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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

OUR MISSION

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Paul Haggis
  • Dr. Bob Arnot
  • David Belle
  • Gerard Butler
  • Dr. Reza Nabavian
  • Deborah Rennard
  • Ben Stiller
  • Madeleine Stowe
  • Olivia Wilde

CANADA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Simon Baker + Rebecca Rigg
  • Javier Bardem
  • Todd Barrato
  • Maria Bello
  • Alixe Boyer
  • Adrien Brody
  • Josh Brolin
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Jackson Browne
  • Jim Clark + Kristy Hinze
  • Chuck Close
  • Daniel Craig
  • Jessica Craig-Martin
  • Russell Crowe
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Clint + Dina Eastwood
  • Mark Evans
  • Shepard + Amanda Fairey
  • Frances Fisher
  • Jane Fonda
  • Dr. Henri Ford

  • James Franco
  • David Heden + Alison Goodwin
  • Gale Anne Hurd
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis
  • Milla Jovovich
  • Ryan Kavanaugh
  • Nicole Kidman + Keith Urban
  • Diane Lane
  • Jude Law
  • Dana Maksimovich
  • AnnaLynne McCord
  • Pascal Raffy
  • Martha Rogers
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Lekha Singh
  • Michael Stahl-David
  • Carlo Traglio
  • Charlize Theron
  • Peter + Amy Tunney
  • Jonathan Vilma

CORE INVESTORS

  • Carter Lay
  • Sean Parker

AMBASSADORS

  • Moran Atias
  • Daya Fernandez
  • Steve Hawthorne
  • Ronnie Madra
  • Johnny Ryan, Jr.
  • 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.

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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.

Valerie Boucard | Director of Development

Valerie comes to APJ with over a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, corporate relations, and program implementation experience. Her background includes Development and Program Director roles at the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, as well as global new business development at Texarome, Inc. She brings a deep passion for international development and a strong belief in the power of education to affect real change in Haiti to her role as US Director of Development.

Vivienne Crye | Financial Controller

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

Matthew Cherchio | Operations Manager

Matt oversees the smooth operation of the APJ office and provides special project assistance as needed. He joined the team after returning from a year spent working and living abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Middlebury College and is from New Jersey. When not working he likes to travel, experiment in the kitchen, read all sorts of books, and sit around wishing he spent more time playing guitar.

Caitlin Deibel |  Communications and Creative Manager

Caitlin guides all things visual at APJ.  Her ideas stem from constant observation and interaction with people around her.  Artistically, sources of inspiration are never-ending: influences include Jean Giraud, Dries Van Noten, Neil Young, and her personal role model: Jay-Z.  “There are no rules and those are the rules” is her M.O.  She feels most at home when surrounded by nature.  Grounded optimist and sneaker enthusiast, her long-term goals include earning her pilot’s license and someday having a dance-off with David Byrne.

Jeanelle Augustin | Digital Fellow

Jeanelle is APJ’s social media guru. Before joining the team, Jeanelle worked in Kaka’ako empowering at-risk youth through arts education and storytelling.  She is inspired by the grassroots potential of street art for social change in local communities and believes in the power of international artistic collaboration for peace.  Jeanelle studied Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Visual Culture at Williams College and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She enjoys reading Spanish magical realism, eating mangoes, and naming obscure funk samples.

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Partners

 

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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FINANCIALS

Financials

 

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.

For more information regarding financials and transparency, please contact info@apjnow.org

 

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Contact

 

Whether by phone, email, or regular mail we’d love to hear from you. Please allow a few days for a response.

Please note that at this time APJ does not organize volunteer trips to Haiti. We also cannot assist in connecting with any of our supporters. For latest job and internship openings please visit our careers page.

 

info@apjnow.org

 

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

 

Artists for Peace and Justice | 87 Walker St. Apt. 6B | New York, NY | 10013