Equips subsistence farmers with the skills and tools to develop a cash crop.
Provides unemployed youth with marketable skills and job placement.
Equips disabled individuals with business computing skills.
WHO WE ARE
Antoine has been working with Leadership Initiatives since May 2004. Having studied and worked with Executive Director Marshall J. Bailly at American University, he believed in Marshall's vision and was willing to work alongside his colleague and friend to establish a credible, efficient, and successful organization. With his experience researching and working with grassroots initiatives at the South African Catholic Bishops Conference - CPLO and the Surplus Peoplei's Project, organizations based in Cape Town, South Africa, and volunteering at DC Kitchen and My Sister's Place in the District of Columbia, Antoine has been able to shape and improve Leadership Initiativesi' program in Nigeria through enhancing the project capacity and strengthening organizational partnerships within the community.
President, Corporate Accountability Director and Development Director Government Accountability Project (GAP)
Mr. Clark assumed the directorship of GAP in 1978, having first served as legal counsel for the organization. He received his J.D. from the American University in 1977, where he received two honorary fellowships for his work within the clinical program and in the area of prison reform. He is also a minister, with a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. In 1992, Mr. Clark received the Gleitsman Award for his life-long commitment to initiating, promoting and implementing positive forms of social change.
THEODORE N. CARTER
Executive Managing Director
Government and Public Sector Solutions
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Founding Board Member
Theodore Carter serves as Executive Managing Director for CBRE's Government and Public Sector Solutions (GPSS) business unit, with a focus on leveraging the breadth of CBRE's platform for public sector and government clients. Prior to joining CBRE in October 2005, Mr. Carter served as President/CEO of the quasi public National Capital Revitalization Corporation, a real estate development entity in Washington, D.C. From 1997-2000 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management Operations at the United States Department of Treasury, where his responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the department's real estate, procurement and security\critical infrastructure portfolios as well as financial and management oversight of the department's law enforcement bureaus. He has held senior staff positions in the mayoral administrations of Mayors David Dinkins and Rudolph Guliani in New York City, and Marion Barry and Anthony Williams in Washington, D.C.
Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.
Vice President Verizon Global Alliance
Since 2009, Diana Meacham has served as the Vice President of Verizon's Global Alliance in Reston, Virginia, with Siemens Enterprise Communications. As part of a private firm, she manages 10,000 plus employees in the telecommunications industry. Her experience as a Senior Sales Executive provides her with an extensive experience in global enterprise sales, sales management, global strategic alliances, operations management, strategic planning and business development.
Diana's strengths include the ability to manage complex global customers and partner relationships with a record of consistently exceeding corporate and personal goals. Much of her career allows her to demonstrate an ability to deliver technology solutions and services to multi-national customers, government agencies and global partners. Diana has been helping Leadership Initiatives plan the Gala with Lynsie since its inception and has been able to bring in $2500 Siemans sponsorship for the Gala and over $1000 in gifts for our VIPs from Siemans.
THEODORE N. CARTER
ESTERELLA COMMUNICATIONS, LLC<
CB Richard Ellis, Inc.
Founding Board Member
Stella is a community organizer, a business consultant and is currently opening up her own consulting company after leaving the Nigerian Embassy as an event coordinator. Stella is currently the National Vice-President of the Association of Nigerian Women Leaders in Diaspora (ANWLD INC). Stella is also an Assistant Executive Director of NIDO Americas INC and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Crossover Daughters", a Quarterly Publication of Bethel Fellowship Church in Maryland.
On May 28th, 2011 Stella was honored in Miami Florida by NAU USA, INC for her leadership role in the African Diaspora community. On July 3rd 2011, she was honored in Orlando Florida by the Nigerian Reunion Corporation with the 2011 Community Leadership Image Award. Stella speaks five languages and is proficient in American Sign Language.
Zach Cutler is a dynamic entrepreneur and marketing professional who formed The Cutler Group in 2009 and currently serves as CEO. He specializes in crafting innovative marketing and media campaigns to help organizations thrive. At the US Department of Commerce Zach conducted business development initiatives for American companies' expansion into India and China. During his tenure at Ogilvy PR, Zach secured major publicity hits for corporate clients. He previously worked at Raffles Hotels, where he led a marketing revitalization campaign for the company's Beverly Hills property. He has consulted on foreign media to senior government officials in Israel and he interned at the White House in 2006. Zach received a B.B.A. in Marketing from The George Washington University School of Business and he currently resides in Washington DC.
