Having been with the organization since 2014, Arianne Peterson became ALDEA’s Executive Director in July 2019. She oversees all U.S.-based operations including administration, fundraising, communications, and outreach. Arianne holds an M.A. in English from the University of St. Thomas – Minnesota and a B.A. in anthropology from Arizona State University, where her interest in international development began with a semester spent studying in Thailand. She has also worked as an advocate for environmental, food justice, and anti-nuclear causes. Arianne lives with her family on a hobby farm in northern Wisconsin, where she enjoys outdoor activities like cross-country skiing, gardening, canoeing, and kayaking in her spare time.