Marga C. Fripp
Founder & Chief Visionary
Marga Fripp, the Founder and President of Empowered Women International, is an art marketing coach, journalist and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in managing non-profits, marketing, art management, media relations, gender and entrepreneurial development. She has a passion for empowering women to make a living from their work and thrive as leaders, educators, global citizens and entrepreneurs.Click here to read more about Marga.
You can contact Marga through email at MargaCFripp@gmail.com
Mary Louise Marino
Director of Operations & Outreach
Mary brings a diverse range of professional, academic, overseas, and artistic experience to her position as Program Manager for EWI. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the School of International Training. Peace Corps led to her to Romania where she completed her master’s thesis and was a volunteer in non-profit capacity building. Prior to joining the team at EWI she was marketing coordinator for a digital type design studio based in Boston. She studied graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lettering design at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. Click here to read more about Mary.
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Director of Business Development
Shirah Cohen is an accomplished, results-driven, entrepreneurial leader with a successful track record of growing organizations through strategic partnerships and innovative business initiatives. She was the public face of her company and designed and presented national educational webinars and served as a guest speaker at entrepreneurship forums. Shirah has multi-sector experience in corporate, government, and non-profit sectors, and embraces the opportunity to leverage her business experience through a non-profit that provides economic opportunity to women. She has worked at a number of start-up organizations as well as large established companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson NETg. Click here to read more about Shirah.
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Alexia Muchisu Wendel
Director of Programs
Alexia Muchisu Wendel is passionate about working with marginalized communities in various capacities and helping such groups succeed. A native of Kakamega Kenya, one of 10 children raised by a widowed mother, Alexia has always held a strong belief in the value of educating, training and empowering girl children and women. Alexia joined EWI as a volunteer and now holds the Entrepreneurship Coach and Program Manager Position. She has a diverse academic and professional background in International Development including work in program management, curriculum development and entrepreneurship as a means of peace and reconciliation. Click here to read more about Alexia.
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Originally from Ethiopia, Hanna Yamir is a returning Part time Program Associate. While in Ethiopia she began working as administrative assistant and librarian for the Italian State High School, gaining experience in office administration, library management, and translation services for the bureaucratic relations between the Ethiopian and Italian Governments. Hanna also worked for St. Mary’s Orphanage in Addis Ababa, helping organize and promote long distance adoptions, which motivated her pursue a career within the non-profit developmental sector. Click here to read more about Hanna.
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EWI Graduate and ETS Trainer
Sharmila Karamchandani, an Indian-born artist and graphic designer has passion for working in arts education and community non-profits. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with an M.F.A in Graphic Design in 2002. In Fall of 2006 Sharmila encountered Empowered Women International and largely credits the organization for her successful career in the US. Click here to read more about Sharmila.
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INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS
Program Associate Intern
Kim Booher is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where she studied Anthropology, French and Social Justice. During an internship with a small NGO in rural Senegal, Kim’s passion for social justice and global issues grew immensely. Since graduation, Kim has been working as a community organizer for the Student & Community Relations department for Minnesota. Kim hopes to bring her program management skills and her passion for social justice together to foster respectful and healthy communities, which brought her to an internship with Empowered Women International. Click here to read more about Kim.
Program Associate Intern
Mona is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in History. UVA was a great place to learn about minority issues. Mona was involved with minority groups on campus, serving as the publicity chair for the Muslim Students Association. She also tutored students at the Islamic Study Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the students were often the children of refugees and recent immigrants. Click here to read more about Mona.
Community Partnership Intern
Tatiana is a senior at Lock Haven University of Pa and will be graduating this fall with a BA in International Studies and a BA in Spanish. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica and in the Yucatan, Mexico. Both experiences have helped her engage with people of diverse backgrounds as well as understand more about their norms, customs, and cultural values. Click here to read more about Tatiana.
Non-Profit Management Intern
Brenda is currently finishing her last semester at George Mason University, where she is studying Economics with a minor in International and Comparative studies. She is originally from Cote D’Ivoire but moved to France, then the USA during her adolescence. Being exposed to different cultures, political conditions and economic backgrounds while growing up, she is able to relate to clients and thus provide a helpful and innovative hand to the organization. Click here to read more about Brenda.
Marketing & Communications Intern.
Ciara Salg is an enthusiastic, interested, and passionate intern and student with a strong international background acquired through growing up in over 6 countries. She is currently majoring in communications at The American University in Washington, DC. Through interning as EWI’s Marketing and Communications Intern, Ciara hopes to explore and develop her further academic and career goals. Click here to read more about Ciara
Rukia Malipula is a native of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, where she attended Mzumbe University for undergraduate studies. Rukia also has Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Technology Management with a specialization in Project Management from University of Maryland University College. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Management with a concentration in Finance at Walden University. Rukia is passionate in helping other women succeed because she knows all too well the struggles of being a single mother, an immigrant and low income. Click here to read more about Rukia.
Graphic Design & Website Maintenance
Mariana was born in Mexico City. She earned a BA in Graphic Communication Design in 2000 from Metropolitan Autonomous University (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana) in Mexico City. In 2002 she took a class in VCU in Web Design using the Adobe Web Suite and also did a volunteer poster design for Women’s Health Network. She moved to Washington, DC in 2007. Mariana completed a Certificate Program of Web Design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in May 2012 after one year of study. Mariana joined EWI at the end of November 2012. Click here to read more about Mariana.