GFP USA

Generations For Peace, Inc. (GFP USA) advances GFP’s mission in the United States through programming, thought leadership and fundraising efforts engaging American audiences

GFP USA Legal Registration

Generations For Peace, Inc. (GFP USA) is incorporated in the State of Maryland as a non-stock, non-profit corporation. We have been granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service under EIN number 46-1577158. Our physical and mailing address is 5016 Centennial Blvd Ste 200, Nashville, TN 37209, USA

IRS Affirmation Letter confirming our 501(c)(3) status.

GFP USA Incorporation and Bylaws

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws:

Download the Articles of Incorporation for Generations For Peace Inc.
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GFP USA Board


                  Andrea Thomas, Ed.D

Dr. Andrea Thomas is a leader in virtual exchange with an outstanding track record for delivering transformative results to build and scale international programming in higher education. Disruptor and change agent, Andrea has worked with 35 universities globally as an institutional mentor to design effective programming for digital community and international peer to peer learning through Virtual Exchange and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).

Andrea was the Senior International Officer (SIO) at Farmingdale State College and a Fellow for the Association of International Educators Administrators (AIEA) in 2019. She has worked with the American Council on Education (ACE) and The SUNY COIL Center on Virtual Exchange.

Andrea began her career at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where she focused on Ethics and operations within international development.  She earned a Doctorate at the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education where she studied Global Education Leadership and Administration with rotations in Hong Kong, Finland and Qatar. Andrea is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Kyrgyz Republic and speaks Russian, Kyrgyz, and Spanish languages. She has lived and worked in Central Asia, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South America.


Cath Thompson

Cath Thompson is a peacebuilding and network-building professional with experience in conflict transformation, philanthropy, grant solicitation and management, network building, and group facilitation. Currently she serves as Managing Director for the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and as a Navigator with Wayfinding Partners, a strategic consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation with a racial justice lens.

Before joining PSFG, Cath worked at Independent Sector, where she supported a network of over 500 philanthropies and nonprofits through capacity-building and programming.

Previously, Cath founded and managed PeaceMeals, a program that leveraged cooking classes and facilitated dinners to promote community-building and wellness. Cath served on staff and as a Scoville Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and as a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco. Cath’s fieldwork in peacebuilding and post-conflict rehabilitation have brought her around the world, including to North Africa, Senegal, Northern Ireland, and Iraq. She has obtained certifications from the United States Institute of Peace Academy, in addition to her MA degree in International Relations from Queens University. Her past experiences include Founder and Director of PeaceMeals (2011-2018); Associate, Programs and Practice, at Independent Sector (2016-2017); Residential Counselor at Rogers Memorial Hospital (2013-2015); Grants Manager and Policy Associate/Scoville Fellow with the Truman National Security Project (2011-2012); and Program Coordinator at International Reach, Office of International Student Services, University of Wisconsin (2008-2009).


                   Jacob Toups

Jacob Toups is a progressive multidimensional leader who specializes in fundraising, youth development, non-profit management, program management and implementation, government partnerships, grant management, and proposal writing. He currently serves as the Innovation and Fund Development Manager for the city of Los Angeles’ Housing Authority in California.

Jacob has volunteered and served on several boards for non-profits. He is the Founder of Rainbow Labs and volunteers on the United Way Emerging Leaders Board. In the past he volunteered as a VISTA member for AmeriCorps.

Jacob’s past professional experience includes: Executive Director for Merging Vets and Players (2017-2020); Los Angeles City Director at Up2Us Sports (2017); Los Angeles City Senior Regional Manager at Up2Us Sports (2015-2017); Los Angeles City Program Manager at Up2Us Sports (2013-2015); Los Angeles Regional Coordinator at Up2Us Sports (2011-2013); Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator, A World Fit For Kids! (2011-2012); Administrative Assistant at International Relief and Development (2011); Economic Officer Assistant U.S. State Dept. (2010).


James Kallusky Ed.D

James Kallusky is a non-profit executive, community program leader, grant maker, author and tenured professor who created the nation’s first-degree program in sports-based youth development. He currently works with Fight For Children as the Chief Program Officer.

James currently serves as a board member for Alliance of Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility Through Sport. His previous work experience includes: Chief Operating Officer at Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA (2017-2020); Deputy Director for Clinton Health Matters Initiative (2015-2017); Vice President of Growth and Strategy at Up2Us Sports (2010-2015); Principal and Founder at JPK Consulting (2004-2010); Associate Professor and Director of Youth Agency Administration Studies at California State University, Los Angeles (1995-2004).


 Jeanné Lewis

Jeanné Lewis is a nonprofit executive, faith-based organizer, and authority on creating empowered communities. She has dedicated her career to building bridges, closing equity gaps, creating policies that lead to strong, thriving, and self-determined cities.

As the vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Center for Responsive Philanthropy, Jeanné connects social justice organizations to the funding networks they’ve traditionally lacked access to so that they can increase their impact and persuades funders to improve their practice.

