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Meet the board of directors at ChildFund.
Tamar Manuelyan Atinc is a development professional with over 30 years of experience in the analysis and implementation of development policies and programs. She is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where she has worked since 2013. During her long career at the World Bank, Ms. Manuelyan Atinc was Vice President for Human Development and served in three regions, including Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, and Africa working to advance country policy and programs to foster human development, reduce poverty and improve economic management. Her recent research has focused primarily on scaling up early childhood development, social impact bonds, and data and accountability for better education outcomes. Ms. Manuelyan Atinc is a member of the Board of the Graduate Institute of International Relations and Development Studies in Geneva since October 2017 and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Queen Rania Foundation since October 2018. She started her career working in Geneva at the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. A Turkish national, Ms. Manuelyan Atinc has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Aaron Williams is senior advisor – emeritus for international development and government relations at RTI International. Mr. Williams joined RTI in 2003, as vice president of international business development, and held that position until 2009. He served as executive vice president of RTI’s international development group from 2012-2015, and as executive vice president of RTI’s government relations and corporate communications group. In 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, serving in that role through 2012. His long and distinguished career in public service and the private sector began when he spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he reached the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. Williams has extensive experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a frequent lecturer and panelist on international development topics at universities, research and policy institutes, and at US and global conferences. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a board member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, and World Education Services (WES).
Previously he served on the boards of directors of CARE, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities. His awards include the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award (1998) and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service (1988, 1992), and in 2015, he was appointed by President Obama as U.S. Alternative Representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Cassie Landers, Ed.D., MPH has worked since 1985 with UNICEF and other international agencies to promote policies and programs in support of young children and their families. Over the past 20 years, she has provided technical assistance and support to child development programs in over 60 countries throughout Southern Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
A primary focus of her work has been the design and evaluation of programs to support parents and families in their role as primary caregivers. An early literacy initiative in collaboration with Head Start National Literacy Center brings her international expertise to at risk children and families throughout the United States. Cassie has a Doctorate in Education, as well as a Master’s in Public Health, both from Harvard University.
She is currently on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and teaches courses in global child development.
Dr. Nisha Agrawal most recently served as CEO of Oxfam India, from March 2008 to April 2018, and joined the Oxfam International board soon after starting. During her tenure, Nisha and the OI board created five new Oxfam affiliates – in Mexico, India, South Africa, Brazil and Turkey – to make OI a truly global network. As CEO, Nisha led a complex change management process that integrated the programs and staff of the six international Oxfams then operating in India to create a single one. She also led a highly consultative process to formulate Oxfam India’s first five-year-strategy, “Demanding Rights, Creating Opportunities,” laying out its vision, mission and programs for 2010-2015, which was then updated and extended to 2020.
Prior to leading Oxfam India, Nisha worked at the World Bank (1989-2008), where she served as country manager for Cambodia, and also headed a 15-person poverty and social development team in Vietnam. Together with Vietnam’s country director, Nisha led the development of the World Bank country strategy for Vietnam and coordinating of all Vietnams donors.
Early in her career, Nisha worked with a team at the Impact Research Center at Melbourne University on a computable general equilibrium model of the Australian economy that was used for policy analysis. She also published several research papers.
Nisha is an economist by training and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Prior to that, she earned her M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a B.A. in economics from Miranda House, Delhi University. Currently she is a founding board member of Shakti, a non-partisan, inclusive platform of women who, regardless of region, caste, creed or ideology, aim to get more women into politics and elected as members of Parliament and state legislative assemblies. She also serves on the board of Katha, an NGO based in Delhi that works in the field of community development, child welfare, education and literature. Their mission is driven by the belief that children can bring positive change to their community if they are empowered through education.
Kelly Hardebeck is a nonprofit technology leader who specializes in the development of scalable programs, initiatives, and engagement strategies to enable nonprofit and educational organizations to realize greater value from their technology investments. As a strategic partner to nonprofits, she blendsher passion for impact and knowledge of nonprofit business processes and technology to help organizations achieve greater impact through the strategic use of technology.
During her tenure at Microsoft, Kelly worked in the Telemedicine Department at Massachusetts General Hospital on remote medicine programs that proved the efficacy of digital imaging and early video streaming in a medical setting. Since then, Kelly has worked directly for nonprofits or organizations serving nonprofits including Year Up, Cloud for Good and Salesforce.org. Most recently, she has served as the Vice President of Customer Success and Engagement at Salesforce where she was focused on the success of nonprofit and education customers using the Salesforce platform.
She also serves her community as an elected Town Meeting Member and has been an appointed member of her town's Advisory Finance Committee, chairing one of its key subcommittees. Kelly is an outdoor enthusiast and hiker and is a committed supporter of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and participant in their annual Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington.
Ms. Hardebeck holds a BA in Computer Science from Boston College and 6 Salesforce certifications.
Anne Holton is a faculty member at George Mason University. She teaches education policy at Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government and College of Education and Human Development, and is a Senior Fellow at EdPolicyForward, Mason’s Center for Education Policy. Holton served as interim president at Mason in 2019-2020.
