Board of Directors

 


Humayun Sarabi, President and CEO

Humayun Sarabi has 13 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, and has particular expertise in the field of human rights and girls education. He worked in Pakistan and Afghanistan with non-profits since 1999, and recently he served as regional director for Act Now Children’s Fund in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He organized and ran projects on women’s rights and girl’s education in both Afghanistan and Pakistan and served on the board of directors for numerous Afghan non-governmental organizations.  In addition to his fluency in English, Humayun is fluent in Dari, Urdu and Pashto—the languages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Humayun received his Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2011, and previously earned a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Disaster Response at Ruhr University Bochum and University College Dublin. He also holds a degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.

 


Sarah Rich, Director

Sarah Rich has ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector, with particular expertise in global women's health advocacy and programs. Currently a Program Officer at Family Care International, Sarah works closely with globally focused and country-level colleagues, particularly in Nigeria, Senegal, and India, to increase girls' and women's access to contraception. In addition, she worked with the Adolescent Girls Advocacy and Leadership Initiative in Malawi on education and health projects on behalf of adolescent girls, assessing implementing organizations' capacity challenges and providing training and technical assistance. Sarah also has significant experience in program monitoring and evaluation. She has led several qualitative research teams to evaluate the implementation of poverty-reduction programs, all of which primarily targeted low-income women. Her work in this vein encompassed developing research methodologies, conducting field research, and synthesizing both qualitative and quantitative data in numerous published report chapters.

Sarah received her Master's in Public Affairs (MPA) with a focus on Development Studies from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations and Women's Studies from Pomona College.

 


Doris Tennant, Clerk

Doris Tennant is an attorney and mediator at Tennant Lubell, LLC in Newton, MA.  Her expertise in dispute resolution is informed by her training in Non-Violent Communication and her experiences at a Bearing Witness retreat at Auschwitz and a Compassionate Listening delegation to Israel and Palestine. Her service on nonprofit boards of directors includes the Child Care Resource Center, the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She served on the Field Staff Support Sub-Committee for the American Friends Service Committee during her residency at the Center for Non-Violent Action in Voluntown, Connecticut.

Doris has a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School, a Certificate of Advanced Study in reading and language from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Bachelor of Arts in religion from Emory University.

 

 


Jessica Hans, Treasurer

Jessica Hans is an Associate with Blackstone Advisory Partners LP in New York. Since joining Blackstone as a Summer Associate in 2010, Ms. Hans has advised clients in various industries on mergers and acquisitions, raising capital, and strategic matters. Prior to joining Blackstone, Jessica was an Associate in the Synthetic and Cash CDO groups at Credit Suisse, where she specialized in structuring bespoke and syndicated credit transactions for a variety of private and institutional investors. Before Credit Suisse, Jessica was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Los Angeles.

Jessica received a B.A. in Economics from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, where she graduated with distinction. Jessica holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

 

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