This month Marie Wandera joined the AWF team as the Executive Administrator. Previously, Marie worked at several nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, including most recently at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. In the course of her career, she combined her administrative skills by providing direct services to individuals experiencing homelessness; managing the AmeriCorps program that provided support services to individuals with disabilities across the state of Georgia, and administering refugee resettlement services.
While Atlanta has been home to her and her family for over 20 years, Marie was born in Kenya, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Nairobi. Following ethnic violence during elections in Kenya, her family was internally displaced. It was through sheer willpower (or woman power) that led her to earn a scholarship for further studies in the United Kingdom. Her love of travel and volunteering to assist refugee and internally displaced women, led her to earn a Master’s degree in Gender Analysis in Development at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K.
Little did she know then that this would sprout her passion for working with women, especially women of color who often seem to be on the margins of society. Her commitment to working with all things women remains paramount in her life, as she believes in the African saying ubuntu – loosely translated in English to mean “I am because you are.” For Marie, joining AWF brings together her passion of working directly with women, and the needed financial resources to change the lives of women and girls.
In her spare time, Marie lives life to the fullest. She volunteers at The Saint Vincent de Paul Society. She enjoys living a healthy lifestyle by running and walking out in nature for fitness and fun; tending to her vegetable garden, and especially enjoys travelling with her family. Marie is married to her partner of 27 years, Wilf, and together they have three beautiful children Kevin, Branton and Neema.