STAFF AND COLLABORATORS
Dr Ann Olivarius, Chief Executive Officer & Chair
Dr Olivarius, a member of the second class of female Rhodes Scholars, founded the Rhodes Project in 2004 to investigate the career paths and life choices of highly educated women of her generation. As CEO and Chair, she continues to lead the Rhodes Project today.
She is the Founder and Senior Partner of McAllister Olivarius and Managing Partner of AO Advocates. Dr Olivarius’ own accomplishments are many; early in her career, she was deeply involved in a landmark civil rights case, Alexander v. Yale, and clerked for Marilyn Hall Patel, U.S. District Judge in San Francisco. She was the first CEO and General Counsel of the Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science, where she boosted its scientific programs and whose assets grew under her leadership from $27 million to over $100 million. Before founding McAllister Olivarius, she ran the Corporate Department at Shearman & Sterling's Washington, D.C. office. She has been cited by the American Civil Liberties Union on its list of the nine most influential actors in the United States in the history of Title IX, the US law prohibiting discrimination at schools and universities.
She serves on the board of GenerationNext!, a UK charitythat seeks to supports the Vuleka School in Johannesburg, South Africa, by providing funds for scholarships for deprived students. She has served on the board of Autistica, the leading UK charity supporting research into autism, and OpenDemocracy USA. She has a DPhil (1981, University of Oxford) in Economics and Management, a joint JD and MBA (Yale University, 1986) and a BA (Yale University, 1977) in Political Science. She is licensed to practice law in New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Virginia. She is also a solicitor of England and Wales. McAllister Olivarius was rated in the top 2.5% of UK law firms by the assessor for Lexcel, which accredits the quality of law firm management.
Jef McAllister, Senior Editor
Jef brings his decades of journalistic experience to bear as a consulting editor for the Rhodes Project, advising on all areas of the project's publications, online and offline.
Jef worked for two decades as a journalist, serving as Diplomatic Correspondent, White House Correspondent and London Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine. He wrote over 500 articles for TIME on politics, public policy, diplomacy and law, including many cover stories. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and appears regularly on BBC radio and TV and Sky News.
Jef graduated summa cum laude from Yale College, and with honours from Yale Law School. He obtained a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, worked as a reporter in the Phillippines as a Luce Scholar, and is the co-author of The Right Hand of Power, the memoirs of U. Alexis Johnson, a senior US. diplomat. He is also the Managing Partner of the international law firm McAllister Olivarius.
Eric Silverman, Research Scholar and Writer
Eric is a Cultural Anthropologist, a prolific author, and an experienced professor and leader in higher education. His scholarly research and writing has focused on a wide range of topics in regard to a Sepik River society in Papua New Guinea - the Iatmul people made famous by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson - and the American Jewish community. In his many newspaper guest columns and blog posts, he advocates for a wide range of social justice issues. He has also served as an elected official, most notably on his local school board.
Eric received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University, and then his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota. His doctoral research in Papua New Guinea was funded by a Fulbright award. He taught at DePauw University, where he served as the inaugural Edward Myers Dolan Professor of Anthropology, and then at Wheelock College starting in 2006, where he was appointed Full Professor in 2014 and then Research Professor of Anthropology in 2017. Eric is also a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
Eric has published four books, most recently, A Cultural History of Jewish Dress (2013) and Mortuary Dialogues: Death Ritual and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities (with D. Lipset, 2016). He has also published many book chapter, journal articles, and delivered scores of conference and museum presentations in the US, Australia, and Europe. His research has variously been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropology, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine, among other sources. In addition to his work on The Rhodes Project and other McAllister Olivarius assignments, he is currently writing a book on the art, gender, the environment, and globalization in Papua New Guinea.
Eric tweets at @EKSilverman and blogs on his personal website, www.eksilverman.com.
Harry Draper, Project Administrator
Harry recently completed an MSc in Social Anthropology at the LSE. Alongside his studies, Harry worked with several international NGOs and community organisations to further his interest in human rights and social justice. This included organising an international roundtable event on intersectional discrimination confronting female migrants and refugees entering the UK workforce; advocating on behalf of welfare claimants to local and national government in Newham; and researching and writing on reproductive health in humanitarian settings. Harry completed his undergraduate degree in Human, Social and Political Science at the University of Cambridge. Harry enjoys his role as Administrator of the Rhodes Project, handling the everyday running of the charity.
Zachary Kayal, News and Media Assistant
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Zak joined the Rhodes Project team in 2018. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's in Sociology, with a concentration in Modern Middle East Studies, earning distinction in the major. He focused on politics, religion, gender, and the law in the Middle East, particularly in Iran.
Outside of work, Zak is a musician and enjoys both singing and playing the alto saxophone. He is also an avid consumer of nonfiction books, Indian food, and films of all genres.
