Our Team

  • Co-founder & Executive Director
Michael Poffenberger
michael@theResolve.org

Michael Poffenberger is the founding director of The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative. Since 2007, he has overseen campaigns that secured passage of US legislation addressing the LRA crisis, developed the advocacy strategy for the viral “Kony 2012″ campaign, and secured tens of millions in funding from Congress for programs that benefit communities vulnerable to LRA atrocities. In 2011, Poffenberger co-led the development of the LRA Crisis Tracker, a multimedia tool that illustrates LRA atrocities in near real-time and enhances community-based early warning systems in LRA-affected areas of Africa.  He has testified before the US Congress and the UN Security Council about the LRA conflict.

Poffenberger serves on the Advisory Board of Invisible Children and the Board of Directors for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group and studied at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Director of Policy
Paul Ronan
Paul@theResolve.org

Paul is a co-founder and currently serves as the Project Director. He also oversees the organization’s research and policy development, and co-directs the LRA Crisis Tracker, a multimedia platform that illustrates LRA atrocities in near-real time.

Paul travels frequently to Uganda and LRA-affected areas of CAR, Congo, and South Sudan, and oversees the organization’s collaboration with civil society leaders in all four countries. He has authored numerous reports related to the LRA crisis, and is a frequent contributor to media outlets, Congressional briefings and think tank forums. Prior to co-founding The Resolve, he worked in the Caritas International and Franciscans International UN advocacy offices in New York.

Kenneth Transier
Kenneth@theResolve.org

As Project Manager for The Resolve, Kenneth handles security brief development and data analysis for the LRA Crisis Tracker. Additionally, he oversees The Resolve’s web and CRM management. Kenneth began working for The Resolve as a Legislative Fellow in Spring of 2010, where he spearheaded final House cosponsorships of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act and helped lead the Oklahoma Holdout.

Currently working remotely from his hometown of Seattle, Kenneth is a student at the University of Washington studying Political Science and International Security.

Board Members
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  • President: Cory Smith, Consultant, Humanity United
  • Vice President: Brendan Wilson, Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale
  • Director: J. Andrew Hagans, Co-Founder, Best Online Universities
  • Director: Gregory McKeown, CEO, THIS Inc.