Board of Directors

Founding Directors

We are delighted and honored to announce the esteemed members joining our Founders on the inaugural Board of Directors. Their leadership, marked by diverse professional achievements and a steadfast commitment to the values of peace, prosperity, and progress for all, will be invaluable in guiding our Foundation’s journey ahead.

Janet Afary, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Afary is Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion & Modernity and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Azadeh Akbari, J.D.

Ms. Akbari is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Akbari Law in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Carla Knorowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Carla Knorowski is a leader, author, and cultural explorer inspired by ethical leadership.

Jonathan Locust Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Locust is the Founder and Principal of the Locust Group.

Patricia Rogers, Ph.D.

Dr. Rogers is the President of Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota.

Taghi (Ted) Senemar

Mr. Senemar is an Investor and Advisor in the San Francisco Bay area.

Amir Soltanit

Mr. Soltani is a Writer, Filmmaker and Human Rights Activist.

Maura Stephens

Ms. Stephens is an Independent Journalist, Educator, Author, Theatre Artist and Human Rights Activist.