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Our People

Our work is only possible thanks to the hard work of our global team. Together, we are a diverse and dynamic group united by a common goal: creating positive change in the world.

Our CEO

Dr. Isaac Cudjoe

CEO
As CEO, I lead Peace First's global strategy and guide our team as they help accelerate and amplify the impact of young changemakers in six of the world's largest regions.

Our Team

Amy Burns

Senior Finance Manager
I support Peace First with grant processing, accounts payable, expenses, and budgeting to help implement efficiency and accuracy in the finance team. I support young people who are doing great things in the world through financial administration.

Beeta Ansari

Chief of Staff
I facilitate and integrate the execution of organization-wide projects in close partnership with Peace First’s Extended Leadership Team. I also oversee the management of Peace First’s Executive Office. empowering our leadership to focus on Peace First's vision and strategy.

Deanna Froeber

Advancement Director
I help bring new stakeholders to the Peace First network through storytelling, fundraising, and relationship-building so that young people have the support, mentoring, and resources they need to create meaningful change in their communities.

Gaelle Matar

Senior Digital Marketing Manager
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 receives the recognition it truly deserves.

Hanna Stangebye

Advancement Coordinator
Young people are not only our future, but our present, and it is my joy to uplift young changemakers by supporting the storytelling and fundraising efforts of Peace First.

Jenny Love

Director of Organizational Change & Learning
I help strengthen Peace First by improving the experiences of our team, optimizing internal systems and processes, and nurturing a culture of learning built on best practice across our Programs and Operations.

Khanh Nguyen

Chief Operating Officer
I lead the strategic thinking around the systems, structures, and people needed to support Peace First's operations and growth. I oversee the organizations's integration and learning verticals to ensure strategic alignment and delivery consistency throughout offerings.

Sushmina Baidya

Global Manager, Project Activation
I work with our global community of young changemakers to support them in initiating their projects and provide mentoring opportunities through Hackathons and Project Coaching. I wake up every day to witness the uniqueness and magic of changemaking our young people bring to our table.

Yousra Mshmsh

Global Manager, Impact Trainings
Through the Impact Trainings, I support young people by creating spaces where they can learn, connect and create in a global and regional environment.

Olatomiwa Olusesi

Programs Support Coordinator
I work to support the Programs Team to deliver effective support to youth social change leaders around the world.

Extended Team of Global Changemaking Experts

Peace First includes many invaluable extended team members, contractors, and co-collaborators who have contributed to our organization’s growth and development, working on various projects such as supporting local programmatic implementation, amplifying Peace First’s messaging, and partnering with in our advancement efforts. Their indispensable contributions have also significantly shaped where we stand today.

Adriana Suárez

Video Editor and Content Creator

Aziz Toro

Global Manager, Youth Leadership

Mohammad Sammour

Emeritus Global Director of Programs

Paula Camino

Regional Lead, Latin America

Seun Olagunju-Lana

Consultant (Digital Transformation)

Eric Dawson

CEO Emeritus