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
The Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs 

Dr. Thomas Asher
Senior Equity Fellow, Office of Management and Budget, Columbia University 

Dr. Andrea Bartoli
President of the Sant’Egidio Foundation for Peace and Dialogue 

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

Virginia L. Davies, Esq.

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

Dr. Richard A. Falk
University of California, Santa Barbara Professor in Global and International
Former U.N. Special Rapporteur to the Palestinian Territories

Dr. Marc Gopin
Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution, The Jimmy and Rosalynn School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason University
James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution 

Susan Hayward
Associate Director, Religious Literacy and the Professions Initiative (RLPI), Program on Religion and Public Life, Harvard Divinity School 

Andreas Hipple
Independent Consultant  

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
Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service 
Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue  

Antti Pentikainen
Director of the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation
Research Professor at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution
United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Visiting Scholar   

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

Dr. Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
Chair, Religious Studies, George Mason University 
Endowed IIIT Professor of Islamic Studies, George Mason University  

Dr. Lisa Schirch
Richard G. Starmann Chair in Peace Studies Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame 

Dr. Gerald Shenk
Professor Emeritus of History and Social Sciences at California State University, Monterey Bay 

Amb. Nancy E. Soderberg
Former White House Deputy National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador 
Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of North Florida
President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions 

Najeeba Syeed-Miller
Director, The Los Angeles Worker Center Network 
Executive Director of Interfaith at Augsburg
Visiting Professor of Interreligious Education and Social Justice at the Starr King School for the Ministry  

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
Joseph Montville

Education Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

Kim MacQueen, Ph.D.


Health Care Program Advisory Council

Board Liaison

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


Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco
Professor of Neurology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell System Director – Neurology, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, Northwell Health

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

Gale Kennebrew, DMin, BCC, ACPE
Director, Department of Spiritual Care and Education
MD Anderson Cancer Center

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
Professor & Vice Chair for Research and Scholarship, Department of Emergency Medicine, Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Institute of Health & Equity, The Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Christine Rodriguez
Full Time Lecturer & Director of Simulation Unit
Affiliate Faculty Yale Institute for Global Health
Yale School of Nursing ​

Matilde Roman, Esq.
SVP, Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Westchester Medical Center

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
Founder, Di Dia Diversity Consulting Group LLC

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

Corporate Leaders

Cushman & Wakefield

Edward Jones



Hewlett Packard



Stanley Black & Decker

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Brothers Discovery