Princess Bazley-Bethea

Director, Together Project & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Princess serves as Director of the Together Project and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She joined InterAction in March 2017 as the first Manager of the Together Project and has established the growth and expansion of the initiative across the sector. Princess has deep experience working with international NGOs facing discrimination and disinformation, managing congressional relations, establishing stakeholder partnerships, and building consensus within a coalition while driving and motivating their follow-through.

She is an expert at nonprofit program design and management with a demonstrated passion for integrating the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as an advocate for civil society and marginalized groups. She has been invited to share the approach and learnings of the Together Project by the World Bank, the International Civil Society Centre, Forus, and many others. In addition to leading the ongoing work of the Together Project, Princess supervises the organization's efforts to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion for the organization and sector.

Prior to joining InterAction, Princess gained significant program management experience across several nonprofits in Washington, D.C., including the National United Methodist Church, Delta Sigma Theta, and the National Women’s Law Center. At each of these organizations, she coordinated efforts to reverse societal inequities and elevate disenfranchised persons with empathy and transparency. As a Peace Corps volunteer assigned to community development in the Eastern Caribbean, Princess was sought after as a trainer-of-trainers for host country educators in Community Service Learning and as a facilitator of The New Project Design & Management Workshop and the Behavior Change Communication Workshop. She brings direct practice successfully implementing numerous programs ranging from youth mentorship in St. Kitts to Black women’s health and economic empowerment in the United States, to LGBTQI refugee advocacy and support in South Africa.

Princess has an M.A. in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University and a B.A. in Sociology from Winthrop University. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Charity & Security Network and a member of #blackwomenindev: Black Women in Development and WCAPS: Woman of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation. In her free time, she enjoys life with her wife, traveling, writing, and supporting the cultural and performing arts in the D.C.-metro area.