Next Generation Leadership Alumni Network

NGL Fellows

Cohort 2, 1998

Hilaria Bauer
Grant Administrator
Fischer Middle School
San Jose, CA

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Hilaria Bauer immigrated to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 16 in 1978. Before taking a job at Fischer Middle School, she designed and implemented educational programs for children at the Intercultural Development Research Association. She was also a part-time professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Hilaria began her career in education in 1985 as a fourth-grade bilingual teacher and worked as an elementary school teacher while pursuing her master's degree.

Hilaria attended St. Mary's University, graduating magna cum laude with a major in English communication arts and a minor in French. She completed her master's degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio in 1990.
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Regina M. Benjamin
Physician/Owner
Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic
Bayou La Batre, Alabama

Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, is Founder and Owner of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. She is also Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile where she currently administers the Alabama-AHEC program, and previously administered its Telemedicine Program. She serves as current President of the Medical Association, State of Alabama. In 1998 she was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. In 1995, she was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, making her the first physician under age 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected. She also served as President of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation (AMA-ERF) and is on the Boards of Physicians for Human Rights and the Tuskegee National Center for Bioethics.

Dr. Benjamin attended Xavier University in New Orleans. She received her M.D. degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed her residency in family practice at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She also holds an M.B.A. from Tulane University. Regina was a Kellogg National Fellow, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the "Nation's 50 Future Leaders Age 40 and Under," "Woman of the Year" by CBS This Morning, and received the 2000 National Caring Award which was inspired by Mother Teresa.
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Demetrios G. C. Coupounas
Founder and CEO
GoLight
Superior, Colorado

Demetri Coupounas is the founder and President of Colorado-based GoLite , a maker of ultra-lightweight hiking and backpacking equipment. Demetri is also the founding president of The Concord Coalition Citizens' Council, the lobbying arm of the Concord Coalition, a bipartisan nationwide grassroots organization with 200,000 members dedicated to eliminating the U.S. federal budget deficit and reforming Social Security and Medicare. Demetri served as Concord's Policy Director from1995-1997, and designed and co-authored its Zero Deficit Plan: A Plan to Balance the Budget by the Year 2000.

Demetri has served as a business consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, Strategic Planner in the Office of the Chairman of the American Stock Exchange, and Assistant to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Demetri has also held several positions in Republican presidential and senatorial campaigns, the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the White House. Demetri has appeared frequently as a spokesperson on television programs including World News Tonight, on NBC, CNN, and CNBC.

A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Demetri graduated from Princeton and earned master's degrees from the Harvard Business School and John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife are both avid singers and martial artists, and together have climbed the tallest mountains in each of the fifty United States.
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Kathie deNobriga
Independent Consultant to nonprofit arts groups
Atlanta, Georgia

Kathie deNobriga is a free-lance consultant for small arts organizations, state arts agencies and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation. She began her community arts career with the North Carolina Arts Council as a visiting artist in Johnston County, NC, where she established a community theatre that remains active today. Kathie later became an ensemble member with Road Company of Johnson City, TN, creating roles in seven original productions about the history, traditions, and issues of the southern Appalachian mountains.

Kathie managed a community performing arts center in Sanford, NC for nine years, directing community and youth theatre and playing a major role in the successful campaign to renovate a historic vaudeville house. She worked with hundreds of community members, volunteered as an officer for the local arts council, initiated a nationally recognized youth theatre project for the Girl Scouts, and was recognized for her contributions to the community as Rotary Woman of the Year. For ten years, Kathie was director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional service organization for community-based artists in the Southeast, becoming widely acknowledged for her advocacy of community-based artists and nontraditional management structures. She remains active in the Atlanta arts community and continues to serve as a site evaluator for national arts funders.

Raised in Kingsport, TN, Kathie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, where she also earned a master’s degree in theatre.
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Mark Forman
Executive Director
Office of Community Services
State of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Mark Forman was appointed Executive Director of the State Office of Community Services by the Governor of Hawaii in 1999. He is responsible for the development, delivery and coordination of job training and other programs for economically disadvantaged persons and immigrants on all Hawaiian islands. He is charged with the task of forming partnerships between private and public sectors and currently oversees state implementation of five federal programs and administration / execution of more than 70 federal and state contracts with private non-profit corporations.

