Friends of Mongolia Officers

We are pleased to introduce our team. Officers are elected for 2 years by FOM members and are critical to the smooth day-to-day operations of the organization. They serve without salary and as volunteers throughout their two-year tenure.

In addition to Officers and Board Members, FOM relies a great deal on the generosity of donors, members, and volunteers. If you’re interested in being a part of FOM, please reach out to codirector.usa@friendsofmongolia.org with a short introduction of yourself and how you would like to contribute.

Uchral Ganbaatar
Co-Director, Mongolia

Ms. Uchral Ganbaatar is a journalist, youth advocate and an aspiring entrepreneur. Previously, as a youth advocate, Uchral has been serving the United Nations in Mongolia as a youth advocate and she belongs to a few different networks and communities including the Central Asian Youth Network by OSCE and a Mentor at Lead Alliance 2020 by IRI. As an aspiring entrepreneur, Uchral has been working with diverse startups and entrepreneurs at the coworking spaces in Mongolia as a General manager and led a community for domestic entrepreneurs named GBG Ulaanbaatar Chapter supported by Google Business Groups. Uchral loves communications, entrepreneurship, volunteering and she’s also concerned about global issues such as environmental pollution and sustainability and tries to contribute to solutions of those issues through even small actions- changing her own lifestyle and mindset.

Contact: codirector.mon@friendsofmongolia.org

William G. Federer
Co-Director, U.S.A.

William G. Federer is an International Education and Development expert with strong ties to Mongolia. William has a BA in Communications and MA in International Education from The George Washington University, and spent nearly 5 years in Mongolia with World Vision as Education & Organizational Development Consultant, and Advocacy Manager between 2013-2019. William also worked at UNESCO Bangkok Asia-Pacific Regional Office Education Policy and Reform Team, was Director of Mango Tree’s Northern Uganda Literacy Program, served as Basic Education Specialist World Vision Global Center, and currently consults for various education non-profits. William’s wife is Mongolian, together they have 2 children and share a love for the Mongolian people and culture.

Contact: codirector.usa@friendsofmongolia.org

Oyungerel Munkhbat
Administration Officer, Mongolia

Ms. Oyungerel Munkhbat is the Project and Partnership Manager at the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Association (MSFA). Since taking up her role, she has worked closely with financial institutions, policy makers, and international development and donor organizations in fostering the sustainable and green finance development in Mongolia. Oyungerel played one of the key roles in developing the Green Taxonomy of Mongolia and is currently responsible for multiple ongoing projects at MSFA, such as the Mongolian Green Finance Corporation establishment and Piloting of Energy Efficient Housing Value Chain. Prior to MSFA, she has worked in the fields of journalism and environmental impact assessment. She holds a BSc Environmental Science from the National University of Mongolia. Oyungerel is the Deputy Chairperson, Web-Designer, and co-founder of Hobby Alumni, and a co-founder and board member of the Breathe Mongolia NGO.

Undram Nyamaa
Treasurer, U.S.A

Undram was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and moved to the states in the summer of 1999. She currently works as an administrative specialist for the Department of Planning and Evaluation in Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, VA. Even though she has her own family now in Virginia, she still feels that half of her remains in Mongolia. Every summer, Undram gets excited thinking about Naadam, getting dressed up in her deel, drinking airag and watching the opening ceremony. Every winter she looks forward to Tsagaan Sar where she visits her elders to wish them a long and happy life. She is passionate about helping and supporting her country and people and being a part of the thriving Mongolian culture.

Contact: treasurer@friendsofmongolia.org

Alice Chang
Communications Officer, U.S.A.

Originally from South Carolina, Alice spent the last ten years of her life living, working, and studying in Hong Kong, China, Philadelphia, and, most recently, Mongolia, where she served as a Peace Corps Health Education Volunteer from 2017-2019 in the city of Erdenet near the Russian border. An avid reader and writer in constant search of a good story, Alice is passionate about exploring the intersection of culture, economic development, and health through grassroots interactions. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works in Policy Analysis and Communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Air and Radiation.

Contact: communications@friendsofmongolia.org 

Davaakhuu Basandorj
Public Engagement Officer, Mongolia

Davaakhuu recently worked as a Translator and Admin at Barloworld, well known as a Wagner Asia Equipment LLC. She also has 2 years experience as a Teacher at Secondary schools, and Project coordinator at World Vision Mongolia. She likes to volunteer and to make a better community. Since 2014 she collaborated with Peace Corp Volunteers teaching English in Erdenet rural area for Special Olympics and volunteered at Taiga project teaching health, hygiene and empowerment.

Contact: b.davaakhuu8@gmail.com

Namuun Otgonbat
Public Engagement Officer, USA

Namuundari Otgonbat is passionate about philanthropy and working directly with the
community. She loves connecting with people and creating personal relationships with everyone she encounters.
She works in Finance and Accounting in Northern Virginia. Growing up in the states, she has always wanted to reconnect with the culture and be more in touch with Mongolian roots. Her dream is to work with non-
profits and build her own firm to give back to the community one day.

Friends of Mongolia – Board Members

FOM board members play a valuable role in FOM’s decision-making processes, supporting the functions of the organization, and offering advice and resources to current officers.

Our current active board members are listed below.

Al La PortaFormer Ambassador to Mongolia
Alexandra CohnFormer officer
Patrick SommervilleRPCV, FOM Founder
Lara HoRPCV, FOM Founder
Jennifer DuongRPCV, former officer
Bryant Edward HardenRPCV, former officer
Cai ThomasRPCV, former co-director
Kate BorkowskiRPCV, former co-director
Tselmegtsetseg Tsetsendelgerformer officer
Evan DonnellyRPCV, former officer
Shawn KairisRPCV, former officer
Lauren JavinsRPCV, former co-director
Jenni MyungRPCV, former officer

Interested in helping out? Email codirector.usa@friendsofmongolia.org and let us know how you would like to be a part of our organization!