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.
Smita Singh, ChairDirector, 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. 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 as Chair, the Natural Resource Governance Institute as Vice Chair, Twaweza, International Budget Partnership as Vice Chair and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and served on the US President's Global Development Council under Barack Obama.
Joe H. Hamilton, Vice ChairExecutive Vice President, Liberty International (retired)
Joe recently retired after a 35 year career in international insurance. He led Liberty Mutual’s international strategy and expansion from 1995 through 2015, starting and acquiring companies in over 20 countries generating $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 a director on multiple subsidiary and joint venture non-US boards, as chairman and member of several international insurance associations, and as an advisor on financial sector and insurance projects with international supervisory bodies, the World Bank and the WTO. Joe is currently an active advisor and member of the President’s Circle of Acción International, a financial inclusion/microfinance organization. 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. He is fluent in Spanish.
Abby MaxmanPresident & CEO, Oxfam America
Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as president and CEO in 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development, she brings a strategic focus on addressing the policies and systems that perpetuate global poverty. Maxman has particular experience in gender and power in social change; humanitarian preparedness and response; and organizational development, behavior and culture. Throughout her career she has also focused on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse within the aid sector, and currently plays an important role within the Oxfam Confederation and among US-based NGOs to improve safeguarding practices.
Prior to joining Oxfam, Maxman served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International in Geneva, providing leadership across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs and Operations for CAREUSA, and in other country and regional leadership roles in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
Before CARE, Maxman had assignments with the U.S. Peace Corps, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, UN World Food Programme, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Colorado College and a Masters of International Administration from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Maxman has witnessed the impact of poverty, injustice, war and disaster first hand, and has said she believes the fight against global poverty and inequality is more relevant now than ever before. She is married and lives with her husband and three children in Winchester, Mass.
Jack Regan, SecretarySenior Fellow, Harvard Law School, Legal Services Center
Jack is a lawyer, and a Senior Fellow at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, working in its Veterans Legal Clinic.
Jack is a retired partner in the Boston office of WilmerHale’s Litigation Department, where he was a member of its Intellectual Property Litigation and Business Trial Practice Groups. He served for many years as Co-chair of WilmerHale’s Pro Bono Committee, which manages the firm’s extensive pro bono legal services, inner city community services programs, and international cases for NGOs and disadvantaged peoples in Africa and Latin America. He had an active pro bono practice, including extensive work in Haiti, the representation of veterans, and counseling nonprofits in many sectors.
Jack is a former President of the Boston Bar Association and trustee of its charitable-granting arm, the Boston Bar Foundation. Jack has also been a board member, trustee and board chair for a variety of other important Boston area nonprofits. He currently is a trustee of the Lynch Foundation, a major charitable grant maker in Boston.
Jack is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. Jack served as a lieutenant in the US Navy, and deployed to the Mediterranean, and on a frigate to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Tonkin and Persian Gulf areas.
N. James Shachoy, TreasurerSenior Managing Director, Accenture PLC
Jamey has been Accenture’s Chief Tax Officer since 2001; in addition he has held various finance leadership roles with the company. Accenture provides services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, to clients in over 120 countries across more than 40 industries. Before Accenture, Jamey worked in the international tax group for a global accounting firm advising clients in the technology industry.
Jamey is active in professional and tax policy organizations and has taught as a visiting professor in international tax.
Jamey and his wife Laura have three children and live in Marion, Massachusetts
Bisrat AkliluSenior Advisor for Sustainable Development and Fund Management
Bisrat Aklilu is a senior advisor for sustainable development and fund management for various governments and international organizations. He worked for the United Nations for over 30 years starting as Portfolio Manager for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Deputy Executive Director and Director of Operations of the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) and Executive Coordinator of the UN-wide Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) in UNDP. He established and managed the MPTF Office, which when he left the UN in 2013, had a portfolio of over 100 UN Trust Funds with $6 billion funding and was the first UN Office to introduce full public transparency through real-time financial and narrative reporting.
