We are a diverse, motivated team of professionals with a passion for improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Our staff is composed of grantmaking, communications, development, finance and operations teams, working together to carry out our mission.
The Management Team
Victoria Dunning, Executive Vice President
Victoria Dunning joined The Global Fund for Children in 2005, having worked in international development programs for over a decade. She brings with her significant experience in program planning, management, and evaluation, and over five years’ experience in developing countries.
Prior to joining GFC, Victoria served as the senior program officer for women and population at the United Nations Foundation. She oversaw a program portfolio on strengthening youth health and development and maximizing access and quality of reproductive health services with the United Nations and international NGO partners. Before that, Victoria was at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, where she oversaw research and evaluation activities on youth development and women’s health in East and West Africa. Her previous positions include NGO sector advisor at USAID Tanzania, clinic manager for the Young Men’s Clinic in New York City, project design and development trainer with developing-country professionals, and Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.
Victoria has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and international affairs from Mount Holyoke College. She enjoys working with her national and international colleagues at the United Nations, USAID, government ministries, foundations, nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations at all levels in a multicultural environment. Victoria is fluent in French and proficient in Wolof, Swahili, and Spanish.
Jim Klein, Vice President for Finance and Operations
Jocelyn Harmon, Vice President for Development
Jocelyn Harmon is the vice president for development at The Global Fund for Children. Before joining GFC, Jocelyn served as vice president of sales, marketing, and customer success at Network for Good, which helps organizations to raise money and engage supporters online. Previously, she was director of business development for Care2.com, a web-based social action network that supports the advancement of socially responsible causes. Jocelyn also provided nonprofit marketers with the online data that they needed to power their email marketing and social media programs as director of business development at Triplex Interactive. She has had senior roles in sales, marketing, development, and communications at NPower, the National Council for Nonprofits, and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Jocelyn has a bachelor’s degree in literature from New York University and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Debra Burke, Managing Director for UK Trust
Debra Burke is the managing director for The Global Fund for Children UK Trust. Debra has over 17 years of experience with nonprofit organisations in fundraising and development, gift solicitation, account management, and building strategic relationships with corporate foundations and high-net-worth individuals. She has previously served as director of fund development for UNLtd South Africa, a start-up organisation for early-stage social entrepreneurs in South African townships; development director for The Legal Assistance Trust in London, which supports the rights of the poor in South Africa; executive director of Ubuntu Education Fund, which provides education and healthcare for at-risk children in South Africa; and national director for individual giving and major gifts at City Year, Inc., an international youth service organisation. Debra is an American citizen and has lived in London for 6 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in world history from Saint Anselm College.
Farah Anwar, Program Associate for South Asia
Farah Anwar is the program associate for South Asia at The Global Fund for Children. She first came to GFC in 2009 as the South Asia grantmaking intern. Prior to coming to GFC, she interned at Sandy Spring Bank. She also interned at Arc Aspicio, a consulting firm dealing with border management and homeland security issues. While pursing her undergraduate degree, Farah lived and studied for a year at University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Farah earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in geography and development from Mount Holyoke College. She is conversant in Bengali and has a working knowledge of French.
Joseph Bednarek, Program Officer for Europe and Eurasia
Joseph Bednarek is the program officer for Europe and Eurasia. Prior to joining GFC, he worked as the director/education programs manager for the Ukraine field office of IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board), implementing education programs funded by the US Department of State and the Carnegie Foundation. During his time with IREX, he also worked closely with exchange program alumni on professional development trainings, conferences, and seminars. Joe’s interest in East Central Europe and Eurasia stems from his Polish roots and his experience working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. He has also worked as the administrative coordinator for the Chicago-based nonprofit Health for Humanity. Joe received a master’s degree in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University. He is proficient in Ukrainian and Russian.
Mamadou Diallo, Associate Program Officer for West Africa
Mamadou Diallo is the associate program officer for West Africa at The Global Fund for Children. Prior to joining GFC, Mamadou worked for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, Catholic Charities USA, and Pottal, a community-based organization in New York City. With experience in resource mobilization, communication for development, networking, and community-based organizations, Mamadou also hosted a community-oriented radio program on a station affiliated with Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc. Earlier on, he worked as a journalist and human rights campaigner in Guinea, focusing on unaccompanied refugees, displaced children and youth, and children in conflict with the law. He interned at the Voice of America and, in New York City, at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Citizens Budget Commission, and Youth Empowerment Mission, Inc. Mamadou holds a master’s degree in policy analysis and evaluation from Baruch College, a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Memphis, and a degree in journalism from Gamal Abdel Nasser University of Conakry, in Guinea. He is fluent in French, Fulani, Mandingo, and Susu.
