About Us

Our team brings experiential know-how distilled from decades of designing, delivering, and evaluating learning and technical assistance programs for multicultural audiences across a variety of technical sectors. This shared background sets the foundation for our team’s commitment to finding the right recipe for every project and activity we undertake—the right mix of tools, processes, and approaches that will support agile leaders and organizations and prepare them to meet the changing, complex world in which we live and work.

Our Values

At BGG, we believe that diversity is a strength and local expertise is indispensable. BGG integrates diverse perspectives, disciplines, and expertise to create actionable, people-centered solutions. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within our own policies, systems, and culture and in our client solutions and programs.

We deliver enduring solutions by actively supporting leadership at all levels, partnering with local consultants and coaches in all our activities, and ensuring that all of our approaches equip local individuals, organizations and communities to succeed, with or without us, in the future.

Meet the Team

Sharon Bean
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Sharon Bean specializes in professional and organizational development programs and strategies. She has more than 25 years of experience in assessing and bridging structural gaps, developing organizational effectiveness solutions, and change strategies for foreign assistance agencies. Ms. Bean has led interagency initiatives engaging USAID, Department of Defense, and the Department of State, as well as targeted training and capacity-building initiatives for non-governmental organization and host government ministries. She designed CMM’s first training design on the Conflict Assessment Framework, and later evaluated and scaled up the pilot design for countering violent extremism activities in the Sahel.

Ms. Bean has completed long-term deployments in China, Haiti and West Africa and short-term assignments in 22 other countries for USAID, AFRICOM, Department of State, the International Organization for Migration, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the International Executive Service Corps. She holds an MPH degree focused on Health Policy and Resources from Yale University School of Medicine and a Master’s in International Education Development from Columbia University.

Ms. Bean has advanced knowledge of French and Haitian Creole, and is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

El Kruglak
Program Manager
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El has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of peacebuilding and development. With a focus on working in conflict-prone environments, El brings expertise in working with vulnerable populations, including women, youth, the LGBTIA+ community, former combatants, landless and displaced persons, and other marginalized groups. El is proficient in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in complex settings, bringing both conflict-sensitivity and deep analysis to their work. Balancing an academic and practitioner background, El excels in employing participatory community-based approaches to peacebuilding and development, while incorporating cutting-edge research and emerging best practices, technologies, and methodologies. In 2017, The Peace and Justice Studies Association named El their ‘Next Generation Peacemaker’ in recognition of their work. They graduated BA magna cum laude from Juniata College and received a MA in Conflict Transformation from Georgetown University.

Genevi Schindehutte
Project Manager
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Genevi Schindehutte has a dynamic background in international education and development. At the Peace Corps (2020-Present), she designs and facilitates training and events, coordinating logistics and incorporating feedback. She served as the Campaign Manager for the 2021 Combined Federal Campaign, hosting meetings and fundraising events for international audiences. She excels in fostering a collaborative environment, as evidenced by the Employee Resource Group she established to support immigrant employees. Prior to this role in Washington, DC, she dedicated two years to fostering educational development as an English Teacher with the Peace Corps in Kosovo, where she implemented innovative teaching methodologies, developed grant initiatives, and built strong community relationships. Throughout her career, Ms. Schindehutte has been recognized for her commitment to excellence, receiving nominations for her outstanding contributions to organization goals and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusivity. She holds a Masters in Geography from Miami University. 

Madison Peralta
Technical Advisor
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Madison brings over 10 years of experience in the international development sector, with a strong background in the design, implementation and management of public health and capacity strengthening activities. In this time, she has worked with a number of actors all over the world, ranging from US government agency leaders to grassroots organizations. Mrs. Peralta is passionate about the intentional design of learning and capacity strengthening programs and activities that are meaningful, impactful, and will produce sustainable results. She holds a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University and has professional proficiency in Spanish.

Jennifer Austin Benkassem
Logistics and Operational Support
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Jennifer has worked as a curriculum developer and project manager for multiple trainings including USAID’s Project Design and Management, Managing for Results, Programming in Post-Conflict Environments, and Advanced Project Design. She has worked in many phases of project management across a range of industries — managing larger USAID training programs, short-term rental properties, implementing large scale floral design projects, and caring for her two young children. She has lived abroad in multiple countries having studied in Chile, taught elementary school in Honduras, worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines, and enjoyed many trips to Morocco to visit her in-laws. Jennifer is proficient in Spanish and Tagalog and holds a Masters of Art in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver.

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Working with Bean Group Global (BGG) provides the opportunity to participate in projects that inspire passion, purpose and autonomy.