Before holding his current position, Mark worked to ensure that Hawaii's poor and underprivileged receive quality legal representation. He served a rural area afflicted with a poor economy and nearly 20 percent unemployment. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark worked as a staff member in the Hawaii State Legislature and in the United States Senate. He was recently a candidate for state office. Mark is a member of a number of charitable organizations and has successfully developed an after-school program in his community. Born in the Philippines, Mark was raised in Hawaii. He received his B.A. from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges. He was a Sloan Foundation Fellow at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. He earned his M.P.A. at Columbia University and his J.D. at the University of Hawaii.
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Eric Garcetti
Councilmember, District 13
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Eric Garcetti is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the Thirteenth District, comprising the communities of Hollywood, Silver Lake, Echo Park, Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Temple-Beverly, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Filipino Town.

A fourth-generation Angeleno whose grandparents and great-grandparents were immigrants to Los Angeles from Mexico and Eastern Europe, Eric was sworn into office on June 15th, 2001, one of the youngest city councilmembers elected in the city's history. He chairs the council's Economic Development and Employment Committee, and is the Vice-Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee. He also serves on the Budget and Finance and the Arts, Health and Humanities Committees.

He is a longtime activist, both in and out of office, on issues of youth empowerment, affordable housing, and environmental sustainability. Eric has a long record of human rights work, both in Los Angeles and abroad. He serves on the California Committee of Human Rights Watch, which honored him in June 2002 as the first recipient of the Olson Award for Human Rights Activism.

Prior to his election, Garcetti was a professor of public policy, diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College and the University of Southern California.

He has studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities, and at the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Rhodes Scholar. He is an avid photographer, jazz pianist and composer.
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Daniel Gross
Founder and Co-Executive Director
PAX
New York, New York

Daniel Gross is the co-executive director of PAX, a national anti-gun violence organization. In February 1997, Daniel’s younger brother Matthew, a successful young rock musician, was critically wounded in a shooting incident atop the Empire State Building in New York City. At the time, Daniel was one of the youngest partners at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency where he managed development of strategy and advertising for accounts such as Kodak, Warner-Lambert, and Lipton.

Soon after the shooting of his brother Daniel became involved in the anti-gun violence movement, traveling around the country for speaking engagements, making numerous national appearances on television, radio, and in print. Eventually, as he became more heavily involved, Daniel began to realize an even greater opportunity to put his communications skills to work on the gun violence issue. In December 1997, he resigned from J. Walter Thompson to co-found PAX.

PAX is a communication-based organization dedicated to creating social and political change through a national anti-gun violence movement. It is developing advertising and communications programs designed to amplify the gun violence issue, empower individual action and unify a grassroots movement. PAX is supported by several prominent members of the media, entertainment, political and anti-gun violence communities, and Daniel’s work has been publicly commended by President Clinton.

Daniel received his B.S. degree in psychology and economics with honors from Tulane University in 1989.
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Claudia Horwitz
Director
stone circles
Durham, North Carolina

In 1995, Claudia Horwitz launched an organization called stone circles which helps individuals and organizations integrate faith, spiritual practice, and reflection into their work for social justice. The organization's approach involves training and organizational development for nonprofits; renewal and peer education for activists; and interfaith gatherings. stone circles grows from the belief that personal and political movements for justice are stronger when rooted in a spiritual base. Claudia is the author of "The Spiritual Activist: Practices to Transform Your Life, Your Work, and Your World" (Penguin Compass 2002). The book includes inspiration, practical exercises, worksheets, resources, and stories of individuals who integrate justice and faith.

Prior to starting stone circles, Claudia worked in numerous capacities to develop young leaders working for justice. She was Assistant Director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness for three years and then helped to initiate Empty the Shelters. Empty the Shelters trains young people to work directly with poor people's movements and builds partnerships between young organizers and low-income people leading local and national struggles for economic justice.

Raised in Philadelphia, Claudia is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received a master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow.
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Timothea Howard
Senior Organizer
National Organizer’s Alliance
Washington, D.C.

