Board of directors
Oxfam America’s board of directors is a diverse and skilled group responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organization. Our board members work closely with staff in all areas of the agency.
Oxfam America’s board of directors is a diverse and skilled group responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organization. Our board members work closely with staff in all areas of the agency.
After more than 35 years of service Joe retired from Cummins Inc, a Fortune 200 company, on April 1, 2009. Most recently he served as Vice Chairman of the Board from August 2008, as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer between May 2005 and August 2008, as President of the Engine Business from September 1999 until May 2005, and as both President of the Industrial Engine Business and Corporate Chief Technical Officer from 1996 through August 1999. Active in the business community, Joe serves on a number of boards, including Hillenbrand Inc. (Chairman), AB SKF and the Vanguard Group. He also serves on a number of other not-for-profit and foundation boards including the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Lumina Foundation for Education. In addition, he is a member (past Chair 2009-2012) of the Advisory Council to the College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame as well as a member of the University's Advisory Board for the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He also Co-chairs the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Task Force on Immigration Reform and US Economic Competitiveness: A View from the Midwest.
Smita Singh was the founding director of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Global Development Program. While she was director, the Program carried out extensive international grant-making and started several new initiatives, including the Think Tank Initiative, the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and the partnership for Quality Education in Developing Countries. She helped create the International Initiative in Impact Evaluation (3ie), a new international agency devoted to improving the measurement of results in development interventions. She also initiated the Foundation's efforts to reform development assistance policy and practices, which included seeding the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) and the International Aid Transparency Initiative. Before joining the Foundation, she was a scholar at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. Her research interests focus on the comparative political economy of developing countries, and she has lived and worked in several countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She has also worked for the Commission on National and Community Service (now called Corporation for National Service), where she was responsible for developing higher education initiatives and funding strategies for dispersing grants to community service and service-learning projects at over 200 colleges and universities. Before joining the commission, she worked at ABC News “Nightline” and prior to that, with community-based women's organizations in India. Ms. Singh sits on the governing boards of Oxfam America, the Natural Resource Governance Institute, Twaweza, International Budget Partnership and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and serves on the US President’s Global Development Council.
"Oxfam America distinguishes itself because we ask the right questions. We ask hard questions. Not just of the US government, corporations, and political leaders in the countries where we work—but of our partners around the globe and, most important, of ourselves. We also pursue answers vigorously and develop innovative approaches to reducing poverty."
Joe is Executive Vice President for strategy and business development at Liberty International, the international division of Liberty Mutual, where he has led the company’s expansion over the last 15 years into an organization operating in over 20 countries with $9 billion in revenues. He has a long experience in the international insurance arena, starting and managing businesses in Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as the US, with experience in acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and start-ups. He has served as chairman and member of several international insurance associations, and has also cooperated on financial sector and insurance projects with international supervisory bodies, the World Bank and the WTO. Joe attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BA in Plan II Honors and a MA from the Institute of Latin American Studies. He has lived and spent extensive time in several Latin American countries and Spain.
Before joining Hewlett-Packard in 2012, Ali served as CEO of the workforce optimization division of Aspect, a leading global provider of customer contact and workforce optimization solutions. Prior to his role at Aspect, he served as president of Avaya’s global services business and also had responsibility for the company’s strategy, corporate development and research labs. Additionally, Ali has held senior positions at IBM, including vice president of strategy and business development for the information management division. In that capacity, he sourced and integrated key acquisitions, including Cognos, FileNet and Ascential Software, creating the foundation for IBM’s business analytics strategy. At IBM, Ali also led business units in the areas of semiconductors, systems and software. Ali holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. He is a director of City National Corporation and trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Ali was named to Boston Business Journal's 2008 "40 Under 40" list and recognized by Massachusetts High Tech magazine as a 2011 All-Star.
Manish joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) as its executive vice president and managing director in June 2007. His interests and expertise are in international development with a particular focus on rural poverty and natural resources. Previously, he was the executive director of the nonprofit Bank Information Center (BIC), whose mission is to protect rights and promote sustainability in the projects and policies of international financial institutions. He has also served as a senior economist and task team leader at the World Bank. His experience in international development also includes advisory roles at Seva Mandir (a leading grassroots nonprofit in India) and Women’s World Banking (a microfinance support organization). Earlier, he worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in the financial services and technology industries. Manish received graduate degrees in business and international development from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from MIT.
