Farah Stockman, Founder, is a reporter for the New York Times and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. After graduating from Harvard, Farah moved to Kenya to work with street children in a town located about 63 km (39 mi) southeast of Nairobi, called Machakos. Along with veteran street workers there, she established Jitegemee, our grassroots education program that serves about 200 vulnerable children in Machakos each year. In 2014, Farah won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship to write a series of columns in the Boston Globe about the 40th anniversary of court-ordered busing in Boston. In 2015, that series won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Originally from East Lansing, Michigan, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.
Shulamit (Shu) Kahn, Board Chair, is an economist by profession and by disposition. She is a tenured professor at Boston University School of Management, teaching courses in economics and statistics. Her present research is about compliance with labor laws, particularly minimum wage and overtime regulations. She is also tracking the status of women in academia, both in her research and for a Boston University faculty committee on diversity. Over the years, she has been on boards and in leadership positions at her synagogue and her children’s schools, dealing with budgets, hiring, oversight, and numerous special projects. Shu lives in Boston with her husband.
Abby Kral, Treasurer, is a health insurance executive. Prior to entering the private sector, Abby spent over a decade in the U.S. Senate and on political campaigns, serving as Staff Director on the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Sub-Committee, where she led the successful passage of over a dozen bills to become law. She holds an MBA in Finance and occasionally day trades, while her dog, Eddie, watches CNBC.
Catherine Mosca, Secretary, works as an Online Editor for the Tom Peters Company. Prior to her current position, Cathy’s career revolved around children and family issues, first during 16 years with the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in Florida and then for seven years as a full-time childcare worker. She currently serves as Jitegemee’s Secretary-Treasurer and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Paul Frisoli is Associate Director for Education in Emergencies at FHI 360. He leads the new practice area integrating programs within the Education, Employment and Engagement Business Unit to establish evidence-based, conflict-sensitive interventions that focus on equitable access to quality education. He also leads FHI 360’s social-emotional learning programs. He is currently co-chair of the INEE Education Policy Working group, the Equity Initiative Teacher Social-Emotional Well-Being Task Team and the Basic Education Coalition Education in Conflict and Crisis Working Group. He is a steering group member of the Education and Conflict and Crisis Network (ECCN) and is actively involved in the PSS/SEL and Teachers in Crisis Contexts INEE collaboratives.
Tulaine Montgomery is a Managing Partner and member of the Executive Team at New Profit. In this role she leads the Accelerator portfolio providing strategic and financial support to over twenty of our nation’s most promising social innovations. Tulaine also serves as a lead spokesperson for New Profit at a time of growing dialogue in philanthropy about the unprecedented opportunities and challenges facing the sector. She is Host and Executive Producer of “Jump at the Sun”, New Profit’s podcast and online forum for conversations with America’s Problem Solvers, the grounded visionaries and practical idealists working hard to make things better.
Jacqi Mosselson is a tenured faculty member in International Education at UMass, Amherst. Her research examines how inequality and difference manifest and are contested in culture and education. She received her PhD with distinction from Columbia University. Previously, Jacqi worked for the Fulbright Commission, UNICEF, and for the International Rescue Committee, and has conducted research for the European Commission, the World Bank, and UN agencies. In 2018,she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, UK. She is Co-Editor of the Comparative Education Review, a member of the INEE’s 2018-2021 Working Group on Education Policy, and for 2 years is President of CIES Teaching Comparative Education Special Interest Group.
Mark Palmer is a licensed architect at CallisonRTKL in Washington, DC specializing in Healthcare architecture and sustainable design. He has volunteered with Architecture for Humanity since 2004 and has worked on public interest design projects in the United States, Africa, and India. In 2009, Mark led an interactive workshop with Jitegemee to plan and design the new buildings and campus. In 2013, he led the A Place To Go™ project which designed and funded the construction of a biogas toilet for the program which creates energy from waste. Mark believes that design can make the world a better place and should be driven by culture, ecology, and social impact. Mark completed his Master of Architecture from Norwich University in 2004 and currently lives in Washington, DC. Mark loves all plants and animals, especially sharks and dinosaurs, watching zombie movies, and he only sings in falsetto.
Christina Stellini has worked in East/Southern Africa for the past fourteen years to advance global health and development programming. As Technical Advisor for the Bantwana Initiative of World Education, Christina provides technical assistance to, and works collaboratively with field teams across country portfolios to design, support and assess programs that strengthen the capacity of civil society and local government to provide health care and social protection to orphaned and vulnerable children in high HIV-prevalence countries. Christina’s Bachelor’s degree from UCLA is in Political Science/International Relations, and her Master’s of Arts from George Washington University is in International Development Studies.