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With members checking in from nearly every continent, our alumni span the globe.

Alumni Network Advisory Board

Across six sectors and over hundreds of companies, members of our alumni advisory board make up just a sample of where our alumni are now.


Stefanie Sanford (2002-2013)
Then: Director of Policy and Advocacy, US Programs
Now: Chief of Global Policy, Advocacy, & Communications, The College Board

Stefanie oversees the College Board’s Communications and Marketing, Policy, and Government Relations departments and strategic funder relationships. She held policy roles in both Republican and Democratic offices at the state level, and was a White House Fellow in the Office of Cabinet Affairs. Stefanie is a member of the board of America’s Promise Alliance and a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. A native Texan, Stefanie holds a B.S. from Texas Christian University, an MPA from Harvard University, and a PhD from the University of Texas. She is the author of Civic Life in the Information Age: Politics, Technology, and Generation X.

Rebecca Sears (1998-2003)
Then: Senior Networking Specialist, US Library Program
Now: Assistant Director, Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), University of Washington Information School

Rebecca provides strategic leadership for TASCHA, as well as expertise in technology and development, public policy, and global libraries. TASCHA is a research center that explores the interrelationship between technology and community globally, and that develops applied opportunities with information technologies to enable positive change. Prior to this, Rebecca led consumer protection public outreach and education for the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, and provided management consulting for a professional services firm. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.

Sema K. Sgaier, PhD (2008-2015)
Then: Initiative Lead and Senior Program Officer, Global Male Circumcision Initiative; Program Officer, India Country Office, Avahan Program: HIV prevention programs in the states of Karnataka, Manipur and Nagaland;
Now: Co-Founder & Executive Director, Surgo Foundation

Sema leads the overall strategy, management, and implementation of the Surgo Foundation, a privately funded social enterprise working to transform the way development experts solve problems that arise when delivering products and services to people in resource-poor setting by taking a customer focused approach. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and was a scholar at Harvard Medical School and a fellow with the Centre for Global Health Research. Sema received her PhD in Genetics from New York University, her M.A in Neuroscience from Brown University and a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey).

Gwen Sherman (1999-2013)
Then: Director of Finance and Administration
Now: Chief Operating Officer, North Forty Group LLC

Gwen is the COO of the family office of Jeff and Tricia Raikes where she leads multiple functions for the family as well as the co-located Raikes Foundation, including finance, taxes, human resources, legal, risk management, and other services. One of her key projects at the Gates Foundation was oversight of the construction of the headquarters campus in downtown Seattle. Gwen began her career as a CPA in public accounting, followed by financial leadership roles for local governments and non-profits.

Peter M. Small, M.D. (2002-2015)
Then: TB Program Global Leader, Deputy Director of Tuberculosis Delivery, and India TB Program Leader.
Now: Jim and Robin Herrnstein Chair, Founding Director, Global Health Institute, Stony Brook University

Peter spent roughly a decade as a clinician in San Francisco at the dawn of the AIDS era and a decade as a scientist at Stanford University during the explosion of genomics. He left the Foundation to join Stony Brook University as the Founding Director of the Global Health Institute, a university-wide transdisciplinary program that combines teaching, research and service with a mission to reduce poverty, ecological devastation and disease in Madagascar and other poor countries.


Liane Fernyhough (2007-2012)
Then: Program Assistant, Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health.
Now: Family Nurse Practitioner, Valley Medical Center Primary Care Clinic, Kent, Washington

Liane is passionate about helping others live the most healthful life they can. She recently completed her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts, and in her work as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Kent, Washington she has the opportunity to work with many underprivileged patients, including refugees from around the globe. Her focus on the board is to help represent the alumni who were in operations and support roles while at the foundation.

Murad Habibi (2011-2015)
Then: Business Analyst 
Now: Strategy and Innovation Senior Associate, Revel Consulting

Murad is energized by intellectually independent people, and by environments with a bias towards action. His most recent work has been as a consultant at T-Mobile working with AI and social media technology. Prior to this he worked as a user experience consultant at Accenture. Murad’s expertise lies in product development, research, analysis, and human-centered design. His interests include entrepreneurship, design, travel and local philanthropic issues.

Annemarie Hou (2000-2003)
Then: Global Health Communications Manager
Now: Director, Communications and Global Advocacy, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

Annemarie is responsible for positioning HIV and development issues in the global landscape and advancing UNAIDS’ vision and strategies. Prior to joining UNAIDS, Annemarie worked in the philanthropic field. She was the Communications Director at Casey Family Programmes, a foundation dedicated to child welfare issues. She is also an advisor to Graça Machel and Grassroot Soccer. Annemarie started her career as a television journalist.

Josh Jarrett (2006-2013)
Then: Deputy Director, Post-Secondary Success
Now: Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Koru

Josh is a social entrepreneur spanning higher education technology and corporate people analytics. His latest venture is Koru, a start-up revolutionizing early career recruiting through data-driven assessments and learning science. Koru helps employers efficiently source more diverse and job-ready candidates. Earlier in his career, Josh served as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, product manager at Enkata Technologies, and consultant for the National Park Service.

Laurie Lee (2008-2014)
Then: Deputy Director of the European Office, Africa Director
Now: Chief Executive Officer, CARE International NGO Confederation, UK

Laurie oversees projects in over 60 developing countries in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Economic Empowerment & Financial Inclusion, Food & Nutrition Security, and Emergencies. Laurie started his career working for the British Government for over 10 years, for DFID in London, South Africa, Brussels and Afghanistan, and for two and a half years in 10 Downing Street, advising Prime Minister Blair on Africa and Development. Laurie was the first employee of the European Office; managed the Global Development Government Relations team for all continents; and lead the work to create the foundation's first regional strategy for Africa and to open foundation offices in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.

Tjada D’Oyen McKenna (2006-2010)
Then: Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development
Now: Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity, International

Tjada oversees global programming and service delivery across Habitat for Humanity’s network of 1,400 US affiliates, and more than 70 country programs worldwide. In 2010, she joined the Obama Administration where she oversaw the US government’s signature food security initiative, Feed the Future. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Joe, have two young sons and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kanwarjit Singh, MD (2007-2010)
Then: Senior Program Officer, Global Health
Now: Team Leader, US Medical Affairs, Pfizer Oncology

A physician, Kanwarjit’s work focuses on established therapies for GU tumors and the Immuno-oncology pipeline. Earlier, he was at Johnson & Johnson as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Asia Pacific, and CMO at ASP, a subsidiary in California. Prior to that, he gained broad industry experience in commercial and medical roles at Amgen, Bayer and at McKinsey & Company. He is a native of the Punjab in India and alumni of Columbia Med, MIT, Oxford and St Stephen’s College, Delhi.