Nomi Network's Co-Founders

 

  Diana Mao, Co-Founder & President    Diana Mao , President of Nomi Network, is an abolitionist whose mission is to completely eradicate human trafficking in her lifetime. A star of the global movement to abolish slavery, she co-founded Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about human-trafficking and creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk. Diana recruited the Nomi Network Board of Directors and Advisory Board, as well as established strategic relationships with large corporations while developing Nomi Network into a prominent international organization.  Many organizations have recognized the work that Diana and Nomi Network have been doing. In 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars program selected her for its inaugural class. From April of 2013 through the present, Diana has Co-Chaired the Nexus Human Trafficking Modern Day Slavery Work Group, an organization that has rallied millions of people to combat modern slavery. In her work for justice and freedom, Diana also writes for the Huffington Post, Reuters, and the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. She is a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow. Recently received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and Recent Alumni Impact Award from New York University.  Diana’s faith fuels her drive for justice. Her conviction stems from a research trip to Cambodia where she personally witnessed young children trafficked and sold. Convinced of the urgency and necessity for action, she desired to restore women and families to have self-agency and be catalysts in their communities. In response to this trip, Diana left her position as Senior Consultant at Maximus, Inc., where she had been instrumental in providing a business perspective to government health and human services agencies, helping to increase efficiency and revenue, as well as strengthening businesses and workforce development programs. She also was pulled into the Merger and Acquisitions team and was responsible for identifying and vetting companies. Her tenure as a senior consultant gave her the creative insight to see the potential in using business methods to address human-trafficking, in addition to how to minimize costs and maximize the use of resources while working for social change. She also worked at Renaissance Economic Development Corporation and was responsible for a small portfolio of development projects including revisioning and developing public space in Lower Manhattan.  Diana earned a master's degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in International Management from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and prior to that, a bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Chinese from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Diana Mao, Co-Founder & President

Diana Mao, President of Nomi Network, is an abolitionist whose mission is to completely eradicate human trafficking in her lifetime. A star of the global movement to abolish slavery, she co-founded Nomi Network, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about human-trafficking and creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk. Diana recruited the Nomi Network Board of Directors and Advisory Board, as well as established strategic relationships with large corporations while developing Nomi Network into a prominent international organization.

Many organizations have recognized the work that Diana and Nomi Network have been doing. In 2015, the Presidential Leadership Scholars program selected her for its inaugural class. From April of 2013 through the present, Diana has Co-Chaired the Nexus Human Trafficking Modern Day Slavery Work Group, an organization that has rallied millions of people to combat modern slavery. In her work for justice and freedom, Diana also writes for the Huffington Post, Reuters, and the United States Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. She is a New York Academy of Medicine Fellow. Recently received the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and Recent Alumni Impact Award from New York University.

Diana’s faith fuels her drive for justice. Her conviction stems from a research trip to Cambodia where she personally witnessed young children trafficked and sold. Convinced of the urgency and necessity for action, she desired to restore women and families to have self-agency and be catalysts in their communities. In response to this trip, Diana left her position as Senior Consultant at Maximus, Inc., where she had been instrumental in providing a business perspective to government health and human services agencies, helping to increase efficiency and revenue, as well as strengthening businesses and workforce development programs. She also was pulled into the Merger and Acquisitions team and was responsible for identifying and vetting companies. Her tenure as a senior consultant gave her the creative insight to see the potential in using business methods to address human-trafficking, in addition to how to minimize costs and maximize the use of resources while working for social change. She also worked at Renaissance Economic Development Corporation and was responsible for a small portfolio of development projects including revisioning and developing public space in Lower Manhattan.

