Staff Directory

Anna Schowengerdt

Assistant Vice President for International Operations

Anna Schowengerdt (she/her) has over 25 years of experience leading international programs, teams, and functions at the managerial and executive levels. In her recent position as an Executive Vice President at the International Youth Foundation, Anna provided leadership and oversight to the organization’s global program delivery, new business development, technical assistance, and award management functions to support program quality, financial growth, and operational excellence. Previous roles at Catholic Relief Services and the Save the Children Federation included project management, humanitarian response, country office operations, and senior agency-level positions to drive revenue growth and resource stewardship, create and scale business process efficiencies, and achieve transformative organizational change.

She lived and worked long-term in Liberia, Uganda, and Iraq and has held short-term assignments in 11 other countries. Anna holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Whitworth University.

Herty Cortez Diaz

Director, International Risk Management

Herty Cortez Diaz (he/him) is a multilingual professional specializing in international governance, risk, and compliance. Herty started his career in Human Resources (HR) and has applied the knowledge of this field to improve organizational policies and design strategies for business efficiency. Since Herty’s start in HR, he has also gained experience in corporate and personnel risk management, finance, and procurement across Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Herty received his B.A. in Latin American Studies and Romance Languages from Johns Hopkins University. He continues to use his French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish proficiency to facilitate his personal and work travel.

Paige Baum

Legal & Compliance Program Senior Specialist

Paige Baum, J.D., M.P.H (she/her) specializes in nonprofit legal administration, compliance, and operational risk analysis. True to UMB’s social justice ethos, Paige enjoys applying her public health and law backgrounds to diverse global health initiatives.

Paige received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, her M.P.H in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health, and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA, and is licensed to practice law in the state of Massachusetts. Prior to graduate school, she served two years with the United States Peace Corps in Guatemala. She communicates professionally in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Isabel Nshimbi

International IT Manager

Isabel Nshimbi (she/her) has a long career in the Information and Computers Technology field and most recently as a Project Manager for ERP Implementation. Isabel previously worked for Save the Children, COMESA Secretariat, and the copper mines in Zambia. She has been involved in several IT system implementations of varying sizes throughout her career.

Isabel enjoys taking part in various sporting activities and recently took up karate lessons. She is involved in community service, and socially, she considers herself a conflict-free zone and believes in a win-win resolution of issues. Isabel received her M.A. in e-Governance from the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Richmond College in the UK.

Mwanaisha Rashid

International Human Resources Senior Manager

Mwanaisha 'Aisha' Rashid (she/her) is a seasoned professional in Human Resource Management in both the private and international NGO sectors. She possesses comprehensive skills across all facets of HR and Administration management and leadership. She is an expert in process improvement and effective cost-management solutions and is passionate about employee relations and talent management.

Aisha received her B.A. in Business Management from the University of Sunderland, UK, and M.B.A from CIM–The Global Business University, Cyprus. She possesses a Higher National Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Personnel Management–Kenya (now Institute of Human Resource Management–Kenya) and Professional Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources–International (SPHRI) from the HR Certification Institute.

Richard Nzinyangwa Tassini

International Senior Accountant

Richard Nzinyangwa Tassini (ADA) (he/him) has more than 13 years of work experience executing accountancy and finance roles for international nonprofit and private institutions. He also has experience in administration, procurement, logistics, and compliance. Richard enjoys seeing how he contributes to the achievement of UMB’s goals in international research and clinical programs in executing his role.

Richard received his Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha, Tanzania. He is trained on USAID rules and regulations for Grants and Cooperative Agreements.

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