We Are A Collaborative

TAI members are leading funders of transparency, accountability and participation efforts worldwide. We are committed to building a more just, equitable and inclusive society.

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We help donor members work together to improve grant making practice and boost collective impact around the following four areas:


Our members - both private foundations and public funders - recognize that governance challenges are complex and cross-cutting. They warrant a collaborative approach. TAI donors work together to strengthen accountability around the world. Learn more about each member below.


It’s only when people become aware, have pathways for action, and engage, that governments are held in account. Our three interconnected strategies focus on expanded participation, equitable resources and powerful engagement.


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Ford Foundation provides grant support to CIVICUS, an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout that is rooted in community engagement.

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Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. We work with our investees and partners to make government, corporations, media, and those in positions of power more responsive and more accountable. We were previously the Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative at Omidyar Network and is now part of The Omidyar Group.



The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.


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The Fiscal Governance program supports Open Contracting Partnership – a multistakeholder action network working to embed a new norm of disclosure and participation in public contracting around the world. The grant supports the full range of the Partnership’s work from advocacy to country reform implementation to building the evidence base on the benefits of open contracting.


Our grantmaking supports citizen empowerment and engagement by creating the conditions for organized citizens to be heard and help build more responsive governments.


Featured Project

The Hewlett Foundation grant to Oxfam America supports research into gender biases in transparency and accountability mechanisms for the oil, gas, mining sectors. Read more in Gender and Social Accountability – Ensuring women’s inclusion in citizen led accountability programming in the extractive industries.

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TAI is not a grant-making organization itself – we are focused on enabling smarter donor approaches. TAI members represent a significant portion of global transparency and accountability funding. All are committed to being transparent about the wide ranging programming they support and why. Learn more about what our members fund.

Michael Jarvis

Executive Director

Michael Jarvis joined TAI after almost two decades working on different aspects of the global good governance and development agenda. He has led the development of TAI’s new strategy and approach, and directs engagement across the new priorities for the donor members.

Prior to joining TAI in 2016, Michael was the Global Lead for Extractives Governance within the World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice. He led the institution’s programming to reinforce knowledge, learning and innovative approaches to strengthening good governance in the critical oil, gas and mining sectors. Overall, Michael worked over ten years with the World Bank in a variety of roles relating to anti corruption, private sector partnerships for development, and multi-stakeholder governance. This included a focus on contracting issues through which he helped shepherd development of a new global initiative on Open Contracting to promote better outcomes from the estimated $9.5 trillion in public-private contracts globally.

Michael previously worked on industry codes of conduct and as a consultant on corporate responsibility and transparency issues, including a focus on the agribusiness, chemical and defense industries. Michael has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University. He is a frequent author and blogger and misses his time as a radio DJ.

Richard Christel

Program Associate

Richard is helping TAI streamline operational effectiveness and contributes to each of TAI’s work streams. His passion for anti-corruption has so far taken him to Lagos, Nigeria and he is looking forward to working more in this space. Richard earned his undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University and will complete his Master’s in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University in May 2019.

Alison Miranda

Senior Learning Officer

Alison leads learning strategy and practice at TAI, with a focus on reinforcing donor member learning around priority thematic areas and grant making practice. Prior to joining TAI, Alison managed a global portfolio of democracy and governance impact evaluation and research initiatives at Social Impact, Inc., exploring aspects of local government accountability, citizen electoral and political participation and citizen security. Previously, she worked at the National Democratic Institute where she facilitated program design, monitoring and learning efforts with colleagues, managed in-house evaluation and research initiatives, and led citizen participation and elections programming in El Salvador. Alison holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA in Spanish/International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Edith Mecha

Communications Fellow

Edith is an Atlas Corps Fellow serving in TAI as a Communications lead. Edith is experienced in designing advocacy and communication strategies for both local and international organizations, media liaison, conducting research, and mobilizing fundraising, designing, developing and management of web content and social media, organizing local and international events, and program management. Edith has worked in Education for All, Sexual Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights, and Disability Awareness. In addition, she’s worked with print and broadcast media. Edith has a BA in Linguistics from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is also a motivational speaker.

