Communications Manager Consultant
Lola Ibrahim has served for over seven years in the non-profit sector – working in gender equality, social justice, and human rights advocacy. As a youth program director in Cambridge (2005-2011) she delivered leadership training to prepare and reinforce young women’s personal development, civic engagement, and self-advocacy. She co-founded the Alliance for Girls’ Services (2009), fostering ongoing community-level dialogue on the collective impact of gender-specific programming. As Program Officer at the Sudan-Reach Women’s Foundation since 2004, she managed fundraising and development activities, while establishing partnerships with a broad range of constituencies – volunteers, NGOs, and local grassroots organizations – to achieve programmatic objectives serving women and children.
Lola has experience working with underprivileged populations including immigrants, refugees – particularly women, and more recently with youth – in both direct services and advocacy. She has a background in program design; training and development; technical writing; graphic design; and communications. She is a graduate of George Mason University with a major in Government, focusing on human rights education and International/Comparative studies. She is currently pursuing an MLA in International Relations at Harvard University. Lola joined FNTG in July 2011 and is based in the Boston area.
Mark has worked to promote economic development and social justice for over two decades, focusing on strengthening citizens’ movements, civil society organizations and international NGO networks. Mark obtained a Master’s degree from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia in England in 1986. Positions held by Mark include Executive Director, JustAct: Youth Action for Global Justice (1997-2001), West Africa Regional Director, Oxfam America (1991-1997), Grants Manager, United Support of Artists for Africa (1987-1990), Canvas Team Leader, Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (1987), Asia/Pacific Assistant Director and Africa Program Advisor for Save the Children (1981-1985) and Teacher/Community Development Worker in the Central African Republic(1977-1980). Mark took over responsibilities as FNTG coordinator in February 2001 and is based in San Francisco.
Volunteer Program Associate
A member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Melissa has a background in both philanthropy and in youth empowerment. She has served as a grants allocations member/facilitator and coordinator of the young women’s programs at the Boston Women’s Fund (2003-2009), while also reviewing funding programs with the Community Outreach Partnership Center of the HUD Office of University Partnerships (2003-2009). She also serves on the Board of RESIST since 2008.
Melissa attended and graduated from UC Berkeley (1999) & Cornell University (2002), focusing on city/regional planning, community development, legal studies, and social policy. Melissa’s work experience includes organizational development, program management, grant-making, youth work, organizing & advocacy, communications, and event planning. Her passions lie in social justice, grassroots organizing, progressive philanthropy, and community empowerment locally, nationally, and globally. She joined FNTG in September 2009 and is based in New York City.