Nomi Network's Co-Founders

 

  Diana Mao, Co-Founder & President   
  
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     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.

  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!

 

Cambodia Leadership


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

Hom But, Project Manager

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

  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.

  Kanika Lim, Production Coordinator    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! 

Kanika Lim, Production Coordinator

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! 

 

India Leadership


 
  Irshad Alam, Production Coordinator    Irshad Alam  was born in Forbesganj, where his father was a tailor master. After completing school Irshad joined his father’s business. Ishard knew he wanted to do something different so he joined a private banking company as an independent agent for the two years, until the company closed. He again joined his father business while searching for another job. During this period he learned about Nomi Network, where he joined as field staff in 2014. His area of expertise is managing production. He enjoys using his tailoring background to help women learn stitching.

Irshad Alam, Production Coordinator

Irshad Alam was born in Forbesganj, where his father was a tailor master. After completing school Irshad joined his father’s business. Ishard knew he wanted to do something different so he joined a private banking company as an independent agent for the two years, until the company closed. He again joined his father business while searching for another job. During this period he learned about Nomi Network, where he joined as field staff in 2014. His area of expertise is managing production. He enjoys using his tailoring background to help women learn stitching.

  Shankar Kumar, State Program Manager   Since childhood  Shankhar  wanted to study social work, with his fathers encourangement, he graduated from Patna University of Bihar and went on to receive his Post Graduate at Visva Bharati University. In 2008 he became Program officer for Aide Et Action in Bihar. There he worked on livelihood education and training programs. In 2010 Shankar joined an organization where he promoted micro enterprise management and development. There he worked with a project for the Rehabilitation of Female sex workers. After completing this project he joined Nomi Network as a State Program Manager - Bihar, India in 2012.

Shankar Kumar, State Program Manager

Since childhood Shankhar wanted to study social work, with his fathers encourangement, he graduated from Patna University of Bihar and went on to receive his Post Graduate at Visva Bharati University. In 2008 he became Program officer for Aide Et Action in Bihar. There he worked on livelihood education and training programs. In 2010 Shankar joined an organization where he promoted micro enterprise management and development. There he worked with a project for the Rehabilitation of Female sex workers. After completing this project he joined Nomi Network as a State Program Manager - Bihar, India in 2012.