New Tactics Team

Global Team
Noor Zada | Interim Global Program Manager
Noor has more than 13 years experience in the NGO sector. She joined New Tactics in Human Rights in 2014, and her first role was MENA Training Manager. Later, she moved into the roles of the MENA Program Manager and MENA Director, before becoming the Interim Global Program Manager. She has been responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising and management of New Tactics' work in the Middle East and North Africa region and now, globally. Prior to joining New Tactics, Noor served for eight years as a Trainer and Senior Program Officer at Partners-Jordan, a Jordanian non-governmental organization. Noor has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Jordan.
Nancy Pearson | Training Manager
Nancy is responsible for creating curriculum and training techniques to bring New Tactics in Human Rights' methodologies for strategic and tactical thinking to a variety of audiences worldwide. Nancy has a wide array of experience in non-profit work doing social work, community organizing, and the training of human rights activists. Nancy has a master's degree in social work from the University of California at Berkeley and bachelors of social work and and sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva | Training Officer
Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva brings significant experience in training facilitation and advocacy within intercultural contexts. Most recently, Lisa led training and education for Community Technology Empowerment Project at St. Paul Neighborhood Network and annually supervised and trained 35 AmeriCorps members in a social justice curricula. Previously, Lisa conducted trainings in citizen journalism and adult basic education with immigrant communities in Minnesota, and also coordinated volunteers at American Jewish World Service in New York. Lisa has an MA in journalism and mass communications from the University of Minnesota, MS in teaching from Pace University and BA in History from Barnard College at Columbia University.
Sydney Stead | Program Officer
Sydney is responsible for providing programmatic, logistical, risk management, and administrative support for the New Tactics program. She previously supported CVT’s rehabilitative programs for survivors of torture and war trauma at five clinical sites in Kenya and Uganda. Sydney also has experience in refugee resettlement, professional and youth leadership exchange programs, legislative advocacy, and community organizing around immigrant and criminal justice issues. Sydney holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College.
Melissa McNeilly | Project Manager for Digital Content Creation
Melissa manages New Tactics English and Spanish language online content and strategy and leads the development of digital content expansion projects. She previously taught high school Spanish language and Digital Media, and brings a wealth of experience in educational technology, graphic and web design, and digital marketing. Melissa has a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish language and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Middle East & North Africa Team
Omar Altabakha | Interim MENA Program Manager
Omar joined the New Tactics MENA team in February 2016 as an Associate Trainer and was promoted to the position of MENA Lead Trainer before becoming the MENA Training Manager. Omar develops and conducts complete training programs on advocacy using the five-step Strategic Effective Method in many countries within the MENA region. Omar also manages and implements processes that enable our trainers to build and coach a growing network of trainers in the MENA region. Omar has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
Ayman Malhis | MENA Digital Media Senior Coordinator
Ayman joined the New Tactics MENA team in February 2018. As the MENA Digital Media Coordinator, he is responsible for overseeing the program’s online presence in Arabic, including website, social media channels, online community, and e-learning courses. He was part of the team responsible for developing The Tactical Mapping Tool (TMT) which is a tool that visualizes human relationships surrounding complex problems. Ayman holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Amman al Ahliyya University.
Shaden Al Ajarmeh | MENA Trainer
Shaden joined New Tactics MENA in July, 2021. As a MENA Trainer, Shaden is responsible for providing training programs on advocacy using the five-step Strategic Effective Method within the MENA region along with the development of training materials and other tasks assigned by the MENA Training Manager. Prior to joining New Tactics Shaden worked for six years as a trainer and Inclusion Technical Officer at Humanity & Inclusion (HI)  where she trained and coached  humanitarian workers affiliated with many international organizations in order to make sure their services provided and projects were  inclusive for people with disabilities. Shaden has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of Jordan.
Basil Ibrahim | MENA Trainer
Basil joined New Tactics MENA as a fellow from the LAZORD foundation in October, 2021. Working under the title of MENA Training Assistant, Basil is responsible for assisting the MENA Training Manager and MENA Trainers with training programs, support activities as well as co-training. Prior joining Basil worked as a Data Collection Freelancer at World Vision International (WVI). Basil has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English Languages and Literature from The University of Jordan.
Shahd Aalayed l MENA Training Assistant
Shahd joined New Tactics MENA as a fellow from the LAZORD foundation in October, 2022. under the title of MENA Training Assistant, Shahd is responsible for assisting the MENA Training Manager and MENA Trainers with training programs, support activities as well as co-training. Shahd has previously worked as an E-learning platform's Operations assistant and as an Engineering assistant in a consulting firm. Shahd holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Jordan.