Who We Are

Director: Ellen Boneparth, Ph.D.

ELLEN2_joinusDr. Boneparth has had a number of rewarding careers: university professor and administrator; U.S. diplomat; director of a coalition of U.S. women’s organizations; writer of fiction and nonfiction; founder and director of International Women’s Studies Institute; university auditor in global health; senior adviser, Center for Health and Gender Equity and Cure Cervical Cancer. Many LMF grantees are organizations she encountered on international travels.

Associate Director: Lydia Austin

LYDIA2_joinusA graduate of the University of Michigan, Lydia Austin works on tax policy at a nonprofit in D.C. Light My Fire provides her an opportunity to learn more about women and children across the world and the functioning of nonprofits in the field of international development. As Associate Director of LMF, she focuses on outreach and grant management.

Communications Director: Elizabeth O’Malley

Eliz_joinusElizabeth O’Malley previously worked on women’s economics and health with the American Cancer Society, Congress, the Peacebuilding and Development Institute, and Change Management Solutions. She studied International Development and Conflict Resolution at American University, researching Latin American history in Chile, human rights in Mexico and Colombia, and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. She also assisted in designing a tool to combat gender-based violence in Liberia, which was presented at the UN.

U.S. Advisory Board

MICHAEL2_joinus(1)Michael Rosenthal is a Ph.D. with long experience in international affairs, including national security issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and international development.  He has held positions at the Department of State, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  At the IAEA, he was instrumental in founding its Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy, which is designed especially to bring radiation therapy to developing countries in the context of national cancer control programs.

BARBARA2_joinusBarbara Friedman is a career consultant working closely with international development and foreign service professionals from around the world, including members of the U.S. Department of State and the World Bank. She is particularly interested in how people discover new arenas in which to express values and renew purpose during retirement transitions.
KimClear(3)Kimberly Weichel is an advocate for women, social entrepreneur, peacebuilder, author and educator. Kim is CEO of Peace X Peace, an international women’s peacebuilding and leadership organization. She has over 25 years’ experience directing international projects and organizations, working on conflict resolution, women’s leadership and empowerment, civil society programs, social justice projects, innovative education programs and advocacy campaigns.

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