Joseph Loubens Paul, President

Mr. Paul is the founder of Home Roots Foundation. He has been active in groups such as Empower DC, City Year and involved in various campaigns for social justice in Washington, DC and Boston where he started his social activism as a teenager.

He was born in Haiti but grew up outside of Boston. Mr. Paul travelled to Haiti four times in 2018 to better learn the country and meet with people from all walks of life. His experience in Haiti, he believes, will allow the organization to better serve the Haitian people. He earned a BS in biology from Howard University, an MS in cancer biology from the University of the District of Columbia and is currently finishing his PhD in Biochemistry at Howard University.

Shari Rastegar, Secretary

Ms. Rastegar has championed various not-for-profit efforts in support of youth empowerment and affordable housing. Working alongside the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP), she worked annually with Ward 8-based nonprofit, Helping Inner City Kids Succeed to provide structured, meaningful, summer job opportunities and mentoring for Ward 8 youth.

Additionally, Ms. Rastegar previously served as Secretary of the board of trustees for Organizing Neighborhood Equity “ONE DC” where she backed organizational campaigns in support of citywide preservation of affordable housing while working with legal advocates and District tenants to exercise their Right of First Refusal under the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). She currently serves on the board of trustees of New York-based nonprofit, Respect the Art, an organization dedicated to art education for underserved communities, children, and families.She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies, minor in Economics and Spanish from The University of the District of Columbia.

Olusayo louise Oluwasami, Treasurer

“Sayo” takes inspiration for nonprofit work from her mother who founded a nonprofit in Nigeria. She plans to continue her mom’s legacy of activism in Nigeria by establishing a medical practice and nonprofit organization there in the future. She is a medical doctor who is interested in women’s health and other issues related to women with a focus in the developing world. Sayo received her medical degree from Ambrose Ali University in Nigeria and a master’s degree in cancer biology from the University of the District of Columbia. She currently is finishing up a PhD in genetics at Howard University.


Rose-Sandy Lina Julien

Ms. Julien is a lawyer living in Haiti. She works with ESES (Espace Socio Culturel Pour Enfant De Siloe), an organization for children. She is passionate about children’s issues and women’s rights.

Jean Fenel Mirtil

Mr. Mirtil is the principal of Institution Mixte Source Divine. He has 22 years of experience in education as a teacher and principal. He is a respected community leader in Titanyen who was active in helping to establish a new community there following the earthquake of 2010.


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