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Mentorship Program 

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Welcome to the  Rotary Club of Washington Global (RCWG)

Mentors for Young Professionals International Development Program

RCWG launched the Mentors for Young Professionals in International Development in 2024 to link our members who have experience in international development to young professionals interested in careers in this field. Our mentor bios can be found on our website below for other Rotary Club/Rotaract/SID/partnership members to contact to request one time or possibly multiple career mentoring sessions of between 30-60 minutes.   

Some tips:

  • Once you have identified someone of interest on our list, please email to ask for a convenient time to talk

  • Respect the time the mentor says they have available

  • Check out the bios and prepare with questions that you think would be helpful to both discuss

  • Let us know if this support was helpful to you and if so, share with others.


Larry Cooley

President Emeritus of Management Systems International and
Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institution

Current Organization: MSI and Brookings Institution

LinkedIn profile: Larry Cooley | LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise: International Development 

Summary: Founder and President Emeritus of Management Systems International, Larry has more than  40 years' experience in the fields of strategic management, public sector reform, and international development.  He currently chairs the board of the Society for International Development and serves as a Trustee and past board chair of World Learning, and on the boards of ELMA Philanthropies and Communities in Schools.  He is founder and co-chair of a 3000-member global community of practice on scaling up development outcomes. Before founding MSI in 1981, he worked at the World Bank, UNDP, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Other languages: Spanish and Sesotho

Availability: 3 hours/month total

Felix Christian Haas

Entrepreneur | Private and Development Sector Consultant 

Current Organization: Progress Asia Consulting (own firm) | Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

LinkedIn profile: Felix Haas | LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise: Economic and Private Sector Development, Peacebuilding, International Relations in Asia

Summary: Felix Haas is Managing Director of Progress Asia Consulting Co., Ltd., a strategy consulting firm in Myanmar working at the interface of public and private sector in Asia, on political risk and strategic philanthropy. Felix Haas has been working in Myanmar and broader Asia in an independent capacity as a consultant and researcher on business and economic issues since 2013. He has been working with clients from the private and international development sectors – such as the World Bank or organizations of the United Nations system.

Other languages: German, French, Burmese

Availability: 3 hours/month total

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Mike McCabe

Regional Director, Inter-America and Pacific Region

Current Organization: Peace Corps 

LinkedIn profile: Michael McCabe| LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise: International Development 

Summary: Mike  brings over 30 years of professional experience managing international development programs in over 40 countries.  His expertise includes strategic planning, management and administration, grant implementation, youth development, education technology, program design/ implementation, training design and facilitation, and public - private sector partnerships.  Mike previously worked at USAID as the Agency Senior Advisor on Youth - overseeing coordination of youth issues across all sectors of the Agency.  Mike also worked as the Senior Associate for Capacity Development at Creative Associates International as well as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Panama Youth At Risk Program. He served as Chief of Programming and Training for the Inter-America and Pacific Region covering 21 countries at Peace Corps, as well as Deputy Director for Peace Corps Dominican Republic. As Vice President for Youth Service America, he led a network of 235 non-profits promoting civic engagement. He served as Country Representative at the Inter-American Foundation overseeing grant management for portfolios in Mexico, Venezuela, Panama. He also served as National Programs Officer for UNICEF in the Dominican Republic. 

Mike received his Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University and his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University

Other languages: Spanish

Availability: 4 hours/month total

Cilia Maria Ruiz-Paz

Crime Analysis Unit Manager

Current Organization: Miami Beach Police Department

Areas of Expertise: Law enforcement, international wildlife trafficking, environmental crime, crime analysis

Summary: Specialization in criminal intelligence management, analysis and intelligence-led operations at the local, federal and international level with extensive experience with project coordination, legislative tracking, government and policy, communication and translation, collaborative wildlife trafficking and environmental conservation efforts, and strategic cross-border wildlife enforcement initiatives.

Other languages:  Spanish, French

Availability: 2-4 hours/month

Patrick Hidalgo McCabe

Program Officer, Bureau for Humanitarian Alliance

Current Organization: USAID

Areas of Expertise: Humanitarian Assistance

Summary: Patrick works in the Middle East and Europe Office of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, where he has responded to humanitarian crises in Ukraine and the Levant region. Patrick speaks Arabic and previously worked with the International Organization for Migration in Morocco, the World Expo in the UAE, and American Near East Refugee Aid in Jerusalem. He is passionate about peacebuilding and diplomacy.

Other languages: Spanish, Arabic

Availability: 2-4 hours a month

Anthony Bloome

Executive Director

Current Organization: Mobiles for Education Alliance 

LinkedIn profile: Anthony Bloome | LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise: International Development, International Education, Technology for Development

Anthony Bloome is the Founder and Executive Director of the Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance, a non-profit focused on strengthening global collaboration and catalyzing knowledge exchange and evidence-informed investments for strengthening education in developing countries, particularly through innovative uses of technology. He has specialized in the field of international development and technology for over 25 years.

From 2009 to 2020, he was USAID’s Senior Education Technology Specialist. While working at USAID, Tony founded the mEducation Alliance and the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development, an open innovation competition and partnership with World Vision and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to catalyze tech-based innovations to advance early grade reading. 

From 2006-2009, Tony was Peace Corps’ technology for development specialist. From 1995-2006, he served as a distance education specialist for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and Zimbabwe where he focused on various applications of technology for education, health, and youth and workforce development. Tony serves on multiple advisory boards including, the Rotary International Action Group in Basic Education and Literacy and Benetech. He has a M.A. in Telecommunications from George Mason University and a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA.

Languages: English

Availability: 3 hours/month total

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