Leadership

Street Business School Staff

AGNES OYELLA

AGNES OYELLA

PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Agnes has over six years of experience in mentoring youths, providing them with psychosocial support and empowering them to excel. Her qualifications in community development coupled with a high-spirited nature create positive impact on the community while she is mobilizing, mentoring and counseling the economically disadvantaged women groups.

ANNE GREEN

ANNE GREEN

BUSINESS DIRECTOR


Anne is a certified public accountant with over 30 years experience in both industry and public accounting roles.  She has worked for organizations in the non-profit and for-profit sectors and has a BS degree from Drake University and a MA degree from New York University.

CATHERINE NAKAYIZA

CATHERINE NAKAYIZA

HR & UGANDA OPERATIONS MANAGER


Catherine has over 10 years of experience managing a broad range of HR functions including policy development and legal compliance, recruitment, contracts, training and performance measurement. She has an extensive background in operation coordination including procurement, transport, insurance, IT systems and oversees all logistics to ensure day-to-day operational efficiency.

CHRIS HARPER

CHRIS HARPER

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL TRAINING


Chris has over 30 years of experience as a keynote speaker, trainer, and performance improvement leader, and she holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change. She specializes in business planning and design, change management, organizational and talent development, and financial management. She owns her own performance improvement consulting firm, and has trained and coached thousands of individuals.

DEVIN HIBBARD

DEVIN HIBBARD

(CEO & CO-FOUNDER)


Devin does more than lead strategically, she is a pioneer who moves and inspires people with innovative ideas, trusted expertise and thoughtful direction.  With 20 years experience in social entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment, she’s devoted to creating a more amazing world that’s equitable and without extreme poverty. She also speaks, teaches and mentors on the power of belief and how to bring about positive and lasting change in our lifetime.

EMMILY KISSA

EMMILY KISSA

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT


Emmily is passionate about women’s empowerment as a transformative strategy for poverty eradication.

Emmily’s work is to hear the impact stories of the women we serve and then amplify the work they are doing by sharing them with the SBS community. She has a BA in Social Science majoring in International Relations and Gender Studies.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys photography, traveling and reading.

ERONE NAKAGGWA

ERONE NAKAGGWA

FINANCE ASSISTANT


Erone is a Finance Assistant at BeadforLife  and Street Business School. She received a bachelors degree in Business Management from Kyambogo University and is currently pursuing a Certified Public Accounting course from the Institute of Certified Public Accountants. When not working, Erone enjoys reading motivational books, business books and watching documentaries.

EVELYN NSUBUGA MWONDHA

EVELYN NSUBUGA MWONDHA

PROGRAM DIRECTOR


Evelyn is dedicated to uplifting African women and reversing the devastating effects of poverty. She is the co-Director of our Uganda office, overseeing all program strategy and implementation. Evelyn holds a Bsc. In Agriculture and a post graduate diploma in Small & Medium Enterprises.  Evelyn is a recovering banker, having worked for years developing bank products and pioneering microfinance in Uganda. When she is not evangelizing about SBS or inspiring people with her speaking, Evelyn is rejuvenated by new sights and being in nature.

Irene Achomo

Irene Achomo

LEARNING LAB PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Irene loves to see positive growth among the women on their path to financial independence. Her background includes 7 years of experience working with children and youth in the areas of Behavior Change, AIDS and HIV including helping vulnerable households. At SBS, Irene helps recruit, coach women, and do continuous follow-ups. She loves adventure movies and inspirational books.

Joseph Maniraguha

Joseph Maniraguha

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT


Joseph loves working with SBS.  “There is a way people feel when they know they are loved. It is unique,” says Joseph. Joseph supports our Operations team doing procurement, logistics and greeting visitors with his big smile.  Joseph has worked in various roles with BeadforLife and Street Business School including shea production, inventory support, stores management, and much more.

In his free time, you can find Joseph watching adventure movies.

KEVIN BABIRYE

KEVIN BABIRYE

PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Kevin Babirye holds a bachelors degree in development studies. During her 7 years’ working with communities, Kevin believes that every woman has the potential and ability to transform her life. She builds women’s esteem through her coaching sessions and loves associating with children & women to help them discover their potential. During her free time, she engages with children in music and ball games.

KORRI ROACH

KORRI ROACH

GLOBAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER


Korri has over eight years of program management experience, including new program development, orientation and training, project planning, budget management and stakeholder engagement. She is an accomplished University lecturer with 10 years of classroom management experience, including designing course specific syllabi and requirements and creating a variety of learning experiences.

