Free the Slaves is thrilled to share the news that two outstanding individuals joined our board of directors this spring.
Carolyn Long is an independent consultant, focusing on evaluation, research and capacity strengthening to improve roles of non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations in development.
“I have been an activist all my adult life in the anti-apartheid campaign, regarding U.S. policy toward African countries, pioneering partnerships between U.S. and developing-country NGOs, and World Bank reform,” she says. “The mission of Free the Slaves is one about which I feel passionate, and being a board member would allow me to contribute to the organization based on my interest and my expertise gained throughout my career in international development.”
Mark Trozzi in an independent management consultant who provides interim chief operating officer and chief financial officer services and project management support and analysis to for-profit and nonprofit clients. He has served as an advisor to the FTS board finance committee since 2013.
“I find the mission compelling,” he says. “I also find the experience of working in a small nonprofit very challenging.”
There’s been another change at the board. Gregory Haile, who has been serving on the board for several years, has been elected as our new board vice chair.
“Words cannot sufficiently express the honor I feel to have been elected to serve as the vice chair of the board of one of the longest serving organizations focused on eradicating human trafficking/modern-day slavery worldwide: Free the Slaves,” he says. “Free the Slaves is the world’s thought leader in setting standards and expectations for the anti-slavery movement, and seeks to finish the work of the early abolitionists. Since joining the board, I have been face to face with mothers stricken with extreme property – beyond anything you could imagine in the United States – who unknowingly gave their children to slavers. I have had the chance to meet and spend time talking to former slaves – women and children primarily – that Free the Slaves had freed. The conversations were agonizing, tearful, hopeful, and thankful. I thank Free the Slaves for its ambition to serve and protect the world’s most oppressed people. I thank the Free the Slaves board for its faith in my leadership abilities.”
Learn more about our board here.