BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Courtney Boyle, Board Co-Chair and Development Committee member
Courtney is the co-director of Impact Commons, a social impact consulting firm. In this role she has served as director of project management for a strategic partnerships consulting firm and also as program advisor for a non-profit microfinance investment fund. She has over fifteen years of experience in diverse areas of consulting, project management, finance, impact investing, business management and private equity. Prior to her current role, Courtney was an associate at Acumen Fund Pakistan, a leading international non-profit impact investment fund. She has a Master’s Degree in Global Finance, Trade and Economics from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. She also serves as the treasurer on the Board of Directors of Refugee Protection International, a non-profit strengthening protection and self-reliance among urban refugees and internally displaced persons near conflict zones.
Kendall Cafritz, Board Co-Chair and Governance Committee member
While working abroad in Paris Kendall had a conversation with a high-powered Muslim woman who debunked the Western myth that women in the Muslim world are disempowered. She expressed that women all around the world live in compromised conditions and that the problems of women in the Muslim world are universal to all women. She explained that when women have access to education, they are empowered to do anything. That conversation inspired Kendall to commit her skills to assisting organizations providing education as a tool to achieve freedom, that addressing the root causes of poverty and conflict.
Leah Fielding, Marketing Chair
Leah graduated with a journalism and political science degree from Northeastern University. Now living in Aspen, Leah works as content manager at Ski.com and is also a freelance writer. Recently spearheading MDF’s new website design and launch, she’s using her web design, SEO, content marketing and writing skills to good use. Leah is proud to volunteer her skills towards causes that are making a meaningful impact in the lives of so many.
Barbara Platts, Secretary and Marketing Committee member
Barbara currently works with Aspen Public Radio and has extensive experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing. She served as the associate editor and marketing coordinator at Aspen Magazine and writes a “Millennials” column for the Aspen Times Weekly. Having come to Aspen since she was a little girl, Barbara is very happy to be able to reside in the beautiful community where MDF was founded. Always eager to learn about new places and cultures, she is honored to apply her skills to advance the goals of Marshall Direct Fund.
Dawnette Smith, Honorary Board Member
An entrepreneur and socially conscious citizen, Dawnette has worked in the real estate and property management industry for over a decade. Previously partner of Stirling Homes then Stirling Peak, Dawnette also pursues development opportunities in growing markets. Dawnette enjoys giving back in her community and has served on the board for Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity and MDF respectively.
Emma Bauer, Honorary Board Member
Emma Bauer, is a Rice University graduate and originally from Austin, Texas. She has worked in sales for a Fortune 50 company, and for various leading nonprofits as a special events coordinator, volunteer program manager, and in PR and marketing. She has worked on diverse fundraising campaigns, and is excited to capitalize on the momentum of Marshall Direct Fund’s resource development strategies to further invest in the human capital that will effect sustainable change in communities abroad and at home.
Chelsea Dillon, Honorary Board Member
A world traveler and small business owner, she has devoted time to volunteer organizations around the world. Chelsea lives in Aspen, CO, where she worked in public relations and marketing before building a successful event planning and marketing company. Chelsea recently started up Gold Leaf Event Design and Productions, specializing in planning wedding, corporate, social and fundraising events. Chelsea previously lived in Brazil, is very passionate about exploring other cultures, and believes education is instrumental to making our world a better place.
Alexandra Hughes, Honorary Board Member
Alexandra has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. Growing up in New York City opened her eyes at a young age to diversity and differing customs of other cultures. Due to the positive influence of her own educational experience, she chose teaching as her career path and is the Second Grade teacher at Aspen Country Day School. She is passionate about women’s education (having attended an all-girl’s school for thirteen years) as well as global education and awareness. As a teacher she tries to instill these values in her students.
Carola Lovering, Honorary Board Member
Originally from New York, Carola graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English and moved to the Colorado in 2014. She lived in Aspen and served as the Marketing Manager for Her Own Two Feet, a socially responsible sandal company and MDF partner working to educate and empower women and girls in Pakistan through entrepreneurship. Working closely with Marshall Direct Fund, Carola developed a passion for advancing the education of women in developing countries as a means of reducing violence and enjoys helping with fundraising and outreach.
Sana Ali, Honorary Board Member
Sana is a freelance journalist and Pakistan’s youngest editor for The Daily Times, a leading national newspaper in Pakistan known for its progressive and socially constructive coverage. Sana has covered geopolitical developments in South Asia, extremism, terrorism and matters of national security for The Daily Times, The Express Tribune, The Nation and Foreign Policy Magazine. She remains a fierce advocate for media ethics, routinely writing and speaking out on this issue. Sana has served as a security analyst at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a Washington, DC based think tank and previously worked at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC with Ambassador Husain Haqqani and Ambassador Sherry Rehman. Sana holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the City University of New York and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Mubashar Mizra, Advisor and Moqah Board of Director member
Mr. Mirza is has over two decades of experience in accounting and finance. He previously provided consulting services to World Bank and served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Investment at MCB Bank Limited, in Lahore, Pakistan. Mr. Mirza has assisted private and public organizations in areas of assurance, risk management, investigations, merger, acquisitions, and investment/business/project analysis. He formulates policies and procedures covering operational guidelines for organizations including those pertaining to accounting, internal controls, investment, procurement, compensation management, and human resources. His work also includes finalizing the complete set of financial statements, tax planning/return, strategic future business plans with budgets, and cost reduction techniques. Mr. Mirza holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Division) from the University of Punjab, in Lahore, Pakistan.
Shehrbano Taseer, Advisor and Moqah Board member
Ms. Taseer is a journalist and has her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and currently based out of Lahore, Pakistan. She has worked with Newsweek and the Daily Times and currently heads the Sunday Times, a weekly lifestyle and fashion publication. She is the daughter of the late Governor of Punjab, assassinated for speaking out on the blasphemy law. Shehrbano is deeply committed to helping the people of Pakistan help themselves by supporting education and economic opportunities for the poor. In 2016 she facilitated a Fashion for Education event in Lahore that raised substantial funds to ensure ongoing primary education was offered to some of the most vulnerable in Pakistan. Shehrbano is a hard working courageous role model to girls in Pakistan and beyond.
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