Gidibo is experienced in international development with a focus on youth and employment creation. He previously launched a skills development program for university students that saw a sharp increase in employment rates. In the past, he organized large continental conferences and held capacity-building consulting opportunities for international organizations focusing on youth employment and soft skills development. Gidibo is a U.S. State Department Sports Exchange Alumni, is a member of the Olympic Committee Athletes Commission in Tanzania and sits on several non-profit advisory boards. He is a founding member of Girls BALL TZ, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports girls from under-resourced communities in Tanzania who gain access to elite basketball programs and scholarships.
Previously, Gidibo worked for the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam in the Office of Public Affairs, supporting education initiatives and long-term exchange programs. Prior to that, he worked for GIZ, YCI, and private sector engagements across Tanzania. Gidibo holds a Bachelor of Information Technology and is pursuing a Master of Science in Projects Management.
Passionate in supporting girls, who are victims of early marriage from Maasai community; currently, supporting two in primary school and one in secondary school. Two girls have graduated from higher learning institution, one as a nurse and the other in business. Interested in livestock keeping, beekeeping and nature-site seeing.
She not only brings her considerable expertise to the Board of AfricAid, Nengarivo sits on the Boards of Ujamaa Community Resource Team and is the founder and Board Chairperson for Youth Agile Solutions.
Apart from her profession, she aspires to be a very successful businesswoman in the near future.
She likes cooking and trying new recipes whenever she has free time at home, and also enjoys horror movies and documentaries based on true stories.
Katie fell in love with Tanzania when she joined Kupona Foundation in 2009 as their Executive Director. Kupona was established to create a US base of support for Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT), one of Tanzania’s leading healthcare organizations. Under Katie’s leadership, Kupona supported CCBRT’s expansion into the maternal health care space, building partnerships with major players in the global health/NGO space – such as the Fistula Foundation and Johnson & Johnson – that continue to this day.
When she moved to Denver in 2014, Katie joined a friend to create Coppertops Paper, which designed, produced, and distributed wine accessories at the local, regional, and national levels. However, her longtime commitment to working with non-profits, particularly in moments of strategic growth and transition, is her deeper love and she was eager to find a way to stay connected, particularly to the welcoming, vibrant, and inspiring women and girls of Tanzania. She was thrilled to meet AfricAid staff at a Posner Center event and find a way to share her experience with the organization.
Tom has extensive overseas experience both as a traveler and a temporary resident, living abroad on three continents. After graduating from college, he spent two years in Lesotho with the Peace Corps teaching math at a rural mission school. It was here that Tom witnessed firsthand the challenges that students – particularly girls – faced on their path to higher education. This inspired him to join the AfricAid board in 2019.
Tom is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He graduated with Distinction from Purdue University earning a B.S. in Mathematics/Statistics. Tom is based in Denver, Colorado.
Michael previously directed a real estate and property management firm, served as the Director of Operations for a $20M private foundation and managed numerous client engagements with Deloitte. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in international management and public policy. His credentials include Lean Six Sigma green belt certification along with substantial aptitudes and proficiencies with Myers-Briggs, the Highlands Ability Battery, EchoSpan 360 Feedback tools, StregthFinders 2.0 assessments, B.A.N.K. Systems and the Hogan. He is a Colorado native and his interests include the outdoors, international development, travel and cooking.
Currently Rodney provides independent strategic communication consulting for PR agency, nonprofit, healthcare, and financial clients. Previously he served one year in the Marketing Communication Director role for a small ergonomic office equipment manufacturer. Before that, he was Director of Marketing for Allonhill, a mortgage due diligence and credit risk review firm in Denver. From 2007 to 2009 he led business development at JohnstonWells Public Relations producing $230,000 in new revenues.
Rodney was vice president of corporate communications at First Data Corporation, a then Fortune 500 global electronic payment solutions company. He led strategic public relations and employee communications for business units, which generated 40 percent of the company’s $8 billion revenue. Rodney completed a two-year assignment as communications lead during First Data’s $6 billion acquisition and integration of Concord.
Rodney began his career abroad, living and working in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1983 to 1985, and returning for a 6-month film project in 1986. He traveled extensively throughout Eastern and Southern Africa. These formative years continue to influence and impact his life and work, and his ongoing interest in that region of the world. Following Zimbabwe, Rodney served the Atlanta Chapter of American Red Cross, leading health services awareness campaigns and national disaster public affairs.
Rodney is a graduate of the 2005-2006 Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver. He served from 2003 to 2009 on the Board of Directors for the Bridge Project, which provided educational opportunities for some of Denver’s most at-risk youth through tutoring and literacy programs. In 2007 and 2008 Rodney traveled to Uganda as a Founding Donor for the Primary School for the Blind launched by Chain Foundation outside Kampala, funded and founded in honor of a Denver Ugandan friend who died from leukemia the previous year.
A 22-year Denver (11 years in Five Points) resident who found home in Colorado, Rodney has traveled to 34 countries and 7 continents. A third of his trips were for volunteer service projects. An Alabama native, Rodney holds a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in broadcast and film communication from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Roll Tide.
Diane is an attorney at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie in Denver, specializing in antitrust litigation. Diane graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010 and worked at the Federal Trade Commission for three years investigating and litigating alleged anticompetitive conduct in the healthcare industry.
In 2013, Diane was awarded a Fulbright grant in competition law and moved to Namibia to work with several Namibian government agencies and the University of Namibia. As part of her volunteer work with a women’s organization in Namibia, Diane witnessed firsthand the challenges young women in Africa face to stay in school and continue their education. Despite these hurdles, Diane also left Namibia with hope, having worked with a number of Namibian women—law students and attorneys—who had been given opportunities and were breaking into the ranks of Namibia’s growing middle class. While in Namibia, Diane and her husband visited Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro. The climb still remains one of Diane’s most memorable experiences, and she is glad to have the opportunity to now give back to the people of Tanzania.
Diane and her husband try to return to Africa at any opportunity and have traveled to 11 African countries. Diane’s love of Africa and its people led her to connect with AfricAid when she and her husband moved to Denver in 2016.
Ben Strawn is a partner in the Trial Department at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. His practice focuses on complex commercial and environmental litigation and he frequently represents businesses in the natural resources, insurance, and real estate industries. In 2018 and 2019, Ben was the Trial Department’s deputy practice group leader. He currently serves as ethics counsel for the firm. Ben shares DGS’ strong commitment to community service. In addition to his service with AfricAid, he serves on the board of directors for the Faculty of Federal Advocates and was its 2019 board president. In 2016, he participated in the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Impact Denver leadership program. Prior to joining DGS, Mr. Strawn served as a law clerk to the Honorable Neil M. Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (now an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court). Before clerking, Ben was an associate with Paul Hastings LLP in San Francisco, California.
Emma is passionate about doing her part to ensure that all girls and boys have a fair and equitable chance to become who and what they want in this world, and have equal access to resources, services and opportunities that are not hindered by their gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status or any other trait. She believes in the transformational power of storytelling and sharing our experiences across the globe to learn from them and draw inspiration from them – which is why she is thrilled to serve as a Board Member for AfricAid alongside talented and passionate colleagues and support AfricAid’s bold and important mission and innovative approach to girls’ education.
Emma holds a BA in Social Services from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The New School University, New York. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband and two children.