Staff & Board
Our global staff, management team, board, and advisors are made up of passionate, talented individuals with a breadth of experience that ranges from multinational corporations to leading nonprofit organizations and academic institutions.
Global Glimpse is growing and we are looking for outstanding people to join our team! Check out our Careers page for the latest openings.
Leadership & Operations Team
Eliza Pesuit – Executive Director
Eliza leads the organization through her passion for international education, community action, and youth development. She believes that equality is born out of a strong sense of social responsibility that begins at home and reaches far beyond national borders. Eliza joined Global Glimpse as a program coordinator in Nicaragua in 2008 where she worked for a year prior to coming on as the first full-time staff in the US in 2009. She utilizes her extensive international and youth development experience to drive the organization’s growth strategy, lead fundraising initiatives, and ensure program quality. Eliza Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, she is bilingual in Spanish and English, and under her leadership, Global Glimpse has grown more than seven-fold over the past six years.
Ben Polansky – Chief Operations & Growth Officer
Ben, a native to the Bay Area, has dedicated his professional career to empowering youth to live and fight for a more just and equitable world. He has 10+ years of leadership experience in education based non-profits and internet start-ups. Ben has worked with hundreds of high school students and designed and delivered thousands of hours of experiential education. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and has been recognized for his work as an educator by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Giants. He is the founder of the Brave New Travelers Youth Scholarship fund and has traveled, lived, worked and learned on 5 continents and over 40 countries. He currently lives with his wife in Oakland, Ca where he travels vicariously through the amazing students in Global Glimpse.
Marcela Berrios – VP of International Programs
Growing up in Nicaragua, Marcela had a first-hand view of the effects of poverty on young people and quality education. Creating an opportunity for young people to break through barriers of poverty, access and discrimination have built Marcela’s life work. Marcela has devoted most of her career to Global Glimpse and the young people we serve. Her success in managing our partner programs is fueled by her experience in working with diverse groups of young people, her cross-cultural community development experience and passion for global education. She joined Global Glimpse in 2012 as a Program Coordinator in Nicaragua and moved to California to manage the Bay Area partner school program and national college prep partnerships in 2012. In 2015 she became VP of Strategic Partnerships, managing all US school programs and partnerships from Global Glimpse’s NY office. She is excited to be working in her new role as VP of International Programs. Marcela holds a BA in Psychology and Behavioral Social Science from Ave Maria University in Nicaragua.
Brent Nichols – Senior Director of U.S. Programs
Brent grew up in a diverse neighborhood in San Jose, California, which led to his interest in different cultures and international issues. He has a BA degree from the University of California, Davis and a Masters degree from San Francisco State University in International Relations and has spent his years since working with youth in the United States and abroad. Brent has worked in various roles in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Australia and realizes that traveling abroad is one of the most inspirational things a person can do. He will bring his experience managing logistics with other educational exchange organizations to Global Glimpse where he is excited to help students enjoy the formative trips that lead to a lifetime of global learning and service.
Madai Baltodano – Director of International Operations
Madai began working with Global Glimpse in 2009 as one of the very first coordinators. From Matagalpa, she is a passionate and dedicated leader, striving every year to improve and innovate summer delegations. Madai has worked in tourism and hospitality since 2006, and is excited to deepen her love and knowledge of Nicaragua as the country director this year. While not working for Global Glimpse, Madai tends to her family’s coffee farm, where she often hosts tourists and visitors. Madai uses her creativity and humor, as well as her extensive leadership experience to guide and support the in-country coordinators in creating and leading seven programs in 4 cities in Nicaragua.
Yader Centeno – Director of International Finance
Yader has been working at the intersection of social justice and economics for five years. In his work at the Help in Action Foundation in Leon, he combined his passion for the pursuit of peace with his skills in accounting and working with local non-profits. Before that, he worked on strengthening the capacities of marginalized and vulnerable groups in society–including rural families, small business owners, and women–through coordinating trainings and developing projects with them. Yader is pursuing his combined interests and passions for social change and finance management in his work with Global Glimpse.
Emily Jarmoloski – Director of International Health & Safety
While growing up in a small village in Michigan, Emily got her first opportunity to travel and learn from other cultures and since has traveled to 25+ countries. After seeing first hand how these experiences changed her and her peers, Emily knew she wanted to help others have similar life changing experiences. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a minor in Spanish. In addition to being a registered nurse, Emily is a licensed paramedic and has 5+ years experience working in the emergency setting at hospitals ranging from a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center to a rural critical access hospital. Emily has worked as a hospital supervisor managing the flow of resources, patients, and staff throughout the hospital system. Outside of the hospital setting, Emily harnessed her passion for education and cultural competency and worked as a clinical instructor for nursing students at a bilingual community clinic. She is excited to bring her healthcare knowledge, skills, and passion for traveling to Global Glimpse.