A lifelong advocate for children and families in Virginia, Holton graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She has worked as a legal aid lawyer serving low-income families, a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, a child welfare reformer, and Virginia's Secretary of Education. Holton helped desegregate the inner-city schools of Richmond, Virginia, as a child when her father was Virginia's governor in the early 1970s. As Virginia's First Lady when her husband was governor from 2006-2010, Holton championed foster care system reform. As Virginia's Secretary of Education in 2014-2016, Holton worked to increase Virginia's investment in public education, to promote innovation and the joy of teaching and learning in our schools, and to ensure that every student has a successful pathway to the future, especially those in high-poverty communities. Her life's work has focused on children and families at the margin and on the crucial role education must play in helping young people escape poverty. She helped create the Great Expectations program at Virginia's Community Colleges, a program to help young people aging out of foster care to access higher education, and was the program's executive director in 2014.
Holton has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations including Voices for Virginia's Children, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, and Assisting Families of Inmates. Holton currently serves on the Virginia Board of Education. She is married to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. They live in Richmond, Virginia, where they raised their three children.
Melanie Janin has spent her career working at the intersection of marketing communications, environmental conservation and corporate responsibility to engage and inspire audiences to create a sustainable future for all. Most recently, Melanie was an Executive Vice President at the global communications agency Weber Shandwick, leading the Sustainability & Social Impact practice for the West Coast of the United States and providing strategic counsel for companies, NGOs and foundations. Prior to that, she led global sustainability communications for Amazon, developing strategy, content, messaging and events to amplify the company’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Melanie also headed marketing and communications for BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), managing a global team and overseeing the BSR Annual Conference.
At EDF (Environmental Defense Fund), Melanie led marketing communications for the Corporate Partnerships Program, partnering with EDF experts and corporate teams to develop goals and share wins around sustainability strategies with key audiences. Also at EDF, she headed communications for the Oceans Program, building awareness around sustainable seafood and efforts to end overfishing. Similarly, at SeaWeb, Melanie led communications around various ocean conservation topics and priorities. Before that, Melanie was the Director of Communications at Greenpeace USA.
Early in her career in Geneva, Switzerland, Melanie worked in corporate communications for a consumer technology company and at the World Economic Forum, helping develop the program for the Davos Annual Meeting.
Melanie holds a B.A. in Modern European History from Brown University and a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a board member of Ocean Outcomes, a global nonprofit organization committed to developing, supporting and partnering with sustainable fisheries around the world. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and three children.
Over the last 20 years, Linah Jebii Kilimo has served in Kenya as an elected Member of Parliament, government official and women's rights activist. Her key skills include advocacy and lobbying, fundraising and resource mobilization, adaptive communication, decisive leadership, mediation and negotiation, and social astuteness.
Linah has worked with the Government of Kenya in several capacities, including as Chief Administrative Secretary with the Ministry of Public Service and Gender (2021-2022); Chief Administrative Secretary with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (2020-2021); Chairperson, Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (2019-2021); Strategic Advisory Group member, Girl Generation (2014-2019); Chairperson, Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board (2014-2017); Chairperson, Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (2008-2013); Minister and Assistant Minister in three different state departments for the Government of Kenya; and as a Member of Parliament with Marakwet East Constituency (2003-2013). During her tenure with the government of Kenya, she has successfully led several initiatives in the areas of strategic planning, community dialogue, organization of campaigns, lobbying, fundraising and empowerment.
Linah holds her Bachelor of Arts, Counseling from Kenya Methodist University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Her achievements, honors and awards include negotiating peace among communities in the Rift Valley; representing Kenya at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations headquarters, where she spoke on accelerating efforts toward the abandonment of FGM and keeping girls in school; organizing the first international conference on getting legal tools for the elimination of FGM in Nairobi (2004); being a role model for girl child education as a volunteer at the World Vision TOT Area Development Project and raising over $100,000 to start anti-FGM programs in the TOT Area Development Program (Germany 2000). In 2014, she received the Father Kaiser Human Rights Award for defending the human rights of girls from FGM by the Law Society of Kenya. In 2015, she received The Outstanding Africa Women Leadership Award for exemplary work on FGM campaigns.
Martin McCann is a highly experienced leader in both international development and humanitarian efforts. He was the deputy chief executive and program director at Plan International’s global headquarters for seven years, overseeing the creation of Plan’s Child-Centered Community Development strategy and a tripling of its grant income. For 12 years, he was the CEO of RedR UK, the largest capacity-building nongovernmental organization in disaster preparedness and disaster response. He also was the chair/president of the Geneva-based Sphere, which is responsible for the globally accepted professional standards in humanitarian action.
Wheat McDowell is a Portfolio Manager at Richmond Capital Management, a fixed income manager for pensions, endowments, and insurance companies. He has been on the investment team at Richmond Capital since April of 2001. Prior to that date, he worked 15 years for sell side institutions (Lehman Brothers and First Union Securities) as a bond trader. He went to school at the University of Virginia, earning a B.A. and a M.B.A. Wheat was raised in Richmond and is a volunteer advocate for affordable housing. He serves as Board Chair for the Better Housing Coalition, a community nonprofit that develops, manages, and advocates for affordable housing in the Richmond region.