Ruth Levine

Program Director of Global Development and Population
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Ruth Levine is the Program Director of Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Ruth is an internationally recognized development economist and expert in global health, education and evaluation. Since 2011, she has led the foundation’s team responsible for grantmaking to improve living conditions in low- and middle-income countries, and to advance reproductive health and rights in developing countries and in the United States.

Previously, Ruth was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy.

Ruth spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, as a senior fellow and vice president for programs and operations. She helped shape the center’s approach to reduce global poverty and inequality, conducted independent research and devised new policy solutions. She also designed and evaluated health and education projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

Ruth is the author of scores of books and publications on global health policy, including “Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health,” and co-wrote the report, “When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation.” She holds an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and a doctorate degree in economic demography from Johns Hopkins University.

Martin Tisné

Investment Partner, Governance and Citizen Engagement
Luminate Group

As an investment partner at Omidyar Network, Martin leads policy, advocacy strategy, and related investments for the firm’s global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative.

Martin has 15 years of experience in helping to build the international movement for openness, transparency and participation, including founding or co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Martin founded the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, the leading donor collaborative in the open government and open data sector. While in this role, he co-founded the Open Government Partnership together with the White House and grew it into a 65-member strong multi-stakeholder initiative. Additionally, Martin initiated the G8 Open Data Charter, the G20 commitment to open data principles, and the International Open Data Charter. Martin is also the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, the global campaign for transparency of foreign aid, and helped launch Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO. He began his career working for the UN and the International Crisis Group (now Crisis Group) in Rwanda where he witnessed firsthand the impact that governance and corruption could have on elections.
Martin holds a B.A. from the University of Oxford and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics.

Julie McCarthy

Director, Fiscal Governance Program
Open Society Foundations

Julie McCarthy is director of the Open Society Fiscal Governance Program. From 2011 to 2012, she served as director of the support unit at the Open Government Partnership, and prior to that, she was a senior adviser at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, working with the Obama administration and the Brazilian government to develop and launch the Open Government Partnership.

In 2009, McCarthy was selected as a Franklin Fellow and Peacebuilding Adviser at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, helping to launch a multimillion dollar peacebuilding program in Liberia. Prior to this, McCarthy directed the Open Society Foundations’ Revenue Watch Program and then cofounded the Revenue Watch Institute, serving as its deputy director until 2009. In 2004, she was the researcher/writer for the Open Society Foundations’ award-winning Iraq Revenue Watch Project, and she also coordinated the Open Society Foundations work on the Millennium Challenge Account.

McCarthy graduated from Cornell University in 2002 and received an MA in international relations from Yale University in 2012.

Alfonsina Peñaloza

Program Officer, Global Development and Population
The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Alfonsina Peñaloza is a program officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Alfonsina is an expert in gender and development. She is responsible for grants to expand women’s economic opportunity and increase the responsiveness of governments to their citizens’ needs.

Previously, Alfonsina helped create Ethos, where she served as deputy director and led projects related to gender equality, competitiveness, food security, and strengthening civil society and citizen participation.

Alfonsina has worked in the Ministry of Public Administration in Mexico, where she monitored international anti-corruption conventions and helped integrate gender perspectives in the Federal Public Administration. And as deputy director of the Mexican Council of International Affairs, the only Mexican think tank in the field of foreign policy, she created a youth program.

She has taught courses on gender in politics and development, and participated in numerous projects with United Nations agencies, government ministries, and the private sector.

