About Us

At Resource Equity, we believe empowered women change the world. Our mission is to advance women's rights to land and resources, which are key to that empowerment. 

Our team of gender and land tenure professionals has more than 60 years of combined experience. Since our founding in 2014, we’ve been putting that experience to work around the world advocating for legal, policy, and social change with the goal of advancing women’s land and resource rights, and serving as a global source for research, best practices, and policy making.

At the core of our approach is a commitment to collaborating with partners around the world to focus on women, land, and resources. We’re proud that our work with these partners has helped reduce poverty and improve women’s social, legal, and economic status. These improvements in women’s rights and status improve not just women’s lives, but the lives of their families and communities.

Our Team

Our team has worked on women’s land and resource issues in Africa (Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda); Asia and Pacific (China, India, Jordan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam); South America (Brazil and Peru); and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). We have worked for the World Bank, European Investment Bank, MCC, USAID, GIZ, DFID, the FAO, Rights and Resources Initiative, Ford Foundation, Care International, World Resources Institute, and many others.

Amanda Richardson, JD

Amanda has been working to improve the social and economic rights of women since 2008. She has extensive research, program design/analysis, project management, and public policy experience. Amanda has professional experience in India, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Nepal.

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Elisa Scalise, JD

Elisa has over 10 years of experience working on analysis and reform on property rights to land for women and men, including formal and customary land tenure regimes, land administration, land tenure regularization, land institutions, dispute resolution mechanisms, forest land tenure, and communal property.

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Renée Giovarelli, JD LLM

For 20 years, Renee has focused on the legal and sociological issues central to gender equity in access to land and natural resources. Her work has helped inform core policy positions on issues related to access, use, and control over land and resources for leading international development organizations.

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David Bledsoe, JD LLM

David has been working on land rights for over 17 years. He is an attorney that has worked with governments, communities, companies, and civil society organizations in Africa and elsewhere on land conflicts, land tenure security, investments in land and extractives, and women’s land rights.

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Margaret Rugadya, PhD

Margaret is a known leader in the area of land policy and gender equity with more than 20 years of experience and she is recognized for her contributions in economics of gender, land, and resource tenure. She has experience as a development practitioner, grant-maker, and development/academic researcher.

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Jennifer Chang, JD MLIS

Jen is a project manager who specializes in digital initiatives. As an attorney and librarian, she takes special pride in making sure projects are on-time and on-budget. With experience in the corporate, non-profit, and policy making sectors, she brings an interdisciplinary approach to her work.

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Leslie Hannay, JD

Leslie, an experienced gender and land tenure professional, has worked since 2008 to further women’s rights and access to natural resources around the world. She has extensive experience in field work in the development of new policy, community natural resources rights, and private sector engagement.

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Kurstin Browne, BA

Kurstin's diverse background has given her the experience to manage Resource Equity’s administrations and operations. She has over 15 years of experience in marketing, project, and event management in the corporate sector. Kurstin is excited to positively contribute to advancing women’s land rights with Resource Equity. 

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Deanna Farrell, MBA

With nearly 20 years of experience, Deanna specializes in communications management and creating meaningful, engaging content in a variety of industries including nonprofit, branding, and advertising. She produces quality communications whether it be digital, traditional, broadcast, email, public relations, social, or viral

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Jenny Rathmell, MLIS

Jenny is an E-Librarian with over 20 years of experience working with data. With a background in Finance, Information Systems, E-Learning Design, Digital Literacy, and Data Migration, she is driven by her passion for helping people obtain access to information that will increase their opportunities and have a positive impact on their lives.

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