Michael Poffenberger, Co-founder & Executive Director
Michael Poffenberger is the founding Executive Director of The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative. In this role since 2007, he has overseen campaigns that secured passage of landmark US legislation addressing the LRA crisis, developed the advocacy strategy for the viral "Kony 2012" campaign, and secured funding from Congress for programs to benefit LRA-affected populations. In 2011, Poffenberger co-led the development of the LRA Crisis Tracker, a multimedia tool that illustrates LRA atrocities in near real-time and enhances community-based early warning systems in LRA-affected areas of central Africa. He has also testified before the US Congress and the UN Security Council about the LRA conflict.
Poffenberger serves on the Advisory Board of Invisible Children and the Board of Directors for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group and studied at the University of Notre Dame.
Paul Ronan, Co-founder & Director of Advocacy
Paul is a co-founder and currently serves as the Director of Advocacy. He oversees the organization's lobbying and outreach efforts with the US government and international institutions, as well as with civil society groups in LRA-affected areas.
Paul also travels frequently to the region, and most recently conducted a nine-week fact-finding mission to LRA-affected areas of South Sudan, DR Congo, Central African Republic and Uganda in 2010. His expertise regarding the LRA and affected regions makes him a frequent contributor to media outlets, Congressional briefings and think tank forums.
Prior to co-founding The Resolve, he worked in the Caritas International and Franciscans International UN advocacy offices in New York.
Chelsea Geyer, LRA Crisis Tracker Project Developer and Executive Assistant
In her role as a LRA Crisis Tracker Project Developer at The Resolve, Chelsea oversees the methodology of the Crisis Tracker and the Crisis Tracker Codebook. She is also involved in data analysis, Security Brief production, and data management of the Crisis Tracker.
Chelsea began working for The Resolve as an Operations Fellow in the spring of 2011, and after graduating from Nyack College in 2012, now works out of our Washington, D.C. office.
Kenneth Transier, Project Manager
As Project Manager for The Resolve, Kenneth handles security brief development and data analysis for the LRA Crisis Tracker. Additionally, he oversees The Resolve's web and CRM management. Kenneth began working for The Resolve as a Legislative Fellow in Spring of 2010, where he spearheaded final House cosponsorships of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act and helped lead the Oklahoma Holdout.
Currently working remotely from his hometown of Seattle, Kenneth is a student at the University of Washington studying Political Science and International Security.
Board of Directors
- President: Brendan Wilson, Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss
- Vice President: Cory Smith, Consultant, Humanity United
- Director: J. Andrew Hagans, Co-Founder, Best Online Universities
- Director: Ben Latigo, Dean of University of District of Columbia School of Engineering
- Director: Gregory McKeown, CEO, THIS Inc.
- Director: Adrian Bradbury, Founder, GuluWalk/Athletes for Africa
- Director: Michael Poffenberger, Executive Director, The Resolve
Along the way, our mission has been furthered and strengthened by the work of many tireless and committed people whose fingerprints are all over this campaign for peace. You know who you are, and we wouldn't be where we are without you.