Alfonsina has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, and a master’s degree in gender, development and globalization from the London School of Economics. She is a melomaniac and proud member of Sofar Sounds, a global movement of music lovers

Vera Mshana

Global Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government
Ford Foundation

Vera Mshana is the global program officer on Ford’s Civic Engagement and Government team. She leads the foundation’s work on encouraging greater government transparency; promoting more participatory and progressive tax and budget systems; helping to establish rules and norms to reduce global tax avoidance and evasion; and responding to the challenge of closing civic space by supporting human rights defenders and strengthening the capabilities and legitimacy of civil society organizations in their own communities.

Prior to joining Ford, Vera was a program officer in the Open Society Foundations’ Fiscal Governance Program, where she was charged with cultivating the foundation’s investment portfolio in tax reform support efforts in developing countries. She has also held senior positions within civil society and the private sector.

Vera holds an LLM in law and development from the University of Warwick and is a member of the English and Tanzanian bar associations.

Joseph Asunka

Program Officer, Global Development and Population
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Joseph Asunka is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Joseph manages a portfolio of grants that support efforts to increase transparency and accountability in fiscal governance and foster citizen participation to improve social services in developing countries.

Before joining the foundation, Joseph was a lecturer in political science at University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught courses on African politics, political economy of development, research methods and data analysis. Prior to that, he was program officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development, a governance research and advocacy think tank based in Accra, Ghana.

Joseph’s research interests include distributive politics, elections and electoral processes, and migration. He has published in journals such as Research and Politics and Population Research and Policy Review. Born in Ghana, Joseph holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.

Laura Bacon

Principal, Policy
Luminate Group

As a principal of investments at Omidyar Network, Laura focuses on the policy and advocacy strategy for the global Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. Laura brings experience in international development as well as research on public sector leadership and government accountability and transparency. She is based in London.

Prior to working at Omidyar Network, Laura served as associate director of a Princeton University research program, Innovations for Successful Societies. There, she managed the team of researchers, editors, and administrative staff, oversaw the development of 80 case studies on government reform in challenging contexts, led outreach and external collaborations, and helped design and drive the program’s strategy and action plan. Laura served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger from 2002 to 2005 and was a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, where she managed research projects and co-authored several works, including the National Leadership Index: A National Study of Confidence in Leadership and a chapter in the book Women and Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change.

Laura has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She also served as a technical adviser to the Liberian government’s Ministry of Gender and Development, performed as a cellist in the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a White House Fellow from 2009 to 2010.

Megan Colnar

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager
Open Society Foundations

Megan Colnar is the manager for monitoring, evaluation, and learning with the Open Society Fiscal Governance Program. Colnar’s expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning ranges from strategy to implementation of complex research and studies to mobile data collection platforms and impact evaluations.

Prior to joining Open Society, Colnar was the director of monitoring and evaluation for the Hunger Project. She has over eight years of field and international experience in research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning in more than 35 countries. She has worked on projects and programs from a diverse background of funders in private, public, and nonprofit settings.

Colnar received her MPA in development practice from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in 2012 and was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in 2008 studying “In Peaces: Nonviolence & Reconciliation Movements” in six countries. She also holds a BA in international studies and Latin American studies from Rhodes College and a certificate in knowledge management from Tech Change.

Erin Sines

Director, On Nigeria
MacArthur Foundation

Erin has been with MacArthur since 2009. She is the co-director of the Foundation’s On Nigeria program and director of the Population & Reproductive Health program. Prior to her current position, she was a program officer for Population and Reproductive Health and Girls’ Secondary Education grantmaking.

Before joining MacArthur, Erin worked at the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based non-governmental organization, where she provided strategic guidance and technical assistance to help policymakers in Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Mongolia use data to make policy and program decisions. Earlier in her career, she worked on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Latin America and conducted research on maternal and child health in the US.

Erin has an M.P.H. from Columbia University and received her B.A. in Spanish and International Politics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

She serves on the board of advisors of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region.

Erin Sines works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

On Nigeria

Population & Reproductive Health

Tessa MacArthur

Group Lead, Transparency, Accountability & Politics




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