WED. FEB 3 | The Arts, Conflict, and Compassion: Donor Perspective and Peace Funders
Following the 8:00PM performance, a post-show discussion with Alexandra Toma, Peace and Security Funders Group; Ariadne Papagapitos; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and Libby Lenkinski, New Israel Fund.
ALEXANDRA I. TOMA
Alexandra I. Toma is Executive Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, a coalition of 62 funders who collaborate to enhance the effectiveness of peace and security grantmaking. She has over ten years’ experience at senior levels of politics, advocacy, and nonprofits. Prior to her philanthropic experience, Alex served as a foreign policy advisor on Capitol Hill and, in 2011, was named a “Top 99 Under 33” foreign policy leader by Diplomat Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Alex is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, teaches graduate courses on philanthropy and foreign policy, serves on several boards, including the Telos Group. She earned her M.S. from Georgetown and her B.A. from the University of Virginia.
Ariadne Papagapitos is the program director for the Peacebuilding program of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Prior to joining the Fund in 2007, she helped lead a microfinance project with a nongovernmental organization in Bangalore, India. She has also worked as a researcher for a human rights lawyer in London, at the UNFPA, and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Athens, Greece. Ms. Papagapitos was also a manager in the Media Villages department of the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee where she helped coordinate the international press delegations’ reporting from Greece. She currently serves on the board of Rising Tide Capital, an organization that assists struggling entrepreneurs in distressed urban communities to establish strong businesses and create sustainable neighborhoods, and she represents the RBF on the Peace and Security Funders Group steering committee.
Prior to joining NIF a year ago, Libby Lenkinski worked as Director of International Relations at the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) in Tel Aviv, and before that as a strategy consultant to human rights and social change organisations in Israel. She continues to consult to the online news website +972 Magazine, and is a board member of Comet-ME, an NGO providing renewable energy to off-the-grid Palestinian villages in the West Bank.