Every Woman Treaty Board of Directors

Marcia Cardamore, Board Chair, Founder: PeopleSense Foundation, Canada

Karen Sherman, Founding Board Chair, Executive Director: Akilah Institute for Women; Senior Associate: Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA

Yael Marciano, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, USA

Indrani Goradia, Founder: Indrani’s Light Foundation, USA

Bill Wasserman, CEO, M+R, USA

Rosalyn Chen, Board member of Chavez Family Foundation, Upwardly Global, and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, USA


Founding Board Members

Fartun Abdisalaan Adan, Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Center, Sister Somalia, Mogadishu, Somalia

Courtney Bickert, Vice President, External Relations, The German Marshall Fund, USA



Marcia is the Founder of PeopleSense Foundation, which partners with organizations such as Every Woman Treaty that relentlessly pursue innovative, bold and systemic change initiatives that address violence against girls and women. A former university professor of business, Marcia is a lifelong entrepreneur, venture investor and business executive. Drawing on her decades of building and selling successful hi tech businesses, she helps not-for-profit enterprises excel by deploying both her intellectual and financial capital. Marcia was the largest donor and fundraiser as well as Chair of the Board and Advisor of a successful constitutional challenge in Kenya on behalf of little girls who had been raped and denied justice. In addition, she has supported work pertaining to murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada; spearheaded the piloting for a proof of concept women’s health care clinic with a much needed rape crisis centre in Honduras; and supported the work of Congolese women journalists working in print, social media and radio in the DRC, reaching out to other women to share information about human rights and gender-based violence. Marcia continues to strategically and actively volunteer as an Advisor, Board Member, former Chair of Fund Development and current Chair of Operations committees for The Match International Women’s Fund that funds grassroots women’s groups in the global south. She also serves as Advisor for both the Violence Prevention and Anti-Trafficking Granting Committees at the Canadian Women’s Foundation and is an active member/supporter of Women Moving Millions, where she is the Chair of the Violence Against Women & Girls Circle.



Karen Sherman is Executive Director of the Akilah Institute for Women and a Senior Associate at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Throughout her career, Karen has combined her expertise, passion, and transformative leadership skills to affect lasting economic and social change for women around the world. Karen served as Chief Operating Officer and then Executive Director for Global Programs at Women for Women International (WfWI), an organization that enables women war survivors to restart their lives, where her work resulted in measurable impacts on women’s income, health, decision-making, and social networks. Before joining WfWI, Karen served as Executive Vice President at Counterpart International. Karen has served as a thought leader and spokesperson on global women’s issues through the media, public appearances, and diverse social media platforms, including as Executive Producer of The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope, published by National Geographic. Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Oregon. She serves as Board Chair of FAIR Girls and on the Board of Trustees of Mary Baldwin College.


Yael Marciano is the founder of Strathos Consulting, a firm specialized in providing knowledge and expertise for strategic communications, with special focus on Latina America. Her latest job comprised a worldwide human rights advocacy campaign. A lawyer from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB) in Caracas, Venezuela, she holds a Masters degree in International Law (LL.M) from American University (DC) and a Masters in Management for International Organizations from New York University (NY). She received in 2013 her Mason Fellow/Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and is a 2012 Harvard University Weatherhead Fellow. In the past, Ms. Marciano worked for the Inter-American Development Bank in the Social Capital, Ethics and Development Initiative and for over seven years she worked as a syndicated media producer and analyst focused on international and political analysis for several media outlets in Venezuela and the Huffington Post in the United States. Ms. Marciano serves on the board of the the DC Youth Orchestra Program, Children’s National Hospital Health Board, she is an advisory committee member at the Georgetown Latin America Leadership Program and a councilor of the Harvard Kennedy School DC Alumni Council.



Indrani Goradia is a philanthropist and advocate for women’s health and empowerment. She is the founder of Indranis Light Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to ending gender-based violence and empowering women around the world with the tools to live healthy and meaningful lives. Indrani is a tireless advocate for girls and women leading empowerment trainings in several countries around the world. She has partnered with United Way in South Asia and the Caribbean to bring health, strength and wellness to women in need and is also a board member of Everywoman Everywhere and Think Equal. In 2013, Indrani joined forces with the global health organization PSI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to transform the lives of girls and women and lift them out of poverty. In partnership with PSI, Indranis Light Foundation launched programs to eradicate gender-based violence in the United States, India and her home country of Trinidad in 2014. An author, speaker and certified life coach, Indrani has delivered keynote addresses at conferences and leads workshops around the world. She is a tri-athlete, marathoner, and proud mother and wife.



For decades, Bill has proven the strategist behind countless campaigns, issues, causes and organizations that work to make a difference in the world through his strategy firm, M+R. Bill’s personal and professional passions include a long history of work on criminal justice reform and human rights. One of the most respected non-profit campaigners in the US and beyond, Bill’s expertise includes planning grassroots campaigns; creating strategies to engage and influence policy makers; managing teams of hundreds of smart people who help achieve real, lasting change. He raises money, moves the media, the public and decision-makers. His firm runs campaigns that integrate online, offline and social media to generate attention and contribute to building movements.


Rosalyn Chen grew up in Asia and experienced first hand the gender inequality deeply embedded in many cultures. She immigrated to the US as a teenager and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Southern California. She spent 10-plus years as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, UBS Investment Bank, and Piper Jaffray, providing comprehensive financial services to government agencies to secure funding for public infrastructure. She has also worked as an expert witness in fixed income financial litigations.

Rosalyn is currently active in philanthropy as a board member and the head of the development committee of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, which provides basic services to new immigrants to San Francisco. She is a board member of Upwardly Global, which provides job search training for high skilled immigrants. Additionally, she is a founding board member of the Chavez Family Foundation, whose mission is to advance causes related to immigration, education, and entrepreneurship. Rosalyn is also an avid traveler and amateur photographer. She looks forward to using her finance, photography, and non-profit background to help advance the treaty to end violence against women and girls around the world.


Founding Board Members


Fartun Abdisalaan Adan worked alongside her husband, building their human rights work in Mogadishu and surrounding areas. In 1996, five years into Somalia’s now 20-year-long civil war, he was murdered by warlords unhappy with his peace-making efforts. Fartun escaped to Canada to raise her three daughters. In 2007, when her girls were old enough to live on their own, she moved back to Mogadishu to continue her human rights work and run the organization her husband founded, the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center. To her surprise, one of her daughters, who has no memory of early life in Somalia, has joined her. Together the women, at great personal risk, provide education and job-skills training for boys as an alternative to war. In 2011, she cofounded Sister Somalia, the first sexual and gender violence crisis center in Mogadishu, which has now reached more than 6,000 Somali women and girls. Fartun serves as a voice on the international stage raising awareness and promoting an end to violence against women and girls worldwide, with regular appearances in media, such as The New York Times, Al Jazeera, and PRI’s The World. She has been involved in Every Woman Treaty since its inception in 2013.



Courtney Bickert is an international development and policy executive with over 20 years’ experience across a range of sectors and geographies. Her expertise lies in organizational strategy, strategic partnerships, change management, and social entrepreneurship and innovation. Bickert has worked across multiple issue areas, including international health, economic development, human rights, and energy and climate change. She has served as an executive leader of several prominent international organizations, including the UN Foundation, and has professional experience in more than 25 countries in developing and developed economies. She has extensive experience working in partnerships in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. Her work at GMF focuses on building strategic partnerships in support of transatlantic cooperation. She has an international MBA and a masters in public policy from the University of Chicago.