WPC Staff and Board 2014

Sonia Silbert, Director
Sonia Silbert is originally from New York City and has been living in DC since 2006.  She has been an organizer and activist on peace and justice issues for many years.  Most recently she has worked for No War, No Warming, CODEPINK: Women for Peace and organized with Common Ground Collective in post-Katrina New Orleans.  In 2010 she was awarded a Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders Fellowship from the National Council for Research on Women. She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University and joined the Washington Peace Center as Co-Coordinator in May, 2008.


Darakshan Raja, Program Manager
Helga Herz Peacemaking Fellow
Darakshan Raja is from the Bronx with Pakistani roots and moved to Washington DC in order to impact policy. Most recently, Darakshan worked with the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center on a range of criminal justice evaluations; she served as the project director for an evaluation of the Violence Against Women Act and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s intervention for addressing sexual violence within state facilities. She has also organized with Amnesty International USA and served on their national strategy group for the implementation of their Security with Human Rights Campaign. As an advocate, Darakshan worked as a rape crisis counselor on a Sexual Assault Response Team.  Darakshan hopes to bridge the gap between grassroots, advocacy, and policy organizations in order to strengthen the social justice movement.


Candice Jones, Administrator
Candice Jones is a birth doula and student midwife who has been living in Washington D.C. since 2007.  Her work and activism center around maternity and reproductive health issues with the hope that all women and their families will one day have access to quality, respectful, and gentle care.  In addition to her business, District Doulas, she has been a volunteer doula with The Family Health and Birth Center and an outreach volunteer with HIPS



Washington Peace Center Coordinating Board

The Coordinating Board is responsible for the WPC's ongoing viability. They set priorities for our work and ensure we have the resources and support needed to meet our goal.  They are engaged directly with our programmatic work and meet monthly.

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.

Louisa DavisLouisa Davis
Louisa Davis has organized, taught and preached for peace with justice around DC for 35+ years: on youth issues with Girls Clubs of America; for food justice at DC Hunger Action and the Dinner Program for Homeless Women; as campus minister at George Washington University, Hood and Northern Virginia Community Colleges; professor of ethics and religion at St. Mary’s and Montgomery Colleges; and interfaith antiracism organizer/trainer. She is currently pursuing certification in Nonviolent Communication [www.cnvc.org], organizing for Pace Bene in Virginia, writing as part of The Sustainable Activist Collective, and enjoying her husband Ray, grown kids, gardening, music and her Quaker and United Christian Parish communities.

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.

Julian Forth
Julian Forth is a graduate from Messiah College (’06) and from Duke University’s Divinity School (’09).  He has lectured in the area of religion, violence/nonviolence, and systemic injustice.  He has extensive experience in service to low-income and homeless populations (i.e. hospice care, employment, tutoring), in interfaith dialogues, and has supported numerous causes such as anti-war demonstrations, LGBTQ rights, and AIDS awareness.  Currently, he resides in DC working as Housing Counselor/Trainer providing tenant rights education for Housing Counseling Services.

Ramah Kudaimi
Ramah Kudaimi is the Membership and Outreach Coordinator at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. She has worked at several grassroots activist organizations including CODEPINK: Women for Peace and the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, as well as interned at the Washington Peace Center during the summer of 2010. She has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published by Al Jazeera English, The Progressive, Truthout, and more.
Katherine Fuchs
Katherine Fuchs moved to DC in 2006 and is proud to have lived in three of our city's quadrants. Katherine is currently Friends of the Earth's Nuclear Campaigner and her experience spans 14 years of educational and advocacy campaigns focused on nuclear, foreign policy, and human rights issues. Some of the organizations that Katherine has worked with include: the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability,the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, 7th Street Community Garden, Peace Action, the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice, LGBT Center Advocates, and a variety of voter rights groups in her hometown of Milwaukee. Katherine cut her teeth as a student privacy organizer and refined her theory of peace through justice at the UNESCO Chair for Philosophy for Peace in Castellon Spain. In her spare time, Katherine enjoys gardening, cycling, and camping.


Jiva Manske
Jiva ManskeJiva Manske is an organizer and educator who has lived in DC since 2010. He currently teaches an undergraduate seminar on conflict transformation at Georgetown University, and is a Senior Organizer for Amnesty International USA. He has extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer, and has developed conflict transformation and restorative justice programs with communities, youth groups, inmates in jails and prisons, and teachers and students throughout the US, as well as Austria, Romania, Costa Rica, Afghanistan, and Iran. He is a graduate of Brown University, and holds a MA in peace and conflict studies from the European Peace University.  

Samantha Miller
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.

Washington Peace Center Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is made up of allies and leaders who give us input and feedback into our community impact and strategic planning.  They keep us engaged in larger peace and justice movements and help us assess changes and needs.  They meet once a year.

Mackenzie Baris, Jobs with Justice

Nadine Bloch, Washington Action Group

Liz Butler, Movement Strategy Center

Lisa Fithian, United for Peace and Justice, former Peace Center Coordinator

Netfa Freeman, Institute for Policy Studies

David Haiman, Movement Matters

Kathleen Maloy, Strategic Consulting for Equity in Health

Adwoa Masozi, Grassroots DC

Will Merrifield, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Geoff Millard, Iraq Veterans Against the War

Rosemary Ndubuizu, ONE DC

Andy Shallal, Busboys and Poets

Laura Worby, Nurse Practitioner and health care advocate

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies

Rev. Yearwood, Hip-Hop Caucus