Tom Andrews is President and Chief Executive Officer of United to End Genocide. A former Congressman from Maine, Tom most recently served as National Director of Win Without War, a coalition of forty national organizations promoting a more progressive national security strategy that calls for prudent use of military engagement. He has worked to promote democracy and human rights throughout the world including Indonesia, Cambodia, Yemen, Algeria, Serbia, and Ukraine among many others.
A long-time advocate of democracy and human rights in Burma, Tom has worked closely with the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, facilitated the creation of the European Burma Network and served as General Secretary of the Nobel Peace Laureate Campaign for Aung San Suu Kyi. Tom is a Senior Advisor to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Tom was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1982, the Maine Senate in 1984 and the United States House of Representatives in 1990. Tom also served as president of New Economy Communications, a not-for-profit organization providing strategic planning and communication services to individuals and groups advancing labor and human rights issues.
As Director of Global Partnerships and a native of North Darfur, Niemat works to coordinate and sustain United to End Genocide’s relationships with the communities affected by genocide and mass atrocities from the regions that United to End Genocide is working to address. Due to her activism opposing the genocide and the grave human rights abuses in Darfur, she was harassed, threatened, and escaped Sudan after two attempts on her life. Since then, she has become strong advocate on genocide and mass atrocities everywhere. Niemat is a founding member of the Darfuri Leaders Network, a coalition of over 20 domestic Darfuri organizations working to promote peace and security in Darfur. A founder of Darfur Women Action Group, Niemat focuses on the role of Darfuri women in the peace process, and she previously served as an advisor at the seventh round of inter-Sudanese Darfur peace talks in Abuja, Nigeria. In 2008, was recognized by President George W. Bush as one of eight global human rights fighters for freedom of their people. She earned an M.S. in Sustainable Development and a B.A. in Psychology and Pre-school Education from Ahfad University for Women in Khartoum.
As Operations Manager, Concepcion manages the desk of the President, assists the Executive Director, and serves as liaison to the Board of Directors. Prior to joining United to End Genocide, she worked at a private financial firm in Southern California.
As Director of Digital Strategy, Erik leads United to End Genocide's planning and implementation for digital and social media strategies. He oversees the technology needed for all aspects of the organization's online presence and communications. Previously he served as the Communications Manager at the Institute for Policy Studies and as the Communications Director at Interhemispheric Resource Center in New Mexico. Erik holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a BA in Political Science from Furman University.
As the Director of the Policy and Government Relations team, Dan manages the organization’s conflict analysis and development of policy recommendations related to Sudan, Syria, Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, and prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. He also plays a leading role in outreach to the U.S. administration and Congress and coordination with international non-governmental organizations and civil society groups.
Previously Dan worked for Human Rights First, the Brookings Institution and the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he assisted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in her role as co-chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
"William Schulz…has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States." —The New York Review of Books, 2002
From the refugee camps of Darfur, Sudan, to the poorest villages in India; from the prison cells of Monrovia, Liberia, to the business suites of Hong Kong to Louisiana’s death row, Dr. William F. Schulz has traveled the globe in pursuit of a world free from human rights violations. As Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 1994-2006, Dr. Schulz headed the American section of the world’s oldest and largest international human rights organization.
Currently Dr. Schulz is President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in Cambridge, MA, and serves or has served as a consultant to a variety of foundations, including the MacArthur Foundation, UN Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, and Humanity United. He is an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and an Affiliated Professor at Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago.
During his twelve years at Amnesty, Dr. Schulz led missions to Liberia, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, and Sudan. He also traveled tens of thousands miles in the United States promoting human rights causes and was frequently quoted in the media. He is the author of two books on human rights, In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All (2001, Beacon Press) and Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights (2003, Nation Books); and the contributing editor of The Phenomenon of Torture: Readings and Commentary (2007, University of Pennsylvania Press) and The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era (2008, University of Pennsylvania Press). All of this prompted the New York Review of Books to say in 2002, "William Schulz…has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States."
An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Dr. Schulz came to Amnesty after eight years (1985-93) as President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. He has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and many other organizations.
Dr. Schulz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, holds a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School (at the University of Chicago) as well as eight honorary degrees.
He is the author of Making the Manifesto: The Birth of Religious Humanism (Skinner House Books, 2002) and was the 2000 recipient of the Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.
Professor Mahmoud Braima balances his roles as President of the Darfur Association and as Chair of Mass Communications at Southern University.Dr. Braima was born in El Fasher, North Darfur where he worked as a middle school teacher. He received a scholarship to study Journalism at a Saudi university and then earned his Ph.D. in the United States.Dr. Braima is now married to his graduate school sweetheart. They live with their two children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sarah K. Dreier has worked for the Episcopal Church's Office of Government Relations and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Washington Office, the Center for American Progress in Washington D.C., the American Bar Foundation and the ELCA Churchwide office, both in Chicago. The Christian Science Monitor is among the publications that have published her works. Dreier graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with a bachelor's degree of distinction in philosophy and legal studies. She holds a master's degree from the University of the Basque Country in Onati, Spain, and the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Robert Flynn is a retired business executive. Mr. Flynn had a marketing career at IBM before going into various private equity endeavors. He was a partner in a venture that owned and operated Blockbuster Video Franchises. He participated in the development of Discovery Zone Inc., and later served as its Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Flynn was a member of the Amnesty International USA Executive Director's Leadership Council, and co-chaired their $25 Million Capital Campaign. He also served on the Board of Directors of Catholic Family and Children's Services in Texas, and is an active supporter of the Evans Scholars Foundation. He is a graduate of Marquette University Business School.
