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Celena Green

Celena Green

Director, Africa/Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

Vital Voices Global Partnership


International De velopment Pro fessional





Vital Voices Global Partnership

Director, Africa/Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship

Leads Vital Voices Africa region in developing and implementing political participation, economic development, and human rights programs serving women leaders and women-led organizations throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Currently leading VV|GROW Africa and the Vital Voices Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), multi-year entrepreneurship development programs providing leadership and entrepreneurship training, technical assistance, and grants to businesswomen’s associations and entrepreneurs at SME level. Other portfolio programs include SPARC—Strengthening Public Advocacy for Regional Competitiveness, a regional advocacy capacity-building program in partnership with businesswomen’s associations in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Nigeria.

Career medium 06

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Senior Program Manager, Africa

Vital Voices Global Partnership

Program Manager, Africa

International YMCA of Greater NY

Director, International Training & Internships

• Member of senior management team and Responsible Officer.
• Launched new Internship program and four new Training programs.
• Maintained employment partnerships with over 100 American and international companies.
• Trained staff, board members, and employers in visa regulations and program procedures.
• Developed new program materials, newsletters, website content; and intranet resources for staff.
• Increased department revenue by 55%.

Career medium 02

International YMCA of Greater NY

Program Coordinator, YMCA Go Global

Coordinated international volunteer exchange and capacity-building program placing skilled Americans at YMCAs worldwide. Created new marketing approach for individual and group programs. Developed partnerships with Historically Black Colleges seeking international programs.

Career medium 03
Career medium 01

Zimbabwe National Council of YMCAs

Capacity-Building Program Manager

• Provided training for YMCA branch leaders in fund development and program management.
• Coordinated two Annual Support Campaigns and developed Friends of the Zimbabwe YMCA.
• Wrote a fundraising an organizational development manual and the 2003 business plan.
• Conducted feasibility study on proposed income generating ventures.
• Led training in fundraising strategies for Southern African national YMCAs.

Career medium 05

Global Kids, Inc.

Director of Development

• Prepared proposals and reports to foundation, corporate, and local government donors.
• Diversified funding base by increasing individual donor and corporate giving.
• Supported the development committee of the Board of Directors.
• Organized annual benefit, silent auction, and direct mail fundraising efforts.
• Developed media kits and secured print and television press coverage.
• Secured New Voices Human Rights


City University of New York-Brooklyn College

BA, Africana Studies