MISSION: QUALITY EDUCATION
Reshma Patel, Executive Director
Reshma Patel has a deep interest in improving the access to and quality of education for underserved communities in developing nations. She brings a wealth of experience from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to her role at Impact Network. Prior to joining Impact Network, Reshma Patel worked at MDRC, a non-profit, non-partisan social policy research firm, dedicated to finding solutions to improve the lives of low-income communities. In this role, she served as the project and data manager for a $30 million multi-college evaluation of performance-based scholarships in postsecondary institutions, and the project director for a study of a large microfinance program serving low-income women in New York City. Prior to MDRC, she was a pension risk analyst at Morgan Stanley, and an actuarial associate at Towers Perrin. In addition, she has worked abroad on multiple occasions, concentrating her time and efforts in South Africa and various villages within Gujarat, India. Reshma has a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo and she is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Dan Sutera, Co-Founder and President
Dan has a passion for delivering technology solutions to the developing world and digging in to figure out how to make them work and make them sustainable. Prior to founding Impact Network, he helped to found several internet companies including ShareFile and Yext, both of which made the Inc 500 list as some of the fastest growing companies in the US. He graduated summa cum laude from both Duke University and NYU, where he received a Masters in International Development, writing a thesis on e-learning in rural Africa. He combines his practical entrepreneurial background with deep knowledge of rural development issues to forge solutions for education and poverty in rural Africa.
Robert Carraro, Senior Development Advisor
Robert has spent most of his career working to bring financial resources and increased potential to disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He brings to Impact Network extensive and broadly applicable experience, with particular expertise in international development, capacity-building, non-profit management and economic opportunity. Robert is the founder of Lake Hills Philanthropic Services, LLC, a firm that helps foster and strengthen effective relationships between donors and the worthy organizations working to improve our world. He was educated at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (MSFS, East Asian affairs and international trade) and Bentley College (BS, international business).
Julia Firestone, Director of Operations
Julia coordinates the operations of Impact Network, including recruiting and managing interns, communicating with the Zambia team, and implementing fundraising activities. She started with Impact Network as an intern working with the Zambia team on the ground before joining headquarters in New York. Her previous experience includes communications, research, fundraising, and event planning in areas of public health and youth development and she has worked and traveled in numerous African countries. Julia is currently pursuing her MA in International Education Development at Columbia University's Teachers College.
David Seidenfeld, Co-founder and Development Specialist
David provides oversight for our on-the-ground programs. He also works as a research analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) where he serves as the technical lead on several international impact evaluations, including a five year RCT of Zambia's Cash Transfer programs.Previously he spent 2 years in Zambia with the Peace Corps and also completed a Ph.D. from the Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation Division of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Weiss, Co-founder and Research Specialist
Michael oversees our research and evaluation program. He is also currently at MDRC, a nonprofit social science research firm dedicated to building knowledge to improve social policy. At MDRC he serves as lead impact analyst on several multi-million dollar evaluations of education programs. Previously he spent 3 years working for the Educational Testing Services, followed by earning a Ph.D. from the Policy, Measurement, and Evaluation Division of the University of Pennsylvania.
Heather Curl, Teaching and Curriculum Specialist
Heather manages our teacher training and curriculum. She is currently an Ed.D candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education and a lecturer at Bryn Mawr College. She has extensive experience in both teaching and teacher training, including mentorship at Teach for America and Philadelphia Futures. She holds a M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum from The University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Mwanza, Zambian Regional Director
Daniel serves as our point person on the ground in Zambia, organizing communities to construct our schools and PTA's to operate them. He has organized and worked with community groups in Zambia for over 20 years, starting community centers, youth sports leagues, and winning numerous recognitions from the World Bank and Zambian Ministries.
Ronald Banda, Operations Manager
With previous experience running internet cafes, Ronald runs logistical operations on the ground including local accounting, maintenance supervision, provision of supplies to schools, enrollment and attendance tracking.
Phillip Banda, Teacher Supervisor
A former headmaster at a nearby government school, Phillip gives weekly training and supervision to our teachers.
Lazarous Phiri, Teacher Supervisor
Lazarous received his training at Chipata College of Education in Eastern Province, Zambia. He has taught math to students from grades 1-7 and is currently pursuing his BSc in Mathematics from Victoria Falls University.