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Name: Radouane

Country: Morocco

Profession: Senior Weblogic Administrator

After Radouane moved to the U.S., he attended countless interviews that yielded nothing. In order to survive, Rodouane started driving a cab. On a trip to investigate further education options at the City University of New York, he learned about Upwardly Global, an introduction that helped boost his professional career in the U.S.

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Upwardly Global's Impact

"Through Upwardly Global, I was able to start building my professional network in America and the importance and value of this expands far beyond the immediate needs of a job search."

Name: Nikolai Kastioukevitch

Country: Belarus

Profession: Business Analyst

Company: NYC Department of Small Business Services

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Leadership Council

The Leadership Council is a group of dedicated volunteers who support Upwardly Global’s work by fundraising, building awareness, recruiting volunteers and strengthening employer partnerships. The Council provides leadership opportunities for individuals interested in becoming more involved with Upwardly Global. To learn more, please contact the following offices:

San Francisco: Anne Kirwan at
New York: the New York Leadership Council at
Chicago: Karrie Miner at


Terri Lynn Cardona, San Francisco

Terri Lynn Cardona is SVP of Human Resources at Prometheus in San Mateo.  She is responsible for keeping the ship afloat. She runs all areas of human resources including recruitment, staffing, health care and benefits administration, payroll administration and training for Prometheus’ more than 500 employees. 

Terri has a Master’s of Science in Instructional and Performance Technology from, home of the Smurf Turf, Boise State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from San Jose State University. She is on the faculty for UC Berkeley's extension program, where she is developing tomorrows human resource leaders through the certificate program.

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Jeff Waldron, Co-Chair, San Francisco

Jeff is Managing Director at Waldron, a leading national consulting firm that provides a unique combination of executive search and organizational development services for social and private sector organizations. Based in San Francisco, Jeff helps to shape the firm’s strategy nationwide and also leads many of its largest and most prominent search engagements.

In 2009, Jeff took a leave of absence to work with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), based in Rome, Italy. IDLO is an inter-governmental organization that works with its member nations and partners to strengthen institutions that promote peace, justice, and sustainable development around the world. Jeff served as IDLO’s Director of Human Resources and later as the Interim Director-General where he worked closely with governments and international agencies across the globe to increase IDLO’s strategic capacity to implement its programs. Jeff returned to Waldron in 2014.

A San Francisco native, Jeff is personally engaged in local and global philanthropic endeavors.   He has traveled extensively to many corners of the world and maintains his fluency in Italian. He began volunteering with Upwardly Global in 2015 and joined the Leadership Council in January 2016.

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Maggie Dimitrova, San Francisco

Maggie Dimitrova is part of an innovative and customer-focused team at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., one of the largest combined gas and electric utility in the U.S. As a Supervisor of Product Management, Maggie is responsible for managing incentive programs and customer experience initiatives for customers interested in adopting solar and other renewable technologies.

Maggie moved to the U.S. in 2001 after graduating with an M.A. in Political Science from Sofia University in her home country of Bulgaria. She is passionate about giving back to the community and supports a number of local and international nonprofit organizations. She has worked with Upwardly Global as a volunteer and mentor for many years and has continually increased her commitment to the mission and goals of the organization.  As an immigrant herself, Maggie prides herself on helping others pursue their dreams.

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Anya Oleinikova, San Francisco

Anya focuses on bringing the world together through live experiences, and growing Eventbrite's presence in international markets. Prior to joining Eventbrite, she was at Google for 11 years, driving search and display commercialization and working on international expansion.

Anya holds a B.A. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley. In 1997, Anya moved to the Bay Area from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. This experience was the impetus for Anya initially volunteering with Upwardly Global. To further her support of the goals and the mission of the organization, she joined the San Francisco Leadership Council.

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Fallon O'Dowd, San Francisco

Fallon has lived in seven countries including: Jordan, Oman, Tunisia, Syria, Israel, and Egypt. Her time in the Middle East laid the foundation for her interest in migration and refugee affairs, and eventually resulted in her becoming a paralegal for an immigration law firm in the Bay Area. Fallon now works on Staff Operations at Dropbox in San Francisco, and her continued passion for immigration led her to Upwardly Global.

