Making gender equality a reality.

Board of Directors

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


Elise Fiber Smith

Board Member Emeritae
Winrock International
Senior Policy Advisor on Women’s Leadership and Human Development

Elise is the Co-Founder and Founding Chair of the Women Thrive Alliance, 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. 

Sarah Alexander

Board Treasurer
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.

Ann Marie Duffy

Pro Bono Counsel (Ex Officio)
Mayer Brown

Ann Marie Duffy is a partner in Mayer Brown's Intellectual Property practice. She is experienced in various types of litigation, including patent and trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract.

Suzanne Lerner

Michael Stars
Co-founder & Executive Vice President

Suzanne Lerner is an entrepreneur, political activist and philanthropist.


Susan Markham

Susan Markham

Smash Strategies

Susan Markham is a passionate advocate for gender equality and female empowerment speaking often about the essential role of women in politics and development.

Eugenia McGill

Vice Chair
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.

Ardyth Neill

Heifer Foundation

Ardyth Neill is President of Heifer Foundation, an international philanthropic foundation established forthe primary purpose of building an endowment to generate ongoing support for the work of Heifer International; educating the public on planned charitable giving; and to serve as fiduciary for

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.

Trevor Tomkins

Board Chair
venture | dairy
Founder and President

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

Trevor Tomkins founded venture | dairy in 2010 as part of his passion for the dairy industry and wish to make a long-lasting contribution to developing communities around the world.