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Program Staff: Rule of Law Program

Laura Neuman, J.D.

Laura Neuman is director of the Rule of Law Program at The Carter Center. She directs and implements the Carter Center’s programming regarding transparency, good governance, and access to justice, including projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Neuman developed the innovative access to information legislation Implementation Assessment Tool and the Women and the Right of Access to Information project. In February 2018, she convened the conference “Inform Women, Transform Lives,” which culminated with the Atlanta Declaration for the Advancement of Women’s Right of Access to Information.

Neuman has written a number of articles and book chapters on the right of access to information, has edited six widely distributed guidebooks on fostering transparency and preventing corruption, and has presented at numerous international seminars on access to information legislation, implementation, enforcement, and use. She has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others.

Neuman also has led and participated in international election monitoring missions throughout the Western Hemisphere. Prior to joining The Carter Center in August 1999, she was staff attorney for Senior Law at Legal Action of Wisconsin and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Kari Mackey, M.A.
Associate Director

Kari Mackey is associate director of the Rule of Law Program. She helps manage the program's various projects that aim to advance transparency, accountability, and access to information, particularly in Liberia. During her tenure at the Center, Mackey has assisted with the coordination of four large international conferences on the right of access to information. She also curated and organized "Exhibition in the Archives: A Walk through Liberia’s Documented History from Pre-Colonization to Present Day"; this is a public exhibition at Liberia’s National Archives in Monrovia that highlights the value of freedom of information and records management to preserve history and influence the future.

Prior to joining the Center in 2007 as an assistant project coordinator, Mackey was an intern in the Center's Latin America and Caribbean Program. She received her master's degree in political science with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics at Georgia State University, where she also graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her research has focused on the use of information communication technologies for the advancement of women. Previously, Mackey served on the board of directors for Sagal Radio, a community-based nonprofit organization that broadcasts weekly radio programs in the native languages of Atlanta’s largest refugee and immigrant populations, and worked for four years as an assistant project manager in the private sector.

Dan Schimmel, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Dan Schimmel is a senior program associate for the Rule of Law Program; he provides support to the program’s various international projects, primarily focusing on Bangladesh. Prior to joining The Carter Center, he was a senior program officer with Internews in Washington, D.C., supporting full-spectrum media development efforts in South Sudan. Dan also worked as a program assistant with the National Democratic Institute, focusing on good governance, community organizing, and issues-based advocacy efforts in South Sudan and Sudan.

Schimmel holds a master’s degree in international studies with concentrations in political theory and post-conflict peacebuilding from the Korbel School at the University of Denver, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Tanna Krewson, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Tanna Krewson is a senior program associate for the Rule of Law Program; she provides support to the program’s various international projects, primarily focusing on the Access to Justice in Liberia project. She first joined The Carter Center in 2015 as a volunteer and became a program assistant with the Conflict Resolution Program in 2016. Prior to joining the Center, Krewson spent six years in the United States Army in an airborne unit before leaving to work with various humanitarian organizations in Mozambique and South Sudan. 

Krewson holds a master’s degree in sustainable peace in the contemporary world from the U.N-mandated University for Peace and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kent State University, with a focus on learning behavior. As a post-graduate, she has taken courses at Emory University School of Law in international human rights law and humanitarian law. Her research has focused on ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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