Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is a group of trusted individuals who are willing to be called upon to help with individual Peace Studio projects or initiatives throughout each fiscal year but have more limited time to offer than our Board of Directors. Appointments to the Advisory Council can be made by both the Executive Director and the Peace Studio Executive Committee at any time. Advisors may stay on the council for as long as they’re still willing to lend their time and expertise to the growth of our organization.

Senior Vice President and Publisher Simon & Schuster

Dana Canedy

Senior Vice President and Publisher Simon & Schuster
Xernona Clayton

Xernona Clayton

Civil Rights Leader
Lorna Davis Global Ambassador B Lab Movement TED Speaker

Lorna Davis

Global Ambassador B Lab Movement TED Speaker
Laura Dawn CEO Art Not War

Laura Dawn

CEO Art Not War
Jamie Denenberg - Advisory Council

Jamie Denenberg

Executive Producer and Chief Strategy Officer Alpine Labs
Lara Downes

Lara Downes

Pianist & NPR Media Personality
Reverend Jacqui Lewis

Rev. Jacqui Lewis

Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church
Vernā Myers Vice President of Inclusion Strategy Netflix

Vernā Myers

Vice President of Inclusion Strategy Netflix
Deval Patrick Former Massachusetts Governor

Deval Patrick

Former Massachusetts Governor
Rev. Paul Raushenbush Senior Advisor Public Affairs and Innovation Interfaith Youth Core

Rev. Paul Raushenbush

Senior Advisor Public Affairs & Innovation Interfaith Youth Core
Michael Skolnik Co-Founder and Co-Owner Soze Agency

Michael Skolnik

Co-Founder and Co-Owner Soze Agency
Wade Davis

Wade Davis

VP of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix
Omar Epps Headshot

Omar Epps

Actor, Author & Producer

Creative Council

The Peace Studio is proud to announce the establishment of its first ever Creative Council. This extraordinary body of highly accomplished leaders – artists, journalists, media-makers, and more – has been formed to ensure that The Peace Studio’s programming is always of the highest caliber and is as inclusive and impactful as possible. Most importantly, our Creative Council will be in charge of selecting the winners of two new awards to be given at our 2021 Peace Studio Summit in September, in addition to selecting all future artist and journalist fellowship and grant recipients.  The members of our Creative Council hail from all around the world, as far east as Hong Kong and as far west as Hawaii. Individually, they have fostered civil rights movements, created extraordinary programs for television and radio, written compelling stories illuminating history and the human condition, and traveled thousands of miles to volunteer, to teach, to capture photographs, and more.

Julian Aguon

Julian Aguon

Human Rights Lawyer
Irene Ashu

Irene Ashu

Creative Director, Movement Director
Bill Ford

Bill Ford

Muralist
Indira Johnson

Indira Johnson

Artist & Cultural Worker
Tish Lampert

Tish Lampert

Photojournalist
Navid Najafi, Creative Council

Navid Najafi

Musician and Artist
Brandon Santiago

Brandon Santiago

Artist & Cultural Strategist
Emily Yellin

Emily Yellin

Journalist & Author

Young Professionals Leadership Council

Sadia Dhorat

Sadia Dhorat

Director of Program Operations firsthand
Elyssa Dole Headshot

Elyssa Dole

Young Professionals Leadership Council Chair, Principal Programs Director at NationSwell
Andrew Hannibal

Andrew Hannibal

Senior Counsel Sesame Workshop
Sophia Maguire Headshot Cropped

Sophia Maguire

Wellbeing & Community Engagement Project Manager EY
Toby Penk - Young Professional Leadership Council

Toby Penk

VP of Strategy Redesign Science
Jonathan Slawson

Jonathan Slawson

Chief Development Officer Kaufman Music Center
Li Jun Xian - Young Professional Leadership Council

Li Jun Xian

Partner Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance
Serena Zhang

Serena Zhang

Director of Asset Management OYO
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