Board of Directors
Alfonso Wright

Alfonso is the controller of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and a fine art and freelance sports photographer.

Chris Moore

Chris Moore is manager of the residential program at Four Walls Development.

Anna Habib

Anna Sophia Habib is the Director of George Mason University’s Writing Center and term faculty in the English Department. Anna’s collaborative academic research was published by GMU’s Diversity Research Group in a monograph titled Valuing Written Accents: Non-native Students Talk about Identity, Academic Writing and Meeting Teachers’ Expectations and is forthcoming in Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing published by the National Council for Teachers of English.

Hebah Saddique

Hebah is a partner and senior manager at Yareem Restaurant Co. As manager of the Head Office Division, she leads the Finance, Legal, and Human Resources efforts. She joined Yareem, which was named a “Company to Watch” on the Saudi Fast Growth 100, in early 2007, and has since contributed greatly to the growth of the organization, especially in creating formal systems, policies, and procedures. Hebah previously worked at Bank of America, where she coordinated with officers and focused on customer relations, and at ANERA, a leading humanitarian organization in Washington, D.C.

Maria Velazquez

Maria Velazquez is a writer whose work has appeared in MS, a feminist magazine; The Princeton Review, A; the Colorado State magazine; Concise Delights, an online poetry magazine; and Cerise, a feminist SF magazine. She is a well followed blogger with The Hathor Legacy, a feminism/popular culture blog.

Miya Cain

Miya completed her Bachehlor’s in Behavioral Neuroscience at Yale University, where she worked with local youth as a Community Health Educator and as a mentor for high school students. During her undergraduate career, she worked in an orphanage and taught English in Costa Rica. After graduation, Miya was selected as one of two policy interns at Obama for America National Headquarters. From headquarters, Ms. Cain was hired as a Field Organizer for the Obama campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada where she worked with the community to help Obama win the state, the first such feat for a Democratic Presidential Candidate since 1996. After a 6-month term working as a White House Associate in the Office of the Vice President, she moved to a rural village in Rwanda for a year to work with Partners in Health. She is currently with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Myca Ferrer

Myca Ferrer serves as the Marketing and Sales Manager for Ping Pong ONE, LLC, a UK-based restaurant group. Myca has also developed and implemented strategic marketing communications and public relations programs for various companies including Adidas and cip marketing. Prior to his involvement with Ping Pong Dim Sum, Myca founded Grade A Snacks, an online-based retail site delivering food and beverage to D.C. college campuses. Myca received a B.S. in Business Administration with a dual specialization in Marketing and Finance from American University.

Reba Elliott

Reba is the executive director of Lifting Voices.

Roshan Paul

Roshan co-launched Ashoka’s Youth Venture program in India, focusing in particular on strategy development and selection of youth social entrepreneurs, before joining Ashoka’s Global Venture & Fellowship team, which manages the Ashoka Fellow selection process and expansion to new countries and areas of work. Roshan conceived and created the Ashoka Peace initiative, which seeks to launch new Ashoka Fellows working to build peaceful solutions to conflict. He also directs Ashoka’s Fellow Security program, and has played a role in creating three other major initiatives at Ashoka. Originally from Bangalore, India, Roshan has a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Davidson College and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sarah E. Baker

Sarah holds a joint position as Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Assessment Specialist at George Mason University; she also teaches college-level academic writing. Born in France and raised in England, she has a French secondary school Baccalaureate degree, a Bachelor’s from Wesleyan University, and a Master’s in the Teaching of Writing and Literature from George Mason University. Before her current position, she spent 16 years in the private sector as an editor. Her varied educational and cultural background and her teaching and professional assessment experiences have solidified her commitment to encouraging writing and critical thinking as focal points for all learners at any level and in all disciplines.

Board of Advisors
Aaron Sayne

Aaron is the West Africa Program Director at Transnational Crisis Project, where he consults and advises on economic governance, oil, and security issues. He previously worked as a financial crimes investigator and attorney, and holds a J.D. from Columbia.

Aman Gaurav Malik

Aman’s philanthropic interests range from running marathons to raise funds for underprivileged kids in India to chairing an 1,800-member-strong volunteer group that serves local charities right here in Washington DC. Aman also currently serves as Vice-Chair on the board of Smithsonian Young Benefactors. Aman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Computer Science, and is currently working towards an MBA. Aman works in the technology sector and advises multiple for-profit startups, non-profits, and private foundations.