Peace First Staff

Leadership

 

Isaac

Dr. Isaac Cudjoe
co-CEO, Storytelling & Fundraising
He/Him

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

Xochilt Hernandez Leiva
co-CEO, Prgrams & Technology
She/Her

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

 

Beeta Ansari
Chief of Staff
She/Her

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

Mohammad Sammour
Global Director of Programs
He/Him

I help Peace First Fellows in Residence in 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 right resources, and this is what we do in Peace First.

 

 

 

 

Khan

Khanh Nguyen
Senior Director of Finance & Operations
She/Her

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.

 

 

 

 

Alex

 

Alexander Davis
Senior Director of Advancement
He/Him

As the Senior Director of Advancement, I work with our team, partners, and funders to ensure that Peace First has the resources we need to sustain and scale our work supporting young changemakers globally.

 

 

 

 

 

Operations

 

Amy

Amy Burns
Finance Manager
She/Her

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

 

Jenny Love
Director of Organizational Change & Learning
She/Her

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.

 

 

 

Development

 

claire

 

Claire Looney
Development Operations Assistant
She/Her

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

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Strategy & Technology

 

Seun

Seun Olagunju
Senior Product Manager
She/Her

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

Gaelle Bio

 

Gaelle Matar
Digital Marketing Manager
She/Her

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.

 

 

 

 

Programs 

Aziz

 

Aziz Tworo
Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
He/Him

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sushi

 

Sushmina Baidya 
Regional Manager, Asia-Oceania
She/Her

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Yousra

 

Yoursa Mshmsh 
Regional Manager, Middle East & North Africa
She/Her

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. 

 

 

 

 

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