DOING OUR BEST SO CHILDREN CAN DO THEIRS

THE WORLD IS OUR FAMILY, AND ALL KIDS DESERVE THE SAME ACCESS TO EDUCATION AS OUR OWN

Chances for Children International (CCI) was founded in 2015 by the husband-wife team of Judi Garfinkel and J. Larry Brown, and their daughter Ariel Garfinkel. Both Judi and Larry have had extensive experience working both on pressing domestic and international issues that impact the lives and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable people, particularly children. Ariel has a background in human rights and has worked with domestic and international women’s organizations and immigrant groups.

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OUR PASSIONATE TEAM

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JUDI GARFINKEL

Judi received her Master’s Degree from the Boston University School of Public Health. She served as the Founding Director of Physicians’ for a National Health Program, a U.S.-based organization of several thousand doctors. She also served as the Director of kNOw Hunger, a national organization providing schools with lesson plans so children can learn the sources of worldwide and domestic hunger. Judi’s international work includes service with Johns Hopkins University’s malaria reduction program in the African nation of Uganda. Judi was Co-founder of the Center for International Learning (CIL), an Arabic language institute in Muscat, Oman, and from 2010- 2015 served as Associate Dean for Programs. CIL hosted university students from the U.S. and around the world, as well as staff from the United Nations, U.S. State Department, and various foreign ministries.

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J. LARRY BROWN

Larry received his Ph.D in social policy at the Heller School, Brandeis University. He was the Founding Director of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the prototype for the national Children’s Defense Fund. Larry has served the Peace Corps over several decades, first as a Volunteer in rural India in the late 1960s. He later served President Carter as Assistant Director of Peace Corps in the late 1970s, and then President Obama as Country Director of Peace Corps Uganda. Larry’s primary professional work has been at Harvard University, where he was on the teaching faculty, and also served as Chairman of the Physician Task Force on Hunger in America, credited with prompting Congress to rescind all the food stamp and school breakfast funding cuts in the early 1980s. Larry has founded  several programs and institutions, including the Feinstein Famine Center (Tufts University), the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (Brandeis University), and most recently the Center for International Learning in Oman.

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ARIEL GARFINKEL

Ariel received her Master’s degree in Human Rights from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in the Politics of Inequality, a self-designed major at Mount Holyoke College. Her background is in women’s advocacy and immigrants’ rights. She works with Girls Incorporated, a national girls' advocacy organization, coordinating college and career readiness programs. She is the author of the acclaimed book, SCOFFLAW: International Law and America’s Deadly Weapons in Vietnam.

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BORIS KEZIC

Boris is a Brand Designer from Sydney, Australia. Boris helps gym owners, nutritionists and wellness businesses build brands that attract clients and build thriving cultures. After meeting Judi and Larry on a trip to India, he offered to contribute to Chances for Children by donating his time towards the branding and website you are seeing now.

Boris enjoys working with clients who inspire him daily, and cherishes creating brands for people who truly live to help others. That’s why he often refers to what he does as 'good work for good people.' 

OUR ADVISORS

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DAVID HILL

CEO, DENTAL HERB

Dave Hill spent his senior year of high school as an exchange student in Bolivia, where he became interested in foreign cultures and issues of economic development.  He studied public policy at Duke and business at Vanderbilt.  For 30 years he grew a successful company manufacturing over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in Lancaster, New Hampshire, and he still owns a small business there.  He is a private pilot who has traveled widely and remains fluent in Spanish.  He and his wife Sarah split their time between New Hampshire and Florida.

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EDWARD MERROW

CEO, INDEPENDENT PROJECT ANALYSIS (IPA)

Ed is the Founder and CEO of Independent Project Analysis, Inc. (IPA), the global industry leader in quantitative analysis and benchmarking of project management systems. After receiving his degrees from Dartmouth College and Princeton University, Ed began his career as an Assistant Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, followed by 14 years as a research scientist at The Rand Corporation where he directed the Energy Research Program. He is a recognized expert on the development and commercialization of new process technologies and management of large and complex projects. His recent books include Industrial Megaprojects (John Wiley 2011) and Leading Complex Projects (John Wiley 2018). Ed’s current major research effort centers on a quantitative analysis of how contracting strategies and delivery systems shape project results. That will result in a new book on the subject in 2020.

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LORETTA MERROW

CORPORATE SECRETARY, INDEPENDENT PROJECT ANALYSIS (IPA)

Loretta has primary responsibility for invoicing and managing project accounts. She has been with IPA since 1988. Prior to joining the company, Loretta worked at the Rand Corporation from 1979 to 1986. She holds a BA in Spanish from George Mason University.

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RICARDO MILLETT

FORMER DIRECTOR OF EVALUATION, W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

Throughout his career, Ricardo has worked to achieve greater social and economic justice. A Ph.D graduate of Brandeis University, he has over thirty-five years of experience in evaluation research and program management at the community, non-profit, city, state, philanthropic and federal levels. A scholar practitioner who applies knowledge, data and research to better inform responsive programs and policy results for communities and funders, Ricardo has served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Senior Vice President of Planning and Resource Management for the United Way of Massachusetts, Director of Evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and President of the Woods Fund of Chicago. He has been recognized by the American Evaluation Association, the Canadian Evaluation Society, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, The City of Boston, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority for his outstanding professional performance.

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SUSAN ROSENTHAL

PRESIDENT, WORLD MARKETS GROUP

Susan is a business leader driving innovation and growth for small to mid-sized companies, Fortune 500 corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profit organizations worldwide. Her work spans 100 countries and has generated over $1 billion in new business revenues. Susan is Founder and President of World Markets Group, an international management and marketing consultancy supporting leaders in accelerating growth, maximizing profitability, and achieving industry leadership at all stages of business development. Client industries include consumer and B2B (Business to Business) goods and services, e-commerce, technology, financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and education. Susan’s former roles include COO at WealthBuilder LLC, Vice-President of Global Marketing at Citi, Vice-President of Marketing at ATT Wireless, European General Manager at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Marketing Manager at Colgate-Palmolive, Interim CEO at The Learning Accelerator, and Interim President/Board Member at Collective Power of One International. Susan earned her MBA in Marketing, Finance and International Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and BA in Economics from University of Michigan.

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