Who are the people behind the Grandmother Project

Judi Aubel, Executive Director

Judi has 20 years of experience working with community health, education and child protection programs primarily in Africa but also in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Her training is in anthropology, public health and adult education. Her interest and expertise is in development of community programs that build on socio-cultural roles and realities and that empower communities to promote their own well-being. Judi has received several awards for her innovative work:
Thomson Reuters Trust Women Award -2012
Ashoka fellow -2015
BBC Inspirational & Influential Women Award –2016
Global Thinkers Forum Award  for Positive Change -2017

Board & Staff

GMP US Board of Directors

  • President: Carolyn Long, Retired Former Vice President of InterAction, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Secretary-Treasurer:  Lillian BaerRetired Director of ACI (Dakar, Senegal), Seattle, Washington


  • Judi AubelExecutive Director, GMP, Rome, Italy and Mbour, Senegal
  • Drew Boshell, Executive Director FINCA, Canada
  • Lynsey Farrell, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT, Boston
  • Jennifer Hanks-Allaire,  President, Allaire Foundation, Boston, MA
  • Mark McEuenDexis Consulting Group, Washington, D.C.
  • Lisa Schreiber, SVP NonAgency Lending, NewRez LLC, Washington, D.C.

Board advisor:

  • Banda NdiayeDeputy Director for Africa, Nutrition International, Nairobi, Kenya

GMP Senegal Board of Directors

  • Babacar Robert CisséPresident, Mbour, Senegal
  • Mrs. Bandé Sané, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Judi Aubel, Co-Founder and Executive Director
  • Dr. Rosalie Diop, Institute of Population and Development, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar
  • Dr. Marie Diop, West African Research Center, Dakar
  • Makane Kane, Retired UNFPA Representative
  • Dr. Banda Ndiaye, Deputy Regional Director for Africa at Nutrition International. Dakar, Senegal
  • Mrs. Angele Mané, Retired, Gender Advisor Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Khadidiatou Diallo, Sociologist,  Ministry of Education
  • Mrs. Marame Cisse Gonzales, Teacher, American School of Dakar 

Consultants and volunteers:

Imelda Kanyala, part-time Translation & Editing Coordinator, France
Laila Khrais part-time Communication Officer,  Italy
  • Larry Anderson, Legal Advisor, Lindale, Texas
  • Khadydiatou Diallo, Sociologist, Thiès, Senegal
  • Jitendra Joshi, Webmaster, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
  • Francesca LulliAnthropologist, Research Consultant. Rome, Italy
  • Angèle ManéGender Specialist, Velingara, Senegal
  • Tiziana MattioniGraphic Designer, Rome, Italy
  • Anneke NewmanAnthropologist, Brussels, Belgium
  • Hamidou Soukouna, Senior Education Advisor, Dakar, Senegal
  • Alyssa Rychtarik, Social Worker & Program Development Specialist, Dublin, Ireland

Volunteer translators 2020-23

Renée Barange, Sarah Brokshaw, Valentina Dibiase, Hermine Durand, Ima Hicks, Suzy East, Rebecca Jayne Kelly, Angélique Giachetti, Catherine Gustafson, Jessica Inman, Anisha Mangtani, Frédérique Marty, Kevin Marceau, Marie-Thérèse Maurice, Bonnie Miller,  Gill Navdeep Kaur, Charlotte Nicholson, Noelle Palmer, Er Min Peck, Julien Rouwens, Chantal Roy, Ivy Steele,Yvonne Tarabal, Pat Violer, Valerie Wadzana Garwe, Sheri Walters, Mary Wood Beasley, May Zreik, William Young.