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Board of Directors


Founder | CEO | Chairman, Board of Directors

Amy has dedicated thirteen years to giving voice and agency to at-risk and transitional populations. She served six years as resource and referral liaison for the U.S. Navy domestically and in Japan, where she worked with military families facing reintegration hardships after multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at sea. On the heels of the Afghanistan evacuations, Amy founded REACT DC to assist Afghan allies with their resettlement. She is currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board of that organization, which serves over 800 Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers per month. Amy is a practicing attorney and former federal law clerk for the Northern District of Florida, where she assessed the validity of prisoners’ last right appeals. She is also the author of The Parts We Lost, which she published on the eve of the last evacuation flight out of HKIA.


Treasurer, Board of Directors

Paul is a community builder who is passionate about helping drive action at the intersection of the public, private, and social sectors. He works as a Delivery Leader for Delivery Associates, where he helps governments and social impact organizations deliver improved outcomes. He previously worked in management consulting at Alvarez and Marsal, where he helped state governments manage operational crises and tackle financial problems. Paul believes it is the duty of those with much to help those with less, particularly providing welcome to refugees. Paul brings direct experience as a member of a SponsorCircle that helped settle an Afghan couple in the Northern Virginia area in 2022 with REACT DC as the fiscal sponsor. 


Board of Directors

Meg is an account manager responsible for overseeing EAB partner relationships with colleges and universities. She came to EAB after nearly a decade in higher ed fundraising, most recently at Georgetown University specializing in principal donor engagement. At Georgetown, Meg supported the fundraising campaign to sponsor students and scholars evacuating from Afghanistan in 2021. Her transition to EAB was driven in part by her commitment to building out access to higher education for underserved students, refugees, and other students in crisis. Meg holds a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Government with a Religion minor from the College of William & Mary. She resides in Richmond, VA.


Founding Member | Vice President, Board of Directors

Josh is a social entrepreneur passionate about creating regenerative solutions to the Earth's most pressing challenges. He previously served 25 years in the United States Air Force as a special operations advisor, pilot, and international affairs expert. Through his deployment experiences in Afghanistan, Josh is deeply immersed in Afghan culture and committed to empowering our Afghan allies to build successful futures in America.


Secretary, Board of Directors

Lisa served 15 years as an intelligence officer for the Federal Government. Her work included war zone assignments, one of which took her to Afghanistan. An expert in Middle East and South Asia security issues, Lisa developed a dedication to issues in Afghanistan and stepped up during the August 2021 fall of Kabul to support fleeing families. Lisa’s expertise and insights can be found in recent New York Times articles and a Showtime documentary entitled, “The Longest War.” Now a small business owner working in the field of family history and genealogy, Lisa continues to support newly arrived Afghan allies, helping them adjust and thrive. 


Board of Directors

Sunil is the Policy Director, supervising IRAP’s policy team and facilitating the advancement of IRAP’s systemic advocacy positions to ensure and improve pathways to safety, with dignity and due process, for refugees and highly vulnerable individuals.

He previously served as Counsel to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein where he focused on immigration matters for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also spent over seven years in various management, training, policy, and adjudication positions with the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, including as the Deputy Director of the Newark Asylum Office.  He was the Asylum Program Attorney at the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and an Associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

Sunil received his J.D. and Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University and is a member of the New York Bar.



Chief Operations Officer

Molly is a military spouse, mom, and social worker. She has spent the last 7 years working in various social work roles including child welfare advocacy, benefits assistance, community well-being support, refugee and asylum seeker support, and family services. She earned a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University in December 2021. Molly's understanding, experience, and sheer tenacity coalesce into an unmatched commitment to support refugee resettlement.


REACTlegal Director

Sami is a development practitioner with over 16 years of project management experience. His skills include supervising and managing staff, project implementation, advocacy and lobbying, developing strategic and management goals and work plans, and grants oversight. He previously held positions under USAID and USAID funded programs, including Provincial Implementation Manager, Project Manager, Provincial Coordinator, Activity Development Office and Operation Manager, where he implemented programs focused on child protection, reintegration and demobilization, women in the peace process, women’s political participation, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, education, and good governance. Sami holds a B.A. from Takhar University, Afghanistan, faculty of agronomy – Department of Agriculture.


REACTlegal Supervising Attorney

Alexa August, Esq. founded August Legal, LLC to help immigrants navigate our complex, asymmetrical, and constantly changing immigration system in the United States. Alexa graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law with a Juris Doctor cum laude and barred in Maryland in 2019. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a concentration in U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security from American University’s School of International Service. Since Alexa was a first year law student, she knew she wanted to become an immigration attorney. Alexa has traveled the world providing volunteer legal aid to refugees, including in Greece and Jordan. With a passion for travel, she has been to 13 countries and counting. Alexa met with Congressional offices on The Hill to advocate for Afghan SIV reform, beginning in 2017. Since the collapse of the democratic Afghan government in August 2021, she has specialized in immigration services for our Afghan allies. She also works closely with the Latin American community, having briefly lived in Argentina, and speaks Spanish. Alexa believes that the attorney working on a client’s case should be accessible. The close relationships she maintains with clients has been instrumental to achieving successful outcomes for her clients.


