Batonga Team

Batonga Team

Our people

Stephanie Cate Lord

Executive Director

Since joining the Batonga Foundation team in 2008, Stephanie has been working to research and implement the most effective programs and policies geared toward expanding economic and educational opportunities for young women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. She works with Batonga’s team in Benin as well as governments, individuals and partner organizations to deliver innovative solutions to locating and recruiting the most at-risk adolescent girls for programming in francophone West Africa, close the gender data gap, and produce tangible results.

Stephanie has been recognized by the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and American University for her leadership at Batonga and has been selected for fellowships with the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Department of State, the Gabr Foundation, and the National Council for Research on Women.

In coordination with her work at Batonga, she has served as an American delegate for the Atlantic Council and U.S. Department of State’s Young Turkey/Young America program, working to strengthen bilateral ties with Turkey and as an American delegate for the Gabr Foundation’s East-West: The art of Dialogue fellowship to foster dialogue and cooperation among emerging leaders in Egypt and the United States. She was also appointed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI U) Women and Girls Commitment Mentor in 2014 and 2015.

Stephanie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and earned her Master’s Degree from American University’s School of International Service, where she focused on international development, public health, education and gender studies.

Caitlin Hone

Program and Outreach Officer

Caitlin Hone is a recent graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her degree in Global Policy Studies specifically focused on international development and nonprofit management. During her time at the LBJ school, she had the opportunity to work for 6-months at the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project. Her position at the Wilson Center allowed her to work closely with the African girls’ mentoring nonprofit The Global Give Back Circle, as well as President Joyce Banda of Malawi, whose research and writing focused on the education and empowerment of African girls. 

Prior to graduate school, Caitlin served for over two years with the Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa, where she developed her French language skills as well as her passion for girls’ and women’s empowerment and education. Before her Peace Corps service, she graduated from the Ohio State University, where she obtained bachelor’s degrees in International Political Science and Anthropology. Having been born overseas to American military parents during the First Gulf War, Caitlin has lived and worked in several different countries and states throughout her life and has a passion for travel and broadening her understanding of the world.

Maddy Heyman

Communications and Outreach Intern

Maddy Heyman is a current senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She has a passion for social justice and an interest in the global empowerment of women, international relations, and sustainability. Previously, she has volunteered at Capital Area Food Bank and A Wider Circle, and founded a political activist theatre group in order to promote social change and raise funds for various charitable organizations.



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