Board Members

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    Shamim Jawad
    Founder, President
    Shamim Jawad is the founder of Ayenda Foundation, the Afghan Children Initiative, a non-profit 501 © 3 public charity organization that supports projects that enhance the welfare, education, health, shelter and safety of Afghan Children. She is a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, which was established in 2002 by President Bush and President Karzai to advance the rights of women....
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    Timothy J. McBride
    Senior Vice President
    Mr. McBride joined Covidien in February 2010 as Vice President for Global Government Affairs with responsibility for directing state, federal and international government affairs for the company. Based in Washington, DC he directs a team of government relations professionals located in Washington, Dublin, and Tokyo. ...
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    Renee M. Schoenberg
    Pro Bono Legal Council
    Renee M. Schoenberg is a partner in the Chicago, Illinois office of DLA Piper US LLP. She has served as pro bono legal counsel to Ayenda Foundation since its inception....
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    Michele Kessler
    Michele Kessler is the Director of Community Relations at The Kessler Group and Co-founder and Director of the Kessler Family Foundation.  Michele is a Member of the Women’s Health Leadership Forum at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in addition to being a Trustee for their Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She is the Co-chair of Continue Reading...
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    Elizabeth Baker
    Elizabeth lived in Kabul Afghanistan from 2009-2011. She was embedded in the Afghan Ministry of Education in Kabul for one year where she worked on behalf of the US Department of Defense on education projects throughout Afghanistan. While in Kabul she also worked on developing local governance programs at the Independent Directorate of Local Governance. Continue Reading...
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    Leslie M. Schweitzer
    Schweitzer is the Chairman and President of Friends of American University of Afghanistan, a 501c3 based in Washington, D.C., and a member of the American University of Afghanistan’s (AUAF) Board of Trustees. AUAF is the first not-for-profit, co-ed, private university in the history of Afghanistan. Leslie was instrumental in receiving two grants from the Department of Continue Reading...
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    Nawa Arsala
    Nawa Arsala is a healthcare law attorney and works as a Senior Associate for MCRA LLC in Washington D.C. She earned her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, during which she was awarded the American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Scholarship for 2016. Nawa received her B.A. from the George Washington Continue Reading...
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