Harpswell Foundation Advisory Board
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Kamal Ahmad currently serves as the President and CEO of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation (AUW). Educated at Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and University of Michigan Law School, Mr. Ahmad has combined a career in private transactional law practice and international development. Prior to joining AUW, he was on the staff of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines. He has worked with the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation and UNICEF. In 1998, Mr. Ahmad helped launch the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education and Society.
Robert Barnes is a civil trial lawyer. Through his Oklahoma City-based firm, Barnes and Lewis, Robert specializes in complex civil litigation and has acted as lead counsel in some of the nation’s largest oil and gas cases. He is a nationally recognized expert in pursuing cleanup of oilfield pollution, royalty owner class action lawsuits as well as complex geological and engineering litigation.
Cara Barnes Cara Smith Barnes graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College before launching a career in marketing and public relations. She has a passion for nonprofits, volunteering extensively in her community as well as exploring an interest in empowering women in developing countries. Before joining Harpswell, Cara created and supported a marketing effort promoting the work of more than 2000 Bolivia artisans.
Elizabeth Becker began her career as a war correspondent for the Washington Post covering Cambodia. She was one of two American journalists allowed by the Khmer Rouge to enter Cambodia during the Pol Pot regime. Her book When the War was Over (1986) is one of the most insightful histories of modern Cambodia.
Holly Cratsley founded Nashawtuc Architects in 1988, a community oriented architectural firm located in Concord Massachusetts. She has been cited by readers of Women’s Business Boston as one of the region’s “Top Ten Female Architects.” Holly’s civic activities include five years as an elected Commissioner of the Concord Housing Authority, Chair of various municipal Task Forces and Mentor in the School/Business Partnership. Holly assisted in the design of the Harpswell Foundation’s Dormitory and Leadership Center at Teuk Thla and supports the empowerment of women.
Katja’s desire to create meaningful change on a large scale began after she studied abroad in the North East of Thailand during college where she focused on issues of globalization and development. There she wrote human rights reports, worked with the Thai Network of People Living with HIV & AIDs, and spent 5 months living in rural villages. After graduating from Occidental in 2010, Katja first worked for Causes, a philanthropy application for Facebook, advising nonprofits on their social media fundraising. After Causes she spent four years at Twitter building out a new arm of their business in the mobile app space. Katja most recently took a year off to travel around the world with specific learning objectives. During this year, Katja spent time in the dorms at Harpswell teaching the women a course on social media. She is currently living in San Francisco and eyeing her next opportunity.
Roland Eng is former Cambodian Ambassador to the United States (1999 – 2004) and is now Ambassador-at-Large and Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia. After the civil war with the Khmer Rouge, Ambassador Eng volunteered at the refugee camps along the Cambodian-Thai border. He worked with the UN to bring about peace in Cambodia, under the UNTAC operation and, in 1993, was elected to the National Assembly. Before becoming Ambassador to the United States, he was Ambassador to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Brad Gordon is founder of Edenbridge Asia, based in Phnom Penh, which advises capital markets and private equity transactions. He graduated from Harvard Law School. Before founding Gordon Associates, he worked for the international law firms Linklaters, Freshfields, and Shearman & Sterling and has many years of experience working as a corporate lawyer for international investors and investment banks in Asia. He worked with Cambodian refugees in Thailand in 1989. Brad is an advisor to Cambodia Living Arts and is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce. His firm has given internships and other job opportunities to a number of Harpswell students.
Marco Greenberg holds degrees from UCLA and Columbia University, and is an adjunct professor at Fordham Graduate Business School. A public relations expert and web video innovator, he has held senior positions in two of the largest global public relations and advertising firms, Burson-Marsteller and BBDO, and in his own ventures, NYPR, Reel Biography, and Thunder11. He is currently managing director of Burson-Marsteller.
Madeleine Jacobs is the new president of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. Prior to that, she was Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. She has a background in both chemistry and journalism. Before her current position at ACS, Jacobs was Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering News magazine. She has held a number of senior management positions in scientific and educational institutions. Most notably, she was director of Public Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution, 1987 – 1993. She has been committed to achieving gender equality in science.
