"There will never be justice anywhere until you yourself are justice now."

— Marguerite Duras

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Board of Directors

Alexis Hyder, Chair
Director, Strategic Business Development, The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

Jane Shahmanesh, Vice Chair
Managing Director, Adherence Consulting Group

Patricia Jackson, Secretary
Chief of Staff, Advancement Division at Dartmouth College

Michael Sullivan, Treasurer
Managing Director, Angelo, Gordon & Co

Gretchen Wallace
Founder & President, Global Grassroots

Kathryn Friedman Lunardelli
Director of Impact and Engagement, Fair Factories Clearinghouse

Rachel Rider
Executive & Professional Coach, HR Business Partner, AppNexus



Global Grassroots Staff

Gretchen Wallace, Founder & President
Our overarching operations, strategy, vision, and program design are managed by our Founder and President, Gretchen Wallace who holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Gretchen is a certified Integrative Breathwork Practitioner and has a background of 18 years in international finance, social entrepreneurship, mindfulness-based leadership, personal transformation, and mind-body trauma healing methods.

Heidi Luquer, Global Programs Officer
Heidi holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BA in English from the University of Vermont, and has completed her certification as a practitioner of conscious social change. She has worked globally in the fields of conservation, social change, and education for more than 20 years, including in Senegal, Guatemala, and The Netherlands. In addition to providing core support to our President in the US, she oversees all global program operations.

Kathleen Mahoney, Fundraising and Communications Coordinator
Kathleen has built her career in fundraising and communications for nonprofits over the course of 25 years, beginning as an administrative assistant at a small public university in Maine. She was Director of Annual Giving for MaineGeneral Health, Associate Director of Development for Kents Hill School in Kents Hill, Maine, and Senior Relationship and Communications Officer for Housing Families, Inc. Kathleen has served on the Board of Directors for The Box Project which matched families living in extreme poverty with supportive families who did not. Kathleen’s favorite position to date was Fundraising and Communications Coordinator for Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, where she also lived.

Gyslaine Uwitonze, Rwanda Senior Program Officer
Gyslaine manages our Rwanda country programs. She holds a Bachelors degree in human rights law from Kigali Institute of Education and is certified as a conscious social change practitioner. Gyslaine has served Global Grassroots since its inception in 2006 when she first joined as an interpreter. She currently oversees all training, venture development, and monitoring and evaluation activities for both Women’s and Girls’ Academies, as well as international staff training. Gyslaine is supported by two Program Assistants and a university intern.

Thacienne Nyiraneza, Rwanda Program Assistant
Thacienne holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Kigali Independent University. She has eight years experience working in microfinance and community economic development programs. Thacienne has been instrumental in building strong relationships with our venture teams and provides support for all of our women’s and girls’ programs in Rwanda.

Claudette Habimana, Rwanda Program Assistant
Claudette is completing her degree in accounting. She brings ten years experience in microfinance and commercial banking and is also a professional volleyball and basketball player at the national level in Rwanda. In addition to inspiring our girls, she provides support for all our women’s and girls’ programs in Rwanda.

Juliet Aber, Uganda Program Associate
Juliet has a BA in English from Makerere University and an MA in Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University where she studied the effectiveness of microfinance. She has seven years experience teaching and working in the field of development for international NGOs, including managing educational programs and overseeing monitoring and evaluation processes. Juliet manages our venture development and monitoring and evaluation of our women’s ventures in Gulu and provides support for our Uganda girls program.

Francis Kumakech, Uganda Program Assistant
Francis has a BA in Organizational Studies from Makerere University and has work experience in graphic design, psycho-social support programs, and social entrepreneurship endeavors, founding two local groups to support vulnerable women and youth in his community. He is currently focused on providing translation assistance and support for our venture development and oversight in Gulu, as well as management of our eAcademy platform.

Global Grassroots also has a corps of eight certified Conscious Social Change practitioners who are qualified to teach our curriculum where requested globally as independent contractors, and dozens of others in the process of completing their certification.



Rwanda Graduate Advisory Council

Baguma Innocent
President, Let Us Build Ourselves

Hacimana Seraphine
President, Hard Workers

Mukakarera Monique
President, Light In Our Home

Mushimiyimana Mediatrice
President, Think About the Young Girls

Nyiraneza Charlotte
President, Achieving a Better Life



Senior Advisors

Michael Bright
Executive Director, The World Academy for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Richard P. Brown, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University

Bill Carter
Founding Board Member, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

Terry Donovan
Consultant and Advisor to Social Entrepreneurs and the Citizen Sector

Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College

Jennifer Holden
Holden Sports Management

Cristina Ljungberg
Founder, Influence Films

Alan Pesky
Founder & Chairman, Lee Pesky Learning Center

Shirley Randell, Ph.D.
Director, Kigali Institute of Education Centre for Gender, Culture and Development Studies

Lina Srivastava
Lina Srivastava Consulting, LLC

Leslie Thomas
Founder, Art Works Projects

Jane Wells
Founder, Three Generations


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