BAIL’s goal is to foster a lively community of people interested in international affairs. We facilitate conversations with interesting speakers in the fields of international development, business & entrepreneurship, politics, governance, peace-building, human rights, trade, and environmental issues. We support our members through thoughtful networking events, quarterly happy hours, and a job board.
Sarah Oh. Chair. Sarah has worked at the intersection of media development, social change, and tech for the last 10 years. She has lived and worked in West Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia. From 2014 to 2016, Sarah helped establish an innovation lab in Myanmar, where she advised entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and international tech companies during the country’s transition to democracy. Sarah graduated from Northwestern University.
Dan Swislow. Board Member. Dan serves as partnerships manager and Silicon Valley representative at the National Democratic Institute, a non-profit organization working in more than 60 countries to strengthen democratic institutions and practices, leading the Institute’s presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. He serves on the advisory boards of the Democracy Earth Foundation, a member of Y Combinator, and Bolt Energy Marketplace. Dan is a graduate of New York University and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
David Litwak. Board Member. David is the Founder & CEO of Mozio, a 65 employee travel and transportation startup that has raised 3.M in venture capital.He’s also an investor and advisor to Solve.com, Loungbuddy, Regalii and many more. David has fundraised for various Democratic candidates and is a graduate of UC Berkeley.
Founders and Advisory Council
Michael Kleinman. Co-founder. Michael is the founder of Orange Door Research. Previously, he was Director of Investments at Humanity United; he also worked for NGOs in Afghanistan, across east and central Africa, and in Iraq. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.
Brenna Marea Powell. Co-founder. Brenna is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and a Scholar in Residence at Stanford’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution. She holds a doctorate in Government and Social Policy from Harvard and her research covers questions related to intergroup conflict resolution, ethnic and racial identity, and policing and security. She has conducted research in Eastern and Western Europe, the US, Brazil, Kenya and Ghana.
Prairie 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.