GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meg Porfido, Chair
Meg currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Rally Software. She served on the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education from 2009 – 2013, and was a member of the management team at Level 3 Communications from 1998 – 2008, a start up which grew to $4B in revenue over that period. Before that, she was Chief of Staff and General Counsel for Colorado Governor Roy Romer and practiced law at two firms – Brownstein Hyatt in Denver and Skadden Arps in Washington, DC. She began her career as a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. Meg received her JD from George Washington University.
Lee Strongwater, Vice Chair
Lee is an investment advisor and principal at Colorado Capital Management. He earned credentials as a Wealth Management Specialist (WMS) from Kaplan University and has worked as a wealth manager since 2003. He is an active volunteer for organizations serving children. He is past vice president of the board of Trebol Soccer Club. Other previous board affiliations include Carriage House Community Table, the WOW Children’s Museum, Foothills United Way and Higher Ground. Lee received a BA from the University of Colorado and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.
Eliza Woloson, Founder and Secretary
Eliza Woloson, Applied Anthropologist is Founder of Global Education Fund and co-Founder of Women Have Wings. WHW is a human-rights award made possible from the selling of the sister-ship of Amelia Earhart’s Electra 10-E. Eliza was a Cornell FLAS scholar, a Harvard World Teach in China recipient, a Scholar at The Aspen Institute, the President of Beyond our Borders and a graduate of INTRAC Monitoring and Evaluation for International Aid at Oxford. Eliza is on the United Nations Committee of the International Women’s Forum and has received numerous awards for her work. She received her Masters in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and continues to be involved with CU by sitting on the selection committee for the President Leadership Class, moderating for the Conference on World Affairs, and is a CU Global Ambassador. Eliza was instrumentally involved with the passing of Senate Bill 196 and is one of the founding Executive Committee members of the Initiative for Inclusive Education in Colorado. She lives on a farm in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and forty-two chickens.
Dennis Dougherty, Treasurer
Dennis is a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS). As a federal mediator covering Colorado and Wyoming, Dennis mediates labor disputes, including collective bargaining negotiations and grievances, for the private, public, non-profit and federal sectors. Dennis also serves as Chair of the Rocky Mountain Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and as a board member for The Conflict Center. His prior work experience includes teaching fifth grade in the Atlanta Public Schools as a Teach For America corps member. Dennis received his Master in Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Myriam is an expert in the field of education with more than 25 years of experience in the U.S., Africa, and Haiti. Her expertise encompasses international education in development, bilingual education, university teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, girls’ education, program development, and monitoring and evaluation. Myriam has held senior level positions in two U.S. international NGOs working to develop, establish, and implement educational programs. Myriam is a co-founder of the Lambi Fund of Haiti, which funds grassroots organizations in the rural areas of Haiti in order to help meet the needs of their communities. She teaches at Hunter College of New York and holds two Master’s degrees from the Bank Street College of Education.
Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Moira developed her love of the political process early in life. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, she moved to Denver in search of a great adventure in the West. After working as a counselor with adolescents in a residential treatment center, she received her Masters of Social Work at Colorado State University and decided to pursue a career in public policy and advocacy, merging her love of the political process with her passion to advocate on issues affecting at-risk kids. She began her lobbying career at the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she lobbied on child health, K-12 education, youth violence prevention and early childhood education. Moira then worked as part of Governor Bill Owens’ lobbying team, serving as the legislative liaison for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As a founding partner of The Capstone Group, she has successfully lobbied for legislation allowing undocumented students access to instate tuition rates, the regulation of payday lenders, the expansion of charter schools, increasing access to higher education for Colorado’s nontraditional students, and expanding insurance coverage for mental health issues. Moira was the founding State Director for Democrats for Education Reform Colorado. She has served for 7 years on the board of the Strive Prep charter school network, most recently as Board Chair, where she loves being part of a school network that is breaking down barriers and providing a high quality, rigorous education for low-income students. In 2014, Moira, her husband and two children ages 8 and 12 embarked on the adventure of a lifetime and spent a year traveling around the world, exploring cultures on five continents.
Derek is Head of US Intermediary Distribution at Matthews Asia, a San Francisco based investment management firm. He has over 30 years of experience in asset management and investment products sales and distribution. Derek’s prior work experience includes senior management roles at Voya Investments (formerly ING Investment Management), FAF Advisors, a subsidiary of US Bancorp, Lincoln Financial Group, Fidelity Investments and Nuveen Investments. Additionally, he previously served as President of the Board of Directors for the Boulder Ballet and sat on the Development Board for Greenhouse Scholars. He has a BA from Dartmouth College.
Liz Berry Gips
Liz is currently the Executive Chair of the African Leadership Foundation, which supports transformative change in Africa by developing and connecting the continent’s next generation of leaders. Prior, she served as the Coordinator of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative for USAID. From 2009-2013, she lived in South Africa where she served as a Senior Education Adviser to USAID and where her husband, Don Gips, served as US Ambassador to South Africa. Prior to moving to South Africa, she was Program Director and Executive Director of Global Education Fund. Liz and her husband have three boys, all of whom attended Boulder, CO schools. Earlier, Liz was a founding staff member of New American Schools and Children’s Edu-Investors. She has served on numerous boards for schools, education foundations, and non-profits. She received a BA from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Liz and her family are currently living in Washington, D.C.
Ravi is a senior derivatives and quantitative strategy professional with extensive experience working with financial services firms. He is currently COO of Tydall Trading and also runs an India focused fund. Ravi co-founded EGAR technology and IVolatility.com and is the author of numerous articles and papers on topics involving risk management and volatility in financial markets. Ravi was raised in India where his family has a history of leadership on educational policy issues. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi and then received his MS in Operations Research at Baruch College.
Liz has been involved in the software and technology business for more than 35 years, serving in various roles from Developer to Product Manager to VP of Operations and Consulting teams in large organizations (GE, Sun Microstystems) and small (Requisite, BOLO, and Pason). She holds a B.S. in Math/Computer Science and an MBA and is currently working on a course-load in Biostatistics. As a sideline, Liz has always had a passion for languages and literature, particularly Spanish with a focus on Latin-American works. In the spring of 2015, Liz spent 5 weeks in Guatemala in a language immersion program and had the opportunity to visit two of GEF’s partners: ADIMTU and Asturias and immediately fell in love with the vision and execution of those organizations. Her dream is to apply disciplines from the business world to help further the success of social entrepreneurs in Guatemala.
Boli has held senior management positions with several U.S. corporations. She has 25 years of international experience in the technology and service industry markets in Europe, Asia, India and South Africa. She has worked with, and in, India since the early 1990s. Boli is currently the owner of Hermes Consulting Group, Inc., which advises companies on global investment and market entry strategies, capitalizing on the growing business opportunities between the US and India. Boli serves on two Advisory Boards at the University of Colorado, Boulder and nonprofit organizations in India and the U.S. She has an MBA from the University of Denver and an MA in Journalism from Marquette University
Todd serves as a Managing Director of Greenmont Capital, a venture capital firm focused on green and sustainable businesses. He is also the Co-Founder of IZZE, a soft drink company based in Boulder, Colorado. Winner of the Rocky Mountain Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003, Todd has been an instrumental member of the board from the creation of the Global Education Fund. Todd has a JD from the University of Denver.