Diana earned a master's degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in International Management from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and prior to that, a bachelor's degree in Business Economics and Chinese from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  Alissa Ayako Williams, Co-Founder, COO    Alissa  is one of the brightest young stars in the next wave of abolitionists. Together with Diana Mao, the two of them founded Nomi Network, a non-profit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. As Co-Founder and Vice President, Alissa has supported and overseen nearly every aspect of the organization’s functions, programming, and operations including the annual Holiday Fundraising Campaign, an event requiring both strategic long-term planning and the day-to-day coordination of volunteer crews. This campaign has grown every year since its inception. Alissa also plans and executes Nomi Network’s annual Fundraising Gala, a task requiring her to secure in-kind donations and matching grant opportunities, in addition to recruiting volunteer staff and volunteer media crew. Between the two vital events in Nomi’s calendar, Alissa also serves as Project Manager over the Ecommerce website, managing web development and web design teams consisting entirely of volunteers, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Nomi’s publication, the Nomi Wire. Her duties as Editor-in-Chief include managing volunteer writers, reviewing story submissions, and publishing valuable content.   Alissa has also done extraordinary work in the fields of culture and the arts with the Theatre Communications Group serving from 2007 through to the present in roles from internships to Co-Chairing vital workgroups on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as well as the National Theatre Governance Task Force. In her various roles with the Theatre Communications Group, Alissa has managed numerous projects, many of which had national reach. Alissa was also the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize for excellence in theatre at Skidmore College, and a two-time TCG Leadership University Grantee through the Mellon Foundation.

Alissa Ayako Williams, Co-Founder, COO

Alissa is one of the brightest young stars in the next wave of abolitionists. Together with Diana Mao, the two of them founded Nomi Network, a non-profit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking. As Co-Founder and Vice President, Alissa has supported and overseen nearly every aspect of the organization’s functions, programming, and operations including the annual Holiday Fundraising Campaign, an event requiring both strategic long-term planning and the day-to-day coordination of volunteer crews. This campaign has grown every year since its inception. Alissa also plans and executes Nomi Network’s annual Fundraising Gala, a task requiring her to secure in-kind donations and matching grant opportunities, in addition to recruiting volunteer staff and volunteer media crew. Between the two vital events in Nomi’s calendar, Alissa also serves as Project Manager over the Ecommerce website, managing web development and web design teams consisting entirely of volunteers, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Nomi’s publication, the Nomi Wire. Her duties as Editor-in-Chief include managing volunteer writers, reviewing story submissions, and publishing valuable content.

Alissa has also done extraordinary work in the fields of culture and the arts with the Theatre Communications Group serving from 2007 through to the present in roles from internships to Co-Chairing vital workgroups on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as well as the National Theatre Governance Task Force. In her various roles with the Theatre Communications Group, Alissa has managed numerous projects, many of which had national reach. Alissa was also the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize for excellence in theatre at Skidmore College, and a two-time TCG Leadership University Grantee through the Mellon Foundation.

  Supei Liu, Co-Founder, Vice President of Global Initiatives    Supei  is one of the founding members of Nomi Network, a non-profit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking, and has been instrumental to the growth, development, and flourishing of the organization. During her time with Nomi Network, Supei has launched field offices, implemented program activities, supervised product development, and identify job creation opportunities for the women that Nomi Network seeks to empower. Owing greatly to Supei’s efforts, Nomi Network has grown from its humble beginnings to a multi-million enterprise with operations in the United States, India, and Cambodia, which offer comprehensive vocational training and career pathway curriculums for survivors and at risk women.   Before coming to Nomi Network, Supei acquired decades of experience in the fashion industry. In 1997, she served as Production Coordinator for Spenser & Jeremy, Cable & Gauge. From 1997 until 2003, Supei was a Planner at Saks Fifth Avenue who launched Active and Yoga wear throughout the company’s franchises. From 2003 to 2006, Supei served as Delia’s Senior Merchandise Planner and benefitted the company enormously, boasting consecutive years of double digit sales growth and improving top generation by 5%. From there on, she moved to KH Studio Designs, taking over as director. During her time with KH Studio’s, Supei improved GM from 57 to 68%, implemented a tracking system, and built several new business relationships. Supei now employs those skills in the fight for justice, creating a more equitable....