Will Smith, MD, Paramedic, FAEMS – Medical Director
Dr. Will, as known to his colleagues, joined Global Glimpse as Medical Director in 2019. He works very closely with the International Health and Safety Team ensuring the wellbeing and medical readiness of all the staff and students around the world. He is board certified in pre-hospital EMS and Emergency Medicine and has trained and traveled extensively around the world to over 20 countries. He lives and practices primarily in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and is an Associate Clinical Professor for the University of Washington School of Medicine. He also wears numerous other hats as Medical Director for the National Park Service as well as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve. COL Smith (Dr. Will) has practiced medicine around the world on 6 continents, from the ‘Baghdad ER’ to Easter Island. He has founded and runs Wilderness and Emergency Medicine Consulting (WEMC), LLC.
Taylor Nelson – Senior Communications Manager
Taylor has proudly served a diversity of local and international nonprofits over the last decade and brings a range of communications and PR expertise to Global Glimpse. She is committed to elevating nonprofit brands through storytelling, design, and digital marketing. In her role, Taylor collaborates across program and fundraising teams to grow and position the Global Glimpse brand externally. Prior to joining Global Glimpse, Taylor led communications for Partners of the Americas, an international development nonprofit based in Washington, DC and directed arts and education programming for the Boys & Girls Club. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Taylor is deeply committed to the transformative power of travel having lived, studied, or worked in over 20 countries. Taylor studied at the Fuji Art School in Italy, El Mundo en Español in Guatemala, graduated with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University.
Felicia Ong – Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
Felicia is inspired by the power of travel as a catalyst for relationship building in today’s world. Born and raised in the Bay Area by Burmese immigrant parents, she developed a strong cultural identity with the local Burmese-Chinese community. Having traveled to Matagalpa, Nicaragua with Global Glimpse in 2010, Felicia is a proud alumna of the program and has since been inspired to pursue a career that brings people together and builds bridges across sectors. She was the first in her family to attend college and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communication from UC Davis, and a certificate in Social Impact Leadership from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. With a background in PR and strategic communications at the intersection of the non-profit, private, and public sectors, Felicia brings a diverse array of experiences to her work with Global Glimpse’s incredible corporate and community partners.
Maddie Vilhauer – Development Associate
Born and raised in San Francisco, Maddie is a proud Global Glimpse alumna who truly believes in the transformational power of travel and intercultural exchange. After traveling to León, Nicaragua with Global Glimpse in 2012, Maddie was inspired to study the themes of globalization, development, and international relations at the George Washington University. She received a B.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies and became passionate about sustainable international development through causes that exemplify responsibility when tackling regional challenges. Prior to joining Global Glimpse, Maddie worked at the headquarters of TECHO Chile, at America Solidaria in Washington D.C., and most recently served as a partner services fellow at GlobalGiving. As a Development Associate, she is thrilled to work with Global Glimpse’s community members and corporate partners in service of making immersive travel accessible to all students and future leaders.
Amy Ly – Finance & Operations Manager
Born and raised in the diverse and vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, Amy has always recognized the power of education, culture, and community. Having traveled internationally from a young age, she finds it to be one of the greatest joys in life. Inspired by the power of international and cultural education, Amy has worked with various international exchange programs to build sustainable, global relationships. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, with minors in Chinese and Economics. Amy is delighted to support the Global Glimpse team in making travel accessible to students of all backgrounds and developing future generations of leaders.
U.S. Program Team
Ali Philbrick – Partnerships & Programs Manager
Ali has dedicated 6+ years to her passion for international education. After attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, she challenged herself by accepting a position with WorldTeach in Panama. What was supposed to be a 6-month experience turned into 2 years and an even deeper love for education, youth development, and Latin America. She returned to the states fluent in Spanish and ready to pursue her masters in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. After completing her studies, she moved to Cusco, Peru and began working as a Project Manager for a small nonprofit focused on female empowerment. She returned to the states and spent the last year working with low-income youth at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. Her first-hand experiences with youth both abroad and stateside are what truly fuels her passion for creating the next generation of global leaders, and she is so excited to be a member of the Global Glimpse team!