Jerry Fowler is the senior policy analyst for multilateral affairs at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where he advocates for effective multilateralism in U.S. foreign policy and for improvements in multilateral institutions.
He previously served as president of the Save Darfur Coalition from 2008-2010. His previous positions include founding director of the Committee on Conscience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and legislative counsel at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. His publications include "Out of that Darkness: Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century," in Century of Genocide: Eyewitness Accounts and Critical Views (Routledge, 2004). He also directed the short film A Good Man in Hell: General Romeo Dallaire and the Rwanda Genocide. He created and hosted Voices on Genocide Prevention, the Holocaust Museum's award-winning interview program and podcast series.
He has taught courses on human rights and related issues at Claremont McKenna College (where he was the Podlich Distinguished Visitor in 2006-2007), George Washington University Law School, George Mason University Law School, and the American University Summer Human Rights Institute. From 1983-1987, he served in the United States Army in the Federal Republic of Germany. Fowler received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a B.A. from Princeton University.
Mr. Freeman leads Calvert's Sustainability Research Department and oversees its company research and analysis as well as its policy and advocacy work. From 2003 until early 2006, he led Burson-Marsteller's Global Corporate Responsibility practice advising multinationals on policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications strategies related to human rights, labor rights and sustainable development.
During the Clinton Administration he served in three positions as a presidential appointee in the State Department, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1999 to early 2001. In that capacity, he led the development of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, the first human rights standard forged by governments, companies and NGOs for the extractive sectors. Earlier in his career he was Manager-Corporate Affairs for General Electric and a presidential campaign aide to former Vice President Walter Mondale.
Mr. Freeman serves on the Boards of Oxfam America, the Institute for Business and Human Rights, the Revenue Watch Institute, the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the Genocide Intervention Network and EG Justice. From 2006-09 he served on the Board of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) representing Oxfam. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a frequent speaker and media commentator on sustainable investment, corporate responsibility, human rights and U.S. foreign policy.
Mr. Freeman received an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford, where he studied as an English Speaking Union Churchill Scholar at Balliol College, and an AB in History from the University of California at Berkeley.
Harold I. Freilich is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities and Finance practice group and focuses on international and domestic financing transactions. He advises equity investors and project lenders in some of the world’s most challenging emerging markets, including Russia and other republics of the former Soviet Union, Eastern and Central Europe, South America, and Asia.
Mr. Freilich also counsels industrial, high-technology, natural resources, and financial services firms (including broker-dealers, banks, and venture capital providers) in domestic and cross-border securities offerings. He also advises clients in general corporate and business transactions, securities regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate matters.
David Emmanuel Goatley is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, an international Christian missions agency founded in 1897 that helps churches extend their witness to the ends of the earth. He is also the Executive Director of Lott Carey International, a global relief and development agency that helps improve the quality of life in marginalized communities around the world. As the chief executive officer of these two agencies, Dr. Goatley oversees vision, administration, and development efforts to invest in indigenous leadership and programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America.
An ordained Baptist minister who has been a pastor, university professor, and seminary professor, Dr. Goatley earned degrees from the University of Louisville, KY (AAS and BS) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, KY (MDiv and PhD). In addition to journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is the author of Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion and the editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Selected Writings of J. Deotis Roberts.
In July 2006, Dr. Goatley was elected as a member of the 64-seat national Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest civil rights organization in the United States. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Save Darfur Coalition and the President of the North American Baptist Fellowship, the regional body of 21 Baptist denominations and organizations affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance, with membership of more than 20 million Baptists in Canada and North America.
Rabbi Steve Gutow is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the public policy and community relations agency of the American Jewish community. He has advocated that the government end genocide in Darfur, reform immigration policy, support Israel, protect individual rights, enhance anti-poverty programs, and create a sustainable environment. He has also promoted stronger bonds among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths, and has been named among the 20 most influential American rabbis by Newsweek and the 50 most influential American Jews by The Forward.
Under Mr. Gutows’s leadership, the JCPA has become central in combating hunger in America through initiatives such as the 2008 “food stamp challenge.” His environmental campaigning includes “A Light Unto the Nations,” and his commitment to interfaith bridges led to milestones such as a joint prayer with major Christian and Muslim leaders during the Gaza War. A community organizer at heart, Mr. Gutow has helped build national grassroots coalitions on issues including interfaith relations, judicial independence, and the security of Israel.
