Carolyn Makinson (Interim Chair)
Carolyn Makinson was executive director of International Rescue Committee UK 2010-2014; executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission 2004-2010; and executive director of MIT’s Center for International Studies 2002-2006. Show more
Carolyn Makinson was executive director of International Rescue Committee UK 2010-2014; executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission 2004-2010; and executive director of MIT’s Center for International Studies 2002-2006. Before joining MIT, Carolyn spent 15 years as a program officer for population and forced migration at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In these roles, she advocated for reproductive health services for displaced populations, for education in emergencies, for programs to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in conflict zones, and for greater attention to the needs of displaced populations in urban settings.
Carolyn has lived and worked in Belgium, Burundi, Egypt, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique and Rwanda. She studied Arabic for several years, spent a year living with an Egyptian family in Cairo, and retains a strong interest in the Middle East.
Carolyn has a PhD in Sociology and demography from Princeton University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Currently, she serves on the boards of Village Health Works and the Vitol Foundation, as well as Peace Direct USA. Hide
Keith Johnson (Treasurer)
Keith is retired from Deutsche Bank where he served as Vice-President for data processing Deutsche Bank. Show more
Keith is retired from Deutsche Bank where he served as Vice-President for data processing Deutsche Bank. He serves as Trustee and Treasurer of Chatham Summit Quaker Meeting in New Jersey, as well as a member of the Personnel Committee and Supervisory Committee for the General Secretary of New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Keith serves as President of the 31-41 Church St. Condominium Association. He is an Emergency Medical Technician and Member of South Orange, NJ, Volunteer Rescue Squad. Keith holds degrees from Colgate University (B.A.) and Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Hide
Sherrie possesses a wide array of experience in the field of media, fundraising and non-profit management. As a reporter, writer and fundraiser Sherrie brings a unique blend of media and marketing skills as well as strategic fundraising experience to any role. Show more
Sherrie possesses a wide array of experience in the field of media, fundraising and non-profit management. As a reporter, writer and fundraiser Sherrie brings a unique blend of media and marketing skills as well as strategic fundraising experience to any role.
As Associate Director of Development, Sherrie currently oversees all annual and capital giving initiatives for the Stephen Gaynor School, a private, non-profit, independent school for students ages 3-13 in Manhattan. Sherrie is in charge of marketing and overall advancement of the school to all parent, alumni and special donor constituencies, including grant-making organizations. She handles fundraising, outreach and stewardship needs for the school’s annual fundraising efforts and is currently co-managing the school’s $20 million dollar capital campaign.
Sherrie brings more than seven years of fundraising experience from private, non-profit institutions in the field of education, health and social welfare organizations. Prior to working in the field of education, Sherrie was a consultant with CCS Fundraising, a fundraising consulting firm that manages fundraising campaigns for non-profits, in all sectors, including the field of education, human rights and social welfare groups. During her time at CCS Fundraising, Sherrie managed several capital campaigns, including playing an integral in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s $200 million dollar capital campaign.
Before working in the field of fundraising, Sherrie worked in the media sector as a reporter and producer, covering international business, economics and law. Sherrie worked as a journalist for print, digital and television media outlets as a reporter and producer covering notable news events such as the Mexican Presidential elections in 2000 and the trial of Saddam Hussein in 2006. Prior to working in the media, Sherrie worked for a non-governmental organization that managed election monitoring initiatives in Africa and Eastern Europe, particularly in post-conflict situations.
Sherrie currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Brian and daughter Catherine. Hide
Erin is a results-oriented executive with more than sixteen years corporate and non-profit experience, working with purpose-driven initiatives. Show more
Erin is a results-oriented executive with more than sixteen years corporate and non-profit experience, working with purpose-driven initiatives. Erin has experience working in a number of sectors including civil and social service, as well as finance, banking and media as fundraiser and a non-profit management consultant. Erin possesses extensive fundraising and capital campaign strategy as well as organizational leadership and management skills. Currently, Erin is interim Chief Operating Officer with Women Rising, a media and events organization that helps empower women. Prior to that Erin was Vice President with CCS Fundraising, managing a $300 million education foundation campaign. Erin has extensive experience as a human resources consultant. She has a BA from Dartmouth, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Cornell. Erin is very interested in international affairs, specifically in conflict-affected areas, and aligns her work as an independent consultant with cause-related initiatives. Hide
Angeli Gianchandani is a global brand strategist and communications leader with a history of delivering innovative solutions to complex business challenges. Show more
Angeli Gianchandani is a global brand strategist and communications leader with a history of delivering innovative solutions to complex business challenges. With over 15 years of management, operations, and development experience, she has spearheaded marketing initiatives for such global brands as BMW, Ralph Lauren and DKNY, helping to place them at the forefront of innovation, technology and design.
