Interim Executive Director
Patti Quigley returns as our interim Executive Director after holding the title from 2008 through 2019.
Patti became active in Afghan women’s issues after tragedy struck her family on September 11, 2001: Her husband, Patrick, was a passenger on United Flight 175, the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. Patti was pregnant with their second child at the time.
After her husband’s death, Patti was overwhelmed by the enormous outpouring of emotional support from around the world. Shortly after the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, she became aware of the vast differences between her experience as a widow in America and the treatment of her counterparts in Afghanistan.
Struck by these disparities, in 2007 Patti teamed with Razia Jan to fulfill their mutual dream of educating the next generation of Afghans in order to end the cycle of poverty, despair, and terrorism in Afghanistan. Today, Patti is pleased to apply her skills and experience to the role of executive director of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.
After earning a BA degree in finance from the University of Lowell, Patti went on to have a successful career as an internal auditor, VP of financial operations, and management consultant at various commercial lending organizations around the country. Patti also supports other nonprofit organizations and public service groups in her community. She is a founding board member of the National Charity League Wellesley Chapter, where she helped mothers and their daughters collaborate on philanthropic activities to support area nonprofits. As a past co-president of the Wellesley Education Foundation, Patti gathered support and funding for innovative ideas to help teachers create an environment where kids can think outside of the box. Patti is also a former member of the Wellesley Public Schools School Committee.
Patti has participated in 9 Pan Mass Challenge rides, cycling to raise money for cancer research. Most recently, she completed the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise funds for the Zabuli Education Center.
In recognition of Patti’s work, she has received several awards as well as media attention. In 2002, the Lowell Police Academy recognized her work against terrorism. She received a Special Recognition Award for Activism from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance in 2008. That year, she also received an award from Search for Common Ground. Patti was interviewed on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2007, and that year, she and Razia were subjects in an article in MORE Magazine. Patti is also a subject in Beth Murphy’s documentary film Beyond Belief. In 2011, Patti received the Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni award, and in 2012 she was the recipient of the Bridgewater State University’s Political Science Department Public Service Award.
Patti resides in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and is a mother of two daughters: Rachel and Leah.