Our Team

Meet the Staff

Grace for Impact builds on more than 10 years of organizational experience and has a passionate and talented senior leadership team and board of directors comprised of industry leaders who are committed to long-term program excellence, in addition to transparency, accountability and efficiency.

Our Staff

Amanda J. Childress, MPA

Amanda J. Childress, MPA

CEO

Ms. Childress is an international development and public administration professional with US, international, non-profit and institutional experience and over 15 years of senior leadership experience in the field managing large, complex multi-sectorial portfolio’s and development programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She has served as Country Director, Country Representative, Regional Director, Senior Advisor and in other positions with the Netherlands Development Organization, the United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Development Program, Africare, Pact and the University of Illinois based in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Angola, Tanzania, Madagascar and others in a regional capacity. Amanda specializes in organizational leadership and development, resource mobilization and managing high profile and complex programs in difficult contexts. She has experience with a diverse set of donors and partners including DfID, USAID, DGIS, World Bank, United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the private sector.

Ms. Childress holds a Masters of Public Administration, several professional certifications and is fluent in French. Amanda is passionate about her work and committed to finding smart and scalable solutions to advance the plight of the poor and marginalized worldwide.

Amanda enjoys the arts, including classical dance, coaching basketball and she’s a huge fan of Formula 1!

Makda Ghaber

Makda Ghaber

Program Officer

Makda Ghaber is the Program Officer of Grace for Impact. She supports program administration, data management and analysis, and the technical and development aspects of the organization. Makda brings her international exposure and research experience to support formative program research and evaluation. Her experience working for an international development organization in Ghana, alongside her passion and dedication to improving the quality of life for the rural poor positions her well for the role.

Makda holds a BS in Economics and a BA in Integrative Studies with focuses in International Studies, Sociology, and Business, from the University of North Texas.  She has served locally as a project manager and a peer mentor for a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. In addition, she has worked in the private sector for a leading global IT consulting firm and an international mobility services company.

In her free time, Makda enjoys traveling, painting, listening to audiobooks, and has an impressive international coin collection from all the places she has lived and visited.

Kofi O. Boafo

Kofi O. Boafo

Country Coordinator

Kofi Boafo is the Country Coordinator for Grace for Impact in Ghana. Kofi leads all in-country coordination and field activities in Ghana. He brings valuable international development experience and cross-sector knowledge in non-profit programming and operations as well as public and private sector experience in both Ghana and the United States. Mr. Boafo worked as a Program Advisor in a wide range of areas with the Netherlands Development Organization in Ghana where he was instrumental in creating new business development and strategic partnerships and innovations for the organization in Ghana.His experience with donors and partners included UKAID, DGIS, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates, Ford Foundation, AFDB and the Government of Ghana.
Kofi holds a Bachelors Degree in Integrated Science and Technology with concentrations in Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. He has participated in international workshops and trainings and holds several professional certifications. Kofi is very passionate about Africa, poverty alleviation and is working to find ways to create meaningful employment for the youth in Ghana.
Mr. Boafo serves as a volunteer and youth leader in his church where he provides capacity development, coaching, and entrepreneurial training. Kofi enjoys travelling and in his free time he enjoys reading about Africa and listening to uplifting music

Dapo Oriola

Dapo Oriola

Board Chairman

Mr. Dapo Oriola, a native of Nigeria, is the founder and Chairman of Grace for Impact. Mr. Oriola is a passionate and effective philanthropist who brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience to the organization. He has served in a variety of roles over the years including non-profit healthcare, education, active ministry, journalism and the private sector. Mr. Oriola is currently a partner with a leading healthcare technology company based in Dallas, Texas.

Mr. Oriola holds multiple degrees including a bachelors in Theology, a Masters in Journalism and  a degree in Philanthropy. A committed life learner, he also earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management.

Mr. Oriola is a talented closet musician who resides in Loma Linda, California with his family.