CEO and Co-Founder
As Resonate's CEO and Co-Founder, Ayla is responsible for leading strategy, partnerships, program expansion, and curriculum innovation. She has a background in community organizing where she worked on leadership development and coaching with staff, volunteers, and community members. Along with her co-founder, she adapted proven community organizing tools to be used to unlock leadership potential among disadvantaged women in East Africa.
Prior to starting Resonate she was a Field Organizer and Program Manger at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she led and managed the launch of a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement and facilitation. She brings these skills to her work at Resonate, leveraging the influential power of communication for positive change.
Ayla was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate and was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Global Fellow, a 2016 recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, and represents Resonate as part of the 2017 GSBI Accelerator Program and the 2017 cohort of the SPRING Accelerator. Ayla serves as an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project, and as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.
As an International Youth Fellow, Generation Rwanda scholar, and Frontier Market Scout, Claire has made significant contributions in development and business. Claire worked at Oxfam and World Vision Rwanda before serving as the manager of the Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel. Claire received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology. Claire also holds a certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Program and Systems Manager
Eloise has a background in international finance, which she left to concentrate on supporting women and girls in London both professionally and personally. She worked with the charity London Youth, focused on development, and underwent extensive training to volunteer with survivors of gender based violence. Her recent experience includes work on gender mainstreaming with Oxu Solutions in Washington DC, and with CIVICUS in Johannesburg.
Eloise recently graduated from Johns Hopkins SAIS with a Masters in International Relations and Economics, and has an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Oxford.
Clarisse Umutesi Mwitegereze
Before joining Resonate, Clarisse worked for Sanejo on a five-year project as the Rwanda Program Coordinator where she coordinated, coached and mentored university interns working with the Ntenyo School in English and computer literacy. She also worked for The Mediae Company where she worked on a range of projects focusing on community development, education and media production.
During her previous professional, leadership and mentorship responsibilities, Clarisse always put a special emphasis on supporting women and girls on her team to reach their potential, as she is passionate about women’s empowerment and development.
Clarisse graduated from the National University of Rwanda in Translation and Interpretation studies.
Liliane previously served as Resonate’s Impact Intern. She was a participant in Resonate’s leadership workshops through the Imbuto Foundation, and was impressed with how Resonate is changing the lives of numerous women and girls in Rwanda.
Liliane is a Toastmaster, a public speaker and a competent leader Toastmasters’ projects. She previously worked for Fiatope Digital Solution in charge of administration support. She has a background in project management through her recent work with Ishyo Arts Center in their local and international art projects, working with different experts to grow the art industry in Rwanda.
Liliane is a graduate in Real Estate Management and Valuation from the University of Rwanda.
Communications and Development Fellow
Megan is Resonate’s Communications and Development Fellow through Princeton in Africa. Her professional and academic experiences have centered on the intersections of gender, conflict resolution, and international development. Throughout her undergraduate career, Megan has worked with various organizations, including ILive2Lead, United to End Genocide, Peace Tree Network, the U.S. Department of State, and Chemonics International. She also served in leadership roles as President of the School of International Service Undergraduate Council and as a co-leader for an Alternative Break program to Rwanda for undergraduate and graduate students to study women and youth development in a post-conflict context.
Megan recently graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a degree in International Studies, concentrating in Peace and Conflict Resolution.