Nominations for 2017–2019 Board of Directors

Each year, the Nominating Committee for the Metro NY chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women) presents a slate of qualified nominees for election to the Board of Directors. Below you will find brief bios of board nominees recommended by the Nominating Committee for the 2017–2019 term. Members, please plan to attend and vote. If you are unable to attend, you may give your proxy by May 15 to the chapter secretary, Kondomar Herrera at

OFFICIAL SLATE for Board of Directors 2017–2019

Presented by Kathie Bolognese, vice president and co-chair, Nominating Committee. Please contact with any questions.

Nominees for first two-year board term: 2017–2019

Mikki Brammer: Mikki is an editor and contributor to a number of magazines and publications. Currently she is editor at large of Metropolis Magazine in New York and a contributor to Darling Magazine, an award-winning magazine dedicated to women’s empowerment. She started her career in Brisbane, Australia, as the editor in chief of Map Magazine, which focused on promoting positive media and using pop culture to highlight social, environmental and humanitarian efforts. Mikki is the editor of the Metro NY Chapter newsletter and led the revamping of the chapter’s website. She has a BA and Bachelor of Business Management/International Business from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, and speaks Spanish and French.

Stephanie Bruder: Stephanie is a marketing manager and digital strategy specialist in the film industry. Currently, she is consultant to Time Life, where she oversees partnerships with major lifestyle organizations and cause-driven marketing. She also works with Home Video and National Geographic for physical and digital release of 60+ titles and was consultant to the launch of the Carol Burnett Show for digital platforms. She was previously vice president for marketing at Cinedigm/New Video and marketing manager a KOCH Lorber Films. Stephanie has a BA degree in Semiotics from Brown University.

Giselle Bowyer: Giselle is an associate designer at Elie Tahari where she designs knits and works on private label collections. Previously she worked at Ralph Lauren as an assistant designer. Giselle has been an active member of the chapter’s Marketing Committee and co-chair of the Young Professionals Committee. She volunteers for NY Cares and has also volunteered in South Africa and Tanzania. Giselle has a degree from Fashion Institute of Technology and is working on her graduate diploma in International Development at the University of London. 

Sandra Barron: Sandra has more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She oversaw international programming in Latin America at the Council for Economic Education and has worked at the United Nations Population Fund in the Reproductive Health Branch. She served as a research fellow at Hispanics in Philanthropy and has worked in marketing and communications at Big Apple Circus. She is co-chair of the chapter’s Membership Committee and played a key role in managing the YP fundraiser.  Sandra has a MA degree in International Affairs from City College and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shweta Ghuge: Shweta is the CEO of Stradit LLC, a technology service company where she is responsible for global strategy and operations. She started Stradit after leaving Investis, an NYSE Technology vendor. She has held global roles in sales and marketing with Fidelity investment and MD online. Shweta is chair of the Technology Committee and responsible for maintaining the website and managing technology access. Shweta has an MA in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, MBA from Symbiosis University, MA from Pune University, and bachelor degrees in Engineering and the Arts from the Universities of Manipal and Lucknow in India.       

Allison Luvera: Allison is director of Luxury Marketing at Pernod Ricard, USA, where she is responsible for the Omni channel luxury marketing strategy for eight brands and for the creation and management of annual operating plans and budgets. She is also the US market liaison to Pernod Ricard Global Business Development in Paris and Brand Maisons. Previously she held senior positions in integrated marketing at Time Inc., Hearst Corporation and Vogue. Allison is the co-chair of the Metro NY Chapter’s Marketing Committee where she has overseen its growth and strategic direction. She has a BS in Management from Boston College and speaks French.

Laura Clayton McDonnell: Laura is the general manager of Microsoft responsible for a team of 200 sales, technical and industry professionals and responsible for closing $1.2B+ revenue in hardware and software services and support for global customers headquartered in New York – Microsoft’s largest district. She previously held senior management positions at IBM, Sun Microsystems and Apple Computer among others since 1986. Laura has a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law and MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkley, and BS degree in International Business Administration from San Jose State University.    

Yinan Xia: Yinan is a designer at Etienne Aigner, USA, where she designs small leather goods and novelty items, and produces photoshoots for campaigns. Yinan is a member of the Fundraising Committee and Young Professionals Committee. She is an active volunteer with Womankind’s Young Professionals board where she has designed the new website and organized marketing and fundraising events. Yinan also serves as a mentor at Through Our Lens in New York. Yinan is a graduate of Parsons, The New School of Design and is fluent in Mandarin.

Nominees for second two-year term 2017–2019:
Abaynesh Asrat
Kathleen Tompkins
Nominee for vice president: Allison Luvera

Thank you,
The 2017 Metro NY Chapter USNC-UN Women Nominating Committee   

Mikki Brammer