OUR TEAM

  Cassandra Lee , Co-Founder & Executive Director

Cassandra Lee, Co-Founder & Executive Director

  Edison Lee , Co-Founder & Managing Director

Edison Lee, Co-Founder & Managing Director

  Mboto Mathe , DRC Country Director

Mboto Mathe, DRC Country Director

  Rachel Vuseghesa , Office Manager, WASH Program Manager

Rachel Vuseghesa, Office Manager, WASH Program Manager

 
  Jen Chai , Office Manager

Jen Chai, Office Manager

  Djimmy Mathe , Trauma Care Programs Manager

Djimmy Mathe, Trauma Care Programs Manager

  Nicole Watts , Strategic Partnerships Manager

Nicole Watts, Strategic Partnerships Manager

  Aline Mungumua , Gender Rights Program Manager

Aline Mungumua, Gender Rights Program Manager

 
  Jemima Ooi , Leadership Programs Manager, East Asia Regional Representative

Jemima Ooi, Leadership Programs Manager, East Asia Regional Representative

 
 
 
 

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Cassandra Lee  Cassandra Lee is the Co-Founder and President of Justice Rising. She has over ten years of international experience living and working in conflict areas around the world, including Southern Sudan during the Darfur crisis, Northern Uganda, the Middle East where she worked with Syrian refugees, and in North Korea. For the past seven years, she has worked primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country defined by war and conflict for over twenty years. Cassandra currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Edison Lee.

Cassandra Lee
Cassandra Lee is the Co-Founder and President of Justice Rising. She has over ten years of international experience living and working in conflict areas around the world, including Southern Sudan during the Darfur crisis, Northern Uganda, the Middle East where she worked with Syrian refugees, and in North Korea. For the past seven years, she has worked primarily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country defined by war and conflict for over twenty years. Cassandra currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband Edison Lee.

  Edison Lee  Edison Lee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Justice Rising. He previously worked at FBR & Co., a leading middle-market investment bank, advising clients on strategic alternatives and equity / debt capital raises. After graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in 2009, Edison moved to Zimbabwe as a missionary and development aid worker. He later moved to Rwanda and worked as a Business Analyst with Karisimbi Business Partners, a strategy consulting firm focused on developing management capacity for high impact businesses in East Africa. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Cassandra Lee.

Edison Lee
Edison Lee is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Justice Rising. He previously worked at FBR & Co., a leading middle-market investment bank, advising clients on strategic alternatives and equity / debt capital raises. After graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California in 2009, Edison moved to Zimbabwe as a missionary and development aid worker. He later moved to Rwanda and worked as a Business Analyst with Karisimbi Business Partners, a strategy consulting firm focused on developing management capacity for high impact businesses in East Africa. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Cassandra Lee.

  Dr. Sarah Whittaker-Howe  Dr Sarah is an expert in the psychological impact and recovery from war, conflict, and related human rights abuses. She has considerable experience providing psychological interventions for those suffering with complex trauma reactions including war veterans and survivors of terrorism, torture and sexual violence. She is currently working internationally providing assessment, clinical intervention and expert witness for human right abuses and war crimes investigations. Sarah has a strong commitment to non-profit organizations working within conflict zones. She partners with organizations in the Middle East and Africa providing consultation and developing programs and training opportunities that address the mental health needs of war affected communities and refugee populations. 

Dr. Sarah Whittaker-Howe
Dr Sarah is an expert in the psychological impact and recovery from war, conflict, and related human rights abuses. She has considerable experience providing psychological interventions for those suffering with complex trauma reactions including war veterans and survivors of terrorism, torture and sexual violence. She is currently working internationally providing assessment, clinical intervention and expert witness for human right abuses and war crimes investigations. Sarah has a strong commitment to non-profit organizations working within conflict zones. She partners with organizations in the Middle East and Africa providing consultation and developing programs and training opportunities that address the mental health needs of war affected communities and refugee populations. 

  Alvin Chung  Alvin Chun is the President of Counterpointe Solutions, Inc., an Information Technology company he founded in 2005. He is also the Senior Leader and Founder of NewSong Church, a church plant started in 2005. Alvin studied at Brandeis University and, after graduation, worked as a financial analyst at Cambridge Associates. A few years later, he attended Chesapeake Theological Seminary to pursue his Masters of Divinity and moved jobs to Capital Management Strategies. In 1999, he was ordained at New Covenant Fellowship Church and he left the financial industry to serve full time as an associate pastor. Alvin and his wife, Christine, with their six children, currently reside in the Washington, DC area.

