NORTH AMERICA TEAM
Based out of Oakland, California, this team is composed of local and virtual members with expertise in Programs, Finance, Marketing, Events, and Administrative work.
COLIN HIGGINS, Chairman
Colin is the President of Golub Group, which provides institutional grade investment management to high-net worth individuals, registered investment advisors, foundations and select institutional investors.
He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a Bachelor of Arts where he was a team captain and an All-American lacrosse player. Colin is drawn to support AAF mission because of his belief that education has the power to transform, empower and strengthen our global community.
MARK NEWTON, Vice-Chairman
Mark has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and is a recently retired executive from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he has worked for nearly 38 years. He is currently working for a Boston based Start- up company and spending more time enjoying technical contributions to global needs.
Mark has supported both the development and implementation of projects in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as helping to develop the basic business tools needed to operate the organization in the United States.
HEATHER NEWLIN, Board Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer
Leadership focused P&L executive with experience across intelligence, defense and federal markets in US and UK. Portfolio management experience of $175+M annual portfolio with 300+ people. Majority of experience in systems development and integration with most recent experience in products, services and enterprise IT.
Heathers past experience as a Director at Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global security company providing innovative solutions to government and commercial customers worldwide. Heather holds a bachelors in electrical engineering from Purdue University, a masters in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Heather is passionate about Asante Africa Foundation’s work developing educated minds to solve local problems.
MONICA HAHN, Board Secretary
Monica has over 25 years of experience and held senior marketing positions with such well-known companies as Aramark, Burger King, Einstein Noah and Knowledge Learning. She is now an independent consultant and executive coach inspiring companies and individuals to unleash their potential through brand management and strategic planning.
She holds degrees from Michigan Technological University and Western Michigan University. Her friend and former safari guide, Tanzanian board member Dennis Lyamuya, introduced Monica to Asante Africa Foundation.
ERNA GRASZ, Director, Chief Executive Officer
Erna Grasz co-founded Asante Africa Foundation with two visionary African women from Kenya and Tanzania. While spending 25 years in the corporate world as a senior executive, she earned the reputation as a strategic leader, “organizer of chaos” and with demonstrated success in diverse industries, including medical device, defense research, and semiconductor capital equipment.
In 2011 she left the corporate world to manage the organization full time.