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Our Team

Africa Bridge’s US office is located in Oregon. Our Tanzania field office is located in Tukuyu, a small village in the Rungwe District. Meet our dedicated staff and board members below:

Tanzania Staff

Ponsiano Edward

Co-op Coordinator

Kelvin Ngonyani

Most Vulnerable Children Coordinator

Empowerment Facilitators

Femida Kapala


Daniel Joel


Julitha Mupwa


Tuombe lukunga


U.S. Staff

John Worcester

Executive Director

Reola Phelps

Board Chair, Director of Development

Sharon Brabenac

Marketing & Communications

Barry Childs

Founder, Board Member Emeritus

Board of Directors

  • Reola Phelps, Board Chair | President, Headwaters Leadership Group
  • James Lindsay, Vice Chair | Sustainable Investment Professional
  • Don Schmidt, Treasurer | Retired Partner, Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt CPAs
  • Laurie Cooper, Secretary | Africa Democracy and Governance Specialist, Counterpart International
  • Frank Brennick Jr., Lawyer | Strategy Consultant, Deloitte Consulting
  • Barry Childs, Board Member Emeritus | Founder of Africa Bridge, Retired, Abbott Laboratories
  • Baraka Mtunga | Techpreneur software engineering, UhuruOne 
  • Mathayo Mwakagamba, Consulting Architect | MWAKA Arch Consult, Chair of Africa Bridge Tanzania International NGO
  • Benjamin Pettigrew, Board Chair Emeritus | Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner/CEO Clearview Investments, Ltd./Crown Legacy Capital, LCC
  • Ashish Shah, Consultant Shah Patel & Company | Suntrek Investments Limited
  • John Worcester, Executive Director | Retired, Evraz North America

Africa Bridge Tanzania Board

  • Mathayo Mwakagamba, Board Chair | Architect, Mwaka Arch Consult
  • Alfred Mwakasangula | Retired Ward Councilor for Kisondela Ward, Region Government, Agriculture, Farming 
  • Gerald Mgaya | Entrepreneur, Agriculture Business 
  • Baraka Mtunga | Techpreneur software engineering, UhuruOne 
  • Kenneth Lema | Medical Doctor Government and Private, TZ
  • Lwitiko Mwalukumba | Medical Doctor in TZ; Masoko Village MVC
  • Max Clary | Founder Organic Route NGO in Uganda
  • Kelvin Mosha | TZ Lawyer
  • Angel Mwakasangula | Student in Tanzania