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Board of Directors

Everyone on The Fuller Project team is a journalist dedicated to non-biased, fair and accurate coverage. Together, we are developing a deep expertise in global women’s rights. Newsrooms are organized by topic (crime, environment, finance, education, sports) but never before has there been a global beat specific to covering women. We are that beat.

Board Chair

Sarah O’Hagan

Ms. O’Hagan is a former journalist and a long-time strategic advisor in the fields of refugee and women’s rights. Sarah is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University; and former Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (JHU-SAIS), where she and others are building SAIS Women Lead. As co-Chair of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) from 2010-2016, Sarah has traveled frequently to visit programs. She also serves on the board of the Louis and Nancy Hatch Dupree Foundation for the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University, and on the Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Board Member & Editor in Chief

Christina Asquith

As founder of The Fuller Project for International Reporting, Christina leads a team of journalists reporting on women in the Middle East and region, with the goal of bringing expertise to a subject traditionally overlooked. Christina is also the director of Public Radio International’s Across Women’s LivesA life-long journalist, her articles, op-eds and videos have appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Foreign Affairs Magazine, TIME, CNN, VICE, Washington Post and many others. She’s been executive producer of two short documentaries on Syrian and Turkish women, shown in the NYTimes and, and her current film project, Dying to Divorce, was featured at Sheffield Film Festival.


Follow her on Twitter at @FullerProject

Board Member

Mary G. Berner

Mary G. Berner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cumulus Media Inc., the country’s second largest radio company, has led some of the world’s top media organizations and brands, building and directing companies to deliver strong value, financial performance and growth. Before joining Cumulus, Berner serves as President and CEO of MPA– The Association of Magazine Media. Previously, Berner was Chief Executive Officer of media giant Reader’s Digest Association and formerly led Fairchild Publications, Inc., first as President and CEO, then as President and as an Officer of Condé Nast. Among her many distinctions, in 2016, Berner was named one of the most powerful women in entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter, the only radio executive to be selected for that annual list.

 Board Member

Laurie Hays

Laurie joined Brunswick in 2015 after a 35-year career as a journalist. One of the leading financial news executives in the media industry, Laurie has helped companies strategize best communications practices for shareholder relations, crisis management, deals and reputational issues.

Prior to Brunswick, Laurie worked at the Wall Street Journal for 23 years and then spent seven years at Bloomberg News, in her last post as senior executive editor.  At Bloomberg she was responsible for global beat coverage of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, markets, finance, economics, companies and government for the terminal and oversaw prize-winning enterprise reporting.


Board Member

Miriam Mahlow

As a Managing Director in the Development + Outreach Department, at Human Rights Watch, Ms. Mahlow works with supporters in Europe and North America. She served as founding director of Human Rights Watch’s Germany Committee and helped to establish HRW offices in 5 countries. Formerly working from Istanbul, she is in charge of Human Rights Watch’s Development presence in North America, Germany and The Netherlands.  Formerly, Miriam worked as a journalist in Africa; a press officer for the United Nations, in Dili, East Timor; and an external staff member for the World Economic Forum. Miriam was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.


Board Member & Executive Director

Xanthe Scharff

Dr. Scharff is an expert on gender and refugee education, social entrepreneur, and multi-media journalist. Based out of Istanbul, her writing recently featured in outlets including: Brookings, TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, VICE News, 100Reporters, Chronicle of Higher Education, Daily Beast, The Financial Times, Hurriyet, The World Post, Solutions Journal and AllAfrica.

Xanthe is the founder of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, providing transformational opportunities for secondary school girls. CBS’s The Early Show, Voice of AmericaThe Christian Science Monitor, and African media outlets have featured the organization’s award-winning work.


Follow her on Twitter at @XAckerman

Board Member

Ritu Sharma

Ms. Sharma is the co-founder and former president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a leading advocacy organization bringing the voices of women and girls to Washington’s highest-level decision makers. Ritu’s advocacy was instrumental in the creation of the White House Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally. Women Thrive was the driving force behind the US Agency International Development’s establishment of the Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. Ritu now trains groups around the world in advocacy and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.


Board Member

Holly Williams

Ms. Williams is a CBS News Foreign Correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has more than 15 years of experience covering major news events and international conflicts across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Holly, who is fluent in Mandarin, received the George Polk Award, the Edward R. Murrow award, and the Jack R. Howard Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation. Before joining CBS News, Holly was a Beijing-based Asia Correspondent for Sky News. She produced stories that won the Royal Television Society Award, the Foreign Press Association Award and the Golden Nymph. Williams was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2007-2008.


Board Member

Rebecca Winthrop

Dr. Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. Her research focuses on education in the developing world, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in life, and improving quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence. Prior to joining Brookings in June 2009, Dr. Winthrop spent 15 years working in the field of education for displaced and migrant communities, most recently as the head of education for the International Rescue Committee. She is the co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment.