The staff of the Peace Development Fund is composed of dedicated people with years of experience in both the foundation world and as social activists, and young people committed to a career of social activism. PDF considers itself lucky to be able to find staff members who are dedicated to the ideals of social justice not only in their work for the foundation but also in their personal lives.
E-mail: Emma Anthony
Emma graduated from University of Massachusetts- Amherst with a degree in English and a minor in Sociology. She studied abroad her senior year at James Cook University- Australia, which bettered her understanding of the deeply rooted racism and misrepresentation that is present not only on American soil, but also abroad. Emma is also very involved with artistic communities in the Pioneer Valley that educate children through theater, and provide youth with the opportunity to express themselves through the arts.
Senior Foundation Officer
Email: Evelin Aquino
As an organizer, educator and performance artist, Evelin has worked across the U.S. with organizations committed to empowering communities and individuals, so they may advocate and lead in bringing about solutions, personally and collectively. She has worked with CD Tech, Public Allies, Youth Justice Movement (throughout California, including Intercity Struggle & Community Coalition), CADRE and Youthbuild in Los Angeles, Brotherhood SisterSol, East Harlem Tutorial Program, Sisters on the Rise, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival in New York City.
Since returning to the Pioneer Valley where she grew up and attended UMass Amherst, Evelin has continued her commitment to social justice in positions throughout the region and is a volunteer organizer with the Julius Ford Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Community.
Email: Ciara Crowley
Ciara Crowley graduated with a degree in English from UC Berkeley. She volunteers with the Berkeley Student Food Collective, a nonprofit collectively-run grocery store aiming to make healthy food options accessible to students and community members. She also works on the education and events committee at the UC Gill Tract Community Farm, an East Bay Area urban farm and UC-community collaboration born from an effort in community organizing and focused on providing education in ecological farming and food justice. Ciara was drawn to the work of PDF after recognizing the power of community organizing to effect change in her community.
E-mail: Paul Haible
Executive Director Paul Haible has more than thirty years experience working with the Public Foundation movement, serving in all the roles: staff, board member, advisor, consultant, volunteer and grant committee member. He is a co-founder of the Funding Exchange, worked for Vanguard Public Foundation for twelve years, served on boards of several of the Funding Exchange funds, as well as the board of Seva Foundation. He worked for five years for the Indigenous Environmental Network, serves as a key advisor to the Flying Eagle Woman Fund, and is an United Nations delegate for the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation.
Email: Fiona Servaes
Fiona graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a dual degree in International Development and Education and German. She studied abroad at Mahidol University in Thailand, where she administered the event management team for the Sawasdee Thailand Project to provide cross-cultural education and English education to youth in rural areas of Thailand. She has taught English to students from many different countries, has lived in the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Thailand and the U.S. and speaks English, Dutch, German and Thai. Fiona has been responsible for fund-raising and raising awareness of human trafficking with Urban Light, an NGO dedicated to empowering boys who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation in Thailand.
Director of Communications and Outreach
E-mail: Kathy Sharkey
Kathy’s career in nonprofit management has included fund-raising, marketing and communications, business administration, new business development and site development. As a consultant since 2006, her client list is diverse, reflecting a range of interests and expertise, such as progressive organizations, universities and botanical gardens. Kathy has worked for the Peace Development Fund since 2003 in a range of capacities, and is past president and treasurer of The Mill at Stoney Brook.
Director of Administration and Finance
E-mail: Arlean Solis
Arlean comes to PDF with more than 20 years of experience working with progressive nonprofits, including the Vanguard Public Foundation. During her career, Arlean has worked in administration, grantmaking and fundraising. A native of San Francisco, Arlean was born and raised in the Mission District. She has volunteered and supported various groups including Mission Reading Clinic, Mission Economic Development Association and Upward Bound. Most recently, Arlean has been a member of Summerbridge 30th Anniversary Committee, an organization committed to providing advocacy and educational enrichment to public middle school students.