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The Team


Our staff and board believe in building sustainable programs with strong local support. We are proud that all of our programs are 100% Haitian designed, built, and managed.

Who We Are


Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation.


  • Paul Haggis
  • Dr. Bob Arnot
  • David Belle
  • Maxwell
  • Dr. Reza Nabavian
  • Michael Novogratz
  • Deborah Rennard
  • Ben Stiller
  • Madeleine Stowe
  • Peter Tortorici
  • Olivia Wilde


  • Paul Haggis
  • David Belle
  • Natasha Koifman
  • Dr. Reza Nabavian
  • George Stroumboulopoulos


  • Simon Baker + Rebecca Rigg
  • Javier Bardem
  • Todd Barrato
  • Maria Bello
  • Yannick + Shantelle Bisson
  • Alixe Boyer
  • Jeff Bridges
  • Adrien Brody
  • Josh Brolin
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Jackson Browne
  • Gerard Butler
  • Jim Clark + Kristy Hinze
  • Chuck Close
  • Daniel Craig
  • Jessica Craig-Martin
  • Russell Crowe
  • Penelope Cruz
  • David + Kate Daniels
  • Mary Demetree
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Dina Eastwood
  • Johan Ernst Nilson
  • Mark Evans
  • Shepard + Amanda Fairey
  • Frances Fisher


  • Jane Fonda
  • Dr. Henri Ford
  • James Franco
  • Gale Anne Hurd
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis
  • Milla Jovovich
  • Ryan Kavanaugh
  • Nicole Kidman + Keith Urban
  • Diane Lane
  • Jude Law
  • Dana Maksimovich
  • AnnaLynne McCord
  • David Mimran
  • Pascal Raffy
  • Brenda Robinson
  • Martha Rogers
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Lekha Singh
  • Michael Stahl-David
  • Caroline Stanbury
  • Charlize Theron
  • Carlo Traglio
  • Peter + Amy Tunney
  • Jonathan Vilma
  • Craig Watson


  • Bovet 1822
  • Carter Lay (in memoriam)
  • Sean Parker


  • Moran Atias
  • Douglas Bensadoun
  • Victoria Bousis
  • Craig Blumenthal
  • Roger Edwards
  • Daya Fernandez
  • Madalina Ghenea
  • Alison Goodwin
  • Steven Hawthorne
  • Ronnie Madra
  • Gisella Marengo
  • Lola Schnabel
  • John Shattuck

Special thanks to our friends Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and David and Monica Zwirner of Artists for Haiti, as well as Elon Musk for their generous donations and inspiration. And a very special thank you to our Core Investors and corporate partners who support our operational budget to make our work possible and ensure that 100% of every public donation goes directly to Haiti.


Our Staff

David Belle | CEO

David Belle first travelled to Haiti in 1993 as a young filmmaker, helping to bring to light the nation’s struggle for democracy and has been working there ever since. Concerned by the unjust treatment of Haitian refugees, his film work later turned to the plight of immigrants in the US for which he was awarded the Alfred I. DuPont Award, the Pulitzer Prize for broadcast journalism. In 2004 David co-founded Haiti’s International Film Festival in the coastal town of Jacmel as a way of supporting the country’s creative and tourism industries. David then founded Haiti’s national film school, Ciné Institute, to educate and support young local filmmakers. David has been involved with APJ from its inception in 2009 sharing his expertise and experience in Haiti as a board member. He signed on as CEO of APJ in 2012.

Kathryn Everett | COO

Kathryn has been managing the progress of APJ’s programs since 2011 and oversees all aspects the organization’s work. Before joining the team, Kathryn worked to empower voters as a community organizer and fundraiser for progressive candidates, and traveled throughout Southern Africa and Southeast Asia with different organizations. Kathryn holds a BA in International Relations from Colgate University. She’s fond of birds, cold pressed juice, and one-upping her co workers on Instagram.

Dana Maksimovich | Events and Communications

A film industry veteran, Dana has been working with APJ Founder Paul Haggis since 1996, most notably as one of the producers on the Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” “In the Valley of Elah,” and the TV series “The Black Donnellys.” After the earthquake in Haiti, Dana helped produce the “We Are The World 25th Anniversary” video, directed by Haggis, to raise money for the devastated region. She has been at APJ since the very beginning and worked closely with the board of directors and staff to devise the founding principles as well as the long-term strategies of the organization. Dana manages all of APJ’s fundraising events around the world.

Vivienne Crye | Financial Controller

Vivienne Crye has over 20 years experience in financial controlling and advising. She has served as advisor for non-profit 501c3’s and as CFO for social impact enterprises. Currently Viv serves as an advisor to and financial controller for APJ. Vivienne has an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA from Michigan State University.

Matthew Yaggy | Office Manager

Matt comes from a background in video production and corporate communications.  He holds a BA in Film and Media Culture from Middlebury College.  Matt oversees the operations of our office, the production of our events, and provides assistance on special projects as they arise.  He is thrilled to help APJ carry out its goals of improving everyday life for the people of Haiti and beyond.

Erlantz Hyppolite | Country Director

Erlantz is a Haitian physician that has been working in the public health sector for the past 10 years in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, Léogâne, and Port-au-Prince. Over the course of his career he has undertaken many projects focused in underprivileged communities. At the core of his work is the belief that providing dignity through education and economic opportunities is the core intervention that will change lives for the better in the long-term. Erlantz has sought ways to work with the youth of his country ever since coming to this conclusion, and for him working with Artists for Peace and Justice is a concretization of this vision.

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We are proud to team with organizations and companies that share our vision of long-term, strategic development in Haiti.

We believe in impact. Our implementing partners share our values of transparency, mutual support, and a commitment to excellence. Our corporate partnerships are based on working with brands to form a strategy that is both mutually beneficial and maximizes the impact we have on the ground in Haiti.


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We are proud to follow a 100% policy: every penny donated by the general public goes directly to our programs in Haiti. Our operational budget is generously covered by separate donors so that every dollar you give helps people in need.

We strive for transparency in all we do. Learn more about our finances below.


  • Form 990
  • Annual Report (coming soon)
  • APJ Canada Financial Statement (coming soon)


  • Form 990 (coming soon)
  • APJ Canada Financial Statement (coming soon)

For more information regarding financials and transparency, please contact us.

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Whether by tweet, text, or email we’d love to hear from you!

We accept donations of any and all sizes supporting our programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. Please note at this time APJ does not organize volunteer trips to Haiti.

 For latest job and internship openings please visit our careers page.


Phone: (646) 398-7804 | Fax: (646) 398-8343


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