Farah Stockman, Founder, is a reporter for the New York Times and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. After graduating from Harvard, Farah moved to Kenya to work with street children in a town located about 63 km (39 mi) southeast of Nairobi, called Machakos. Along with veteran street workers there, she established Jitegemee, our grassroots education program that serves about 200 vulnerable children in Machakos each year. In 2014, Farah won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship to write a series of columns in the Boston Globe about the 40th anniversary of court-ordered busing in Boston. In 2015, that series won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
Shulamit “Shu” Kahn, Chairperson, is an economist by profession and by disposition. She is a tenured professor at Boston University School of Management, teaching courses in economics and statistics. Her present research is about compliance with labor laws, particularly minimum wage and overtime regulations. She is also tracking the status of women in academia, both in her research and for a Boston University faculty committee on diversity. Over the years, she has been on boards and in leadership positions at her synagogue and her children’s schools, dealing with budgets, hiring, oversight, and numerous special projects. Shu lives in Boston with her husband.
Abby Kral, Treasurer, is a health insurance executive. Prior to entering the private sector, Abby spent over a decade in the U.S. Senate and on political campaigns, serving as Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Sub-Committee, where she led the successful passage of over a dozen bills to become law. She holds an MBA in Finance and occasionally day trades, while her dog, Eddie, watches CNBC.
Catherine Mosca, Secretary, works as an Online Editor for the Tom Peters Company. Prior to her current position, Cathy’s career revolved around children and family issues, first during 16 years with the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in Florida and then for seven years as a full-time childcare worker. She currently serves as Jitegemee’s Secretary-Treasurer and lives in Marblehead, Mass.
Allyson Black-Foley, is a licensed psychotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in the treatment of trauma. She previously worked at the Center for African Studies at Harvard University and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has spent time in East Africa as a researcher and student. Allyson holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Dr. Clarence Wardell III is the Director of Repurpose for Results for the What Works Cities Initiative. In that role, he works with mid-size cities across the country to help them use data and evidence to guide their programming and investment decisions. Prior to that position, he was a member of the White House Digital Service team, and, as such, he also co-led the White House Police Data Initiative. Clarence, who was previously an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is currently a Council on Foreign Relations team member and a Public Interest Technology Fellow at New America, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in 2017. He holds a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Wairimu Mwaura is from Nairobi, Kenya and currently lives in Boston, Ma. She works at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, managing a neuropsychiatric genetics training program for research fellows from the Universities in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Africa. Before this, she worked at the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations at Harvard College, an office whose mission seeks to involve students of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the ongoing programmatic enterprises of the College and University. While not at work, you can catch her on-stage or back- stage working with fringe theater companies around Boston.
Mark Palmer is a licensed architect at CallisonRTKL in Washington, DC specializing in Healthcare architecture and sustainable design. He has volunteered with Architecture for Humanity since 2004 and has worked on public interest design projects in the United States, Africa, and India. In 2009, Mark led an interactive workshop with Jitegemee to plan and design the new buildings and campus. In 2013, he led the ‘A Place To Go’ project which designed and funded the construction of a biogas toilet for the program which creates energy from waste. Mark believes that design can make the world a better place and should be driven by culture, ecology, and social impact. Mark completed his Master of Architecture from Norwich University in 2004 and currently lives in Washington, DC. Mark loves all plants and animals, especially sharks and dinosaurs, watching zombie movies, and he only sings in falsetto.
Devin Powell is a science journalist with credits at publications ranging from the New York Times and the Washington Post to National Geographic and Nature. His work, featured in the Best American Science Writing anthology, has explored everything from how our brains work to how the universe began. He holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard and a Master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins, and got his start in science searching for new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease at Columbia University.
Regina Schwartz is the Director of the Public Engagement Unit for the City of New York, where her team conducts proactive outreach to reach vulnerable New Yorkers on a range of issues and ensure the adoption of modern outreach tools and tactics throughout the Administration. She also served as the Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental Affairs. She has expertise in the behavioral science of civic engagement, global and online organizing, scientifically-proven methods for increasing voter turnout, and improving the effectiveness of organizational communication. Formerly, she was the Deputy Director and a founding partner at the Analyst Institute, where she worked closely with hundreds of progressive organizations and the Obama Campaign to incorporate randomized experiments and scientifically proven best practices into their efforts. Regina worked in the Washington Office of Congresswoman Gillibrand and has a field and Union organizing background. She studied organizing and social movements under Marshall Ganz at Harvard College.
Tulaine Montgomery is a Managing Partner and member of the Executive Team at New Profit. In this role she leads the Accelerator portfolio providing strategic and financial support to over twenty of our nation’s most promising social innovations. Tulaine also serves as a lead spokesperson for New Profit at a time of growing dialogue in philanthropy about the unprecedented opportunities and challenges facing the sector. She is Host and Executive Producer of “Jump at the Sun”, New Profit’s podcast and online forum for conversations with “America’s Problem Solvers”- the grounded visionaries and practical idealists working hard to make things better.