Dr. James J. Zogby

Founder and President of the Arab American Institute
Member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee

Dr James J Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee and was twice

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Steve Apkon & Marcina Hale

Film Makers
Director and Producer of "Disturbing the Peace"

Stephen Apkon (Director and Producer) is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a non-profit film and education center located in Pleasantville,

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Professor Galia Golan

Internationally Acclaimed Israeli Peace Activist, Scholar and Author
Steering Committee Member of Combatants for Peace

Galia Golan, PhD, has also been a leading Israeli peace activist for many decades, having co-founded and served in the leadership of Peace Now and a number of women’s local and international peace groups Currently

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Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Founder of Ms Magazine
Author & Activist

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an author, activist, and national lecturer
 A founding editor and writer for Ms Magazine, Pogrebin is also the author of eleven books, including her latest novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking

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Aziz Abu Sarah

Founder and CEO Mejdi Tours
First Palestinian to run for Mayor of Jerusalem

Aziz Abu Sarah is an entrepreneur, speaker, peace builder and author He is a National Geographic Explorer and a TED Fellow In 2009, Aziz co-founded MEJDI Tours, a cultural exploration vehicle for an ever-changing

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Mubarak Awad

Palestinian Leader of Non-Violent Action

Dr Mubarak Awad is a Palestinian-American psychologist and an advocate of nonviolent resistance He has been named by Newsweek, and other publications as “The Palestinian Gandhi” Awad is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at the School

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Board Members

Nizar Farsakh

Middle East Expert, Farsakh Training & Consulting, LLC

Nizar Farsakh is a trainer, private consultant, and public speaker who focuses his work around leadership, negotiation and advocacy Between 2003 and 2008 Farsakh served as an adviser to senior Palestinian leaders including President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and various ministries He is currently involved in several non-violence initiatives in Palestine and the US


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Lisa Genn

Lawyer, Community Organizer & Activist
Lisa is currently working with numerous progressive Senatorial, Congressional and other campaigns on a major series of fundraising campaigns as well as on field organizing strategy She works closely with emerging member leaders of communities most deeply affected by societal injustices on community-based campaigns designed to improve civic literacy and engagement as well as to empower underserved communities in the political arena
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Sulaiman Khatib

Co-founder of Combatants for Peace

Sulaiman Khatib is an elected member of the Peace NGO’s Forum He is Co-Founder and former Director of Combatants for Peace, and was nominated for the 2017 & ’18 Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of Combatants for Peace He is a local organizer who has been recognized internationally for his contributions to promoting, peace, social justice and equality for all He is a renown speaker and lecturer worldwide


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Don Raphael

Chief Executive Officer and a Director, at Italfoods

Don Raphael worked as a CPA for Grant Thornton in the early 1980’s In 1983 he became the Chief Financial Officer in the start-up of Descente America and Arena North America, and continued in that organization through the late 1990’s Since 1999, he has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Director, at Italfoods, a locally owned importer and specialty food distributor in the Bay Area and on the West Coast


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Carrie Skarda

Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a focus on Trauma and Mindfulness

Carrie Skarda has been a licensed clinical psychologist for 20 years, with particular interest in the impact of childhood trauma on adult relationships, forgiveness, and the practice of mindfulness  She worked as co-director of training for psychology interns at the Antioch facility of Kaiser Permanente HMO in California, and is currently in private practice in Salt Lake City


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Joseph Montville

Originator of “track two” diplomacy used by the USA State Department

Joseph V Montville is the originator of “Track Two,” nonofficial diplomacy He is Director of the Program on ‘Healing Historical Memory,’ School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, at George Mason University He is also a Senior Associate and Chair of the Goldziher Prize Committee in the Center for the Study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Relations at Merrimack College


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Ben Linder

CEO of LunchBots, an environmentally sustainable lunchbox manufacturer
Ben Linder was born in Jerusalem and emigrated to the US as a child in 1976 He is a passionate advocate for a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict During his time in Silicon Valley, Ben served as a leader in J Street’s local chapter, and as a liaison to Rep Anna Eshoo He actively participates in lobbying efforts with Congress and accompanies Congressional Delegations to Israel/Palestine with J Street
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