Supei Liu, Co-Founder, Vice President of Global Initiatives

Supei is one of the founding members of Nomi Network, a non-profit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking, and has been instrumental to the growth, development, and flourishing of the organization. During her time with Nomi Network, Supei has launched field offices, implemented program activities, supervised product development, and identify job creation opportunities for the women that Nomi Network seeks to empower. Owing greatly to Supei’s efforts, Nomi Network has grown from its humble beginnings to a multi-million enterprise with operations in the United States, India, and Cambodia, which offer comprehensive vocational training and career pathway curriculums for survivors and at risk women.

Before coming to Nomi Network, Supei acquired decades of experience in the fashion industry. In 1997, she served as Production Coordinator for Spenser & Jeremy, Cable & Gauge. From 1997 until 2003, Supei was a Planner at Saks Fifth Avenue who launched Active and Yoga wear throughout the company’s franchises. From 2003 to 2006, Supei served as Delia’s Senior Merchandise Planner and benefitted the company enormously, boasting consecutive years of double digit sales growth and improving top generation by 5%. From there on, she moved to KH Studio Designs, taking over as director. During her time with KH Studio’s, Supei improved GM from 57 to 68%, implemented a tracking system, and built several new business relationships. Supei now employs those skills in the fight for justice, creating a more equitable....

USA Leadership


  Sweena Varghese, Director of Strategic Partnerships    Sweena  is passionate about seeing young people and vulnerable communities access greater success and resilience. Her background includes national event planning and management, experiential marketing and project management, fundraising, marketing, youth mobilization and graphic design. She has experience working with international faith based organizations such as Youth for Christ and World Vision, and these opportunities helped her to be selected to join several national teams and lead multiple missions’ teams to countries like Belize, Mexico, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.   She also become a content contributor and editor for various publications connected to these organizations. Her work executing awareness raising events and large-scale experiential marketing products allowed for over 5,000 children throughout Africa, India and Latin America to secure long-term sponsorship for their basic needs. Sweena graduated in 2002 from Hofstra University with a degree in Political Science, her husband Joe and their two beautiful daughters lives in Long Island.

Sweena Varghese, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Sweena is passionate about seeing young people and vulnerable communities access greater success and resilience. Her background includes national event planning and management, experiential marketing and project management, fundraising, marketing, youth mobilization and graphic design. She has experience working with international faith based organizations such as Youth for Christ and World Vision, and these opportunities helped her to be selected to join several national teams and lead multiple missions’ teams to countries like Belize, Mexico, Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

She also become a content contributor and editor for various publications connected to these organizations. Her work executing awareness raising events and large-scale experiential marketing products allowed for over 5,000 children throughout Africa, India and Latin America to secure long-term sponsorship for their basic needs. Sweena graduated in 2002 from Hofstra University with a degree in Political Science, her husband Joe and their two beautiful daughters lives in Long Island.

  Janay Nachel Frazier, Senior Designer    Janay  received her BFA in the Electronic Design and Multimedia program from the City College of New York. She is a proud creative of Nomi Network where she is living out her desire to design for the good of others. Her previous design experience includes working alongside art Director, Sarah Beddington on a window series created for PS 290, a charter school in Queens, NY. Janay was a finalist for the CUNY-wide Human Rights Poster Competition, for her poster One Body, One Race, Human. Janay’s favorite Nomi product is the Envelope Wallet.

Janay Nachel Frazier, Senior Designer

Janay received her BFA in the Electronic Design and Multimedia program from the City College of New York. She is a proud creative of Nomi Network where she is living out her desire to design for the good of others. Her previous design experience includes working alongside art Director, Sarah Beddington on a window series created for PS 290, a charter school in Queens, NY. Janay was a finalist for the CUNY-wide Human Rights Poster Competition, for her poster One Body, One Race, Human. Janay’s favorite Nomi product is the Envelope Wallet.

  Maria Dora Blackburn, Operations and Special Projects Manager    Maria Dora Blackburn  is an administrative advocate against human trafficking. As Nomi Network’s Operations and Special Projects Manager, she oversees the NYC office needs, fosters partnerships, and connects with volunteers. Previously, she volunteered with The Price of Life NYC, a citywide human trafficking awareness raising campaign, as Assistant to the Director. She is NYCUP Alum and formerly worked in vendor relations. Maria has her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. While in school, she founded Hofstra Freedom Movement, aiming to coordinate and equip students with resources to fight trafficking. Her favorite Nomi product is the Mermaid Foldover Clutch.

