Our Team

the people behind Operation Broken Silence

Mark Hackett, Executive Director. Mark began working on Sudan issues in 2007 after an eye-opening conversation with a genocide survivor from Darfur, Sudan. Since 2011 he has overseen the steady growth of our organization. 

Mark makes sure our on the ground programs stay on the rails and that our movement remains focused on our end goal of closing our doors one day. He’s one of only a few Americans to have visited frontline areas in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan during the war.

Audrey Geyer, Development Director. The granddaughter of a Holocaust escapee and Spanish Civil War survivor and the daughter of a Cuban refugee, Audrey grew up in Memphis, TN. Originally a yoga instructor by trade and Facing History and Ourselves alum, her vibrant personality and passion for the Sudanese people inspire those around her. 

Audrey empowers and guides our fundraisers, donors, and event hosts in raising more funds for the life-changing programs we support in Sudan and Sudanese refugee camps. 

Sudanese Partners. We work with a small number of Sudanese on the ground who manage and lead our life-changing programs. These are some of the most dedicated, trustworthy, and inspirational people we know. All of them have been creating positive change in Sudan years before we came along. Their experience and knowledge is invaluable to the success of our work and mission.

Since their safety is our top priority, we do not publicly list their names or exact locations and do not respond to requests for information that could be used to identify them.