Boston Leadership Council (BLC)

Three council members of the Boston Leadership Council stand together in front of a backdrop with Save the Children’s logo printed on it. Photo credit: Save the Children.

Council Leaders (left to right): Tasneem Ghogawala, ML Krakauer, and Roberta Moore.
Not Pictured: Diane Bevan, Larry Krakauer, Joe Ramrath, Mary Lou Navin, Lee Hornor, Sejal Srinivasan, Maureen Olsen, Khalda Hashash, and Lindsay Duggan.

For more information about the Boston Leadership Council (BLC) contact:
Diana Sarro | Director, Individual Philanthropy | 203.434.8578

About Us

Members of Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council (BLC) are a diverse group of volunteer child advocates in Greater Boston who are committed to supporting the work of Save the Children.  BLC was founded on the principle that local neighbors with a shared passion can come together to raise awareness for vulnerable and marginalized children in the United States and around the world.

Our Mission

The members of the BLC are committed to building a sense of community among Save the Children supporters in the Greater Boston area. Together, we are raising public awareness and growing an active network of local philanthropists.

Our Vision

The members of the BLC are united in their support of Save the Children’s mission for children, to transform their lives and the future we share. In the United States and around the world, Save the Children gives children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.

Boston Leadership Council (BLC) Members

Six member of Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council Benefit pose in front of a patterned background printed with the Save the Children logo. The men and women are attended a benefit at the Downtown Harvard Club hosted by Tim Douglas. Photo credit: Casey Atkins/Nov 2018.
Amy Ho, Colie Lueders, Christy Moore, Lindsay Morris, Megan Griffin and Daniel Anderson of Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council Benefit at the Downtown Harvard Club in Boston on November 2, 2018.
Dr. Sobeih Hanjani, Mahsa Khanbabai, Khalda Hashash, Mohamed Akoad at Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council Benefit at the Downtown Harvard Club in Boston on November 2, 2018.

Tasneem Ghogawala, Chair
Diane Bevan
Larry Krakauer
ML Krakauer
Roberta Moore
Joe Ramrath
Mary Lou Navin
Lee Hornor
Sejal Srinivasan
Maureen Olsen
Khalda Hashash
Lindsay Duggan

Mohamed Akoad
Anna Byrne
Curt Tobey
Mahsa Khanbabai
Zoher Ghogawala
Amber Batata
Rebecca Leonard
Carlin Carr
Goli and Alireza Sepehr

Paige Hornor
Christy Moore
Becky Ramrath

Brahm Agnihotri
Tejas Agnihotri
Ahmed Akoad
Jumana Akoad
Philip Byrne
Amelia Cordischi
Patricia Cordischi
Sameena Ghogawala
Zoher Ghogawala Jr.
Alyssa Jewell
Colie Lueders
Ntanga Ndou
Liz Wright

Leena Agnihotri
Ann Jenness
Navid Madani
Jeff Mayersohn
Aneesh and Priya Singhal
Bhaskar and Taruna Banerjee
Nora Lynch Smith
Eric and Sara Svenson
Christina Taborsky
Debi Ramrath 
Sheetal Acharya
Raji Balasubramanian
Katherine Bassick
Nate Buffum
Pam Cerne
Sonali and Milind Desai
Tim Douglas
Corrie and Thomas Dretler
Betsy Gavron
Meredith Tobe
Bernadette Vanavia
Drita Protopapa
Jane Purser
Avital Rodal
Jenny Silberman
Amy Simmons
Savithri Srinivasan
Connie and Mike Lueders
Kimberly Macchi
Lana Murphy
Peace Nguyen
Allison Kates
Mei-Lyn and John Kingsley
Rebecca Lloyd
Jeffrey Lorch
Karen Ketterer
Tracey Vainisi
Maryanne Muller
Amy Carlin
Basema Safa
Zehra Mooraj and Mamoon Yunus

Events and Field Trips

Girls and boys play football at a Save the Children child friendly space set up in the Za'atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. Photo credit: Pim Ras / Save the Children, Dec 2018.
Two smiling Syrian Refugees that have been living in a tented informal refugee camp for the last 5 years in Lebanon. Jonathan Hyams / Save The Children. 2018.

May 9, 2019 - Bvlgari, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Commemorating Save the Children’s Centennial Anniversary
BVLGARI is hosting a cocktail party with BLC to celebrate Save the Children’s Centennial anniversary. Since beginning its unique partnership in 2009 with Save the Children, Bvlgari has raised over $85 million globally through sales of an iconic Save the Children jewelry collection. For 100 years, Save the Children has been doing whatever it takes for children in need.
Event Chair: Roberta Moore

June 16 to June 21, 2019 - Lebanon
Field Trip to Visit Save the Children Programs in Lebanon
BLC and BYLC members will travel to Lebanon, where Save the Children has been responding to emergency and development needs since 1953. The group will be hosted by Allison Zelkowitz, Lebanon Country Director, and meet with program staff and community.
Field Trip Chair:  Joe Ramrath