Bernard Krisher is a journalist, publisher, and former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief. He founded the Cambodia Daily newspaper in 1993, the first independent press in Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge regime; founded and directs the nonprofit organization Americans for Assistance to Cambodia, which has built 400 schools in Cambodia.
Irving Levin is the Chairman and CEO of Genesis. A veteran of retail financial services, Mr. Levin founded Renaissance Holdings, Inc., and was the Chairman of Renaissance and its Orchard Bank subsidiary. Mr. Levin also works with a number of nonprofit organizations. He is Chairman of the Board of Digital Divide Data, which employs young people in Cambodia to provide IT data services to global clients, and also serves as a Trustee or Board Member for the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, The Children’s Institute, Oregon Entrepreneurial Forum, and the Portland State University Foundation. Mr. Levin has a B.A. and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Karen Pritzker is the daughter of a Foreign Service officer and has lived in Martinique, Liberia, Hatiti, Jordan, Switzerland, and France. Karen graduated from the University of Chicago, after two years at Tufts University. Ms. Pritzker has developed and supported Providence St. Mel, an innovative K-12 preparatory school for disadvantaged students in Chicago. With her husband Daniel, she is a trustee of the Jay Pritzker Foundation.
Daniel Pritzker graduated from Tufts University and has a law degree from Northwestern University. He was the founder, guitarist, and songwriter for the Chicago band Sonia Dada and is now making films. Daniel and his wife Karen are trustees of the Jay Pritzker Foundation, which has endowed scholarships for underprivileged minority students at Tufts University and has recently built a school, the Jay Pritzker Academy, in Ta Chet, Cambodia.
As the mother of two bright and curious daughters, Jeannie Sack is especially dedicated to seeing the advancement of women’s opportunities through education. Over the past few years, Ms. Sack has made many visits to the Harpswell Foundation and believes the organization is offering young women a chance that would be otherwise unavailable to them.
Jordan Sachs was the senior executive of manufacturers of science education materials. His last position was publisher of educational software for Encyclopedia Britannica. Capping his career he published the first multi-media CD-ROM encyclopedia which won the software publishers association’s Oscar equivalent in every category it was eligible.
Retiring early so he and his late wife could pursue their enthusiasm for travel, spending several months overseas every year with a focus on Asia. Jordan & his wife Jeannie derive immense satisfaction from their commitment to Harpswell. Their annual visits with the Harpswell women provide living proof of the life changing results of Harpswell’s efforts. Harpswell Foundation converges Jordan and Jeannie’s passions for education and Asia.
Jonathan Auerbach is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer and Executive Vice President at PayPal, Inc. and PayPal Holdings, Inc. He has spent more than half of his career living and working in Asia. Prior to joining PayPal, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Singtel’s Group Digital Life, where he was responsible for a global portfolio of mobile video, digital advertising and analytics businesses. Before Singtel, he spent 26 years as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. At McKinsey, he held a variety of executive roles in Asia and North America during his tenure with the Firm, including leading the Asian Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice; the Singapore Office and the Southeast Asia Region and the North American High Tech Practice. He serves on the International Board of Directors of Technoserve (a non-profit organization focused on developing and implementing business solutions to reduce Poverty) and on the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Auerbach graduated from Dartmouth College and holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, UK, where he was a Keasbey Scholar.
Marissa Wesely is the Chief Executive Officer of Win-Win Strategies, a non-profit social enterprise that connects the power of business with the deep assets of women’s organizations to empower women globally. Marissa has served as an Advisor to the “Path to Empowerment” series hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, and was a 2014 Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Marissa is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Directors of Global Fund for Women. Prior to 2014, Marissa was a partner in the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance. As a long-standing advocate for women in diverse settings, Marissa has received many awards, including the ABA’s 2014 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. Marissa received her B.A. from Williams College, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude.