Anna Msowoya-Keys
Founder & President
Anna has worked for the past 20 years to improve the lives of some of Africa’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Through project management with nonprofits like Action Aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, Anna has worked in Mozambique, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Rwanda and her native Malawi with refugees and others affected by armed conflict, people living in extreme poverty, and people living with HIV/AIDS. In recognition of her empowering work with women in Malawi, she was the first recipient of Whole Women Healing Award: “Women of Compassion Award for 2007”. Anna divides her time between Mzuzu, Malawi and Valley Cottage, New York, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
John Keys
Chief Operating Officer
John brings more than 35 years of international development experience to Maloto. John was recently Safe Water Network’s Executive Vice President, where he worked for five years. Prior to that, John worked for 18 years at the International Rescue Committee, where he led international relief and development programs and US domestic refugee resettlement assistance programs. As Maloto’s COO, John is responsible for finance and administration, and supports the President and Executive Director in program management and development. John lived and worked in Africa for 14 years, with extended assignments in Togo, Malawi and Rwanda. He began his international development career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.
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Mitchell Warren
Board Chair
Mitchell Warren is Executive Director of AVAC, an international non-governmental organization that uses education, policy analysis, advocacy and a network of global collaborations to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of new and emerging HIV prevention options. He was previously Senior Director for Vaccine Preparedness at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and also spent four years as Vice President and Director of International Affairs for The Female Health Company (FHC), the manufacturer of the female condom, where he led global efforts for an expanded commitment to female-initiated prevention methods. Mitchell also spent six years at Population Services International (PSI) designing and implementing social marketing, communications and health promotion activities, including five years running PSI’s project in South Africa. Mitchell is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the board of directors of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise; and Maloto. He has degrees in English and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied health policy at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
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Liza Nugent
Executive Director, Board Vice Chair
Liza received a Masters’s Degree in Global Affairs from New York University in 2017, with a concentration in Global Gender Studies and Economic Development. Her thesis, A Case Study in Gender Analysis & Development: Evaluating an Integrated Program for Women’s Empowerment in Mzuzu, Malawi, was based on research conducted with Maloto’s program partners in Malawi. Liza’s previous career was in advertising, where she was the Director of Account Services at the Arnell Group, with a focus on brand image for companies such as Bausch & Lomb, DKNY and Banana Republic. She also worked in publishing for W Magazine, both in New York and Milan during the launch of W Europe, as well as at Ralph Lauren in Paris. Liza has a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Government from the University of Texas @ Austin. She currently resides in New York City, with her husband John and two children.
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Claire Johnston
Claire Johnston is a partner in LOOC Art, an independent art consultancy. She has a BA from the University of Virginia and lives in Bedford, NY with her husband, Bart, and four children. Prior to moving to Bedford, Claire ran the trade show division of SIGS Publications, a publisher of magazines and journals for software development professionals. She is currently working with Campus Bound Scholars, an organization that mentors and supports first-generation college freshman to ensure they successfully transition to the world of higher education.
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Jacob Koshland
Jacob is an Associate at Pergament Advisors, a Private Equity firm which invests and advises early-stage companies in the health, wellness, and sustainability space (primarily food CPG) to help scale and build their businesses. Since September. 2014, he has served as the COO of Little Duck Organics, an organic baby and toddler snack company based in NY. The inspiration to jump into food space was a result of Jacob’s work with Maloto between 2012 and 2013 where Jacob and his wife Claire spent a year in Mzuzu, Malawi. Jacob worked with the women of Kwithu Women’s Group to launch Kwithu Kitchen, the first and only tomato canning business in Northern Malawi. Prior to Kwithu Kitchen, Jacob spent two years as an Operations Analyst at the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and History at Williams College.
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Phlyp Koshland
Board Member
Phlyssa’s career has focused on art and sculpture, but she comes from a long family tradition of philanthropy. Her key particular interests are education, social policy for poverty alleviation and environmental issues. She grew up on Long Island during the Civil Rights years, moved to Berkeley in the 1960’s and now divides her time between Sydney, Paris and New York. She holds a BA in Sociology from Harvard.
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Victoria Harmon
Board Member
Victoria is the Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York at the Executive Office of the Governor of New York. Prior to this role, she was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse in the Talent, Branding and Communications division and an interim Head of Americas Corporate Communications, covering Private Banking, Investment Banking and Asset Management communications in the region. She is also a member of the Americas CEO Management Committee and the Communications Management team. She has worked for Salomon Smith Barney in the Corporate Communications department in both their New York and Hong Kong offices as well as for the US Trade Representative, Mickey Kantor, in the Executive Office of the President of the United States and for NBC News in Washington. Victoria holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
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Shoshana Balistierri
Board Member
Shoshana is currently the Vice President of People, Culture & Social Impact for Indagare, a luxury membership-based travel company specializing in curated content and experiential travel. Prior to Indagare, Shoshana co-founded a female-led start-up in her early twenties before moving into corporate human resources. Drawn to Indagare for its commitment to transformative travel and the conscious traveler experience, Shoshana proudly leads Indagare’s corporate social responsibility programs where employees are empowered to actively give back to their local and global communities. When she’s not volunteering during her travels, Shoshana spends her time giving back to local organizations in the NY metro area. After a trip to Malawi in 2017, she quickly fell in love with Maloto, its mission, and the community in Mzuzu. Shoshana lives in New York City.
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Cristi Andrews Cohen
Board Member
Cristi’s initial involvement began in early 2018 on a journey to Malawi, where she fell in love with the Malawian people and the Maloto organization. Cristi attended Regent’s College in London and then graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Theatre and Film. She began her career as an actor in Los Angeles, before moving to New York to host a game show on Nickelodeon. In addition to her work in various theater, television and film productions, Cristi is actively involved in Opening Act, a non-profit after-school theatre program supporting NYC’s most underfunded and under-served schools. Cristi lives in New York City with her husband, David Oliver Cohen, and their two young children, Penelope and Hal.
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Meredith Brokaw
Emeritus Board Member
Meredith Brokaw has been a high school teacher, an author of 8 books on parenting (The Penny Whistle books), the founder of a store specializing in educational toys, and the author of a western lifestyle book (Big Sky Cooking). She is an emeritus board member of WNET.org and Conservation International. The mother of 3 daughters and 4 granddaughters, she and her husband, NBC’s Tom Brokaw, believe that everybody has a stake in making the planet a better place for future generations.
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Gina Paoloni
Emeritus Board Member
Gina Paoloni is a founding board member of Maloto and was also the Co-founder of U.S. operations. Gina helped founder, Anna Msowoya Keys, to build the organization’s U.S. board and oversaw all development activity—including the execution of Maloto’s fundraising strategy. Gina’s professional background is in business development, strategy, and team leadership and she has held positions at Indagare Travel, Equinox Fitness Clubs and Meco Sales. Gina is also the founder of GPG Concepts which is a business development and strategic planning consultancy that assists start-up to mid-size companies to grow and scale their businesses. Gina lives in Piermont, New York with her husband.
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Rose Allen
Board President
After graduating from Miami University of Ohio where she studied Psychology and Marketing, Rose moved back to the East Coast and settled into an Account position at a healthcare advertising company in NYC. While a great experience, Rose realized that her true passion was travel so she joined the team at Indagare, a luxury, boutique travel agency specializing in curated content and customized itineraries. After a little over two years of trip planning, she took on the position of Associate Bookings Manager and helps streamline the Bookings Department’s processes and the overall management of the Bookings Team. Rose has always had a passion for helping others and has done community service projects and work in Grenada, South Africa, Ohio, NJ and NY.
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Carly Addison

Michael Allen

Dan Androuin

Sarah Baroody

Morgan Bunting

Jen Carew

Madeline Case

Brendan Earl

Allison Gordon

Anna Johnston

Ben Koshland

Claire Whipple Koshand

Kristina Luckfield

Sophia Milan

Shay Nugent

Isabella Nugent

Michelle Reuss

Ben Rogers

Caroline Schoen

Adam Shepherd

Melissa Wasser