Management Team

Executive Director

Susan Burgess-Lent

Ms. Burgess-Lent began her career in humanitarian relief and development in 1994 and has worked extensively in East Africa. She is the former Program Director of Darfur Peace and Development Organization (DPDO), responsible for the funding and operation of Kassab Women’s Center, the model on which WCI's work is based.

She previously served as a consultant to the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIF), InterAction, CEPDA, and on staff  at the American Red Cross International Services. 

She also worked for many years in television news.

In 2019, she published the non-fiction book Trouble Ahead: Dangerous Missions with Desperate People, about her work in Africa. She has presented speeches for many organizations about the impact of war and poverty on women, and solutions that can be implemented for their benefit.


Keynote Speaker

Ms. Burgess-Lent delivers keynote speeches to professional, academic, religious and civic organizations and to women's groups. 

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Advisors and Consultants


 Daria Sievers, MSW.  Program Development


 Jong Lee, CPA, The Lee Accountancy Group, Oakland, CA




 Megan Wallen (Detroit), Data analysis, social media