Silbi Stainton, Founder
Silbi Stainton is Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows. She previously served as President of Peace of the Action and Execute Director of Marshall Direct Fund. Silbi is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she earned a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Security Studies and International Negotiation and Conflict Management. She cross-enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she studied non-state threats to international security and leadership. Her thesis, which began prior to 9/11, focused on the U.S. management of the war on terror. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado where she majored in International Affairs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1998, also focusing on counter-terrorism. Silbi is the proud mother of two active children and enjoys international and local adventures with her family including meeting people in foreign lands. camping, mountaineering, reading, and practicing yoga.
Jodi Fischer, US Team Executive Director
Jodi has been working with MDF since 2009. She is a former educator, earned a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Denver, and has over 15 years of international development experience. Jodi’s background includes work in the public and private education sector, and with nonprofits, foundations, and government contractors. Jodi has regional expertise in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East focusing on global health, education, community, and economic development programs. Jodi visits Pakistan periodically and loves to share/present the meaningful work we are doing. Jodi is currently a board member of Four Valleys Community School and working on publishing a book about our experience providing education and economic opportunities to vulnerable populations in Pakistan.
Farida Ahmad, Pakistan Team CEO
Farida is an education and development expert with over thirty years of experience in education, teacher training, curriculum development, evaluation, school management and administration. Previously, as Director Programs at Value Resources (Pvt.) Limited she led training programs for CBOs and community mobilizers focusing on social mobilization skills. Other projects have included carrying out evaluation and assessment of innovative education projects focusing on quality education and improved access. She has held senior management positions at Westminster School and College and The Capital School. Miss Farida has set up and managed free schools, through which she has gained familiarity with the local development realities, how to recognize/act on priorities, and develop methods for relevant, responsive, and successful projects. Farida has designed and implemented various education projects including professional development programs for teachers, mentor projects, language development programs, Teacher Training Workshops, and needs-based and research-backed trainings. Farida has also been engaged with various initiatives focused on women’s empowerment, livelihoods, and skills development. A graduate of Lahore College of Women University, Farida is also a certified trainer from Oxford Seminars, USA.
Teachers & staff in Pakistan: MDF works with 12 teachers and several other staff. We keep their names and associated photos off our website intentionally for security purposes