Matthew is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the Hunter School of Social Work with more than 25 years’ experience leading dynamic teams at award-winning not-for-profit-organizations. He served as a Director at YAI Network, an international recognized disabilities agency and at Action Against Hunger, a renowned global humanitarian and hunger relief organization.
Here in The Bahamas, Matt was the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships for Baha Mar; overseeing the BELIEVE Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for REACH, Young Marine Explorers, The Seahorse Institute and the Ministry of Social Services. Over his career. he has worked on advocacy and social justice efforts in the United States, Jordan, India, Bangladesh, The Bahamas and The United Emirates. Matt is recognized with an expertise in fundraising, marketing, community organizing, corporate social responsibility and not for profit management.
Chauntez is a public relations and policy wonk with deep roots in communications for the non-profit and philanthropy sectors having held public relations positions at international and local organizations such as The Clinton Global Initiative, The United Nations Association, The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Foundation, Citizens for a Better Bahamas, and several international banks developing strategy in corporate philanthropy.
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Chauntez studied Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University where she focused on comparative politics with an emphasis on human rights, social movements, and democracy consolidation. A feminist and anti-violence activist Chauntez is an avid volunteer with the Bahamas Crisis Centre and a former member of the Advisory Board to the Women’s Bureau of the Government of the Bahamas. Chauntez is a proud QC Comet, a United World Scholar, and a Lyford Cay Scholar.
Amanda is an International Development Worker with over 10 years experience in the field. With an initial focus on Public Health, Amanda’s career has spanned various organizations with her most extensive experience based within the Red Cross Movement, notably with the Bahamas Red Cross and the American Red Cross where she managed both local and regional health & resilience building projects.
Amanda holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Development Studies, and a BA with Honors from the University of Toronto in Sociology, Caribbean Studies and Political Science. Amanda is recognized as having strong expertise in Project Management, Facilitation and is cross-trained in a number of Development sectors. Beyond Public Health work, Amanda’s professional interests expand to Education and Youth Development.
Program and Administrative Manager
Robin Lightbourne is a creative young entrepreneur with 11 yrs of experience in logistics, marketing, and business development. Receiving a grant from the Self Starters Program, in 2012 he launched STARline Imports & Logistics, an international freight-forwarding and logistics company. In his role as Managing Director at STARline, he has become a veritable "swiss army knife" gaining diverse skills while serving blue-chip clientele such as Commonwealth Brewery, Xpress-It, Global United Shipping, and Colina Imperial.
Bahamian born, Robin studied Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Economics at Missouri Valley College. A passionate proponent of economic rights, social entrepreneurship, and reducing wealth inequality, he is a natural advocate for ORG's three pillars: Economic Development, Education Reform, and Accountable Governance.
Freedom School Manager