Sushma Barakoti has been a leader in the international development and nonprofit sectors for more than two decades. Most recently, Sushma has been the Clarkston Program Coordinator for Emory University’s Start: ME Accelerator Program, where she facilitates entrepreneurs in starting, sustaining, and growing their small businesses. In this role, Sushma has become deeply connected with the refugee and immigrant community in Georgia and throughout her career – whether in an official or volunteer capacity – she has worked closely with refugees in the U.S.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, Sushma served as Assistant Director at the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Scranton, PA – a nonprofit dedicated to ending gender-based violence in northeastern Pennsylvania. Sushma has also held leadership roles at the United Nations Development Programme and PLAN International, where she worked on issues ranging from micro-credits and gender mainstreaming to HIV/AIDS.
Sushma holds a BS in Agriculture from India and Masters in Social Work from Marywood University in PA. She believes in feminist philosophy and practices participatory approach of community development to empower women, men and children. She served as president of Nepali Women's Global Network, North America from 2008 to 2010. She currently sits on the board of Asia Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC- GA) and is also APAC’s former General Secretary.
Gal Adam Spinrad, Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator
Gal Adam Spinrad is the Coordinator of the Economic Empowerment Program. She brings a broad range of experience spanning 20 years in the social sector to RWN. Gal has worked with diverse nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, many with a focus on women, girls, families and under-served communities. She has been privileged to have developed and managed a range of programs, brought individuals and communities together through events and conferences, and researched and written many communication materials as part of her work.
Gal is from the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Decatur with her husband and their two children. She brings personal experience as an immigrant to the U.S. and a native fluency in French to her work at RWN.