Sarah Cadorette – Bay Area School Partnerships Manager
Sarah is an educator with more than a decade of experience working with children and adults, including working as the Program Director of an immigrant community center, and as a professor of writing and rhetoric. After working as an organizer for food justice, immigrants’ rights and access to public space, she returned to college to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is currently working on finishing the manuscript for a book of essays relating to travel, religion, mental health, language, and relationships. Sarah most recently served as the U.S. Director of Education with Global Student Embassy, where she motivated a strong network of teachers, administrators, students, and families to provide immersive, experiential education opportunities for high school students. She is very excited to bring her experience to support Global Glimpse’s mission of providing transformative travel opportunities to students of all backgrounds.
Carissa Villafaña – Bay Area Programs Coordinator
A Southern California native, Carissa grew in a sunny beach town and later packed her book bags North to California State University, Sacramento, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies. Shortly after graduating from college, she joined Peace Corps, where she served in the Dominican Republic as a Primary Literacy Promoter. It was there, along the Southern border, that she fell in love with traveling and good coffee. Not long after her service, Carissa embarked on a new journey with Global Glimpse. Her position in the Dominican Republic allowed her the chance to show others the world that she had so deeply fell in love with. After running three summer trips in the Dominican Republic, she wholeheartedly accepted the position of Bay Area Program Coordinator where she now hopes to serve as a bridge to different soils.
Jamelyn Lederhouse – Director of Chicago Programs
Growing up in the Chicago area, Jamelyn always had a passion to learn more about the world. After earning her undergraduate degree in Spanish and secondary education, she spent a year working with at-risk youth in Costa Rica, followed by teaching high school Spanish upon her return to the Chicago area. In addition to working abroad and traveling to over 20 countries, Jamelyn has participated in immersion educational experiences in six countries, and knows firsthand how these experiences have enriched her education and global perspective. Building upon her 10+ years in the non-profit and education sectors, Jamelyn brings experience in program management, education and leadership development. She earned her Master’s in Public Service at DePaul University and Fundamentals of Leadership Certificate at Northwestern University. Jamelyn is fluent in Spanish and has spent much of her career and volunteer efforts investing in youth. She is driven by her passion to bring education and leadership opportunities to students and is very excited to be a part of the Global Glimpse team in Chicago.
Amal Amaskane – Chicago Programs Associate
Born and raised in the Parisian region of France in a Moroccan-Berber household/family, Amal grew up surrounded by different cultures and languages.Through her multicultural upbringing, she rapidly understood the connections between education, language learning, traveling and local empowerment. She speaks four languages, has lived in 3 countries and traveled to 14. After a B.A. in English, History and Politics from Paris Sorbonne University and an M.A. in International Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle University, she made Chicago her new home. She is passionate about literature, innovation, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Match Langua, a community-based venture crafting culturally immersive experiences for people to travel globally, locally. She also empowers youth to become entrepreneurs as a tech and entrepreneurship instructor with Future Founders. As Global Glimpse’s Program Associate, Amal is passionately driven to support Chicago’s young local leaders on their journey of self-discovery, international experience, and empowerment.
Alex Fogel – Northeast Programs Manager
A passionate and experienced traveler, Alex has explored and learned in more than 30 countries. He knows that his experiences abroad have forever altered his perspective, teaching him the importance of pushing his comfort zone and staying positive no matter what life has in store. With a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Vermont, Alex has spent 5 years teaching English, Spanish, and Special Education in public schools in Spain and in his hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts. These different environments presented Alex the opportunity to work with diverse groups of young people, whose infectious personalities and ubiquitous brilliance fuel Alex to help make international travel opportunities accessible to all students, regardless of their financial realities. He is thrilled and honored to be able to combine his passion for education, travel, and youth development in his work with Global Glimpse.
Jamie Sharken – Western Massachusetts Programs Associate
Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Jamie earned a B.A. in Global Studies with minors in Spanish and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Vermont. During her junior year in Buenos Aires, she fell in love with Latin American culture, and upon her graduation she returned to Argentina where she lived for the next five years. During her time in Argentina, Jamie worked with various nonprofits all focused on female empowerment. Most recently with the United Nations Populations Fund, her work supported funding for victims of domestic abuse and collaboration with government officials to encourage comprehensive and accessible reproductive education. Now back in Western Massachusetts, Jamie is excited to work with Global Glimpse to ensure even more high school students have the opportunity to engage in the same type of cultural exchange that has so immensely shaped her personal and professional life.
