Lana Gifas joined Women’s Mentoring Network as Executive Director in 2015. Women’s Mentoring Network, a nonprofit located in Stamford, CT, focuses on economic empowerment of women and their families, providing support services that focus on finding better employment and educational opportunities. Ms. Gifas earned her MBA and undergraduate degree from The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. Ms. Gifas has worked at various financial institutions throughout her career prior to transitioning to her current role at Women’s Mentoring Network.
Lana serves on several committees to help support the efforts of the organization, including Co-Chairing Stamford’s Food Collaborative, serving on a committee for Stamford Cradle to Career’s initiative, and serving on the 2Gen, Financial Literacy, and Internship committees for the CT’s Governor’s Council for Women and Girls.
Under her leadership, Women’s Mentoring Network was awarded Moffly Media’s Light a Fire Women’s Impact Award in 2020, and both the National Association of Social Workers of CT Latino/a/x Award and the SHero Award from the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity in 2021.
Tasha Green-Watson joined Women’s Mentoring Network as the Client Services and Program Director in September 2016. She has a BA from Hofstra University, where she majored in psychology and minored in community health, and she has an MA in Developmental Psychology from the City University of New York. Tasha is currently pursuing her M.S.W.
Ms. Green-Watson has worked in the non-profit sector, professionally, since 2005. She has worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health diagnoses, involvement with the criminal justice system, substance use disorders, chronic medical conditions, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Tasha is dedicated to service in the community. Tasha has volunteered at the Hempstead Park Nursing Home, with DOMUS for the Annual Holiday Mall, with the United Way, Bronx Jewish Community Council, Inc., and with the Met Council on Jewish Poverty.
Tasha’s mission is to empower underrepresented and marginalized groups, and to help them reach their full potential to lead productive and sustainable lives.