MARGRET MUGABA

MARGRET MUGABA

LEARNING LAB PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Margret believes in the coaching aspect of SBS which unlocks the potential of women towards financial independence.

She has five years experience working with poverty alleviation programs with a focus on training, agricultural value addition, and mentoring in slums and rural communities.  Margret has a bachelor’s degree in Population Studies and is currently pursuing a post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. In her free time, Margret loves to listen to traditional Ugandan music.

Michael Buluma

Michael Buluma

FINANCE OFFICER


Michael is inspired by his work because he has seen women going from having nothing to being strong and empowered and having a great story to tell about their income and their families. Michael holds a diploma in Business Administration in Accounting & Finance and is currently pursuing a Professional Qualification as a Certified Public Accountant.  He is one of the few people on the planet who loves reading economics journals.

Nicole Powers

Nicole Powers

PHILANTHROPY ASSOCIATE


Nicole is part of the Street Business School philanthropy team, focusing on individual giving, leading the global ambassador program, and managing the donor database. She has a background in international education, partner relations, and marketing. Nicole believes women are changing the world and is thrilled to use her skills and talents to further the mission of global gender equality.

Nina Daniella Berger

Nina Daniella Berger


“I love the fact that we are empowering the WOMAN in the household.  Living in a male-dominated culture, it is important to see that the women can have a big impact.  This is a cultural change – making women believe they have this power.  There is untapped potential here,” says Nina.

Nina has worked for 8 years as a development consultant  supporting moinitoring and evaluation for abroad range of projects, and has also evaluated the work of a USAID project integrating children from orphanages back into the home. She holds a bachelors degree in Development Economics, post grad in project planning and management, a certificate in M&E and currently pursuing Masters Degree in Management.

PHOEBE HEDWIG ARINGO

PHOEBE HEDWIG ARINGO

PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM COORDINATOR


Phoebe is passionate about women-led development initiatives that bring real change to the lives of families. She has eight years of experience in community development work with an interest in poverty eradication including reproductive health, business training and coaching, and creative facilitation for young adults to realize their full potential and thrive.

RACHEAL NALUKWAGO

RACHEAL NALUKWAGO

SBS SENIOR GLOBAL TRAINER


Racheal’s community development experience includes program design, instructional training, evaluation and curriculum writing. Her professional experience includes training, coaching and mentoring, and monitoring and evaluation of public health interventions with Makindye Division—KCCA.

Ritah Namuyomba

Ritah Namuyomba

LEARNING LAB PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Ritah loves working with women and is thrilled seeing them positively change their lives. She has 7 years of experience in community development and holds a Bachelors degree in Economics. Ritah comes to SBS from Bulogo Women’s Group, one of the first SBS Global Catalyst Partners.  She helps recruit women to join SBS, conducts trainings, and does coaching visits. The most interesting book Ritah has recently read is “The Seven Bad Habits of Women in Leadership.”

Rovienah Kyomuhendo

Rovienah Kyomuhendo

OPERATIONS OFFICER


Seeing women get themselves out of poverty touches Rovienah’s heart.  She says, “We give people a sense that they are not alone, that someone cares about them.”

Rovienah spearheads all of our logistics, procurement and transport coordination. She holds a certificate in Community Healthcare and has 11 years of operations experience.

Rovienah is fun to hang around because she cracks jokes to paint a smile on anyone’s face.

Sierra Trujillo

Sierra Trujillo

PARTNERSHIPS AND OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE


Sierra is dedicated to helping others create transformation in their lives to increase opportunities for future generations. Prior to joining Street Business School, she received her BA in Public Policy and served as an AmeriCorps member. Sierra began her involvement with SBS as a volunteer in 2015 and has continued to be a committed advocate of our holistic approach to economic empowerment. On the team, Sierra leads relationships with foundation and institutions and provides operational support to the philanthropy team.

TIFANY BOYLES

TIFANY BOYLES

DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL PHILANTHROPY


Before joining the team, Tifany served as a Board member and architect of the Ignite One Million Campaign for Street Business School (SBS). She has a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies and a fulfilling career in the philanthropic sector. She is passionate about social innovations to achieve gender equality. Tifany leads thought leadership, strategic opportunities and philanthropy on behalf of SBS.

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board provides strategic oversight for our organization which includes programmatic direction worldwide, as well as fiduciary responsibility, strategic leadership, organizational planning and operational guidance. They are passionate about achieving our goal of igniting 1 million women out of poverty.

