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Program Staff: Rule of Law Program

Laura Neuman, J.D.
Director

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;" a public exhibition at Liberia’s National Archives in Monrovia that highlights the value of freedom of information. Mackey 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.

Lucia Fiala, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Lucia Fiala is a senior program associate for the Rule of Law Program; she focuses primarily on Women and the Right of Access to Information, including projects in Bangladesh and Guatemala. Prior to joining The Carter Center, Fiala worked as a program analyst at UNDP, where she coordinated a joint program that addressed structural impediments that prevent women from entering the labor market. Fiala holds a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in women’s studies from City University of New York, Hunter College. As an economist, Fiala has been working in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women, primarily focusing on the issues that are causing women’s structural poverty.

Sandra Urquiza, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Sandra Urquiza started with The Carter Center as a long-term election observer in Kenya in 2017 and became a program associate in the Democracy Program in 2018. She joined the Rule of Law Program in 2021. She is passionate about citizen engagement and empowerment. Urquiza’s professional career and education have taken her to work and to live in Cambodia, Kosovo, Australia, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, and Peru, among other countries. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University; she also studied at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Urquiza was born in Peru and lived there for the first 20 years of her life. She has visited 42 countries and hopes to expand that number.

Nick Rodgers
Program Associate

Nick Rodgers is a program associate for the Rule of Law Program. He provides support to the program’s various international projects, with a primary focus on those in Liberia. He first joined The Carter Center in 2017 as in intern in the Conflict Resolution Program and became a program assistant with the Rule of Law Program in 2018, before being promoted to program associate in 2021. Prior to joining the Center full time, Rodgers was involved with various nonprofits, interning with the Wild Dolphin Foundation and volunteering with the International Rescue Committee as an adult ESL teacher. He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a concentration in international security, from the University of Georgia.

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