Because When Women Thrive, the Whole World Thrives.

Board of Directors

Meet the governing body that makes sure Women Thrive Worldwide reaches our potential.


Elise Fiber Smith

Elise Fiber Smith

Co-Founder and Founding Chair
Winrock International
Senior Policy Advisor on Women’s Leadership and Human Development

Elise is the Co-Founder and Founding Chair of the Women Thrive Worldwide, which educates and influences policy makers on issues of international aid and trade with a gender perspective.


Joe Keefe

PAX World Mutual Funds
President and Chief Executive Officer

Joe Keefe is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pax World Management LLC, and of Pax World Funds. Under Joe’s leadership, Pax World has become one of the leading innovators and asset managers in the rapidly-growing field of Sustainable Investing – the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision making. 

Carol Bilzi

Carol Bilzi

Pro Bono Counsel
Mayer Brown, LLP

Carol Bilzi serves as Council at Mayer Brown, LLP and General Counsel for Women Thrive Worldwide Board of Directors. For more than 20 years, Carol has counseled clients on the regulatory and policy aspects of international business and financial transactions.

Eileen Kotecki Mancera

Eileen Kotecki Mancera

Venor Capital Management
Managing Director

Eileen Mancera is managing director for business development at event-driven hedge fund manager Venor Capital Management in New York City. Prior to joining Venor, Eileen led institutional initiatives for the investor relations group of Morgan Creek Capital Management. In 2010, MoneyManagement Letter nominated Ms. Mancera as "Public Fund Marketer of the Year."

Eugenia McGill

Eugenia McGill

Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs
Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Professor Eugenia (Jenny) McGill is a Lecturer in Discipline of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she directs the Workshop in Development Practices, teaches the fall semester course on Methods for Development Practice, and co-teaches the spring semester course on Gender, Politics and Development.

Trevor Tomkins

Trevor Tomkins

Vice Chair
venture | dairy
Founder and President

Dr. Trevor Tomkins is Founder and President of venture | dairy. 


Sarah Alexander

The Abraaj Group
Managing Director

Sarah Alexander is a Managing Director with The Abraaj Group, a leading private equity investor operating in the growth markets of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, Turkey and Central Asia. Ms.

Mark Blackden

Mark Blackden

The World Bank
Former Gender Coordinator, Africa Region

Mark Blackden is currently an independent consultant with clients such as the IFC and World Bank. He recently co-authored "Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform: A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners".

Molly Fogarty

Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs

Molly Fogarty is responsible for driving high-level proactive and reactive strategies for Nestlé on topics affecting multiple operating companies in the U.S.

Claude Fontheim

Fontheim International, LLC

Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC. Mr. Fontheim advises global companies on corporate social responsibility, public policy, and politics. He has over 30 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners.


Alonzo L. Fulgham

CH2M Hill
Vice President for Strategy

Alonzo L. Fulgham is Vice President for Strategy at CH2M Hill, where he brings more than 20 years of effective operational leadership and organizational change management experience. 

Suzanne Lerner

Michael Stars
Co-founder & Executive Vice President

Suzanne Lerner is an entrepreneur, political activist and philanthropist.

Emily Nielsen Jones

Imago Dei Fund
Co-founder & President
Emily is a donor-activist engaged in promoting human equality, justice, and peace around the world.