girls Rebuilding Respect for Women could not run an efficient and life-changing organization without the efforts of our Global Executive Team

Global Executive Team

Rebuilding Respect for Women could not run an efficient and life-changing organization without the efforts of our Global Executive Team. This team enables us to achieve our mission and goals by overseeing our programs on the ground.

Wheatonia Malekebu Founding President and Chief Executive Officer

Wheatonia Malekebu has worked for several years in the administration field both in the public and nonprofit sectors. She is a graduate from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business, as well as acquired a graduate certificate in International Administration and a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, with a focus on Human Resources Administration. Her focus on women empowerment has been extremely dear to her for many years as she has traveled the world and been able to see first had how the lack of education and resources can really affect a person's ability to make it in life, especially women. She vowed that once she was educated she would then use her knowledge the most effective way that she could, and that was sharing what she has learned, and that is what Rebuilding Respect for Women does for her, it allows her to reach out to women around the world to help them love and respect themselves.

Lydia Cross Vice President of Development

Lydia Cross joined RRFW in 2011 tasked with leading the development strategy. Lydia's interest in women's empowerment began as she traveled around the globe for personal and professional adventures. These travels took her from the United States to Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Her time working with inner city youth in Hartford, CT is where she became motivated to fulfill the need that women within the United States encounter. Lydia has a B.A in International Studies and an M.A in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management.

Yi LuChief Financial Officer

Yi Lu comes to Rebuilding Respect for Women with over 6 years of experience in financial management. Her expertise are in the areas of financial analysis, investment analysis, risk management, financial management, corporate finance and accounting.  She also carries a Master’s degree in Finance from Pace University.


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