We are happy to announce FROG’S official “Goodwill Ambassador” Princess Ariana Austin Makonnen of Ethiopia. Princess Ariana is an American writer, arts manager, and philanthropist, and a member of the Ethiopian imperial family and the House of Solomon through her marriage to Prince Joel Dawit Makonnen, the great-grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I. Princess Makonnen was born in Washington, D.C. to Bobby William Austin, the president of the Neighborhood Associates Corporation and the first African-American full time academic faculty member at Georgetown University, and Joy Ford, the executive director of Humanities DC, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Princess Ariana is of African American and Guyanese descent. Her maternal grandfather, John Meredith Ford, was Lord Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana.
Princess Ariana will work closely with FROG President and Chairman of the Board, Mason Richards, to continue providing funding and support for cultural, health, environmental and arts non-profits in Guyana.