EFAC Names New Executive Director

Education for All Children (EFAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Blair L. Demers of Portsmouth as its new Executive Director. She joins the organization’s co-founders, Nancy and Rod Van Sciver of Rye, and Kenya Country Director Mary Kiguru of Nairobi, at the helm of Education for All Children.

Blair pictured with EFAC Scholar at Naivasha Girls School

Blair pictured with EFAC Scholar at Naivasha Girls School

Founded in 2008, Education for All Children provides a comprehensive education-to-employment program for over 350 underprivileged, yet exceptionally talented students in Kenya.  EFAC's program offers eight years of scholarships, skill-building workshops, and intensive mentoring for secondary and post-secondary school students.

Blair Demers joined EFAC in 2015 as Director of Strategic Partnerships, working closely with the board, staff, donors and nonprofit partners to scale the organization, evaluate its impact, and develop a strategic vision for sustainability. A graduate of Princeton University, Ms. Demers holds a certificate in African Studies and has volunteered, studied, and traveled on the continent throughout her youth and into adulthood. 

Prior to moving to Portsmouth, Ms. Demers served in a variety of capacities for SMART, a start-up educational organization serving talented, low-income middle school students in San Francisco. Her tenure there spanned six years and included the positions of Program Director, Development Director and Executive Director. After returning to the east coast, Ms. Demers joined the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle in 2007 and was an integral participant in its growth as a local fundraising and grant-making organization in New Hampshire. Serving as chair of the Giving Circle from 2010-2012, she managed a strategic planning process with regard to the group’s membership, fundraising, grant-making, organizational structure, and sustainability. Ms. Demers also serves as vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Regional Advisory Board on the Seacoast, and chair of their grants committee. 

Ms. Demers lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and three daughters.