Board & Committees

Daniel J. Cardinali, board chairman

Mr. Cardinali is President of Communities In Schools, Inc., the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, that serves more than 1.3 million of America’s most disenfranchised students each year. Mr. Cardinali is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow, a Trustee for America’s Promise, and Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the National Human Services Assembly. He holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University. Mr. Cardinali is a resident of Washington, DC.

Jonathan Mandle, treasurer

Jonathan Mandle is a board member and treasurer for Peace First. He began working with Peace First in 2004. Jonathan is a Partner and portfolio manager with Corrum Capital Management. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at the University of California, Office of the Treasurer of the Regents and began his career as an analyst at Fidelity Investments. He currently serves on the board of Peace First, is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, and is an Investment Committee member for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He received a BS and an MBA from Boston College and is a CFA Charterholder. Jonathan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Stephanie, and their three daughters.

Eric D. Dawson, president 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 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. Mr. Dawson is a resident of Dorchester, MA.

Rashida Jones

Ms. Jones is a successful actress, well known for her roles on such hit television shows as Parks and Recreation and The Office. She has starred in several films including The Social Network, I Love you, Man, Our Idiot Brother, and The Muppets. She has participated in Stand Up to Cancer events, EDUN and ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History and The Art of Elysium's volunteer program, which runs artistic workshops for hospitalized children. In 2007, Ms. Jones was honorary chair of the annual Housing Works benefit, which fights AIDS and homelessness in New York City. She graduated from Harvard University in 1997 where she studied Religion and Philosophy. Ms. Jones is a resident of New York City. She joined the Peace First board in 2004.

Craig Martin

Mr. Martin is the CEO of Feinstein Kean Healthcare, a strategy and communications consulting firm serving the life sciences sector. The firm is based in Cambridge, MA, and with offices in CA, NJ and Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Ruder Finn’s Washington, DC office. He is a graduate of Duke University, with a B.A. in political science. Mr. Martin is a resident of Andover, MA. He joined the board in 2003, and serves on the Governance Committee.

Jesse Peretz

Mr. Peretz is a film, commercial and Grammy-winning music video director. His past projects include music videos for artists The Foo Fighters and The Roots, commercials for Nike, Ikea, and Sony Playstation, as well as the feature length films The Ex and Our Idiot Brother. He has led our advisory board outreach in New York City where he resides, and he also helps raise awareness of work in Los Angeles. Mr. Peretz is a graduate of Harvard University where he received a BFA and has been a longtime supporter of Peace First prior to joining the board in 2005.

Shruti Sehra

Ms. Sehra has served as Partner at New Profit since 2006. Prior to joining New Profit, Ms. Sehra managed a campaign for State Assembly in California while starting an organization dedicated to helping critically ill workers. Before that, she spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer in manufacturing at Honeywell and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings and Jabil Circuit. Ms. Sehra holds an SB in Chemistry from MIT, an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Sehra was elected to the Peace First Board in 2012.

Carolyn Webb de Macías

Ms. Webb de Macias recently completed a 16 month tenure in the office of Elementary and Secondary Education in the US Department of Education as Chief of Staff and Presidential Appointee of President Barack Obama. Prior to that, she was appointed Vice President for External Relations at the University of Southern California, serving from 2002-2008, and holds the title of USC Vice President Emeritus. Before joining the university, Ms. Webb de Macias was Chief of Staff for Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas.  Additionally, she was a gubernatorial appointee to the California African American Museum. Ms. Webb de Macías was elected President of the California State Board of Directors in 2005 and served until 2009. She earned her B.A. degree from UCLA and her M.A. in Education from UCLA as a Danforth Foundation Fellow. Ms. Webb de Macías was elected to the Peace First Board in 2012.

LaVerne Srinivasan

Ms. Srinivasan became President, North America of Time To Know in 2011. Prior to joining Time To Know, Ms. Srinivasan was engaged in the design of a new non-profit educational initiative dedicated to making the U.S. a global leader in education through creating effective change across education systems, policy and practice.  Ms. Srinivasan served as President of New Leaders for New Schools from 2006 to 2011 and was the Deputy Chancellor for the New York City Department of Education under Joel Klein.  Prior to joining the education sector, Ms. Srinivasan was the Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs and General Counsel for BMG Entertainment.  She holds both undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.  Ms. Srinivasan was elected to the Peace First Board in 2012

Peace First Counsel

William P. Mayer

Mr. Mayer is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP in the firm’s Business Law Department. Mr.Mayer serves as corporate and regulatory general counsel for a number of publicly held financial institutions and financial institution holding companies, as well as a number of community banking organizations. In that role, he advises banking organizations and their boards of directors on a range of corporate, regulatory, governance and transactional matters. Mr. Mayer is a member of the banking law committees of the Boston and American Bar Associations. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Mayer is a resident of Newton, MA, and he joined the organization as pro bono legal counsel in 2009.

Jeremiah J. Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan is a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP and a member of its Private Equity and Technology Companies Groups. Mr. Sullivan focuses his practice primarily on representing private equity and venture capital investors and their portfolio companies in a broad spectrum of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, investment transactions and general corporate matters. He works with clients across various industries including education, cleantech / energy, healthcare, software/ information technology, biotechnology, financial services, investment management, media / telecommunications, retail and manufacturing. Prior to beginning his career in law, Mr. Sullivan taught government, economics, and Spanish at a high school in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and social studies at a middle school in Albany, New York. He currently resides in Swampscott, MA. Mr. Sullivan joined the organization as pro bono legal counsel in 2006.

 
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