Arlan has 20 years of experience in international development, humanitarian law, and human rights. He served for the past 6 years as Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University School of Public Health. Prior to that, Arlan worked as Director of Policy and Programs at the Center.
Arlan has additional experience working in the areas of public affairs, legislative affairs, and corporate law. Arlan’s academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Boston College Law School.
As Executive Director of the FXB Center, Arlan supported the Center’s finance, human resources, and general operations, and worked with faculty and staff on program development, fund-raising, and advised on all strategic programmatic decisions for the Center. Arlan was also deeply engaged in some of the Center’s fieldwork when special projects required more intensive oversight. This included programs with the ICRC in Lebanon (focused on Syrian refugees) and with Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) in Bangladesh (focused on the Rohingya).
Arlan has strong experience building and managing partnerships with international organizations, such as UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, and ICRC, as well as with NGOs, like Save the Children, and Partners in Health. He has engaged with people and communities affected by conflict and crisis in a number of contexts, including Lebanon, Kosovo, Uganda, Bangladesh, and the deep south of Thailand.
Earlier in his career, Arlan worked on legislative affairs with Senator Edward Kennedy, as well as with Congressman Sherrod Brown, at the time a senior member of the House International Relations Committee.