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Hayley smith
founder/director

Hayley Smith founded Lifting Hands International in 2016 after an eye-opening stint as an Arabic translator at Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece. In 2009, Hayley earned a MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. Hayley has spent extensive time in Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan. Hayley taught Arabic in Boston Public Schools and is so proud of her former students. She is an #ISpeakArabic campaign ambassador and encourages young people to pursue Arabic. Hayley is interested in literature, film, World War I history, and Stranger Things. 

Hayley enjoys speaking to big or small groups alike about the current refugee crisis. Her presentations offer personal insight and official information based on her experience on the ground. Please contact hayley@liftinghandsinternational.org for more information.

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walker frahm
chief operating officer

A PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Washington, Walker has extensive academic training and field experience pertaining to nonprofit management, organizational strategy, international humanitarian aid, and data analysis. In 2018, he expects to finish his doctoral dissertation, which is focused on nonprofits fighting corruption and human trafficking in Eastern Europe. Walker has an MA in Sociology from the University of Washington and a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University. As often as possible, Walker spends time with his family reading novels out loud, hiking mountain peaks, or tossing a frisbee.

Information on additional staff and Board of Directors coming soon.