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US BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair

LETICIA HASHEM

Leticia Hashem is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Economics, and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is Co-Founder and Chief Programs Officer of Infused Impact, a not-for-profit investment and consulting firm focusing on small business formation and growth in developing nations.  Prior to this, she served as U.S. Director for Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti, an NGO that provides orphan care, education, medical services and feeding services to the extremely impoverished communities of Northern Haiti. With a business both in management consulting and corporate enterprise, as well as the nonprofit sector, she has deep expertise in strategic planning and organizational leadership. She also has an extensive background in church ministry, serving for 14 years as a licensed minister and associate pastor, for a large, nondenominational church in New England. She is a teacher and public speaker, with more than 20 years of experience in both sacred and secular arena.
 
Leticia has a passion for responding to and empowering the oppressed and the vulnerable – particularly children — as evidenced by her current and previous nonprofit work, as well as volunteer service as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children and as a Board of Education member for her city.
 
Leticia has served on a number of organizational boards, including non-profit, public sector, and church governance boards. She currently serves on the board of Harvard Business School Community partners of Connecticut, providing pro bono consulting services to non-profit organizations in Connecticut and on the board of Child and Parental Rights Campaign, an organization providing legal rights protection services for at-risk children and families. Leticia lives in Orange, CT, has been married for 23 years to Jim Hashem, and has a daughter who is a recent college graduate and NGO worker in sub-Saharan Africa.
Treasurer

Ben Elmore

Ben Elmore is the CEO and Managing Partner of Intevity, a digitally-focused management consultancy.  His team of passionate ‘thinkers and doers’ partner with all types of organizations to address the broad spectrum of challenges organization face during their digital transformation journey. The company’s “Human First” approach incorporates problem exploration through design thinking, deep technical expertise, and an agile mindset to create solutions that exceed demands and expectations. Clients include: Under Armor, Department of Labor, L’Oreal, Nike, Victoria Secret, Fidelity, LogMeIn, Adobe, Amazon and many more.

Creativity, innovation, and technology have always been a core part of Ben’s DNA. He has led multiple start-ups and mature organizations through challenges and growth phases where he was able to coach and develop many amazing people. During this time he gained an in-depth perspective on how design and technology can be combined in new ways to impact the lives and success of others positively.

Ben is a published author, proud father & husband, community leader, conference speaker and passionate philanthropist supporting the essential causes of anti-trafficking alongside Love146 and young adults on the autism spectrum alongside Transitions. He and his wife Mary have five amazing children and reside near Albany, NY.

Secretary

DESIREA STOTT-RODGERS

Desirea Stott-Rodgers co-founded Love146, an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. She worked as the Creative Director and in the communications department for 10 years. Desirea has worked in over 20 countries. She is an award winning, published documentary photographer who specializes in day sessions for families and humanitarian organizations.

Photographing since 2002 with clients in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, Desirea is most known for her images that capture the authentic, beautiful and slightly weird moments of the everyday. She has spent half her life in the Northeast U.S. and the other half in the Northwest. When she is not traveling for photography she is located on a small art farm with her husband and two daughters in rural OR.

DEI Officer

Alysia Nicole Harris

Alysia Nicole Harris is a linguist and award-winning poet. She received her MFA in creative writing from NYU and this year completed her PhD in linguistics from Yale. For the last 9 years Alysia has toured nationally and internationally, performing across five continents and for universities and institutions like the UN and the US Embassy. Her YouTube performances have garnered over 5 million views. Alysia’s poems and workshops focus on vulnerability as practice, racial reconciliation, sustainable activism, spiritual exploration, and social healing. Her work as been widely published and anthologized; her first chapbook won the 2015 New Women’s Voices Contest.

Since 2009, Alysia has maintained an active commitment to mentoring young people. She has experience working with a wide variety of students from incarcerated pre-trial youth to elite preparatory students. From 2013-2017 Alysia mentored college and high school students helping young people give voice to experiences of trauma, systematic racism, and gender-based violence through written and performance poetry.

In 2018, Alysia designed and launched an 8-week intensive peace building program for Muslim and Christian youth from conservative backgrounds in New Haven, CT through the nonprofit Pathways For Mutual Respect. Modeling the curriculum on best practices put forth by various NGO in the human rights sector and building in intersectional and trauma-informed perspectives, Alysia developed the program to activate urban young people’s potential to influence social cohesion and address community-identified needs. She and Pathways are now working together to adapt the curriculum for application in refugee contexts in Lebanon and Jordan.

Alysia currently lives in Atlanta were she serves as a managing editor for the regional nonprofit media organization Scalawag, which highlights the stories of Black, brown, queer and rural Southerners. Her pronouns are she, her, hers.

Sarah Jakiel

Sarah Jakiel is Senior Director for Human Rights, Education, and Empowerment at Winrock International. She is a technical expert, strategist, and manager with more than 15 years of experience countering human trafficking, child and forced labor, and gender-based violence. Her team is focused on developing inclusive social and economic empowerment and development programming in high risk and marginalized communities.

Sarah previously served as the Chief Program Officer at Polaris, where she led program design and organization-wide impact strategy focused on reducing the incidence of slavery in the United States. During her tenure at Polaris, Sarah launched and led the National Human Trafficking Hotline which serves as a critical, national resource focused on victim identification, increasing survivors’ access to quality services, and directing key data and intelligence to law enforcement, government, and institutional stakeholders positioned to help. She led targeted capacity building efforts of national hotline hubs in the UK, Mexico, and Canada and launched Polaris’ Data Analysis wing to learn more about the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery and helped to design strategic interventions to disrupt human trafficking networks.

Sarah has collaborated closely with community partners, international and nongovernmental organizations, law enforcement, funders, technologists, and the private sector to forge effective cross-disciplinary partnerships necessary to fight human trafficking at scale and drive long term social change. Sarah thrives on improving efficiency, problem solving, and crafting innovative models to tackle the intersectional nature of social justice issues.

Sarah is on the Board of Directors of Love146, holds a BA from the University of Virginia in Political Science and French and an MA in Human Rights and Social Justice from American University and spent several years living and working abroad in Eastern Europe and SE Asia. Sarah is passionate about anything that connects to the ocean or the mountains, racial equity and transformative justice, and shared leadership models.