External Affairs Division

Our External Affairs Division plays the critical role of developing and managing strategic relationships with Meridian's key constituents around the world including our donors, public and private sector partners, and members of the media. Comprised of the Forums, Communications, Events, and Development Units, the External Affairs Division holds primary responsibility for program development and management; strategic communications and public relations; fundraising; and event planning and management.


Michelle AllenDirector of Communications
Afsoun BanaeiStaff Accountant II
Tracy BernsteinSenior Advisor
Maria CanellisDirector of Events
Megan DevlinManager of Convening
Olivia DorieuxDirector of Donor Relations
Emma FinkelsteinChief of Staff to the Executive Offices
Kacie GauthierExecutive Assistant and External Affairs Coordinator
Frank JusticeVice President, Convening
Aleksandr MisuninCreative Director
Lizzy RameyDevelopment Coordinator
Lee SatterfieldExecutive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Puru P. TrivediDirector of Corporate Relations