President: Judy Barsalou
Dr. Barsalou provides strategic leadership by working with the Board of Trustees and the staff to define and implement the Foundation's long-range vision, goals, strategies, and policies. She brings three decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, including serving as a vice president of the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. and a regional representative of the Ford Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo, Egypt. Her recent research has focused on conflict management in the Middle East; the role of memorials in social reconstruction; the challenges of teaching history following violent conflict; and Egyptian attitudes about justice and accountability in post-Mubarak Egypt. She holds a B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in comparative politics from Columbia University.
Marcia Thayer Nass
Marcia Thayer Nass, as General Counsel and Vice President of Strategic Planning to the Foundation, provides legal advice, oversees grantmaking, develops policies and procedures for the Foundation and advises on strategic planning. She brings over twenty years of experience to the Foundation. Ms. Thayer Nass holds a B.A. in History from Lewis and Clark College, a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and an L.L.M. in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Zen Hunter-Ishikawa, as Vice President of Operations, manages the grantmaking program, prepares financial reports, organizes events, directs purchasing, and oversees the building operations and office services. He handles much of the day-to-day management of the Foundation operations. Mr. Hunter-Ishikawa holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the American University School of International Service and his M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from the American University School of International Service.
Greg Siegrist, as Treasurer and the Vice President of Finance and Administration, handles the financial and administrative matters for the Foundation, including preparing financial reports, financial analyses, income and expense reports and the budget for the Foundation. In addition, he oversees the investment assets of the Foundation. He brings over twenty years of accounting and administrative experience to the Foundation. Mr. Siegrist is a CPA, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Longwood University and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Karim El-Hibri, as Director of Grants, evaluates grant proposals and assists in carrying out the Foundation’s grant making program, in developing collaborative relationships and in building management, including capital expenditure projects and renovations. He brings commitment and passion for the Foundation’s mission. Mr. El-Hibri holds a B.A. in International Relations from American University School of International Service.
Linda Brunett, as Administrative Manager, coordinates and handles administrative support for the Foundation. Ms. Brunett holds an Associate Degree in Radio/TV/Film from Montgomery College.