SAM VAGHAR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Sam Vaghar is the Executive Director and Co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network (MCN), cultivating the next generation of social impact leaders on university campuses. In this capacity, Sam engages with numerous partners from The Jenzabar Foundation and Elite Daily to the United Nations Foundation and HP. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN educates over 1,000 campus leaders through annual conferences and trains emerging leaders through the Millennium Fellowship and global campaigns. In 2011, Sam was invited by the State Department as the featured speaker in a tour across Bosnia and Herzegovina. During that summer Sam met with President Barack Obama in the Roosevelt Room at the White House to share perspectives of US youth leaders. The following year, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Sam has addressed audiences at over two dozen institutions including talks at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at the United Nations. Sam serves as an Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women as one of the twelve members worldwide of her Advisory Group for the term 2017-2019. Sam also serves on the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration and serves as the Co-Chair of the Millennial Task Force of the Center for Social Impact Learning (CSIL) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Sam serves on the Board of Directors of FLIP National, a grassroots network supporting first-generation and low-income college students that was co-founded by MCN alumni. Sam is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University. More on Sam's story with the MCN here.
ABIGAIL KELBLE, MPH, Managing DIRECTOR
Abigail Kelble, MPH, leads MCN's Operational, Strategic, and Programmatic Impact, bringing experience in leadership development, education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health to the Millennium Campus Network. Abigail served with the Peace Corps [Moldova '06-'08] and worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Her international work experience includes Poland, Belize, Moldova, and Jamaica. Abigail also serves on the Board of Advisors with the Boston Network for International Development. Abigail believes that university students will make the world a better and more equitable place for all of us. Abigail completed her Bachelors in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado, completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University, and is also an MBA-Candidate at the University of Massachusetts.
RAINA FOX, MA, partnerships director
Raina Fox, MA, manages the Millennium Fellowship, Global Campaign Program, and Annual Conference, as well as Outreach and Marketing for MCN. Raina brings over 10 years of experience working with diverse communities to advance global social justice in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Kutch India, Providence, Chicago, Hong Kong, Boston, the Basque Country and more. Her past experiences range from managing college access programming for Somali, Hmong, and other refugee and immigrant youth in the Twin Cities to conducting and sharing oral histories of Haitian and Cuban refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her studies focused on ways that humanities tools can support human rights, social justice, and civic engagement. Raina completed her Bachelors in Art History and Cultural Studies from Macalester College and her Masters in Public Humanities from Brown University.
She is on the Board of Advisers for Asylum Connect- a nonprofit connecting LGBTQIA+ Asylum seekers with life saving resources that began as an MCN Campaign launched at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference at the United Nations. She is also on the Board of Directors of Boston Network for International Development, a dialogue facilitator for Essential Partners (Public Conversations Project), and is a part of the UN Women Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.
Simone LaPray, MBA, MA, Boston Hub Site Director
Simone LaPray joins MCN from a previous position as the operations manager at Our Generation Speaks, a Boston-based leadership program and social enterprise incubator that will brings together Palestinian and Israeli change agents to launch social impact ventures. Simone also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2011 where she worked in small business development, education, youth empowerment and HIV/AIDS awareness. She is mentor for BUILD Boston, a member of Net Impact and serves on the Board for the Boston Network for International Development (BNID). Simone holds an MBA and an MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University.
LIZ REBECCA ALARCON, MA, MIAMI HUB SITE DIRECTOR
Liz Rebecca Alarcon is foremost, a believer in authenticity. When she's not working for increased investment in early learning in Florida, she enjoys informing and being informed, reading, blogging, cooking and building community in her native Miami. She holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a B.A. in International Studies & Sociology from the University of Miami. Before beginning her career she was a Fulbright scholar in Costa Rica.
Sonja Knudson, Campaigns Coordinator intern
Sonja Knudson is a senior majoring in Biology at Tufts University. She is passionate about leadership development, movement building, and health equity. At school, she is an active leader in GlobeMed at Tufts, participates in various dance groups, and sings in Tufts Gospel Choir. She strongly believes in students' capacity to create systems change and in connecting students from all corners of the world, so she is very excited to be a part of Team MCN this Fall.
Jacquelyn R. Amaro
Programs Associate Intern
Jacquelyn R. Amaro is currently a senior at Boston University. She is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology and Regional Politics within Latin America. Jacquelyn is most passionate about traveling, and has lived in Hong Kong, Cusco, London, and Buenos Aires. Jacquelyn in a strong advocate of youth leadership and cross cultural communication, and hopes to create a career that empowers students to create positive change both in their home communities and abroad. For all these reasons she is immensely excited to intern with the MCN Team this Spring.
CHRISTINA B. GILMORE
MCN STUDENT AMBASSADOR
Christina B. Gilmore is currently a rising Junior at Shaw University and a part of the Shaw University chapter of the NAACP. She is a Political Science and International Relations major. Something unique about Christina is that she sings Opera. Currently an active community member within Raleigh North Carolina with RESULTS Raleigh Chapter, Athena International of the triangle and International Focus, Inc. She hopes to one day become a United States Ambassador and you can usually find her somewhere doing humanitarian relief work or giving a helping hand.