BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Barbara Ann Clay

Chair of the Board


Barbara Ann Clay has had a rich and successful career in press and public affairs, most recently as Director of Communications at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Washington.


She served as Vice President for Communications and Marketing at ICANN, the global coordinator of the Internet’s domain name system. Before joining ICANN, she was Director of Communications at the global anti-corruption group Transparency International in Berlin and at the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She held the same position at the influential House Ways and Means Committee.


As Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, she was the Department's lead media spokesperson on international economic issues. Before joining Treasury, she served as Deputy Director of External Affairs at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OBM), serving as the lead media spokesperson. She held a variety of press and public affairs positions within OMB before taking on the Deputy Director role.


Barbara was born and raised on eastern Long Island, New York, and received a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the State University of New York. She did her graduate studies in Public Administration at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

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Larry Lai

Vice – Chair


Larry served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the International Development Division at the Education Development Center from 2010 to 2014. While with Creative Associates International, Inc., he was Senior Vice President, of the Office of Development and Administration from 2009 to 2010, and Vice President and Director, Education, Mobilization and Communication Division from 2003 to 2009.


Mr. Lai managed large portfolios of government-funded development projects and led technical staff and administrative staff in implementing development projects around the world. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, operationalizing plans, partnership development, and business development. He has also developed and instituted systems and best practices for compliance tracking, managing budgets, quality assurance, and staff development.


He has a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Larry‘s interests include travel, pottery, and volunteer work for the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

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Cristina E. Blough

Secretary


Cristina E. Blough, CNP is the Executive Project Manager at the national human services nonprofit, Volunteers of America. In her role, she serves as operations manager for the title sponsorship of a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golf tournament in Dallas, Texas known as the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic. She is also the project manager for a national millennial engagement initiative aimed at attracting younger generations to the organization as future volunteers, staff, and donors. Additionally, she manages the office of the President/CEO.


In the spring of 2017, she completed a year-long program to become a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) with special focus on nonprofit management and leadership, governance, fundraising, marketing, and finance.


Outside of her professional role, she volunteers with a local DC animal rescue and the US-based office of an Egyptian nonprofit. She enjoys learning foreign languages, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family.


She holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from the College of William and Mary. She dedicated her studies to the social and economic development of the modern Middle East with a special focus on women and education.

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Sandy Vasan


In her capacity as the Global Head of Brand & Marketing for multinational companies, Sandy led change management and marketing transformation projects that positively impacted the businesses.


She has a valuable blend of industry experience working in blue chip companies and non-profits in IT, finance and education services. Additionally, she has proven ability to build and lead diverse, global teams, and, manage global operations including in China and India.


Her work led to industry awards for advertising, marketing and digital excellence while at IBM and Deutsche Bank.


Sandy holds a double Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Nyenrode Business University and International Affairs from Columbia University.