Board of Directors

WCI is honored to receive the guidance of these accomplished and inspired individuals.


Cassandra Clifford

 Board Chair

 

Cassandra Clifford is an experienced nonprofit leader, human rights activist, and writer. 

She was the Founder and former Executive Director of DC Metro-based, Bridge to Freedom Foundation, which worked to enhance and improve the services and opportunities for survivors of modern slavery. She was also the Children’s Rights Writer for the Foreign Policy Association and has published articles for the International Security Network, DC Examiner, and others on Human Rights issues. Ms. Clifford has presented her research internationally on the use of rape as a weapon of war and modern slavery for the Aspen Institute, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the Cultural Diplomacy Forum.

Cassandra is an expert in creative content design and the development of marketing, social media, public relations, fundraising, and events materials. She currently works in the private sector as a leader in marketing and sales.

She holds an M.A. in International Relations from Dublin City University in Ireland, a B.A. in Marketing, and A.S. in Fashion Merchandise/Marketing from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.


Simoni Pereira

Board Treasurer

 

Simoni Pereira is a Brazilian Finance Executive with two bachelor’s degrees, Business Administration and Accounting Sciences, and has an International Executive MBA certificate, with extended education in India, France, and the UK. Simoni developed her career in the finance area, working for national and multinational corporations. In recent years, Simoni dedicated her efforts to developing a Brazilian start-up company focused on HR services, where she improved her holistic vision, strategy, entrepreneurship, and ownership.

Simoni has been actively involved in gender equity initiatives. In 2016 she co-founded EWA (Empowering Women to Achieve) in Brazil, which primary goal is to prepare women for the imperfect world by supporting those women to assume a leadership position inside companies.

 


Anne Mwangi

 

Ms. Mwangi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and later settled with her family in the United States, where she grew up and has lived most of her life.

As a registered nurse, she has worked with the Ambulatory Care Unit at California Pacific Medical Center, and the Electrophysiology Clinic at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, San Francisco.Currently, she is a member of Unit Partnership Council, Cardiac Specialty Unit at Marin Health, Greenbrae, CA.

She has campaigned for health care reform in the state of California through California Nurses Association (CNA) where she trained and served as a nurse advocate.For her, fundamental issues have constantly resonated:  the need for safety, security, education and health.  They’ve translated into a burning will to help promote better opportunities for others.

 

Victoria Muthoni Tswamuno

Board Secretary

 

Victoria is Program Coordinator, Columbia School of Social Work Action Lab for Social Justice; Specialized Crisis Counselor H2H Vibrant Emotional Health

(formerly Mental Health Association of New York); and Program Manager of After5 Radio, Zimbabwe.

She founded Women and Girls Can and is Core-Founder of HOPE Zimbabwe Food Beyond Borders.

Victoria strongly believes that addressing women’s empowerment is an effective way to build a stronger more supportive structure for the youth who are the future. 

 


Juliana Reis

 

Juliana Reis was born and raised in Brazil where she graduated in Pharmacy and earned a PhD in Sciences at the top ranked University in Latin America.

Juliana also holds an International Executive MBA certificate with extended education at MDI (Management Development Institute - India), King’s College (UK) and EmLyon (Ecole Management Lyon - France).

She has dedicated the last fifteen years to the Pharmaceutical Industry with the main responsibility of populating Emerging Regions (Latin America, Africa, CIS, Middle East, and Russia) with differentiated and affordable treatments from licensing and acquisitions sources across the globe.

Along with solid contributions in this regard, Juliana has been constantly exposed to treatment alternatives for the most critical acute and chronic conditions that threaten low-income countries. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, Juliana can navigate different cultural aspects and type of organizations/investors. 

Juliana is actively involved in gender equality initiatives since 2016 when she co-founded EWA (Empowering Women to Achieve) in Brazil and preparing women to the imperfect world is one of her most important life goals.

 


Grant Williams

Board Member Emeritus

 

Mr. Williams  founded the non-profit organization, The Edge, in 2008 to assist young people in building bridges of mutual understanding.

He served in the U.S. Air Force then pursued a career as a professional choreographer, dancer and teacher in Los Angeles.

He was initiated into the Mankind Project in 1999 and is a certified I-Group Leader. He became active in Boys to Men in 2002 and took the program to South Africa in 2007. He has supported community service projects in Africa including the construction of a clinic in southern Sudan and a school in northern Uganda. He is also supporting the expansion of an orphanage in Haiti.