Board of directors

Our team is fortunate to have stewards and servant-leaders from academia, research institutes, public and private sector entities who support our Advisory Board. We are opportune to have access to these consultants, educators, industry professionals, researchers, subject matter experts and thought-leaders to help the organization focus our energy towards implementing sustainable economic development programs. Collectively, this diverse group of professionals provide a mosaic of global perspectives and actionable insights that enable us to capitalize on innovative programming and partnership development opportunities to accelerate our core mission.


Vinny Garg

Co-Founder and CEO

Ms. Garg is a seasoned management consultant with over three decades of experience provisioning robust strategies to federal agencies and commercial entities to address a rubric of socio-economic challenges. She has led numerous transformation initiatives to address predicaments associated with emerging technologies, workforce transformation drivers and shifting educational paradigms. Her work spans a range of socio-economic, humanitarian, and international development projects. Vinny was recognized for her work in this arena by The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) for her outstanding commitment to improve the world through the economic empowerment of women. This prestigious award is granted annually to 100 women from across the globe who are acknowledged as change-agents for making a ‘tangible difference’ in their local community and the global communities at-large.


Michael Landry

Co-Founder and COO

Michael’s Federal government career with the Executive Office of the President, Department of Commerce, Department of Interior, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Treasury has provided him diverse opportunities to direct the transformation and acquisition of administrative and tactical information technology systems. His experience and knowledge of program management, operational, and technical aspects in this arena led towards his selection as the agency appointee representing multiple departments and international working groups. Michael has been recognized for his leadership, programmatic, and technical skills by being presented with the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary’s Award for Team Excellence; to include the Customs and Border Protection, Commissioner’s Award for Best Practices and Innovation.


MaryDebra Hester-Clifton

Learning and Development Officer

Mary is the Director of training for quality assurance and development. She oversees and directs the development and implementation of training strategy, initiatives, and programs. Mary is responsible for the design and implementation of the quality assurance strategy, knowledge management and performance improvement systems. Her vision is to align training and development programs to operational initiatives and strategies, as she designs and sets infrastructure of the training, quality and performance improvement functions. Mary is a creative, innovative learning professional with a broad base of practical people and organizational development skills, experience and expertise. With 30 years of experience in large global HR and L&D organizations, she enjoys working collaboratively to make a transformational impact in organizations that value people and learning.


Claudette Johnson-Berry

Communications Officer

Claudette has 20 years of program management, IT financial services and business experience. She has a passion for addressing issues related to women and socio-economic development and is a founder of the Living Dolls International Ambassadors program. By aligning with Nazakat, Inc. she hopes to leverage the synergy of purpose to provide women in need with access to personal skills development to foster fruitful results. Through the sponsorship of key programs targeted to women in developing communities, she will work to help design a framework to encourage women in Nazakat sponsored programs to boldly explore new horizons by looking beyond their present set of circumstances to find bright futures filled with an amazing opportunity.


Cynthia Izzo

Public Private Liaison

Cynthia is a Principal in KPMG’s Information Protection Advisory Services practice. Cyndi’s focus areas include information security & privatization, technology planning, internal and external audit, controls and risk assessments, project management, and business process re-engineering. Cyndi is a Diversity Leader for the Boston & New England Region and is a recipient of the following awards: 2011 ALPFA Excellence in Community Service; 2010 Color Magazine “Change Agent”; 2006-2011 Vice Chairman of the Board – Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; 2009-2010 Vice President Women of ALPFA; 2007 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40; El Planta’s PowerMeter 100: The 100 Most Influential People In Boston’s Hispanic Community; KPMG’s Chairman’s Award of Excellence for Volunteer Services in 2007 & 2008.


Dawn Rodney

Brand Marketing Officer

As a Chief Innovation and Growth Officer at National Wildlife Federation, Dawn leads and develops innovative market-based solutions driving both impact and revenue fueling the conservation work of the organization. She is responsible for creating new revenue streams, transforming current businesses as well as amplifying brand awareness, engagement, and action through marketing and multiplatform storytelling. Her portfolio of businesses includes Commerce, Licensing, and Publishing, including the award-winning Ranger Rick magazines and National Wildlife magazine. Prior to joining the National Wildlife Federation, Dawn was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand for the National Geographic Society. Dawn was responsible for leading the global brand, engaging digital natives across the world on all platforms, launching new digital products, and driving awareness of National Geographic’s science, education, and storytelling priorities.