Walter joined Swiss Re as Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation in September 2008. In that capacity, he provided supervisory governance of Swiss Re's Americas businesses and oversaw and directed regulatory and public affairs for all the North America businesses. Walter stepped down as Chairman at the end of October 2012 but still remains a special advisor to the group. Walter is a sitting member of the Board of Directors of The Bermuda Monetary Authority, where he is the organization's first international member. He is also a Director of the Board of the Foreign Policy Associate. In addition, he holds memberships with the Partnership of New York, the Economic Club of New York and the Institute of International Finance. Walter has served in various capacities in numerous charitable and civic endeavors in both Mobile Alabama and New York He is also a trustee of the Mobile Arts and Sports Association and past trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Rosalind is a Director in the Performance Improvement Technology practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) with over 10 years of financial services experience. She serves as the financial services regulatory specialist for records management engagements; and advises complex financial services clients on regulatory matters, including Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), SEC and NASD (FINRA) regulations. Formerly, Rosalind supervised the liquidation of failed insurance companies domiciled in Texas and licensed nationwide where she had responsibility of the records management program and the establishment of the record retention policies and procedures for some 240 million records. Rosalind is also a former federal bank examiner where she identified discriminatory lending practices (i.e., redlining) in the US, investigated money laundering allegations and performed risk-based capital and residential and commercial loan portfolio analyses.
Jonathan is a professor of development studies in the School of International Service at American University. Previously, he chaired the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT. Jonathan’s current research projects focus on social accountability and open government reforms. His books include Subsidizing Inequality: Mexican Corn Policy Since NAFTA (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2010) and Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2007). His research projects have been funded by the Hewlett, Ford, Rockefeller, Inter-American and MacArthur Foundations, and he has collaborated with a wide range of public interest groups in Mexico since 1982. He also serves on the board of FUNDAR (Mexico City), as advisor to the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations (California and Oaxaca), and is a member of the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership.
Barry recently retired as Senior Vice President of the Ford Foundation, which he joined in 1971. In addition to his duties at the Ford Foundation, he serves or has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, the Independent Sector, BoardSource, the European Foundation Centre, the International Fellowships Fund, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. He is currently the chair of the Foundation Center board and the chair emeritus of the Coordinating Committee of WINGS (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support). He graduated from high school and joined the army, serving in several locations in the United States and in what was then West Berlin. He returned to Wisconsin, enrolling in the University of Wisconsin and completing both a B.S. and an M.A. degree.
Anne was a foreign correspondent for more than 30 years, most of that time with NPR. She has covered the globe from Central America to the Balkans, Chechnya to the Middle East and South Asia. A fluent Russian-speaker she spent many years in the former Soviet Union and its successor states where she was repeatedly the Moscow Bureau Chief. After 9/11 Anne was sent for extended periods to Afghanistan,Pakistan, Israel and the Occupied Territories. In 2002, before the US invasion, Anne began reporting from Iraq. remaining there through the US bombing. She set up NPR's Iraq bureau and led the coverage from Baghdad for 6 years, garnering the industry's most prestigious awards. In addition to conflict, Anne has focused on human rights, and the process of rebuilding. She is now an active board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and a contributor to Human Rights Watch reports. She is a graduate of Harvard University.
Glantz is a member of the board of directors of the Oxfam America Advocacy Fund and chairwoman of the Oxfam America board of directors’ development and governance committee. In 2014, Glantz founded genderavenger.com, an online community dedicated to ensuring that women are always part of the public dialogue. During her career in politics and organizing, Glantz served as a campaign manager, field director, and political consultant at the Congressional, state, and presidential levels, and was national campaign manager for Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Glantz worked as senior advisor to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). After retirement, Glantz served as a fellow and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard University Institute of Politics. She is the treasurer of Dēmos, a New York-based progressive think tank, and a member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America National Nominating Committee. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Shigeki is currently a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson School at Cornell University where he teaches equity investment analysis to both undergraduates and MBA students. Shigeki also works with Smart Woman Securities at both Cornell and Harvard University. Prior to this, Shigeki spent 20 years in the investment management industry with both Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments. Shigeki worked in Boston, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and London at the two firms. At Putnam, Shigeki managed global equity portfolios while serving on the Executive Operating Committee. Shigeki served as Director of European Research, portfolio manager, and equity analyst at Fidelity in a variety of locations.