BARBARA LAWSON

BARBARA LAWSON


BOARD MEMBER

Barbara Lawson has had a long career in executive management positions with nonprofit, university and for-profit organizations. She was the first President & CEO of The Kidney TRUST. Before joining the TRUST, Barbara was COO and Senior Project Director for Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. Barbara’s professional history includes service as vice president of administration and finance at Cal State Monterey Bay, VPt for administration and finance at Marin Community Foundation and CFO at the Pacific Stock Exchange. Barbara holds an MBA.

CRISTINA GOMEZ

CRISTINA GOMEZ

BOARD MEMBER


For more than 10 years, Cristina Gomez has connected good people to good causes raising more than $550 million as a nonprofit fundraiser. Today, she is the Finance Director for the Texas Democratic Party. She has an MPA from USC and lives in Austin, Texas.

DEVIN HIBBARD

DEVIN HIBBARD

CEO & CO-FOUNDER


Devin does more than lead strategically, she is a pioneer who moves and inspires people with innovative ideas, trusted expertise and thoughtful direction.  With 20 years experience in social entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment, she’s devoted to creating a more amazing world that’s equitable and without extreme poverty. She also speaks, teaches and mentors on the power of belief and how to bring about positive and lasting change in our lifetime.

GINNY JORDAN

GINNY JORDAN

BOARD CHAIR


Jordan has been involved in the health profession for the past 30 years as a practicing psychotherapist, group facilitator, hospice care worker, and health advocate. She is also involved in poverty-eradication/income-generation projects in the Andes of Peru and in the Amazon region of Ecuador. She has a MFA in poetry and has just published her first book, Clear Cut: One Women’s Journey of Life in the Body.

JOACHIM EWECHU

JOACHIM EWECHU

BOARD MEMBER


Ewechu is the CEO and Founder of Unreasonable East Africa, an accelerator for social/environmental start-ups in East Africa. He and his team are leading the way in social impact in this area of the world. Joachim brings an unequivocal knowledge of social entrepreneurism to the Street Business School board. In addition to Unreasonable East Africa he founded and operated two other strategic startups.

KAREN PATERSON

KAREN PATERSON

BOARD MEMBER


Paterson is an avid believer in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as a vehicle for change and is passionate about utilizing socially responsible startups as a pathway out of poverty. A real estate and communications professional by trade, she commits her time and energy to organizations doing the work she cares so deeply about. In addition to her role on the Street Business School board, she is a board director of the Moxie Foundation, One Village Planet and PCI.

TORKIN WAKEFIELD

TORKIN WAKEFIELD

BOARD MEMBER


Wakefield is Street Business School’s Global Ambassador. She has co-founded BeadForLife as well as other organizations that help the world’s poor or marginalized. In addition to Street Business School, these include AIDS, Medicine and Miracles, providing education and community for people living with HIV/AIDS and Wellspring, a holistic healing center.

Advisory Committee

ADARSH NAIR

ADARSH NAIR

AIRTEL, CHIEF PRODUCT AND EXPERIENCE OFFICER


Adarsh leads product vision and strategy across B2B, B2C and platform products, customer experience leader for Airtel’s 300M consumers, 2000 enterprise businesses and millions of SMBs, and P&L owner for online business unit, driving disruptive innovations to accelerate growth.

CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET

CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET

PROJECT CONCERN INTERNATIONAL, CEO


Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the President & CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). Hessler-Radelet served as Director of the Peace Corps (2012-2017) and has spent decades leading global health efforts with John Snow, Inc., consulting on programs for USAID and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Carrie holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.

DARIN LAYMAN

DARIN LAYMAN

SELF-EMPLOYED


Darin Layman brings more than 30 years of international leadership in computer and telecommunications technology. The past 10 years have focused on integrating international technology companies into IBM. Darin’s hobbies and interests include running, biking, swimming, renewable energy, and supporting nonprofits working to eliminate poverty.

DEDO BARANSHAMAJE

DEDO BARANSHAMAJE

SEGAL FAMILY FOUNDATION,
DIRECTOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS


Dedo works with an incredible team to provide funding and capacity development opportunities to 200+ outstanding organisations across 20 sub saharan African countries. He’s worked on creative Programs Development and civil society development. He’s especially interested in empowering civil society organizations through non monetary capacity building, partnership creation and stimulating innovation and creativity.

ERIKA LUITJENS

ERIKA LUITJENS

STONECREST FINANCIAL, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
CAPCON FOUNDATION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Erika Luitjens has a long history of working in the finance industry and cares deeply about developing strong partnerships to increase impact and operational efficiency.

