Our Board

Fartun Abdisalaan Adan

Fartun Abdisalaan Adan worked alongside her husband, building their human rights work in Mogadishu and surrounding areas. In 1996, five years into Somalia’s now 20-year-long civil war, he was murdered by warlords unhappy with his peace-making efforts. Fartun escaped to Canada to raise her three daughters. In 2007, when her girls were old enough to live on their own, she moved back to Mogadishu to continue her human rights work and run the organization her husband founded, the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. To her surprise, one of her daughters, who has no memory of early life in Somalia, has joined her. Together the women, at great personal risk, provide education and job-skills training for boys as an alternative to war. In 2011, she cofounded Sister Somalia, the first sexual and gender violence crisis center in Mogadishu, which has now reached more than 6,000 Somali women and girls. Fartuun serves as a voice on the international stage raising awareness and promoting an end to violence against women and girls worldwide, with regular appearances in media, such as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and PRI’s The World. She has been involved in Everywoman Everywhere since its inception in 2013.

Karen Sherman

Karen Sherman is Executive Director of the Akilah Institute for Women and a Senior Associate at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Throughout her career, Karen has combined her expertise, passion, and transformative leadership skills to affect lasting economic and social change for women around the world. Karen served as Chief Operating Officer and then Executive Director for Global Programs at Women for Women International (WfWI), an organization that enables women war survivors to restart their lives, where her work resulted in measurable impacts on women’s income, health, decision-making, and social networks. Before joining WfWI, Karen served as Executive Vice President at Counterpart International. Karen has served as a thought leader and spokesperson on global women’s issues through the media, public appearances, and diverse social media platforms, including as Executive Producer of The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, published by National Geographic. Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon. She serves as Board Chair of FAIR Girls and on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College.

Yael Marciano

Yael Marciano is the founder of Strathos Consulting, a firm specialized in providing knowledge and expertise for strategic communications, with special focus on Latina America. Her latest job comprised a worldwide advocacy campaign in support of a leading Human Rights activist from Venezuela. A lawyer from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, Venezuela, she holds a Masters degree in International Law (LL.M) from American University (D.C.) and a Masters in Management for International Organizations from New York University (N.Y). She received in 2013 her Mason Fellow/Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and is a 2012 Harvard University Weatherhead Fellow. In the past Ms. Marciano worked for the Inter- American Development Bank in the Social Capital, Ethics and Development Initiative and for over 7 years worked for Hispanic News Press LL.C as a columnist focused in international and political analysis for several media outlets in Venezuela as well as the Huffington Post in the United States. Ms. Marciano serves on the board of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), the DC Youth Orchestra Program, the organization Everywoman Everywhere, and the NGO Redes por la Vida providing education on NonViolence in Venezuela. She also serves on Georgetown University’s Latin America Leadership Advisory Committee and is a councilor of the Harvard Kennedy School D.C. Alumni Council.

Courtney Bickert

Courtney Bickert is an international development and policy executive with over 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors and geographies. Her expertise lies in organizational strategy, strategic partnerships, change management, and social entrepreneurship and innovation. Bickert has worked across multiple issue areas, including international health, economic development, human rights, and energy and climate change. She has served as an executive leader of several prominent international organizations, including the UN Foundation, and has professional experience in more than 25 countries in developing and developed economies. She has extensive experience working in partnerships in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Her work at GMF focuses on building strategic partnerships in support of transatlantic cooperation. She has an international MBA and a masters in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Indrani Goradia

Indrani Goradia is a philanthropist and advocate for women’s health and empowerment. She is the founder of Indranis Light Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to ending gender based violence and empowering women around the world with the tools to live healthy and meaningful lives. Indrani is a tireless advocate for girls and women leading empowerment trainings in several countries around the world. She has partnered with United Way in South Asia and the Caribbean to bring health, strength and wellness to women in need and is also a board member of Everywoman Everywhere and Think Equal. In 2013, Indrani joined forces with the global health organization PSI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to transform the lives of girls and women and lift them out of poverty. In partnership with PSI, Indranis Light Foundation launched programs to eradicate gender-based violence in the United States, India and her home country of Trinidad in 2014. An author, speaker and certified life coach, Indrani has delivered keynote addresses at conferences and leads workshops around the world. She is a tri-athlete, marathoner, and proud mother and wife.

TREASURER – Liz Whiteman

Washington, United States

Liz has a background in accounting. She graduated from the University of Washington where she studied Accounting and Spanish. She holds a master’s degree in Auditing/Assurance and is a licensed CPA. Her early career was spent in public accounting working with both not-for-profit and for-profit clients. She now works in the private sector. For the last decade, Liz has spent time volunteering in various roles with at risk youth. Based this as well as observing and experiencing the challenges women face in their workplaces, homes and communities, she is passionate about women’s issues. She became especially interested in gender based violence after meeting Lisa Shannon. Liz is honored to be a part of the VAW team and looks forward to using her skills to support the organization.

SECRETARY – Millicent Bogert

California, United States

Millicent joined Everywoman Everywhere in 2014 as a member of the East/Central Asia working group while she was with MONFEMNET National Network in Mongolia. Prior to that, she worked for children’s rights in Malaysia, participating in the civil society reporting for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Periodic Review. She also spent many years in city government, as a legislative aide and performance auditor. Her strong interest in addressing VAW dates back to volunteering at the local women’s shelter while studying anthropology at Stanford University. Now back in San Francisco after several years in Asia, she is very glad to bring all the pieces together as a member of the Everywoman Everywhere team.