Bisrat has served on the Boards of Oxfam America, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF). At present he is on the Boards of Chemonics International (as Vice-Board Chair), Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) and advisor to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF). He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Boston University, where he was also an Assistant Professor and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Mohamad AliChief Executive Officer, IDG
Before joining International Data Group in 2019, Mohamad was CEO of Carbonite, a publicly traded cloud data protection and security company. Prior to this, he served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett-Packard, and before that as President of Avaya’s global services business. Additionally, Mohamad was Vice President at IBM, where acquired and integrated numerous companies to create IBM’s analytics business. Mohamad holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. He is a director of iRobot, IDG, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, and the WGBH Educational Foundation. Mohamad was named CEO of the Year by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council in 2018 and a “40 Under 40” member by the Boston Business Journal in 2008.
Margie AltCampaign Director for the Climate Action Campaign
Margie Alt serves as the Campaign Director for the Climate Action Campaign, an unbranded coalition of 14 major national environmental, environmental justice and health organizations focused on winning bold federal action on climate and climate justice. An environmental campaigner, strategist, and coalition builder, during the 2020 and 2018 elections Alt served as the Program Director for Green Wave, a joint effort by 5 national green groups to mobilize their members to help elect pro-environment members to congress. From 2007 – 2017 Margie was the founding Executive Director of Environment America. Under her leadership the organization grew to include 29 state offices and 1.5 million members, donors, activists and allies. In addition to winning major victories like the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Water Rule at the federal level, during her tenure Environment America helped pass numerous state renewable electricity standards, protected millions of acres of public lands, and won numerous lawsuits against major polluters. While leading Environment America Alt served as a chair of the Green Group, a coalition of 30+ major national environmental organizations.
She helped found the Climate Action Campaign in 2012and co-chaired the coalition up through 2017. Prior to launching Environment America, Margie worked in the Public Interest Network for 25 years. After starting as a campus organizer at MASSPIRG, Alt successfully lobbied the Massachusetts legislature to pass the first in the nation Toxics Use Reduction Act; she ran door-to-door canvass operations; built a national field apparatus and trained thousands of staff and activists among other roles. In addition to her issue advocacy and organizing experience Margie has worked on numerous electoral campaigns including running the Environment Virginia independent expenditure effort that knocked over 150,000 doors for Barack Obama and Tim Kaine in 2012 and serving as the out of state volunteer coordinator for Hillary for America in Philadelphia Pennsylvania during the fall of 2018.
Margie combines her sense of humor with strong policy chops, smart strategy, compelling storytelling, effective lobbying, extensive coalition-building and spirited grassroots activism to build strong organizations, mobilize public support and win campaigns. Margie grew up in Long Beach, New York, graduated from Yale College and currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Anthony BebbingtonMilton P. and Alice C. Higgins Professor of Environment and SocietyGraduate School of Geography, Clark University
Tony is Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University where he also served as Director of the Graduate School of Geography from 2010-17. Prior to that he was a professor at the University of Manchester and held academic positions at Cambridge University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also been a social scientist at the World Bank on two separate occasions, and a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development. He has worked in the Andean countries since the late 1980s on issues of agriculture and rural development, farmer and indigenous organization, and the relationships between extractive industries, livelihoods and socio-environmental conflicts. He has also worked in El Salvador and Indonesia. Tony is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has received distinguished scholarship honors from the Association of American Geographers and has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and Clark University
Latanya Mapp FrettCEO and President, Global Fund for Women
Latanya is the incoming CEO and President of the Global Fund for Women. She formerly served as the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also worked for eight years as a human rights officer for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and for ten years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Latanya served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. She has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. government and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. State Department. Latanya was one of 30 Foreign Service Officers honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She currently serves as Board of Director at Oxfam America, CHANGE, and Inwood House. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Alum of ICAP. She holds a bachelor of arts in government and politics, a master's in public policy, and a JD from the University of Maryland.
