STAFF

Lisa Coe

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

​EMAIL: [email protected]


Lisa Coe has several years of experience in the non-profit space with various start-up non-profits such as AsylumConnect, Young
Professionals in Foreign Policy, and YES Akademia, in the Foreign Policy arena, in Washington D.C. and Paris. The majority of her time has been spent on strategic initiatives to jump-start fundraising and leverage partnerships. Lisa most recently led fundraising efforts and grant-making initiatives as the Director of Fundraising at AsylumConnect, which was awarded its first grant and secured its first recurring donors under her tenure this past year. During her time at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, as Managing Director of Membership, she spearheaded the development and engagement of the membership base developing the young leaders of tomorrow, a non-partisan network of over 20,000 emerging global leaders.

Lisa looks to promote the notion of human security as a much-needed way forward for the well-being of society. To Lisa, human security is Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear. Lisa is excited about this opportunity to lead The Hay Institute and shape policy-making through a human security lens around trauma and post-trauma syndromes and beneficiary centered-international aid. Today, this looks like actively engaging individual actors to rethink human systems to not just eliminate insecurity but to re-establish what it looks to live in a secure world.

Lisa obtained her M.A. at The American University of Paris in Middle East and Islamic Studies. Her B.A. is in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, and she is fluent in French. She leads an active lifestyle through yoga, running, and metro-bus hopping. She is passionate about French and Mediterranean cuisine. And she is always up for a good cup of coffee.

Andrew Paterson

Communication Director



Andrew Paterson is an award-winning media and communications professional.  During the course of his career, he’s traveled the globe to focus attention on many of the most critical issues of the day — including the African AIDS pandemic, violence against women, economic empowerment for the poor and disenfranchised, and climate change.  A veteran broadcast journalist and storyteller, Andrew has produced programming for international television networks such as of ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English, and National Geographic, and more recently a variety of internet streaming sites.  

He’s also worked with several international non-governmental organizations, as well as multiple agencies and departments of the United Nations (including the Trust Fund for Human Security), to hone messaging and create engaging mission profiles.  He’s premiered projects at major policy conferences, like the 2012 Convention on Biological Diversity, and twice screened programs for world leaders in the UN General Assembly. 
A graduate of Cornell University, Andrew currently lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and three children.

Adam Khan

Managing Editor- The Hay Journal

Adam Khan currently works for a private security firm, where he supports operations all over the world. He looks forward to leveraging his experience in both private sectors and academic research settings to the Hay Institute's work.  ​

In the past, Adam served as Editor-in-Chief of the Henry M. Jackson School Journal of International Studies. He also was a leader and editor in a task force that presented the most salient security concerns in the Asia-Pacific to the 30th Chief of U.S. Naval Operations. Prior to that, he worked as a research fellow in a project sponsored by the UN Population Fund to identify and promote best practices towards interdicting gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities worldwide. 

Adam is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he studied Political Science and Human Rights. His research interests focus on a wide pedigree of security concerns throughout the Asia-Pacific, including terrorism, military conflict, cybersecurity, human trafficking, and individuals displaced by violent conflict.


Meredith Stilwell

 Grant Writer &
 Talent Acquisition Manager

Meredith Stilwell, MPA, is a Program Assistant working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Gender Equality team. She has a background in International Health and Development, having previously worked at the University of Washington's Center for AIDS Research as a Program and Grant manager, and with PATH's Reproductive Health team.

Prior to moving to Seattle, Washington, where she received her MPA at the University of Washington, Meredith served in the Peace Corps in Morocco where she worked with a rural women's community center to design health programs.  In her free time, Meredith enjoys traveling and spending time exploring Washington State's beautiful forests on hikes with her dog and husband. 

Alissa Mustre

 Writer & Editor 


Alissa was born and raised in Yucatán, México and immigrated to the US to pursue higher education. As a social justice activist and advocate, she is passionate about working with marginalized communities and youth empowerment, She is passionate and committed to social justice and human rights, and has been involved in a number of organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP). 

Alissa is a recent graduate from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science and Law, Societies and Justice. During that time, her research focused on the immigrant population in the United States and Washington State specifically, human rights in Latin America, and environmental racism. Alissa is currently working at the Latino Community Fund as the coordinator for Civic Engagement and Advocacy, where she manages their youth empowerment and leadership program and advances their advocacy efforts. In the future, Alissa hopes to become an immigration lawyer and work with human rights issues to continue to develop her career as an advocate.