Sonia Silbert, Director
Darakshan Raja, Program Manager
Candice Jones, Administrator
Washington Peace Center Coordinating Board
|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.
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.
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 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.
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