Tigist GizawStaff Elected Director
Tigist Gizaw is a program development professional with a MA degree in NGO management and two decades of experience in international development in Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan and the U.S. She has been with Oxfam since 2007 in various roles including designing, monitoring and evaluating humanitarian and influencing programs. She has co-designed and facilitated courses and training workshops on rights-based program design, program leadership, and influencing strategies for more than 350 Oxfam staff and partners around the globe.
Tigist is currently a Business Development and Partnership advisor based in Boston and provides technical assistance to the development of multi-country global programs and promotes cultivation of diversified donor portfolios in collaboration with country, region, and affiliate teams. Prior to Oxfam, Tigist worked with ActionAid, Chemonics International and Development Alternatives Inc.
Naima Green-Riley is a Ph.D. Candidate and Raymond Vernon Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research focuses on U.S. and Chinese public diplomacy, and it uses empirical methods to measure the extent of American and Chinese influence on public opinion in other countries.
Before pursuing her Ph.D., Naima was a Pickering Fellow and a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked in the public diplomacy cone. Naima was the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt during the Arab Spring (2011-2013). She also served as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China during the Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia" (2014-2015). Naima worked as an intern and an advance associate for the White House in 2010. She contributed to the first ever Forum for Young African Leaders hosted by President Obama, and she worked on subsequent U.S. government youth outreach programming in Africa and the Middle East.
Naima received a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in International Relations with Honors from Stanford University. She was a Belfer Center International and Global Affairs fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she graduated with a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP). She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and she also has an intermediate-level knowledge of Arabic.
Sherine Jayawickrama is an independent consultant working with international NGOs and foundations to enhance organizational governance, adapt institutional architecture, improve organizational learning, and evaluate organizational evolution processes. From 2008 to 2013, Sherine managed the Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain of practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, and served as Executive Director of the NGO Leaders Forum, a gathering of the CEOs of America’s major international NGOs. She plays an ongoing coordination role for the NGO Leaders Forum. Previously, she worked at CARE USA for ten years in roles related to policy analysis and advocacy, regional management (Asia) and the Office of the President. Earlier in her career, Sherine worked on environmental policy issues in Sri Lanka, where she grew up. She has a B.A. in economics and international relations from Scripps College, and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Yana Ayesha KakarGlobal Managing Partner Emeritus, Dalberg
Yana is a senior leader with a track record of success both as a chief executive and as a counsellor to CEOs, heads of state and government, civil society leaders and renowned philanthropists. She recently concluded two terms as the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors, an impact-driven multinational consulting firm.
During her tenure, Yana more than tripled global revenues launched two new business lines, roughly doubled the number of employees and grew the firm’s footprint from 12 to nearly 30 offices worldwide. Yana sees inclusive and sustainable growth as the pivotal challenge of our time, and is a recognized expert in socially responsible investment and business strategies to fuel that growth. In both life and work, Yana is an ardent advocate for gender equality and women’s economic advancement, and has helped leaders in over ten countries including the United States to apply a gender lens to domestic and foreign policy development.
In addition to Oxfam America, Yana serves on the Board of Directors of Convergence and the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. She is also a member of the Young President’s Organization, the Brookings Global Leadership Council, and CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2018, Yana was appointed to the Presidential Youth Entrepreneurship Group, a council of young global leaders formed by the President of the African Development Bank to advise heads of state and industry on building inclusive and transformative African economies.
Yana’s perspectives have been published in media outlets including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, DevEx, The Guardian, The Economist and Forbes. She has previously worked at Arthur D. Little, The Boston Consulting Group, and Women’s World Banking. Yana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Yana is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, speaks five languages, and lives with her husband, two children and much-loved dog in New York.
Homi KharasSenior Fellow, The Brooking Institution
Homi Kharas is the Interim Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program. In that capacity, he studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of the middle class, and global governance and the G-20. He has advised the UN Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda, and has consulted for various governments, including Sweden and Malaysia, as well as for international organizations, including the World Bank Group, the United Nations, the International Fund for Agriculture Development, the OECD, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Global Fund Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Qatar National Research Fund, and the Centennial Group.
Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Kharas spent 26 years at the World Bank, serving for seven years as Chief Economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific region and Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Finance and Private Sector Development, responsible for the Bank’s advice on structural and economic policies, fiscal issues, debt, trade, governance and financial markets. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University and has an M.A. and B.A. from King's College, University of Cambridge.
Carl F. MuñanaCEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation (retired)
Carl has dedicated his professional life to international investment banking, social impact investing, and development finance. Most recently he served as CEO of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the multilateral private sector investment banking affiliate of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Early in his career he was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. where he was Head of Investment Banking for Mexico and Senior Risk Officer for Latin America. He also designed an innovative social investment strategy for the firm. Carl later focused on innovations in the fields of social and development finance. He was an investor, strategy consultant, and board member to companies, foundations and academia primarily in Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has served on several international corporate and not-for-profit boards, including Voxiva, Microvest, Ashoka (Spain), Global Citizen Year, and Emzingo. He is a co-founder of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University and on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame. Carl has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Between degrees he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
Kitt SawitskyDirector, Goulston & Storrs
Kitt is a member of the Oxfam America board of directors and chairman of the board of the Oxfam America Action 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 was a co founder of Boston Employment Service (“Strive”) and currently serves on the board of directors of Strategies for Children and on the board of overseers of the New England Aquarium. Kitt did his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Sonal Shah, Chair, Board Development CommitteeExecutive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation Georgetown University
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.
Michael SilbermanGlobal Director of the Mobilisation Lab
Michael Silberman has been guiding social change organizations to achieve greater impact through the creative use of participatory strategies and technologies for more than a decade. He’s the founder and Global Director of the Mobilisation Lab, which equips a growing global network of advocacy campaigners at organizations like Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Save the Children with the skills and support they need to win change in today's digital world.
Silberman is recognized as one of the U.S.’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times and one of LinkedIn’s "Top Professionals 35 and Under" transforming the social impact sector. He teaches digital-era advocacy and campaigning to graduate students at George Washington University and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Silberman got his start on Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign where he mobilized 200,000 grassroots volunteers through “Meetups” and built one of the first successful digital organizing programs in American politics. Prior to launching the MobLab, Silberman was a partner and co-founder at Echo & Co, an award-winning digital strategy firm.
Tara L. TorrensPartner, Capital Research and Management Company
Tara is a high yield bond portfolio manager and analyst, as well as co-research director for fixed income, at Capital Research and Management Company. She is based in New York but also spends significant time in Los Angeles, where Capital Research is headquartered. She is a chartered financial analyst. Tara is also a member of the Fixed Income Board of the Applied Security Analysis Program, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and works closely with students looking to enter the investment profession.
Dabie H. TsaiPartner, CrossCountry Consulting
Dabie is the Managing Partner for the San Francisco office of CrossCountry Consulting where she provides additional leadership to its West Coast practice. Dabie has 23 years of extensive experience in a wide range of specialties including risk-based integrated audits of large multinational companies, US GAAP and IFRS, SEC and IPO filings for both domestic and foreign filers, SOX 404 controls and processes, credit risk, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, and matters of corporate governance.
Most recently, Ms. Tsai served as the Global Lead Audit Engagement Partner of KPMG Spain’s largest global audit client. Prior to that, she held a number of lead roles with KPMG U.S. on the firm’s largest audit clients in different industries including banking, telecommunications, manufacturing and hospitality. Ms. Tsai was also a member of KPMG’s Lead Partners Forum, the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women, and a graduate of the KPMG-INSEAD International Banking Executive Program. She has been published in financial newspapers and is a speaker at various industry and professional forums and universities.
Ms. Tsai is a U.S. CPA and a Canadian Chartered Accountant. She has significant expertise working in different countries and 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.