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.
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 support
Roxanne Wahab (Oakland), Develop Speaker Options for Executive Director and Board
Stefni Grace Habachi (Houston), Grant research