MARYLAND, January 31, 2018 – Noble Uprising is proud to announce the 2018 Board of Director members. The Board consists of five members who provide leadership in carrying out Noble Uprising’s mission to empower women experiencing poverty and homelessness with sustainable job opportunities.  

“I am delighted to collaborate with a group of exceptional individuals who are dedicated to Noble Uprising’s mission,” said L. Audrey Awasom, President and CEO of Noble Uprising. “As we work to move the organization to the next level, I strongly feel that these individuals bring the best mix of skills and experiences necessary to help Noble Uprising in its efforts to bridge the gaps between education,  opportunity and employment for impoverished women in the state of Maryland.”

The Noble Uprising Board of Director members include:


Dr. Damien Robinson, Chairman

Dr. Damien Robinson is the Assistant Director of the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success Program (ACES). ACES is Montgomery College’s flagship college pathways program. Before coming to the ACES Program, he served as Director of Special Education at Orchard School District. He has devoted his life to creating opportunities for underrepresented students to earn a college degree and become productive citizens in society.

In 2013, he created DMRC & Associates Education Consulting. Through his firm, he works with institutions and organizations to create, implement and evaluate academic support programs. Dr. Robinson holds a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University, M.A. in Counseling from San Diego State University and an Ed.D in Education Leadership from San Francisco State University.



Rebecca Razavi, Partnership Director

Rebecca Razavi is the Program Director of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program at Montgomery College. Ms. Razavi served as an independent consultant for 20+ years for both federal and private clients in the fields of health promotion and addiction and adjunct English faculty for 6 years. In addition, she also served as facilitator for Future Link (a career development program for aspiring students), instructor in Business Communication at the University of Phoenix, Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, faculty advisor for a student-run newspaper, literacy instructor and community service coordinator for the Gateway to College Program, and fellow with the Smithsonian Faculty Fellowship Program. Ms. Razavi received a B.A. in English from Goucher College and an M.A. in the Writing Seminars Program at Johns Hopkins University. She also received her MBA from the University of Maryland University College and completed the year-long Leadership Development Institute at Montgomery College. She plans to begin work on her Doctor of Education in the Fall of 2018.



Iddi Sandaly, CPA, MBA, Treasurer

Iddi Sandaly is a practicing CPA. Mr. Sandaly has worked in various sectors in the financial service industry which include many years of Public Accounting, Consulting, Taxation, financial management, and Insurance. Iddi holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) Management from Strayer University, Washington, DC, a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from International University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Iddi Sandaly is the founder of HEAD, INC, a nonprofit which provides medical missions to Tanzania. He currently serves as a Board member of various nonprofit organizations and he is the former president of Tanzanian Community in the Washington DC metropolitan area.



Dewan Kazmi, Administrator

Dewan is a recent UMD graduate, currently working for He has previous experience on social enterprise projects through his board membership on Enactus UMD and active involvement with Annie’s Children. Dewan joined the board of Noble Uprising to help fulfill its mission of providing sustainable change in the community through education, training and employment opportunities.  



L. Audrey Awasom, Coordinator

Lumnwi Audrey Awasom is a Marketing major and Technology Entrepreneurship minor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H Smith School of Business. As a Smith student, Audrey sits on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council where she serves as a liaison between students and the university's leadership to ensure that there is a constant enhancement of programs, classes, and procedures at Smith USG. She is a project leader at the UMD Enactus chapter and a Hillman Entrepreneur Scholar. Audrey has experience consulting for Non-Profit organizations through the Consulting Fellows program at UMD and is also a student representative for the USG student council.

Audrey began her pursuit for serving others when she co-founded a socially responsible project her sophomore year of college called the One Heart Project. The One Heart Project, which served as a pilot for Noble Uprising, was successfully able to positively impact over 50 women experiencing homelessness in Montgomery Avenue Women's Center.  Through the success of the One Heart Project, Noble Uprising was created to ensure continued positive impact for women experiencing homelessness in the community.



About Noble Uprising Inc.

Noble Uprising is a non-profit organization that empowers women experiencing homelessness through career readiness seminars, workforce development programs, and sustainable job opportunities. Through corporate partnerships, we cultivate lifelong skills for our clients to maintain a competitive edge in the job market. We hope that this philanthropic approach to support job creation for homeless individuals and economic growth in Maryland will decrease the number of women in homeless shelters.  Learn more at and follow along on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.


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