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Maya Babla, San Francisco

Maya works as a customer success manager at LinkedIn, where she consults with global companies on their talent acquisition strategies.  It’s a company she was drawn to for its vision to create economic opportunity for all. Outside of her day to day work, she helps lead employee engagement around refugee issues through volunteering, giving, and education.

Previously, Maya worked with a DC-based nonprofit that partnered with women leaders in the developing world. This work inspired an ongoing commitment to find creative ways to have a positive social impact, and in particular, to use technology in order to do so at global scale.

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Steven Bentley, San Francisco

Liana Grossman, San Francisco

Liana is currently a Principal at True, focusing primarily on Product and Engineering roles within high-growth venture capital and private equity-backed technology firms.   Prior to joining True, Liana was a Senior Recruiter at Lending Club, where she recruited cross-functionally, working directly with senior leaders throughout the organization. Before Lending Club, Liana was a Senior Associate within Korn Ferry’s Global Technology Practice. She worked with both VC and PE-backed firms as well as multinational public companies to build senior general management teams and help meet specific challenges during various stages of growth. Liana joined Korn Ferry from Renaissance Leadership where she specialized in executive search for technology and consumer companies. Earlier in her career, Liana worked as an attorney in New York for Goodwin Procter LLP.  She has also worked with students through New York University in the areas of networking, personal branding and career development.

Liana earned a B.A. in Biology from Colgate University and a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband and son. As a native east-coaster, she loves living in foggy San Francisco.


Mike Diamond, New York

Mike Diamond is an Analytical Lead in Google’s DoubleClick division in New York. He works with larger advertisers to develop forward thinking, data-driven insights and recommendations that align with their marketing objectives. He partners across internal sales and service teams to develop and test tools, templates and frameworks to streamline and scale client analyses and collaborates with these teams to educate and train clients and agencies on how to best architect and optimize technology-driven advertising campaigns.

He moved to New York after graduating from the University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.  He started his career at Microsoft, before moving to Google in 2010. Shortly after coming to NYC, Mike started working with with Upwardly Global as a volunteer and mentor through his previous job at Microsoft, where he helped coordinate Upwardly Global mock interviews, resume workshops, cover letter reviews and networking practice events. He currently serves as President of the New York Leadership Council for Upwardly Global. Mike loves adventure travel, food, art and is an avid University of Michigan sports fan.

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Andrew Greier, President, New York

Andrew Greier is a Vice President of Professional Development at Point72 Asset Management. Prior to this role he was an investment analyst specializing in Industrial equities. Before joining Point72, Andrew was an investment banking analyst in Barclays Capital’s Global Chemicals Group.

Andrew received his B.S. in Finance and Accounting, cum laude, from the Stern School of Business at New York University. In his senior year, Andrew was the President of the Mu Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honors organization for accounting and finance students. Andrew was born and raised in New York City. He began volunteering with Upwardly Global in 2014.

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Lucy Walton, New York

Lucy is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Strategy Consulting practice, specialising in Banking and Capital Markets. For the past 8 years, Lucy’s focus has been driving profitable growth for her Banking clients through Operating Model and Process transformation in London and New York. Prior to joining Accenture, Lucy was Head of Graduate Recruitment for Bloomberg LP in Europe, Middle East and Africa. In her early career, Lucy spent several years in Advertising at the creative agencies KHWS, JWT and The Square in London. Lucy graduated in Economics from University of Leeds. Lucy first volunteered for Upwardly Global via Accenture in 2015 and joined the LC in June of that year. Lucy moved to NYC two years ago and as a native Londoner, is striving to maintain her British accent.

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Daniel Garcia, New York

Daniel is a Director with PwC's Global Advisory team and has more than fourteen years of experience in the Telecommunication, Travel, Pharma, Retail, and Financial Services industries along with Public Sector Agencies. His areas of expertise include corporate strategy, brand management, customer experience/ loyalty, process improvement, and program management.
Daniel was born in Colombia and remains heavily involved in the Latino professional community. He was previously a member of the Chicago UpwardlyGlobal Leadership Council.

Daniel received, with highest distinction, his B.S. in International Business and M.B.A. in Corporate Strategy and General Management.

