Farah Stockman, Founder, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter who works for the New York Times. She’s also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Farah grew up in East Lansing, MI and attended Harvard University, where she helped run an educational summer camp for kids in the Mission Hill public housing development. After graduation, she moved to Kenya, to work with street children in Machakos, a town she’d gotten to know during a semester studying abroad.
With the help of veteran street workers in Kenya, she established Jitegemee, a grassroots education program that serves 200 vulnerable children in Machakos each year. Farah entered the world of journalism by interning with a New York Times reporter in Nairobi, where her knowledge of Kenya and the struggles of everyday people came to good use. From 2000 to 2016, Farah worked for the Boston Globe, serving as a metro reporter, a foreign policy reporter, and a columnist and editorial writer. Over the years, she’s covered a wide range of topics, from the war in Afghanistan to presidential elections to Boston’s bewildering prohibitions on “happy hour.”
In 2014, she won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship to write a series of columns about the 40th anniversary of court-ordered busing in Boston. In 2015, that series won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Farah joined the staff of the New York Times in 2016. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Catherine Mosca, Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Board, 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.
Shulamit “Shu” Kahn, Chair of the U.S. Board, 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.
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. He was most recently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the Obama White House, where he led strategy and product management across several of the team’s projects. In that role he also co-led the White House Police Data Initiative, which he launched during his tenure as a Presidential Innovation Fellow from 2014-2015.
Clarence, who was previously an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is currently a Council on Foreign Relations term 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.
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.
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.