Who We Are
WPC Board and Staff
Sonia Silbert, Director
Dany Sigwalt, Progam Manager
Candice Jones, Administrator
Washington Peace Center Coordinating Board
| Vasudha Desikan|
Vasudha Desikan has been active in social justice movements in Washington D.C. for over ten years. Her background is in Palestine solidarity, labor, and economic justice. She helped organize the National Conference on Organized Resistance and Left Turn Magazine. She built power through working at LiUNA, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, and currently works for AFSCME. She reps hard for her hometown, Queens, NY.
|Robby Diesu (Chair)|
Robby Diesu is an organizer, trainer, and strategist who works in various social movements through his work at Vision Communiqué and with DC Action Lab- a newly formed collective of organizers in the District. Robby specializes in mass mobilizations for the environmental movement, bringing thousands to DC to protest fracking, corporate investment in coal and the Keystone XL pipeline. He is a recent graduate of Catholic University and helped found CUAllies, their unofficial gay-straight alliance. He worked for many years as a civilian ally with Iraq Veterans Against the War and is a member of Civilian-Soldier Alliance.
| Ese Emerhi|
Ese Emerhi is an nonprofit management consultant, and has spent the last few years working on human rights issues here in the U.S. and in the Middle East & North Africa region pushing for progressive democratic initiatives that promote freedom and the respect of human rights. She is also a board member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and serves as the Chair of the Chapters committee, coordinating and executing core programming slates and manuals that ensure the growth of the network. In addition, she is currently working with clients in Sierra Leone to provide concrete educational tools to children in the rural parts of the country.
| Phillip Fornaci|
Philip Fornaci is a graduate of Columbia University and the G.W. Law School, and a 30-year resident of D.C. Active on issues around criminal “justice” and prison issues, he served for ten years as Director of the D.C. Prisoners’ Project, the primary prisoners’ rights organization in D.C. He is a former Steering Committee member of the D.C. Statehood Green Party and a Board member for the Museum of Hidden History, and has a long history of anti-war and LGBT activism.
| Katherine Fuchs|
Katherine Fuchs has been living in DC since 2006 and is currently the Program Director at the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. Her experience spans a decade of educational and advocacy campaigns focused on nuclear, foreign policy, and human rights issues. Some of the organizations that Katherine has worked with in the past include: the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Peace Action, the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, LGBT Center Advocates, the Wisconsin Fair Trade Campaign, and a variety of voter rights groups in her hometown of Milwaukee, where she received the Future of Change award from Community Shares of Wisconsin for her work around elections. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys gardening, volunteering with the Grassroots Education Project in DC, and supporting her local PBS station.
Samantha Miller is a freelance organizer and trainer based in Washington DC. Since her time as a student at UCLA, Sam has been involved in social justice work as a staff member and volunteer organizer for groups like United for Peace & Justice, Military Families Speak Out, and the new Students for a Democratic Society. She has worked extensively with the Alliance of Community Trainers on direct actions, mobilizations and trainings in DC, Texas, and around the country.
| Marie Soveroski|
Marie Soveroski is Managing Director at EarthRights International, an organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment. Prior to that she served as Director of the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg. Her focus and passion is environmental and human rights law and protection, which she has pursued both as a lawyer and as an activist. She earned her JD at Gonzaga University School of Law as a Thomas More Scholar, a full-tuition scholarship program for persons pursuing a career in law in the public interest.