HER MAJESTY QUEEN NOOR
Queen Noor is an international public servant and an outspoken voice on issues of international exchange and understanding, Arab, Muslim and Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty, climate change and disarmament. Her peace-building work has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa. Queen Noor is the founder and chair of the King Hussein Foundation International as well as the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF), which has received international recognition for its institutions and programs, particularly in the areas of empowering women, community development and micro-finance.
Angelica Berrie is President of The Russell Berrie Foundation, which has made transformational gifts in the field of diabetes and nanotechnology. She is Chairman of The Center for Interreligious Understanding. Her entrepreneurial pursuits include being CEO of Kate's Paperie, an iconic New York paper specialty retailer; a partner in Boston International, a wholesale gift company specializing in paper party goods, and Chairman of Global Nomad, an experiential travel design company based in Hong Kong. She is a frequent and featured speaker at national philanthropy conferences.
Six-time Academy Award nominated Kathleen Kennedy is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today. As a testament to her standing in the film community, she previously held the position of governor and officer of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and currently serves as a member of the board of trustees. Among her credits are three of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, JURASSIC PARK, and THE SIXTH SENSE.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Shola Oni is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America where she leads strategic initiatives for the bank’s Financial Center line of business. Prior to joining Bank of America, her experience included process improvement consulting with Accenture’s financial services industry group and large corporate treasury management sales with Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia Bank). Committed to a passion for helping to improve people and processes, Shola serves as a volunteer coach/mentor and on the board of Impact United Methodist Church. A graduate of Smith College with a degree in Government, Shola currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sarah Amyotte is the Director of Sales at Chobani, the number one Greek yogurt in America, where she is responsible for acquisition of new business and company growth. Sarah also acts as Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Hills Management, a real estate company that she co-owns with her wife Laurie. Sarah holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin and is a proud mother of two-step children, Ashleigh and Braydon whom reside in the Cincinnati area. Sarah is an active member in her community and has led many initiatives focused on mission and giving and is a Jefferson Award recipient.
Carl is a Director of Real Estate Finance for NXT Capital, where he focuses on originating loan and investment opportunities in commercial real estate. Prior to NXT, Carl worked as an associate in the real estate group of Merrill Lynch & Company. Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
James Farren is the Director of Agent Development at Keller Williams Peachtree Road, the #1 ranked real estate brokerage in metro Atlanta. He and his wife Rachel also run The Farren Group, a top real estate team within Keller Williams serving Atlanta. Residing in the Buckhead community of Atlanta the Farren Family is actively involved in several civic organizations including Lighthouse Family Retreats, Care for AIDS, Buckhead Church and the Fugees Family. James is a graduate of Purdue University with degrees in Marketing and History.
KATIE EGAN HAMMER
Katie Egan Hammer is the Director of Development and Communications for the Foundation for Financial Planning, where she leads strategies to engage financial services companies and professionals in FFP’s mission to deliver free, quality financial advice to people in crisis or need. Katie was previously Senior Director of Mission Advancement at America’s Promise Alliance, a D.C.-based national nonprofit committed to improving education and opportunity for America’s young people. Katie is a native of Atlanta and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Eason Jordan is the Director of Operations for the Malala Fund. He previously launched and led Poll Position, a hybrid news, market research, and social media company, as well as Praedict, an international information services company. Jordan worked for 23 years with CNN, where he served as Chief News Executive and President of Newsgathering and International Networks. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the ONE Campaign.
Asha is a Director of Implementation Services for Strategyn, a leading innovation consulting firm, where she focuses on creating growth strategies for organizations that utilize Strategyn's innovation methodology. Prior to Strategyn, Asha spent several years in professional services organizations, including PwC and McKinsey & Company. Asha holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and public policy and a master's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a master’s degree in business administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
David is a Partner in the Atlanta law firm of Sheley, Hall & Williams, PC, a law firm that specializes in real estate transactions, leasing, and workouts. David’s extensive experience includes work as a Partner in the Atlanta offices of both Seyfarth Shaw and King & Spalding. David’s specialty is representing real estate funds in connection with the formation and structuring of the funds, the acquisition, development, financing, and disposition of the funds’ real estate portfolios. David studied French and German at Oxford University and earned his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia. For 5 years from 1982 to 1987, David was a high school teacher and soccer and cross-country coach in New Orleans and Chicago, before attending law school.
EX OFFICIO MEMBER
Luma is founder and director of Fugees Family, Inc., which incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. Luma has coached soccer for over 10 years and is currently the organization's CEO and head coach of the Fugees Soccer teams. She has owned two small businesses: Fresh Start for America, a cleaning business employing refugee and immigrant workers, and Ashton’s, a coffee shop and café. She earned her BA in Anthropology from Smith College.