Rev. John Vaughn currently serves as the Program Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation based in Harlem, New York City. The Twenty-First Century Foundation is a national foundation that makes grants and provides philanthropic assistance to advance African American community revitalization and youth development. Before joining the staff of the Twenty-First Century Foundation, Rev. Vaughn served as the Executive Director of the Peace Development Fund. The Peace Development Fund provides funding, training and assistance for grassroots peace and justice community organizing throughout the United States and select countries internationally.
From 1996 to 2000, Rev. John H. Vaughn served as the Minister for Education and Social Justice at the Riverside Church in New York City. His responsibilities included overseeing the Church's ministries with children, youth, young adults, adult education, social justice, social services and small grants. Rev. Vaughn has also served as the Director for Community Development at the Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) in Boston, Mass; The executive director of East Harlem Interfaith in New York City; The Action Assistant at The Riverside Church, and the Assistant Minister at the Hamilton United Methodist Church in San Francisco, Ca.
Rev. Vaughn received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass and his Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches.
Laurie Emrich earned her Masters degree in International Economics and Modernization Studies at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. For over twenty years, she has worked as an independent consultant specializing in health program planning and evaluation, NGO organizational development and sustainability analysis. Her assignments were primarily in Sub Saharan Africa, and in Haiti.
More recently, she has been active in the continuing movement to reform and shift the traditional philanthropic infrastructure from a charity approach to an orientation of systemic change towards justice. In a similar fashion she has worked with individual donors on creating giving plans designed to inspire more generous and effective giving towards a just and sustainable society.
She is a founding board member of the Washington Area Women's Foundation and served for several years on Threshold Foundation's board. Active as an advisor to such NGOs as Changemakers, Grantmakers without Borders, and Be Present, Inc.; she is also a student of social venture investment.
The Rt. Rev. Thomas J. Gumbleton Roman Catholic Bishop of Detroit, Michigan (ret.) has tirelessly lent his energy to many worthy organizations and causes for many years: President of Bread for the World; member of the Bishops' committee which drafted the pastoral letter "Challenge of Peace;" Founding President of Pax Christi, USA; Co-Founder of Catholic Caucus of Southeast Michigan, and Board member of Core City Neighborhoods, Witness for Peace, Southwest Community Mental Health Coalition, and many Central American peace organizations. He has received numerous awards for his efforts on behalf of peace and traveled the world to promote peace in Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central and South American nations and Haiti. He has received many honorary degrees and published countless articles on peace and religious issues.
Dr. Catherine Maternowska holds a doctorate in Anthropology and Socio-medical Sciences from Columbia University. Dr. Maternowska co-founded the Lambi Fund of Haiti and served as its Executive Director from 1993 to 2001. She brings nearly two decades of extensive field experience in both rural and urban Haiti as anthropologist and public health advocate, with particular expertise in program management, development and evaluation and research (qualitative and quantitative methodologies) focusing on gender, health and human rights. As faculty in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Maternowska served as Research and Evaluation Director of a $400 million dollar reproductive health program (2001-2004) and currently serves as Principal and/or Senior Investigator on multiple grants addressing issues of health care access, gender inequality, and the provision of basic health care in resource deficient settings including Mexico, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. Her work is rooted in social and economic justice and addresses the intersection of health, economics, education and advocacy.
Tracy Gary, a donor activist and philanthropist for more than 25 years, educates and supports donors, family foundations, financial service organizations and nonprofits about the stewardship of money, leadership, and philanthropy. She works as an active consultant to many groups and contributes 100% of her net proceeds to community-based philanthropy. Ms. Gary graduated from Miss Porter's School. At Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Gary earned a B.A. in Mythology. Tracy Gary co-authored Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan (Berkeley: Chardon Press, September, 1998) which is now being distributed by Jossey-Bass. Tracy has founded or co-founded 18 nonprofits including: Changemakers, Inspired Legacies, Women's Foundation of San Francisco (The California Women's Foundation) The International Donor Dialogue Network (Grantmakers without Borders), The Women's Funding Network, Resourceful Women, The Women Donors Network, and Women's Forest Sanctuary.
Julie Meyer is the Executive Director of The Next Step Public Charter School, a bilingual GED and ESL program in Columbia Heights. She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector including administrative, fundraising, programmatic and leadership roles. She worked in the Central American solidarity movement for thirteen years and helped found several nonprofits including the Lambi Fund of Haiti and Grantmakers Without Borders. She has been active in Latin American development issues, the local, DC Latino community, and health and education issues, serving on boards of many organizations such as La Clinica del Pueblo, Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center (now CentroNia) and Wilson High School’s Professional Advisory Board for its International Studies Program. She has been married for 27 years and has three sons, ages 24, 21 and 15.
Max Blanchet is a chemical engineer who has worked for nearly 30 years as a design engineer and energy specialist at Shell, Chevron and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Since his retirement Mr. Blanchet has worked as a consulting engineer. In recent years Mr. Blanchet has served on the boards of various organizations including: Global Exchange, The Data Center, The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, FONKOZE USA, The National Coalition for Haitian Rights, and PACIFICA's KPFA. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1964 and 1965 respectively and an M.B.A. in Finance from UC Berkeley in 1979.