Board of Directors

ADI is governed by a Board of Directors that steers the organization towards a sustainable future through sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies. The Board also makes sure ADI has adequate resources to advance its mission. Our board meets quarterly.

Clare Karabarinde - Board Chair

Clare Karabarinde is counsel for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and a national of Uganda. Ms. Karabarinde represents lenders, equity investors, sponsors and borrowers in connection with the development, project finance, acquisition and divesture of power, energy, transportation and other major infrastructure projects in the United States, Africa, Europe and Latin America. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. In addition to English, Ms. Karabarinde is fluent in Luganda and Lunyankole.

Rocky Motwani - Board Treasurer

Rocky Motwani is a Co-Founder and President of Jiko, a new full-stack licensed player which breaks down the big banks one user at a time, leveraging an advanced proprietary node-level core architecture. With each signup, a new Jiko is fired-up, which powers the client's financial and data needs, privately, with absolute safety and efficiency.

Mr. Motwani previously held senior payment roles as a Managing Director in JPMorgan's Transaction Services Franchise, where his mandate covered the modernization of its corporate FX Payments business and globalizing its Escrow Payments business. Mr. Motwani is also an advisor to Veem and the Digital Currency Group.

Previously, Mr. Motwani was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. serving technology companies on strategic issues.

Rachel Barish Swartz - Board Secretary

Rachel Barish Swartz is a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Prior to joining the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office, Ms. Swartz worked at two international law firms where her practice focused on complex and securities litigation, white collar defense, and regulatory and internal investigations.  Ms. Swartz graduated from Yale University and holds a law degree from Columbia Law School.  Her passion for ADI's mission stems from her job prior to law school with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda.

Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark was introduced to ADI’s students in 2010 while traveling in Uganda and began volunteering for the program shortly afterwards. Inspired by our many talented and motivated children, she became the organization's Executive Director in 2013, allowing her to devote her full energy to helping our students achieve their dreams.

When her daughter was born in 2016, Ms. Clark decided to step down as Executive Director, but remains on the Board.  She is now the Director of Programs for SKIP of New York, a nonprofit that helps chronically ill and developmentally disabled children get the services they need to live at home instead of in hospitals and institutions. Ms. Clark received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Stacy Hock

Stacy Hock is a philanthropist, public policy activist, and business owner. She serves as Chair of the Board of Texans for Education Opportunity, President of Texans First, and on the boards of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Aminex Therapeutics, the Blanton Museum of Art, the McCombs School of Business and The African Dream Initiative. Ms. Hock is a gubernatorial appointee, serving as Vice Chair of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessment and Accountability, serves on Lt. Governor Patrick’s Education Advisory Council, and on TEA Commissioner Morath’s Philanthropic Council.

Previously, Ms. Hock served on the boards of City Harvest and The Bowery Mission in New York City. Also, Ms. Hock held senior management positions in the software industry, including running IBM’s WebSphere Software Services business for the Wall Street territory.

Ms. Hock received her B.S. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., and her M.B.A. from the University of Texas.

Ms. Hock and her husband, Joel, have been married for sixteen years, have four boys, and reside in Austin, TX. She is a 6th generation Texan.

 

Tracy Wei Joseph

Tracy Joseph joined the ADI board in 2016 after sponsoring ADI students for several years. Ms. Joseph has spent her career in the finance industry at Diamond Dragon Advisors, WL Ross, Goldman Sachs, and SunTrust Robinson Humphries. She is married to Jean Joseph and has two beautiful and energetic children.

 

Brian Moll

 

Brian Moll serves as a catalyst for collaboration among the nonprofits that make up the Rescue Alliance (a coalition of faith-based organizations that serve the well-being of people experiencing homelessness in New York City). His primary aim is to find and foster the collaborative work among the best agencies that are committed to ending homelessness in the city. Before launching this organization, Mr. Moll was the Executive Director of Defy Ventures (San Francisco), a nonprofit that teaches entrepreneurship to current and formerly incarcerated men and women. He recently returned to the city he and his family have called home since 2004, where he started Forefront, a multi-congregational church with communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Leadership & Culture at Fresno Pacific University.

 

Angela Speakman

Angela Speakman has 22 years of experience specializing in educational equality and progressive curriculum development. Her work is driven by her belief that education is a universal right independent of where a child lives, their socio-economic status, race, or gender. She first joined ADI in 2009 as a volunteer leading workshops,  joining ADI as a board member in 2013. Angela holds a BS in Psychology and Child Development as well as an MSEd in Early Childhood Education. Angela believes that an investment in education, especially in early childhood, yields boundless results both socially and financially for society, and she is passionate about being a part of that investment.

Get Involved!

Interested in becoming a board member? Email admin@africandreaminitiative.org for information regarding upcoming board vacancies.