Vineeta Gupta, Program Officer for Asia
Vineeta Gupta is the program officer for Asia at The Global Fund for Children. Prior to working at GFC, she directed the Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative, based in Washington, DC. She practiced medicine in India, predominantly maternal-child healthcare, both in rural and urban settings, for 16 years. Vineeta has over 20 years of experience in organizational and community management in India and internationally, and she has traveled widely in Europe and the US, addressing the impact of international policies on Global South countries. She has consulted for UNAIDS, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Global Campaign for Microbicides, among others. She received the Rotary Service to Humanity Award in 2001 in recognition of her efforts to uphold ethical standards in society. Vineeta holds a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Notre Dame; a bachelor’s of law degree (equivalent to a JD) from Nehru Memorial Law College, Ajmer University, India; and a dual bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Medical College Patiala, India, with a residency in gynecology and obstetrics. She is fluent in Hindi, English, Punjabi, and Urdu. Vineeta serves on the board of Asia Pacific Alumni of Notre Dame.
Sandra Macías del Villar, Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean
Sandra Macías del Villar is the program officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to coming to GFC, Sandra worked for the International Rescue Committee’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program in Miami, Florida, where she was responsible for handling cases of human trafficking survivors in the South Florida region. Sandra also worked as a consultant in Haiti for the Haitian Education and Leadership Program and for the Institute for Philanthropy, based in the United Kingdom. During her time in Haiti in 2008, she assisted in the creation of Konbit Pou Edikasyon, a nonprofit organization that sponsors primary and secondary education for children and youth living in disadvantaged communities throughout Haiti, and she currently serves on its board. Sandra has taken graduate courses at the School of International Training, and she received a master’s degree in planning, public policy, and administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in international business and management from Oregon State University. Sandra is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in French and Portuguese and proficient in Haitian Creole.
Emmanuel Otoo, Program Officer for Africa and the Middle East
Emmanuel Otoo is the program officer for Africa and the Middle East. Emmanuel has extensive experience in human rights interventions and has worked with major national and international development agencies for over 13 years. Prior to joining GFC, he was the West Africa regional director for Free the Slaves, where he focused on combating and eradicating human trafficking and modern-day slavery through strategic partnerships. He previously worked for Geneva Global, Mercy Project, and Touch a Life Foundation on similar issues. Emmanuel has managed a number of integrated corporate social development programs for international development organizations such as Plan International, African Development Fund/Government of Ghana, UNDP, and ILO/IPEC. He has also provided technical assistance to grassroots NGOs in West Africa to build their capacity. His work with Free the Slaves was featured on CNN’s Freedom Project.
Emmanuel holds an MSW, an executive MBA in project management, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon. He is proficient in Ga, Twi, and Fanti and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese.
Pamela Pratt, Program Associate for Africa
Pamela Pratt is the program associate for Africa. Pamela has a deep passion for human rights and grassroots community development. Prior to joining GFC, she completed two years of service with Peace Corps as a community economic developer in Velingara, Senegal, where she worked with children and other vulnerable groups to implement sustainable solutions to local challenges. She has traveled extensively in Africa and Europe and interned for major international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (Sierra Leone). Pamela also facilitated a number of capacity-building initiatives in human rights issues in various provinces of Sierra Leone. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hood College in political science, with a focus on African and international politics. She is fluent in French, West Africa Creole, and Fula.
Neha Raval, Grantmaking Operations Officer
Neha Raval is the grantmaking operations officer at The Global Fund for Children. Neha first came to GFC as a graduate grantmaking intern during the summer of 2011, and she has significant experience strengthening community-based organizations that work with marginalized youth. Before joining GFC, she consulted with Search for Common Ground, in partnership with the Liberian Ministry of Youth and Sports, on a mixed-methods research project measuring youth engagement and foreign aid, and spent a month in rural Liberia conducting field research. Neha has also worked as the program assistant at the Center for Community Engagement and Service at American University and as a community development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Moldova, where she advised a national NGO resource center and co-directed a girls’ leadership program.
Neha received a master’s degree from the School of International Service at American University, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the School of Public Affairs at American University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies from Rutgers University. She is fluent in Russian and Gujarati.
Ana Maria Argudo-Lord, Director of Development
Ana Maria Argudo is the director of development for The Global Fund for Children. Her introduction to the nonprofit sector came at the age of 8, when her parents founded a small nonprofit in their homeland of Ecuador to refurbish schools in the Andean region. Ana Maria most recently worked in Lima, Peru, for Joining Hands Against Poverty, where she created a strategic fund development plan to support advocacy work on environmental and human rights issues in La Oroya, Peru. Prior to that, she worked for the international development organization Bridges to Community as a program coordinator in Nicaragua, where she designed and implemented projects in housing, education, public health, and microcredit, and then as the director of donor relations and communications.
Ana Maria graduated from Hunter College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and theater. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in development management at American University’s School of International Service. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Quechua.
