Kimberly Flowers

Executive Director
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Kimberly Flowers is the new executive director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, beginning March 1. Flowers comes to Colby from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., where she served as director of the Humanitarian Agenda and the Global Food Security Project since 2015. Her work at CSIS predominately addressed the effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance programs and policies that impact poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in the developing world. Her career path has taken her around the world, including working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Ethiopia, Jamaica, and Haiti, serving twice as a Peace Corps volunteer and leading multiple congressional staff delegations. A frequent speaker and moderator, Flowers has authored numerous articles on global food systems and humanitarian aid. She graduated from William Jewell College and studied at Oxford University.

Carrie LeVan

Associate Director
Assistant Professor of Government
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Carrie LeVan is an expert on voter mobilization and social networks and their role in affecting the participation of individuals from varying socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds.  Her recent journal publication titled “Neighborhoods that Matter:  How Place and People Affect Political Participation” is part of a larger project that examines the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and civic engagement.  Specifically, she explores how both the physical design and racial/ethnic/class composition of one’s neighborhood impacts neighbor-to-neighbor contact and how these neighborly interactions subsequently affect one’s propensity to participate in politics and one’s attitudes towards racial/ethnic minorities and the poor. We’re excited to draw on her experience to help develop our Student Engagement board and create active programming for the Goldfarb Center.

Sherry Berard

Assistant Director
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Sherry Berard, the Goldfarb Center’s Assistant Director is responsible for planning and coordinating Goldfarb Center events and overseeing the Goldfarb Student Engagement Committee as well as the Center’s internal and public-facing marketing and communications, including event promotion and campus outreach, the launch and awareness growth of Between Truth and Error, and coverage of the Center’s Washington D.C. JanPlan internship. She holds an MBA from Thomas College and has spent the last 19 years working at Colby.

Olivia Benissan

Communications Assistant
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Olivia Benissan, the Goldfarb Center’s Communications Assistant is responsible for all communications, including writing the Goldfarb newsletter, updating the website and social media, and other forms of communication in assistance to the Director and Assistant Director. Olivia is a graduate of Wheaton College, where she studied Sociology and African and American American Diaspora Studies. During her senior year, she presided over the student body as Student Government President where she found her proclivity for communications.

Julia M. Bruno

Administrative Assistant
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Julia Bruno supports the administrative operations for the Goldfarb Center in addition to the departments of Government, Anthropology, and Latin American Studies. She holds an MA from Boston University in Urban Affairs and has worked in higher education for several years at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business and School of Medicine as well as the Tufts University Office of the Provost.