Angeli is an active advocate of social change. She is a particularly committed supporter of peacebuilding. Her travels in West Africa and India at an early age imprinted on her a first-hand understanding of how the gaps between rich and poor can obstruct social justice and peace. Angeli is also dedicated to the cause of sustainability and to activating the private sector to deliver value by driving energy innovation. She was part of the team that launched the BMW Hydrogen 7 and BMW ActiveHybrid vehicles. To draw attention to the promise of this fledgling technology, she helped to draw up and execute the plans for to call on early adaptors and leaders to rethink about infrastructure and future mobility. Today, Angeli is actively engaged in sustainability development programs through the United Nations to raise awareness and devise solutions for today’s challenges.
Angeli holds a BBA in Marketing from Lubin School of Business at Pace University and an MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Angeli’s capstone project at Fletcher has earned praise for providing a unique perspective on the essential role of female leadership during times of crisis. In addition, Angeli was nominated as an Aspen Institute global leader for her thought leadership and selected to join The New York Women’s Foundation’s Grants Advisory Committee. Angeli has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Hide
Bridget Moix has worked for 15 years in the national and international policy arenas on peace building and violence prevention issues. Show more
Bridget Moix has worked for 15 years in the national and international policy arenas on peace building and violence prevention issues. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Genocide Prevention Program at the School of Conflict Resolution and Analysis, George Mason University, where she is pursuing her PhD. She also works as an Atrocities Prevention Fellow with the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Bridget spent nine years lobbing on US foreign policy issues with FCNL, where she developed and led the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program. She also worked with the Quaker United Nations Office, Oxfam America, American Friends Service Committee, and World Policy Institute, and with the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City and Quaker Peace Centre in Capetown, South Africa.
Bridget’s research interests include preventing and ending war, strengthening local peace capacities, nonviolent civilian protection, and integrated early warning and response systems. She has taught peace and conflict classes at Columbia University, Eastern Mennonite University, and Haverford College. She serves on the boards of the Clarence and Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership, the Quaker United Nations Committee Geneva, and Peace Direct USA. She lives with her family in Washington, DC.ect envisioning a more effective and ethical US foreign policy. She and her husband Alberto, along with their two sons, Pablo and Santiago, live in Washington, DC, and Mexico City. Hide
Quinn Zimmerman’s eclectic career spans technology startups, humanitarian assistance, and much else. Show more
Quinn Zimmerman’s eclectic career spans technology startups, humanitarian assistance, and much else. Quinn joined the Board of Directors after working in Peace Direct’s London headquarters. He has a Master’s from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, where he focused on locally-led peacebuilding and local-first approaches to aid and development. After an early career in Silicon Valley, where he was part of the startup team behind Yelp, and a spell working with the International Rescue Committee resettling refugees in New York, he moved to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and lived and worked there for two years providing safe drinking water to people at risk for cholera. He has many years experience in nonprofit fundraising and program management and currently lives in New York City. Hide
Michael Ryder CMG, Chair
Michael began his career in diplomatic service with the British Foreign Office in the 1980s, when he focused on East-West relations during the Cold War, and then was the UK’s Special Representative on International Drugs Issues. Show more
Michael began his career in diplomatic service with the British Foreign Office in the 1980s, when he focused on East-West relations during the Cold War, and then was the UK’s Special Representative on International Drugs Issues. More recently, he was the UK’s Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan during the period of South Sudan’s independence; the UK’s Senior Civilian Representative in Helmand, Afghanistan; and Deputy Ambassador in Kabul. In 2010 he ran the London Conference on Afghanistan. Michael has also worked as head of the Foreign Office’s Security Policy department, dealing with international defence and security, and as the UK’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, where he was responsible for the EU’s common foreign and security policy. Hide
Joan Link, Deputy Chair
Joan is a former British diplomat, whose 33-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) specialised in arms control, conflict issues and human resources. Show more
Joan is a former British diplomat, whose 33-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) specialised in arms control, conflict issues and human resources. From 2001-2004 she ran the UK’s innovative Global Conflict Prevention Pool jointly owned by the FCO, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development. From 2004-2007 she was Head of Conflict Issues Group in the FCO, dealing with conflict prevention and countries at risk of instability, peacekeeping and international policing, and peacebuilding, in particular security sector reform and rule of law in conflict affected countries. She currently divides her time between human resources consulting and voluntary sector activities related to Women, Peace and Security, as well as spending more time with her family. Hide
