Haven Ley
Board Vice Chair

Haven is a Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she makes grants that help to alleviate the multiple constraints that women farmers face in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Previously, Haven worked for the Environmental and Social Assessment group at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) where she supported the implementation of bilateral treaties in Lesotho, Ghana, and Tanzania. Haven holds a MSC in Gender and Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a degree in East Asian Studies from Cornell University.

Jessica Markowitz
Board Member

Jessica is 20 years old and a sophomore at New York University. Jessica founded Richard’s Rwanda-IMPUHWE when she was 11 years old in the 6th grade. Jessica is passionate about creating a more equitable and educated world and has delivered speeches nationwide.

Lori Markowitz, MPA
Board Chair

Lori is the founder and executive director of the Youth Ambassador program. The Youth Ambassador program develops young leaders through compassionate service to the community. She received her master’s degree in public administration with a focus on non-profit management from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs. Lori has eighteen years of NGO experience including designing and implementing international cross-cultural exchange programs with students from the Middle East and Africa. She has traveled numerous times to the African continent.

Stephen Markowitz, MD PhD
Board Member

Stephen was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and has extensive knowledge of African affairs. Stephen attended medical school at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and completed his residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Stephen is the Medical Director of the Seattle Surgery Center.

Emily Neilson
Board Secretary

Emily has visited Africa several times to learn about the work of different non-profit organizations. She was a teacher in schools in Chicago and New York and has her master’s degree in education from the University of Washington. She is an active community volunteer in Seattle, having served on the boards of several organizations. She is also the parent of two RRI members.

Elizabeth Abu-Haydar
Board Member

Elizabeth Abu-Haydar, a program officer in PATH’s Technology Solutions Global Program, works on maternal and child health projects (neonatal resuscitation, postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia test) and HIV/AIDS projects (microbicides applicator, safe injection projects). A major focus of her work is planning, introducing, and evaluating technologies and associated systems for developing-country health delivery programs. Ms. Abu-Haydar conducts research on topics related to maternal and neonatal health technologies, medical devices, immunization-related technologies, and international public health issues. Prior to her work at PATH, she was involved in serving many facets of the Arab-American community in Seattle through her work at the Museum of History and Industry and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Ms. Abu-Haydar attended the University of Michigan where she received an MPH in Health Education and Population Planning and Union College in Schenectady where she received a BS in Psychology.