STAFF

IN BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA:

DONNA BARANSKI-WALKER Founder and Executive Director Linkedin I founded Rebuilding Alliance to offer good neighbors around the world tangible ways to help build justice and peace. Conflict is not a natural disaster; building peace and safety is more doable than rerouting a tornado or hurricane. We start by helping Palestinian families rebuild their homes and restore their neighborhoods and by pressing elected officials to make them safe. As an MIT engineer, I am especially interested in advancing the technology that brings the world together to press for peace.   I am 2nd generation Polish-American, originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. My work focuses on the Middle East because in 1990 I launched a weekly message to the people of Iraq as a way to end the then standoff without going to war.  My New York Times op-ed, “Small Lights in the Darkness,” was translated into Arabic and presented to the Iraqi Women’s Federation.  They were deeply moved and planned to respond but the First Gulf War began a week later. I believe young people can make a difference so I am especially proud of the interns and staff of Rebuilding Alliance.  In 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Polish Solidarity movement, I was awarded a Medal of Gratitude at the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland before 27,000 people for organizing the Support of Solidarity committee in Chicago when I was 24 years old. 

DONNA
BARANSKI-WALKER

Founder and Executive Director
Linkedin

I founded Rebuilding Alliance to offer good neighbors around the world tangible ways to help build justice and peace. Conflict is not a natural disaster; building peace and safety is more doable than rerouting a tornado or hurricane. We start by helping Palestinian families rebuild their homes and restore their neighborhoods and by pressing elected officials to make them safe.

As an MIT engineer, I am especially interested in advancing the technology that brings the world together to press for peace.   I am 2nd generation Polish-American, originally from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. My work focuses on the Middle East because in 1990 I launched a weekly message to the people of Iraq as a way to end the then standoff without going to war.  My New York Times op-ed, “Small Lights in the Darkness,” was translated into Arabic and presented to the Iraqi Women’s Federation.  They were deeply moved and planned to respond but the First Gulf War began a week later.

I believe young people can make a difference so I am especially proud of the interns and staff of Rebuilding Alliance.  In 2010, on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Polish Solidarity movement, I was awarded a Medal of Gratitude at the Gdansk Shipyard in Poland before 27,000 people for organizing the Support of Solidarity committee in Chicago when I was 24 years old. 

HENRY HUANG Technology Innovation Coordinator At the very core, I am a problem solver. At the Rebuilding Alliance office, you can find me working on various technology-related projects.  At the time this bio was written, I have been implementing an online community and designing a mobile app for Rebuilding Alliance. In my own time, I like to read, explore, and learn new things. Within a year, I have travelled to five different countries across five different continents. Currently, I like to read up and learn about data science through various online resources. The highlight of my life thus far is burying myself in sand at a beach in Santorini. 

HENRY HUANG

Technology Innovation Coordinator

At the very core, I am a problem solver. At the Rebuilding Alliance office, you can find me working on various technology-related projects.  At the time this bio was written, I have been implementing an online community and designing a mobile app for Rebuilding Alliance. In my own time, I like to read, explore, and learn new things. Within a year, I have travelled to five different countries across five different continents. Currently, I like to read up and learn about data science through various online resources. The highlight of my life thus far is burying myself in sand at a beach in Santorini. 

Thai hien ho

Accountant

 

 

 

 

 

TAMSIN AVRA Contact Congress Coordinator I'm the Contact Congress Coordinator at Rebuilding Alliance. I graduated in 2015 from Gordon College with a degree in Political Science and Sustainable Development. During my time at Gordon, I spent a semester in Eastern Europe studying the Balkan Wars, then went on to publish multiple articles about the intersection of nationalism and self-identity. After an academic trip to India, I presented original research on how nationalistic self-identities have affected the proliferation of India and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programs at the Notre Dame Student Peace Conference. Before joining the Rebuilding Alliance team, I spent a wonderful summer working with the Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform, examining how money is funneled through American tax-exempt organizations into Israeli settlements. One day, I plan to be a professor of modern political theory. For now, I manage Rebuilding Alliance’s advocacy program. 

