Our Leadership Team

Margaret Crotty, President

Margaret Crotty, World Education PresidentWorld Education
44 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210-1211
Phone: 1.617.482.9485
Fax: 1.617.482.0617



    Margaret Crotty joined JSI and World Education as president and CEO on January 1, 2022.  Most recently, she served as CEO of the Partnership with Children, a New York City-based provider of community health services and school-based mental health programs.  Previously, Margaret led Save the Children’s flagship initiative to reduce global child and maternal mortality. In the private sector, Margaret spent seven years in executive roles at the global corporation EF Education, living in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Paris. She has also worked for McKinsey & Co. in Jakarta, Indonesia. Margaret graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and African-American Studies, and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. 

    Alexander K. Baker, MBA - Chief Operating Officer

    Alex Baker, Chief Operating OfficerWorld Education
    44 Farnsworth Street
    Boston, MA 02210-1211
    Phone: 1.617.482.9485
    Fax: 1.617.482.0617



      Alex Baker is the chief operating officer for World Education. Prior to rejoining World Education, he served as chief operating officer at Partners Community Healthcare, Inc. (PCHI), the provider network for the Partners Healthcare System. He joined PCHI in July 1999 as its director of finance, and was subsequently made chief financial officer and then COO in 2005. Alex’s background includes positions in financial management, operations, and information systems in a variety of health care-related settings. Prior to joining PCHI, Alex was director of finance for JSI and provided financial management consulting services to U.S. community-based health care providers. Alex has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

      Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer
      Adam Turney, Interim Vice President, Africa Division

      World Education
      44 Farnsworth Street
      Boston, MA 02210-1211
      Phone: 1.617.482.9485
      Fax: 1.617.482.0617



        With more than 16 years of experience working in both US and international education sectors, Adam Turney currently serves as the interim Vice President of World Education’s Africa Division. He provides managerial oversight and technical assistance across the portfolio while also serving as a senior technical advisor. He supports monitoring and evaluation systems, research, and new business development opportunities with a focus on initiatives in Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Jordan, and serving as an Africa Division lead for the EdTech Center. Before joining World Education in 2014, Adam spent more than eight years teaching and volunteering in the US, South Korea, and Mozambique. Adam completed his BA at Michigan State University and has an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s International Education Policy program.

        Gill Garb, Executive Director, Bantwana Initiative

        Gill Garb Executive Director Bantwana InitiativeBantwana Initiative of
        World Education
        44 Farnsworth St.
        Boston, MA 02210
        Phone:
        1.617.482.9485
        Fax:
        1.617.482.0617



          A native South African, Gill Garb brings a 20-year track record of developing innovative education and HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in Africa. As the regional director and then HIV and AIDS senior advisor to World Education, Gill used evidence-based strategies to test new approaches in HIV and AIDS programs and championed an integrated, comprehensive approach linking literacy, health, livelihoods, leadership, community awareness, and policy to mitigating the HIV epidemic. Gill launched the Bantwana Initiative in 2006 to help orphaned and vulnerable children—and their caregivers—access the full range of support and integrated care they need to grow into healthy adults.

          Gill Garb Executive Director Bantwana Initiative
          Priyanka Sharma, Vice President, US Division

          World Education
          44 Farnsworth St.
          Boston, MA 02210
          Phone: 1.617.482.9485
          Fax: 1.617.482.0617



            As vice president of World Education, Priyanka Sharma oversees the organization’s U.S.-based projects and centers of expertise, including the EdTech Center, National College Transition Network, New England Literacy Resource Center, and SABES Program Support Center. Priyanka leads projects on post-secondary career readiness, technology integration, digital transformation, and digital skills development. She co-leads Digital US, a national initiative with a cross-sector approach to design a learn and work ecosystem that fosters digital resilience for all learner workers. She also directs the New England Literacy Resource Center, leading projects that emerge from collaboration among policymakers, professional developers, and practitioners. Priyanka has authored two resources (Mentoring Toolkit and English Now! Implementation Guide) that support peer mentoring and learning; contributed to Mapping the Financial Journey for adult students; and co-authored Leveraging Technology to Increase Opportunity and Economic Security for Adults. She has a degree in biology and anthropology from the State University of NY.

            Dr. James MacNeil, Ed.D., Vice President, Asia and Special Projects Division

            James MacNeilWorld Education
            44 Farnsworth St.
            Boston, MA 02210
            Phone:1.617.482.9485
            Fax:1.617.482.0617



              James MacNeil has implemented programs on education, livelihoods, development, and natural resources management in South and Southeast Asia for 20 years. He lived and worked in Thailand, Vietnam, and India for ten years. Since 1999, he has worked with World Education providing technical assistance and managerial oversight to school governance and sustainable agriculture programs in Indonesia and projects that get vulnerable children and child laborers back to school in India.

              James MacNeil
              Janice Clark, MBA - Director of Finance

              Janice ClarkWorld Education
              44 Farnsworth St.
              Boston, MA 02210
              Phone:1.617.482.9485
              Fax:1.617.482.0617



                Janice Clark is the Director of Finance for John Snow, Inc., JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. and World Education, Inc.  Prior to this role, Janice served as the Controller for World Education, Inc. and previous to that, as the Contracts and Grants Manager at John Snow, Inc.  She brings over twenty years of financial management experience in a global environment for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Janice has a BA in Philosophy and English from Boston College, an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

                Janice Clark
                Frank DeSarbo - Director of Human Resources

                Frank DeSarboWorld Education
                44 Farnsworth St.
                Boston, MA 02210
                Phone:1.617.482.9485
                Fax:1.617.482.0617



                  As the Director of Human Resources, Frank has worked in global public health for more than 25 years specializing in employee relations, benefits administration, recruitment, compensation, operations, finance, and more.  Frank believes that in order for JSI/World Education staff to thrive and feel supported, HR should be a leader known for quality service, with equitable, fair and inclusive policies and practices where staff seek professional expertise.

                  Frank DeSarbo
                  Penelope Riseborough - Director of Communications

                  Penelope RiseboroughWorld Education
                  44 Farnsworth St.
                  Boston, MA 02210
                  Phone:1.617.482.9485
                  Fax:1.617.482.0617



                    With almost 30 years of experience in public health communications, Penelope Riseborough has led World Education communications since 2001. In this role, she is responsible for external communications, brand development, and marketing as well as internal knowledge-sharing among World Education’s staff around the world. She oversees digital media and strategic information, developing stories of project impact, and increasing visibility and influence. She also serves as director of communications for World Education’s partner organization, JSI.

                    Penelope Riseborough
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