Farah Stockman, Founder, is an award-winning editorial writer and columnist with the Globe. She lived in Kenya and Tanzania from 1997 to 2000, working first as a full-time teacher at the Katoloni Rehabilitation Centre for street children in Machakos, Kenya, and then as a freelance journalist. Farah founded Jitegemee with support from the local community in Kenya. Her previous non-profit experience includes directing the Mission Hill Summer Program with Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House in 1996. In 2014, she was awarded the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Catherine Mosca 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, Chair of the U.S. Board, 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.
Shulamit “Shu” Kahn 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.
Clarence Wardell III works in the White House with the US Digital Service and is the founder of TinyGive, a platform that allows charitable donations to be collected via Twitter. Previously, Clarence was a Research Analyst with the Safety and Security division at CNA, a government think tank in Washington, D.C. Clarence completed his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial and Systems Engineering. His desire to better understand the dynamic between donors and non-profit organizations led to his dissertation work, titled “Signaling and Search in Humanitarian Giving: Models of Donor and Organization Behavior in the Humanitarian Space.” Clarence also holds a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Abby Kral 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.
Abdul-Rahman Lediju is currently an investment officer in Deutsche Bank’s Global Social Finance Group in NY, which focuses on impact investments globally via structured social investment vehicles. He has geographic responsibility for investments in the Sub-Saharan Africa region and supports the management of funds for inclusive financial institutions and clean cookstove and clean fuel social enterprises. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he worked for FINCA International, a global microfinance network, in East, Southern and West Africa, including serving as Chief Operations Officer for FINCA’s greenfield operations in Nigeria. Previously, Mr. Lediju worked with the distressed investments group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (New York) and in transactional and restructuring law for Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP (New York). He was also a fellow with the legal advisory group at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy). Mr. Lediju received his Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law and B.A. in Social Science (focus on African international development) and minor in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a licensed New York attorney.
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.