SOLA is supported in the implementation of its mission by an advisory board comprised of individuals who share the belief that talented young Afghan girls are the hope for an educated, progressive and prosperous Afghanistan.
Dana H. Freyer, Esq.
Dana H. Freyer, Esq., co-founded and chairs the Global Partnership for Afghanistan, which works with rural Afghans to create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and promote economic development. She is a retired senior partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where she practiced for 32 years and headed the firm’s Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practices.
Hon. Ronald E. Neumann
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann is a career foreign service officer who was U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007, ambassador to Bahrain and Algeria, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Amb. Neumann currently serves as the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is the author of The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan (2009).
Hon. Jane M. Swift
Jane M. Swift, American politician and education reformer, became the first female Governor of Massachusetts (2001-03) after having served as state senator, lieutenant governor and cabinet secretary. Swift is CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages, LLC, for K-12 world language learning programs, and on the boards of Suburban Propane, Sally Ride Science, and Inclusion Advisory Council, Deloitte & Touche. She has been featured on 60 Minutes, CBS Early Show, NBC Today Show, ABC View, and CNN Inside Politics. She is a distinguished lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College, Massachusetts.
Dr. Eric Widmer
Dr. Eric Widmer, American scholar and educator, attended Deerfield, Williams, and Harvard. He spent 25 years at Brown University as professor, historian, student-life dean, and dean of admission and financial aid. Dr. Widmer became headmaster of Deerfield Academy in 1994 and founding headmaster at King's Academy in Jordan in 2007. In 2010 he was named Global Educator of the Year by the National Association of Independent Schools.