Executive Team

Anita Botti

Acting Executive Director

Ms. Botti served as Chief of Staff in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues from 2009-2014. Previously, she served as Legislative Liaison Officer in the Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and developed and served as the first Congressional Coordinator for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and for the Under Secretary for Economic and Business and Agricultural Affairs.

In 1997, Ms. Botti was seconded to the President’s Interagency Council on Women and served as Chair of the U.S. Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings. As Chair, Ms. Botti developed and promoted the Department’s three-pronged anti-trafficking strategy and worked closely with Congress to gain bipartisan support for, and ultimate passage of, a new law entitled the “Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.” Ms. Botti also represented the United States in domestic and international fora dealing with trafficking and other major international issues affecting women.

Ms. Botti began her career at the Department of State in 1985, serving in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration with direct oversight of the cultural orientation, admission, and resettlement of over 100,000 U.S.-bound refugees annually. Ms. Botti worked closely with the United Nations High Commissioner’s staff to develop protection guidelines and programs for unaccompanied refugee minors living in refugee camps.

Prior to 1985, Ms. Botti served with the Peace Corps both overseas and in the U.S. In recognition of her performance, she was selected, and served, as the Director of Management at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington from 1976-78.

Currently Ms. Botti serves on the executive board of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.

Ms. Botti has earned the Department of State’s coveted Director General’s Cup. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in demography, and is married to Paul Magid.

Anne Gallagher

Associate Director

Anne joins The Exodus Institute as the Associate Director. She recently completed her master’s degree in international development at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her focus area included transitional justice, globalization, economic inequality, and the rights of a child. Prior to completing her master’s, Anne was working for five years in advocacy at a pharmaceutical company. She managed external relations with international and national organizations in the blindness community, including partnerships, awareness programs, and social media. During this time, she completed a certificate in global health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She obtained her bachelor’s in political science from Fordham University, studying political movements and globalization.

Josephine Ramseyer

Director of Field Operations

Josephine Ramseyer, a graduate of Duke University, dedicated the last six years to refugee research, study, and advocacy. As a core member of the university’s Kenan Refugee Project, she has traveled to Nepal and Jordan to conduct interviews with Bhutanese, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as engaged with displaced populations on a local level in North Carolina. In this capacity, she served as director of a university-wide tutoring and mentorship program for local refugee youth and co-founded and launched a weekly newsletter devoted to displacement and forced migration that under her purview reached 1,000+ subscribers.

Ms. Ramseyer currently resides in Amman, Jordan where she serves as Director of Field Operations for The Exodus Institute.

Avrum Lapin

President, The Lapin Group – Fundraising and Strategic Counsel

Led by Avrum Lapin, The Lapin Group has provided fundraising and strategic counsel to hundreds of clients in the United States and overseas for over thirty years.

Lapin brings decades of extensive experience and an international reputation, driven by an in-depth knowledge of the ever-evolving environment for nonprofits.

He is a recognized expert in evaluating the changing priorities and giving patterns of major individual and institutional donors. He has guided a variety of educational, health care, social service, cultural, and faith-based organizations to achieve their fund and leadership development objectives.