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Photo of an african american guy and director of Africa program, Dave Peterson talkingDave Peterson, in tan vest, monitoring elections in Nigeria with the National Endowment for Democracy

Dave Peterson, 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.

Katie Lusk, Hearts & Minds board memberKatie participating in the Seniors for Change program she helped create

Katie Lusk, Secretary and Treasurer, joined the Board in January 2008. She also interned hundreds of hours as Hearts & Minds as  Manager of Editing, Fundraising and Volunteer Recruitment.
       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.

Hearts & Minds President Bill BlackmanBill has a lifelong goal to help address global survival issues that affect us all

William "Bill" Blackman is founder and president of Hearts and Minds Network, started in 1996. He is also a founding member of the Board.
       Since 1981, 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 CharityWatch.org, 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.
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       Thanks 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).

       All Governing Board members served and/or continue to serve on the Board without compensation. Along with many more 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.

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