Timothea Howard is a cultural, community and labor organizer in Washington, D.C. She works as a director, producer, stage manager, and stage hand in independent and mainstream theater companies in Washington, D.C. and New York City. As a former member of the feminist radio collective Sophie's Parlor, Timothea produces monthly women's music and public affairs programs for Pacifica station WPFW-FM. As a community organizer, Timothea coordinated community education and leadership development initiatives in a citywide effort to reduce family violence, child abuse and neglect. As a union organizer, Timothea worked with the American Federation of Teachers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, AFSCME Council 31 and the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute. Currently, Timothea is the Senior Organizer for the National Organizers Alliance. NOA's mission is to advance progressive organizing for social, economic and environmental justice and to sustain, support and nurture the people of all ages who do it.
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Lisa Hoyos
Globalisation Project Director
National Labour & Economic Development Institute
Johannesburg, South Africa

Prior to her current position, Lisa Hoyos was the political and organizing director of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, where her primary roles were to build the capacity of unions to elect public officials, implement policies which support working families, and support the organizing campaigns of local unions. Prior to assuming this position, she was the education coordinator of Working Partnerships, the policy non-profit affiliated with the Labor Council. In that role, she designed a leadership institute which brought labor and community activists, clergy, and policymakers together to study and develop progressive economic policy. Lisa also worked for two years on the staff of State Senator Tom Hayden, and as a legislative analyst with the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Her experience in the environmental movement includes working as an organizer with Greenpeace and on the staff of the Environmental Project on Central America. Prior labor movement experience includes working for two years organizing Latino immigrant workers with the Justice for Janitors Campaign. Lisa is also a trainer with Just Economics, an organization focusing on economics education and popular education.

Lisa graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley where she received degrees in peace and conflict studies and psychology.

Lisa is currently working on her NGL second year project in South Africa in conjunction with NALEDI.
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Martin Johnson
Founder and President
Isles Inc.
Trenton, New Jersey

Martin Johnson is founder and president of Isles, Inc., a Trenton, NJ -based community and environmental development corporation. Isles's mission is to foster more self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities by providing technical, organizing and development assistance in urban areas. Isles manages programs in affordable housing development, job training, urban agriculture, brownfield cleanup, environmental education and community planning. Martin spent 1996-97 on sabbatical teaching community and urban economic development at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He is also a trustee of Princeton University.

Martin is the founder and past president of the New Jersey Community Loan Fund and a founder of the Nonprofit Affordable Housing Network of New Jersey. He is a trustee of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, the Mercer Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce and the national Development Leadership Network. He is also on the Advisory Committee to the National Council of Churches. Martin is a former member of the Trenton City School Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Affordable Housing Advisory Board and several bank Advisory Committees. He helped create the Development Leadership Network's Success Measures Project, a national, practitioner-driven initiative to develop a "family" of success measures for community-building organizations. He has studied in northeast Brazil, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Martin lives, works, and raises three sons in the city of Trenton.
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Otho E. Kerr III
Investment Manager
Bernstein Investment Research and Management
New York, New York

A native of Waltham, Massachusetts, Otho Kerr is an investment manager at Bernstein Investment Research and Management. Previously, Otho was a director and the head of the Retail Industry Group at the investment bank Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. Prior to that, Otho was Vice President in both the Capital Markets and Global Finance Departments at Goldman Sachs & Co. He has also worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett.

While living in New York, Otho has been involved in a variety of activities. Most notably, he co-founded the Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. He was recently the President of the Dartmouth Alumni Council and he is a board member for Volunteers of America - Greater New York, the largest private provider for the homeless in New York ; PAX, Inc.; The Eos Orchestra; and the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College.

Otho graduated from Waltham High School, where he was Senior Class President and active in track and drama. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College where he was Senior Class President and the recipient of the Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup, given to the outstanding senior. Otho received his J.D. from The Harvard Law School where he was selected to serve on the Board of Student Advisors and served as co-chairperson of the Ames Moot Court Competition.