Ravi Narula has served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ooma (NYSE: OOMA) since 2014. He brings over 20 years of executive experience, including previously serving as the CFO of BigBand Networks Inc. and as the Chief Accounting Officer of Gigamon. Presently, Ravi serves on the DEI and Racial Justice Task Force of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (comprising of more than 350 member organizations) and also chairs Ooma’s DEI Committee.
As a finance executive, Ravi has helped a number of technology companies grow their sales significantly and has helped those businesses scale and expand globally. Ravi was instrumental in taking three companies public with their initial public offerings (IPOs) on NYSE and Nasdaq. Previously, Ravi served on the Board of YMCA of Silicon Valley to act upon his passion of helping children and underprivileged people.
A native of India, Ravi completed his bachelor’s in commerce from University of Garhwal, India and completed his Chartered Accountancy from both India and Canada, before moving to US in 2000. Ravi currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife, Priya and three wonderful boys.
Terry Peigh is a consultant on advertising, marketing communications and consumer insights, having recently retired as Managing Director of Interpublic Group.
While at Interpublic, Terry was responsible for leading global teams, providing a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary offering of communications services to some of the world's largest companies. Along with that work, for much of his career Terry has also supported several global health and development organizations at the board level (including the Population Council, Population Reference Bureau and Mothers2Mothers) and has served as consultant to government groups on a range of strategy and communications issues. Terry is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned his MBA with honors from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Abbie Raikes, Ph.D., MPH, is an associate professor at the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center. She also serves as founder and director of ECD Measure, a group focused on building capacity for data-driven decision-making in early childhood. Dr. Raikes’ recent work has focused on improving early childhood programs and policies in low- and middle-income countries. Previously, Abbie contributed to early childhood policy development in several countries as a program specialist for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. Prior to UNESCO, Abbie was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has advised several organizations on early childhood development and education.
Daphne Maxwell Reid is best known as Aunt Vivian from the hit comedy, "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". Presently serving on the following boards, her involvement in the community at large rounds out a full schedule: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Board, Petersburg Area Art League Board, and the Citizens’ Action Commission for the Governor’s Mansion. Her latest projects include photography, publishing and construction of wearable art pieces.
Helen Thompson is the former Managing Director for the TOMS EMEA business where she led the development of the TOMS brand and business across Europe, Middle East and Africa building the TOMS mission to Use Business to Improve Lives. Helen has built a career with several international consumer brands across apparel, footwear and accessories sectors developing to Executive and Board level roles. Helen is now developing a portfolio of non Executive board positions supporting business with strong ethical cores who are also doing work for good. Helen currently resides in Somerset in the UK.
Bridget Winston is a proven sales and customer success leader with over 18 years of experience in high-growth technology companies. She has served as the chief revenue officer and vice president of sales and customer success for several organizations, including Shutterstock, Ooma, ShoreTel/Mitel and, most recently, for Chief, a private network for executive women. Bridget has a passion for mentoring teen girls and women embarking upon their careers and donates time, money and resources to her alma maters and women’s job-readiness organizations. She also regularly volunteers with the New York Cares Society organization and West Side Campaign Against Hunger, where she delivers food to New Yorkers in need. She believes her mission is to help bring confidence, dignity and security to women in all facets of society. Bridget lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her husband, Anthony, and their cat, Gracie.
Miguel Zepeda is an entrepreneurial financial and technology leader scaling up opportunities for Fortune 1000’s. He has spent over 25 years setting up strategic direction and executing at the intersection of banking, mobile networks and technology. With an abundance of international experience, Miguel has a strong understanding of markets throughout North America, South America and Europe. He is a regular speaker at financial industry conferences and inclusion champion for underbanked groups through innovation and technology.
Currently, Miguel is Managing Director for Brink’s Money (www.brinksmoney.com), a FinTech Bank that successfully incubated at Brink’s Inc. and is ranked Top 10 in the country. He launched this new division in 2013, scaled-up to ~ $3 Billion in deposits and acquired thousands of customers. Brink’s Money has won several awards from FinTech media partners. In a prior position, Miguel served as Head of Corporate Development – Fixed Line at America Movil, one of the largest telecommunication providers in the world with 400 million customers, where he held responsibility for expanding through Latin America. Under his guidance, the company underwent a rapid geographical expansion into Brazil, Chile, Peru and Colombia deploying over $500 million in investments.
In addition to his executive career, Miguel has served on several advisory boards. Currently, serving as Executive Board member for the Innovative Payments Association (www.ipa.org) and ePago International, Inc. in Panama. Previously, he served on the board of THRIVE – United Way & Canterbury Community School (Richmond), Visionaria Venture Capital & Aspel (Mexico) and Antevenio (Spain).
Miguel holds an MBA from The Stern School of Business - New York University and obtained his Engineering degree from Tec of Monterrey – Mexico. He resides in Richmond VA, with his two kids Rafi (12) & Gabe (10) and wife (Claudia) and would like to spend more time biking, trekking or sailing.