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Erin Saade Appointed President of AfricAid Board of Directors

AfricAid is delighted to announce that Erin Saade has been named President of the AfricAid Board of Directors. Ms. Saade has served on the Board since 2015.


Ms. Saade was introduced to AfricAid by AfricAid founder Ashley Shuyler Carter and saw, firsthand, the power of the organization when she accompanied Mrs. Carter to Tanzania in 2013:


“It was incredibly inspiring to see the impact AfricAid is making for girls and their communities in Tanzania. The programs, and the Mentors who support, challenge, and teach our Scholars soft skills that cultivate confidence, improve academic outcomes, and promote entrepreneurship and leadership are remarkable. Scholars take those skills back to the communities where they live, creating a tremendous ripple effect,” said Ms. Saade.


Ms. Saade succeeds former Board President Ben Strawn, who also joined the Board in 2015 and served as President from 2018-2020. He will remain on AfricAid’s Board of Directors.  


“I am deeply grateful to our outgoing President, Ben Strawn, for his thoughtful leadership during an exciting period of growth for AfricAid,” said AfricAid Executive Director Jessica Love. “I am equally delighted to welcome Erin as our Board President. Her passion for our mission and deep commitment to empowering young women to realize their potential will help take AfricAid to even greater heights.”


Ms. Saade is a graduate of University of Southern California and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She lives in San Francisco, California, where she works in asset management. 


AfricAid works to improve the standing of women in society through robust, locally-led mentorship initiatives that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills. In close partnership with our sister organization, GLAMI (Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiative), we support mentorship opportunities that help secondary school girls in Tanzania complete their education, develop into confident leaders, and transform their own lives and their communities.