Tommy Clark

Tommy Clark // Founder & CEO

Dr. Tommy Clark is a pediatrician and former professional soccer player. Tommy conceived the idea for Grassroot Soccer after living and playing soccer in Zimbabwe. Tommy was born in Scotland and moved to Zimbabwe at age fourteen where his father Bobby Clark was coach of the Highlanders Football Club. He attended Dartmouth College where he was captain of the soccer team. Following graduation, Tommy returned to Zimbabwe to teach English and play professional soccer. Tommy attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico where he was twice named the Resident Teacher of the Year. Following residency, Tommy was a research fellow at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California at San Francisco. Tommy has been awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Annie Dyson Child Advocacy Award, the Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Junior award, the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Nkosi Johnson Award, the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award, and was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical society.

Ethan Zohn


Ethan Zohn is a co-founder of Grassroot Soccer and a member of our business development team. In 2002, Ethan was the winner of CBS’s television prog...Read more

Babikir M. Babikir

Senior Business Development Coordinator

Babikir is responsible for business development systems management across Grassroot Soccer’s restricted donor portfolio, including proposal developm...Read more

Chris Barkley

Technical Advisor, Mental Health

Chris helped develop and launch Grassroot Soccer’s mental health strategy and guides program design, partnerships, research, and capacity-building t...Read more

Yared Belete

Partnerships Program Manager, Ethiopia

Yared Belete is Grassroot Soccer's Partnerships Program Manager, Ethiopia, based in Addis Ababa.

Prior to joining GRS, Yared worked wit...Read more

Kenneth Bhauti

Director of Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

Kenneth “Kenny” Bhauti has worked for international NGOs since 2000, including PSI Zimbabwe, CNFA, and Grassroot Soccer, among others. In his seco...Read more

James Chimbiya

Partnerships Program Coordinator

James is based in Malawi and supports the Grassroot Soccer Partnerships team to provide technical assistance and steward programs and partnerships. Ja...Read more

Tendai Chimuka

Senior Business Development Coordinator

Tendai is the Senior Business Development Coordinator at Grassroot Soccer, based in Zimbabwe. She supports the management of business development syst...Read more

Ilana Cohen

Director of Programs

Ilana leads Grassroot Soccer's Global Partnerships team, which manages grants, provides technical assistance, and stewards partnerships across a wide ...Read more

Andy Dallos

Director of Strategy and Innovation

Andy Dallos oversees Grassroot Soccer's global go-to-market strategy for GRS SKILLZ products and technical assistance services and supports the evolut...Read more

Derek Daniels

Global Training Manager

Derek started working for Grassroot Soccer South Africa as a Master Coach in 2009 and joined the Global team as Training Manager in 2021. He is respon...Read more

Melissa Densmore

Senior Director of Finance

Melissa Densmore is responsible for overseeing all financial management and reporting functions of Grassroot Soccer, both internally and externally. P...Read more

Dennis Dube

Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator

Dennis works within Grassroot Soccer’s Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) department supporting all things M&E. He is based in Johann...Read more

Blessed Bukhosi Gumbi

Partnerships Program Support Manager

Blessed is a Partnerships Program Support Manager supporting programmatic interventions across Grassroot Soccer partnership countries. He is based in ...Read more

Lisa P. Kable

Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Kable leads the development and execution of Grassroot Soccer’s global strategic plan. Prior to joining the GRS team, Lisa spent 25+ years work...Read more

Diana Taonga Kennedy-Tembo

Product Development Coordinator

Diana Taonga Kennedy-Tembo is the Product Development Coordinator on the Grassroot Soccer Global team. In her role, Taonga is responsible for co-devel...Read more

Kondwani Kuthyola

Digital Health Specialist

Kondwani is Grassroot Soccer's Digital Health Specialist, based in Lilongwe, Malawi. A technology enthusiast who enjoys challenging the status quo thr...Read more

Devyn Lee

Research Manager

Devyn oversees Grassroot Soccer's research and evaluation portfolio, working with other GRS teams and partners to design and carry out studies that he...Read more

Judith Lungu

Partnerships Program Manager, Malawi

Judie is the Grassroot Soccer Partnerships Program Manager based in Lilongwe, Malawi. She is a psychologist by profession with vast experience in pedi...Read more

Mbulelo Malotana

Managing Director, GRS South Africa

Mbulelo oversees strategy, programs, operations, and business development for GRS South Africa. He joined Grassroot Soccer in 2015 as a Provincial Pro...Read more

Ethan McCoy

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ethan leads Grassroot Soccer’s global marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining Grassroot Soccer in 2021, Ethan worked for over six yea...Read more

Boyd Mkandawire

Managing Director, GRS Zambia

Boyd joined Grassroot Soccer as a Business Development and Communications Manager, now holding the role of Managing Director of GRS Zambia, overseeing...Read more