September 7, 2019 - Home of Khalda Hashash & Mohamed Akoad, Lexington MA
Global Refugee Crisis and Return to Learning Lunch
Sudanese Cultural Immersion Luncheon with speaker Maha Karahamad, a recently resettled Syrian refugee currently working with Save the Children’s Strategic Foundation Partnerships team.  Maha will speak of her personal journey and why educating refugee children is pivotal for their short-term wellbeing, and improved prospects for a brighter future.
Event Chair: Khalda Hashash

November 15, 2019 - Harvard Club of Boston, Boston MA
2nd Annual 'Celebrate the Future of Every Child'
Exquisite Hors d'oeuvres and Wine Reception to be followed by an inspiring presentation: 'Stories from the frontline: BLC members reporting from site visit to Lebanon.'
Event tickets available in September
Host: BLC

November 15 - December 16, 2019 - Virtual Online Rowing Challenge
ROW! 4 Every Last Child
The BLC will launch our first Virtual Indoor Rowing Challenge Fundraiser in celebration of Save the Children's 100th Anniversary.  The event welcomes individuals and teams of all ages and capabilities from across the U.S. who can find donors to support them as they row on indoor rowing machines throughout this period of November 15 - December 16.
More information and Challenge Link to come.
Chair: Diane Bevan

Upcoming Event
Supporting India's Marginalized and Vulnerable Street Children
BLC will support 'Making the "Invisibles" Visible', a campaign in India to provide 'legal' identity, school enrollment, access to healthcare and other services to the children living in the streets of India.

For more information on upcoming events or field trips please contact:
Diana Sarro | Director, Individual Philanthropy | 203.434.8578

Our Initiatives

A group of men and women seated in rows at the Downtown Harvard Club in Boston listen intently during Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council Benefit. Photo credit: Casey Atkins/Save the Children, Nov 2018
A young woman reads to a group of children for the Boston Leadership Council's Valentine Initiative
A woman wearing a Save the Children branded shirt sits with a group of children in a circle.


February 2018 - The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, MA
Every Child Deserves a Future
Save the Children’s BLC hosted a cocktail reception to build awareness around Save the Children’s work for children in the U.S. and around the world. and encourage our guests to join our efforts. This event raised $80,000 in support of Save the Children’s emergency relief efforts around the world. Special guest speakers were Gary Shaye, Associate Vice President of Save the Children and Jesse Hartness, Senior Director, Emergency Health and Nutrition International Programs, Save the Children.
Event Chair: Diane Bevan

February 2018 - Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley, MA
Children from Grades pre-K-2 gathered to hear joyful storytelling to instill a sense of empathy for children in other parts of the country and the world.  Participants created Valentine’s Day cards for some of our world’s most vulnerable children.
Event Chair: Tasneem Ghogawala

January 2019 - Boston, MA
Boston Young Leaders Council
As co-chairs of Save the Children’s Boston Young Leader’s Council (BYLC), founding BLC members Becky Ramrath, Christy Moore and Paige Hornor came together to both kick off the new group. Their focus is to engage and inspire young adults to support the work of Save the Children through social media and events.

Supporting Return to Learning for Refugee ChildreN

May 2018 - The Country Club, Chestnut Hill, MA
Awareness Raising Evening about ‘The Return to Learning Initiative’ 
BLC held an informational and inspiring program to learn about Save the Children’s Return to Learning initiative which aims to get refugee children back where they belong – in school within 30 days of displacement.  Experts included Dan Stoner, Save the Children’s Vice President for Education and Child Protection, Sara Hommel, Save the Children’s HEART (Healing and Education through the Arts) program Director and Maria Trozzi, M.Ed, Executive Director, Joanna’s Place.
Event Chairs: Diane Bevan and Larry Krakauer

September 2018 - Roberta Moore’s Home, Dover MA
Girls Night In
Roberta Moore hosted a fun-filled evening with wine, food and shopping where guests learned about the work Save the Children is doing to support education for refugee children.  The night was a kick-off to BLC’s first large scale fundraiser, Let’s Celebrate the Future of Every Child – An Event to Benefit The Return to Learning Initiative.
Host: Roberta Moore

November 2018 - Downtown Harvard Club, Boston MA
Let’s Celebrate the Future of Every Child – An Event to benefit The Return to Learning Initiative
Save the Children’s Boston Leadership Council raised over $250,000 which enabled the BLC to purchase a mobile library for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. The event was hosted by Tim Douglas, Assistant Director of academic advising at Emerson College, and co-hosted by WCVB-TV’s Janet Wu. The evening benefit featured renowned author, journalist and commentator Cokie Roberts of ABC News and NPR and highlighted Save the Children’s “Return to Learning” initiative. “Return to Learning,” a pillar of the global humanitarian organization’s 100th anniversary campaign. 
Event Co-Chairs:  Roberta Moore, ML Krakauer, and Tasneem Ghogawala

Get Involved

Children playing and learning at a Save the Children reading club in  Mindanao, Philippines.

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For further information about the Boston Leadership Council (BLC) contact:
Diana Sarro | Director, Individual Philanthropy | 203.434.8578


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