At Moja Tu we try to ensure that most of our donor contributions go directly to the kids and not to administrative costs. To ensure that we take a working board approach to our Board of Directors. That means that each of our Board members serves not only an advisory and oversight role but also volunteers their time toward the operation of Moja Tu.
For our team in Kenya, who are responsible for the day-to-day operations in country, we have found that the best employees are our former students. If a graduating University student has a skill set that lines up with an operational need, we’d rather provide them with the opportunity than hire somebody from the outside.
The Moja Tu board is composed of a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers and day-to-day operation in Kenya is staffed by mostly former students.
Kathy has over 20+ years of nonprofit experience in both software and digital agencies. She’s the Principal and Founder of Nuclavis – Nuclavis.com, a consulting practice focused on business optimization, technology and innovation and strategic consulting. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems as well as her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Christine is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She went on to get her MBA in International Business and Masters of Arts in Governance and Development in Europe. Christine has been a realtor in Central Texas for over 15 years and currently works at Floyd Real Estate, where she specializes in residential real estate and property investment and management. In her spare time, Christine serves on the board of Moja Tu and is a student sponsor. She is the past-president of the Austin Cosmopolitan Rotary Club, past Assistant Governor for Rotary district 5870, and past 5870 District Rotary Foundation Chair.
Since 2010 Michael has worked at Apple, where he’s currently a Solutions Architect. Since earning his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin, Michael has spent over 20 years in the technology industry, including 9 years at SAP as a Platinum Consultant.
Carlos has worked at Apple for the past 14 years. Currently, he works in the Frauds department, and also oversees company operations in China. He has sat on the Moja Tu board since our inception. He and his wife sponsor 5 students in the program.
Laura lives in Brooklyn with her husband Todd and two sons, Grady and Jake. A sponsor since Moja Tu’s inception in 2013, Laura has experienced the unique sponsor-to-student bond formed with Moja Tu’s program and believes it can be life changing, not just for the student but for the sponsor as well. Born and raised in rural Arkansas, Laura realized at a young age the value of education and the opportunity it affords. She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and has worked at Bloomberg since 2000, where she is currently responsible for program & change management and financial risk governance.
James moved to Austin in 1971 from the northeast and spent the last 29 years in various roles at Apple, Inc. Today, as a Senior Manager, his team of investigators protects Apple’s brand using intelligence collection and sophisticated analytics. A trip in 2016 to Africa with his wife Audrey opened their eyes. Feeling the need to get more involved, James joined the Moja Tu Board in 2016, and they currently sponsor three students.
Erika moved to Austin in 2000 from Bolivia, where she saw first-hand how a lack of education can negatively impact people and the society they’re a part of. As one of Moja Tu’s first supporters, she currently sponsors two children who are extended siblings to her three children in Austin. She has 20+ years of experience in strategic marketing and management consulting.
Cassie is a New England native who now lives in Austin, TX with her husband, step-son and two dogs. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Cassie has spent the last 8 years at Apple and currently leads the AppleCare Planning, Portfolio and Change team. Cassie and her family sponsor two boys in the program, and hope to empower many more through the power of education.
Cynthia is an author, radio host, and coach to high-impact women. A former 9th-grade dropout and welfare mom, Cynthia turned her life around, graduated from law school, built an investment portfolio, and raised two conscientious children. Hailed by President Bill Clinton as an American success story at the 2016 DNC, Cynthia is passionate about helping women cultivate self-worth and release self-doubt so they can thrive. She currently sponsors two Moja Tu students.
Edwin graduated from Kenyatta University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics. As a student, Edwin was a beneficiary of the Moja Tu sponsorship program for 4 years. During this time, he served as a student leader and helped with writing and editing content, administrative work, and communication between Moja Tu students and program staff. He is now joining the team as a program manager and will act as a liaison between Moja Tu sponsors, students and partners in Kenya.
Esther holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance. She is an alumna of the Moja Tu program. Esther is in charge of the program’s finances. Growing up, Esther desired to be an accountant and she is happy to be living her dreams and what’s more, giving back to the organization that saw her through university. Previously, Esther worked as an accountant with Kenya’s Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning. She is also a certified public accountant.
Maria is a beneficiary of the Moja Tu educational sponsorship. She joined Moja Tu in 2018 and will graduate with a bachelor’s in communication and media studies. As a student, Maria was part of the marketing team and helped write blogs, create multimedia content, and manage the TikTok account. She was also a student leader and assisted with administrative work. Maria dreams of becoming a marketing communications specialist. She is excited to kick-start her career in Moja Tu and give back to the program that has seen her through university.
Lily has been working with Moja Tu on the sidelines for the past few years and has been instrumental with writing and editing of blogs, one-pagers, and other important content. She formally joined the organization in 2020 to head the marketing communications team in Kenya. She helps with generating ideas for blog, video and social media content, overseeing the marketing team, and editing and publishing marketing content. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s in Linguistics from Egerton University. Lily is currently the Editor and Head of Sales and Marketing of Parents Magazine, based in Nairobi.