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.
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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. (Chair), 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 (Chair). 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 Chair of the University's Advisory Board for the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He also co-chaired 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.
Ray Offenheiser joined Oxfam America as its president in 1996. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has grown more than sevenfold, and repositioned itself in the US as an influential voice on international development and foreign policy. Prior to joining Oxfam, Ray represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has also directed programs for the Inter-American Foundation in both Brazil and Colombia and worked for Save the Children Federation in Mexico. At the 2012 G Meeting, he was appointed by the Obama administration to represent civil society interests on the Leadership Council of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa. Ray serves and has served on numerous boards and advisory bodies for a diverse array of both national and international institutions including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the World Agricultural Forum, the Gates Foundation, Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Cornell University, Interaction and the Kellogg Center at the University of Notre Dame. He was a co-founder and board member of the ONE Campaign, the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and the Food Policy Action Network and served as honorary President of Wetlands International.
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.
Before joining Carbonite in 2014, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett-Packard, and previously as CEO of the workforce optimization division of Aspect. 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, Mohamad 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, Mohamad also led business units in the areas of semiconductors, systems and software. Mohamad holds a bachelor’s degree and a master's degree in electrical engineering, both from Stanford University. He is a director of iRobot, Carbonite, and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Mohamad 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.
Tony has been director of the Graduate School of Geography and Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University since 2010. 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
Rosalind is the chair of the Board’s Audit Committee. Her firm, Browns Town Advisory Services, Inc., an independent management consulting firm, provides consulting expertise to companies in areas including, audit, governance, anti-corruption, credit risk, anti-money laundering (AML), regulatory policy development and implementation, fraud investigations, risk management, eDiscovery strategy, and privacy and data security. In addition, Rosalind is a co-founder of Browns Town Music LLP, a production, recording, and music publishing company that has an impressive roster of young, talented, and exciting producers, writers, and artists, collaborating with music industry leaders in creating trend setting great music and developing new talent. Formerly, Rosalind was a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in the Forensic Technology Solutions Practice, her PwC career spanning 15 years as a financial services regulatory consultant; her key clients included global banks, federal bank regulators, investment advisors, broker dealers, and insurance companies. Rosalind is also a former federal bank examiner where she identified discriminatory lending practices (i.e., redlining), investigated money laundering allegations, and performed risk-based capital and residential and commercial loan portfolio analyses. Rosalind holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Howard University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas State University.
Latanya is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She previously 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.
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.
Gina is a member of the board of directors of the Oxfam America Action Fund and chairwoman of the Oxfam America board of directors’ development and governance committee. In 2014, Gina 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, Gina served in multiple capacities at the Congressional, state, and presidential levels, and was national campaign manager for Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Gina worked as senior advisor to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). After retirement, Gina served as a Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, followed by a stint as an HKS adjunct lecturer. She is a board member of Dēmos and TurboVote. Gina is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Shigeki is currently serving on the Advisory Boards of several start-ups. Shigeki recently served as a Senior Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson School at Cornell 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 Research, portfolio manager, and equity analyst at Fidelity in a variety of locations. Shigeki graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a MBA, and is fluent in Japanese.
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. In 2009, she became the Country Director for Vietnam and Vice President for the Water and Sanitation portfolio in the same organization until 2014. She joined as Principal, Results for Development Institute in Washington DC in 2015. 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
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.
Laura Rusu is the Policy and Campaigns media manager at Oxfam America. With her diverse experience in communications, campaigns, human rights, and development, Laura manages advocacy related media and communications work for Oxfam America on issues including aid effectiveness, climate change, trade, developing country agriculture, and women’s rights. In her almost 12 year tenure at Oxfam, Laura has worked to elevate the voices of the poor through the media at key international moments, such as the G8 Summits in Edinburgh and Toronto, the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong, and the UN Climate Change Conferences in Bali, Poznan, and Copenhagen. Prior to joining Oxfam, Laura worked as a communications strategist for Witeck Combs Communications, a public relations firm based in Washington, DC. She was also a program associate for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, as well as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund and the Open Society Foundation of Romania. Laura earned a B.A. in French and Political Science from Indiana University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is fluent in French and Romanian.
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 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.
Joe is currently Of Counsel at Goodwin Procter, LLP, having been a partner there from 2000-2014. Goodwin is an international law firm with offices in Boston, New York, Washington, California, Hong Kong and London. Joe’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Joe founded Friedman Siegelbaum, in Roseland, New Jersey which grew to over 60 attorneys before being acquired by Goodwin Procter in 2000. Joe currently serves as the President of the March of Dimes New York Division.
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 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.