Prior to that, Jeanné was the Director of US Programs at Search for Common Ground, responsible for advancing bipartisan conversations and policies to address racial injustice. She’s further built support networks for military families and worked as a faith-based community organizer in Ohio and Florida. Her consulting company, I to I Consulting, specializes in conflict resolution, strategic coalition-building, and developing and implementing community-led solutions.

Jeanné resides in Washington, DC. She is a member of the DC Working Families Party, St. Augustine Catholic Parish, and SongRise, a women’s social justice a capella group. In addition, Jeanné sits on the Board of Directors of Faith in Public Life, the steering committee for Community Grocery Cooperative, and is a former candidate for DC Council At-Large. Jeanné received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University Midwest.

 


                      Jude Khalaf

Jude Khalaf is a dedicated Program Manager who holds experience in building successful compliance programs within the humanitarian field. Currently, Jude works as MENA Region Program Officer with InterNews.

In addition to her degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Human Rights, and Arabic from the University of California, Berkeley, Jude has obtained certifications in Gender in Humanitarian Aid from OCHA and Monitoring and Evaluation certification from CRS.

Jude has previously worked in the humanitarian field as a Protection Program Officer with Un Pointe Per (UPP) Jordan (2020-2021); Protection Program Manager with Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) (2019-2020); Program Officer at United States Institute of Peace (USIP) (2017-2019); Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer – Sustainable Development Program at Care International (2015-2017).


                        Samar Ali

Samer Ali holds professional experience as a lawyer, conflict mediation practitioner, social entrepreneur, and CEO. Currently she works with Millions of Conversations as the Founding President and CEO, with Vanderbilt University as a Research Professor in Political Science and Law, and as the Co-Chair of Unity Project & American Democracy.

 

Samar also sits on several board communities including: WinROCK International; Council on Foreign Relations; Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum; Foundation for Society Law & Arts in South Africa; Nashville Metro Council Human Relations Commission; Tennessee World Affairs Council; NPR’s Nashville Affiliate, Nashville Public Radio; and Vanderbilt Law School Board of Advisors.

In addition to her current roles, she also works as the Director for Lodestone Advisory Group. Her past experience includes: International Counsel at Bass Berry & Sims (2016-2021); Partner at Bone, McAllester, Norton PLLC (2014-2016); Adjunct Professor & Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt University, School of Arts and Sciences (2012-2017); Legal Advisor at Baker Donelson (2014); Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs at State of Tennessee, Department of Economic and Community Development (2012-2013); Advisor/Senior Staff at United States Department of Homeland Security (2010-2012); White House Fellow at The White House (2010-2011); Associate Corporate Group at Hogan Lovells US L.L.P. (2007-2010);  Law Clerk at South Africa Supreme Court of Appeal (2007); Law Clerk at U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (2006).

 


                      Sarah Murray

Sarah Murray is a non-profit leader with 25 years of experience using sport and play for justice, inclusion, and equity. Her work, largely focused on gender justice and intersectionality spans 65 countries.

Sarah currently works as both the Executive Director of Free to Run and as the Principal of Grow the Game, a global consultancy aimed at providing strategic support to efforts involving sport and social change across sectors.

Sarah has served on multiple non-profit and NGO boards, as both a director and advisor, including: Women’s Wilderness; Women Deliver; Equality League; Shirzanan Global.

Her previous professional experience includes working as the Executive Director with Women’s Wilderness Institute (2019-2022); Women Win Foundation (2015-2019); Global Programs Director for Stitching Women Win (2009-2014); Gender and Leadership Consultant with FIFA (2015-2017); Digital Communications Director with Women’s Sports Foundation (1999-2008). Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Politics and a Master’s degree in Social Justice and Community Organizing


              Stephen Whisnant

Stephen Whisnant is a philanthropic and humanitarian professional. He is the founder of Stephen Whisnant Strategies and currently serves as the Managing Director. In addition, he also works with the United States Institute of Peace as the Chief Development Officer and Campaign Director/Senior Advisor-Consultant.

Stephen serves on the board of the following organizations: World T.E.A.M. Sports; Collegiate Directions Inc.; Peace Players International; Junior Champions Tennis Center; Velodrome Development Foundation; EverWalk; Athletes for Hope; Project Renew.

His past professional experience includes: Director of Philanthropy at National Democracy Institute (2012-2014); Managing Director for the United States Olympic And Paralympic Committee (2010-2013); Vice President, Development and Investor Relations at Venture Philanthropy Partners(2005-2007); Senior Director at Vulcan Inc. (2003-2010); Co-Founder and Executive Director at World Team Sports (1993-2010); Director of Major Gifts at Davison College (1991-1993); Acting Director of Development and Senior Development Officer at Harvard University (1981-1991); Executive Director for the Presidential and Democratic Party Victory Fund for the Democratic National Committee (1987-1988).


                    Tamar Datan

Tamar Datan is an experienced leader in advancing education, philanthropy, sustainable economic development, and conservation, with specialist expertise in executive search, strategic planning, fundraising, non-profit governance, and organizational development. She currently works as a Senior Advisor for Non-profit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG).

Tamar currently sits on the board for All Ages Read Together and serves as the Board Chair.  Over her career, she has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards.

