Who We Are



First Lady Advisors

We are proud to be joined by First Lady advisors. Current and former First Lady advisors act as mentors, and build consensus among participating First Ladies on shared agendas, action networks, and opportunities for global dialogue. Please contact us for a complete list of First Lady Advisors.

Our team

cora head shotCora Neumann, Founder

For nearly 20 years, Cora has collaborated with local and national leaders in over 40 countries to help them develop strategies and programs that improve the lives of women and families. In 2009, Cora co-founded the RAND African First Ladies Initiative, now the Global First Ladies Alliance. Most recently, Cora oversaw policy and women’s initiatives at Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for care. Prior to joining Care.com, Cora served as a senior advisor under Secretary Hillary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State, where she helped develop and lead the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, WEAmericas, Middle East Women’s Entrepreneurship Alliance (MEWEA), and the Secretary’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. Additional prior experience includes advising or consulting for the Bush Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Global Health Access Program, World Health Organization, Columbia University Medical School and the United Nations.

Cora holds a MPH in global public health from Columbia University, and a PhD in international development at the University of Oxford, UK. She sits on numerous advisory committees, including the Institute for Global Engagement, Asian University for Women, WIE Africa, the Millennial Trains Project and Advanced Development for Africa.

nicoleNicole Brzeski, Co-Founder & Executive Director

Nicole has extensive experience in the areas of public health, women’s development, and disaster preparedness and response around the world, including natural and man-made disasters.  She serves as co-founder and executive director of the Global First Ladies Alliance. She was the Senior Technical Advisor to the African First Ladies Health Summit in 2009.   She has previously worked for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.  Prior to joining the London School, she was a researcher at the UCLA School of Public Health and conducted medical needs assessments for schools in Africa.  Her previous career was in information technology and market research.  She has a BA from Duke University in International Studies and a Masters Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Public Health.

Smita Satiani has worked in women’s entrepreneurship, economic policy & development and creative cross-sectoral partnerships for over 8 years, currently serving as a Project Manager at Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs. At Ashoka, Satiani manages partnerships with American Express & Boehringer Ingelheim, working to source, fund, and provide leadership development training to social entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Previously, Satiani worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Initiative based out of New York City, managing an Entrepreneur Mentoring Program for women and minority entrepreneurs in partnership with Inc. Magazine. Satiani has also previously worked for the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, as a policy associate for RAINN (the U.S.’ largest anti-sexual assault organization), for a Member of Congress, and currently serves as a gender consultant for the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women. She has been featured on NPR radio and is a frequent women’s rights contributor to The Huffington Post and Forbes.com. She completed her B.A. in Criminology at the University of California, Irvine, received a Master of Public Policy at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, & Development, and has also studied at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.


Giulia HeadshotGiulia Marchiori

Giulia Marchiori is a driven and energetic professional with extensive experience working with public-private partnerships, corporate responsibility teams and philanthropic ventures. In her career, Giulia has led entrepreneurial teams to launch high-profile branded events and form socially meaningful partnerships. She recently founded Amplius, which advises nonprofit organizations and individuals on a variety of philanthropic issues and initiatives with a strong focus on convening for action and amplifying engagements through adding to exist work, instead of duplicating efforts.

A native Italian, Giulia has over 10 years of experience working in New York where she has held positions at The Wall Street Journal, the Clinton Global Initiative and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Giulia has demonstrated commitment to the importance of human rights and empowering girls and women through leadership opportunities, education and sports with organizations such as The New York Women’s Foundation and the NY Road Runners’ City Sports for Kids Track & Field program. Giulia graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in Comparative Literature, and holds an MA in International Relations and International Communication from Boston University.


LawrenceLawrence Ham

Lawrence is an entrepreneur with a background in tech, healthcare, analytics, marketing, informatics, accounting, law, and nonprofits. In addition to co-founding various startups, nonprofits, social enterprises, and initiatives, Lawrence advises innumerable nonprofits and startups. Lawrence currently serves on the boards of the Global Adolescent Project and the Global Health Review as well.