Meet the Street Child team
We are always interested in hearing from passionate, engaged US individuals with all kinds of connections and experiences, who are considering joining Street Child's Board of Directors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Anna Bowden, CEO and Chair
Originally from the UK, Street Child US CEO Anna Bowden now lives in Berkeley, California. Former Head of Fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Charities in the UK, she has also worked as a communications and development specialist for both UK and US nonprofit organizations, and as a journalist for national UK media. She feels passionately about making education accessible to the world’s most vulnerable children, and launched Street Child US as a start-up in 2015. www.linkedin.com/in/bowdenanna
Sebastian Vollering, Vice-Chair
Sebastian is a first-generation American (with roots in the Netherlands), who was born and raised in California and studied industrial engineering, economics, and global poverty at Berkeley. For almost a decade, he has advised global executive clients in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors on the strategic and operational issues facing their very large organizations. One of his favorite clients was a development organization based in London with operations in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Rwanda. Sebastian aims to use his skill set to help scale Street Child further to enable even more impact. www.linkedin.com/in/sebastianvollering
Deida Garcia, Treasurer
Deida is currently Recruiter and Head of Refugee Initiatives at Starbucks. She is a first generation Mexican American, born and raised to immigrant parents in California. She attributes all of her success to her access to education. Prior to starting her coffee journey with Starbucks Company as a Corporate Recruiter, Deida taught 4th & 5th graders in San Francisco, California. She brings the same enthusiasm for attracting talent that made her successful in various management positions for corporate organizations. Her passion for financial freedom for underrepresented communities stems from her personal experiences. Deida looks forward to evolving her involvement with Street Child while contributing to a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Tucker Malarkey, Secretary
Tucker Malarkey started her career at The Washington Post, where she spent four years working on the Foreign Desk and then at the Brookings Institute working with columnist Haynes Johnson on the book, Sleepwalking Through History, a best-selling account of the Reagan years. She then traveled to Africa for three months, and stayed for over two years, teaching school children on an island off the coast of Kenya and in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. Upon returning to America, she was admitted to the Iowa Writers Workshop and has since published novels to critical acclaim. A founding editor of Tin House Literary magazine, she has also worked as a teacher, editor, and film doctor. She is currently finishing her first non-fiction book, to be published in 2018. Tucker brings her passion for education, story-telling and the people of Africa to Street Child, where she hopes to contribute to the organization's expansion in the U.S.
Kelfa Kargbo, Head of Sierra Leone programs
'Two days into my honeymoon in June 2000, I got the call that would make my dream of serving vulnerable children come true. Hundreds of children were trapped behind enemy lines during the ten- senseless year rebel war in my country, Sierra Leone. The charity I was working for was looking someone to go and rescue these children and bring them to the safety of the capital city of Freetown. No one was ready to take the risk because if you ran out of luck you were either shot on sight or maimed. I discussed this with my new wife and my parents, because I felt compelled to go and rescue these children. My wife and my mother were not in support, but my father being a pastor said quietly ‘If this is the price we as a family will have to pay to bring these children to safety so be it’. Since then I have never doubted it was the right sacrifice to make, to bring smiles to the faces of children who would have otherwise have nothing. With all these experiences I still love my job and will always love my job as a child protection officer.'
Dr. Scott Morehouse MD, Director
Dr. Scott Morehouse is a UCSF-trained Internist practicing Hospital Medicine at John Muir Medical Center in Northern California, where he also served as the Director of Continuing Medical Education. He earned his bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley in Econometrics/Pre-Med and his MD from Tulane University Medical School. He also chairs the board of TryThisFirst, Inc, a company he founded and makers of the clEARpop. Scott was honored to be invited onto the board of Street Child U.S. as he has a keen interest in bringing medical education to those who lack access.
Dylan Kohler, Director
Dylan Kohler studied computer science and creative writing at Stanford University, and screenwriting at the American Film Institute. He was the first technology hire for DreamWorks Animation, where he served as Co-Head of Technology, and won an Academy Award for helping bring animation into the digital age at Disney. He spent part of his childhood abroad, traveled extensively, and a formative year in equatorial Africa still helps fuel his desire for social and economic justice. Dylan aims to draw on his experience in technology and storytelling to help Street Child grow.
Tom Dannatt, Founder and UK CEO
Along with his wife Lucinda, Tom founded Street Child in 2008 after visiting Sierra Leone. Since then he has overseen its development from a small start-up nonprofit with a single program for 100 children in Northern Sierra Leone, to its current incarnation supporting 200,000 children across 10 countries worldwide, with annual income exceeding $5m. The organization has an excellent external reputation among other NGOs, program evaluators such as Innovations for Poverty Action, and the public. It also has a diverse supporter and funding base spanning international governments including the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) and the US’s USAID, UN agencies, corporations, foundations, and private individuals.
Tom visits the field most months and is a lead contributor to Street Child’s fundraising and media efforts. He is a frequent media commentator on the challenges faced by the countries where Street Child works, especially Sierra Leone and Liberia, and on the impact of Ebola. He has given interviews to mainstream BBC, CNN, and Sky news programs as well as to many niche outlets, and has written comment pieces for all the largest UK national newspapers. In late 2017 Tom oversaw Street Child’s takeover of a UK nonprofit doing very similar work: Children in Crisis, launched in 1993 by former British Royal family member Sarah, Duchess of York. He now works closely with the Duchess to develop new programs which reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable out-of-school children. Tom has a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the prestigious London School of Economics, and is a qualified attorney. He and Lucinda have four young sons. www.linkedin.com/in/tom-dannatt-972454138
Sarah, Duchess of York, Founder Patron
Street Child’s Founder Patron is Sarah, Duchess of York, and our Global Ambassadors are her daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.