Her past professional experiences include her working in the following roles: Executive Director at TrueSpark (2012-2015); Executive Vice President at Amazon Conservation Team (2007-2011); Independent Consultant (2002-2006); Vice President and Director at The Nature Conservancy – Compatible Ventures Group (1999-2002); Program Manager at The Nature Conservancy – Center for Compatible Economic Development (1997-1998); Venture Fund Officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts (1992-1997); Special Assistant to the President with The Pew Charitable Trusts (1990-1992); Program Associate with the University of Massachusetts-Boston (1987-1989); Program Administer at the Lesley College Graduate School (1985-1987).


The GFP USA Board Members exercise their role with GFP staff through four committees:
Governance and Audit Committee
  • Tamar Datan (Board Member) – Committee Chair
  • Andrea Thomas (Board Member)
  • Cath Thompson (Board Member)
  • Mark Clark (CEO)
  • Lindsay McClain (USA Representative)
  • Essam Barakat (COO)
  • Firas AlJammal (Finance Director)
Programs Committee 
  • James Kallusky (Board Member) – Committee Chair
  • Andrea Thomas (Board Member)
  • Jacob Toups (Board Member)
  • Jude Khalaf (Board Member)
  • Sarah Murray (Board Member)
  • Mark Clark (CEO)
  • Lindsay McClain (USA Representative)
  • Carol Daniel Kasbari (Chief Programs Officer)
  • Safiya Ibn Garba (Director, Institutional Learning)
  • Aya Albadarneh (Senior Programmes Officer)
Outreach Committee
  • Cath Thompson(Board Member) – Committee Chair
  • Jeanné Lewis (Board Member)
  • Jude Khalaf (Board Member)
  • Mark Clark (CEO)
  • Lindsay McClain (USA Representative)
  • Jadranka Štikovac Clark (Senior Advisor and GFP Institute Director)
  • Barik Mhadeen (Senior Policy Research Specialist)
Fundraising Committee
  • Stephen Whisnant (Board Member) – Committee Chair
  • Jacob Toups (Board Member)
  • James Kallusky (Board Member)
  • Jeanné Lewis (Board Member)
  • Sarah Murray (Board Member)
  • Tamar Datan (Board Member)
  • Mark Clark (CEO)
  • Lindsay McClain (USA Representative)
  • [Vacant] (USA Senior Development Officer)
  • Clara Louvel (Senior Grant Proposal Officer)

GFP USA Ambassadors


                 Kiran Singh Sirah

 Kiran Singh Sirah is President of the International Storytelling Center (ISC,) the global premier institution dedicated to the art of storytelling and producer of the world-renowned National Storytelling Festival. Prior to his appointment at ISC, Sirah established a number of award-winning arts, cultural, and human rights programs in the United Kingdom and Europe.

He began his tenure at ISC in 2013 and has grown the institution in ways previously unimaginable. Sirah is regularly asked to provide keynote talks around the world for entities such as the Smithsonian Institution; the US State Department and Department of Defense; the Alliance for Peacebuilding and Library of Congress; Dolly Parton’s Imagination library and the United Nations.

In 2017, Sirah was awarded the “Champion of Peace” recognition during Rotary Day at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in recognition for advancing storytelling for global peace and development. Kiran believes Storytelling not only enriches lives, but also holds the key to building a better world.

Previously, Kiran has served in the following roles; A Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Peace Fellowship (UNC/Duke; 2011-2013) Arts Manager with the Sense Scotland including management of the Helen Keller International Arts Award (2009-2011); Programming Curator at Glasgow Museums (2002-2009); Educator Officer at the National Museums Scotland (2002-2009).


                 Peter T. Coleman  

Peter T. Coleman is a renowned expert on constructive conflict resolution and sustainable peace. He currently works as Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University with a joint appointment at the Teachers College and The Earth Institute.

Dr. Coleman’s research focuses on conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom as meta-competencies for navigating conflict constructively across all levels and includes projects on adaptive negotiation and mediation dynamics, cross-cultural adaptivity, optimality dynamics in conflict, justice and polarization, multicultural conflict, intractable conflict, and sustainable peace. In addition, to his research he is also the Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

His past professional experience includes: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at the Program in Social-Organizational Psychology, Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University (1999-2005); Research Assistant Professor at the Program in Social-Organizational Psychology, Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University (1997-1999); Instructor at the Program in Social-Organizational Psychology, Department of Social, Organizational & Counseling Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University (1995-1997); Consultant at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Program in Social-Organizational Psychology, Department of Social, Organizational & Counseling Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University (1992-1997); Adjunct Instructor at Department of Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University (1993-1995); Mediator, Victim Services Agency at Queens Mediation Center (1992-1993); Marketing Director, Marketing Consultant, Community Outreach Coordinator at The Regent Hospital (1988-1992); Consultant, Communication Link Incorporated (1987-1990).

GFP USA General Assembly

The General Assembly acts as the guardian of the Bylaws, since only the General Assembly can approve a change to the Bylaws.
The General Assembly comprises the following Members:
• HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein
• Mr Ala’ Khalifeh
• Dr Mohanned Arabiat