Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is a member of the institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. Wakahiu oversees, the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative and its Catholic Education Programs. Her responsibilities are to advance the vitality of congregations of women religious globally, enabling sisters to contribute more profoundly to sustainable human development, as well as to enhance the effectiveness of Catholic schools. She also contributes to the Foundation’s strategic planning.
Prior to joining Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) where she implemented the Collaborative’s many programs by working closely with conferences of major superiors, religious congregations and institutes, twenty-three partner colleges and universities in the United States and Africa, and major foundations. Wakahiu has extensively taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Marywood University and has a breadth of teaching and administrative experience from leading a high school in Kenya and as a leader of women organizations. An accomplished author and editor, Wakahiu’s peer reviewed articles are published in national and international journals and a contributing writer for the Global Sisters Report.
Wakahiu earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, a Master of Arts Degree from Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, and Ph.D. in Human Development/Higher Education Administration from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.