The Leadership Initiatives Team
Marshall grew up in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan and is the eldest of four, with one brother and two sisters. By the time he graduated high school, Marshall had come to strongly value independence and self-determination and knew he wanted to provide a good example to his siblings. He encouraged each sibling to seek out special interests and skills and to work to develop them. He urged them to set high goals and to work hard to meet those goals.
Marshall graduated with honors from American University in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both International Relations and Political Science, as well as a specialized certification in Leadership. During his freshman year, he participated in American University's Freshman Service Experience. The next year, he headed the organization, which maintains more than 1,000 members and employees, and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.
Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. After studying in the U.S., experiencing other cultures and communities studying abroad, and watching each of his siblings graduate high school and begin college, Marshall knew for sure that he wanted to continue to help people and communities on a wider scale; to encourage them to recognize and realize their potential, and to take it a step further.
Leadership Initiatives was created to empower men, women, and children around the world to determine their own futures, and to help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. It also involves students in the United States by connecting our future leaders with those in other countries who have discovered, through Leadership Initiatives' programs, their ability to lead. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses, raise over 1.5 million dollars for business creation in developing communities, and create hundreds of jobs-- thus affording parents the opportunity to send more children to school.
During this time Marshall has received distinction for his work with Leadership Initiatives from the Youth Action Network, the Starbucks Foundation, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation, and Georgetown University, winning their distinguished Outstanding Partner for Social Justice award.
Under his tenure Leadership Initiatives has grown its fundraising base tenfold, been honored as GlobalGiving's Best All Around Nonprofit out of over 5000 organizations, and received endorsements and partnerships with the past two US Ambassadors to Nigeria, the Embassy of Nigeria in the United States, Omnilearn, IFast, Siemens, the US State Department and three members of Congress for their efforts to develop communities across the globe.
Youth Development Programs Director
Jessica graduated from American University with a degree from the School of International Service. She has lived and worked around the globe for the past decade. She has designed new education curriculums and lead development efforts for several organizations including Leadership Initiatives, the Millennium Cities Initiative, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
Jessica has an enormous passion for helping provide change to those lacking opportunity. Some of her past positions have included educating Tibetan refugees in India, caring for orphans in Kenya, and fundraising for coral reef conservation in Indonesia.
She is currently working as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System and getting her masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Youth Development Programs-International Director
Umar Muhammad is a Cisco-certified Computer Hardware Engineer who serves as Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion for Leadership Initiatives’ (LI) Nigerian operations. Umar’s resume credits include employment with Maida Business Center (2002) and African Petroleum Business Center (2004). Umar also worked NITI Technology as a Coordinator/Instructor in 2005 and with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training/Instructor in 2007.
Umar joined Leadership Initiatives - Nigeria as Project Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2014. In 2016, he became Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion, overseeing the full scope of LI’s Nigerian office and its daily operations.
Since Umar’s promotion to his current role with LI - Nigeria, the organization’s national branch has grown significantly, becoming a locally registered non-profit with recognition and repute both in the Bauchi State, where it is located and more widely in Nigeria. Umar has guided LI –Nigeria in countless projects benefitting and uplifting local communities. Umar anchors the structure of the LI - Nigeria office in its administration, finance operations, personnel management, and the day-to-day running of all programs and projects.
Director of Finance & Information Systems
Amy joined Leadership Initiatives in 2018 as the Outreach Director, with a focus on growing and streamlining the recruiting and enrollment processes.
Amy has over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors, in roles ranging from Administrative Assistant to COO. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Later, she earned her MBA from Michigan State University.
Working in industries such as information technology, pharmaceutical manufacturing, public transportation, and litigation support has allowed Amy to see trends across industries, leading her to specialize in operational efficiency and focus, aligning processes with organizational goals, and reducing waste. Additionally, Amy has served as a professional development coach and led women’s leadership groups over the course of her career.
Amy has also flexed her entrepreneurial muscle, serving as an owner of a roller derby league in 2005-2006. In 2016 she served as the co-chair of fundraising efforts for suicide prevention, and served as a board member for a local education foundation from 2013-2015.
Amy resides in Michigan and is a stepmom to three student-athletes. She enjoys reading, writing, and planning family adventures.
Assistant Programs Director
David P. Weber, CFE
LI Law & Trial Summit Case Director / Goodwin Weber PLLC-Lead Attorney
In this role, David served as the SEC’s Chief Investigator and directed all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into fraud, waste, or abuse concerning SEC programs on a nationwide basis. David’s notable cases included reporting misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations. Mr. Weber now uses this skill set to assist and defend clients and to investigate wrongdoing in private practice.
As one recent example, in Winter and Summer 2018, David represented a key witness in the United States v. Paul Manafort criminal prosecution and grand jury investigations and successfully obtained full immunity for his client in exchange for his client’s cooperation and testimony against Mr. Manafort, the President’s former campaign chairman. Ultimately, David’s lawyering, in part, played a role in Manafort’s guilty plea in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Weber was a whistleblower who reported allegations about foreign espionage against the stock exchanges, and misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme investigations. He was terminated months later for supposedly unrelated reasons. He sued the SEC, claiming wrongful termination and retaliation against him for coming forward as a whistleblower. In June 2013, the SEC settled with Weber his whistleblower protection and U.S. District Court lawsuits by reinstating him and paying him $580,000, one of the largest federal whistleblower settlements in US history.
