Board of Directors
KDI U.S. Board Members: Top
Monte Albers de Leon
Monte is a New York City-based attorney whose practice areas include real estate, land use, and general counsel. He received a law degree from Harvard, a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College
With a background in finance, Anthony has worked as an investment banker and bond trader for leading firms, including Goldman Sachs and First Interstate Bank. He has also led several entrepreneurial ventures, including the development of several inns in Monterey, California. Anthony holds a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Kevin is the Board Chair at KDI. He is the Co-founder and Senior Managing Director of OTA Financial Group. He served as CEO of OTR Global, and he is currently its Board Chair. In addition to his role at KDI, he is involved in philanthropy through his family foundation, the Dove Givings Foundation, which promotes development and self-sustaining efforts in Cambodia, Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda.
A longtime advocate of human and women’s rights, Claudia is a founding board member of KDI. She has a professional background in concierge services and established The Help Company, one of the first nanny agencies in the U.S.
Steve has been an economic analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, a public high school teacher in New York City, a Professor of Business Ethics at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Sacred Heart University, an independent documentary filmmaker for his production company Catalyst Productions, and an arbitrageur. In addition, Steve has a long career as an independent investor and advisor, most recently focusing on the areas of impact investing and social entrepreneurship.
Tendo Nagenda is the Vice President of Original Film at Netflix. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President of Production at Disney and Vice President of Production at Good Universe. Tendo believes that filmed content—specifically feature films—can impact the way people see and experience the world. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a dual degree in Economics and Government.
David is the Vice President of Financial Services at Otis College of Art and Design. Prior to joining Otis, David was President of the Valentine/Crawford Group, providing consulting services to leaders of color in the charter school environment. He also served as the Executive Director of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania’s Business Services Division. He holds a M.B.A. from Drexel University and a B.B.A from Temple University.
KDI Kenya Board Members:
Arthur is a co-founder of KDI and serves as Treasurer to the KDI Kenya Board. He is the Technical Director and Director of Projects at CentumRE. Prior to this role, he worked in various architectural firms in the US and Kenya. Arthur is a lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi (BArch, Architecture) and Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MLA, Landscape Architecture).
Tatu is an architect and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of Buildher, an organization that disrupts the male-dominated construction industry in Kenya and equips disadvantaged young women with accredited construction skills. Through Buildher, Tatu has helped promote gender equality within the construction industry in Kenya, changing attitudes about gender in that sector and leading women to greater economic prosperity.
Rose is a public policy and urban development expert with a professional background in urban and regional planning. She is currently a partner at Impaque Consultants Ltd., offering consultancy services in planning and urban development. Rose also serves in the Makueni County Municipal Board, which addresses governance and management of urban areas across the county. She has over 25 years of professional experience in urban planning and development, including multiple positions in both national and county governments.
Joe is the executive director of KDI and the current chair of the KDI Kenya board. Before becoming executive director, he was a volunteer with KDI between 2008-2012 and the director of the Kenya office between 2012-2013. Joe is a chartered civil engineer and a former senior engineer at BuroHappold Engineering. He holds a doctorate in Planning and Decision Analysis, along with advanced degrees from Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where he is an affiliated researcher.
Carol is a leader with a focus on education. As a teacher, she pioneered groundbreaking methods of working with children with special needs; as a coach of coaches, she worked to share transformative adult learning practices; as a community organizer, she organized a mothers’ sewing cooperative in the communities she serves. Carol now leads Kenya Big Picture Learning. Having grown up in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums, Carol is dedicated to serving children in Nairobi’s informal settlements, expanding their opportunities through quality education.