The people behind the org

Meet the team! We’re small in number, but mighty in creative thinking, know-how, and empathy. We’re also really fun to work with.

Gillian Gutierrez

Managing Director
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Elsie Iwase

Strategy Director
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Rafaela (Haffah) Teixeira

Creative Director
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Julia Mesquita

Engagement Director
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Carla Yuen

Strategy Lead
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Mariana Botero

Senior Strategist
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Marco Grasso

Senior Designer
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Rachel Thomas

Senior Writer
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Maud Pernet

Strategy Lead
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Patrina Couling

Engagement Lead
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Yasmine El Moursi

Engagement Manager
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Will Turnage

Technology Advisor
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Nepal Asatthawasi

Development Advisor
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Amelia Williamson

DEI Advisor
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One hour with: Carla Yuen

Meet AGO Strategy Lead Carla Yuen: Born and bred New Yorker, steadfast environmentalist, collector of scent memories, and connoisseur of Asian convenience store snacks.
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One hour with: Elsie Iwase

Meet AGO Strategy Director Elsie Iwase: avid SCUBA diver, high-volume reader, and sound sleeper; lover of complexity, humanity, and ontological frameworks.
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Our values

Empowerment

We advance our clients’ vision and efforts, not our own.

Coaction

We believe coaction among people with diverse perspectives and expertise fosters the freshest ideas with the highest impact.

Ingenuity

We target complex problems that demand creative thinking and resourcefulness.

Courage

We face difficult challenges with courage and determination.

Empathy

We support our clients’ causes with humility, compassion, and empathy.

Want to collaborate with us?

Partners can engage in multiple ways, ranging from light-touch advisory roles to employee rotations.
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Introducing the AGO human rights fellowship

Our fellowship supports rising activists and advocates with extraordinary potential to advance human rights.
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Are you passionate about human rights in Thailand?

We’re building a creative community to support Thailand’s grassroots human rights movement.
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