The schools are administered by a committee of volunteers from various Southern California communities. The Committee makes decisions about the programs and facilities of the schools, in close coordination with the Head Teacher. An annual budget is created each summer, and funds are allocated monthly for the approved purposes. In the years following the schools' inception, two members of the California Committee traveled twice annually to visit the schools and meet with community members, faculty and parents. These visits were temporarily discontinued due to increased political instability in northwest Pakistan; however, a member of our California Committee with family in northwest Pakistan was able to tour the schools in mid-2014. 

For more on school oversight and our partners in Pakistan, please see About Our Schools.


Afghan Girls Schools Committee                                               

Eman Abdallah

Faizy Ahmed                                                                          
Abira Ali                                                                                
Aisha                                                                                         
Maureen Charles, Treasurer                                                    
Peggy Craik, Secretary                                                            
Betsy Emerick, Liaison to Schools                                         
Beth Farnbach                                                                         

​Nancy Gallagher, Co-Chair                                                     
Nagma Gandhi                                                                        
Susan Scott                                                                        
Yasmine Shad                                                                       
Lisa Shah, Co-Chair                                                                         

Founders (In Memoriam)

Edith Cole

Joe Franko


Advisory Board

Karen Chapman Lenz

Stephanie Freeman

Betty Ann Jansson

Jane Krause

Jaffar (Jeff) Shah 

Zahideh Shah

Steve Smith

Sonia Tima

Adam Walter

Miriam Walter

The California Committee

Afghan Girls' Schools 

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