Mollie Johnson, Speech Writer
Mollie is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and grew up all over the southern United States. She joined the Rhodes Project in 2018.
Mollie majored in History at Yale University, where she graduated cum laude with Distinction in the Major. She wrote her senior thesis on the history of the marital rape exemption in the United States. While at Yale, she co-founded the Survivor Support Network, a student-led support group for survivors of sexual misconduct. Outside the office, she enjoys reading nonfiction and running.
Arielle Murphy, Research Assistant
Arielle Murphy is a native of Los Angeles, California and recently moved to the UK. She joined the Rhodes Project in 2018. She received her BA with distinction at the University of Southern California in 2017, and an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London the following year, where her research focused on female artists, gender discrimination within museums, and interpretations of the female body. She has also promoted Title IX in the US by advising student athletes at her undergraduate university.
Away from the office, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, going to breakfast restaurants, and yoga classes.
Lindsey Evje, Head of News and Media
As a Press and PR/Design Director for a regional arts facility in the SF Bay Area, Lindsey Evje partnered in creating educational programmes for children and adults and designed a vibrant and welcoming community gathering place within the theatre and resident art gallery. At the same time, she introduced underprivileged children and young adults to theatre in general and Shakespeare specifically. She has worked with Journalists both in print and on camera, fashioning a symbiotic and trusting environment. As a PA and the public face for a Bay Area Hedge Fund, she helped shepherd the company through the turbulent waters of the 2008 meltdown.
At the Rhodes Project, her many years of living and working in the U.S. serve to break down language and cultural barriers thus making communication more vigorous and constructive. Her respect and affection for journalists is rivalled only by her commitment to support and protect the talented and committed women and men with whom she works.
Pam Kinnard, Facilities Manager
Pamela joined the Project in 2009 as the Facilities Manager of our various offices. Her job includes front desk reception, answering the phone and meeting & greeting clients. She also heads up Health & Safety and generally makes sure the office is running smoothly. She previously worked for the solicitors Anthony Gold Lerman & Muirhead, and spent 20 years as Facilities Co-Ordinator for Reader’s Digest in London.
Marina Kosheleva, Finance Manager
Marina was born in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. For many years before she came to the U.K. in 2006, she held the post of Chief Accountant of a substantial private company. More recently, Marina was the Finance Manager of a biopharmaceutical company. At the Rhodes Project she keeps the financial wheels turning, alongside looking after her children and keeping fit.
Eva Hoier Greene, Digital Communications Officer
Eva Hoier Greene is from Copenhagen, Denmark, and has spent a number of years in the US and Germany before settling in the UK. She holds a BA in Development Studies and started her career as an assistant attaché for the United Nations with a brief covering international weapons treaties and post-conflict peacebuilding. She has since worked for various NGOs doing both programmatic and communication work, with a focus on refugees, political development in western Europe and women’s rights.
Eva handles the social media accounts for Ann Olivarius, McAllister Olivarius, and its sister firm AO Advocates.
Helen Caldwell, Digital and Communications Consultant
Helen is from Birmingham, Alabama and completed her BA at Yale University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Global Affairs, graduating cum laude and with Distinction in both majors. She was awarded the Wrexham Prize in Social Sciences and Steere Women’s Prize for her senior thesis, “Revenge Pornography and the Law: Beyond a Framework of How to Legislate, and Toward a Framework of Why.” Helen is currently completing her MPhil in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she is researching the way the visible body functions on the internet.
Helen joined the Rhodes Project as an intern in 2015, then spending two years working full-time as the Project’s Administrator. She now acts as Digital and Communications Consultant, helping maintain the Rhodes Project’s online presence.
Laura Teller, Consultant
Laura Teller is a writer, marketer, and entrepreneur. As President and Founder of TellerGroup Consulting, she has advised some of the world’s largest companies in finding new business opportunities and strategically positioning their products and services to succeed in the marketplace. Through her 35+-year career, she has also authored numerous articles as well as a book, Small Business, Big Savings (Harper Reference).
She holds a BA in Sociology from Yale University, as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar (top 5% of her class). Prior to attending HBS, she was a singer/songwriter and advertising copywriter, and has released a recording of original songs, Three Sides to Everything. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband and two children.
Kathryn Olivarius, Trustee
Kathryn Olivarius is an Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, where she has taught since 2017. Her research and teaching focus on slavery’s rise and fall in the American South and the wider Atlantic World, disease in the nineteenth century, the history of race and ethnicity, and the social upheaval of the Age of Revolutions.
Born and raised in New York, Washington D.C., and London, she earned her BA in history (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University in 2011. She received an MSt in US History (with distinction) in 2013 and her DPhil in History in 2017 from the University of Oxford. Before joining the Stanford faculty, she was a Past and Present postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. She also serves on the board of GenerationNext!, a UK charity that supports the Vuleka School in Johannesburg, South Africa, by providing funds for scholarships for deprived students.