Career Pathways Program Director

Hasib Dellawar has a master’s of criminal law and criminology from Avicenna University in Kabul in 2019 and a bachelor’s of Political Science from the University of Pune in India in 2011. He has worked as a manager, community mobilizer, cultural advisor, interpreter, translator, Lecturer in university and teacher in Afghan and American companies over the last ten years. Hasib is fluent in Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Urdu/Hindi, and English. Hasib likes to travel and visit new places. He plays chess and soccer in his free time. Hasib was born and raised in the northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan where he also attended school.


REACTwomen Program Director
REACTsponsors Program Director

Allison lived the life of a military brat and grew-up all over the US and abroad. That sense of never staying in one spot for too long,  learning about different cultures, and being able to explore new places through travel sparked her desire to work overseas and with diverse populations. She has worked with several NGOs around the world to provide assistance to women and children, access to education, and lessons on women’s health. She’s previously worked in a refugee resettlement office and assisted with their women’s and cultural orientation programs. Allison believes in the boots on the ground approach— interacting with the families directly, building relationships, learning people’s stories, and making those personal connections drive her to keep going. She approaches situations with empathy and compassion, a willingness to listen, and grit so that she can support and empower those she works with. Allison attended James Madison University and studied International Affairs with a Concentration in Africa along with a minor in French.


REACTcore Program Director

Ally is a military spouse, family advocate, and substitute teacher in Arlington, Virginia. During her many years of activism, Ally shaped and developed policy for the Virginia Department of Education as part of the Military Child Education Coalition and was selected for U.S. Senator Tim Kaine's Military Family Roundtable, which informed the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on various issues affecting military families. Ally previously spent 11 years as a software engineer in the telecommunications industry. As a mother of three--including two children with special needs--and a survivor of 14 military moves, Ally more than knows how to be resilient, resourceful, and ready. She is a passionate advocate for both refugee and military families and has experience engaging public officials and senior organizational leaders, especially on issues related to families with special needs. 


Employment Director

Fariha is a graduate of George Mason University. For over a decade, she managed the administrative affairs at Northern Virginia Community College. Fariha is fluent in Farsi, Dari, Uzbek, Turkmen and she is also proficient in Russian, Turkish. She has put her language skills to use in her past roles as an interpreter and case manager. As a mentor to young refugees, Fariha leverages her past experiences to guide refugees and help them with navigating the American education system, both K-12 and college. Fariha enjoys taking drives to new places, watching movies and most importantly spending quality time with her family. Helping others and making her community a better place are two things that drive her. 


Communications Director

Devon is a former Army Signal Officer and current Army wife, Navy daughter, Air Force sister and mom to three wonderful sons. She has lived on three continents and all four corners of the Continental United States and believes strongly in Mark Twain's quote that "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." Since leaving active duty in 2010, she's continued to serve the military and wider community, volunteering for multiple army units, mothering groups, and spouses clubs throughout the US and Europe. She greatly values community and adventure, loves running and reading, and brings her glass half full enthusiasm to our team. She can be found on the sidelines most weekends cheering on her soccer and rugby loving sons and enjoys planning family reunions and friendcations with her loved ones that are scattered across the globe. Devon has a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University.


Hameed Parwana

REACTlegal Team Lead

Frishta Ansari

Application Specialist

Adiba Fazeel

Application Specialist

Khoja Shafiqullah Khalilzad

Application Specialist

Ahmad Tariq Nourzadeh

Application Specialist

Hashmatullah Rasooli

Application Specialist

Tahmina Farhangyar

Application Specialist

Fauzia Tamana

Application Specialist

Liza Sahely

REACTlegal Professional
Development Team Lead

Safiullah Delawar

Application Specialist

Hanifa Girowal

Application Specialist

Sayed Rahmatullah Moosawi 

Application Specialist

Mirza Rafat

Application Specialist

Paigham A Roshan

Application Specialist

Zabiullah Shirzad

Application Specialist

Mohammad Azrakhsh Zarghon

Application Specialist

Azim Warsaji

 REACTlegal Team Lead | Chief Translator

Wali Faqirzaad

Application Specialist

Lima Hotak

Application Specialist

Safiullah Noori

Application Specialist

Abdul Rahman Rahmani

Application Specialist

Abdul Rahim Saeedi

Application Specialist

Ahmad Parwiz Shiwa

Application Specialist

Key Volunteers

Caroline Bello

Employment Assistance

Kaylan Brett

Grants Acquisition

Sarah Hawkes

Grants Acquisition

Tomoko Kawasumi

Inventory Manager

Betsy Keenan 

Community Engagement

Kim Lundberg

Community Engagement

Kim Mestre

Workflow Specialist

Jackson Sepulvado

Youth Engagement

Kelly Smith

Public Relations Manager
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