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....

Our US Team

Jessica Pham, Director of Operations

Jessica has ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in the areas of operations, fundraising, program management, strategic growth, and consulting for domestic and international organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in International Development from UCLA and an MPA in International Policy and Nonprofit Management from NYU Wagner. Over the past decade, she has worked with various causes that serve women across the US, Africa, and Southeast Asia. As a strategic and empathetic leader, Jessica is committed to helping NGOs build culturally-competent and dignity-enhancing services to women struggling with trauma and poverty. When not in the office, she enjoys cooking and hanging out with her husband and son. When in the office, you can find her making spreadsheets and drinking tea.

james vanreusel, cfo

James had an 8-year career on Wall Street at Banc Of America Securities LLC as a Vice President in US Institutional Equity Sales. In this position, James generated approximately US$8 Million annually by leveraging primary and secondary capital markets and building deep relationships with hedge funds and mutual funds. As a consultant with Grassroots Capital (private equity) and BlueOrchard Finance S.A. (asset management) in New York in 2008 and 2009, he worked primarily on fundraising and building proprietary portfolio and holding company models. From 2009-2014, he served as CFO at SPBD Microfinance, where he launched and operated 3 start-up micro-finance banks in Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands. He also created a network-wide holding company based in Singapore, growing the platform by 600%. James is a CFA Charter holder since 2009 and has been published in CFA Magazine on the topic of Microfinance. He holds a MBA from Rice University and a BA in Mathematics and Accounting from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Originally from Oostende, Belgium, he speaks English, Dutch, and French and is conversant in Spanish. He played Division 1 Varsity Tennis and continues to play competitively for the Olympic Club in San Francisco.

princy prasad, grant writer

Princy is a writer and an artist with a passion for justice. She graduated Hofstra University in 2015 with a BA in Creative Writing & Literature and Photography and minors in Art History and Computer Applications & Digital Media Design. Princy previously served as Nomi Network’s Sales Manager, coordinating and overseeing all of the organization’s production and sales.

Sweena Varghese, Director of Development

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. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Sweena worked for World Vision. 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. She lives with her husband Joe and their two beautiful daughters in Long Island.

Kelly gage, Senior philanthropic advisor

Kelly is an accomplished public speaker, educator, advisor, and philanthropist, with nearly 20 years of experience with foundations and NGOs dealing with human trafficking, public media, arts and culture, education, and community development. She is passionate about fighting exploitation in women and children. Prior to joining Nomi Network, Kelly served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Design at St. Catherine University. She holds a doctorate in apparel studies from the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in Art History from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. She has also sat on the boards of the World Childhood Foundation, an organization that combats the sexual exploitation of women and children, and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Aside from being an analytical thinker and an impeccable dresser, Kelly is the proud mom of two sets of twins.

jesse cherry, administrative assistant

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights, with a specialization in Women & Gender Studies from Columbia University. While on campus, he served on the board for multiple anti-trafficking and women’s rights groups. He’s passionate about alleviating suffering and enabling better outcomes for those who are in the greatest need, and exploring how he can do that at both micro and macro levels. Outside of Nomi Network, his hobbies include cooking and experimenting with spices, traveling domestically, reading philosophy, snowboarding, and playing board games with friends. When he reflects back on his life, he wants to have insights from as many sources as possible.

Janae Moodie, Donor Support Coordinator

Janae graduated from the University of Florida with her degree in Psychology and a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Science. She is passionate about women's rights and public health and feels invigorated by Nomi Network's commitment to the empowerment of marginalized women and children. In her undergraduate studies she learned about human trafficking and the global crisis that has emerged and felt convicted to serve to help eradicate its prevalence worldwide. Janae is currently pursuing a master's degree at NYU in Global Public Health to further her knowledge and devotion to humanitarian emergencies abroad.

 
 

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.


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!