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Justin Rucker, Vice President, New York

Justin Rucker is business strategy advisor and consultant to the Financial Services industry. He is a member of Accenture’s Financial Services Strategy practice, working primarily with Capital Markets, Banking and Payments clients. Justin works with senior business leaders to help shape their strategies and plans to capture new growth opportunities, such as launching new businesses and products or expanding to serve new customer segments. He also works with these clients to design, plan and execute the transformation programs required to achieve new growth.

Justin attended university at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where he studied Finance and Film. He moved to New York City after graduating, where he began his career with Accenture. Justin was introduced to Upwardly Global through a pro-bono consulting engagement where he helped Upwardly Global evaluate and plan the launch of a new service offering and is excited to serve as a member of the Leadership Council. Justin lives in New York where he enjoys food, running, and travel.

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Max Litvinko, New York

Max Litvinko is a representative within Global Technical Operations at Bloomberg L.P. Before that he worked as a PR Manager for the software development company Sam Solutions as well as a freelancer project manager focusing on mobile and web applications development for multiple clients. Moved to the USA from Belarus where he graduated with BS degree in Mass Communication and minor in Information Science from Belarusian State University. Being an alumni of the Upwardly Global program (Summer 2010) he is thrilled to get involved with the organization in a different role. Being a treasurer of the Leadership Council he still has fresh memories of how it feels to be a job seeker. Max lives in New York city now, likes to run and play tennis, also being student at Columbia University, he is studying Computer Science in addition to work.

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Tammi Ling, New York

Tammi Ling is a Partner in the Financial & Risk / Public Policy and Digital, Technology, Operations & Analytics practices of Oliver Wyman in New York. She has worked across a number of risk management topics including risk framework development, regulatory compliance, cost efficiency, operational process design, model risk management, capital management and planning, and risk appetite, providing custom solutions for leading financial institutions. She moved to New York after graduating from the University of Sydney, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, Accounting and Econometrics and Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology.

Tammi became involved with Upwardly Global in 2009, volunteering as a mock interviewer and mentor, working one-on-one with job seekers to help prepare them for the job market. She joined the New York Leadership Council for Upwardly Global in 2010, and was elected President and Vice President of the New York Leadership Council in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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Tina Schimmenti, New York

Tina is a Senior Principal in Accenture Strategy, specializing in operating model design, finance and business transformation.  She has over 15 years’ experience leading large scale transformation programs within the public and private sector.

She received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Tina became involved with UpwardlyGlobal after learning about the organization through Accenture and was excited to join the LC in 2017.  Tina lives in Manhattan and enjoys running and rock climbing in her free time.

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Amanda Young, New York

Amanda Young is a North American Business Development Manager for Novozymes, a global biotech company recognized by the UN, Fortune, Dow Jones, World Economic Forum, and numerous others as a world leader in biological solutions. Prior to this role, Amanda worked at Alvarez & Marsal, a restructuring / turnaround advisory firm, where she specialized in corporate strategic projects across a range of industries and launched what is now the firm's official development program for all of its young professionals.

Amanda graduated with degrees in International Relations and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the highest distinction for her work with the College community.  In 2015, Amanda began volunteering with Upwardly Global after witnessing first-hand - through personal connections and job-seeker interactions - the powerful impact organizations like UpGlo can have on refugees and immigrants.


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Katie Deibert, Steering Committee, Chicago

Katie is an attorney with GATX Corporation. Previously she was with Mayer Brown, where she worked in the firm’s finance group in the Chicago, Frankfurt and London offices. She was also a Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow, has experience in the non-profit sector and practiced with Kirkland & Ellis.

Having grown up in a community where many refugees resettled, she has long been aware of the challenges immigrant jobseekers face. Given her own experiences working abroad under the “best” of circumstances, she feels strongly about supporting jobseekers in Chicago who do not have it so easy. Katie has been involved with Upwardly Global since 2009. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a degree in political science and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Rachel Story, Steering Committee, Chicago

Rachel is a Management Analyst at the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General (GSAOIG).  Rachel focuses on Contract Auditing and Construction Closeouts.  Prior to joining GSA OIG, Rachel worked as a Community Development Volunteer with The Peace Corps serving in Donetsk, Ukraine from 2013-2014.  While in Ukraine, she focused on providing resources for people with disabilities and taught International Economics at Donetsk National University.  Rachel earned her MBA from Robert Morris University Illinois in 2012.  She started volunteering with Upwardly Global in 2015 and wanted to further her commitment by joining the Leadership Council. In her free time, Rachel enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her dog Simba.