On July 30, 2015, Weber was recognized by six United States Senators and one member of the House of Representatives at the First Congressional Celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. Weber is now in private practice of law and is a Lecturer and Academic Director of Fraud Management Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In 2015-2016, Weber served as the banking expert who assisted journalists in reviewing information now known as the Panama Papers, pertaining to hundreds of current and former world leaders. In 2017-2018, Weber presented findings from the Paradise Papers, which has now implicated some of the largest accounting firms in the world.
In Spring 2017, Weber was nominated for the American Accounting Association, Forensic Accounting Section, Best Teaching Innovation Award, for training students how to prepare Reports of Investigation into subjects identified in the Panama Papers.
He is married to Julie Goodwin Weber, a tax, estates and trusts attorney, and has four children.
Dr. James Giordano
LI Neuroscience Summit Education Director / Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program
Dr. Abdullahi Kabir
LI Medical Summit Education Director / University Of Bauchi Teaching Hospital-Assistant Director
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD
LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology
Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.
Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Professor Stiles holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.
Jacob Arndt Ph.D.
Student Presentation and Communication Coach
Program Recruitment Director
Christopher Klepadlo earned his Masters degree in International Relations with concentrations in Human Rights and Democracy & Governance from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He also received BA degrees in Italian and Spanish from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has lived and studied abroad in both Italy and Spain. In Italy at Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio, he researched European and Italian National Politics. In Valencia, Spain he studied European History and Mediterranean Culture.
He previously worked for the Bank of New York as a Senior International Account Administrator. He has raised thousands of dollars for numerous human rights organizations such as the Red Cross and UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help provide for the needs of the estimated 59.6 million refugees currently in camps around the globe. In 2012, he was Galbraith Public Policy Fellow at Americans for Democratic Action, an organization started by Eleanor Roosevelt. Last summer he worked with different groups of students at some of the most prestigious universities in the country identifying and implementing solutions for international business partners. During the school year Christopher teaches Italian at a public high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he serves as the World Language Department Chair and Coordinator for the Academy of Global Studies.
Sarah Agar, MSW, LMSW
Outreach and Database Manager
Registration and Accounts Manager
Glory Nuhu Dadi
International Business Partnerships Coordinator
I am a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (BSc Geology), Diploma in Business management and entrepreneurship, Thinking School Africa fellow, Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow, leadership mentor and a coach. I am passionate about people and strongly believes in giving back to my community. Over the last decade, I have inspired both businesses and individuals most especially Youth. An award-winning Entrepreneur and Business Strategist with a passion for startups Development and Growth in Nigeria. I previously worked for the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce as a State Coordinator and have mentored several Young Entrepreneurs. In 2015, I
was the Human Resources Manager for Mckish Network.
WHY I JOINED LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
My passion is to not just make a living but to make a difference. I join Leadership Initiatives because I know with what they are doing, we can change the world one community at a time. For me, it’s all about Legacy.
Mohammed Auwal Yakubu
International Translation Team Lead
Auwal graduated from the University of Maiduguri where he studied Agriculture-Education (Double Hons.), he also has a master degree in International Affairs & Strategic Studies and a Diploma in Human Resources (HR). Auwal had worked with a multinational telecommunication industry for seven (7) years as a customer service professional before joining Leadership Initiatives (LI), he is a member of the "Association of Business Practitioners” (ABP), “Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI).
Auwal have attended several trainings/courses with various institutions/organizations such as; UNICEF, USAID, Global Health, SDG - Academy and "Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI) on; leadership, management strategy for people and resources, the Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace, Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, fundamentals of humanitarians services, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), etc.
He is currently the Program Manager – Nigeria for leadership Initiatives (LI)
Youth Development Program Coordinator
Rashida Abba Kasim
Student Relations Manager
Rashida graduated from University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry; she served in Government Girls College Bauchi, Bauchi State - Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Program in 2011. She worked with United Bank For Africa (UBA) as an assistant to Customer Service Officer in 2015 under Graduate Internship Scheme (Sure-P GIS).
Rashida's passion towards community development, rendering social services and empowering the less privilleged led her to join LI Team as Assistant Program Director- Nigeria
Student Logistics Coordinator
Tamar Davou Dinju
Student Development Coordinator
My name is Tamar Davou Dinju, I am a graduate of Business Education, where I majored in Management from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (A.T.B.U) Bauchi Nigeria. My passion for humanitarian development stemmed from my experience at Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), an NGO in Abuja where I served as a finance/administrative assistant in the year 2011-2013. I was involved in the forefront of project activities at various levels which include financial, secretarial, logistical and administrative work. During my national youth service corps (NYSC) in 2013/2014.
I served with Government Junior Secondary School Yelwa Makaranta Bauchi where I taught business studies as a subject according to academic curriculum and approved teaching plan. I started working with Leadership Initiatives as a volunteer because of the change and impact L.I is making in the lives of the people of the local communities, L.I is changing something in the world through its business creation and expansion programs and the orphan care program which is my particular area of interest. Currently, I am working with Leadership Initiatives as the Student Development Coordinator– Nigeria. I am excited about the opportunity to impact the lives of orphans in my care.