Leadership Transition Announcement


Dear RefuSHE friends and supporters,

On behalf of the Executive Board of Directors, I wish Alisa Roadcup, our Executive Director, much success as she embarks on her next adventure. Alisa will be formally leaving RefuSHE on 2 November 2018.  For the last seven years, Alisa’s passion, vision, and deep commitment to the empowerment of women and girls has elevated RefuSHE as an innovative thought leader in the field of refugee protection. We are deeply grateful for Alisa’s leadership and know that she will continue to achieve great things in the future.

As in all great stories, as one chapter ends, another begins; so it is for RefuSHE. I am very pleased to announce the selection of Jailan Adly as RefuSHE’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 5 November 2018.

Jailan first joined RefuSHE’s Board of Directors in January 2018 and has most recently served in the position of Executive Strategist for the last three months. As Executive Strategist, Jailan worked alongside our organization’s senior leadership and with key stakeholders to provide continuity for the Kenya and US teams during the leadership transition. During this time, Jailan has traveled to Nairobi twice to collaborate with the Kenya team and develop a strong understanding of our award-winning holistic programming.

As an Egyptian-American, Jailan spent her childhood traveling and living between countries and cultures. That experience shaped her desire to devote her career to tackling our most complex global challenges by encouraging understanding and building impactful cross-cultural collaborations.

In addition to her deep foundational understanding of RefuSHE, Jailan has extensive experience in the realm of social impact. As a global development expert, she has spent her career building the capacity of impact-driven initiatives and organizations around the world. Her experience includes managing corporate social responsibility programs for Fortune 500 companies and forging relationships between diverse stakeholders from across the private, public, and social sectors. During her career, Jailan has worked internationally, including in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

We are thrilled that someone with a deep history and knowledge of our organization, as well as breadth and experience in the non-profit sector, will lead RefuSHE into the future. Jailan is a consultative and visionary leader, who is committed to the empowerment of refugee girls and women and their capacity to be leaders in their communities.

This is an exciting time for RefuSHE and we are grateful for your support during the last few months of transition. Please join us in welcoming Jailan Adly as RefuSHE’s incoming CEO. We look forward to celebrating Jailan, RefuSHE and our many endeavors in the months ahead.


Dr. Rosalind Raddatz

Chair, U.S. Executive Board, RefuSHE