meet our team
Pierre has led the Haiti Development Institute for seven years, guiding it from its origins as The Haiti Fund at The Boston Foundation through its transition to an independent organization. Based in Boston but spending significant time on the ground in Haiti, he focuses on institutionalizing HDI, building out its programs, governance, staff, operations, and financial sustainability.
Pierre has extensive experience in nonprofit management and community development. Before joining the Haiti Fund, he served as Country Director of FAMILY, Inc. in Haiti, where he led rural grassroots efforts in education, youth, and economic development. He has also served as Project Director for the Worldwide Vincentian Family on a program to support small and medium-sized enterprise development in Haiti.
Pierre holds a BA in Political Science from Boston University and a law degree from the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. He has also earned a Certificate in Development Project Management from the Monterrey School of International Studies and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University School of Management.
Elie leads a team of seven staff in HDI's Haiti office and is responsible for the internal operations of HDI's Haiti office. A monitoring and evaluation expert, Elie is developing HDI's program evaluation systems. He is also designing our research arm so that HDI can serve as a knowledge hub. He will manage the strategic development of HDI in Haiti.
Elie has over 17 years of experience in agricultural economics, natural resource management, capacity building, and evaluation management in Haiti and several African countries. He has led or co-led multi-year, multi-million dollar USAID- and Belgian-funded humanitarian and development programs, and has expertise in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Haiti.
Elie has a BS in Agriculture from the State University of Haiti, an MPA from Harvard University, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Elie is a native French and Creole speaker and is fluent in English.
Reginald Cean is responsible for HDI's organizational capacity building program, including its cohort program and nonprofit accompaniment program. He also manages HDI's grant making and administration.
Cean has also served as Executive Director of Zanmi Agricol, where he led a team of 85 people in designing and delivering programs that focus on community economic development, vocational education, and agriculture. Prior to this, Cean served as the National Coordinator for MGP, a project aimed at re-establishing agriculture production capacities funded by the USAID Haiti Mission through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab [LIL]), managed by Michigan State University (MSU).
In addition to these endeavors, Cean has worked as a consultant in agriculture education and training for a number of local and international organizations and on research projects with Virginia Tech, University of Puerto Rico, Texas Tech, University of Maryland, and Sewanee University on soil conservation, rhizobium inoculation, peanut, biogas production, biodiversity, and soil fertility.
Cean holds a BA in agricultural sciences and natural resources from EARTH University in Costa Rica and an MBA in non-profit management at Brandeis University with a concentration on social entrepreneurship and impact management.
Based in Boston, Liz leads HDI's fundraising and communications efforts. She also serves as program manager for HDI's work aimed at increasing philanthropy in Haiti, including HDI's philanthropic advising and grant intermediary services. Liz is responsible for organizing Haiti Funders Conferences, a biennial gathering of funders of development and humanitarian assistance in Haiti.
Prior to joining HDI, Liz managed governance and public management initiatives at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, Philippines, and before that served as in-house counsel at ADB. She has also worked as proposal development manager for CARE in La Paz, Bolivia. In her early career, Liz practiced law in the area of commercial litigation as an associate in firms in Seattle and Cleveland.
Liz holds a law degree from Northwestern University and a BA in history and economics from Boston College.
Dividing his time between Boston and Haiti, Jacky oversees the development of HDI's nonprofit incubation program. Previously, he was Program Coordinator of HDI, where he helped conceive and design components of HDI’s capacity building program for community-based organizations.
Before joining HDI, Jacky served as President and Executive Director of FATEM (Foundation for the Technological and Economic Advancement of Mirebalais), a Boston-based nonprofit working to improve education and economic opportunities in Mirebalais, Haiti. He has also served as Executive Director of 1000 Jobs/Haiti, a Rhode Island-based 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of creating sustainable and decent jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities in Haiti's Central Plateau region.
Jacky holds a Master’s Degree in Health and Medical Informatics from Brandeis University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University.
Herby Duverné, Chair: Windwalker Group, LLC, Massachusetts
Karen Keating Ansara, Secretary: HDI Co-Founder, Ansara Family Fund, New England International Donors, The Haiti Fund, Massachusetts
Harry Dumay, Treasurer: Elms College, Massachusetts
Chelinde Edouard: CME Consulting, Massachusetts
April Freitag: Freitag Advisory, California
Kate Guedj, Ex-Officio: The Boston Foundation, Massachusetts
Albert Pierre Paul Joseph: Collectif de Lutte Contre l’Exclusion Sociale, Haiti
Delle Joseph: TD Bank, Florida
Lawrence L. Jules: Windhaven Investment Management, Massachusetts
Régine Désulmé Polynice: CBM International, Haiti
Pascale Louise Toyo: KOFAKAD, FONHDAD, Haiti