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Program Advisory Councils

These programmatically focused expert groups are an integral part of the leadership in each of our core program areas, helping us with programmatic initiatives ranging from new publications and resources, to the selection of partners and projects.

Peacebuilding Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

Judy Thompson


Dr. R. Scott Appleby
Director, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

Dr. Thomas Asher
Director, Next Generation Social Sciences Program, Social Science Research Council

Dr. Andrea Bartoli
Dean, School of Diplomacy & International Relations, Seton Hall University

Dr. Georgette F. Bennett
President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Virginia L. Davies, Esq.

Amb. José António Amorim Dias
Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Dr. Richard A. Falk
U.N. Special Rapporteur to the Palestinian Territories, Visiting Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Dr. Marc Gopin
Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution

Susan Hayward
Director of Religion and Inclusive Societies at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Andreas Hipple
Executive Director of Better Way Foundation

Dr. Ephraim Isaac
Director, Institute of Semitic Studies

Dr. Azza Karam
Secretary General of Religions for Peace

Dr. David Little
Former Professor of Religion, Ethnicity & Conflict, Harvard University Divinity School

Katherine Marshall
Senior Fellow, Georgetown University’s Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs

Joseph Montville
Director, Abrahamic Family Reunion

Antti Pentikainen
Director of the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation

Dr. George Rupp
Former President & CEO, International Rescue Committee

Dr. Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies, Emmanuel College

Dr. Lisa Schirch
Research Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

Dr. Gerald Shenk
Professor, Church and Society, Eastern Mennonite University

Amb. Nancy E. Soderberg
President, Connect U.S. Fund, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Florida

Najeeba Syeed-Miller
Assistant Professor of Interreligious Education, Claremont School of Theology

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, World Conference on Religion & Peace

William Vendley
Secretary General Emeritus of Religions for Peace

In Memoriam

Dr. Suheil Bushrui
Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke

Education Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk
Retired Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of New York


Dr. Debbie Almontaser
President, Muslim Consultive Network

Dr. James A. Banks
Professor Emeritus of University of Washington, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies Emeritus

Sue Kincaid
Former John F. Kennedy Principal 1996 – 2011

Dr. Stuart C. Lord
President and CEO of Delta Development

Dr. Nancy Lazar Moore
Director, Citizens Care Day Care Center

Dr. Lucinda Mosher
Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary

Dr. Uma Mysorekar
President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America and Retired Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Marcella Runell Hall
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, additionally serves as lecturer in the Religion department of Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Frances Rust
Scholar in Residence at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools

Robert L. Selman, Ph.D.
Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development, Harvard University. Professor of Psychology and Senior Associate at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and at the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer
Executive Director of the Community Chest

In Memoriam

Dr. Maurianne Adams

Health Care Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

Jeffrey H. Becker, Esq.
Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.


Dr. Alessandro DiRocco
Professor of Neurology, Chief, Division of Movement Disorders, NYU School of Medicine

Dr. Judith Jacobson
Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Dr. Robert Like
Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Aasim Padela
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Director of the Initiative on Islam and Medicine, The University of Chicago

Martha Wolfgang
Lecturer of Health Policy Management, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Cathy Siegel Weiss
President, Shaker Square, LLC

Workplace Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

Holly H. Weiss, Esq.
President, HWH Mediation LLC, Retired Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP


Djuana Beamon
Chief Diversity Officer, People’s United Bank, N.A.

Nancy Di Dia, PCC
Executive Director, Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Kennedy Ihezie
Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, AIG

Susan Johnson
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, The Hartford

Audria Pendergrass Lee
Senior Director, Inclusion & Recruiting, FINRA

Lisa Ong
President and Founder, Wishing Out Loud LLC

Mike Ungar
Certified Business Coach and Executive Coach, FocalPoint

Celeste Warren
Chief Diversity Officer, Merck