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Leadership

Street Business School Staff

AGNES OYELLA

AGNES OYELLA

PROGRAM ASSISTANT


Agnes has over six years of experience in mentoring youth, 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.

ALFRED MULI

ALFRED MULI

M&E MANAGER


Alfred is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Specialist with a decade of hands-on experience working in and with East and Southern African communities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Public Health and a master’s degree in Monitoring and Evaluation.  He was a founding member of Menstrual Hygiene Day at WASH United before joining ZanaAfrica to lead the Nia Project, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in 140 public schools at the Kenyan coast. He has previously worked with IRDO, Ruby Cup as well as with the Ministry of Health in Kenya and the Kenya Medical Research Institute.

AMY YANDA-LEE

AMY YANDA-LEE

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 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.

BERKELEY ANDERSON

BERKELEY ANDERSON

PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERS ASSOCIATE


Berkeley is excited to be a part of Street Business School’s work to empower women globally. She holds a master’s degree in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and has long been involved in women’s empowerment work, including managing an outreach program for a domestic violence shelter, developing an M&E toolkit for an international NGO’s India-based night-school program, speaking at her local Women’s March and volunteering with female asylum seekers. She spends her free time biking and volunteering with a Denver-based nonprofit, helping facilitate intercultural dialogue between teens in the U.S. and teens in the MENA region. 

CATHERINE NAKAYIZA

CATHERINE NAKAYIZA

CO-COUNTRY DIRECTOR


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.

CINDY OUTLAW

CINDY OUTLAW

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR


Focused on working at a place with good people that does meaningful work, Cindy enjoys getting the turn a lot of knobs at Street Business School.  She holds a master’s degree in Business from Vanderbilt University and has spent much of her adult life raising her two boys.

When not working, you might find her outside with friends, in deep conversation with one of her dogs, spending time with family or traveling.

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.

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

CO-COUNTRY 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.

IRENE BYARUHANGA

IRENE BYARUHANGA

PROGRAMS ASSISTANT


Irene loves to play; no wonder her passion is working with children and youth, which she has been doing for over 10 years. Women play major roles in the lives of children & youth, and by working with Street Business School to build potential in women, she is indirectly touching lives of children and youth in communities.

Irene holds a diploma in Business Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance and a post-graduate diploma in Program Planning and Management. 

Among other things, she loves travelling, and playing (games and sports).

JACQUELINE MEYER

JACQUELINE MEYER

PHILANTHROPY MANAGER


Jacqueline is part of the Philanthropy team focusing on individual giving and volunteer engagement. She has over seven years of experience in strategic partnerships, informal STEM education and volunteer management at several nonprofits across the country. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Hawaii and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Reno, NV for two years.

Jacqueline is thrilled to be working with women and for women around the world.

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.

JULIE MACCO

JULIE MACCO

GLOBAL ONLINE NETWORK ENGAGEMENT MANAGER


As the Global Online Network Engagement Manager, Julie manages Street Business School’s online poverty-eradication offerings.  She interacts with Global Catalyst Partners and keeps them connected to one another. Julie previously worked at BeadforLife where her commitment to ending extreme poverty was solidified. Her extensive background in marketing and design brings creative solutions to help further Street Business School’s mission.

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.

KIMBERLY LAVENDER

KIMBERLY LAVENDER

SALES OUTREACH SPECIALIST


Kimberly is part of the Street Business School outreach team. She has worked in the non-profit sector for several decades specializing in communications, development and advocacy.   Passionate about community, social justice and equity, she has served on a number of boards over the years including Media in the Public Interest, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, American Friends Service Committee NM and as Chair of the advocacy committee for the Colorado Coalition for Girls.  

When not promoting a cause, she is an aromatherapist and an outdoors enthusiast.

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

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP LIAISON


Nicole has 10 years of exciting experience working across cultures in partner relations and international education. She is a natural at meaningful relationship-building, and she works alongside our CEO and Director of Global Training to customize offerings of our entrepreneurship training to support our international partner organizations.  She is located in Jordan, and when she’s not working for SBS, you can find Nicole traveling, learning Arabic, or making art.

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.”

Roda Kyakuwaire

Roda Kyakuwaire

PROGRAMS ASSISTANT


Roda has four years of experience in counseling and transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged groups like orphans and vulnerable children, offering psychosocial support to adolescent girls, young women and people living with HIV/AIDS. She is amazed walking the journey with young women and girls, empowering them with income generating activities to become great entrepreneurs. She is passionate about coaching women to realize their potential, start businesses, become independent and transform their lives and the lives of their families. During her free time, Roda loves reading inspirational quotes, listening to music and storytelling with children and older people.

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.

RUPAL PATEL

RUPAL PATEL

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING MANAGER


Rupal strongly believes in eliminating entrenched barriers for women to create inclusive, open and prosperous societies. This led her to begin her journey as an active volunteer for BeadforLife over eight years ago. Today, she leads the Street Business School finance team in Uganda. She has a bachelor’s degree in Financial Mathematics and is also serving as a consultant for a nonprofit that educates children from underprivileged backgrounds.  

Rupal is a firm believer in women’s rights and education for all. 

SUSAN AMIYA

SUSAN AMIYA

PROGRAMS ASSISTANT


Susan is a dynamic, self-driven person who is passionate about improving livelihoods in communities with Street Business School.

She is very creative with great skills in communication, financial management, computer applications, problem solving through proper analysis of workflow and time management. Susan prides herself on being honest, trustworthy and able to deliver results with limited supervision. Susan is a strong believer of teamwork for better results.

