Atlas Corps is pleased to announce new additions to our Board of Directors and to bid a fond farewell to those completing their service. The new Board members officially joined the Board in February and March of 2020. They bring diverse professional backgrounds, a commitment to service, and passion for the Atlas Corps mission to develop individuals, strengthen organizations, and promote innovation. You can meet our Board of Directors on our website.
Atlas Corps also expresses our appreciation for the years of service and leadership provided by our outgoing Board members. Thank you to Arturo González Vargas and Mary Beth Goodman We look forward to their continued contribution to Atlas Corps as they transition to a new role. Arturo provided a statement about his experience with the Board of Directors
“Atlas Corps means a lot to me, and in many different ways. My fellowship truly was one of the most impactful experiences in both my personal and professional life. It changed me and set me in the career path I aspired to; it made it possible. I met the most amazing people: the Fellows from all classes, my newfound community in the city that became my second home, the Board Members, the staff… I cannot find the right words to express my gratitude to all of them and to Atlas Corps itself. Being able to join the Board of Directors gave me the opportunity to remain connected to this community I love and to give back to this organization that gave me so much. I truly feel like I stood on the shoulders of giants.“
Atlas Corps New Board Members
(as of March 2020)
Gretchen Ehle, Atlantic Council
Gretchen Ehle is a non-profit executive with over 15 years of experience in foreign policy, international diplomacy, and global entrepreneurship. She is currently the Director of Institutional Giving (Government) at the Atlantic Council where she is responsible for strategic business development growth for the Council in the public sector. Most recently she was the Vice President for the global programs division at the Meridian International Center quadrupling division revenue during her 10 year tenure at the organization.
Gretchen has completed all coursework towards a PhD in Public Policy with a focus on International Entrepreneurship from George Mason University where she received an M.A. in International Commerce. She received her B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. Ms. Ehle is an avid contributor to her community through her membership in her local Rotary Club and Junior League. Gretchen lives in Woodley Park with her husband Quinn and Carolina Dog, Dingus.
Claudia currently serves on the board of Purple Innovation (PRPL), where she chairs the compensation committee and is a member of its audit committee and on the board of Destinations by Design where she is a member of its audit committee. She has also sat on the Board of Managers as Chief Executive Officer of Gump’s, and the Board of Directors as President of Michael Anthony Jewelers ( AMEX: MAJ). Claudia is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and holds the distinction of being a Board Leadership Fellow. Claudia is a seasoned operating Chief Executive Officer/President having stewarded i2CEO, LLC (from November 2016 to present) Gump’s San Francisco (July 2012 – October 2016), i2CEO LLC (May 2011-June 2012), H.D. Buttercup July 2007 to May 2011), GBH Inc (May 2004- July 2007), Michael Anthony Jewelers (MAJ) (February 2002-February 2004).
Claudia also serves as an advisory member of LEVERAGEDWISDOM in New York, a peer to peer learning organization for CEOs and is a CEO mentor for Women Founders Network in Los Angeles which provides mentorship, visibility, and capital for female founders and entrepreneurs. Claudia currently operates i2CEO a boutique advisory company that has been engaged by founders, CEOs, boards, and investors to advise in matters of business transition, strategy, growth, leadership, and organization. She specializes in the consumer product arena and brings her business acumen, her ability to synthesize information and her passion for emerging methodologies and technologies to enhance the customer experience and lead to business transformation and profitable growth.
Hajira Khan, Alumni Representative
Hajira has been working as Project Manager at the British Council in Pakistan since 2016 where she supports delivery of the Higher Education and Skills portfolio. She has over ten years of experience in international development with a focus on building capacity of institutions and individuals. She appreciates a good challenge and feels passionately about designing complex strategies and projects with multiple moving parts, high stakes and a global impact.