Otho enjoys traveling, running, skiing, squash, and working out.
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Sasha Khokha
Student
Los Angeles, California

Sasha Khokha was the communications director at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, a national organization comprising local coalitions and immigrant, refugee, community, religious, civil rights, and labor organizations. Sasha co-authored "Hate Unleashed: Los Angeles in the Aftermath of 187" with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles in 1995. Her current projects focus on illuminating the connections between globalization, immigration, and human rights, as well as defining links between immigrant rights and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights. She is also at work on a film about her family's experience of migration during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.

Sasha graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in American civilization.
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Laurie Meadoff
President and Executive Producer
NextNext Entertainment
New York, New York

"People say that a true mark of a brilliant person is her ability to make connections. If that's true then Laurie is a modern-day Einstein." These are the words Oxygen Media President, Geraldine Laybourne, used to describe NextNext Entertainment president and executive producer, Laurie Meadoff. As a result of her more than 20-year career in community and youth outreach, Meadoff has developed a unique connection with the kids she strives so hard to empower. Her name is synonymous with The CityKids Foundation, the non-profit organization she established in 1985 as a venue for ensuring that the voice of youth is heard. Since that time, CityKids has become one of the nation's leading multi-cultural youth communication and leadership organizations, widely known for its truly gifted CityKids Repertory.

Now Meadoff has realized a new dream by founding NextNext Entertainment, a for-profit economic engine whose financial success will directly benefit CityKids and give youth an even louder voice. With NextNext Entertainment, Meadoff is taking the message and talent of CityKids to the next level. With investment from KingWorld Ventures and deals with Nickelodeon, Sony Music Group, Disney Channel, FOX, HBO Family, and Mandalay she has created a unique company, a model for others to follow, that will conduct "good business and good give back." Turning her talents to NextNext, Meadoff is in a unique position to develop and produce cutting-edge television programming for youth and young adult market.

Prior to founding CityKids, Meadoff was a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution through drama and directed experimental theater programs in schools and correctional institutions across the country. Since 1981 she has lectured and conducted international workshops and conferences. She also served for ten years as artistic director of the Creative Arts Team (CAT), a multi-racial, bilingual, youth-oriented theater company in residence at New York University.

Meadoff has a B.A. in education from New York University and an M.A. in Educational Theater from New York University. She resides in New York with her husband and three children.
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Erik R. Pages
Policy Director
National Commission on Entrepreneurship
Washington, D.C.

Erik R. Pages serves as Policy Director for the National Commission on Entrepreneurship, a new organization designed to help sustain America's successful entrepreneurial economy into the 21st century. In this role, he directs the Commission's research and policy operations, and leads the Commission's outreach efforts to public officials at the federal, state, and local level.

Before joining the Commission, he served as Vice President for Policy and Programs at Business Executives for National Security (BENS). In this position, he helped start and also served as Staff Director of the BENS Tail-to-Tooth Commission, a blue ribbon panel of business leaders promoting management reform at the Pentagon.

Dr. Pages has also held several positions in government - as the first Director of the Office of Economic Conversion Information (OECI) at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), and as Legislative Director for Representative Gus Yatron (D-PA).

Dr. Pages has served as a consultant to trade associations, non-profit organizations and government agencies, and was an official advisor to the White House Conference on Small Business. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and his work has been funded by several major foundations.

He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, where he now serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is a graduate of Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He has written and published widely on economic development, technology policy, and national security policy. His publications include the book, Responding to Defense Dependence and numerous reports, journal articles and book chapters. A native of Reading, PA, he now resides with his family in Arlington, VA.
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Stephen A. Patrick
Vice President
The Daniels Fund
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Stephen A. Patrick is the Vice President and Director for New Mexico Programs with the Daniels Fund (DF). Prior to joining the DF staff, Mr. Patrick co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), based in Taos, NM. He has over 10 years of experience working in youth service and development, college prep, experiential education, and leadership programs. Stephen is the former Director of Youth and Indian Child Welfare Act Programs for the San Juan Pueblo tribe. He is a past President of the Board of Directors and a Co-Founder of the San Juan Pueblo Tribal Department of Education. He has served on a number of other boards including the New Mexico Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Stephen was educated at Northfield Mt. Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts and at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has also studied and lived in Pune, India. Stephen lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife Suzanne and sons Jack and Will.
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Carlos Pineda
Executive Director
New Directions Task Force/10G
Los Angeles, California

Before taking a job at New Directions Task Force/10G, Carlos Pineda worked in New York City with the Agenda for Children Tomorrow (ACT) Project, a public/private partnership between city government, foundations, businesses and communities, which aims to improve the delivery of and access to services by communities. He also served as a community coordinator for the child welfare reform efforts underway at New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS).

