Staff

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.


Paul Haible

Executive Director
Email: paul(at)peacefund.org
415-642-0900

Executive Director Paul Haible has more than forty years experience working in the Public Foundation movement, serving in all the roles: staff, board member, advisor, donor, consultant, volunteer and grant committee member, and as PDF’s Executive Director from 2004 until today. 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 member funds, as well as the board of Seva Foundation. He worked for five years for the Indigenous Environmental Network, serves as an advisor to the Flying Eagle Woman Fund, represents PDF at the United Nations under PDF’s Consulting Status, and is a delegate at the UN for the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation

Lakota Holder

Executive Assistant
Email: lakota(@)peacefund.org
415-642-0900

My Name is Lakota Holder, I am a 2nd generation relocation Native born in Denver, CO, and moved to the Bay Area when I was 8 years old. I am an enrolled member of the Tlingit & Haida tribe of Alaska, my grandmother was from Sitka, my biological mother’s mother was Oglala from Wounded Knee, and her father was Dinè from Tuba City. I am a mother of two, I have been a Nanny, a youth PowWow dance instructor, I coordinate cultural performances through community and educational programs, as well as I currently serve on committees for Bay Area PowWows. I met my husband at Intertribal Friendship House of Oakland at their weekly Drum and Dance Practice that we have both attended since we were children. The tireless work of nonprofits, their fiscal sponsors, and generous grants have played a huge part in my life and I am happy to put to work what I’ve learned since my mother dragged me along to the various meetings she had with her own nonprofit work. Thank you for this opportunity

Alexis Horne

Office Assistant
Email: alexis(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x105

Alexis was raised just two streets away from our Amherst PDF office. She is a graduate of Stoneleigh-Burnham in Greenfield, received a degree in International Relations from Bradford College and a Paralegal certification from Northeastern University. After decades in the insurance industry and working as a Paralegal, she was looking for a change in careers. The opportunity to work at PDF as a temporary employee arose and she jumped at the chance. As the great-granddaughter of a Suffragist and the daughter of an LGBTQ activist, she was happy to join PDF and carry on the family legacy of assisting in progressive movements.

Emily Serafy-Cox

Foundation Officer
Email:  emily(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x100

Emily Serafy-Cox has been a professional community organizer since 2009, working with grassroots, base-building organizations in California and Massachusetts on issues from transportation justice and redistricting to birth work and housing justice. Emily holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and was elected to the Northampton School Committee (a.k.a. School Board) in 2019.

Sonya Epstein

Foundation Associate
Email: sonya(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x 102

Sonya Epstein (they/ them) is a community organizer who has been deeply involved with student activism around restorative justice, free public higher education, and LGBTQ liberation for many years. They are an immigrant from Belarus and studied Social Thought & Political Economy and Sociology at UMass Amherst. 

Sophia Trifone

Foundation Associate
Email: sophia(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x107

Sophia Trifone joined PDF as a Foundation Associate in August 2022. She coordinates communications, events and assists with the Community Organizing Grant cycle. Sophia holds an Associate Degree in Language and LatinX Studies from Holyoke Community College. Sophia has experience working in the nonprofit sector and has worked with many arts and cultural entities in her community work. She lives in Amherst, MA.

Rose Westbrook

Director of Administration and Finance
Email: rose(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x101

Rose Westbrook, Director of Administration & Finance, has more than a decade of management and leadership experience in nonprofit organizations.  Rose progressively gained experience in faith-based, higher education, public health and health care organizations.  She has been a thought-partner on leadership teams and community boards. She has been a leader and cultivator of high-performing teams of professionals and volunteers to achieve organizational goals. She strives to balance internal and external priorities with an eye on operational excellence and a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. Rose has a Bachelor’s in Human Services Administration, a Master’s in Human Resource Development from American International College, and a Fellow graduate of The Partnership Inc.

Lora Wondolowski

Director of Advancement and Communications
Email: lora(at)peacefund.org
413-256-8306 x106

Lora began her career as a grassroots organizer and is excited to join the staff at PDF and return to her roots. She joins PDF after serving as the founding Executive Director of Leadership Pioneer Valley for the last 11 years. She was involved in all aspects of building the organization and its leadership program curriculum to strengthen the region by developing community-minded leaders. She has worked at the local, regional, statewide and national level to advocate for community leadership and the environment. Prior to her work with LPV, she was the founding Executive Director of the MA League of Environmental Voters, and worked for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and National Audubon Society in DC. While at LCVEF and Audubon, she launched and organized several successful programs and youth and grassroots training programs.

She has nearly 20 years of experience with grassroots organizing and community outreach. Lora holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MS from Bard College. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls and was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton, She currently serves on the Connecticut River Conservancy, Public Health Institute of Western MA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley boards. In 2018 she received the Women’s Professional Chamber’s Woman of the Year Award. She lives in Greenfield with her wife and teenaged daughters.


Interns

The internship program of the Peace Development Fund is comprised of dedicated and eager young people committed to a career of social activism through the midst of their collegic education. PDF considers itself lucky to be able to find interns who cleave to the ideals of social justice not only in their work for the foundation but also in their personal lives. Interns can be contacted via email at intern@peacefund.org.


Danica Dignan

My name is Danica, I’m a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I study English and social justice, which is why I chose to work at PDF! I am pursuing a career in social advocacy, in order to work towards making the world a more equitable place. I look forward to seeing what more I can learn while interning at PDF.

Ellen Kiernan

Hi my name is Ellen and I am so excited about interning with PDF this semester! I am a senior Sociology and Political Science major with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at UMass Amherst. On campus, I am also Co-President of PERIOD which is part of the menstrual equity movement. After I graduate I plan to work for a few years and then go to law school. I was drawn to PDF because my values align very closely with theirs and I am looking forward to learning so much!

Vincent Bruscas Jr.

Vincent, a recent Masters graduate of the Heller School’s COEX program, is a keen supporter of idigenous rights and social activism globally, particularly regarding land ownership. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer for the Philippines, Vincent has a background in Anthropology and Cultural Relativism, and has worked in the peace and development sectors for the past four years. When not hiking or reading, Vincent’s work with the PDF has primarily revolved around the Fiscal Sponsorship Program and Website Development.