Our Team

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Susan Sechler

Susan Sechler has over 40 years of experience working on issues related to agriculture, food security, and international development. She has served as Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransFarm Africa and a Senior Advisor for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to working with the Hewlett Foundation, Susan worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Aspen Institute. Susan has also held posts in government, including as the leader of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team for Agriculture in 1992 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economics, Policy Analysis and Budget at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Susan serves on the boards of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Island Press and the University of Maryland’s Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA). Susan’s articles and interviews have been published in many newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Issues of Science and Technology, and others.

Scott Westfahl

Scott Westfahl is the faculty director of Harvard Law School Executive Education. He joined HLS from the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, where he served from 2004-2013 as the firm's Director of Professional Development. Scott frequently lectures and comments upon talent development within professional services firms and is the author of the book You Get What You Measure: Lawyer Development Frameworks and Effective Performance Evaluations (NALP, 2008).

Prior to his work at Goodwin Procter, Professor Westfahl spent six years leading professional development for the Washington, D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. He is also an experienced business and federal regulatory attorney, having practiced law with Foley & Lardner's Washington, D.C. office from 1988 to 1998. Professor Westfahl earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988, and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1985.

Marjorie Florestal

Marjorie Florestal is a professional speaker and consultant, and an expert in international trade and trauma. From 1998-2000, Marjorie served as an international trade lawyer at the White House under the Clinton administration, where she frequently worked with the WTO and advised the US government on matters of international trade. She later served as the managing attorney of the USAID Commercial Law Development Program and managed a $3,000,000 budget for use in North and West Africa. She is now a professional speaker & consultant and has presented her work at numerous worldwide universities and governmental institutions. Marjorie received her J.D. from the New York University School of Law and was a recipient of a Fullbright scholarship.