The AWWP Board

Dr. Patricia T. Morris, Board President, is Executive Director of Morris Consulting, an international consulting firm that builds organizational capacity for women’s rights and gender equality. She is an internationally known leader in women’s rights and development and a gender mainstreaming expert with over 20 years of professional experience designing and directing international development programs and implementing gender mainstreaming initiatives across the globe. She developed InterAction’s Gender Audit, an organizational self- assessment and gender action planning tool used widely by both international development organizations and several USAID Missions. Dr. Morris has designed and facilitated numerous gender analysis training programs and organizational gender assessments. She led an evaluation for the Royal Dutch Embassy funded program on Women in Leadership and Decision Making in Ethiopia, served as Team Leader for the USAID/Iraq Gender Assessment, and as the Senior Gender Expert for the USAID-funded Initiative for the Promotion of Afghan Civil Society. Dr. Morris was Executive Director of Peace X Peace and she also worked at Women for Women International, where she designed and directed programs for women survivors of conflict and war including rights awareness, income generation and microfinance program in Afghanistan. Earlier, she served as Deputy Director and Gender and Development Specialist for the Commission on the Advancement of Women at InterAction where she managed and provided on-site consultation, assessment and capacity building technical assistance to InterAction members on mainstreaming gender equality in programs and organizational structures. For the past 10 years, Dr. Morris has taught the Gender Analysis and Development course for the International Development Program at American University’s School of International Service where she introduces graduate students to gender analysis frameworks, gender concepts, and gender indicators for program assessment and evaluation.
Barbara Burtin, Treasurer and co-chair of the Fundraising Committee, is an investment analyst at Capital World Investors. She brings to AWWP a variety of international nonprofit and business experiences including entrepreneurship, management consulting, and business development. Barbara is French and speaks four languages.
Kimberley Heart, chair of Board Development Committee, is a nationally recognized business consultant with more than 25 years of experience. Her focus is in the areas of crisis management, re-organization, and succession planning. She is also a well renowned speaker, hosts the popular talk radio show Business with Heart, and is a published author and expert commentator for ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Alaha Ahrar is currently one of the Directors of International World Poetry, Canada, on the Board of Directors for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), and a writer for Peace X Peace Organization, Washington, DC. Alaha graduated from University of Mary Washington with a triple major in Human Rights, Political Science, and International Affairs; she also completed a certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies. She is multilingual and has excellent computer skills. She has had numerous certificates, such as Certificate of Appreciation in 2013 from Diplomatic Language Services (DLS), Arlington, Virginia; Certificate of Recognition in 2012 from the Embassy of Afghanistan, Washington; and Certificate of Excellence and Dedication in 2012 by The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, USA. She is a poet and writer and was awarded the Best Poet of the Year 2011 for Afghanistan and the United States in Canada. She was also appointed as the Ambassador of Youth and Peace for Afghanistan in 2011. She is interested in human rights, politics, international relations development, poetry, and public speaking.

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