Vienna, VA June 16, 2014 – The International Stability Operations Association, ISOA announced today that Malala Elston has joined the association as Chief Operations Officer. The ISOA’s mission is to foster a global network of private sector, government, and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to peace, economic growth, and ethical standards of conduct for private industry in global stability operations.
Ms. Elston comes with a wealth of experience in programs and operations oversight, having spent more than ten years in non-profit programs and operations oversight. She most recently worked in a DC-area international peace and diplomacy NGO, where she was instrumental in creating a new operating framework and enhancing staff development. Previously, Malala led the implementation and growth of complex public private partnerships at the California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, where she implemented the California Crime Prevention and Drug Reform Act Program across Los Angeles County. In a similar role, she helped coordinate the City of Los Angeles gang prevention and intervention strategy known as the L.A. Bridges Program.
In 2011, Malala completed her post-graduate training in International Humanitarian Aid at Fordham University’s Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and her Master of International Service at American University Malala brings a combination of academic and operational experience to the Association.
With a key role in preparation for the ISOA 2014 Annual Summit Malala will provide support to many companies working in the international stability operations field. ISOA’s President, Ado Machida said, “We are very pleased to have someone of Malala’s caliber join the ISOA team – she has both the operational and policy experience which will bring tremendous value to our organization and to our members.”
William Imbrie, ISOA Chairman of the Board of Directors said, “The ISOA Board of Directors is delighted with the appointment of Malala Elston as our new Chief of Operations. She brings experience and energy to ISOA and her addition to the ISOA management team will help continue our growth and diversification into the future.
The International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) a global partnership of private sector and nongovernmental organizations providing critical services in fragile environments worldwide. ISOA works every day to build, serve and represent a network of organizations by providing diverse member services, publication and events. Through communication and engagement, ISOA also builds partnerships across sectors to enhance the effectiveness of stability operations.