Staff and Consultants

Avianca Marie Bouchedid, Director of Administration & Finance

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For 5 years prior to joining LREDA, Avianca managed operations for a Unitarian Universalist church, a Hasidic synagogue, and an international risk management consulting firm. In these positions, she directed communications, assisted with the finances, and oversaw the members/partners management system and all operational/administrative functions.  Before that, she held Vice President positions at a global telecommunications firm and the American Cancer Society where her P&L responsibilities totaled over $4mm.

From 1998 to 2003, Avianca ran a survivors of homicide victims program in the 5 boroughs of New York City.  The 9/11 terrorist attacks happened during her tenure at Safe Horizon, and she vividly remembers the 18-hour workdays and her staff tripling.  From 1999 to 2007 (yes, those dates are correct), she was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  She managed all operations from her postage-stamp-sized Manhattan apartment.  

 Avianca earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s in Literature and Speech.  She also completed Rutgers’ Executive Leadership Program for Women in 2004, the Innovating for Sustainability certificate program at Harvard Business School in 2013, and the Unitarian Universalist Association's Professional Interim Ministry training program in 2018.  She is an avid reader of non-fiction, enjoys running (particularly obstacle races) and hiking, and lives in northern New Jersey with her 2 daughters:  the 13-year-old speaks and the 7-year-old barks.