Marissa McCormick – School Partnership Specialist
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Marissa takes pride in her varied roots. Coming from a family with two sides of immigrant grandparents, Marissa enjoyed an upbringing rich in culture and heritage. From an early age, Marissa’s family instilled a sense of adventure and a fierce passion for traveling, experiencing new cultures, and understanding world perspectives. With her first visit to Europe at age 5, she has since traveled to 32 countries, 5 continents, and has spent a significant amount of time stepping out of her comfort zone and into new cultures and lifestyles. In high school, she had the great fortune to participate in an EF Education First tour with her teachers and peers, which powerfully informed her next steps in life. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned a B.A. in Spanish and a minor in Italian, and spent a semester in Granada, Spain. Her love for travel continued to grow as she pursued a career in educational travel with EF in Boston, post-graduation. After 4+ years of helping educators and their communities to see the world and shift their own perspectives, she realized that she wanted to be a part of leveling the playing field so students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to travel. She is honored to be a part of the Global Glimpse team as the School Partnership Specialist and work with teachers and administrators to bring Global Glimpse to even more schools across the nation.
Carina Dengler – Dominican Republic Country Director
Molly Carina Dengler fell in love with the Dominican Republic while studying abroad in Santo Domingo in 2005. Since then, she has returned frequently to reconnect with the Dominican mens’ rugby team for which she played and discover the beauty and complexity of the country and culture. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Carina graduated from Wesleyan University with a major in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Between service-learning experiences abroad as a Volunteer, Supervisor and Project Director of Amigos de las Américas, she has dedicated her professional life to teaching special education in a dual language public school in NYC. She also co-founded and directed a nonprofit that uses rugby to positively impact the lives of high school students in NYC. Carina will bring her bilingualism, passion for the Dominican Republic and background as a progressive urban educator to her position as Country Director in the Dominican Republic.
Jessenia Bello, Dominican Republic Assistant Director
Jessenia was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is passionate, reflective, and socially driven. She loves new adventures, traveling and getting to know new people, cultures and places. Her desire is to contribute to her country’s sustainable development by positively impacting the lives of those living in vulnerable conditions through education, especially children and youth. She wants to provide youth with the support and resources to become protagonists of their own development as well as agents of change in their communities. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a postgraduate in public relations. In 2017, she moved to Madrid, Spain, to pursue an International Masters in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Jessenia is excited to bring her skills and experience in the private sector and mentoring youth, as well as her love for her country and her people to her role with Global Glimpse.
Miguel A. Caraballo – Dominican Republic Programs Manager
Miguel Angel Caraballo has had a deep-rooted love for the Dominican Republic since a very young age. A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx of first generation Puerto Rican migrants, he grew up with Dominican customs through frequent visits. After completing his B.A. in Human Services from Metropolitan College of NY and a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, he continued working in the nonprofit arena focused on serving youth. He joined our Global Glimpse Team in 2016 as a Program Coordinator in Bonao and although he has lived in the DR for the last five years, he experienced how unique exposure to such a grand culture for even a short amount of time can change the way we think about our daily lives back in the USA and our global impact. Miguel will continue to offer a dynamic combination of two years of experience as a Program Coordinator, education and skills as our Interim Program Manager in the Cibao Region to ensure continued growth and excellent experiences for future Glimpsers.
Maria Cristina Núñez Santos – Dominican Republic Financial Manager
Maria Cristina was born and raised in Bonao, Dominican Republic. She has a university degree in Accounting from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, is a certified accountant and has her Masters in Financial Management. She brings nine years of experience in nonprofit organizations; supporting community development and financial management for organizations including Kolping and Oxfam, where she gained experience managing teams. Maria has participated in national and international seminars and conferences in her field in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, Peru and Costa Rica. Maria joined Global Glimpse in 2016 as a administrative and tax consultant. She is thrilled to join our full time staff because she believes action is needed to create positive change in the world and she is passionate about working with youth and communities towards mutual growth.
Javier, a native of Matagalpa, is passionate about cultural exchanges. Through his extensive translating experience, he has delved into the nuances that make Spanish and English unique, and through that has explored the differences and similarities among the different languages and cultures. Javier brings a strong sense of ethics and morals to every situation he encounters, and avidly believes in the power of clear communication to navigate any personal or professional challenge. He brings his experience as a Program Coordinator in Esteli to his new role as Program Manager of all of our programs in Nicaragua.
