WE ARE FAMILY FOUNDATION TEAM
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC and the newly elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records!) and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times”. Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2017) and the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2016).
Most recently, he was appointed as the first ever Chief Creative Advisor for the legendary Abbey Road Studios to cap off a year that has included “festival best” performances at both Glastonbury and Coachella that resulted in the BBC nominating the band for the BBC Music Awards as “Best Live Performance Of 2017” and the LA Times stating “Nile Rodgers influence stretches all over Coachella, beaming the sound of a better future”.
His work in the CHIC Organization and his productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross, and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide while his innovative, trendsetting collaborations with Daft Punk, Avicii, Sigala, Disclosure, and Sam Smith reflect the vanguard of contemporary music. Nile Rodgers & CHIC recently released their first new studio album, “It’s About Time” in over 26 years to critical acclaim and a Top 10 position in the UK album charts.
CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Nancy is co-founder of We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) and has served as President leading its initiatives since 2002. Prior to WAFF, Nancy co-founded Smock Media Inc., an art-based media company, and Notorious Entertainment, with Sean "Puffy" Combs. Nancy oversaw joint ventures, the publishing of Smock and Notorious magazines and the extensions of each brand. She is an award-winning photographer, has a Master's degree in clinical psychology and is often referred to as QOTN.
In 2005, Jess left Vogue Magazine and set off on a journey to change sustainability models in remote areas of Kenya. After coming to Three Dot Dash as a Mentor in 2008, she found her new home. As Executive Director, Jess powers all things content, partnership and people. She loves dance parties with her son and is a black belt in Kung Fu.
THREE DOT DASH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
With a background in non-profits and production, Annie is socially conscious and driven to create the best, with the best. From her time spent working in Calcutta and living in Buenos Aires, she found her niche in community engagement, working on the ground, with people from all walks of life. As Program Director, Annie is involved in all things Three Dot Dash. She is easily swayed by live music, spicy food, and Thunder basketball.
Ali came to WAFF in a full time capacity after interning for the Foundation during her senior year and graduating top of her class at George Washington University. From a diverse background at ICM Talent and PBS, and between Barcelona and Capitol Hill, Ali came to find her calling was to support WAFF and strengthen its global super-community. She’s a New York restaurant connoisseur… in what little spare time she has left.
CHMBA (ELLEN CHILEMBA)
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEr
Chmba entered WAFF’s community as a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader, selected for her organization Tiwale in Malawi. Chmba founded Tiwale to end child marriage and empower women to reach their full potential by providing vocational skills, education and other opportunities. Chmba was name Glamour Magazine’s 2017 College Woman of the Year, one of Forbes’ Africa 30 Under 30 and one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Isul made her way to WAFF in 2015 from the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan. With an extensive background in music, management, operations, fundraising and technology, Isul oversees day-to-day operations and bridges the gaps between departments. She is a devoted dog mom to a Rottweiler (Daphne) + a Neapolitan Mastiff (Bacchus), both adopted rescue pups, and is also a culinary rockstar in the kitchen.