Africare Welcomes International Board of Counselors


Nigerian Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala converses with Marianne Spraggins, Managine Director - Markets and External Relations, The BondFactor; and Tommy Walker, Director/Producer, Freemind Beauty. Photo: Lonnie Woods III

Africare is dedicated to establishing partnerships that innovatively address development challenges in Africa. To this end, Africare recently instituted an International Board of Counselors (IBC), a group of advisory professionals committed to assisting Africare develop unique public-private partnerships.  

Africare is proud to welcome the following individuals to its inaugural International Board of Counselors:

IBC Chairwoman
Marianne Camille Spraggins
Managing Director – Markets and External Relations, The BondFactor, LLC

Lauretta Bruno
President, Gramercy Partners

Josh Mailman
Managing Director, Serious Change, LP

Mark Vogel
Founder and President, Mark Vogel Companies

Tommy Walker
Director/Producer, Freemind Beauty

Anthony Williams
Executive Director, Federal City Council, Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, October 10, to commemorate the IBC’s founding, Africare held a reception at Africare House in Washington, D.C. Guests including international government officials, development professionals, private sector business representatives and Africare Life Member donors, mingled with Africare staff, board members and newly appointed IBC members.


Mark Vogel, Africare IBC Member; Darius Mans, Africare President; Ambassador Curtin Winsor, Africare Board Member; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian Minister of Finance; General Kip Ward, Africare Board Member; Marianne Spraggins, Africare IBC Chair; Stephen Cashin, Africare Board Chair. Photo: Lonnie Woods III

Africare’s Interim Board Chair Stephen Cashin and President Darius Mans welcomed guests and introduced Africare staff who gave accounts of recent Africare successes. Chenfa Dombin, Deputy Director of International Programs, outlined Africare’s exciting new partnership with ExxonMobil and the National Basketball Association to engage youth in Nigeria. Dr. Nene Diallo, Acting Director of the Office of Health and HIV/AIDS, explained Africare’s award-winning approach to saving lives at birth in Senegal; and Eric Lundgren, Director of International Programs, described the life-changing impacts achieved by Africare’s work in agriculture, food security and nutrition in Mozambique.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister of Nigeria, headlined the event with a speech challenging Nigeria’s global reputation as unfit for international business, making a compelling presentation on the extraordinary progress Nigeria has recently achieved and what measures the country is taking to continue its trajectory. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also fielded questions from the audience and signed copies of her new book, “Reforming the Unreformable.”

Africare thanks everyone who attended. To view an entire gallery of photos from the evening, click here.

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