Peace First Staff




Dr. Isaac Cudjoe
co-CEO, Storytelling & Fundraising

As Co-CEO, I collaboratively lead Peace First's storytelling and fundraising to help accelerate and amplify the impact of young changemakers in six of the world's largest regions.








Xochilt Hernandez Leiva
co-CEO, Prgrams & Technology

As Co-CEO, I collaboratively lead the technological and programmatic components of our work to make sure we provide a transformational experience to the young leaders we serve globally. 








Beeta Ansari
Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff I work closely with the CEO and the Leadership Team to build systems and processes that accelerate Peace First's impact. I believe in supporting young people with the tools and resources to drive change - and then getting out of their way!








Mohammad Sammour
Global Director of Programs

I help Peace First in imagining, implementing, scaling and improving our program delivery work with young people around the world.

I have always believed in the power of young people in creating change if they were provided with the needed resources, and this is exactly what we do at Peace First.





Khanh Nguyen
Senior Director of Finance & Operations

I make sure we have the systems and process to pay staff, give out mini grants and make sure we're doing it legally, ethically and correctly. Along with other colleagues, I work to make Peace First is an inclusive, equitable and fun place to work.

I believe that young people are the future and that future is now.









Amy Burns
Finance Manager

I support Peace First with grant processing, accounts payable, expenses and budgeting to help implement efficiency and accuracy in the finance team.

I like supporting young people who are doing great things in the world through financial administration. I think it's important to allow locals in their communities to be the experts in what issues they think are relevant, and let us know the best way to implement change.






Jenny Love
Director of Organizational Change & Learning

I work on Peace First's internal operations, optimizing systems and processes and making sure they align with our goals and values.

Youth- and community-led initiatives have the power to transform lives around the world. I want to help these projects, and the communities that cultivate them, to thrive.





Digital Strategy & Technology



Seun Olagunju-Lana
Senior Product Manager

I work with different teams to build the technology systems that enable young people around the world easily create innovative solutions to social problems in their communities.






Global Communications

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Gaelle Matar
Digital Marketing Manager

I lead content development and share stories of inspiration and impact across Peace First’s digital platforms, to ensure that young people’s changemaking work gets the exposure it deserves.








Aziz Tworo
Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

I lead Peace First's programs in Sub-Saharan Africa: working to mobilize and support changemakers as they build projects that create an impact in their communities.








Sushmina Baidya 
Regional Manager, Asia-Oceania

I am a youth activist who is dedicated to working with young people in community development. At Peace First, I lead the programs in the Asia-Oceania region. 








Yoursa Mshmsh 
Regional Manager, Middle East & North Africa

I'm an Artist and Computer Engineer that believes in the power that young people have to make a change in our communities, that's why I show up every day as Peace First MENA Regional Manager supporting the region to grow bigger and better through the hands of young changemakers. 





Paula Camino
Regional Manager, Latin America

I work with young people and partner organizations across Latin America to build, scale and improve community projects with a diversity, equity and inclusion focus. I stay true to my values and am always happy to chat about mental health, disability and music!





Read about our Regional Leads, the young leaders on our team who implement Peace First's programs around the world.