Our Global Ambassadors’ Circle is a growing group of people of influence with a passion for advancing GFC’s mission to partner with local organizations that help children and youth reach their full potential and advance their rights.

Ambassadors actively promote GFC and its partners in their individual communities and globally, and provide invaluable technical and professional advice.

 

Ambassadors

Jennifer practiced law for 28 years and retired a few years ago to focus on service in the nonprofit sector. She was listed multiple years in Best Lawyers in America, Texas Super Lawyers, and D Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Dallas. Jennifer was a law clerk for US Senior District Judge Joe E. Estes. Jennifer has a deep commitment to philanthropy and community service. She has been associated with multiple committees and efforts at Southern Methodist University, including chair of the Executive Board for Central University Libraries, and she is currently chair of the Executive Board of the Meadows School of the Arts. At the Dallas Children’s Theater, Jennifer has participated on the advisory and executive committees, and she is incoming chair of the Dallas Theater Center. In addition, she is chair of North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. Jennifer holds a BFA in journalism, cum laude, and a JD from Southern Methodist University. She is married to Peter Altabef and has two children, Hayley and Will.
Ian Glasner works in the Worldwide Sales Excellence organization at Hewlett Packard Enterprise leading projects that span operations, sales, and strategy. Prior to this work, Ian managed partnerships in HPE’s Strategic Alliances organization. In 2015 Ian founded Refill, a company that aims to move the point-of-sale directly to the customer for coffee shops, quick service restaurants, and bars. Ian serves as a member of the President’s Advisory Board for the Carnegie Mellon University Experience, a board charged with providing insights and expertise to help enrich the CMU experience for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. During his senior year he served as Student Body President. Since 2010 Ian has worked on behalf of the people of Haiti, cofounding two nonprofits that continue to raise annual donations supporting Haitian microcredit centers, women's organizations, and schools. Ian received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, the first in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in software and the second in Business Administration with a focus in entrepreneurship.  
Ty Fujimura is a father, designer, coder, entrepreneur, soccer obsessive, gamer, and avid home cook. He is the founder and CEO of Cantilever, an eight-person web design and development studio that helps clients like IBM, Esquire Magazine, and Sugar in the Raw with website projects that go right. He is also the co-host of the We The Peeps US soccer podcast. He and his wife Priscilla are firm believers in the sustainable change that GFC is bringing about in the world, and have proudly supported the organization for several years. As an ambassador he is excited to introduce more people to GFC’s powerful model that is permanently changing lives.
Nicholas Antonas is an energy and resources counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s London office. Nicholas has ten years’ experience advising international energy and resources companies and investors. He was named a Europe Rising Star for Energy 2019 by Euromoney Legal and “an associate to watch” by Chambers and Partners in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Nicholas has co-edited and authored numerous articles on energy related topics.  Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Master of Laws from the University of California at Berkeley. He is passionate about providing pro bono legal assistance to worthy organizations and causes. In addition to assistance Nicholas has provided to GFC over the years, he is an active member of his firm’s pro bono organization, has provided training to representatives from African governments with newfound energy resources, and has managed a number of multi-jurisdictional human rights research mandates, including conducting in-country research. Nicholas has proudly supported GFC for a number of years, and as a Global Ambassador he is excited to continue providing pro bono legal assistance to GFC and to use his network to connect GFC to new people and opportunities.

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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