Chair of the Board of Family Alliance
A passionate advocate for the cause of children around the world, Tom Lent is an unrivaled expert in international development. He has over 40 years of experience in integrated development and advocacy in human rights, gender, disaster relief, and education-sector reform. Tom’s vast experience includes serving as an adviser to the Ministry of Education in Guatemala; running an international project for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation on early childhood development; founding the “Social Movement for Child Rights” In Guatemala, and forming “the circle of learning on child rights and municipalities” in Central America with UNICEF, Plan International and national-regional NGOs. Tom speaks English and Spanish. He is currently a consultant and an Adjunct Professor at the American University.
As the former executive director of World Childhood Foundation, Charlotte developed and implemented scores of projects in the US and globally. She led all North American activities including advocacy, strategic mission development, endowment and budget management, and the nurturing of partnerships with national and international funders and partners.
Charlotte served as the key liaison for Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden (founding Patron) and managed the royal participation in the Foundation’s activities. In addition, in her role, Charlotte supervised and expanded extensive contacts with aid organizations, both global and US-based, and executed major policy symposiums and seminars to bring together thought leaders in international aid.
She brings an extensive background in project facilitation, fundraising, marketing, and relationship management and has an especially keen understanding of the importance of each of these components in a child-focused organization.
Charlotte has served as an advisor and board member for a variety of foundations and associations concerned with the well-being of children and families throughout the world. She has also presented numerous academic publications in the field of social work focusing on the welfare of families.
Lena, currently the executive director for the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) in Brooklyn, has more than 17 years of leadership experience in key, senior-level positions for regional, national, and international organizations in the areas of child protection, human rights and international development.
Her career has been focused on improving social intervention systems to protect women and children at home and around the globe with strategic effective programming. This includes establishing the first child protection center in the Middle East and the first Arab dual language public school in the USA, in addition to running the largest trauma-informed social services organization for Arab Americans, South Asians and Muslim Americans in New York.
Lena has had extensive experience working on issues of child protection and child rights in the Middle East and the USA – including being part of the team that worked on the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with the Arab League in the early nineties as an officer with UNICEF. She has also served as a program manager for international cases at the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.
Among a long list of national and international recognitions, the White House honored Lena in 2012 as a Champion of Change for her work on Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking.
A retired English attorney, Trevor has been involved in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and was Chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust (the UK’s leading HIV charity) in the early 1990s. For over 25 years Trevor worked for IFPI, the international trade association for the music industry and was its Director of Administration and Planning 1993-2006. From 2007-10 he held an executive role at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.