Staff

National Office Boston

Eric D. Dawson
CEO and Co-founder 
Mr. Dawson has been with Peace First since its inception as a student-run program at Harvard University. Mr. Dawson has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Point of Light Award, the Youth Service America’s Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, the Echoing Green Fellowship for Public Service, the Ashoka Fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs, and Pop!Tech’s Social Innovation Fellowship. He received his A.B. from Harvard University, his Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and his M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.
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Bobby Jones
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer 
As an entrepreneur, strategist and active participant in youth culture, Bobby has traveled the world engaging young people to better understand their values and passions, and turning those insights into innovative and award winning campaigns for leading global brands. In his current role as Peace First’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Bobby is responsible for leading all marketing and communications efforts to help achieve Peace First’s vision to create a new social norm where millions of young people are prepared, empowered and committed to collaboratively solving the world’s biggest challenges with courage and compassion.
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Alfredo Padilla
Senior Director of Development 
Alfredo is responsible for providing strategic leadership and engaging support for PEace First ambitious campaign to mobilize 2.5 million young people to self-identify as peacemakers. Alfredo has over fifteen years of leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle.
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Deva Jones
Fellowship and Youth Engagement Program Director 
Deva is responsible for the development and implementation of the Fellowship program for winners of the Peace First Prize. She manages relationships with all Peace First Prize Winners to and works to identify resources that will support their individual leadership development and organizational growth. Before joining Peace First, Deva served as the Grants Manager at KaBOOM!, providing playground funding to communities across the country and leading them through community-built playground projects. She also worked at Echoing Green for three years, both promoting the Fellowship program to social entrepreneurs and managing a portfolio of grantees in a diverse issue areas around the world. Deva has a Master's of Public Policy in International Development Policy from the University of Maryland in College Park, and degrees in Spanish Language and Culture and Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia. When she's not at work, you can find her snacking on cannoli, training for her next 5K or half marathon, or baking a pie.
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Farhat Jilalbhoy
Peace First Prize Program Director
As the Program Director of the Peace First Prize, Farhat Jilalbhoy supports the continued design, delivery and expansion of the Peace First Prize. In this role, she works to build strong partnerships with critical aligned networks in the field to expand Peace First’s influence, reach and impact. She also designs a framework for selecting youth social justice leaders and manages relationships with experts that support this process. Prior to joining Peace First, Farhat developed program strategy for the Rockefeller Foundation’s energy and health initiatives, worked to scale education and employment programs for at-risk youth with YouthBuild International, and served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. Farhat has a Master’s in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington. 
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Renee Therriault
Executive Assistant
Ms. Therriault is responsible for providing high-level administrative support and assistance to the President. In her role, Ms. Therriault manages systems to keep the President organized, supports the President's strategic connection to Peace First staff and activities, and contributes to various projects across departments. Prior to joining Peace First, Ms. Therriault spent three years living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ms. Therriault received her BA in Psychology at Providence College, and her MSC in Applied Psychology from the University of Ulster.
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Drew Rapa
Development Coordinator 
Mr. Rapa is responsible for logistics surrounding all aspects of fundraising. In his role Mr. Rapa processes gifts and corresponds with donors through acknowledgement letters and gift agreements, as well as manages the donor database. He also coordinates communication and meetings for the Peace First Advisory Boards. Prior to joining Peace First, Mr. Rapa interned at Oxfam America and the Nativity School of Worcester. Mr. Rapa received his B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross with a Concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies.
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Dalton Bentley
Digital Media and Communications Coordinator
As the Digital Media and Communications Coordinator for Peace First, Dalton Bentley is responsible for helping to design and implement the communications efforts of Peace First. He manages all Peace First social media and websites as well as tracking those analytics. Dalton began his time with Peace First as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the programs department, eventually transitioning to the communications department. Dalton received his B.A. in political science from Vassar College.
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Kelsey Utter
Program Coordinator
As the Peace First Program Coordinator, Kelsey supports the Peace First program team in various capacities. Her responsibilities include managing the communication with and outreach to Peace First Prize applicants and partner organizations, supporting the Peace First Prize process through data collection and analysis, leading logistics for Fellowship Gatherings, and managing online systems. Kelsey began as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Peace First. She received a B.A. in Humanities and in Gender and Women's Studies from Villanova University. 
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