Board of Directors

The Peace Development Fund board of directors is composed of dedicated people from across the country that reflects the communities that we serve. Many are activists within their own communities and all understand the importance of peace and social justice and supporting oppressed communities. This is important to the foundation, as it is a way to ground and tie our work directly to those who we support. Watch “In our own Words” where PDF’s board talks about PDF’s place in the social justice movement.

board-2016-croppedEsmeralda V. Brown, New York, NY

Esmeralda Brown spent more than three decades at the Women’s Division, General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church Section of Christian and Social Actions. Born in Panama, Ms. Brown also worked with the Panamanian diaspora community assisting with problems of immigrant adjustment, employment, health and other problems that immigrant communities face upon arriving to the US. She is the founder of the Southern Caucus of NGOs for Sustainable Development and has served as its chairperson since its inception.

Ali El-Issa, Brooklyn, NY: Treasurer

Ali El-Issa is the President of the Flying Eagle Woman Fund, named in honor of his wife, Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa. Ali works on guaranteeing the rights of Indigenous peoples across the globe. He is on the Board of the Rigoberta Menchu Túm Foundation and is a principal representative of Ms. Menchu Túm to the United Nations.

Lori Goodman, Durango, CO

Lori Goodman is a full-time volunteer and Board member of Diné CARE, an all-Navajo environmental organization. Lori has been involved in Environmental Justice work since 1988.

Teresa Juarez, Chimayo, NM: President

Teresa Juarez is a long time social activist. She runs the Teh-Luh-Lah Learning and HealingCenter and is the lead organizer of the New Mexico Alliance.

Iva Kaufman, New York, NY

Iva Kaufman has built institutions and coalitions throughout her career in international development, nonprofit management and advising in philanthropy. She works on short term consulting assignments, entrepreneurial start ups and the enhancement of established ventures in the nonprofit sector, business and philanthropy. Recent consulting assignments have focused on environmental NGOs and women’s initiatives—in particular the GreenWorld Campaign and the Counseling Center for Women in Israel. In 2012 Iva advised the Milch Family Foundation on the theatrical production of Hoaxocaust! Presently, she staffs the American Sustainable Business Council’s Working Group on Women; and represents the Guide to Impact Investing by Julia Balandina.

Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, New Haven, CT

Tricia Lin is Director and Professor of the Women’s Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University, where she works for gender, racial, socio-economic and other forms of justice, in the classroom and beyond. She is the editor of a special issue on transnational Indigenous feminism with Lectora (University of Barcelona), forthcoming in 2016. Tricia is also the recent President of National Women’s Studies Association. Internationally, she continues with the journey of a native daughter of Taiwan in her work with and writing about Taiwan Indigenous feminists’ cultural productions as resistance and knowledge production.

Tina Reynolds, New York, NY: Secretary

Tina Reynolds is Co-Founder and Chair of Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH). She is an adjunct professor at York -CUNY, and is a board member of JusticeWorks Community and the Coalition for Parole Restoration. In her work over the past 15 years, Tina has partnered with formerly and imprisoned women to challenge and offer solutions to policies and other barriers women and families face during and after incarceration. She has published pieces on the abolition of prisons, the impact of incarceration on women and children and is an editor of an anthology Interrupted Life.

Daniel W. Schreck, Chimayo, NM

Daniel Schreck has been in the foundation world for nearly 30 years, including the Abelard Foundation (where he was also president), National Network of Grantmakers and The Funding Exchange. He continues his work through his donor-advised fund at PDF, The Aztlan Fund. It supports work in indigenous country, and tries to, at least at a seed level, continue the work of the Paul Robeson Fund for Film and Media at The Funding Exchange. The late Saul Landau was very instrumental in mentoring Daniel on the idea of becoming an executive producer, and to fund indigenous people to retain their intellectual property rights by filming their own cultural material. Daniel is the producer of “The St. Patrick’s Battalion.”

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