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U.S. Staff

Jessica LaBumbard, M.I.I.M. – Executive Director


Jessica is the Executive Director of ALDEA and has been with the organization since 2012. She has a Masters in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training, and a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology from Kalamazoo College. She has worked in the areas of immigration law, immigrant and workers’ rights, labor organizing, domestic violence, and food security, and was an international accompanier in 1998 in rural Guatemala. She has worked in the non-profit field for 24 years. She is an avid outdoorsperson and home remodeler in her spare time.

Arianne Peterson, M.A. – Donor Development and Communications Director

Arianne joined ALDEA in 2014, and since then her work has focused on connecting donors with the programs they support, including the production and design of newsletters, annual reports, and other communications. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota, where her research focused on ethnographic writing as an educational tool. Her interest in international development began with an undergraduate semester abroad in Thailand, and she has also worked as an advocate for environmental, food justice, and anti-nuclear causes.


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