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Matthew has worked with The Peace Alliance since its founding in 2004 in various roles as it’s grown, including: Managing Director, Executive Director and now Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Communications. Prior to The Peace Alliance, Matthew worked as Managing Director of the Global Renaissance Alliance and on various campaigns to help create a more just and sustainable world. He is a Huffington Post blogger and the author of the book “Living Out Loud! Young Adults, Finding our Purpose, Shaping a Better World.“
He has a B.A. in psychology from Sonoma State University in California, focusing on Ecopsychology. He also has an M.A. in Humanities and Leadership with a focus on Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community from New College of California.
Dan’s older sister Miriam brought him to his first big political rally in Washington DC at age 11. His first political organizing was in high school – volunteering with both Future Generations for Nuclear Disarmament and Amnesty International. After focusing on Native American Law in law school, he has advocated for indigenous peoples’ religious freedoms, cultural resource protections, and rights of self-governance from Oregon to the Amazon Basin to Southeast Asia, and while working on homeless issues in Florida he was named 2012’s Public Citizen of the Year by the Alachua County Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. After serving for eight years as a volunteer leader with The Peace Alliance, he was thrilled to join the staff as National Field Director in January of 2013. He has led trainings in Compassionate (aka Non-Violent) Communication, and also been trained to facilitate Restorative Circles.
Dan has also acted in numerous plays and co-written and directed a few, including “Galileo of Gainesville,” which features five original songs. He is passionate about empowering people with tangible hope and skills to create a more peaceable world.
He is now an uncle of 16 and a great-uncle of four, and he wants for those children a world beyond war.
Lori has worked with the Peace Alliance since 2008 as a State Coordinator and recently as an Action Team Leader in Alaska. Born in Detroit, she has lived in Alaska for 37 years and is retired from a 34 year career in banking, where she started as a teller and ended her career as Vice President and District Manager. She has trained extensively in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) focusing on NVC in the workplace. She has served on numerous non profits boards and committees. As a mother of three and aspiring grandmother, her hope is to be a part of creating a more peaceful world.
SANDRA PAVELKA, Ph.D Senior Adviser: Restorative Justice
Sandra Pavelka, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Pavelka Consulting Group. Dr. Pavelka is an Senior Adviser on Restorative Justice for the Peace Alliance. Dr. Pavelka serves as founding Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies, Vice President of the Faculty Senate, and Associate Professor of Public Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Dr. Pavelka served as the Senior Research Associate with the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University. She was also the Project Administrator of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice.