Tiffany Cheng Nyaggah | Executive Director, Founder

Tiffany is a widely-recognized education leader in Kenya where she brings valuable international and local experience. Prior to founding Dignitas, Tiffany worked at Harvard University studying leadership and organizational change in partnership with urban school districts. Her case studies on entrepreneurial efforts in the education sector have been published in books and used in graduate courses in business and education at Harvard and Stanford University. Tiffany began her career as a teacher, admissions counselor, and school developer in Oakland public schools and later worked in Boston public schools. She has consulted on a number of youth-led and faith-based organizing activities promoting education equity in urban communities, advised several education and women-focused NGOs, and spoken at numerous conferences and universities in India and North America. Tiffany holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Program Quality and Operations

Rebecca Crook | Curriculum Design Manager

Rebecca is an educator and explorer committed to partnering with marginalized communities to broaden opportunities for youth across the globe.  After teaching bi-lingual primary school in California, Rebecca supported curriculum and teacher development at a network of low-fee private schools in South Africa.  She was the founding principal of the third school in the SPARK network. At Dignitas, Rebecca leads program design to develop education leaders within Nairobi’s informal settlements.  She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Gloria Omuya | Operations Officer

Gloria is the Operations Officer at Dignitas. She manages Dignitas logistics and implements programs like Infrastructure Support at Dignitas partner schools. She believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to receive quality education and is glad to be working at Dignitas to support this vision. Gloria holds a Diploma in Public Relations and is currently pursuing a B.A in Public Relations & Media Studies at the University of Nairobi.

Maurine Makena | Senior Learning and Evaluation Officer

Maurine is the Senior Learning and Evaluation Officer at Dignitas, supporting program quality through designing learning and evaluation frameworks to drive program efficacy and expansion. Before joining the Dignitas team, Maurine supported the Monitoring and Evaluation Department at Deaf Aid Kenya. She first developed an interest in creating equal opportunities for marginalized communities when volunteering at Ascent Leadership Training (Kenyatta University) and mentoring children at Ruiru Primary School. Maurine has a degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University and is a certified Monitoring and Evaluation Professional.

Meshack Otieno | Field Assistant

As a Field Assistant, Meshack Otieno is a key point of contact for partner schools and provides logistical support to the rest of the team. Before joining Dignitas, Meshack worked at Mabawa, an organization that engages stakeholders to improve learning environments. He believes that education is one of the most important issues to focus on in Kenya, as it enables children to have brighter futures. Meshack is currently pursuing a diploma in ICT management from the Institute of Advanced Technology.

Francis Njoroge | Program Assistant

Francis was born and raised in Mathare, where he continues to be active in youth empowerment movements like Maji Mazuri Youth Group. He believes in creating opportunities for others and that every child should have access to quality education. At Dignitas, Francis supports the planning and implementation of training and infrastructure support.

School Support

Carol Owala | Senior Instructional Coach

As an instructional coach, Carol has a particular interest in supporting pedagogically disadvantaged students, building on her previous roles as an assistant teacher at Makini School, as a special needs teacher at Little Rock Inclusive Centre- Kibera and as a special needs teacher leader at Dignitas. She believes that through her work, school leaders and teachers will be able to address the attitudes and experiences that lie behind social differences in education. As an Instructional Coach, Carol facilitates trainings and provides ongoing feedback and support to teachers at partner schools.

Samantha Nyabola | Leadership Coach

Samantha is a Leadership Coach at Dignitas. In her role, she facilitates training and provides ongoing support for teachers in partner schools.  Samantha is passionate about student success and believes that by supporting and coaching teachers, students will experience high quality learning. Before joining Dignitas, Samantha was the Dean of Students and physics and chemistry teacher at Nairobi Muslim Academy. She holds a Diploma in Science Education from Kenya Science Teachers College and is currently pursuing a B.A in Counseling Psychology at African Nazarene University.