Maria Dora Blackburn, Operations and Special Projects Manager

Maria Dora Blackburn is an administrative advocate against human trafficking. As Nomi Network’s Operations and Special Projects Manager, she oversees the NYC office needs, fosters partnerships, and connects with volunteers. Previously, she volunteered with The Price of Life NYC, a citywide human trafficking awareness raising campaign, as Assistant to the Director. She is NYCUP Alum and formerly worked in vendor relations. Maria has her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Hofstra University. While in school, she founded Hofstra Freedom Movement, aiming to coordinate and equip students with resources to fight trafficking. Her favorite Nomi product is the Mermaid Foldover Clutch.

  Jessica Story, Accountant    Jessica  proudly holds a Bachelors degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Berkeley College and has over 5 years of hands-on tax and accounting experience. She is also an IRS authorized tax preparer and e-file provider. Jessica also has established her own business, Story Tax & Financial Services to give her peers and community affordable services to educate and aid them in Financial Freedom.

Jessica Story, Accountant

Jessica proudly holds a Bachelors degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Berkeley College and has over 5 years of hands-on tax and accounting experience. She is also an IRS authorized tax preparer and e-file provider. Jessica also has established her own business, Story Tax & Financial Services to give her peers and community affordable services to educate and aid them in Financial Freedom.

  Princy Prasad, Sales Manager    Princy  graduated Hofstra University in May 2011 with a BA in Creative Writing & Literature and Photography and minors in Art History and Computer Applications & Digital Media Design. She is a writer and artist with a passion for justice. Her favorite Nomi item is any and all ornaments, because they make perfect gifts.

Princy Prasad, Sales Manager

Princy graduated Hofstra University in May 2011 with a BA in Creative Writing & Literature and Photography and minors in Art History and Computer Applications & Digital Media Design. She is a writer and artist with a passion for justice. Her favorite Nomi item is any and all ornaments, because they make perfect gifts.

  Elisabeth Louie, Grant Writer    Elisabeth  received her Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Nyack College in 2007 and her Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Queens College in 2015. Coming from an education background that involved teaching Pre-K under the DOE for five years and teaching abroad in Zambia, Elisabeth never imagined working in the nonprofit sector. However, after four years of volunteering with Nomi (her favorite was the Union Square holiday market!), she decided to take a hiatus from education to explore how her organizational and writing skills might benefit Nomi Network. She officially joined the Nomi team in 2017 to establish the role of Executive Assistant, but is currently operating as a Grant Writer. Elisabeth loves all her Nomi products, but her favorite is the poncho in midnight blue because it feels like she's wearing a blanket at all times!

Elisabeth Louie, Grant Writer

Elisabeth received her Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Nyack College in 2007 and her Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Queens College in 2015. Coming from an education background that involved teaching Pre-K under the DOE for five years and teaching abroad in Zambia, Elisabeth never imagined working in the nonprofit sector. However, after four years of volunteering with Nomi (her favorite was the Union Square holiday market!), she decided to take a hiatus from education to explore how her organizational and writing skills might benefit Nomi Network. She officially joined the Nomi team in 2017 to establish the role of Executive Assistant, but is currently operating as a Grant Writer. Elisabeth loves all her Nomi products, but her favorite is the poncho in midnight blue because it feels like she's wearing a blanket at all times!

 
 

India Leadership


 

Henry Kathan, Country Director

Henry is a non-profit executive, a people manager, and a strategist. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Henry worked for Compassion International for 14 years, managing Compassion’s 13 state programs in East India, a $20 million initiative serving 68,000 children in 268 centers through partner NGOs. Henry is passionate about building individuals and organizations release their full potential and increase their effectiveness. He has expertise in strategy development and change management for both individuals and organizations. He believes that individuals and communities need a wide diversity of experiences and broad options of expression to thrive and achieve their potential.

