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.

Officers

  1. Joe Loughrey, Chair

    President & Chief Operating Officer, Cummins Inc. (retired)

    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.

  2. Smita Singh, Vice Chair

    Director, Global Development Program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (retired)

    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. Ms. Singh 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, Ms. Singh 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 the Corporation for National Service) where she was responsible for developing the commission's 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, Ms. Singh 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, Revenue Watch Institute, Twaweza and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

  3. Raymond C. Offenheiser

    President, Oxfam America

    "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."

  4. Joe H. Hamilton, Treasurer & Secretary

    Executive Vice President, Liberty International

    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.

Other Directors

  1. Mohamad Ali

    Chief Strategy Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

    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.

  2. Manish Bapna

    Executive Vice President, World Resources Institute

    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.

  3. Walter Bell

    Senior Advisor Regulatory Affairs, Swiss Re America

    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.

  4. Rosalind Conway

    Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    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.

  5. Jonathan A. Fox

    Professor, School of International Service, American University

    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.

  6. Barry Gaberman

    Senior Vice President, Ford Foundation (retired)

    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.

  7. Anne L. Garrels

    Journalist, National Public Radio (retired)

    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.

  8. Gina Glantz

    Founder, genderavenger.com

    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.

  9. Shigeki Makino

    Senior Visiting Lecturer, Johnson School, Cornell University

    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.

  10. MinhChau Nguyen

    Vice President, WASH Solutions, East Meets West Foundation

    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

  11. Mandefro Nigussie

    Deputy Regional Director, Horn of Africa, Oxfam America (staff-elected director)

    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.

  12. Steven Reiss

    Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

    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.

  13. Kitt Sawitsky

    Managing director, Goulston & Storrs

    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.

  14. Roger Widmann

    Investment Banker

    Roger was a principal of Tanner & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm specializing in providing advice to corporations ranging from Fortune 200 companies to mid-sized firms. From 1986 to 1995, Roger was a senior managing director in charge of investment banking at Chemical Banking Corporation (now JP Morgan Chase). Prior to joining Chemical, Roger was a founder and managing director of First Reserve Corporation, the largest independent energy investing firm in the U.S. He is Chairman of Cedar Realty Trust, Inc., and a Director of Standard Motor Products, Inc. Mr. Widmann is also Chairman of Keystone National Group, a manager of private equity funds. He was Chairman of Lydall, Inc., a manufacturer of temperature control and filtration materials. Mr. Widmann is also a Senior Moderator of the Aspen Seminar at the Aspen Institute and a board member of the March of Dimes of Greater New York. He is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School.