Meet our Team!

Learn about our dedicated experts ensuring a successful NSL program.


Paul Costello


President, Founder and CEO, Paul Costello is an educator, writer and recognized world expert and leader in the area of narrative practice. In addition to his role as founding director of The Centre for Narrative Studies, he has also designed a number of training and leadership programs that use the power of stories for transformative change, most notably as the architect behind the innovative narrative design of the 2000-2007, Washington Ireland Program.



Rawan Odeh

MANAGING director

Rawan Odeh is a Palestinian American. She lived half her life in New York and the other half in Nablus. Rawan holds a BA degree in Accounting from An Najah National University. She participated in NSL as a Delegate in 2017. Since then, Rawan has worked as an Asset Management Associate for Women’s World Banking in the MENA region. Afterwards, she went on a fellowship with Kings College London and published a research on the Economic Aspects of the Palestinian Israeli Conflict. Rawan manages the day to day activities of NSL.



Anna Garbar


Anna Garbar is an Israeli from Haifa. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Haifa and is currently persuing her Masters in International Relations at American University. Anna participated in NSL as a Delegate in 2016. Since then she has worked at the Institute of International Education. Anna works part-time with NSL managing the day to day activities of NSL.



Katya Lipovetsky

Director of Community Engagement and Fundraising

Katya Lipovetsky graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was an intern at the Knesset and then joined Concordia Summit in New York, a non-profit that promotes cross-sector global partnerships for a sustainable future. Following her time in NSL 2017, she joined the Israeli foreign service as Director of Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Consulate to the Midwest in Chicago. Katya is a dedicated reconciliation leader and a passionate ambassador for the arts. She believes in the power of art to shift the conversation and make a change!


Summer Management Team


Maya Pollack

Events management

Maya Pollack is from Monterey, California where she loves to hike and explore the cliffs of Big Sur. After high school, Maya spent a gap year in Israel with Netzer Olami and it was during this time that she became more focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Maya now attends American University, where she is pursuing a degree in International Studies, with a focus on peace, global security and conflict resolution in the Middle East and North Africa as well as a minor in journalism. Maya is active in the Jewish community on campus and the president of the American University branch of J Street. This summer Maya is looking forward to playing ultimate frisbee, taking Arabic classes, and beginning her journey with New Story Leadership!


linked in profile (2).JPG

Lindsey Penn

Internal Communications Coordinator

Lindsey Penn is a senior at the University of Denver studying international studies, specializing in international relations and conflict resolution, and anthropology. She has been studying the Middle East and North Africa region since 2012. She spent her junior year abroad in Amman, Jordan, continuing her studies of the Arabic language and Middle Eastern culture. This summer, Lindsey is looking forward to working with New Story Leadership and learning more about the region and different perspectives on government roles in the region.



Lucas Trevor

Outreach Coordinator

Lucas Trevor is about to start his third year at American University studying in the School of International Service, with a focus on International Development and Peace and Conflict Resolution. Additionally, Lucas is currently working as a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor at American University. Lucas first got involved in the issue through his work with OneVoice on campus, and this summer he hopes to gain a larger understanding of the conflict in the region, and make connections with other like minded people on the issue.