Women for Women International Elects New Board Leadership and Members
For Immediate Release
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Women for Women International Elects New Board Leadership and Members
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – The Board of Directors of Women for Women International (WfWI) today announced the appointment of philanthropist and business entrepreneur Jan Rock Zubrow as Board chair in addition to the election of new members. Prior to her appointment, Rock Zubrow served as Vice Chair of the Board and co-Chair of the Revenue and Advancement Committee.
Rock Zubrow is a leader of non-profit organizations active in higher education, K-12 education, and international development. She has played a leadership role on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University since 1998. Currently, Rock Zubrow is Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee for Cornell’s thirteenth president. In addition, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of New Leaders for New Schools, an organization that trains educators to be transformational school leaders who can help bridge the achievement gap in the nation’s inner city schools.
Prior to her non-profit work, Rock Zubrow had a career in healthcare venture capital and consumer marketing. From 1998-2010, Rock Zubrow was president of MedCapital, LLC, a venture capital firm that she founded which invested in early stage healthcare companies. MedCapital’s portfolio consisted of companies that developed medical devices, diagnostic, and therapeutic products, and she served as a director or advisor to these early stage companies. From 2002-2010, Rock Zubrow also served as a Venture Partner at Radius Ventures and helped Radius invest and manage invested capital of $300 million.
“Since joining the board in 2012, Jan has consistently demonstrated her deep commitment to the organization by serving in key Board leadership positions,” said outgoing Board chair, Danuta Lockett. “Her knowledge of the non-profit and private sectors will continue to strengthen our expanding base of supporters and partners.” During Lockett’s three-year term as Board chair, she guided the organization through a period of institutional growth and development that helped usher in a new generation of Board members and organizational leadership.
Lockett’s leadership reaffirmed the strength of WfWI’s niche and focus on serving the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict.
“Our work is unique because it focuses on the pressing social and economic needs of women at their most vulnerable moment after conflict,” said Danuta Lockett. “Since our founding 20 years ago by Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah, WfWI has served more than 400,000 women and touched the lives of nearly 2 million family and community members.”
“I am excited to partner with the Board and our newly appointed CEO Jennifer L. Windsor to expand our work and engage more supporters who are ready to make a difference,” reflected Rock Zubrow. “This is one of the only organizations dedicated to equipping women survivors of war with the skills and resources needed to live with dignity. Given the geopolitical realities today, I can’t imagine a more important and vital organization to support, if you care about reducing inequality and challenging the barriers women face around the world.”
“Jan has been a source of support and partnership and I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role as chair,” said Jennifer L. Windsor, CEO of Women for Women International. “Our charitable work is strengthened by the diversity of Board members who volunteer their talent and share our commitment to working directly with women and our partners around the globe. Our Board leadership is an important part of our global team that includes more than 500 staff and trainers living and working in 11 countries around the world.”
The Board also announced the addition of new Board members that have joined in the past year.
Dale G. Berger (2015-2018)
Dale Berger has a long career as a businesswoman specializing in retail and has owned several successful stores in New York City. Together with her husband Max W. Berger, a senior founding partner of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLB&G), the Bergers are dedicated philanthropists. In 2013, they were the Seven Generations honorees at the City Year New York gala. Recently, they established the Dale and Max Berger Public Interest Law Fellowship at Columbia Law School and the Max Berger Pre-Law Program at Baruch College.
Megan Sidhu (2014-2017)
Megan Sidhu serves as educational programming coordinator at Free The Children in San Francisco, California. Free The Children empowers children in North America to take action to improve the lives of fellow children overseas. With local leadership initiatives and international projects, Free the Children has brought over 650 schools and water projects to communities around the world. Megan is a graduate of Pitzer College where she earned a B.A in Ethics and Engagement in Developing Countries, and Anthropology.
Clemantine Wamariya (2014-2017)
Clemantine was six years old when the Rwandan Genocide broke out. Along with her older sister Claire, she spent several years living in refugee camps separated from parents and relatives, in seven different countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. Eventually making her way to the United States, Clemantine earned a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. Today she draws on her life experiences and uses storytelling to fight injustice and to champion the cause of those without opportunity or the protection of law. In addition to serving on the board of Women for Women International and Refugee Transitions, President Obama appointed her to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Board.
About Women for Women International
Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has provided women survivors of war, and conflict with resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI delivers these resources through a tiered, yearlong program that begins with direct financial aid and emotional support. Participants also learn about their legal rights; receive life-skills training such as health awareness, numeracy, budgeting and saving, decision-making and negotiation, and civic participation; learn business and vocational skills; and gain access to income-generating activities where they can apply those skills and begin moving towards economic stability. Along with helping more than 420,000 women in the past 20 years to rebuild their own lives and those of their families and communities after war, WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.