Who We Are

 

+Board of Directors
  • Andrew Brown, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Andrew Brown holds a Baccalauréat (Bachelors) in Philosophy and French Literature from Académie de Rennes (France), as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and International Development from The George Washington...
  • Charles Maslin, Esq., Board of Directors
    Charles Maslin is the latest addition to the GLN Board of Directors. He holds a BA in Economics from Temple University, a JD in Corporate Finance from New York Law School, and completed an Executive Education program at University of...
  • Richard Sawaya, Ph.D., Secretary of the Board of Directors
    Dr. Richard Sawaya is the Vice President of USA*ENGAGE at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and has directed the organization since January 2009. Previously he was the Executive Director of the United States–Venezuela Business Council. He also served as...
  • Ilya Budik, Board of Directors
    Mr. Ilya Budik is the most recent addition to GLN’s Board of Directors. For the past 6 years, Ilya has served in various managerial roles in the life science industry, and over the last 3 years founded and grown Imagine Bio,...
  • Mayor Bennard Cann, Treasurer of the Board of Directors
    Benn’s passion for community and language led him to work with GLN as early as 2006, while GLN was still centrally-located at The George Washington University. Benn formally joined the Board of Directors in 2008 and has been an active...
+Full-Time Staff
  • Andrew Brown, Founder and Executive Director
    Andrew Brown holds a Baccalauréat (Bachelors) in Philosophy and French Literature from Académie de Rennes (France), as well as a B.A. in International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration in Non-Profit Management and International Development from The George Washington...
  • Madhumanti Debnath, Program Coordinator
    Madhumanti holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, India, as well as a Master in Public Policy from Erfurt University, Germany. She interned and volunteered at different nonprofit organizations...
+Part-Time Staff
  • Tzu-Hsin (Kelsy) Chou
    Kelsy was born in Taipei, Taiwan but moved to China due to her father’s business shortly after. In China, Kelsy had the opportunity to attend an international school where she learned lessons in both English and Chinese Mandarin. Since all...
  • Olivia Savage
    Olivia is a rising senior at the University of Cincinnati studying International Affairs with minors in Spanish and Political Science. She is involved in International Student Affairs at UC and loves planning events to help people from around the world...
  • Joseph Foti
    Joe will be a sophomore at The Ohio State University this fall. He plans to graduate in 2021 with a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with a minor in Italian. He has previously studied Spanish and...
  • Caroline Thompson
    Caroline is currently serving as an intern at GLN. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Caroline Thompson comes from a multi-lingual, multi-cultural family and loves learning languages. She is currently studying Business Administration at American University. She is eager to gain hands-on...
  • Joe-Ann Touma
    Joe-Ann Touma is a rising senior at James Madison University, majoring in International Affairs with a Middle Eastern concentration and Arabic. She has previously volunteered at Skyline Literacy with administrative and translation needs, as well as with the Gandhi Center,...
  • Melanie Izard
    Melanie grew up loving language. She started with German in middle school, began Spanish in high school, and continued to add languages to her repertoire throughout her college experience. She is currently a student at American University and studied abroad...
  • Krista Westerlund
    Krista E. Westerlund has spent most of her life traveling in a search to understand as much as she can and to apply that knowledge whenever possible for the benefit of others. Born in the Midwest, she moved to the...
  • Natalia Serafin
    Hi everyone! I’m Natalia and I’m from Poland. I came to the United States 3 years ago to travel and to gain an experience living in a different culture. I love meeting people from all over the world and learn...
  • Sadichchha Adhikari – Leadership Fellow
    A native of Nepal, Sadichchha Adhikari grew up amidst a number of different cultures and languages. She moved to New York at the age of 11, and went on to study Government and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University. Sadichchha...
+Leading Volunteers
  • Yisroel Tenenbaum, Graphic Designer
    Originally from Chicago, Yisroel is a passionate in-house and freelance Graphic Designer hailing from The Bold Edge School of Design in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is brimming with ideas and always looking to learn something new. Though designer by trade, Yisroel...
  • Shira Yardley, Graphic Designer
    Shira was a GLN intern in 2015 while living in Maryland and is excited to be back on the team as a volunteer working remotely from her home in Minneapolis, MN. She is a Certified Graphic Designer who enjoys applying...
+Global Giver Fellows
  • David Zehr, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Learning a new language is a life-long investment. It lays the groundwork upon which one can build relationships, foster mutual understanding, and work for peace. Learning Arabic through the Global Giver Fellowship program has allowed me to strive towards these...
  • Chad Johnson, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Chad Johnson is a currently an MBA candidate at George Washington University School of Business focused on global business, energy, and trade in East Asia. Chad is a Co-Founder of the renewable energy education and advocacy organization, Vittoria Energy Expedition....
  • Vanessa Elias, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Vanessa grew up in Tucson, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. She recently obtained a Masters of Public Health from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique in Paris, France.  Vanessa is...
  • Kathleen M. L., Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Kathleen is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at American University Washington College of Law. She focuses on access to justice in the sector of environmental and sustainable development law. Kathleen is implementing her research into practical and effective means by...
  • Hannah Gerdes, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Hannah Gerdes is a senior at Georgetown University. She anticipates graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelors of Science of Foreign Service with a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, with concentrations in pre-medicine and global health.  In the...
  • Joshua Levkowitz, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Joshua Levkowitz hails from New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent the last year in Washington D.C. completing his Masters degree at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. Joshua focuses on conflict mitigation in the Middle East and North Africa. He is interested in in...
  • Zannah Herridge-Meyer, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Zannah grew up in Olympia, WA and grew up traveling with her family, mostly in Latin America, visiting cooperatives through her father’s fair trade business. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in International Studies, Pre-medicine...
  • Brennan Hoban, Global Giver Fellow Alumnus
    Brennan is a senior at American University studying International Relations and Political Science. Her passions include language, global change, and girls’ education. She speaks Italian, Spanish, French, Japanese, and is learning Urdu this fall. After graduation, Brennan hopes to build...

