The success of a non-profit organization hinges on many factors. One factor is having an experienced Board of Directors that can provide the organization with solid leadership. Jolkona Foundation is blessed with such a board of extraordinary personalities.
Eleza, one of the co-founders serves as the treasurer/secretary of Jolkona Foundation. She is also enrolled as a MPH student (with focus on nutrition) in University of Washington. Before enrolling in the MPH program, Eleza had worked in the non-profit sector. She has strong experience in the day-to-day running of non-profit organization in the United States â€“ something that was invaluable during the process of getting Jolkona incorporated and applying for 501c(3) status. She truly is the operational nerve center of our foundation.
Mushtaque has extensive experience in the field of public health. In addition to serving on our board, he serves as the Deputy Director of BRAC â€“ the largest NGO in the world. BRAC is also one of few non-profit organizations that are self-sustainable today. He serves as the dean of James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University â€“ one of the eminent public health schools in the world. He also serves as a visiting professor at Columbia University. Mushtaque has received numerous awards, including the prestigious â€œSocial Innovator of the Yearâ€.
Noah has been providing Jolkona Foundation with invaluable guidance in our early days. Noah serves as the Executive Director of Calcutta Kids, a non-profit organization he founded while he was an undergraduate student in Marlboro College, Vermont. Calcutta Kids is an organization committed to the empowerment of the poorest children and expecting mothers in the underserved slums in and around Kolkata, India.Â Calcutta Kids does an amazing job at keeping down their costs â€“ something that we hope to learn from here in Jolkona Foundation.
Anna has an amazing life story to tell. Her inspiring story starts with a young girl growing up in war-torn Lebanon, moving to the United States at the tender age of 17 with a handful of change, to serving as an Executive Director of one of the leading non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, California. She has accomplished all that at a very young age. Anna serves as the Executive Director of Academy of Business Leadership, an organization that has brought innovative approaches to the education of inner city children. She also serves in various women leadership organizations including Womenâ€™s Foundation of California, Merrill Lynch Inaugural Womenâ€™s Advisory Council, and Harvard Universityâ€™s John F. Kennedy School of Government Womenâ€™s Leadership Board. Needless to say, she also serves as an integral member of Jolkonaâ€™s board.
While I serve as the President of Jolkona Foundation, the individuals mentioned above are the ones who really move this foundation forward. It is my pleasure to be able to work with such a dedicated and dynamic group.