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Executive Team

Christine Garde, Executive Director
Christine brings 16 years of experience designing, assessing, and implementing youth, adult, family and community based social and economic programs. She has worked as a fundraiser and coordinated urban, community and outreach programs. Christine has a passion to nurture purposeful living in the philanthropic community so as to alleviate poverty in a meaningful way.

Christine holds a BA in International Management from Pace University and a certificate in Community Economic Development from San Diego State University.

Tracey Webster, Africa Advisor
Tracey is a South African social entrepreneur. Tracey was the CEO for the Branson Center for Entrepreneurship. Tracey was also a founding member and CEO of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation, South Africa. Under her leadership, Starfish supported 22,000 orphaned and vulnerable children across South Africa. Prior to Starfish Tracey worked for Deutsche Bank London as an Investor Relations Specialist. In 2004, Tracey was selected as a "Real Hero" to carry the Olympic Torch for South Africa. Other achievements include: attending the G8 Summit in 2005 giving voice to the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children, being chosen as a Cosmopolitan Awesome Woman for 2006 and an Archbishop Tutu Fellow in 2008. Tearfund, a global development organization, has selected Tracey as an Inspired Individual. Currently Tracey is the Executive Director of the Young African Leadership for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship. She is working with young leaders from all sectors of the economy and from all over the continent to express their views on key African issues, and to create a vehicle through which their views and "agenda’s for change" can be heard and acted upon.

Rustom Masalawala, Advisor for Investor Trips
Rustom has worked in the developing world for the past 12 years. In his latest endeavor he was the Director of Business Development at Millennium Promise, a project of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, dedicated to using a holistic approach to bring people living at the bottom of the pyramid out of the poverty trap. The project spanned ten countries and fourteen different locations across Sub-Saharan Africa and directly benefited close to a million people. Prior to that he worked as the Health Portfolio Manager at Acumen Fund, a leading Social Venture Organization. As one of its earliest members of that organization he played a key role in its growth and development and turning it into one of the best known organizations working in this space. He currently runs his own consulting practice and works with a number of NGO’s, high net worth individuals and corporates, in helping them advance their own goals. Rustom holds a Bachelors in Physics/Math from the University of Mumbai, a Masters in Computer Science from SUNY, and a Diploma in Business Management from Xavier’s Institute of Management.

Kevin Oro-Hahn, Chairman of the Board
Kevin is an investor with a fundamental value philosophy. He also has 15+ years of management experience in non-profit organizations. Tying these together is a focus on deep, data driven analysis and an emphasis on organizational and personal effectiveness. Kevin co-founded CouldYou? with Christine Garde.

Kevin holds an MA in Mathematics from Drew University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Kari Byrd, Board Member
Corporate Events Professional. Kari comes to the CY Board with 16 years experience in Corporate Event Planning and Business Development. Some of her past projects have included the Moet Hennessy USA National Distributors Meeting and President’s Award Dinner, The United Nations Association Global Leadership Award Dinner, The National Committee on American Foreign Policy Gala, and The Wharton Business School’s Joseph Wharton Awards Dinner.

Her main focus has been on corporate communications, but Kari also spent three years in the non-profit sector at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), headquartered in Washington, DC. She ran the satellite development office in New York City, with a focus on fundraising events. Kari’s tenure at NCMEC resulted in her developing a specialty in corporate sponsorship acquisition. In 2013 Kari joined the CY Board wanting to lend her expertise in corporate sponsorship to strengthen and grow the organization.

Kari holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo.

Stephen Hagerman, Board Member
Stephen is the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of Aslan Residential, a real estate investment company headquartered in Irvine, California. The Company has purchased and sold over $300 MM worth of residential assets since 2008. Mr. Hagerman began his career with Buchanan Street Partners, a commercial real estate private equity firm based in Newport Beach, California. While at Buchanan he was involved in the structure and capitalization of over $1 billion worth of residential, multi-family, retail, office, industrial, and hotel transactions.

Stephen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. He is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations including The Village of Hope (Orange County), and Big Brother, Big Sisters (San Diego). As a new board member of CouldYou? Stephen will focus on fund raising, the CY 2013 budget, and strategy for CY’s long-term financial sustainability.

Thomas C. Palumbo, Board Member
Thomas C. Palumbo comes to CouldYou? with 22 years of experience as a financial planner with Diefendorf Capital Planning Associates, a Long Island based boutique wealth management firm. He is a "Total Wealth Manager" who specializes in personal financial planning for individuals as well as small business planning for entrepreneurs. Tom is active in the charitable / non-profit arena and is a member of the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy (AIP). Tom is driven to use his influence for good. In 2006, he led a team from New York to help Katrina victims in New Orleans . In 2009 he participated in a CY trip and "inspired by the courageous people and informed through CY's unique access to civic leaders, educators and health care providers" is now committed to explore ways to help care for orphans.

Tom holds a BA from Long Island University at C.W. Post with Magna Cum Laude in business management and then matriculated in the American College , Bryn Mawr , PA. He received the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Certified 3 Dimensional Wealth Practitioners (C3DWP).

 

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