TAMSIN AVRA

Contact Congress Coordinator

I'm the Contact Congress Coordinator at Rebuilding Alliance. I graduated in 2015 from Gordon College with a degree in Political Science and Sustainable Development. During my time at Gordon, I spent a semester in Eastern Europe studying the Balkan Wars, then went on to publish multiple articles about the intersection of nationalism and self-identity. After an academic trip to India, I presented original research on how nationalistic self-identities have affected the proliferation of India and Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programs at the Notre Dame Student Peace Conference. Before joining the Rebuilding Alliance team, I spent a wonderful summer working with the Palestinian Business Committee for Peace and Reform, examining how money is funneled through American tax-exempt organizations into Israeli settlements. One day, I plan to be a professor of modern political theory. For now, I manage Rebuilding Alliance’s advocacy program. 

MONICA QUINN Clerical Associate I am Monica Quinn and I am the clerical associate at Rebuilding Alliance.  In January, I celebrated ten and a half years working here!  I wear numerous hats here: processing donations, thank you notes, receipts, envelopes, and sign-up sheets.  I also work at table events like the MCA in Santa Clara and festivals, etc.  I also organize and speak at Rotary Clubs all over the Bay Area. I got my interest in office work when I worked in the attendance office at Mills High School and I really enjoy the fruits of my labor!  I hold an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from the College of San Mateo with high honors (Class of 2003). It means a lot to me to work at Rebuilding Alliance because I’m helping people to rebuild their lives in war-torn areas.  You can’t imagine not having a home.  When I do my work, I know that it is going towards putting the pieces back together for the Muslims; I like meeting some of our donors that have a major part in letting us do the wonderful work we do here at Rebuilding Alliance!  I hope to continue working for a long time at what I like to do!

MONICA QUINN

Clerical Associate

I am Monica Quinn and I am the clerical associate at Rebuilding Alliance.  In January, I celebrated ten and a half years working here!  I wear numerous hats here: processing donations, thank you notes, receipts, envelopes, and sign-up sheets.  I also work at table events like the MCA in Santa Clara and festivals, etc.  I also organize and speak at Rotary Clubs all over the Bay Area.

I got my interest in office work when I worked in the attendance office at Mills High School and I really enjoy the fruits of my labor!  I hold an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies from the College of San Mateo with high honors (Class of 2003).

It means a lot to me to work at Rebuilding Alliance because I’m helping people to rebuild their lives in war-torn areas.  You can’t imagine not having a home.  When I do my work, I know that it is going towards putting the pieces back together for the Muslims; I like meeting some of our donors that have a major part in letting us do the wonderful work we do here at Rebuilding Alliance!  I hope to continue working for a long time at what I like to do!

 

IN Palestine:

Fatma nawaja

Social Worker, South Hebron Hills 

I have been a community volunteer in the southern Hebron Hills since 1998
and an advocate for women.   After visiting the U.S. Congress on International Peace Day in 2015, I joined Rebuilding Alliance to bring a project called 'Pinwheels for Peace' to the Palestinian communities here in the hills south of Hebron.  As I began work on this, I noticed how this simple project provides an opening to understand the needs of the children and often a smile on the faces of our children.   

There is so much need here and so much trauma too – I am currently the only social worker in the area. I provide weekly counseling and guidance sessions to the students at schools in five small villages here, and also work with their mothers.   I am also the founder and Executive Director of the Rural Women's Association of the South Hebron Hills.

 

LAmia kaddoumi

Intern, Jerusalem

I am Lamia Qaddoumi. I am a 22 years old Palestinian graduate who majored in Human Rights and Public international law. I believe in human rights as a way to conquer World peace and justice. I am volunteering with Rebuilding Alliance internationally. I chose to volunteer with them due to the huge amounts of aid, work and help they provide for Palestinians. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Jamal Alradeideh

Chair and Acting Treasurer

Akber malik

Secretary

PAULA CROW

Board Member

pAUL GARDNER

Board Member