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17 Rooms Secretariat

In late 2020, a formal secretariat team was established within the Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings to support the overall 17 Rooms initiative, working in close day-to-day collaboration with partners in the Innovation team at The Rockefeller Foundation (RF) and the rest of the 17 Rooms network.


John McArthur (17 Rooms co-chair) is senior fellow and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Brookings.

Alexandra Bracken is the assistant director for the Center for Sustainable Development. She serves as the overall focal point for Brookings-RF coordination on the 17 Rooms initiative and has day-to-day responsibility for successful overall execution of the flagship process. Alexandra comes to CSD with a decade of experience in sustainable development. Her past work experience includes research on gender equity in Central Asia as a consultant with the World Bank; managing the International Youth Foundation’s Mozambique portfolio, which included education and youth livelihoods initiatives; and working as a secondary school teacher in Cabo Verde and Mozambique as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer. Alexandra has an M.S. in global human development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Jacob Taylor is a fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development. He is responsible for codification of insights and innovations across both the 17 Rooms Global Flagship process and the bottom-up 17 Rooms-X community of practice.

Daniel Bicknell is a senior project manager. He serves as the focal point for the environment-related Rooms within the 17 Rooms Global Flagship, supports the 17 Rooms-X regional expansion, and manages the green transitions research project. Daniel previously worked at the Harvard Belfer Center’s Arctic Initiative, Partners in Health, Peace Corps Response Peru, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Marstel-Day, LLC. He is motivated to combat the climate crisis and reduce socioecological harm at the nexus of community, science, and governance. Daniel holds an MPP in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College.

Shrijana Khanal is a senior project coordinator. She supports all aspects of the 17 Rooms flagship and the 17 Rooms-X implementation processes. Shrijana also provides administrative and research support to the Center director. She is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she completed her bachelor’s degree in economics (Honors). While at UMBC, Shrijana co-founded TEDxUMBC, which focused on sharing community stories through the TED platform, and was a member of the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program. Shrijana is passionate about creating positive social impact, especially for gender equality, through pragmatic avenues such as design, data and research.

The Rockefeller Foundation

Zia Khan (17 Rooms co-chair) is senior vice president for innovation at The Rockefeller Foundation.

Sarah Geisenheimer

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