Alex Herrera – Ecuador Programs Manager
This will be Alex’s fourth year working as a program coordinator with Global Glimpse! A graduate in Social Work from UNAN-Matagalpa, Alex is passionate about introducing local culture and lifestyle to the glimpsers. Alex is also currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration. He is an enthusiastic, dynamic young man that believes in the power of inspiring young leaders through full immersion in other countries. As an English teacher, Alex has gained a wealth of experience in the field and is really excited to share this with his students. He loves to spend time with friends, family, and getting to know new people. He is very passionate about his home country and is looking forward to sharing a similar love for Ecuador with the new generation of leaders.
Miguel Cubas García – Panama Programs Manager
In finding a love for technology and valuing the importance of effective communication, integrity, social interaction, and new ideas, Miguel obtained a degree in Computer Systems Engineering. He is passionate about working with youth and finds joy in teaching because it compels him to learn something new every day. He has over ten years of experience working with youth from all walks of life. What he has enjoyed the most about working with youth is seeing different cultures gathered together in one place for the same purpose of learning from each other and exploring new cultures together. This passion led Miguel to serve with many missionary groups in Nicaragua for the past five years. He is excited to join the Global Glimpse team and looks forward to using his passion and past experiences to impact the lives of our students and community partners. Miguel strongly believes that if we invest in the youth of today will be investing to change tomorrow.
Board of Directors
Tressa Johnson, Chair
Tressa’s understanding of the important connections between local action and global impact was formed at a young age, when she was fortunate to live outside the US as a teenager. The desire to responsibly explore and question the world was cemented through Peace Corps Service in West Africa, and then work abroad in education, peace and security and partnership issues. With deep commitment to both improving formal education systems and promoting global citizenship through all possible means, Tressa greatly enjoys serving the Global Glimpse community. Tressa is a Director at ELMA Philanthropies Services, the philanthropic advisory arm of the ELMA Group of Foundations. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
To Sharon, servant leadership is a way of life. Prior to joining the community affairs team at United Airlines she served as vice president of customer contact centers for the airline. In this role, she was responsible for all aspects of the contact centers, customer care and refunds for United. She oversees 5,000 global team members comprised in 15 centers in ten countries and remotely in over 35 states. Sharon has 20 years of accounting and auditing experience. Sharon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bradley University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). Sharon was a 2016 Fellow of Leadership in Greater Chicago and recognized as a Chicago United 2015 Business Leader of Color. A native Chicagoan, Sharon joined the Global Glimpse board in 2018.
Kristen is a communications and public affairs expert with extensive experience in media relations. She is a Communications Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of programs, including the Chicago Commitment and 100&Change, a global competition for a $100 million grant to solve a critical problem. Prior to joining MacArthur, Kristen served as Director of Corporate Communications at the global public relations agency Golin, where her clients included Dow, Humana, YMCA of the USA and Hyatt and she developed communications campaigns that enhanced brand reputation and relevance. Previously, Kristen worked as Director of Media Relations for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System and Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications for Cook County’s Board President. Kristen is a journalist by training and she was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle. Storytelling is at the center of all of her work and she is committed to helping Global Glimpse identify compelling narratives that amplify individual and collective voices. Kristen received her B.A. from Emory University and her Master’s in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
Aisha Taylor, Secretary
Aisha is a Sr. Account Manager in the media & entertainment vertical at Google. She works with global publishers to reach and engage audiences across digital platforms. Aisha previously worked at GBCHealth as a membership advisor leveraging resources of the world’s leading companies to address global health and development challenges. She also organized the private sector delegation to the Global Fund Board. Because of the impact international exposure has had on her own life, Aisha is passionate about broadening the horizons of youth to ignite curiosity, empathy and a desire to make a difference, not just a living. Aisha holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Aparna is a senior global human resources executive with 20 years of deep and broad HR/talent and leadership expertise across different businesses, industries, and cultures. She spent 14 years with GE in a succession of HR leadership roles across multiple businesses domestically and internationally. Following GE, Aparna joined Bridgewater Associates where she has spent the last five years as the Co-Head of Human Resources. Aparna is passionate about women and girls’ advancement and developing the next generation of leaders through education and other programs. In addition to serving on the board of Global Glimpse, Aparna is also an HR advisor to Trickle Up and Acumen and an Executive Council member of Ellevate Network. Aparna holds a BA in Sociology & Psychology from St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai, India), an MA in Sociology from the University of Mumbai (India), and an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business (Ann Arbor, MI).
