Nichole joined IAVE as Executive Director in October 2019. Nichole has significant executive experience across environmental and social justice sectors and has led the engagement of a large network of global volunteers. Her roles have included Mission Director/Head of PR at Stonyfield Organics, International Director of Learning at Earthwatch, Senior Manager, Outreach and Mobilization at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Executive Director at Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Common.
At Earthwatch Nichole led the implementation of a citizen-science volunteering program related to fresh water across 36 cities globally, developed and managed a sustainability leadership volunteering program that built a climate leadership network of 1400 finance executives across five continents. Nichole’s role at UUSC saw her lead the design and implementation of a capacity building strategy for global social justice grantees, and train and mobilise volunteers for disaster relief in Africa and Haiti.
Nichole has extensive leadership, management, fundraising and communications experience, gained working with teams of staff and volunteers in different parts of the world. Importantly Nichole herself has been a volunteer for much of her life and partnerships building has been a common theme throughout her career.
Nichole holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Rutgers University and a Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
Kenn Allen works in support of IAVE’s various current and developing program initiatives and manages IAVE’s administrative services. He also serves as IAVE’s Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.
Kenn is the founder and president of the Civil Society Consulting Group LLC. Kenn has worked as a consultant and trainer in over 30 countries worldwide, helping develop organizational systems to effectively engage volunteers, designing and facilitating strategic planning processes and advocating for corporate volunteering. For eleven years he was a senior executive of the Points of Light Foundation, and prior to that led the National Center for Voluntary Action and its successor VOLUNTEER.
Kenn has been a member of IAVE since 1980 and served as its elected volunteer World President from 1996 through 2001. In 2012, he authored The Big Tent: Corporate Volunteering in the Global Age, which was sponsored and published by the Telefonica Foundation in partnership with IAVE.
Co-Director, Networks and Convenings
Marta Bruschi, along with her Co-Director George Thomson, joined IAVE in July 2021 as the Co-Director of Networks and Convenings. She has over 10 years of experience in the third sector working with international NGOs and European networks – African Foundation for Business Development, Euroclio, Euclid Network, Diesis Network, to name a few. In recent years she has led key programs in capacity building, leadership and peer learning for organizations like Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), to enable managers to grow in their leadership practice and ensure the wellbeing of their organizations. This allowed her to consolidate her experience in implementing pan-European community building strategies and networks/memberships development. She believes that connecting people across borders and sectors, as well as fostering those relationships combined with knowledge sharing, is the best approach to drive positive change.
Having worked and studied internationally, she built a broad understanding of different cultures. Originally from Poland, Marta holds a master’s degree in International Relations & European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. She is fluent in English, Dutch, Polish and also speaks Italian at an advanced level.
Director, Corporate Strategy
Lorrie Foster is the Director of Corporate Strategy for the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). In that capacity she facilitates networks of leaders of employee volunteering from major global companies. These include the Global Corporate Volunteer Council and the Research Working Group on Disaster-Related Corporate Volunteering. She also designs and chairs IAVE conferences and forums on corporate volunteering. Lorrie is currently managing IAVE’s comprehensive global research on the future of corporate volunteering.
Prior to joining IAVE she spent several years as an executive at the global think tank, The Conference Board, and was Executive Director of the World Trade Institute at the World Trade Center in New York.
Lorrie earned a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School and an A.B. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Jessica currently serves as the manager for network development, communications and marketing for IAVE’s secretariat team. She manages the strategic development, execution and ongoing maintenance of IAVE’s internal and external communication efforts. This includes management of IAVE’s websites, social media channels, digital and printed content, brand identity and e-marketing efforts. Within her role, she also manages IAVE’s membership programs and provides staff support for the Executive Director and senior consultants.
Prior to joining IAVE, Jessica worked as the marketing coordinator for a sustainability tech startup in Washington, DC. There she was responsible for marketing campaigns, web design, content marketing, client acquisitions, and partnership outreaches.
Jessica has a B.A. in International Affairs with a dual-concentration in International Development and Contemporary Societies and Culture from The George Washington University.
Research Project Consultant
Monika Krol is an independent Research Project Consultant and a recent addition to IAVE. She is part of the global research team working on an updated 2010-2011 report, published by IAVE, Global Companies Volunteering Globally.
Monika holds a Bachelor of Social Science from Ramapo College in the United States and a Master of Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. For her master’s thesis, ‘Small City, Big Town: The Role of the Urban Community in Seeking Salvation from Climate Change’ she conducted a 4-month ethnographic study aimed to understand the connection between local rural and urban sustainable initiatives in a changing environment caused by climate change. During her bachelor’s degree she conducted a 6-month field study testing various park waters for contamination and its impact on the environment, health and well-being of the Lenape Tribe of Ramapough, New Jersey.
She is a research anthropologist at Ruminate, sits on the Board of Trustees at the Meadowlands Museum where she also volunteers as a research curator and serves as Utrecht University NYC alumni ambassador.
Manager, Global Advocacy and Partnerships
A communications and social innovation expert with more than ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, Raaida currently serves as the manager for global advocacy and partnerships for IAVE.
Raaida is the Founding Curator of the Barranquilla Hub of the Global Shapers Community, a network of the World Economic Forum. Selected as a member of the Iberoamerican Leaders Program and the StartingBloc Network, she co-founded socialBaq, an organization fostering innovation processes through human-centered design methodologies. Raaida has served in the International Board of Directors of organizations like Partners of the Americas, a non-profit connecting people, governments and organizations across borders, developing lasting solutions to the hemisphere’s toughest challenges. She is currently serving as the Country Chair for Colombia of the Global Dignity initiative.
Raaida has an MSt in Social Innovation from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, an MA in Journalism from the San Pablo CEU University in Madrid, Spain, and a BA in Mass Media Communication and Journalism from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Senior Consultant, Volunteering Leadership
Wendy is the former Chief Executive Officer for Volunteer Now and has worked within the voluntary & community sector for over 25 years. She is a former Board member of IAVE and was Senior Advisor to IAVE’s major global research project on national leadership structures for volunteering. She has recently been working as a senior consultant to IAVE on a strategic developmental initiative for the organisation.
She is a past chairperson of CO3 (Chief Officers Third Sector) and joint chairperson of the Voluntary & Community Sector and Government Joint Forum. In 1998 Wendy attended the Federal Executive Institute in Virginia, USA and completed their Leadership for a Democratic Society Programme. Over the years she has represented the voluntary & community sector and volunteering on a number of strategic groups, for example, she was a member of the UK London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Advisory Group for volunteering and a member of the DCAL NI 2012 Leadership Group.
Previously in 2010 Wendy was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort and has led on the development of a Global Network of National Volunteer Centres. For ten years (2002-2012) Wendy served as a Board member for the National Museums of Northern Ireland. In 2001 Wendy was awarded the OBE for services to volunteering.
Co-Director, Networks and Convenings
George Thomson, along with his Co-Director Marta Bruschi, joined IAVE in July 2021 as the Co-Director of Networks and Convenings. He has a decades long career in volunteer development, including 19 years as CEO of Volunteer Scotland. His leadership work is grounded in the experience of community-building work he’s undertaken in challenging contexts, and a passion for the positive change that volunteering brings to individuals, communities and societies.
George led a successful bid to be one of only 12 Priority Partnership Areas in Scotland in an innovative 10-year regeneration change program in cross-sector leadership. He has a long track record in fostering local, national and international volunteering leadership and seeks to live deep human values in connection with others.
George has a law degree and a post-graduate degree in community work from Aberdeen University and is a volunteer cook.