Fatima Schoemaker Minardi, Development Officer
Fatima Schoemaker Minardi is a development officer at The Global Fund for Children. Prior to joining GFC, she was the grant writer for Refugees International, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on forced displacement and statelessness issues around the world. As the leader on the organization’s foundation portfolio, Fatima was responsible for securing nearly 50 percent of the annual operating budget. Before joining Refugees International, she served as the operations and planning manager for the Native American Youth and Family Center, a nonprofit serving the urban Native community in Portland, Oregon. She played diverse roles within the organization which included raising millions in government and foundation funding and managing the department’s $4 million budget. As an undergraduate, Fatima studied human rights and women’s rights issues in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, focusing on the impacts of domestic violence, race, and socioeconomic factors on the lives of people living in border towns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Goucher College.
Edward Skinner, Development Associate
Edward Skinner is the development associate at The Global Fund for Children. He previously served as a marketing and social media intern for the educational technology department of Texas Instruments. Edward’s passion for improving the lives of children stems from his work in the program services department of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee and his more than five years as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has spent time with Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International in Nicaragua and has also traveled to Barcelona, which strengthened his knowledge of the Spanish language.
Edward graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development and a minor in Spanish. He is fluent in Spanish.
Finance and Operations
Andrew Barnes, Senior Grants Manager
Andrew Barnes joined the finance and operations team in 2007 as grants manager. Previously, he administered a tax amnesty program for businesses at the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC). His expertise is in systems design, database management, and client relations. Prior to his work for the MTC, he was a remedial writing instructor at Camden County Community College in New Jersey, and he has lived and studied in Oxford, England. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Taylor University and a master’s degree in English from Rutgers University.
Michael Bush, Controller
Michael Bush is the controller for The Global Fund for Children. He joined GFC after working 30 plus years in a variety of accounting venues including public accounting, internal audit, government contracting and non-profits. He has been responsible for accounting, finance, budgeting and human resources activities for membership, quasi-government, foundations, and non-profit organizations. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University.
Jill Fisher, Associate Communications Manager
Jill Fisher is associate communications manager at The Global Fund for Children. Jill designs and implements traditional and digital communications strategies to engage GFC’s stakeholders and raise the organization’s visibility among target audiences. Jill first joined GFC as a graduate communications intern during the 2012–2013 academic year. Since moving to Washington, DC, she has also interned with the Social Innovation practice at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide and served as a pro bono communications consultant for National Geographic, Taproot Foundation and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Previously, Jill spent two years teaching English to adults in Quito, Ecuador. She also served as a staff assistant for Congresswoman (now Senator) Tammy Baldwin and as a public affairs intern at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Jill is a current student in Georgetown University’s graduate program in public relations and corporate communications and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is fluent in Spanish.
Sarah Ellison, Grantmaking Intern
Sarah Ellison is the academic-year grantmaking intern at The Global Fund for Children. Sarah is currently in the Master’s in International Development program at American University’s School of International Service. She also volunteers with an after-school program for underserved primary-school children in Washington, DC. Before coming to GFC, she completed qualitative research around gender and education in South Africa and interned in the International Children’s Rights and Education program at Wellspring Advisors. Sarah served in Benin, West Africa, with the Peace Corps from 2008 to 2011, first as an education development specialist and later as a visual arts program coordinator working with children and promoting gender equity in and out of the classroom. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is fluent in French.
Eva Miller, Latin American & the Carribbean Intern
Eva Miller is the Latin America & the Caribbean intern. She is a second-year master’s student in the International Development Management Program at American University’s School of International Service. Eva has experience living and working in several Latin American countries, including the Dominican Republic, where she served as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in a rural community, and El Salvador, where she served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer with the Ministry of Education. This past summer she carried out a practicum for her master’s degree, working in Nicaragua on a gender-based violence project. Eva holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Whitman College and is fluent in Spanish.
Andrew Smith, Development Intern
Andrew Smith is the academic-year development intern at The Global Fund for Children. Andrew is currently working toward his master’s degree in international development at American University’s School of International Service. His interest in development work stems from growing up overseas in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Delaware, Andrew worked in the Program Office of the USAID Haiti Mission. After returning to the United States, he interned in the Office of Humanitarian Assistance with Global Communities and the Office of Economic Growth and Development with RTI International.
The Global Fund for Children UK Trust
Danielle Bidos, Development Associate
Danielle Bidos is the UK development associate at The Global Fund for Children UK Trust. Danielle has experience working in fundraising, marketing and public relations, and community-building projects. She has previously worked at Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Berkshire West Primary Care Trust, Global Xchange, and Chanel, and she interned at HSP Consulting. She is passionate about making a difference by fundraising for charities. Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from King’s College London.
Barbara Davidson, Development Operations Manager
Barbara Davidson is the development operations manager for The Global Fund for Children UK Trust. Barbara has been involved in the UK’s charity sector for over 14 years and has considerable experience in the development of administrative systems and procedures as well as publicity and fundraising. Prior to joining the UK Trust, she served as the communications manager at Chapel & York Limited, a leading provider of cross-border fundraising services that assists NGOs with raising funds for projects all over the world. She previously worked at the Legal Assistance Trust, a UK charity that seeks to maintain and protect the fundamental rights of the most disadvantaged sections of the South African population. Barbara lives outside of London and is a British citizen.