Jodi has been working with MDF since 2009. She is a graduate of the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies from the University of Denver where she earned a Masters degree in International Development. Her areas of focus included global health, youth livelihood, and economic development. Her masters studies included a three month child labor reduction project in Bolivia. She has worked and lived in the Middle East, South America, and Southeast Asia.
Jodi’s background includes work in the public and private education sector, and extensive experience with nonprofits, foundations, government contractors and USAID on international and community development issues. Jodi is a former teacher, volunteer of Aspen Institute, and also a mom.
Jane joined the Marshal Direct Fund team in 2011. She is an International Affairs Major with a Political Science minor at the University of Colorado Boulder, and it is her interest in global development and human security, particularly regarding women’s health and education, that drew her to the Marshall Direct Fund. Her work at the university focuses on social justice and the role of global institutions, both large and small, in shaping policy in the international arena.
Jane’s interest in policy led her to a position as a policy assistant at the Colorado State House of Representatives, where she gained experience in how policy is formed at a local level. She has a working knowledge of French, and her intellectual curiosity continually drives her to seek knowledge of other cultures. Jane is committed to the tenet that education and health-care are the foundations for long-lasting and sustainable development. She is looking forward to her first visit to Pakistan.
Country Director, Pakistan
Sabohi has a masters degree in Mass Communication and a post graduate degree from Commonwealth Youth Program. She is a certified trainer of British Council in Active Citizenship and possesses over ten years of experience in the development sector both nationally and internationally. Sabohi has experience with project management, training of trainers, human resource management and specializes in children rights, youth development, active citizenship, volunteer management, education, and HIV/AIDS. One of her interviews can be found here.
Program Manager in Pakistan
Liaqet Ali has been working with MDF since April 2009. He is in charge of operations at one of the MDF schools, recruits staff, heads admissions, works closely with teachers, helps staff with their work plans, and meets with parents. Liaqet has a degree in Journalism and possesses extensive project management experience having conducted PM training at Syscomp and as Marketing Executive at the Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering. He has traveled extensively in Pakistan. He is proficient in English, Urdu, and Punjabi languages.
Ms. Rubina Dewan
Director Vocational Training and Market Linkages, Pakistan
Ms. Dewan has 10 years of experience in the development sector with a focus in women’s empowerment via economic growth. She has worked for value chain analysis/assessment in major subsectors of Pakistan including Bangles, Milk, Embroidery and Seedlings. Ruby has extensive experience in business development services and value chain development through small business start up. She has facilitated women Sales Agents in market survey & research at nationally and internationally. Ruby works closely with key partners and local communities in order to engage them with market linkages.
Wendy has a BS in Business/Marketing Education from Auburn University. She has over 18 years of experience in business development, advisory and Chairperson roles for not-for-profit organizations in South Carolina, Florida and Colorado. For the past seven years Wendy has advised Challenge Aspen (“CA”), an 18 year old nationally renowned disabilities program and its sister organization Challenge America, a program specific to the recreational and life ‘needs’ of disabled military veterans and their families. For the past four years Ms. Groover has also acted as Chairperson for the Annual Vince Gill / Amy Grant fund raising gala for both Challenge Aspen and Challenge America. Wendy continues as a year round advisor for key promotions, fund raising and growth opportunities. Wendy believes in the power of educating women in Pakistan to achieve a positive future. She believes academics and life skills are the best weapon for facilitating progress and growth .
Teachers & staff in Pakistan: MDF employs 12 teachers and several other staff. We keep their names and associated photos off our website intentionally for security purposes