PDI Staff Profiles

Alex Springer: Communications and Project Associate

Alex joined the PDI team in February 2016 as a Communications Associate. Alex is currently working on expanding the PDI website and spreading the word about the Positive Deviance (PD) approach, documenting projects in communities, and learning facilitation skills for the application of the PD approach. Alex earned his Bachelor's degree at MIT and was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar to study at Tsinghua University for a Master's degree in Global Affairs. 


Monique Sternin: Senior Consultant

Monique and her husband Jerry developed the Positive Deviance approach over the last two decades. In addition to using the PD approach to fight childhood malnutrition in the developing world, Monique has promoted the use of the PD approach in various sectors, such as advocacy against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt, condom usage for commercial sex workers in Myanmar, and maternal & newborn care in Pakistan. Monique’s passion for the PD approach stems from its successful impact in improving lives of thousands of women and children throughout the world and providing a powerful tool for communities to solve seemingly intractable problems.

Randa Wilkinson: Facilitation Consultant

Randa is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition and Food Policy teaching online and classroom classes on the Positive Deviance Approach.  Randa currently consults with the UN and is an independent trainer and facilitator of the Positive Deviance Approach for behavior and social change.

She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with mothers and malnourished children in Mauritania, West Africa. She has lived in Europe, Asia and Africa. Randa had firsthand experience implementing programs using the Positive Deviance Approach in the context of childhood malnutrition and goiter during her 8 years in Indonesia. Her work included building the capacity of the Indonesian Ministry of Health staff to use Positive Deviance in their work and programming. She was instrumental in developing a network of practitioners among NGOs and government. 


Recent projects Randa has facilitated include; truancy and school performance (USA), child protection (Burkina Faso), Nutrition (Zambia), social isolation among people with mental health diagnosis (USA), young adults with mental health diagnosis contribution to society (USA), and improving older adults’ health outcomes (USA).


Randa speaks French, Indonesian and is conversant in Pulaar.





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