a tutor and volunteer teaching assistant/classroom support staff.
Daniele holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music and Psychology) from Vassar College and is currently a Masters of International Affairs (Human Rights) candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Tabatha Pilgrim Thompson
Chief Operating Officer
Tabatha Pilgrim Thompson is pursuing her MIA (Class of 2017) with a focus on human rights and humanitarian policy and conflict resolution. She is specifically interested in community engagement and empowerment in emergencies and post-conflict settings. Tabatha most recently spent 4 weeks with the UN Mission in Liberia as part of a 9-month research project focused on community engagement and inclusivity in the peacekeeping process.
While at SIPA, Tabatha also interned at Hillary for America, where she focused on women’s outreach and foreign policy issues.
Before SIPA, Tabatha spent 4 years working in leadership development and program management at the Partnership for Public Service, a DC-based, nonpartisan nonprofit focused on making the U.S. government work more effectively. During her last 2 years in DC, she also volunteered as the Lead Organizer for DC's largest all-volunteer anti-human trafficking nonprofit, DC Stop Modern Slavery, where she worked to raise awareness and promote community action to combat trafficking.
Tabatha holds a B.S. in international affairs and modern languages from Georgia Tech.
Chief Development Officer
Alexandra Wilcox is a Master of International Affairs degree candidate (‘17) at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, studying human rights and gender policy. She is a Department Research Assistant for the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy concentration. Over the summer, Alexandra interned at the U.S. Embassy in Lima in the Political Affairs section, focusing on the human rights portfolio.
Alexandra’s previous experience includes working with a child welfare agency focused on the needs of low-income families in New York and with an early childhood education technology start-up in Los Angeles. Since 2012, Alexandra has served as the Executive Director of Leading Through Reading, a non-profit organization focused on improving literacy and making education more accessible in communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Through this organization and other opportunities, she has worked on educational projects in Ghana, Cameroon, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Alexandra left her hometown to study Government at Harvard University (B.A. '11). She is also a former recipient of the Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers Fellowship.