Peace First Staff

Executive Office



Eric Dawson
CEO & Co-Founder

As CEO, my job is to amplify the amazing work of young people and chart a course for Peace First.

I was an angry kid and wasn't always taken seriously. I want to make sure every single young person on the planet who wants to change the world, can.





Sydney Axelrod
Special Projects Manager

I provide strategic, operational, administrative and programmatic support to our co-founder/CEO, as well as help operationalize, facilitate, coordinate and manage inter-functional projects.

I have been passionate about promoting peaceful alternatives to destructive conflicts ever since I fell in love with the process of mediation in high school. My work at Peace First allows me the unique opportunity to leverage my interpersonal skills to contribute to larger-scale social change by supporting young changemakers around the world.





Operational Leadership Team



Dalia Ezzat
Director of Communications

I lead Peace First's communications function, amplifying stories of young social innovators around the globe, while promoting the organization's mission of building a more just and peaceful world.

I want to help young people own the narrative about their ability to lead social change.




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Amy Harris
Director of Youth Investment

Fundraiser. Community-Builder. Culture Creator.

I love Peace First's approach because we don’t tell young people what to do or where to focus their passions. We - simply and profoundly - say yes to supporting their social action journeys every step of the way.





Khanh Nguyen
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.







Operations and Development



Amy Burns
Finance and Operations Coordinator

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
Sr. Manager, Strategic Operations

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.






Claire Looney
Development Operations Assistant

I provide essential administrative support to advance Peace First’s fundraising strategy and ensure young people can continue their important work around the world.










Pernelle Naidoo
Product Manager

I collaborate across teams at Peace First to develop a digital platform that gives our users the best experience.

It's a rare opportunity to work at a place where you share common values and a common purpose and that's what Peace First is for me.





Mohammad Sammour
Global Director of Programs

I Help Peace First Fellow in Residence in implementing, scaling and improving our program delivery work with young people and further support them around the world.

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




Oluwaseun Kayode
Senior Program Manager

I support the execution and delivery of the Fellow in Residence strategic and programmatic goals.

Young people have the power and ideas to create lasting change in their communities and my job at Peace First is to support them in doing that. 






Mumbe Mwangangi
Program Operations Coordinator

I work in coordination with the program team through administration of grant management and reporting systems to deliver effective support to young social change leaders.

When young people are prepared and supported, they can deliver great ideas, new systems of thinking and offer solutions to the world's pressing problems. That is the world I would like to live in.



Read about our Fellows in Residence, the young leaders on our team who implement Peace First's programs around the world.