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Staff Leadership

Staff Leadership

Published: September 28, 2017

Joyce Ajlouny, general secretary

Joyce Ajlouny joined AFSC as general secretary on Sept. 1, 2017. A transformative Quaker leader, Joyce brings to AFSC a depth of experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management, fundraising, and communication spanning 27 years. Prior to joining to AFSC, Joyce served as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine, where she has led a diverse staff of over 170 educators and administrators for the past 13 years. She spent the prior 14 years working in international development focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development, and humanitarian support. She served as the country director for Palestine and Israel with Oxfam-Great Britain, chaired the Association of International Development Agencies there, and worked as a program officer and project manager at various United Nations agencies. Joyce holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University in California.


Hector Cortez, deputy general secretary

As deputy general secretary, Hector has been responsible for AFSC’s overall diversity and inclusion strategy, implementing a new safety and security program, and improving organization-wide operations and systems. Prior to joining AFSC in 2013, Hector served as chief diversity officer and vice president for strategic community engagement for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. His work has been credited with strengthening the organization's ability to engage communities of color in serving children facing adversity. Hector also served as associate executive director for the American Baptist National Ministries board. A native of Utuado, Puerto Rico, Hector was raised in Chicago. His hobbies include drawing, fly fishing, and working on old cars. Hector and his wife, Noemi, have three children—Emilia, Adam, and David—and they recently became grandparents, welcoming little Lucas and Lionel to the family.


Laura Boyce, associate general secretary for U.S. programs

Laura oversees AFSC's U.S. programs, working with U.S. regional directors and executive committees to manage and strengthen programs. She also works with the associate general secretary for international programs on cross-regional collaborative programs. Prior to joining AFSC, Laura served as associate vice president for community impact at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, where she worked on youth development, financial stabilization for low-income workers, and organizational capacity building. Laura, a native of Queens, New York, and a graduate of Vassar College. She is a member of Providence Monthly Meeting in Pennsylvania, on the Education and Outreach Committee at Pendle Hill, and former assistant clerk for the Fellowship of Friends of African Descent. Laura lives in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two sons.


Kerri Kennedy, associate general secretary for international programs

Since 2012, Kerri has overseen and provided leadership for AFSC’s international programs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America/Caribbean. A nonprofit executive and strategist, Kerri has two decades of experience managing international development and emergency response programs, with a focus on governance, advocacy/campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development, working in over 45 conflicted-affected countries. Prior to joining AFSC, Kerri served as executive director for Women's Campaign International, which works to increase the number of women leaders in politics, peace building, and the private sector. Kerri has a Master’s in International Development Management from the American University. She lives with her husband and two sons in the greater Philadelphia area.


Stephen Rockwell, chief information technology officer

Since 2014, Stephen has overseen the development and implementation of AFSC's information and technology strategy, leading a digital transformation of the organization to provide and expand the number of advocacy, convening, and communication tools for staff, organizers, and advocates. Stephen graduated with a dual degree in Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management. His thesis at MIT studied critical factors to technology adoption in the nonprofit sector. He also holds a bachelor's in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. Stephen is married with two young children who are dual citizens of Panama and the United States.


Mark Graham, director of communications

Mark leads the Communications Department to support timely, purposeful, and engaging internal and external communications in a variety of media. The communications team is also coordinating AFSC's centennial events, including a summit and traveling exhibit. Originally hired for a 12-week stint in 1999, Mark has been with AFSC in different capacities ever since. During that time, he has led efforts in web strategy and development, public education materials, public opinion research, fundraising appeals and marketing, brand strategy, and organizational culture improvement. Mark attended Oberlin College and started his communications career working in their public relations department. He now lives in Philadelphia's Mt. Airy neighborhood with his wife, author/illustrator Amy Ignatow, and two curious and energetic children. 


Willa Streater, director of human resource

Willa is responsible for implementing and managing human resources policies and programs in the areas of recruitment, employment, benefits, employee relations, and equal opportunity employment in compliance with government regulations and organizational for AFSC's staff of over 300 people. She is also responsible for ongoing relations with AFSC's three unions. Willa, who has worked at AFSC since 1994, has an undergraduate degree in business administration from Langston University and a Master’s in business administration/human resources from the University of Central Oklahoma.