Operation Hope Senior Vice President
Chief of Government Affairs and Public Policy Government Affairs Office,
With extensive experience in both the political and non-profit arena, Jena Roscoe serves as an indispensable liaison for Leadership Initiatives. Jena served within the Clinton/Gore Administration as Associate Director for African American and Youth Outreach in the White House Office of Public Liaison. She has also played a key role as Assistant to the President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, organizing both laborers and African American leaders to meet the objectives of the labor federation. She currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Government Affairs at Operation HOPE, Inc., which advocates for revitalization and economic self-sufficiency of inner city communities, and stands as the nation's first social non-profit national investment banker organization. Jena provides Leadership Initiatives with critical strategic advice and networking support.
President of Woods International
LLC/Senior Fellow Heritage Foundation
Tom is President of Woods International, LLC, a private sector consulting firm focused on economic growth strategies and public private partnerships for African development. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC and is a leading expert on U.S.-Africa relations, human and economic development, and political and security issues in Africa. Tom served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led U.S. engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa. He also led U.S. economic policy toward Africa, including trade and investment issues. He has been instrumental in shaping U.S. policy on Africa and driving the change from a focus on aid to a focus on trade partnership. Mr. Woods led U.S. Government engagement on Africa Energy Security and he chaired the first Bilateral Conference on U.S.-Nigeria Energy Cooperation. Mr. Woods helped develop the first major public/private partnership between leading oil companies, donors and the Government of Nigeria to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta.
CEO of Premier Mortgage Solutions & Image Consulting Group
A native Nigerian, Remi Duyile combines her unique perspective and strong ties to local African civic groups with more than 20 years of financial expertise. She spent 17 years with Bank of America, climbing to Vice President in the Mortgage Division and Premier Banking before moving on to launch financial service ventures of her own. Having founded Premier Mortgage Solutions, the Image Consulting Group, and the Legacy Premier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged communities, Remi brings key insight to the development of LI. She also serves as a leading member of African Business Owners' Forum Incorporated and as Vice President of the Association of African Brokers and Lenders, connecting LI to local Nigerian supporters.
Alvarez & Marsal
Wike Kaiser has volunteered with Leadership Initiatives in the past and is excited to officially join the LI team as member of the Advisory Board. He graduated from American University with a degree in Economics in 2004 and currently works for Alvarez & Marsal, an international financial consulting firm. Wike is a Senior Associate with the firm's Dispute Analysis and Forensic Accounting practice. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist. Wike has also worked on marketing efforts for Alvarez & Marsal and looks forward to assisting Leadership Initiatives in their outreach and fundraising efforts.
WILLIAM S. REESE
President and Chief Executive Officer International Youth Foundation
Bill Reese brings more than thirty years of experience in the international development sector to Leadership Initiatives. A graduate of Stanford, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he has worked for the Peace Corps in such capacities as Director of Brazil operations and Deputy Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Bill also served as President and CEO of Partners of the Americas, promoting international economic and social development for twelve years. Currently Bill has a seat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, and is serving as President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries and territories.
Professor of Leadership American University
Professor Stiles currently teaches "Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Social Change" in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. She is Executive Director of the CoRAL Network, a consortium of local universities in equal partnership with the nonprofits and the city government to direct the wealth of resources of the universities into our community. Stiles also directs DC Youth & Government, a program of the YMCA where college students go into participating high schools, teach civics, and lead a weekend youth simulation of DC government.
Sarah Stiles is a native Washingtonian, studied Spanish at Southern Methodist University, did a master's degree in Spanish literature at New York University in Madrid, completed a master's and PhD in political science at Boston University, and received a law degree from Northeastern University. Before teaching at Georgetown, Stiles was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
WHAT WE DO
We create honest, self-reliant leaders equipped to renew their communities from the ground up.
HOW WE DO IT
Our students learn vital leadership skills while designing & implementing locally sustainable development projects.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We are diverse, independent leaders dedicated to creating lasting change.
WHO WE ARE
We focus exclusively on outcomes that will continue growing and building with or without our continued presence and support.
Leadership Initiatives works: the stories, faces and numbers that prove it.