Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Program Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative

Sister Jane Wakahiu

Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is a member of the institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. Wakahiu provides leadership and direction of the Hilton Foundation’s program department operations budget, contracts, consultant management and policy implementation. She also oversees the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Catholic Sisters Initiative. Responsibilities include advancing the vitality of congregations of women religious globally, enhancing global capacity-building, and enabling sisters to contribute more profoundly to sustainable human development, as well as to enhance the effectiveness of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She also contributes to the Foundation’s strategic planning. In her previous role, Wakahiu led the Foundation’s grantmaking program department in an interim capacity.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Wakahiu was the executive director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), where she implemented many programs by working closely with leadership conferences, 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, and has a breadth of teaching and administrative experience from leading a high school in Kenya and as a leader of women’s organizations. An accomplished author and editor of two books, Wakahiu serves as a contributing writer for the Global Sisters Report and her peer-reviewed articles have been published in national and international journals.

Wakahiu holds a Ph.D. in human development from Marywood University, a Master of Arts degree from Saint Bonaventure University, and a Bachelor of Education from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

Posts by Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D.

  1. Our News

    Global Sisterhood for Good: A Celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week

    Catholic Sisters March 14, 2019 By Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D.

    Global Sisterhood for Good: A Celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week

  2. Our News

    Key Learnings in Advancing Human Development: Phase I Evaluation Report from the Center of Religion and Civic Culture at USC

    Catholic Sisters June 25, 2018 By Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D.

    Key Learnings in Advancing Human Development: USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Phase I Evaluation Report

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