TAMMY EVERSOLE

TAMMY EVERSOLE

ACCOUNTANT


Tammy hold a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Her professional experience includes Staff Accountant and Corporate Controller. Tammy has served as Treasurer and Board Member for two non-profit organizations. A firm believer in the value of volunteering, Tammy has spent many hours contributing to her community through various volunteer opportunities. In her free time, Tammy loves to enjoy the outdoors by hiking and alpine skiing.

TRICIA STRACHAN

TRICIA STRACHAN

GLOBAL HR MANAGER


Tricia has spent her career in Human Resources, leading and supporting a range of international HR functions both in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Tricia currently oversees HR operations in the US as well as the plan to support Street Business School’s growth. She is especially passionate about recruiting great people to join the SBS team.

Being able to learn more about people’s stories and getting to talk to them about the SBS mission is one of the highlights of the job.

Additional Support

Andrew Epenu

Andrew Epenu

GLOBAL TRAINER


For the last 20 years Andrew has worked with children and youth. He specializes in Child Safeguarding and Protection, engaging with Refugees in all regions of Uganda.  Using creative and innovative strategies such as training implementors to use ‘play’ as a conduit for learning and assisting vulnerable girls through sports and life skills/rights training. He enjoys working closely with women and youth to provide effective coaching strategies to lift these ones out of poverty for good. When not coaching you will find Andrew listening to Podcasts on a variety of topics from history to philosophy.

Emmanuel Oumo

Emmanuel Oumo

REGIONAL MANAGER OF GLOBAL TRAINING


Emmanuel has spent 10 years working internationally in a variety of leadership areas, from cultivating and growing networks, to training trainers, to managing budgets. He specializes in positively and progressively coaching and supporting partners and teams toward meaningful impact. He has a contagious energy and enthusiasm coupled with creativity and innovation. He loves sports and making and learning from new professional acquaintances.

Collins Isabiyre

Collins Isabiyre

GLOBAL TRAINER


Collins has over 7 years of successful professional experience in the business and entrepreneurship sector, and has a Business Administration degree. As a certified education designer and certified entrepreneurship trainer, Collins has worked with a number of different organizations to facilitate entrepreneurship trainings, and to design purpose-built training curriculums, for people of varying backgrounds. Collins is driven by his commitment to entrepreneurship, and one day he hopes to witness a community where everyone has what they need.

Jeff Reynolds

Jeff Reynolds

PROGRAM CATALYST


For 15 years, Jeff has been a skillful and effective public speaker. He has worked extensively as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, to a vast array of individuals from different language groups, cultures and backgrounds. He also has a passion for social media content and has worked on a variety of projects over the last 7 years.  Jeff loves to learn new languages, travel the world and meet new people.

JOY LARSON

JOY LARSON

MONITORING & EVALUATION CONSULTANT


Joy has considerable experience implementing M&E activities for international and domestic organizations.  Projects have included evaluating livelihood projects in Nigeria, looking at income growth with new irrigation access in India and assisting organizations with supporting start-ups in post-conflict Southern Sudan. She has cross-sector experience in economic and agricultural development, water resources and community-based partnerships.  She also has program management experience with international higher education initiatives. 

NIKITA SIDHOM

NIKITA SIDHOM

PROGRAM CATALYST


Nikita has over 10 years of experience in creating and managing programs that are unique and fit-for-purpose. She has also worked extensively in compliance management, ensuring that the trainings developed and delivered meet and exceed national standards. For the last decade, she has also delivered these fit-for-purpose programs in a variety of settings from the performing arts industry to the medical field. 

You will never find her at home, she is always traveling and loves to learn and grow from every new culture and country she lives in. 

Sophia Nakyeyune

Sophia Nakyeyune

GLOBAL TRAINER


Sophia has spent more than 6 years in community economic empowerment. Working with both men and women living in poverty, Sophia has trained and mentored entrepreneurship and financial management programs designed to equip skills to positively transform their lives. She feels invigorated when surrounded by nature, anything from rivers to trees, she loves to spend her time surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.

TIFANY BOYLES

TIFANY BOYLES

PREVIOUS 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.

UPAKAR PANDEY

UPAKAR PANDEY

PARTNERSHIP SPECIALIST – SOUTH ASIA


Upakar holds a master’s degree in Sociology and he has been working in the sector of communications, gender equality, project management and public relations for the last 7 years. He specializes in running community projects, residential activities, outdoor education and advocacy campaigns. At Street Business School, he manages the outreach activities and strategic partnerships in South Asia. 

In his free time, Upakar loves to sing, travel and read.

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.

ADARSH NAIR

ADARSH NAIR

BOARD MEMBER


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.

ANNA MOLERO

ANNA MOLERO

BOARD MEMBER


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.

BARBARA LAWSON

BARBARA LAWSON

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.

CRISTINA GOMEZ

CRISTINA GOMEZ

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.

DEVIN HIBBARD

DEVIN HIBBARD

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.

JOACHIM EWECHU

JOACHIM EWECHU

BOARD MEMBER


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.

REBECCA NAMATOVU

REBECCA NAMATOVU

BOARD MEMBER


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.

TORKIN WAKEFIELD

TORKIN WAKEFIELD

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

GINNY JORDAN

GINNY JORDAN

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.

Advisory Committee

ABDIRASHID ALI

ABDIRASHID ALI

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.

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.

CASSIDY MURPHY

CASSIDY MURPHY

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.

CLARE JOY TUSINGWIRE

CLARE JOY TUSINGWIRE

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

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.

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.

JENNA O’BRIEN

JENNA O’BRIEN

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.

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.

Lucinda Watson

Lucinda Watson

Watson Asset Management, Financial Analyst

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.

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.

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.

ROHIT BURMAN

ROHIT BURMAN

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. 

SAMANTHA WILLIAMS

SAMANTHA WILLIAMS

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.