Born in El Salvador, Carlos emigrated to the U.S. in 1971 at the age of five. Carlos was raised in various New York City neighborhoods and graduated from Aviation High School. He later attended Brooklyn's Polytechnic Institute and New York University, from which he received a bachelor's degree in Latin American studies. Carlos has lived and traveled throughout Europe, improving his fluency in Spanish and Portuguese. Carlos attended NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he completed coursework toward his master's in urban planning.
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Preston D. Pinkett III
Senior Vice President
New Jersey Economic Development Agency
Trenton, New Jersey

Preston Pinkett has recently accepted the position of Senior Vice President of the New Jersey Economic Development Agency. Prior to this work, Pr eston served as the senior vice president at PNC Bank in New Jersey where he was responsible for statewide management of the bank's community and economic development initiatives, with a particular focus on urban areas. Preston defines business strategies and develops and implements the bank's programs for business development in underserved markets.

Preston is the president of the New Jersey Community Loan Fund, a member of the Advisory Board for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and a Trustee of the Camden Trust Foundation. He is also the immediate past chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association's Community Development Committee and serves as a board member for numerous community-based organizations. Preston received the "Opening Door Award" from the Women's Fund of New Jersey, the New Jersey Citizen Action Service Award, and various resolutions and proclamations for outstanding community service and leadership.

Prior to his appointment with PNC Bank, Preston was senior vice president at Chemical Bank New Jersey, Senior Planner at the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing, and an Associate at The Summit Group.

Preston has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Jason Scott
London, UK

For the last ten years, Jason Scott has been working with technology businesses and non-profit organizations as an executive, investor, and consultant. His current clients include venture capital firms, start-up technology companies, and philanthropists in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Previous US clients include the Acumen Fund, a global charitable social investing project incubated by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Blue Ridge Foundation on social enterprise strategies that employ youth, Techrocks, a nonprofit technology project of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Youthnoise, an online youth organizing effort of Save the Children USA.

From 2000 to 2001, Jason served as a Senior Advisor to the Flatiron Future Fund and the Flatiron Foundation, new initiatives developed by Flatiron Partners, an early stage technology venture capital firm in New York City. From 1996 to 1999, Jason was the President and COO of Togglethis, an email marketing company based in New York City with clients including Disney, Warner Bros., Intel, AT & T and Virgin. From 1991 to 1996, Jason helped found and build Public Allies, a community leadership program for young adults. From 1993-96, Jason built Public Allies in his hometown of Durham, N.C. Prior to Public Allies, Jason worked in organizing positions for several political campaigns. Jason served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Duke's Sanford Institute of Public Policy in the spring of 2000.

He currently serves on the Board of LISTEN, Inc., Public Allies, the Full Circle Fund, and Groundwork, Inc.

He is a 1990 graduate of Duke University cum laude and with honors in History. He is currently pursuing his MBA though a joint part-time program of Columbia and London Business Schools.
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Marc Solomon
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Marc Solomon was vice president of St. Louis 2004, a not-for-profit organization that is working on efforts to revitalize the city's downtown area, reuse abandoned land, transform several pilot urban neighborhoods, and create a regional system of connected greenways. The group hopes to achieve its goals by 2004, the centennial of the St. Louis World's Fair and Olympics. Marc came to St. Louis 2004 with a background in policy, writing, and business. For three-and-a-half years, Marc served as a legislative assistant for Senator Jack Danforth, where he focused on infrastructure, transportation, environment, agriculture, and defense policy. Marc also worked as a researcher for Washington Post editor Bob Woodward's book, The Commanders, a best-selling account of Pentagon and White House decision-making leading up to the Persian Gulf War. Marc has experience in corporate strategic planning and development for Global One, an international telecommunications joint venture of Sprint, France Telecom, and Deutsch Telecom. Marc established the Washington, D.C.-based program, College Bound, which pairs college-educated volunteers with seniors from disadvantaged high schools to work together on all aspects of the college and financial aid application process. More than 30 students have participated in the program during its two years of existence. Marc currently serves as a board member of the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance. Marc is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, with honors in economics and political science. At Yale, Marc was co-editor-in-chief of the Yale Economics and Business Review.
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Marian Urquilla
Director
Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative
Washington, D.C.

