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About Us

We established BAIL to foster a lively and engaged community of people and organizations who are based in the Bay Area and work internationally. We aggregate job opportunities, organize events, and support our network of members who are active in the fields of international development, governance, peacebuilding, human rights, trade, and environmental issues, as well as those working on international business development.

Michael KleinmanMichael Kleinman. Co-founder. Michael spent a number of years overseas working for international NGOs—first with CARE in Afghanistan, Sudan, and in a regional position covering east and central Africa, and then with International Relief and Development in Iraq. Prior to going overseas, he worked for the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.





Brenna newBrenna Marea Powell. Co-founder. Brenna is interested in issues related to in intergroup conflict, conflict resolution, peacebuilding and governance.  She likes to bring academics and practitioners together and see what they can learn from each other.  She is a graduate of Stanford and earned a PhD in Government and Social Policy from Harvard.  Brenna currently works with an interdisciplinary research center and is the co-founder of a research group of social scientists who do policy analysis and impact evaluation.





Prairie SummerPrairie Summer. Co-founder. Prairie has worked throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East on human rights, peacebuilding, media and behavior change communications, education, women’s rights and ICT4D programs. Before moving to the Bay Area she managed landmine clearance programs for the UN Mine Action Team in Nepal. She also spent two years working in Lebanon and Jordan on post-conflict recovery and youth engagement programs. Prairie is a graduate of American University and has an MA in International Educational Development/Peace Studies from Columbia University Teacher’s College.