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Blair Waite, Steering Committee, Chicago

Blair is Senior Director of Global Strategy and Profitability in Baxter Healthcare’s Renal Division.  He has worked at Baxter for the past 6 years, and was previously at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis and Toronto for 19 years.  Blair has focused his career on launching breakthrough products globally in the healthcare space, and commercial leadership of cross-functional and cross-geographic businesses.

Blair was born and raised in Canada, and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from McGill University in Montreal.  He has three children, the lights of his life, and loves to travel with them all over the world.  In his free time, Blair can often be found on long, lonely runs with his Audible books playing.  Blair’s side passion is genealogy.

Blair is thrilled to be involved with Upwardly Global as an extension of his efforts to bring UpGlo into Baxter, which has become a truly win-win-win partnership.

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Tim Finney, Chicago

Tim is a Director of Finance and Operations at Enfusion, a hedge fund software company. He oversees Enfusion’s accounting and HR functions, as well as the company’s international growth strategy. As the primary contact for all global immigration issues, Tim understands the many hurdles highly-skilled immigrants face and he enjoys being a trusted advisor throughout the process. Tim has a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from the University of Michigan. He began volunteering with Upwardly Global in 2016 and is very excited to promote UpGlo’s mission in Chicago as a member of the Leadership Council.

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A.J. John, Chicago

A.J. is a Consulting Executive within the Operations practice at Accenture. He works specifically with clients to grow their capabilities within Product Development and Innovation, Private Label Growth/Strategy, Operating Model/Design, and Merchandising Operations. His clients have included some of the world's most visible Fortune 500 companies within the Consumer Goods and Retail industries. A second generation Indian American and native Chicagoan, A.J. has also provided pro-bono consulting services to non-profit organizations within the city.

He holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Katia Kreft, Chicago

Katia is a Senior Strategist at Egg Strategy, a global strategy and innovation consultancy that helps clients find pathways to growth amidst the messiness of modern life. For the past six years, she’s been fortunate enough to help shape, position and strengthen some of the most successful products & brands in the marketplace today. In her role, Katia is engaged in all aspects of project work, from new business development and relationship management, to enagement design, insight mining, and (last but not least) brand, innovation and communication strategy creation.

Katia completed both her undergraduate and post-graduate coursework at Northwestern University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business and a Post-Baccaleurate certificate in Strategic Marketing. If she could develop any talent overnight, she would ask for the ability to become a polyglot, and speak every language she encountered fluently.

As a first generation immigrant from the former USSR, Katia has seen firsthand the barriers highly skilled immigrants face when trying to enter the workforce, and is deeply committed to helping members of this community find their voice, and live their passion.

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Genevieve Koloditch, Chicago

Anu Lohani, Chicago

Anu Lohani is a Senior Consultant at Allstate Insurance Company where she is a member of the Information Security team. She works on vendor security risk management issues. Prior to joining Allstate in early 2015, Anu worked at a Chicago trial law firm- Brustin and Lundblad Ltd. for 3.5 years.

Anu completed her Joint B.A. / J.D. from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and her Masters in Law from The George Washington University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in her native Nepal where she also worked for a year after law school.

As an immigrant and an UpGlo alum, Anu is very committed to UpGlo’s mission and is passionate about helping other immigrants re-establish their professional careers in the US. In her free time Anu likes to travel & learn about other cultures and participate in triathlons.

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May Pelz, Chicago

Ben Pickering, Chicago

Ben is a consultant within the human capital consulting practice at Deloitte Consulting. He holds experience delivering solutions within M&A, strategic change, technology adoption and talent strategy spheres, spanning across Life Sciences, Technology, Consumer Products and Financial Services industries.

Ben is a graduate of Boston College where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish. After graduating, he spent two years in Spain teaching English at a public secondary school. He was first introduced to Upwardly Global upon attending a resume workshop in 2015, and is excited to serve on the Leadership Council and advance Up Glo's mission and presence in the Chicago community. In his free time, Ben enjoys off-the-beaten-path international travel, playing and watching soccer (namely Arsenal FC), and listening to live jazz.