Marian Urquilla is the director of the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, a network of service agencies and other neighborhood organizations working to support families in Northwest Washington, DC. The Collaborative combines an innovative strengths-based approach to service delivery with focused and intensive capacity building and leadership development efforts. Marian has worked in the fields of community education and organizing for over 13 years. She has served as a staff member and consultant for a wide range of organizations, including Roadwork, the Association for Community-Based Education, the Washington School, Stand for Children, and the NGO Forum on Women, and is a board member of a number of local organizations including the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness and Sister to Sister/Hermana a Hermana. Drawing on her scholarly interest in the fields of race and gender studies, she is also an experienced trainer in the areas of cross-cultural communications and community-based leadership development. Marian has been a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.
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Ingrid Washinawatok
Executive Director
Fund of the Four Directions
New York, New York

Ingrid died on March 4th, 1999, a victim of kidnapping and murder. She and two other indigenous rights activists were executed in Columbia by the Revolutionary Armed Forces while on a solidarity mission to work with the U’wa tribe of the Andes. Ingrid was a cherished member of NGL, and her death is a tremendous loss to all. A foundation, The Flying Eagle Fund, has been established in her memory. Ingrid is survived by her husband Ali El-Issa, and their son, Maehki.

Ingrid was a citizen of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, and director of the Fund of the Four Directions, where she directed grantmaking policy and lead an effort to revitalize indigenous languages. Ingrid was also co-chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network.

Ingrid served as an official translator for an international indigenous NGO at the Second International NGO Conference on Indigenous People and the Land. She was also a delegate for two indigenous organizations to various sessions of the Commission on Human Rights and the Working Group on Indigenous Populations. During the 1994 PreparatoryYear of the United Nations’ International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People, Ingrid served as Chairperson of the NGO Committee on the Decade. She was a member of the Indigenous Initiative for Peace, convened by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, and organized the participation of indigenous participants at the first, second and third State of the World Forums.

Ingrid lectured extensively on the rights of indigenous peoples regionally and internationally and co-produced a documentary film, Warrior, produced several radio programs, and published numerous articles on indigenous women’s and people’s issues.

Ingrid received awards from the Asian American, African American, and Native American communities. She was chairperson of Native Americans in Philanthropy and served on the Board of Directors of the Sister Fund, the National Network of Grantmakers, and the selection committee of the Letelier Moffit Human Rights Award.
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Omar Wasow
Executive Director
BlackPlanet.com
Brooklyn, New York

Writing software code from the age of eleven and online since twelve, Omar Wasow has honed his high-tech skills for nearly 20 years. Now 30, he is the Executive Director of BlackPlanet.com at Community Connect Inc. and the Internet Analyst for WNBC. Under Wasow's leadership, BlackPlanet.com was launched in September 1999 and has grown at an exceptional pace to become leading site for African Americans and one of the 50 most popular sites on the Net. In addition to his work on BlackPlanet.com, Wasow works to demystify technology issues in his role as the Internet Analyst for NBC. Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Net in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online. In 1993, Wasow founded New York Online and helped companies as diverse as Consumer Reports, Samsung and The New Yorker execute successful Internet strategies. He has since been described by The New York Times as "Silicon Alley's Philosopher-Prince," and by Newsweek magazine as one of the "fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace."

Before founding New York Online, Omar completed an individually designed major in race and ethnic relations at Stanford University. Following school he worked on the Advance Team of Freedom Summer '92 coordinating a twenty-two city cross-country voter registration drive. He later became the assistant director of Strictly Business, a non-profit job training program that teaches legal entrepreneurship to ex-drug dealers.

Omar lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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