Alvin Chung
Alvin Chun is the President of Counterpointe Solutions, Inc., an Information Technology company he founded in 2005. He is also the Senior Leader and Founder of NewSong Church, a church plant started in 2005. Alvin studied at Brandeis University and, after graduation, worked as a financial analyst at Cambridge Associates. A few years later, he attended Chesapeake Theological Seminary to pursue his Masters of Divinity and moved jobs to Capital Management Strategies. In 1999, he was ordained at New Covenant Fellowship Church and he left the financial industry to serve full time as an associate pastor. Alvin and his wife, Christine, with their six children, currently reside in the Washington, DC area.

 
  Jason Wendle   Jason is a Director at the Global Develpoment Incubator (GDI), working in the AgEnterprise portfolio and also spearheading GDI’s emerging anti-human trafficking efforts. At GDI, he most recently directed the launch of the Mastercard Foundation  Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab . As a senior advisor to the Lab, he supports a research agenda to advance the knowledge frontier in smallholder finance, and advises the directors of $175M worth of programs on how to measure impact and capture actionable learnings.  Jason helped design the Learning Lab for the Mastercard Foundation as an Associate Partner in the Nairobi office of Dalberg, where he spent 7 years providing strategy advice to clients across a broad range sectors . His clients have included the world’s largest private foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, African governments, and Fortune 100 firms. He also provided leadership to Dalberg’s evaluation work on the continent. Jason holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and has published and presented work on smallholder finance, SME banking, and impact measurement. Jason lives with his wife Krista and their three kids in the DC area.

Jason Wendle

Jason is a Director at the Global Develpoment Incubator (GDI), working in the AgEnterprise portfolio and also spearheading GDI’s emerging anti-human trafficking efforts. At GDI, he most recently directed the launch of the Mastercard Foundation Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab. As a senior advisor to the Lab, he supports a research agenda to advance the knowledge frontier in smallholder finance, and advises the directors of $175M worth of programs on how to measure impact and capture actionable learnings.

Jason helped design the Learning Lab for the Mastercard Foundation as an Associate Partner in the Nairobi office of Dalberg, where he spent 7 years providing strategy advice to clients across a broad range sectors . His clients have included the world’s largest private foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, African governments, and Fortune 100 firms. He also provided leadership to Dalberg’s evaluation work on the continent. Jason holds an MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and has published and presented work on smallholder finance, SME banking, and impact measurement. Jason lives with his wife Krista and their three kids in the DC area.

  Jennifer Toledo  Jennifer Toledo is Founder and Director of The Justice Group, a platform to know, speak and do justice. As a speaker, author, and social justice activist with over a decade of international field experience, she brings a compelling and fresh voice to the global justice movement. Jennifer is also the Senior Associate Pastor at Expression 58 church in Glendale, CA. She and her husband, Jona Toldeo, have 3 kids and reside in Southern California.

Jennifer Toledo
Jennifer Toledo is Founder and Director of The Justice Group, a platform to know, speak and do justice. As a speaker, author, and social justice activist with over a decade of international field experience, she brings a compelling and fresh voice to the global justice movement. Jennifer is also the Senior Associate Pastor at Expression 58 church in Glendale, CA. She and her husband, Jona Toldeo, have 3 kids and reside in Southern California.

  Ryan Juenger   Ryan Juenger is a California licensed CPA specializing in corporate financial reporting, technical accounting, business finance, and strategy. After graduating cum laude from the University of Southern California, Ryan worked for seven years in the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and three years in corporate accounting at Western Digital Corporation. He is currently the International Finance Director at Behr Process Corporation. Ryan has a heart for justice, upholding the cause of the oppressed, and seeing lives transformed. He resides in Costa Mesa, CA

Ryan Juenger

Ryan Juenger is a California licensed CPA specializing in corporate financial reporting, technical accounting, business finance, and strategy. After graduating cum laude from the University of Southern California, Ryan worked for seven years in the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and three years in corporate accounting at Western Digital Corporation. He is currently the International Finance Director at Behr Process Corporation. Ryan has a heart for justice, upholding the cause of the oppressed, and seeing lives transformed. He resides in Costa Mesa, CA

 

 

ADVISORY BOARD

Shawn and Cherie Bolz
iCreate Productions & Bolz Ministries

Thaddaeus Nichols
Director of Church Engagement and Marketing
International Justice Mission

Brit Gilmore
President, The Giving Keys

Bill White
Associate, McKinsey & Co

 

Sarita Hartz
Founder & Director, Zion Project

Ryan Bethea
Founder, Silas Ventures