 

GLN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and as such we have a Board of Directors which oversees the organization as a whole. One main function of our Board is to set policy and direction for the organization consistent with federal, state and local laws, and to see that these policies are implemented. The Board as a whole helps with various aspects of strategic planning, financial oversight, public relations and general advising on key organizational needs and strategies.

Our Board currently consists of four seasoned professionals who selflessly volunteer their expertise, time, and energy to making sure GLN continues to do great things.

On our Board of Directors, we have three officers: Secretary, Treasurer, and President.
-Dr. Richard Sawaya serves as GLN’s Secretary and his responsibilities primarily include recording all votes, actions, and minutes of all proceedings of Board meetings, as well as some other responsibilities such as maintaining records, communicating Board meeting notices, and other duties assigned by the President.
-Mayor Bennard Cann serves as GLN’s Treasurer and his responsibilities primarily include having custody of GLN funds, keeping financial records, making financial payments and deposits on behalf of GLN, and overseeing financial statements, among other duties assigned by the President.
-Andrew Brown has served as GLN’s President and Chairman of the Board since incorporating GLN in 2008 and has been the chief executive officer since founding the organization in 2005, having the power, responsibility, and authority to preside over all meetings of the Board, supervise GLN’s administration, operations and finances and the management of GLN’s affairs, including delegating powers and duties; present reports to the Board of Directors, issue Board meeting notifications and see that all orders and resolutions of the Board are fulfilled, sign minutes and resolutions of the Board, and perform other duties relevant to the President of the organization.

GLN has a dynamic full-time staff and part-time volunteer staff that manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.
-Andrew Brown has served as GLN’s Executive Director since founding the organization in September 2005. He sees overall day-to-day operations as well as general strategic operations, as determined by the Board.
-Madhumanti Debnath is GLN’s Program Coordinator and coordinates GLN’s language classes, teachers, and internship program.

GLN utilizes activism and volunteerism to enrich the organization, as classes are taught by a dedicated team of volunteers while a certain amount of administrative support comes from interns and other part-time volunteers as well. This structure keeps overhead low while providing volunteers with leadership and professional development opportunities.

At any moment in time, GLN engages more than fifty volunteers who contribute to various facets of the organization. In addition to the above bios of our Board, Staff, interns, and key volunteers, check out who our Teaching Fellows are.

You too can get involved with GLN! Find out more about teaching and volunteering.