Isabel Hodge
Executive Director

Light skinned woman with shoulder-length medium brown hair wearing a dark t-shirt smiles at cameraIsabel Hodge is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and a Marine Corps veteran. She came to USICD from the Department of Defense where she served as a Senior Program Analyst at the Office of Special Needs. 

She completed a Federal detail to the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) in the Office of the Commissioner. While at AIDD, she co-authored the DD Act regulations; authored the 2012-2017 Strategic Framework, and conducted a qualitative and quantitative analysis of over 4,000 public comments. 

Many of you may know Isabel or "Izzy" because she has been a passionate advocate for ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for several years. In her free time, she serves on the Board of Directors for Wheelchairs for Kids International and travels to less resourced countries to provide adjustable pediatric wheelchairs to children with disabilities. 

Vivian Fridas
Program Manager

Vivian Fridas USICD welcomes Vivian Fridas!! A Young Woman with long brown hair wearing a floral dress sits on a red coloured chair beside her service dog call Ditto

Prior to working at USICD, Vivian served as a Disabilities Program Assistant at the Women's Refugee Commission. Some of Vivian's work at USICD, as a former intern, included researching information for USICD's Article 32 - International Cooperation study and mentoring fellow interns participating in USICD's Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program. 

Carlos Quembo

A photo of Mr. Carlos Quembo. USICD is delighted to host 2018 IREX Community Solutions Program Fellow, Mr. Carlos Quembo! He is a passionate Mozambican lecturer, researcher and activist for the human rights of people with disabilities. He has a BA degree in history from Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo-Mozambique, a master’s in political science from Sciencespo Bordeaux, France and is currently finishing my PhD in International Development at Oxford University, United Kingdom. He is the parent of a child with a disability who runs a non-profit called APODEMOS. His personal experience advocating for his son fuelled his passion for working to understand the reality and challenges faced by other people with disabilities in his country and his work towards promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities on Mozambique and globally.