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Program Staff: Rule of Law Program

Laura Neuman, J.D.
Director

Laura Neuman is director of the Rule of Law Program at The Carter Center. She directs and implements the Carter Center’s programming regarding transparency, good governance, and access to justice, including projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Neuman developed the innovative access to information legislation Implementation Assessment Tool and the Women and the Right of Access to Information project. In February 2018, she convened the conference “Inform Women, Transform Lives,” which culminated with the Atlanta Declaration for the Advancement of Women’s Right of Access to Information.

Neuman has written a number of articles and book chapters on the right of access to information, has edited six widely distributed guidebooks on fostering transparency and preventing corruption, and has presented at numerous international seminars on access to information legislation, implementation, enforcement, and use. She has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, among others.

Neuman also has led and participated in international election monitoring missions throughout the Western Hemisphere. Prior to joining The Carter Center in August 1999, she was staff attorney for Senior Law at Legal Action of Wisconsin and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Gabe Soltero, M.A.
Senior Associate Director

Gabe Soltero oversees implementation of the Rule of Law Program’s country programming portfolio and helps set the program’s overall strategy. Prior to joining The Carter Center, Soltero served as director of the U.S. Naval Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island, managing a curriculum on policy development and decision making for senior leaders representing more than 50 nations. A former U.S. Navy officer, Soltero has served in multiple leadership posts at various international locations. Among many other roles, he represented NATO in Kosovo as it promoted security sector reform and the rule of law following its 2008 declaration of independence. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rice University.

Kari Mackey, M.A.
Associate Director

Kari Mackey is associate director of the Rule of Law Program. She helps manage the program's various projects that aim to advance transparency, accountability, and access to information, particularly in Liberia. During her tenure at the Center, Mackey has assisted with the coordination of four large international conferences on the right of access to information. She also curated and organized "Exhibition in the Archives: A Walk through Liberia’s Documented History from Pre-Colonization to Present Day;" a public exhibition at Liberia’s National Archives in Monrovia that highlights the value of freedom of information. Mackey received her master's degree in political science with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics at Georgia State University, where she also graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her research has focused on the use of information communication technologies for the advancement of women. Previously, Mackey served on the board of directors for Sagal Radio, a community-based nonprofit organization that broadcasts weekly radio programs in the native languages of Atlanta’s largest refugee and immigrant populations, and worked for four years as an assistant project manager in the private sector.

Kimberly Brown, J.D., M.A.
Associate Director

Kimberly Brown is associate director of the Rule of Law Program. She helps manage projects that aim to advance the rule of law with a focus on access to justice. Prior to joining the Center, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. From 2015-2018, she managed International Development Law Organization’s programs in Kenya relating to access to justice and gender reforms. Brown also spearheaded Equality Now’s Africa regional programs on justice for girls on issues relating to human rights and combatting sexual violence, and has worked with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence in Uganda; the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the ECCC/Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia; the American Bar Association - International Law Section, Public International Law & Policy Group’s War Crimes Prosecution Watch; and Davis Polk & Wardwell. Brown is an inaugural Obama Foundation Scholar and holds a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a master’s degree in international development and policy from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Fordham University.

Lucia Fiala, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Lucia Fiala is a senior program associate for the Rule of Law Program; she focuses primarily on Women and the Right of Access to Information, including projects in Bangladesh and Guatemala. Prior to joining The Carter Center, Fiala worked as a program analyst at UNDP, where she coordinated a joint program that addressed structural impediments that prevent women from entering the labor market. Fiala holds a master’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in women’s studies from City University of New York, Hunter College. As an economist, Fiala has been working in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women, primarily focusing on the issues that are causing women’s structural poverty

Nick Rodgers
Program Assistant

Nick Rodgers is a program assistant for the Rule of Law Program. He provides support to the program’s various international projects, with a primary focus on those in Liberia. He first joined The Carter Center in 2017 as in intern in the Conflict Resolution Program and became a program assistant with the Rule of Law Program in 2018. Prior to joining the Center full time, Rodgers was involved with various nonprofits, interning with the Wild Dolphin Foundation and volunteering with the International Rescue Committee as an adult ESL teacher. He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a concentration in international security, from the University of Georgia.

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