Tania Laden, Co-Founder & Executive Director
Tania earned her B.S. from Stanford University, where she graduated with a degree in Science, Technology and Society with a focus on Management Science & Engineering. Tania joined LivelyHoods at the end of 2010, bringing her global business acumen and experience to the organization. Prior to LivelyHoods, Tania worked as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley and as a Business & Technology Analyst at EZLearn, an educational technology start-up in Brazil. After serving as an adviser and volunteer for two years with KITO International, Tania moved to Kenya to build and manage iSmart, the first sales agent network created by LivelyHoods. Tania is recognized as a 2011 Mara Foundation Entrepreneur Fellow and one of PBS Newshour’s Agents of Change.
Claire Baker, Director of Development
Since graduating from Durham University in England with a first class honors degree in Modern Languages, Claire has worked in the non-profit and social business sector in France, Spain and Tanzania, and has taught English in rural communities in Mexico. She worked for two years in operations and communications management to promote disability rights for an award-winning not-for-profit in Paris, and was part of a growing social businesses focused on access to solar energy in East Africa. Claire speaks fluent French and Spanish, and is also an editor and writer for various publications on African culture and travel.
Alex Beru, iSmart Kenya Co-Founder, Recruitment & Training Manager
Alex Beru Govinda has been a key advisor since the very beginning and was instrumental in the creation of iSmart Kenya. Alex grew up hustling on the streets of Kawangware, moving in and out of orphanages and centers for street children, but now happily says that he has finally found a home and future with iSmart. Alex continues to partner with staff on developing recruitment, operations, programming and business strategies. He is a high performer and his sales numbers have been unbeatable. He has dreams of starting his own business and meanwhile spends his free time pursuing his passion for hip hop, rapping under the name ‘Harakiri’.
Finorah Manyala, Sales Manager
Finorah volunteered to advance the iSmart Kenya mission for an entire year until it was discovered that she had the skills to manage the office. Because of her passion for development she studied social work received her diploma in Social Work & Community Development in 2008. Finorah found a new, unexpected way to help the community: by managing an effective business that delivers products that improve the quality of life for the customer and the community. She now dreams of studying business to continue growing her skills as she explores the field of social entrepreneurship.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Maria Springer, LivelyHoods Co-Founder
Los Angeles, California
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Pamela Roussos, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Center of Science, Technology and Society at Santa Clara University
San Francisco, California
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Jade Van Doren, CEO of TechForward
San Francisco, California
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Laura Devere, Director of the Social Capital Foundation
Beaulieu sur Mer, France
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Kimberly Tilock, Country Director at CHF International
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