Our Team

Uraidah Hassani

Founder and Executive Director

Uraidah provides leadership, management, oversight and support to her Team.

Uraidah is a development professional that is passionate about improving the quality of life for women and girls in marginalized communities domestically and internationally. She has expertise in women and youth empowerment, business development, communications and program implementation. She received her Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from New York University. She is a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and Association for Women in International Development. She is also the United Nations Representative for Susila Dharma International Association (SDIA), where she represents the interests and potentials of a network of over 47 development projects, including YUM, a project in Indonesia that was accepted into the Clinton Global Initiative.

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Program Manager, Young Women Rock! Mentorship Program

Jessica manages the recruitment, volunteers and development of our flagship girls’ empowerment program.

Jessica A. Forrester is genuinely passionate about creating social change in underserved neighborhoods and to make an impact on the lives of the young women that live there. Since 2003, she has worked with local nonprofit organizations and churches in the NYC area to strengthen their ties with their surrounding communities and constituents. Jessica has research development, project and program management experience in the field of youth and organizational development. She received her Master in Public Administration with a concentration in Non Profit Management from Long Island University – Brooklyn. Jessica believes that young women and girls, particularly in urban communities, are often “left without an avenue to allow their voices to be heard and their dreams acknowledged. TWWI is a vehicle to generate and nurture the next generation of women leaders.”

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Kimberly Andino

Director of Social Change Projects

Kimberly co-designs social change projects with local NGO partners, leads their implementation, and monitors their progress and impact.

Kimberly majored in Accounting at Baruch College. However, her passion and most exciting successes have been associated with the work she has done as a program designer of educational and healthcare services for orphaned and abandoned children in impoverished communities around the world. Since 2007, her volunteer work has landed her in Sri Lanka with tsunami orphans, the Dominican Republic with children from marginalized neighborhoods, Haiti immediately after the earthquake in 2010, and Tanzania with an AIDS orphans program. Kimberly is well-traveled and multicultural as well as fluent in English, Spanish and French.

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Marina Harrison

Digital Engagement Officer

Marina manages our digital and social media platforms to engage our constituents, partners, funders and supporters in a discussion about our programs and women’s empowerment.

Marina is a graduate of California State University, East Bay where she received her Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology. While studying Sociology, she developed an interest in gender equality, human behavior and ethnic relations. In 2013, Marina moved to New York City and became the assistant to The Director of Marketing & Public Relations for a live music venue. It was there she was able to find her niche for managing social media. Marina believes in The Women Worldwide Initiative’s mission because “it is critical for young women to know their worth. The Women Worldwide Initiative gives women the attention, support and resources needed to be successful inwardly and outwardly.”

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