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Andrea Sugano, Chicago

Andrea is a Project Manager for CVS Health, where she spearheads process improvement initiatives for the pharmacy benefit management arm of the business. Prior to joining CVS Health, Andrea managed projects in the healthcare and oil and gas industries, both in the US and abroad. A native Houstonian, Andrea is a Certified Project Manager and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in economics and philosophy.

Andrea brings to the LC her passion for building strong communities and promoting cross-cultural understanding. In addition to serving on the LC, Andrea enjoys supporting UpGlo by conducting informational interviews with job seekers, participating in networking events, and connecting job seekers with individuals in her network.

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Jasmina Jevtovic, Chicago

Jasmina is a financial professional currently working in the wealth management division of US Bank specializing in collateralized debt obligations, collateralized loan obligations, and other fixed income products. Prior to joining US Bank Jasmina worked for CEDA, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Illinois.

Jasmina is originally from Belgrade, Serbia where she graduated with a B.A. in business management from Alpha University. She moved to Chicago in 2013 and obtained her first American job through Upwardly Global. Since 2015 Jasmina has been actively volunteering with UpGlo. Jasmina is passionate about public speaking and currently serves as the Vice President Public Relations for Michigan Avenue Toastmasters.

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Amy Bahrani, Chicago

Amy is the Flight Operations Communications Manager for United Airlines, where she supports the operational and departmental communication flow to United’s pilots. Previously, she was a strategy consultant for Accenture with an Aerospace and Defense industry focus. Her international experience includes graduate school in the UK, client work in Canada, Russia and France, and an independent study in India and Nepal.

Amy completed dual degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Political Science and Religious Studies, also taking courses in Spanish and Arabic. After graduating, she went on to complete a Masters of Economics degree in International Relations from the University of Wales. She was first introduced to Upwardly Global through volunteer opportunities at Accenture, and is excited to be part of the leadership council to further support UpGlo’s mission and make a positive impact to Chicago’s economy.


Sarah Jackson-Han, Washington-DC

Sarah Jackson-Han rejoined the United Nations Development Programme in Washington in August 2016 as Adviser for Communications, Partnerships, & Policy. She has more than 20 years' experience in print, broadcast, online, and social media; strategic communications; partnerships; risk and reputation management; and speech- and op-ed-writing. A native Washingtonian, she served as Senior Communications Officer in the Gender Cross-Cutting Solution Area at the World Bank Group from 2013-2016, after working with UNDP from 2010-2013. She worked previously as Asian affairs editor and correspondent with Agence France-Presse, communications director with Radio Free Asia, and online editor with NPR.  She holds honors degrees from Dartmouth College (US) and Cambridge University (UK).

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Nidal Khaznadar, Washington, DC

Nidal Khaznadar, is a global Human Resources professional with over 10 years of international experience in HR management. His experience working with multinational organizations across many different countries provided him with the knowledge and skills to become an expert in his field.

Nidal has a passion for HR and career development, he has a master’s degree in Human Resources Management from the University of Cincinnati-Ohio.

Nidal currently holds a position of a Human Resources Manager at SAMS Foundation; a non-profit organization in DC, he is responsible for building and managing the entire HR & Administration department. In addition, he is a mentor and leadership council member with Upwardly Global, DC chapter. Nidal lives in Virginia with his wife and two kids.

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Ashish Kumbhat, Washington, DC

Ashish is a senior staff member of the Monetary Affairs Division at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington,DC. Ashish advises policymakers on a diverse set of topics in the intersection of financial markets and monetary policy. Prior to the Fed, Ashish worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Senate Office of Hillary Clinton.

Ashish was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Queens, New York. He earned his BBA at The George Washington University.

As a first generation immigrant, Ashish has seen firsthand the barriers highly skilled immigrants face when trying to enter the workforce, and is deeply committed to helping members of this community reach their potential, while simultaneously making substantial contributions to our economy.

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Maria Little, Washington, DC

Maria Little has been with Accenture’s North America Legal group since August 2006 and is currently a contract manager for several state government and financial services clients.  Accenture actively promotes taking responsibility to respond to today’s most pressing challenges and improve the way the world works and lives. Using global capabilities and digital experience the organization drives innovative solutions that address a wide range of societal issues.  Corporate citizenship is central to the company’s vision and reflects their core values.

