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...
  • Bailey Wiles, Program Coordinator
    Bailey received her B.A. in Global Studies and Religious Studies at Missouri State University, where she received the Religious Studies Memorial Award for Academic Excellence and served as President of the Religious Studies Club. She also studied at the Université...
+Part-Time Staff
  • 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...
  • Rachel Ollig
    Rachel has a BS in Accounting from the University of North Texas. She spends her summers working as a park ranger, interacting with travelers from all over the world. When she’s not working in a National Park or working with...
  • Kate Rather
    Kate Rather has a BA in Art History and an MA in International Relations with an emphasis on cultural heritage protection. Kate loves traveling and learning about different places through their language, cuisine, and music. Some of her favorite places...
  • Edgar Garcia
    Edgar Garcia is a Support Engineer at MicroStrategy, where he provides complex and challenging support for customers around the world. Originally from Sonora, Mexico, Edgar received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in Computer Security from the TecMilenio University. As a...
  • Kyhl Stephen
    Kyhl Stephen received his B.A. in Economics and English literature from the College of William and Mary, where he graduated phi beta kappa in 2017. He has studied abroad in Germany, India, and Scotland, and has friends and connections across...
  • 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 2017
    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 2016
    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 2015
    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 2015
    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 2015
    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 2015
    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 2015
    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 2015
    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.
-Bailey Wiles 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.