Management Team

Ann McMikel
Executive Director
Ann is a passionate grassroots advocate for women's health, education, gender equality, and economic empowerment, which are essential drivers for establishing more stable and just societies locally, nationally, and globally.

Ann’s global leadership was honed over the 16 years she served at the American Cancer Society, where she held the first-ever role of VP, Global Partnerships and Planning.  Ann has successfully managed high-level global relationships with multilateral organizations to make cancer and other non-communicable diseases a global health and development priority, including partnerships with the World Health Organization, UN agencies, the corporate sector, and a broad range of civil society organizations in the developing world, including Africa, Latin America, and India.


Ann also served as the inaugural Chief Development Officer/Executive Director of SIS Circles for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, where she led and oversaw the fundraising strategy and donor engagement plans.


Ann is a proud first-generation college graduate and holds a B.A. degree in English from Spelman College and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. 

John Woodburn
Finance Director
John Woodburn previously served as Controller for nineteen years at Environmental Defense Inc. He was long active in the trade union movements, as an organizer for The Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, and as a labor educator at The New York District Council, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. John is also operating a consulting business, Back Room Ops, focusing on financial reporting and systems requirements of small-to-medium non-profit organizations.
Sandra Zanele Zikalala
Director of Administration
Sandra has previously served as Research Assistant at the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (OSCAL, DESA). She has also served as Treasurer and Events Coordinator at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bergenfield, and Lab Administrator at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. She is currently a candidate for Master of Arts Degree in Political Science/International Relations at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and holds a B.A. Degree from Bowdoin College.
Casey T. Cline
Senior Advisor 
Casey Cline previously served as the Director of Operations for myAgro, a West Africa-based non-governmental organization that works with small-scale farmers. Prior to that, he was a Kiva Fellow initiating, monitoring, and evaluating relationships with microfinance partner organizations in Central America. Casey’s earlier background includes working in corporate finance and investment management, most recently as a Vice President at Allen & Company LLC. Casey holds a BA in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College. He serves as a board member of myAgro.
Shukura Shears
Director of Individual Giving
Shukura previously served as the Business Development Manager at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction where she oversaw the US office and included oversight of fundraising, communications, operations and event management. Her prior experience includes serving as a Development and Special Events Manager at The POINT Community Development Corporation, Weill Cornell Medical College and Partnership with Children. She has also held other fundraising positions at nonprofits citywide and provides consulting services to nonprofit organizations in capacity building, strategic fundraising, and organizational development. Shukura holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College and B.A. degree in Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Martha Brantley
Senior Director of Foundations and Investor Relations

Martha is Shared Interest’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. Before that, she was the Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Clinton Development Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation that develops inclusive agribusinesses and provides training and market access to smallholder farmers. Before joining the Foundation in 2011, she spent five years on the Special Situations and Arbitrage desk at D.E. Shaw & Co., investing in health care and consumer goods companies. She has also worked as an associate at Deutsche Bank and a consultant at McKinsey & Co. She holds a BA, cum laude, in History from Yale University. Martha is a native of Little Rock, AR, and is a Trustee of the Heifer Foundation.
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Amye Jameson
Operations Lead

Amye previously served 14 years with the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance (OFAC) for the State of New Jersey, Department of Education, as a Team Lead and Special Investigator overseeing the compliance review process and compliance audits. Amye has extensive experience in banking, serving as Assistant Vice President at First Third Bank, Columbus, OH. Revitalizing her own prior experience as the owner of AA and Associates, a small business consulting firm, Amye has most recently been an independent contracting consultant for non-profits and small business in NJ, FL and WA, including working with a non-profit whose programs promote comprehensive wellness in girls by cultivating their mind, body and spirit through our holistic based initiatives. Amye attended both Ohio University and The University of Maryland, where she completed her degree in Marketing Management.