BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jamal Alradeideh, Chair and Acting Treasurer

pAUL GARDNER, Secretary

Betsy Valdes, Board MembeR

PrashantH Mundkur, Board Member

 

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. 

Thai hien ho

Accountant

With a B.S. in international development studies fromthe University of California, Los Angeles and an A.S. in business administration from Chabot College, Thai's experience has focused on management accounting and numerical analysis for numerous for-profit and nonprofit clients.  She is keenly interested in social change, starting with the numbers. 

 

 

Penni Thorpe

Brighten the Future Coordinator

From the beginning, Penni Thorpe's career has been devoted to improving the lives of every human. For years, she empowered her San Francisco Bay Area clients through her nonprofit yoga healing work and flower essences practice. Realizing she wanted to do something even greater, Penni shifted her focus to the children and families in Gaza, giving them light to shine in the darkness and supporting efforts for sustainable peace across the planet.

Amelia Solis

Intern

Amelia Solis is currently a senior in San Mateo, CA and will be starting at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in the fall. Her devotion to social justice has led her to work as a tutor primarily for low-income Latinx children, canvass for local politicians, and now to the Women’s Health Center Project at Rebuilding Alliance. She plans on becoming a lawyer and working with others like her to bring more opportunities to the Latinx community.

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.

 

 

TAMSIN AVRA Advocacy Program Manager Tamsin is the Advocacy Program Manager at Rebuilding Alliance. She graduated in 2015 from Gordon College with a degree in Political Science and Sustainable Development. During her time at Gordon, she spent a semester in Eastern Europe studying the Balkan Wars, then drew on her time spent there to publish multiple articles about the intersection of nationalism and self-identity. After an academic trip to India, she 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, she 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, she plans to be a member of Congress and/or a professor of modern political theory. For now, she manages Rebuilding Alliance’s advocacy program - working with Congressional offices to prevent the demolition of Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

TAMSIN AVRA

Advocacy Program Manager

Tamsin is the Advocacy Program Manager at Rebuilding Alliance. She graduated in 2015 from Gordon College with a degree in Political Science and Sustainable Development. During her time at Gordon, she spent a semester in Eastern Europe studying the Balkan Wars, then drew on her time spent there to publish multiple articles about the intersection of nationalism and self-identity. After an academic trip to India, she 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, she 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, she plans to be a member of Congress and/or a professor of modern political theory. For now, she manages Rebuilding Alliance’s advocacy program - working with Congressional offices to prevent the demolition of Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 

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!

Doaa Abdelrahman

Brighten the Future Local Coordinator - South Bay

I am Egyptian-American whose dream is to help those in need. I currently hold a BA in Creative Writing but I hope to continue with my education as a future counselor/therapist. I love to go out on hikes, go the beach, and I am overly obsessed with the sunset anywhere I go. I love taking pictures of scenic views.