Members with a strong history of involvement in the organization are encouraged to apply to join the Board of Directors, CASIN’s governing body. The Board is comprised of several committees that oversee CASIN’s administrative and programmatic activities. A number of former Board members continue to advise the organization in an honorary capacity.
Amelia Mae Wolf, At-Large Board Member
Amelia Mae Wolf serves as an At-Large Board Member for CASIN. She is a Research Associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she researches conflict prevention and national security. She is also a researcher for Wikistrat, covering Africa and counter terrorism. Previously, Amelia worked as Communications Coordinator at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), where she wrote articles on mass atrocity prevention and human rights crises. Amelia has conducted conflict assessments for the International Peace Institute (Mali) and World Vision International (Sudan). She has a MS in Global Affairs from New York University, where she founded and served as President of the Human Rights and International Law League, and a BA in Communications from Loyola University Maryland. Her graduate thesis, “Deconstructing Prevention: The Missing Link in the Human Security Approach to Global Climate Change,” was nominated for Best Thesis Award and she presented her findings at the 2013 Dayton Human Rights Conference. She has also published articles on ForeignPolicy.com, CFR Blogs Politics, Power, and Preventive Action and the Development Channel, International Justice Central, and ICRtoP’s blog.
Maimoona Zia, Chair of the Delegations Committee
Maimoona Zia is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Saint Peter’s University. Maimoona has served as Managing Editor of Eyes on the International Criminal Court and as associate editor for the same publication for the preceding two terms before her managing role. She has also served as Senior Comments Editor for the Seton Hall Circuit Review. As Chair of the Delegations Committee, Maimoona has led delegations to the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court and the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She maintains an interest in international law and is fluent in Urdu.
Katy Ellis, Publications Committee
Katy Ellis is a practicing attorney in Colorado. She received a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While there, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, captain of the Jessup moot court team, and president of the International Law Society. She earned an M.A. in international studies from the Josef A. Korbel School of International Studies. While in law school, she assisted on a case in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Katy is currently a vice-chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also the regional administrator for the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Before law school, Katy was a double-major in international affairs and foreign languages at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. While in college, she studied in Seville, Spain, and she is fluent in French and Spanish.
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen, Development and Outreach Committee
Oanh-Nhi Nguyen is an Associate at The Raben Group, a progressive public policy lobbying, consulting, and public affairs firm. She is currently working on NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Initiative to end violence against women and girls in the United States. She is passionate about violence prevention, anti-trafficking, and youth development. Oanh-Nhi has interned at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, AEquitas, and the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. In 2012, Oanh-Nhi founded a youth violence prevention program for 120+ participants in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in International Studies and Policy Management. Oanh-Nhi was selected as a 2013 semi-finalist for the Peace First Prize, a Nobel for young people.
Elizabeth Morlock, Delegations Committee
Shilpa Nadhan, At-Large Board Member
Shilpa Nadhan is currently at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), working to generate interest and funding within US and European governments for populations affected by crises, emergencies and labor migrant flows around the world. Her focus is on representing the latest needs of vulnerable communities to senior leadership in governments and to develop programming and humanitarian relief for IOM in affected areas around the world. Before working in the international sector, she started her career in publishing, working at two major publishing houses, Simon and Schuster and Random House. Eventually publishing led her to be invited to work on feature-length film development where she worked on studio films for a production company in Los Angeles before switching to international work. She has a B.A. from New York University and a M.S. from Georgetown University.
The Chair is elected every six months. The Chair is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors responsible for board member work product and deadline compliance. The Chair is also responsible for compiling monthly committee updates and quarterly reports. These updates and reports are approved at quarterly meetings.
Development & Outreach Committee
The Program Development Committee is responsible for researching and implementing new program areas and developing pre-existing programs. The Program Development Committee works on the Leadership Training Program including delegations, CASIN Publications, Events, and the Embassy Program. The Program Development Committee also assists student delegations with the accreditation process.
The treasurer tracks and disburses the organization’s material resources, manages the annual budgeting process, provides internal and external reports on the organization’s finances, and supports development activities.
The Compliance Director will investigate issues of potential non-compliance with local, state, federal, and other rules and regulations as pertain to the work of the board and the operations of the organizations. The Director will also investigate compliance issues referred by senior staff or other board members.
Chair: Katy Ellis
The Publications Committee is responsible for managing CASIN’s publications, which currently include two peer-reviewed journals, Eyes on the ICC and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. The committee determines all matters that fall outside the purview of the journals’ editorial staffs, including but not limited to publishing conventions, subscription rates and availability, and circulation and distribution.
Chair: Maimoona Zia
The Delegations Committee is responsible for organizing delegations to various international conventions. Each year the committee selects four high-profile international conventions to send delegations of American students and young professionals interested in multilateral policymaking. The committee recruits and trains delegates, preparing them for various roles, and supervises their experience at the conventions.
Nominating & Selection Committee
The Nominating and Selection Committee is responsible for screening, evaluating, and nominating potential candidates for positions within CASIN. The committee will conduct background reviews, organize interviews, and nominate potential members based on competency and collegiality.
Guillermo J. Aviles-Mendoza, JD
Christina M. Hartman, MPH
William Lim, JD
Mohammed Rahman, MS