U.S. Staff - Portsmouth NH

Tug boats in the Portsmouth Harbor

Bess Palmisciano

Founder and Executive Director

Bess Palmisciano went from West African tourist to partner when she founded RAIN in 2001.  Previously an attorney, Bess has spent the last decade dividing her time between Niger and the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. She was named by New Hampshire Magazine as one of the state's "Remarkable Women of the World" for 2011.



Julia D'Orazio

Communications & Social Media

Julia has a writing and acting background in international theater and film. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from San Diego State University and studied with The Actors' Studio in NYC. She is a certified MT and began her non-profit career with the San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2007.



Jenny Lloyd


Jenny holds a BS in Business Finance from the University of Utah. She worked in the banking and finance industry for over 20 years - most recently with the training and consulting organization Franklin Covey, implementing leadership programs for New England elementary and middle schools. Jenny resides in Portsmouth NH with her husband, son and coterie of pets.

About RAIN

Tuareg men from the Aïr region spend 5-7 months each year on camel caravans, traveling to Bilma for dates and salt, and then to Kano to trade them for millet and other foodstuffs, household tools, and luxury items such as spices, perfume, and cloth.
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