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.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO)
As COO of Street Business School (SBS) Amy Yanda-Lee combines expertise in marketing and public relations with a passion for empowering women. She previously served as the Executive Director of BeadforLife, the former sister organization to SBS. Under her leadership, SBS was chosen for the Hero Award by a committee of 13 Nobel Laureates. Amy brings leadership skills and marketing acumen to her role informed by an eclectic business background that includes over a decade of director-level expertise. She is looking forward to SBS serving 1 million women by 2027.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nair is Chief Product and Experience Officer at Airtel, leading product vision and strategy across B2B, B2C and platform products. He is the customer experience leader for Airtel’s 300M+ consumers and 2,000+ businesses. Nair is also the CEO of Wynk Limited, Airtel’s digital entertainment company. In this capacity, he is responsible for the growth of music, video and other OTT services business. Nair holds an MBA from The Wharton School, and currently lives in Gurgaon, Haryana, India.
Molero is the Chief Government Officer at Teach for All, leading the public sector strategy and relationship management of high-level government and multilateral officials across the world. Molero is a Founding Partner of Global Competitiveness Consulting. She provides technical, capacity building and project management services in the fields of economics, social and territorial promotion. Molero holds an MBA from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and completed Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact. Molero lives in Madrid, Spain.
BOARD MEMBER & PRESIDENT
Lawson has had a long career in executive management positions with nonprofit, university and for-profit organizations. She was the CEO of The Kidney TRUST and the COO and Senior Project Director for Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. Her professional history includes service as Vice President of Administration and Finance at Cal State Monterey Bay, Vice President of Administration and Finance at Marin Community Foundation and CFO at the Pacific Stock Exchange. Barbara holds an MBA.
BOARD MEMBER & SECRETARY
Gomez has raised $570 million connecting good people to good causes for more than 10 years. With experience in both the nonprofit and political sectors, today, Gomez runs a fundraising consultancy. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and lives in Austin, Texas.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
Hibbard 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 of 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.
Ewechu is the CEO and Founder of SHONA, an organization that grows East African Good Businesses, ones that are viable and that positively benefits society by creating and balancing value for all their stakeholders, including customers, employees, owners, value chain partners and the communities in which they are based. He and his team are leading the way in social impact in this area of the world. In addition to SHONA, he founded and operated two other strategic startups. Ewechu resides in Kampala, Uganda.
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 Acumen, One Village Planet and PCI.
Namatovu is a post-doctorate fellow at the Copenhagen Business School, is a senior lecturer at Makerere University Business School in Uganda and has served on the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Board. She has conducted extensive research on resource mobilization and strategies/mechanisms for entrepreneurial growth in small businesses. Namatovu is currently living in Copenhagen, Denmark.
GLOBAL AMBASSADOR & CO-FOUNDER
Wakefield is Street Business School’s Global Ambassador. She co-founded BeadforLife as well as other organizations that help the world’s poor or marginalized, including Medicine and Miracles, providing education and community for people living with HIV/AIDS, Hollyhock, a retreat center nurturing wellness and social enterprise, and Wellspring, a holistic medical clinic.
BOARD EMERITUS VISION KEEPER
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 is the author of Clear Cut: One Women’s Journey of Life in the Body.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GENERATION FOR CHANGE & DEVELOPMENT (GENCAD)
Abdirashid Ali is the Founder & the Executive Director of Generation for Change & Development (GENCAD), a UK and Kenya registered Charity supporting pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. He holds a B.Ed degree from Kenyatta University and MSc Social Policy & Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics. He has a vast amount of experience in International Development. Abdirashid is passionate about empowering women and girls.
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.
Murphy has worked with women and service organizations for close to 35 years including Planned Parenthood and women’s shelters in Colorado.
Murphy worked as a Deputy District Attorney, specializing in the prosecution of recidivist domestic abusers and trainer on domestic violence prosecution for law enforcement throughout Colorado.
In recent years, Murphy was a board member for Peacemaker Institute- initiating an intensive peace retreat program in Rwanda for genocide survivors, perpetrators, rescuers, and all those impacted by the violence of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Murphy has also served as a board member for Boulder Rotary Club, working as a mentor, and international and local service projects.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS, GIRL UP INITIATIVE UGANDA
Clare has over 13 years’ experience in working with communities putting to good use her background in Adult and community education. She is highly skilled in community mobilization and stakeholder engagement a skill she has developed overtime with her work previously at Beadforlife Uganda where for seven years she worked with young women to promote economic empowerment.
Currently, in her role as the Director Of Programs for Girl Up Initiative Uganda, Clare continues to nurture her passion and dedication for empowering and improving the well-being of girls and women and the communities they live in.
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.
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.
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.
PHILANTHROPY UNIVERSITY, PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Jenna has over 10 years of program design and grantmaking experience. She is passionate about advancing culturally relevant approaches and empowering local leaders who have already been solving their community’s most pressing challenges. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who believes in the power of women in partnership to change the world.
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.
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.
Lucinda’s background is in the financial industry, with a focus in social impact investment. After starting her career in the City of London, she was awarded her MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from the Royal Agriculture College then spent several years working with social entrepreneurs for disability inclusion around the world. She now works with the Watson Foundation, analyzing opportunities both in social impact investing and philanthropy.
AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND,
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robin has more than 30 years of Human Resources experience with both Fortune 50 companies and in her own consulting practice. Robin has a passion for eradicating poverty both near and far. She was a community partner with BeadforLife and more recently a member of the board. She volunteers closer to home with families who are struggling with food insecurity. Robin spends her days on hobbies such as gardening and art and she loves time with her grandchildren.
SENIOR LEADER, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL IMPACT
Rohit is an independent consultant, focused on sustainability and social impact, for organizations across the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Rohit has worked with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, J.P. Morgan’s Philanthropic Services Group, MetLife Foundation, M•A•C AIDS Fund, The Estée Lauder Companies, Teach For All, Zegar Family Foundation and Philanthropy New York, among others. Rohit received his Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and holds a B.A. in Economics from The College of Wooster.
TEACH FOR ALL, GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF GIRLS’ EDUCATION
Samantha Williams is the Global Director of Girls’ Education at Teach For All, where she supports educators to increase gender equity in their classrooms and communities. During her time at Teach For All, Samantha has served as Chief of Staff to the CEO, and spent five years in Johannesburg establishing the organization’s operations in Africa, leading external relations, growth strategy, and partner support. She previously worked at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Harvard University, and Communities In Schools of Georgia. She is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.