Benjamin A. Schnakenberg, Treasurer
Ben is a Partner at High Road Capital Partners, a middle-market-focused private equity firm, where he helps develop and oversees the implementation of transformational growth strategies for companies in a variety of industries. Ben believes that perspective-widening travel experiences were key to his personal development and has been fortunate to experience cultures throughout Latin America and Europe. Ben holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA. in Political Science and English from Valparaiso University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Abbas Hasan, Founder
Abbas deeply believes in the power of ‘seeing is believing’. With a Stanford MBA and a BS from UC Berkeley, he left years of management experience in Fortune 500 companies to follow his dream to change the world by inspiring its next generation of leaders. Abbas credits his passion for global education to his contrasting experiences in the US and abroad. To date he has lived and traveled to more than 40 countries around the world, a feat not commonly shared with his childhood peers in Ohio and Kansas.
Krishna has, over the years, lived, studied and worked in the US, UK and India and travels extensively for work and leisure. He believes that a rich understanding of peoples and cultures is important to embrace the opportunities and challenges in an increasingly interconnected world. Krishna is a Director at Sapient Corporation and is based in their New York City office. Krishna holds a BS/BE from Bangalore University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.
Jennifer believes strongly in the both the power of increasing global awareness of America’s youth and the value of learning through experience. Her passion for these two ideas stems from her international study in college and from her life now, raising three boys in a diverse multi-cultural community. Jennifer is an accomplished marketing and operating executive with deep experience connecting and engaging people with brands in a multi-platform world. She has extensive background leading consumer strategy for some of the most iconic and successful media brands in the world including PEOPLE, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Essence. She lends her content marketing expertise to help tell the Global Glimpse story to a growing audience of students, educators, and donors. Jennifer is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Like many of us, Michelle vividly remembers her first exposure to life in a developing economy as a teenager and the impact it had on her. She is passionate about Global Glimpse’s mission to bring that experience to today’s youth and develop a new generation of global thinkers. Since that first international trip Michelle has remained an avid traveler; she has visited more than 35 countries and lived abroad four times. After work in consulting and energy, Michelle now works in commercial real estate finance at Sunrise Mortgage & Investment Company. She holds in MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BA in Economics/Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mr. Tamer, is an avid traveller and youth advocate whose daily work constantly reminds him of the need for American youth to be world savvy to remain competitive. As a Board member Mr. Tamer focuses on ensuring donor funds are used efficiently and effectively while maximizing program quality. Mr. Tamer is the Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and holds a BA in history from UC Berkeley.
Usman Nabi grew up between South Asia and the US and he is deeply passionate about inspiring international service in the next generation of leaders. Usman is a Director at H Partners, a New York based investment firm. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School, an AB from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy. As a Senior Advisor, Usman supports Global Glimpse’s strategic growth.
Khori Whittaker began his career as an educator at Teach for America teaching fifth grade in the Long Beach Unified School District. There, he became engaged with issues of access and equity and degree completion. Khori is CEO of Lighthouse Academies, a national charter school network. Previously he served as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford, Director of Recruiting at InsideTrack, and as a Training and Sales Executive for Decker Communications. Khori received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University with certificates in Political Economy and Spanish Language and Culture. He also holds an M.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach specializing in Political Theory and American Government and Law. As a Senior Advisor, Khori supports school partnership development.
Noah Yosha comes from a family of educators including a father who led a US-French youth exchange program. This background has grounded Noah in the need for future US leaders to engage with developing countries. Noah is the founder of Center Pond Management, a healthcare-focused investment partnership based in New York City. He holds a BBA degree from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. As a Senior Advisor, Noah is focused on development and ensuring the organization is financially sound for continued growth and impact.
Kendra Commander is a Senior Business Development Principal within the Access team at Google with a particular focus on connecting the next billion to the internet, primarily in emerging markets. Kendra previously worked at Nokia where she was the business lead on the launch and expansion of its mobile application store worldwide – eventually leading a global team focused on driving adoption of the entire portfolio of mobile services in key markets. Prior to joining Nokia, Kendra worked on special projects and business development efforts for the CFO and CEO at Sony Music. Kendra started her career at Credit Suisse where she worked as an analyst in Private Finance. She is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School. As a Senior Advisor, she works to support Global Glimpse’s international program expansion.
SF Bay Area Regional Leadership Council
Woodside High School
SF Unified School District
First Republic Bank
Dodge & Cox
Saskia van Gendt
New York Regional Leadership Council
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
The Global Impact Investing Network
Gizmodo Media Group
The College Board
The Female Quotient
Anholt Services (USA), Inc.
Chicago Regional Leadership Council
American Medical Association
Capital Strategies Investment Group
Madison Dearborn Partners
Mayer Brown, LLC
BMO Harris Bank