Board of Consultants

Cynthia Hogle

Cynthia Hogle has domestic and international experience in public affairs and media relations, development, marketing communications and strategic planning for start-up and growth oriented non-profit and business organizations, and government programs Ms. Hogle’s television credits include: Roseanne, Married…With Children, talk shows, and projects for MGM, Columbia Tri-Star, and Fox Television. She has directed external affairs […]

Beth Mendelson

Chief of Afghanistan Service

For the past 25 years, Beth Mendelson has worked for the US Government, the White House, NGO’s, and several foundations as a widely sought after media specialist. Currently, she is the Chief of the Afghanistan Service at Voice of America (VOA). In September, she launched two daily newscasts to Afghanistan called “TV Ashna”. Her portfolio […]

Robert Mechielsen

Director of Creative Housing Development

Robert Mechielsen, a native of Holland, is the founder of Studio RMA which he started in 1985. Studio RMA is a full service sustainable design studio that offers architectural, eco-enginnering and site development concepts in one comprehensive vision. Robert has a fast, powerful, well-managed visionary imagination. He can focus on a complex set of issues […]

Christopher A. Cole

Director, Young Professionals Network

Chris Cole is a producer at Breadwinner Productions, where he is currently co-producer of “Black Tulip”. Prior to joining the film industry, Mr. Cole was an investment banking analyst at Bear Stearns, JPMorgan, and other companies where he worked with securitized products, fixed income and distressed debt. In addition to his work in film, Mr. […]

Robert Shapiro

Legal Advisor

Robert Shapiro is a Los Angeles based attorney at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser. Weil & Shapiro, LLC and has been legal advisor for AWF since 2003.