Previously, Mr. Gutow practiced law in his native Texas, where he served as chair of the Dallas Jewish Community Relations Council and was the founding regional director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Southwest Region. He also became the founding executive director of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
In 2003, Mr. Gutow was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and served as a pulpit rabbi at the Reconstructionist Minyan of St. Louis, where he represented the St. Louis Rabbinical Association on the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. While there, he also taught as Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Louis University Law School.Mr. Gutow’s work has also addressed racial harmony, religious pluralism and civil liberties, poverty and healthcare. His publications and awards include “Tikkun Olam: A Public Policy Focus” (The Reconstructionist, Fall 2001), the 2001 Reconstructionist Student Association Prize for Social Action within RRC, and the Rabbi Devora Bartnoff Memorial Prize for Spiritually Motivated Social Action.
Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos is Associate General Secretary for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations at the National Council of Churches USA, where he is responsible for theological dialogue among both ecumenical and interfaith partners. An Orthodox Christian theologian, he previously directed the Council’s work in international affairs.
Formerly, Dr. Kireopoulos was the Executive Director of Religions for Peace — USA, where he promoted interfaith collaboration to address common domestic social concerns. Before that he was Special Assistant to the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, in the area of external affairs, and Assistant to the Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, in communications.
Among his affiliations, Dr. Kireopoulos is the immediate past chair of United to End Genocide, a leading human rights advocacy organization, which was formed during his tenure through the merger of the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its Religious Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Orthodox Theological Society in America. He formerly served as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, and as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Dr. Kireopoulos holds degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Thunderbird School of Global Management, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Fordham University. He is a published author, guest lecturer, and media spokesperson on issues in theology, social justice, and religion and the public square.
Dr. Kireopoulos lives in the New York metropolitan area. He is married with two children.
Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service, a faith-based international human rights organization that alleviates poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world. In addition to supporting over 400 grassroots projects around the world, AJWS promotes global citizenship and social justice through activism, volunteer service and education within the American Jewish community. Her role at AJWS follows 20 years in public service in New York City, where she served on the New York City Council for 12 years and as Manhattan borough president for 8 years. She was the first woman to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor in 1997.
A national leader in the movement to end genocide in Sudan, Ms. Messinger was among the leading anti-genocide, peace and human rights advocates called upon to advise President Obama and special envoy General J. Scott Gration in March 2009. In recognition of her leadership, she was recently appointed to the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.
Ms. Messinger has received honorary degrees and awards from The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, Hebrew College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and awards for service from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Women’s Funding Network, Union for Reform Judaism, and the American Jewish Committee. For seven consecutive years, she was among The Forward’s 50 most influential Jews of the year.
Ms. Messinger lectures widely on diverse social and global justice issues, and has served as a visiting professor at Hunter College and Hebrew Union College. She is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and serves as a board member and past president of Surprise Lake Camp. She also sits on the boards of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women and Hazon.
Ms. Messinger graduated from Radcliffe College in 1962 and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma in 1964. She began her professional public service career running a child-welfare agency in Oklahoma. Her husband, Andrew Lachman, directs an educational foundation in Connecticut, and she has three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is the Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, MA, and Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper. She is a retired pediatrician after 27 years at the South End Community Health Center.
In 1994, Dr. White-Hammond founded the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry, “Do The Write Thing” for high-risk adolescent females. The project serves over 200 young women in Boston public schools, juvenile detention facilities and the Bethel AME Church.
Dr. White-Hammond has worked as a medical missionary in Botswana, Cote D’Ivoire and South Africa. Since 2001, she has made numerous trips into war-torn southern Sudan where she helped to obtain the freedom of 10,000 women and children enslaved during two decades of civil war. In 2002, she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian women’s group that partners with Sudanese women to advance community reconciliation and reconstruction. Current and past projects include two grinding mills, a permanent campus for the Kunyuk School for Girls where 1000 are enrolled, the Women’s Peace School, a literacy project for 200, and the Sisterhood for Peace project, which supports a global network Sudanese women collaborating across traditional barriers for peace throughout all Sudan.
In February 2005, Dr. White-Hammond traveled into Darfur, Sudan to learn from female victims of genocide in Internally Displaced Persons camps. In 2006, she served as the National Chairperson of the Million Voices for Darfur campaign and became the Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur. In 2008-2009, she was the national Chairwoman of the Save Darfur Coalition. She currently serves on the boards of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Tufts University, and Darfur Peace and Development Organization. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Boston University, a Doctorate of Medicine from Tufts Medical School and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.
In 1973, Dr. White-Hammond married Rev. Ray A. Hammond, M.D., who is the founding pastor of Bethel AME Church, the Chairman of the Boston Ten Point Coalition and the Chairman of the Boston Foundation. They are devoted to their daughters, Mariama and Adiya, “son-in-love”, Turahn Dorsey, and granddaughter, “Ella Bella Boo.”