Shankar Kumar, Program Manager - Bihar State

Shankar specializes in rural and institutional development and management. He joined Nomi Network as State Program Manager in 2012, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge in the areas of micro-enterprise development and management, market surveys and assessments, feasibility studies, business planning, skills training, and capacity building support to beneficiaries and NGO staff. Prior to joining Nomi Network, he worked for multiple NGOs managing projects on women’s empowerment, education of girls, migrant worker rights, gender-based violence, and the rehabilitation of female sex workers. Shankar received a bachelor’s degree in Business from Patna University in Bihar and a postgraduate degree in Rural Development from Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. He also completed a Management and Development program for development professionals at Columbia University in New York City.

Pramod Nag, Program Manager - West Bengal and Odisha States

Pramod has over 16 years of experience with social welfare organizations, including Compassion International East India, World Vision India, and International Justice Mission. He specializes in creating and implementing high impact programs to benefit women and children; during his time with Compassion East India, he supervised over 80 such projects. Pramod’s approach to program development involves combining effective supporting research with strong communication and leadership. Pramod holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, graduating with Honors from Berharmpur University. He completed a postgraduate course in Applied Computer Science at Computer Maintenance Corporation of Kolkata, and holds a diploma in Rural Development and Management from the Center for Research on New International Economic Order in Chennai, India. He speaks English, Hindi, Odiya, and Bengali.

Arnab Mandal, Partnerships Manager

Arnab is a development professional with 12 years of experience and a proven track record of developing and managing innovative beneficiary and community development programs. He demonstrates an in-depth understanding of program management, including developing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating community development programs. Arnab exhibits strengths in networking, communication, proposal writing, and the ability to work effectively in a team, including cross-cultural teams. Arnab holds a Master of Social Work from Vinayaka Mission University and a Bachelor of Science from Calcutta University. He has completed courses in community health and development from the Comprehensive Rural Health Project, the Global Health e-Learning Center in association with USAID and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Institute of Health Management in Pachod, Maharashtra. Additionally, Arnab holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Promotion, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Nutrition, both from the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) in Delhi.

Debashis Mondal, Project Manager

Debashis specializes in high-end networking and system administration, especially in creating innovative and effective solutions to contribute towards the growth of an organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from the Gurudas College of the University of Calcutta, a Master of Divinity from the Calcutta Bible College, and a Master of Social Work from Pune University. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Debashis worked as the Partnership Facilitator at Compassion International East India, where he identified and supported the needs of children and met their social, physical, cognitive, and spiritual needs; raised awareness about the children’s situations, targeting those with influence; monitored the growth of the children in the program; and managed the progress and capacity building of partner organizations.

Irshad Alam, Production Supervisor

Irsha Alam received a bachelor of arts degree from Bhupendra Narayan Mandal University in Madhepura, Bihar, India. He additionally passed the Commerce exam of the Bihar School Examination Board, and holds a diploma in Computer Application. His skills include pattern making, sourcing materials, executing effective field and home visits, holding monthly meetings, creating a positive and productive team dynamic, and documenting and reporting production.



Cambodia Leadership

 

 

Hom But, Program Manager

Hom’s passion is to help women and their children live free from trafficking and become financially independent through training and job creation. He has eight years of expertise in project management, social work, counseling, monitoring and evaluation, as well as organizational development. Hom received his Bachelor of Accounting in Business Administration from the National University of Management and his Master’s in Development Management, specializing in community/rural development, from Norton University in Phnom Penh City. Hom received the Mara Schneiders Award for top supervisors from the Social Work Department of Royal University, Phnom Penh.

Kanika Lim, Production Associate

Kanika is the first in her family to receive a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters of General Management from Royal University of Law and Economics. She has previously worked with victims of exploitation and desires to continue to help others through her business skills. Since starting with Nomi Network in 2016, she has developed and grown in her area of expertise. Her favorite Nomi product is the Geo Backpack for the color, shape, and design!