Sheila Kleyn, Treasurer
Sheila is a qualified accountant with approximately 25 years experience in the accounting profession Show more
Sheila is a qualified accountant with approximately 25 years experience in the accounting profession, formerly in private practice in South Africa specialising in small business, and a combined 11 years as charity trustee and employee with a particular aptitude for the establishment, reconstruction (where necessary) and development, of charity central functions comprising finance, IT, human resources and facilities management, and the ability to input strategically across a diverse range of charity/not- for- profit issues including governance and risk management. Hide
Joan Carey, Trustee
Joan is a seasoned aid worker with over 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors Show more
Joan is a seasoned aid worker with over 25 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, 20 of which were overseas. She has worked with major International Agencies such as Save the Children and Concern as well as government funded programmes such as the Australian Government ( AusAID ) and has worked in more than 18 countries, often with a focus on support to local organisations. She has a particular expertise in the devlopment of local initiatives, rights based approaches, social cohesion and European donors. She currently works for International Medical Corps as Senior Programme Manager. Hide
Eleanor Harrison, Trustee
Eleanor Harrison is Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK, a digital charity working with 487 grassroots charities in 89 countries. Show more
Eleanor Harrison is Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK, a digital charity working with 487 grassroots charities in 89 countries. Previously she was Executive Director of Action for Children in Conflict, a grassroots charity working with street children in Kenya. Prior to this, Eleanor worked for the Refugee Council developing and implementing office and community projects for refugees and asylum seekers (West Midlands, UK). Other experience includes working with young people in Uganda (HIV/AIDS), peace and conflict work in Kenya, Bosnia and Australia. Hide
Carol Hodson, Trustee
Carol Hodson has over 25 years of charity and NGO senior financial and general management experience Show more
Carol Hodson has over 25 years of charity and NGO senior financial and general management experience, before which she worked in industry in the UK and Canada. Her most recent role was as Deputy Director of UNA-UK, where she had responsibility for upgrading all the financial, IT, legal, HR and governance systems. Carol has also worked in similar roles for other charities (WRVS, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Princes Trust) and for NGOs concerned with regional government and health issues. Carol was a trustee of The Fawcett Society and continues to be involved on a voluntary basis in the management of other small local voluntary organisations. Hide
Daniel Jones, Trustee
Daniel is a qualified accountant. After training at the world’s largest consumer goods company, he is now following his passion for food and drink as a finance manager for Innocent Drinks. Show more
Daniel is a qualified accountant. After training at the world’s largest consumer goods company, he is now following his passion for food and drink as a finance manager for Innocent Drinks. His interest in working with the charity sector began at university, where he wrote his Masters dissertation on how private and public sector organisations can work together to share skills and knowledge and further each other’s ability to meet their financial and social objectives. Since then he worked with the charitable arms of both his current and previous companies. Hide
Niamh Neville, Trustee
Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities. Show more
Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities. She is experienced in a diverse range of fundraising disciplines and channels gained at creative agencies, directly for charities, consultancy and in the field as a volunteer fundraiser in Zambia. Most recently she’s acted as a senior level fundraising consultant but has previously held roles at The Scout Association and WaterAid. Hide
Tim Othieno Ph.D, Trustee
Tim is a conflict and peacebuilding specialist with a doctorate in international relations Show more
Tim is a conflict and peacebuilding specialist with a doctorate in international relations and nearly 15 years experience in areas such as political reconciliation, conflict prevention, track two diplomacy processes in Africa, state fragility, state-building and political economy. He has worked for and acted as a consultant to governmental and non-governmental organisations in the UK and South Africa, as well as the World Bank, the Pan African Parliament, and the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. He has also advised the South African and UK governments on conflict and peacebuilding policies, and is currently engaged as a Deployable Civilian Expert and Certified Stabilisation Planner with the UK Government. Hide
Karen Triggs, Trustee
Karen s a senior communications and engagement advisor, who works with public servants helping them show that their organisations are accountable to the people they serve Show more
Karen is a senior communications and engagement advisor, who works with public servants, from the centre of government to the public services frontline, helping them show that their organisations are accountable to the people they serve. She adopts an appreciative, solution-focused approach, looking to build on the best work organisations are currently delivering. Notable assignments include Director of Communications at the Legal Services Commission and provision of strategic communications advice to the Government of Somaliland. Hide