SUPPORT STAFF BIOGRAPHIES //
Drew Jackson, Director of Operations || Cambridge, MA
Drew joined the Soccer Without Borders team as the organization’s first Finance and Operations Associate in September 2015. Prior to SWB, Drew served a year in a Global Health Corps fellowship where he was placed as the Finance and Operations Fellow for Gardens for Health International which offers nutrition and agriculture programming in Rwanda. Drew attended the University of South Carolina and has also served a service term as a Logistics Specialist during the inaugural year of the AmeriCorps FEMA Corps program. Having played soccer recreationally since high school, Drew uses his passion for soccer to drive his systems support efforts for all of SWB's programs.
Jenn Bell, Senior International Programs Manager || Cambridge, MA
Jenn first joined the SWB team in 2013 as a Women's Sports Corps Fellow in Granada, Nicaragua following her graduation from Providence College. As a lifelong soccer and track athlete, Jenn was drawn to SWB's mission, particularly their emphasis on engaging and supporting more girls to get in the game. After completing her year of service as a coach and mentor with Fútbol Sin Fronteras, Jenn returned to the U.S. where she continued to work in the nonproft sectors in Boston MA and Washington DC while continuing to explore her interest in sport-based international development. During that time, Jenn was a member of the GlobalGiving Foundation's inaugural fellowship, using her experiences in the field to support GG's nonprofit partners worldwide through fundraising, capacity building, and M&E. In 2016, Jenn rejoined the SWB team as a Program Development Manager and has worn many hats since developing coach trainings, coordinating camps and exchanges, and supporting the growth of staff development systems. In her current role, Jenn works with SWB's international programs and staff members in Uganda and Nicaragua, coordinates the WSC Fellowship program, and facilitates international volunteer opportunities bringing even more soccer fanatics into the SWB family.
Bruno Contreras, Evaluation & Learning Manager || Cambridge, MA
Bruno joined Soccer Without Borders as its first-ever Impact Associate, as a part of the Americorps VISTA program through Up2Us Sports. Originally from Mexico City, Bruno knows first-hand the power of sport to serve as a tool for youth development, having founded a soccer program for indigenous youth in his home community. As a coach and mentor, Bruno led the program design, balancing soccer exercises with activities to address social issues that the indigenous youth faced such as conflict, substance abuse and unhealthy relationships. A graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Bruno focused his bachelor's degree in Geography. In addition to his work in Mexico City, Bruno had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop focused on sports for social impact for Impunity Watch staff and local non-profit leaders in Bujumbura, Burundi. He resides in Watertown, MA and is always ready to continue learning and contributing to the area of youth development through soccer.
Lucas Holmes, Staff Development Manager || Cambridge, MA
A 2013 graduate from Skidmore College, Lucas played on the Men's soccer team for two years and studied abroad in Spain. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree in sociology, Lucas dedicated the following two years to national service with City Year Boston. In his first year, Lucas served as an AmeriCorps member at the Dearborn STEM Academy in Roxbury. His experience supporting an ESL classroom at Dearborn inspired his advocacy for immigrant youth. Further impassioned to serve, Lucas became a Senior AmeriCorps member on the Boston Civic Engagement team during his second year, where he planned and led service events in numerous Boston Public Schools and community centers throughout Boston. After serving 4 years as the Senior Program Coordinator at SWB Boston, Lucas joined the National Office as the Staff Development Manager. In his new role, Lucas is able to integrate his years of experience within SWB to support staff across all programs in their continued training and growth.
Emily Humphries, Development and Partnerships Associate || Cambridge, MA
Emily joins Soccer Without Borders as a Development and Partnerships Associate, as a part of the Americorps VISTA program through Up2Us Sports. Emily will work to build and strengthen partnerships for all SWB programs. Graduating in 2016 from Newbury College in Brookline, MA, Emily holds bachelor’s degrees’ in both Marketing and Sport Management. While in school, she also completed her honors thesis on the benefits derived from youth participation in organized recreational sport. Emily began her career in professional soccer however, her passion for soccer and dedication to improving youth sport led her to the SWB Family.