Prior to joining the British Council Hajira worked at a Stanford University start-up, served on the Advisory Board of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme under The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, was an Atlas Corps Fellow at Meridian International Centre, and managed operations at City & Guilds. She spent most of her undergraduate degree volunteering her time for UNV and teaching children from underprivileged backgrounds. Her work has been recognized by the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Pakistan which granted her the Atlas Corps Fellowship (2013) and the Study of the US Institutes on Women Leadership (2011) and the British Council which awarded her the National Active Citizen Award (2010).
Nurangiz Khodzharova, Alumni Representative
Nurangiz Khodzharova first joined Atlas Corps as Class 11 Fellow to serve at Net Impact in San Francisco. She is a proud TCK (Third Culture Kid) and has over a decade of experience in international development, humanitarian aid, and nonprofit management. Nurangiz currently works in higher education, where she helps create volunteer engagement opportunities for alumni of her alma mater, Central European University. She is currently based in Budapest, Hungary.
Mike McCabe, Agency Youth Coordinator, Usaid
Mike is the Agency Youth Coordinator and brings over 28 years of professional experience managing international development programs. In his current role, he is responsible for helping integrate youth engagement and youth development issues across the Agency, oversee the Youth Policy implementation, and serve as a senior representative on youth issues in the interagency and external community. His expertise includes capacity development, youth development, technology for development, program design/ implementation, training design and facilitation, and public-private sector partnership development.
Mike previously worked with: Creative Associates International as Sr. Associate for Capacity Development, and Chief of Party for the Panama Youth At Risk Program; Peace Corps as Chief of Programming and Training for the Inter-America and Pacific Region, and Deputy Director for Peace Corps Dominican Republic; Youth Service America as Vice President; the Inter-American Foundation as Country Representative for Mexico, Venezuela, Panama; and UNICEF as National Programs Officer for Dominican Republic. Mike received his Master’s in Public Administration from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Science Degree in International Relations from Georgetown University.
Nancy Murphy, CSR Communications
For nearly 30 years, Nancy has worked at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to bring bold, creative solutions to persistent social challenges. She is known for her strategic thinking, exceptional facilitation skills, ability to forge effective partnerships, gift for communicating complex concepts in clear and simple ways, and knack for bringing vision to reality. Nancy spent more than a decade in consulting firms, leading APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice and then heading the D.C. office for Portland-based Metropolitan Group. During those years, Nancy redesigned corporate philanthropy and community relations programs for several Fortune 100 companies, including UPS, Johnson Controls and Freddie Mac. She also led strategy and communication projects for foundation and nonprofit clients.
Nancy served as executive vice president and senior advisor for social innovation at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, where she led the organization’s initiative to scale the impact of effective nonprofits. While with Steve and Jean Case’s family foundation, Nancy led international grantmaking and developed innovative fundraising efforts for grantees helping to provide clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nancy holds a master’s degree in public affairs from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, a master’s in health communication from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from University of Dayton. Nancy currently serves on the board for the global nonprofit Pact and was board chair for six years.
In 2018, Nancy launched the Intrapreneurs Influence Lab, a year-long training and coaching program to help social purpose leaders accelerate massive change inside their organizations. Nancy teaches intrapreneurship and leadership for the executive education program at Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business.
Noah Simon, UBS
As a senior member of Epstein Partners at UBS, Noah focuses on providing strategic guidance and direction for their most sophisticated Private Wealth clients. He builds long-term relationships by advising clients on more complex wealth management solutions, including pre-transaction planning, philanthropy, insurance optimization and risk management. Previously, Noah was Director of Private Client Service and Wealth Advisor at Stone Toro Investment Advisors LP.
Noah is the founding Chair of the Children’s Village (CV) Leadership Council—a group of young professionals interested in supporting at-risk youth in the pursuit of success. Noah is also a member of Nexus Global Philanthropy Community of exceptional young social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and impact investors committed to creating a better world. In his spare time Noah is an avid outdoor enthusiast, has climbed mountains the world over (e.g., Kilimanjaro), and enjoys golf and snowboarding. Noah holds a B.S. in Finance from Syracuse University.