Chikwanka Mubanga

Research Coordinator

Chikwanka is responsible for coordinating all Grassroot Soccer research activities. Prior to joining GRS, Chikwanka worked as a consultant Research As...Read more

Maluba Mulebi

Assistant Systems Analyst and Developer

By profession, Maluba is a self-driven and ambitious software engineer. She graduated from the University of Zambia with a bachelor's degree in softwa...Read more

Kunda Mwitwa

Partnerships Program Coordinator

Kunda Mwitwa is a passionate and enthusiastic youth advocate from Lusaka, Zambia who supports Grassroot Soccer’s Global Partnerships team as Program...Read more

Happy Ncube

Partnerships Program Manager, Zimbabwe

Happy Ncube is a Partnerships Program Manager, based in Zimbabwe, responsible for coordinating and providing technical assistance to GRS partners. She...Read more

Polite Ndlovu

Product Development Manager

Polite is the go-to guy for all Grassroot Soccer products and processes — curricula, SKILLZ magazines, implementation guidance, formatting, digital ...Read more

Godknows Ngwenya

Salesforce Assistant

Godknows is Grassroot Soccer’s Salesforce Assistant, responsible for organizing and supporting organizational database management activities, conduc...Read more

Alexander Nkosi

Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager

Alex is a leading monitoring and evaluation expert with over 15 years of experience in designing and managing monitoring and evaluation systems for co...Read more

Charmaine Nyakonda

Mental Health Specialist

Charmaine is based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and is the Grassroot Soccer Mental Health Specialist. In her role, she supports the Mental Health Technical A...Read more

Babatunde Odusolu

Partnerships Program Manager, Nigeria

Babatunde “Brostee” Odusolu is Grassroot Soccer’s Partnerships Program Manager for Nigeria. Prior to joining GRS, Babatunde worked as a clinicia...Read more

Elizabeth Okoth

Partnerships Program Manager, Kenya

Elizabeth Okoth is Grassroot Soccer's Partnerships Program Manager based in Kenya. Elizabeth is a public health specialist with a Master of Public Hea...Read more

Holly Louise Perry

Senior Manager, Operations and Global HR Compliance

Holly oversees Grassroot Soccer’s Global Human Resources and also manages the organization's Operations and Compliance efforts. Prior to joining GRS...Read more

Fleur Pollard

Director of Programs – Maternity Cover

Fleur leads Grassroot Soccer’s Global Partnerships team, which manages grants, provides technical assistance, and stewards partnerships across a wid...Read more

Laura-Jade Richards

Director, U.K Development

Laura-Jade (L-J) Richards leads all U.K and European development at Grassroot Soccer; cultivating strategic partnerships through individuals, major gi...Read more

Alex Romagnolo

Vice President, Principal Gifts

Alex has rejoined Grassroot Soccer to oversee principal gifts, after spending nearly a decade in college athletics. His career includes leadership pos...Read more

Theresa Sanchez

Senior Development Coordinator

Theresa Sanchez is Grassroot Soccer's Development Senior Coordinator, supporting the development team in unrestricted fundraising efforts. Prior to jo...Read more

Fiona Shanks

Vice President, Global Impact and Operations

Fiona Shanks is responsible for managing Grassroot Soccer’s programs across Africa — GRS’s Impact — as well as leading the organization's Oper...Read more

Tori Stellon

Event Manager

Tori supports Grassroot Soccer’s development team by managing a wide variety of successful and engaging events. Tori graduated from Texas Christian ...Read more

Olivia Swindler

Digital Communications Senior Coordinator

Olivia Swindler is Grassroot Soccer’s Digital Communications Senior Coordinator. Before joining Grassroot Soccer in 2023, she lived in Grenoble, Fra...Read more

Sara Sykes

Vice President, Development

Sara Sykes leads development at Grassroot Soccer, raising unrestricted funding through individual and major gifts, events, and corporate and foundatio...Read more

Angela Tucker

Global Assistant Controller

Angela Tucker is responsible for preparing financial statements to summarize and forecast Grassroot Soccer's financial status. She also assists with t...Read more

Donny Vumbi

Global Information System Manager

Donny manages the Global Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) information systems (i.e Salesforce, SKILLZ Scoreboard, and SKILLZ App) for Grassr...Read more

Marilyn Wanner

Executive Assistant

Marilyn is the Grassroot Soccer Executive Assistant and provides high-level administrative and logistical support for the Founder and CEO, as well as ...Read more

Hannah Wolfson

Senior Business Development Manager

As a member of Grassroot Soccer’s Global Business Development team, Hannah oversees the organization's U.S. Government funding portfolio. Prior to j...Read more