OUR FOUNDERS

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TIFFANY M. GARDNER

Tiffany M. Gardner has a background in international human rights advocacy and domestic public interest. She has worked on human rights issues and grassroots organizing throughout Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States. She has had professional experiences at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations International Law Commission and Human Rights Watch. In her most recent position she was the founder and director of the Human Right to Housing Program at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, where she created, designed and implemented the program that sought to address the serial displacement facing New Orleans survivors of Hurricane Katrina and unite poor peoples movements globally. Mrs. Gardner has published several articles on issues of social justice and global inclusion, including "Radio Jamming: The Disarmament of Radio Propaganda" (regarding the Rwandan genocide) in Small Wars and Insurgencies, "Race and Federal Recognition in Native New England" in Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country, "The Commodification of Women's Work: Theorizing the Advancement of African Women" in Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, and "Human Rights Approaches in State Development Programming" published by Columbia University Teachers College. Her most recent publication is an article entitled "No Shelter from the storm: Reclaiming the right to housing and protecting the health of vulnerable communities in post-Katrina New Orleans" that was published by Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a former Mergers & Acquisitions associate at the New York law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She received a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a LL.M. in human rights law from Columbia University Law School.  In addition to her professional pursuits, Tiffany is actively involved with the American Museum of Natural History, Apollo Theater's Women's Committee, the Central Park Women's Committee and the New Victory Theater.  She is a happily married mom with two adorable little boys. 

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DANA L. OLDS

In addition to working on youth development, Dana L. Olds is a seasoned international development expert skilled in managing large-scale democracy and governance projects. Dana's technical areas of expertise span: local governance, women's empowerment, social accountability, civic education, elections, civil society development, decentralization, basic services, improvement in education, health and water, community-driven development, youth leadership, organizational assessment, capacity building, strategic planning, and proposal development. She has more than 15 years of project management and community development experience in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Dana is a returned Peace Corps Senegal Volunteer, and has served as Director of Governance Programs with the International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to her work with the IRC, Dana has worked with organizations including Chemonics International, Inc., the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and the World Bank. She received a B.A. in International Relations and Japanese from Lincoln University, spent time as a visiting student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and holds a Masters' in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Dana's article "Microcredit, Social Capital, and Politics: The Case of a Small Rural Town - Gossas, Senegal" was published in the Journal of Microfinance. Dana is a fluent French speaker. In addition to her professional pursuits, she is passionate about Zumba, Spin, Pilates and Bikram Yoga.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tiffany M. Gardner

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Mieko McKay

Dana L. Olds

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Rob Robinson
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Special Adviser

Dr. Robin C. McKinney - Medical Director