FALCONER ROBBINS WARREN

FALCONER ROBBINS WARREN

ISSROFF FOUNDATION, COORDINATOR


Falconer supports Issroff Family Foundation’s capacity building grant portfolio focused on youth empowerment in East Africa. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, focused on international development and social enterprise administration. Falconer also worked at Yamba Malawi, a non- profit in Sub Saharan Africa. Prior to her graduate studies, Falconer worked at Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm for philanthropists and investors.

JASON SHEPHERD

JASON SHEPHERD

ATLAS REAL ESTATE, CO-OWNER


Jason Shepherd co-founded DP Assets, a real estate investment fund focused on improving distressed and dilapidated properties that were the result of the 2008 foreclosure epidemic. Jason also founded Atlas Real Estate Group: a full-service real estate brokerage with 30 real estate agents and a property management company with over 2 million square feet of commercial and residential space

JENNA O’BRIEN

JENNA O’BRIEN

PHILANTHROPY UNIVERSITY, PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER


Jenna O’Brien is a social impact professional with more than 10 years of experience specializing in program development, project management, research, data collection, and strategy. She is passionate about organizational effectiveness, social entrepreneurship, and developing bottom-up approaches that holistically address pressing social problems.

JILL MCCARTHY

JILL MCCARTHY

MCCARTHY STRATEGIES, PRESIDENT & FOUNDER


After a career beginning in democratic politics, Jill McCarthy now serves as a public affairs strategist with 15-years of experience in leading global public-private partnerships, social impact and sustainability programs, and marketing & communications campaigns for high-profile global brands, executives, and policymakers. Her hobbies include international travel, endurance sports, and volunteering with the refugee community in the Bay area.

Kerry Gilmartin

Kerry Gilmartin

SOFT STYLE, INC., OWNER


Kerry is an entrepreneur who built a wonderful company for breast-feeding mothers called Bamboobies. She is the mother of three and has a heart for women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurialism.

Maame Afon

Maame Afon

AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND,
BOARD CHAIR


Maame is an activist, international development practitioner, mentor, coach, wife, mother, and recording artist who uses music to promote philanthropy and social justice/impact. As a mentor and coach, she works with emerging leaders internationally, including MasterCard Foundation Scholars and MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Fellows), as well as African women entrepreneurs through the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) and Women Leaders for the World (WLW) fellows through How Women Lead. Maame is a member of the Opportunity Collaboration (OC) where she also serves as a Moderator for the Colloquium for Good. She is the founder and lead trainer/facilitator of MILT— (Management for Impact Leadership and Transformation).

MARIA OMARE

MARIA OMARE

THE ACTION FOUNDATION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Maria Omare is the founder and Executive Director of The Action Foundation, a Global Catalyst Partner to SBS. She leads efforts to provide holistic development opportunities for children and young people with disabilities in under-served communities. Maria is a Royal Commonwealth Society Associate Fellow, Cordes Fellow, US Department of State Professional Fellow and an incredible SBS ambassador.

MARTY CORDES

MARTY CORDES

CORDES FOUNDATION, CO-FOUNDER


Marty Cordes co-founded the Cordes Foundation where she currently directs philanthropic and gender-lens investing work advancing economic opportunities for women. Additionally, Marty is on the board of Nest and is a member of Women Moving Millions.

MATT ROBERTSON

MATT ROBERTSON

AGAPE INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS, SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER


Matt is a seasoned mentor, business developer, and catalyst for change who has helped global organizations grow, adapt and expand. His broad career includes lean process improvement in the software industry, organizational change, leadership development, new partnership development for Habitat for Humanity in Uganda and World Vision US, and serving as a pastor at NorthWood Church in Texas and Bayside Church in California. Matt now serves as a development officer for Agape International Missions an international anti-human trafficking organization.

REBECCA NAMATOVU

REBECCA NAMATOVU

MAKERERE UNIVERSITY BUSINESS SCHOOL IN UGANDA, SENIOR LECTURER


Rebecca Namatovu is a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School in Uganda. She has conducted extensive research on resource mobilisation and strategies/mechanisms for entrepreneurial growth in small businesses. Rebecca is passionate about advancing women entrepreneurship and has been involved in many initiatives to support women owned enterprises.

REN DIETEL

REN DIETEL

DIETEL PARTNERS, SENIOR PARTNER


Ren Dietel loves being part of Dietel and Partners, a philanthropic advising firm that she operates with two of her sisters and their dad. They create uniquely tailored philanthropic services for individuals, multi-generation families, and small family foundations and are deeply committed to grantee-centric partnerships with grantee organizations around the globe. Ren is based in Seattle, WA.