dZi Foundation Leadership

Ang Chokpa Sherpa
Ang Chokpa Sherpa
Nepal Country Director

Ang Chokpa is from the village of Chaurikharka Solukhumbu, near the main gateway to Mt. Everest. In her role with dZi, she serves as the logistical manager for both the field and office staff in Nepal. Her organization and communication skills are an asset of incalculable value not only for the dZi Foundation staff, but for the thousands of villagers whose lives have prospered under her leadership. Chokpa has advanced degrees in both Sociology and Rural Development, and is interested in yoga, trekking, Buddhism, and women’s rights.

Jim Nowak
President and Co-Founder

Since 1998, Jim’s leadership has taken the dZi Foundation from a grassroots organization initially formed to fund a safehouse for girls in Kathmandu to a thriving nonprofit that serves over 44,000 individuals in Nepal. For the last twenty years, Jim has led dZi’s fundraising and managed staff in the Ridgway office. dZi’s growth is a direct result of his knowledge, passion, and compassion for the communities that dZi serves.

Meet Our Nepal Team

Rupak Maharjan
Program and Communication Officer
Tulasa Rai
Agriculture Technician
Tilak Khand Thakuri
Civil Engineer
Subindra Rai
Technical Assistant
Saroj Kulung
Field Supervisor
Sangita Gurung
Field Assistant
Rewati Rai
Agriculture Program Coordinator
Patrus Rai
Community Market Facilitator
Nirmala Rai
Office Assistant
Kanchan Rai
Agriculture Technician
Jibnath Timsina
Field Supervisor
Jitna Janam Rai
District Program Coordinator
Jhanak Karki
Jhanak Karki
Operation Officer
Jas Bahadur Rai
Agriculture Technician
Iswor Basnet
Agriculture Technician
Gyan Bahadur Bhattarai
District Program Coordinator
Gautam Silwal
Chief Finance Officer
Dipesh Gurung
Quality Education Program Coordinator
Chhatra Rai
Technical Assistant
Bhalakaji Rai
M & E Coordinator
Ambika Rai
Agriculture Technician
Dillu Khatri
Agriculture Technician
Satananda Upadhyaye
Agriculture Program Officer
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Samip Thapa
Logistic Assistant
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Prashant BK
Field Assistant
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Rajkumar Rai
Field Assistant
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Mansu Rai
Agriculture Technician
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Thamsari Rai
Agriculture Technician

Meet Our US & UK Team

Michelle Montague
Michelle Montague
Finance Officer
Raven Cashen
Development Associate
Our Board
US Voting Board
Brent Bishop
Jeff Resnick
Vice Chair
Karsang Sherpa
Yvonne Marsh
Matt Glerum
Ted Kerasote
US Advisory Board
Yolande Miracle-Colburn
Steve Fenberg
CO State Senator
Caroline Fisher, PhD
Bill Keller
Thomas Newmeyer
Matthew Weatherly-White
Erik Weihenmayer
Buck Elliott
Robin Houston, MD MP
US Council
Darvin Ayre
Robert Balmaseda
Tom Fritz
Peter Hackett, MD
Ace Kvale
Hilaree Nelson
Scott Penzerella
Mark Udall
Former US Senator
UK Trustees
Paul Mulholland
Dan Beacon
Ed Douglas
Bill Liske
Corporate Partners