OUR BOARD

Paula Bastos

Born and raised in Brazil, Paula has lived in New York City since 2014. She works as a business consultant supporting market-based solutions to social and environmental issues.

Women’s empowerment is a cause dear to her heart, and Paula has had the chance to support several organizations tackling this challenge such as the Himalayan Climate Initiative in Nepal and Women in Need in New York.

Prior to moving to the US, she worked for seven years in finance at Natura Cosmetics – a multibillion-dollar Brazilian company that uses a direct selling business model to foster entrepreneurial skills and women leadership.

Paula graduated from University of São Paulo with a Bachelor’s in Business and holds an International MBA degree from FIA Business School/Vanderbilt University focused on social entrepreneurship.

In her free time, you can find Paula dancing ballet and jazz, reading at the park, or enjoying a nice meal with friends.

 

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Eunji Han

Chair of Fundraising Committee

Born in South Korea and raised in Seattle, Eunji has first hand experience with the immigrant story through her own family experience.  Being a first generation Korean American, she believes deeply in the importance of providing education and support to women in need and giving them the tools to achieve their professional passions.

Eunji brings a unique background spanning digital media, 3D manufacturing, consumer goods, tech startups, and telecommunications.  Currently, she is working in an executive leadership program with T-Mobile leading frontline employees and developing her management skills at the C-level.  Previously, she served as Chief of Staff at SOLS, a 3D printing startup, and as Director of Business Operations at Everyday Health media.

Eunji holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from NYU Stern and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English from the University of Rochester.

In her free time, Eunji loves to travel, cook, garden, hang out with her dog in Brooklyn, and is always down to do anything that involves food & wine.

 

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Abigail Hunter-Syed

Board Treasurer 

After nearly a decade working across four continents, Abby returned to her home state of New York in 2015. With first hand experience forging a career in foreign countries, she believes deeply in the importance of empowering young women from around the world to accomplish their professional ambitions in NYC.

Abby is Director of Operations at LDV Capital and has worked in different areas finance, management consulting, and trade.

She holds a Masters of Science (MSc)  in International Trade from the International University in Geneva, Switzerland and a Bachelors (BA) in Political Science from the University of Rochester, NY.

In her down time, Abby enjoys traveling, walking her dog, baking cakes, listening to podcasts, and reading historical fiction.

 

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Maria Maldonado

Maria Maldonado.jpgBoard Secretary 

Maria first worked as a Sociology lecturer at the national university of her country, San Marcos University in Lima, and as an officer at the National Institute of Planning of Peru. Her interest in international affairs led her to the United Nations where she served in various capacities on assignments covering Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Maria had an opportunity to serve in the field as Deputy Head of Mission of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala, monitoring the implementation of the peace accords that ended many years of conflict in that country. She has also directed the work of the General Assembly’s sessions working closely with the President of the General Assembly. She has traveled widely and served in official missions and international conferences for the United Nations in Africa, Latin America, South East Asia, and Europe.

Since retiring, Maria has returned to law school to explore her interest in immigration law. Hobbies include reading and writing, gardening, ink-drawing, learning to play the folk harp, and ballroom dancing.

 

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Galina Ozgur

Board Chair

Galina is the General Manager of Grand Central Tech – a vibrant tech startup community in New York – and is no stranger to all things new.

Born and raised in Minsk, Belarus, she never quite managed to stay put. Her curiosity, arsenal of foreign languages and love for travel brought her to Istanbul, Turkey where she helped Fortune 500 execs relocate to the new city. When she moved to New York 5 years later to start life from scratch, she used her networking chops and links to female immigrant leaders to kickstart her career in technology.

Since then, Galina has been a firm believer in empowering women immigrants through mentorship, career training, and networking opportunities.

Aside from her full-time job running a startup accelerator and a community of 100+ companies, Galina spends her time mentoring at Girls, Inc of New York, Startup Institute, and Venture for America.

 

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Shauna Ruda

Shauna RudaChair of Programming Committee

Shauna works as the Program Director of Entwine Global Volunteer Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian aid organization. Entwine is a movement for young Jewish leaders, influencers, and advocates who seek to make a meaningful impact on global Jewish needs and international humanitarian issues. Shauna began her career with JDC in Turkey, serving as part of JDC’s Global Jewish Service Corps, and since then developed Entwine’s Learning Networks, bringing global issues to local communities. She spent a year in Israel completing a Master’s degree in Migration Studies at Tel Aviv University, while working with African asylum seekers and labor immigrants at JDC’s Center on International Migration and Integration (CIMI).

Before JDC, Shauna studied in Ghana, West Africa, interned at the Embassy of Israel, and was International President of BBYO, the world’s largest Jewish youth movement.

In her free time, you can find her hiking mountains, running along the East River, taking photos (@citysunflower), and gardening in a community garden in Harlem. The best advice anyone ever shared with her was Desiderata by Max Weber.

 

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