As 2015 draws to a close, we are thrilled to welcome ASH ROGERS to the Lwala Community Alliance family as our new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. As an important partner in our health, education, and economic empowerment work in Lwala, we wanted you to be among the first to hear this great news.
An extensive search, conducted during the summer and fall of this year by a team of board and staff members, led us to a pool of highly-qualified candidates. Ash stood out for her deep commitment to our mission, her familiarity with our work, her humility and grace, and her deep experience in the field of international development.
Ash comes to us from the Segal Family Foundation (SFF), one of Lwala’s most significant supporters and friends. At SFF, she served as Director of Operations for nearly four years, overseeing a $12m portfolio of 180 grantee organizations across 20 Sub-Saharan African countries. During her tenure, Ash’s leadership allowed SFF to double the size of its portfolio, launch a Social Impact Incubator in Burundi, engage external donor funding on a large scale, implement innovative frameworks for organizational capacity building, and much more.
Prior to her time at SFF, Ash worked with the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative and Help International, both in Uganda. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University. Ash will join us as Lwala’s Executive Director on December 1. In January, she, her husband, and infant son will resettle to Nashville.
Most importantly, Ash is deeply and sincerely passionate about our work and shares our commitment to place-based, community-driven development. During her time at SFF, she came to know our programs and our staff quite well and, as she shares in her own words here, Ash is honored to lead Lwala Community Alliance in this next, very important phase of growth as we work towards wholeness of life in Lwala and beyond.
I know Ash looks forward to getting to know the Lwala family of supporters in the year ahead and hopes to meet or speak with you personally soon after she settles in Nashville.
On behalf of all of us at the Lwala Community Alliance, thank you for your continued investment in the people of Lwala. Our work would not be possible without you and we are deeply grateful for your generosity, kindness, and friendship.
FROM ASH ROGERS, Incoming Executive Director
“I am humbled to be taking on the role of Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance. I’ve known Lwala for several years and have had the privilege of visiting several times. I have been struck by Lwala’s excellence in service delivery, and perhaps more importantly, its practice of listening to and elevating the voice of the community. Lwala is an example of the power of grassroots organizations to harness the knowledge within communities as the most effective source of social change. I look forward to bringing in resources, advocates, and ideas to deepen the impact on the ground and share Lwala’s homegrown innovation with the wider development sector. James is a dear friend and someone I have come to greatly admire. I know I am stepping into big shoes and call on the wider network of Lwala supporters to help me as I seek to honor this legacy and the vision of Milton and Fred Ochieng’.”
FROM JAMES NARDELLA, Former Executive Director
“I could not be more pleased with today’s announcement that Ash is joining Lwala Community Alliance as its next Executive Director. I’ve known Ash for 5 years, and she is an intentional and creative leader whose values are genuinely aligned with the mission of Lwala. I join the board and staff of Lwala in wholeheartedly welcoming her to the family and, with you, am excited to watch the organization flourish under Ash’s leadership.”
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