Maria promotes Upwardly Global at Accenture and has led many skills to succeed events connecting job seekers and volunteers virtually and in person.  She joined the Leadership Council in 2016 and is working towards broadening the base of partner corporations to grow support and career opportunities for our job seekers.

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Jamie McAuliffe, Washington, DC

Jamie McAuliffe is a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions working on global youth employment. Previously, Jamie was President & CEO of Education For Employment (EFE) where he led the organization during a period of dramatic growth to provide job opportunities for tens of thousands of youth across 8 affiliated nonprofits in the Middle East & North Africa. Prior to EFE, Jamie was Portfolio Manager at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, a foundation dedicated to scaling solutions to help vulnerable youth become successful adults. Early in his career, Jamie worked with Ashoka to support leading social entrepreneurs globally.

Jamie is an alumnus of Teach for America and the Coro Fellows program. He earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. He is a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jamie joined the DC Leadership Council because he believes deeply that helping immigrants and refugees reach their full potential not only helps them and their families but also enriches American society.

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Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez, Washington, DC

Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez is a Managing Director @Accenture, where she is the global head of Strategy and Innovation for Corporate Citizenship. She leads a global team, cross-functional networks, and ecosystem partners to define strategic direction in areas such as Social Innovation, Skills to Succeed, #AI4GOOD, environmentally sustainable growth, and transparency on the company’s non-financial performance.

A social innovator, she has a track record of managing teams to launch innovative models such as a nonprofit consulting org ( spun out of Accenture in 2001 and a patented Public Service Value ROI model that sparked a new consulting practice and internal think tank. She started working in sustainability in 2007 when she mobilized seventy-five volunteers to win first place in the Net Impact Green Challenge resulting in two new roles: US Eco Champion lead and Sustainability Business Development director for Communications & High Tech clients. She started her career as an Accenture strategy consultant with ten years of experience developing and implementing business strategies and performance management frameworks for clients across public, private and nonprofit sectors.

A thought leader, she regularly sponsors pioneering research on topics such as #DigitalAdoption,Scaling Digital Learning to Improve Workforce Outcomes, and Business at its Best: Driving Sustainable Value Creation. She co-authored New Era of Sustainability CEO Study and serves on advisory groups to LinkedIn for Good, Upwardly Global, REDF, and Save the Children. Lisa has direct public sector experience from working at the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the OECD and has graduate degrees from Wharton Business School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Emilie Hyams, Washington, DC

Emilie Hyams is a consultant for Immigration Strategies, LLC, advising on immigration law and policy, and working to protect the rights of immigrants in and to the United States.  Previously, Emilie was the counselor to the director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Emilie also served as counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary in Washington, D.C., and to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, specializing in immigration and homeland security matters.  Prior to joining the public sector, Emilie was an associate attorney with the international immigration law firm, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, representing companies and individuals in U.S. immigration legal matters.

Her dedication to the immigration field began about two decades ago during an inspiring college internship, and her passion for assisting immigrants fulfill their potential was stoked as a child by learning of her own mother’s immigrant story.  Emilie has a Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish literature from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  Her involvement with UpGlo began as a mentor in New York City, and Emilie is currently a member of UpGlo's DC Leadership Council.

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Sumir Lal, Washington, DC

Sumir Lal is a Director for External and Corporate Relations in the World Bank, Washington, DC, heading a department that provides the World Bank Group’s Global Practices and Cross-cutting Solution Areas with a suite of strategic communication services, including advocacy and positioning, reputation risk management, stakeholder engagement in operations, and leadership communication. His department also implements corporate mandates like the Bank’s Access to Information Policy.

Sumir has previously been the Bank’s Manager for Operations Communications, head of Internal Communications, and External Affairs Advisor for India.

While based in the Bank's New Delhi office, he played a pioneering role in introducing political economy-based risk management into project design and analytical work. His paper “Can Good Economics Ever Be Good Politics” (2006) on the power sector in India remains a benchmark. He has published a number of other papers on the political economy of reform.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Sumir was an award-winning journalist in India. He was Deputy Editor of The Telegraph, Kolkata, from 1993 to 1998, and Associate Editor of the Hindustan Times, Delhi, from 1998 to 2000. During his journalism career, he reported and commented on Indian and South Asian politics, conflict, and development issues.

Sumir holds an advanced degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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