Founders & U.S. Board of Directors

Claudia Cooper, Ed.D Claudia Cooper is a co-founder of Global Family Initiative and has been visiting and working in Ethiopia since 2003. She also teaches in the Education Studies and English departments at Middlebury College, where she focuses on literacy, global education, and writing and literature for children and young adults.

Claudia Cooper, Ed.D
Claudia Cooper is a co-founder of Global Family Initiative and has been visiting and working in Ethiopia since 2003. She also teaches in the Education Studies and English departments at Middlebury College, where she focuses on literacy, global education, and writing and literature for children and young adults.

Nicholas Rogerson Nick is one of the original co-founders of GFI. He teaches Philosophy at the University of Toledo and is currently completing an M.A. at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, in Washington, D.C. He likes food, travel, books, and being outside.

Nicholas Rogerson
Nick is one of the original co-founders of GFI. He teaches Philosophy at the University of Toledo and is currently completing an M.A. at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, in Washington, D.C. He likes food, travel, books, and being outside.

Cynthia Stoldt Cynthia Stoldt is a pathfinder in the Executive Search industry for Retail, Fashion, Beauty, Luxury, Hospitality and other consumer goods clients. For over a decade, she has led game changing C- suite searches and built executive teams that ensure organizational success.Cynthia first learned relationship-building in leadership positions with Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Estée Lauder, and Bloomingdale’s. Global marketing and sales were then added to her portfolio. When the opportunity to join the retained executive search business was presented to Cynthia, the challenge tapped into both her market-tested experience as well as her instincts for recognizing great talent.

Cynthia Stoldt

Cynthia Stoldt is a pathfinder in the Executive Search industry for Retail, Fashion, Beauty, Luxury, Hospitality and other consumer goods clients. For over a decade, she has led game changing C- suite searches and built executive teams that ensure organizational success.Cynthia first learned relationship-building in leadership positions with Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Estée Lauder, and Bloomingdale’s. Global marketing and sales were then added to her portfolio. When the opportunity to join the retained executive search business was presented to Cynthia, the challenge tapped into both her market-tested experience as well as her instincts for recognizing great talent.

 
Peggy Burns Peggy Burns is Director of the Center for Careers and Internships at Middlebury College in Vermont where she works with her colleagues to create a career education planning experience interwoven throughout the undergraduate years that encourages independence, exploration and aspiration, helping to ensure that Middlebury students go on to live a rich life of meaning and purpose.  Prior to Middlebury, she worked in publishing in New York City.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Peggy Burns

Peggy Burns is Director of the Center for Careers and Internships at Middlebury College in Vermont where she works with her colleagues to create a career education planning experience interwoven throughout the undergraduate years that encourages independence, exploration and aspiration, helping to ensure that Middlebury students go on to live a rich life of meaning and purpose.  Prior to Middlebury, she worked in publishing in New York City.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Lorraine Tobias Lorraine joined the GFI board in October 2015. Lorraine is an independent digital strategist with over 15 years experience working with top brands and agencies on product development, branding, and marketing strategies.

Lorraine Tobias

Lorraine joined the GFI board in October 2015. Lorraine is an independent digital strategist with over 15 years experience working with top brands and agencies on product development, branding, and marketing strategies.

 

Staff in Ethiopia

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