MinhChau spent 25 years working with the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. She was responsible for policy dialogues, project evaluations, and loan negations for various projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She also served as the head to the Gender Development Division at the World Bank. She joined the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a private sector arm of the World Bank, shortly thereafter to help direct IFC’s operations in riskier markets. She left the World Bank Group in 2000 to promote venture capital in women’s business through ISIS Management Group which she helped to found. She joined East Meets West Foundation in 2005 as a Board member, and then as a Chief Strategy Officer in 2007. MinhChau received her B.S. from Macalester College, her M.S in economics from the University of Washington, and her Advanced Management Training at Harvard Business School
Mandefro started his career as a Researcher in February 1992 at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research. Before joining Oxfam he was the Coordinator of Rural Capacity Building Project (financed by the World Bank and CIDA with a budget of USD 71 million.) Working as a coordinator in RCBP helped him enhance his experience in facilitation, communication, networking and promoting best practices. During his time there he built his skills in managing multi-institutional/cultural/disciplinary teams and institutions. In addition to working with government institutions and local communities, he also worked with NGOS (e.g. SG2000, CIDA, USAID, AGRI-Service and JICA), local and foreign Universities and the private sector. In March 2010, he joined Oxfam America as Water Program Coordinator and Interim Micro Insurance Manager. In 2011 he was promoted to Deputy Regional Director for the Horn and is currently transiting to a Country Director Position for OUS and Associate Country Director for OXFAM in Ethiopia.
Maria served as undersecretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights at the US Department of State under Hillary Clinton. Previously, she was President and CEO of ACCION International, and worked for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as a member of the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. She has served on the boards of the US Institute of Peace, Calvert Foundation, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Inter-American Foundation, and served as board chair of Bread for the World. Maria was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and moved to the US when she was 12. She holds a master’s degree in Literature from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. She is married to Joseph Eldridge, who is the chaplain of American University and an expert on international human rights. They have three children and one grandchild.
Steven currently practices law, and is known for his work in complex civil and international cases, especially those with multi-jurisdictional or parallel civil and criminal components. In recent years, he has represented companies in many of the international antitrust investigations and litigations. Prior to joining Weil Gotshall in 1989 Steven was a tenured professor of law at New York University Law School, where he taught criminal law, constitutional law and evidence and trial advocacy. Steven served as a law clerk to Justice William J. Brennan for the United States Supreme Court and to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the United States court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and Vassar College, where he has served as a trustee.
Sawitsky is a member of the Oxfam America board of directors and chairman of the board of the Oxfam America Advocacy Fund. A lawyer and former managing director of Goulston & Storrs, he practices general corporate and business law. The bulk of his practice involves mergers, acquisitions, shareholder and partnership agreements, debt and equity financing, and other general corporate matters. He coordinates Goulston & Storrs’ pro bono representation of Oxfam America, counseling the organization on its international relief and development efforts. He also serves as on the boards of the New England Aquarium; Boston Employment Service, Inc./STRIVE; and Strategies for Children. Sawitsky did his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Sonal is professor of practice and the founding executive director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. An economist and entrepreneur, Sonal has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the deputy assistant to the founding director and president of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Sonal spent seven years at the US Department of the Treasury, where she was an international economist working on timely development issues, including post-conflict development in Bosnia, the Asian financial crisis, and poverty reduction in Africa. She then went to Goldman Sachs and Google while simultaneously co-founding Indicorps, a nonprofit building a new generation of socially conscious global leaders. She is a senior fellow at the Case Foundation and the Center for American Progress. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in economics from Duke University.
Dabie is a partner with over 20 years’ experience in KPMG’s US, Canada and Chile practices. She has significant experience working with large, complex, multinational companies. Dabie has provided audit and accounting services to public and private clients, and has deep expertise in SEC reporting, including both US domestic and foreign private issuer filings. Her clients include the world’s largest banks, leading multilateral development banks, and top telecommunications companies. Dabie is an active national instructor in KPMG and has also led review teams in KPMG’s Quality Performance and Compliance Program in the US and Latin America. She has published in financial newspapers and spoken to a wide variety of audiences, including at industry and professional forums and universities. She is a US CPA and a Canadian Chartered Accountant. Dabie is fluent in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
After 26 years in the investment management industry, Kim retired in 2005 as senior vice president, partner, and associate director of global industry research at Wellington Management Company, LLP. Since then she has been devoting time to helping nonprofit organizations, with a special interest in reducing global poverty. Originally from the UK, Kim has known about Oxfam for years and joined the Oxfam America Leadership Council in 2006. She was a member of Oxfam America’s campaign executive committee in its last major fundraising campaign and serves as vice-chair of the campaign committee for the current campaign. Kim is on the boards of the Anna Jaques Hospital, Concord Academy, and MicroVest Holdings. She has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, providing insights into the potential opportunities and challenges faced by US corporations in an increasingly global environment. Kim graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a bachelor’s degree, with joint honors from the University of Rennes, and from the University of London with a master’s degree in economics. She and her husband Trevor Miller live in Newbury, Mass., and have three college-aged children, Alex, Rebecca, and Ben.