Andrew laid the groundwork for what is now EACEF as a high school exchange student in Kenya in the Spring of 2007. From that first experience at age 17, Andrew has lead the organization's expansion from building one library at a local primary school in Kenya to a multinational effort focused on holistically improving educational communities across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. As a representative of EACEF, Andrew has attended conferences and events at venues such as the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC and the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford, England.
As a Robertson Scholar, Andrew received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from the Honors Program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is pursuing a Master in Management Studies from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. At UNC, Andrew performed original research on political and economic integration among developing countries through the context of five East African nations under Professor Bereket H. Selassie, the former Attorney General of Ethiopia and leading African law and government scholar. Andrew remains active in the policy arena, serving as a member of Governor Romney's Foreign Policy advisory team on the Human Rights and Africa working groups.
Andrew has also worked in a number of capacities at firms such as Investcorp, the global private equity firm, in their Gulf Growth Capital unit based in Manama, Bahrain, and Barclays Capital in their Global Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York City. In addition, Andrew serves on the Board of Directors of the GenerAction Foundation, Inc.
Director of the Bisate Project
Swinton is currently a freshman at the University of Alabama and leads the Bisate Project, EACEF's first venture into Rwanda. A member of the EACEF-Westminster Staff since his sophomore year, he has worked in a variety of positions in development and project management. In October of 2008, Swinton traveled to East Africa where he first found the Bisate School. Upon returning home, he developed the plan for what is now the Bisate Project as a way to benefit the Bisate community in Rwanda. At Westminster, Swinton was a Peer Leader, an All State and All American swimmer, and a member of the 2008 Georgia State Championship Golf team.
Executive Director; Director of the Khuba Project
John is a recent addition to the EACEF team and is currently leading an expansion into Tanzania. In June of 2011, John traveled to East Africa where he spent a month and a half teaching English at Khuba Nursery School, a small school located in the outskirts of Moshi, Tanzania. The lack of resources, decrepit infrastructure, and warmth of the staff affected him in such a way that upon returning home he developed the plan for what is now the Khuba Project, EACEF’s first venture into Tanzania.
As a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, John is majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in International Politics and Western Europe and minoring in Environmental Science. He is active on and off campus, where he is involved with the Daily Tar Heel student newspaper, General Alumni Association, and serves as a volunteer coach for Rainbow Soccer, a recreational sports league in the Triangle area.
Director of Development and Finances
Evans is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and spent a month in Moshi, Tanzania during the summer of 2011. He is majoring in Business and Political Science, and is a member of UNC’s Honor Court and Chi Psi Fraternity. Evans graduated from Memphis University School in 2010 where he played baseball and was a student ambassador as well as a student mentor.
Director of Communications and Media Production
Andy is currently a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the officers who heads up recruitment for EACEF at UNC. He has been a member of the EACEF-UNC Staff for a year, but he has worked alongside many EACEF staff members on a trip to Tanzania in 2009. Since that trip Pitts has been back to Africa multiple times with a mission organization called Young Life, where he has helped build schools, houses, and various other projects. Andy is also involved in various other activities on campus: he’s a full-time staff writer for the UNC newspaper, The Daily Tar Heel, a student intern for Cornerstone, and volunteers as a coach for both youth basketball and soccer in Chapel Hill.