Sarah Sagely Klotz founded The Twende Group in 2012 after many years of working with non-profit organizations and international relations. Sarah currently serves as an Associate at The Clapham Group.
Sarah has spent over eight years on Capitol Hill working for Senator James Inhofe (OK). During her time in the United States Senate, she supported the Senator in his position on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with his frequent trips to Africa and relationships on the continent. She specifically played a role in the development and passage of The Lord Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2010. The bill provided support in northern Uganda and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army through development of a regional strategy to successfully protect civilians and eliminate the threat posed by the Lord’s Resistance Army and to authorize funds for humanitarian relief and reconstruction, reconciliation, and transitional justice. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Sarah served as the Executive Director of Hamlin Fistula USA, an NGO supporting maternal health in Ethiopia.
Prior to moving to Washington, Sarah was the Language and Cultural Programs Coordinator, for DMG Arabophon in Fes, Morocco. In this role, she scheduled and organized language programs and exposure opportunities, instructed visitors on cultural practice and protocol, and mentored participants throughout summer study programs. From 2001 to 2005, Sarah was a corporate speaker and recruiter for a non-profit agency that educated university students on needs in the developing world and recruited students to overseas service.
Sarah has worked with development projects in North Africa, Sub-Sahara Africa, Asia, and the UK.
She loves to read and write, watch British dramas and float the creeks in her home state of Arkansas. But most of her time she is trying to keep up with her three energetic boys.
Brian founded The Twende Group after spending over four years on Capitol Hill and several years working with non-profits and government in development, administration and communication. Brian completed his Masters of Business Administration at George Mason University with an emphasis in International Business. In addition to consulting at Twende, he is working as an Associate at The Clapham Group and Executive Director to Faith & Law, an organization that helps congressional staff better understand the implications of the Christian worldview for their calling to the public square. Brian has also worked in a variety of roles support faith-based organizations and outreach to faith-based groups. Brian spent 5 years on Capitol Hill, working for Representative and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Brian worked in managing Rep. McCarthy’s Washington and district strategic communications operations.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Brian was a director for the Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Program (YAP) in Jos, Nigeria. He organized small business training for HIV+ clients and managed proposal development for Federal/Private funding. Brian was responsible for YAP strategic planning with other Nigerian staff and developed instructional and educational curriculum material. From January 2001 – December 2004, he served as the Director of Operations for The Body Builders. He was responsible for coordinating events and speakers and managed the publication of “The Fuel and the Flame.”
Brian has extensive experience in communications and administration. He also has significant knowledge of aid and development work in sub-Sahara Africa from his many years growing up on the continent. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Brian lived in Nigeria, Liberia, and Kenya.