Jenna Shea

Special Assistant to the President

Jenna Shea is our Special Assistant and Board Liaison she is from New Jersey but attended University in Queens, NY. While attending University she began to pursue her spiritual desire to work with others and make an impact on her community. She began as a member of the schools Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter where…

Gracie Zarate Vice

Vice President of Student Success and Retention

Gracie Zarate is a Junior Political Science major at The University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Zarate was born in Peru and moved to Virginia when she was adopted at 9 years old. After graduating high school, Zarate began to work as a nanny and a preschool teacher. When she moved to DC in…

Marcus Mottley

Vice President of Administration

Marcus Mottley is recent graduate from the University of the District of Columbia. He is 25 years old, born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. At the age of 20, he came to the United States on a Student-Athlete scholarship, representing the UDC Men’s Soccer team. His academic background stemmed from post-graduate institutions in Trinidad, where he…

Hilda Risi, MS

Vice President of Community Engagement

Hilda Risi is a founding member of Global Tassels. Hilda has served as a fundraiser, a member of the GT Advisory Board, the Board of Directors, and most recently as Vice-Chair of the Board. She has traveled on behalf of GT to Kenya, Colombia and to the Philippines. Her professional career spans over 30 years…

Dr. Shanté Bassett
Dr. Shanté Bassett

President and CEO

President and CEO Term Starting July 1, 2020 Dr. Shanté Antoinette Bassett is a Psychologist, Professor, and Pastor committed to serve and effect change. Dr. Bassett dedicated her studies to the field of psychology at 17 years old when she was afforded the opportunity to enroll in a college-level course as a high school senior.…

Fayola L. Charlet, Esq., J.D.

Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel Fayola has always had a passion for advocacy.  She is a licensed practicing attorney in New York specializing in criminal law and says that the most rewarding part of her career is the ability to help and speak up for others who are unable to do it for…

Olivier Diogo
Olivier Diogo

Vice President of Research and State Affairs

Olivier Diogo is the Vice President of Research and State Affairs. He is currently attend the University of the District of Columbia. He born in a West African country named Senegal where he received his High School diploma. He then resided in France to study Law and specialize in International Relations. Olivier stayed in France for…

James (Jim) O’Brien

Vice President of Finance & Records

Mr. James (Jim) O’Brien is Global Tassels’ Vice President of Finance & Records. Mr. O’Brien main responsibility at the organization is to provide strengths and transparencies in GT’s accounting ledger, bookkeeping records, budget, annual taxes, spending plans, and analysis of financial needs. Jim is an experienced professional in the planning and implementation of projects and workflows.…

Haronid “Yogi” Javier

Chief Operating Officer

Haronid Javier was the Vice President of Student Success & Retention and formerly Global Operations Director for the Americas, Vice President of Development; Director of Foundation Relations for the organization at this initial appointment. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Before joining Global Tassels, he has worked with various non-profits in California…

Jacob Ramos
Jacob “Jake” Ramos

Vice President for Media Production

Vice President for Media Production Jacob “Jake” Ramos, is currently serving as Global Tassels’ Vice President for Media Production and formerly Assistant Vice President of Production Support. He previously served as GT’s Media and Production Director during GT’s first year. He is an independent filmmaker and photographer. Since graduating with a degree in film, he has…