Peterson, in tan vest, monitoring elections in Nigeria with the National
Endowment for Democracy
Chairman, is a founding member of the
Board, serving with us since April 1996. Dave is Senior Director of the Africa program at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he supervises six full time staff members and grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, his annual funding has grown
from $200,000 to $7 million.
Mr. Peterson helps foster democratic political
development in more than 20 countries with a total population of more than 450 million. He
works with senior government officials and civic leaders to strengthen independent media,
civic education, political parties, business, labor, human rights and other groups. He is
deeply involved in troubled areas that include the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria,
Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
Since 1978, Dave's experience includes serving
as executive director of Project South Africa for the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund
and work as a freelance journalist. He has Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced
International Studies and Columbia University School of Journalism.
participating in the Seniors for Change
program she helped create
Katie Lusk, Secretary
joined the Board in January 2008. She also interned hundreds of hours as Hearts & Minds
as Manager of Editing, Fundraising and
After graduating from Pepperdine in June 2006 with a
degree in English: Writing and Rhetoric, Katie moved from Los Angeles to New
York with her husband in October 2006. She’s currently an editor at a
major publishing company. She was also an editor for the
Association of New Jersey Chiropractors’ newsletter and a freelance writer.
has a lifelong goal to help address global
survival issues that affect us
"Bill" Blackman is founder and president of Hearts and Minds Network, started in 1996. He is also
a founding member of the Board.
Mr. Blackman has worked
with both small,
new ventures, and large, well-established organizations, achieving exceptional results. For
example, he was retained to help launch the
American Institute of Philanthropy, now known as
working on strategic planning, publicity, copywriting and design. Within six months, AIP
attained substantial funding, membership, and coverage by more than 400 newspapers, radio and
TV stations nationwide.
Bill's experience encompasses publicity, sales,
direct mail, broadcast and print advertising. He has worked with nonprofits, publishing,
and marketing companies that include the AFL-CIO, Encyclopaedia Britannica, General Foods,
National Liberty Insurance and Time Warner.
Bill is a
professional life coach, offering the skills he's used to help hundreds
of volunteers improve their opportunities for success in work and life. He
is also a writer and photographer.
More info on William Blackman.
also to past Governing Board members: Amiad Finkelthal, freelance
publicist (Board member March 2011 - July 2013); Dan Borochoff, Founder and
President of the
CharityWatch.org (founding Board member 1996 - 2010);
Dave Schwier (volunteered with us since 2004, served as our manager of legal
affairs and regulatory compliance, Board member January 2004 - July 2013);
Matt Basirico (Board member November 2010 - November 2015); Nancy Carr,
President of the
Volunteer Referral Center
in NYC (founding Board member 1996 - 2005); Panfilo Sanchez (volunteered 565
hours with us from 2007 - 2012, also served as Board member and treasurer
August 2010 - July 2013); Priyanka Sharma, investment
banker (volunteer since 2001, Board member April 2003 - November 2011); and Steve Weinberg, businessman (founding
Board member 1996 - 2005).
Board members served and/or continue to serve on the Board without compensation. Along with
volunteers, they share an interest in building involvement in getting to
the root of serious challenges facing us, helping communities locally and
around the world, promoting new ways of understanding, fostering a strong sense
of compassion and empowering millions of people to make effective, positive
changes in our world.
Governing Board members can be reached
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