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
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.

Zachary Hession-Smith

Foundation Associate
Email: Zachary Hession-Smith
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Zachary graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in International Relations and Russian. He lived abroad teaching English as a Foreign Language, and then worked as a literacy tutor in high-needs schools in Western Massachusetts.  He volunteers at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, working to help research on children’s books and early literacy.  Zachary is involved in a ranked-choice voting initiative, and other ballot initiatives in Western Massachusetts.  He became interested in the work of PDF after seeing the benefits of community organizing.

Delia Kovac

Foundation Officer
E-mail:  Delia Kovac
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Delia brings a decade of community-based capacity building and fund-raising to PDF. She previously served as the Individual Giving Manager at City Year Providence, the Assistant Director of Development at Sophia Academy and as the Project Manager for Urban Greens Food Co-op. She is a founding board member of Girls Rock! Rhode Island and a member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance community.

Emily Serafy Cox

Foundation Officer
E-mail:  Emily Serafy Cox
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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.

Arlean Solis

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.

Brennan Tierney

Foundation Associate
Email: Brennan Tierney
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Brennan Tierney brings a background in community organizing, popular education and communications to his work with the Peace Development Fund. He lives in Northampton, MA and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.