For Hearts and Minds Network, Inc.
Dave Peterson, Chairman, is a founding member of the Board, serving with us since April 1996. Dave is Senior Director of the Africa program at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he supervises six full time staff members and grants to more than 200 nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, his annual funding has grown from $200,000 to $7 million.
Mr. Peterson helps foster democratic political development in more than 20 countries with a total population of more than 450 million. He works with senior government officials and civic leaders to strengthen independent media, civic education, political parties, business, labor, human rights and other groups. He is deeply involved in troubled areas such as the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
Since 1978, Dave’s experience includes serving as executive director of Project South Africa for the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund and work as a freelance journalist. He has Masters degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Columbia University School of Journalism.
Katie Lusk, Secretary and Treasurer, joined the Board in January 2008. She also interned hundreds of hours at Hearts & Minds as our Manager of Editing, Fundraising and Volunteer Recruitment.
After graduating from Pepperdine in June 2006 with a degree in English: Writing and Rhetoric, Katie moved with her husband from Los Angeles to New York in October 2006. She has extensive professional publishing and editing experience. Katie has three children.
William “Bill” Blackman is founder and president of Hearts and Minds Network, started in 1996. He is also a founding member of the Board.
Since 1981, Mr. Blackman has worked with both small, new ventures, and large, well-established organizations, achieving exceptional results. For example, he was retained to help launch the American Institute of Philanthropy, now known as CharityWatch.org, working on strategic planning, publicity, copywriting and design. Within six months, AIP obtained substantial funding, membership, and coverage by more than 400 newspapers, radio and TV stations nationwide.
Bill’s experience encompasses publicity, sales, direct mail, broadcast and print advertising. He worked with nonprofits, publishing, and marketing companies including the AFL-CIO, Encyclopaedia Britannica, General Foods, National Liberty Insurance and Time Warner.
Bill offers his professional experience and skills to help hundreds of volunteers improve their opportunities for success in work and life. He is also a writer and photographer.
Thanks also to past Governing Board members: Amiad Finkelthal, publicist (Board member March 2011 – July 2013); Dan Borochoff, Founder and President of the CharityWatch.org (founding Board member 1996 – 2010); Dave Schwier (volunteered with us since 2004 serving as our manager of legal affairs and regulatory compliance, Board member January 2004 – July 2013); Matt Basirico (Board member November 2010 – November 2015); Nancy Carr, President of the Volunteer Referral Center in NYC (founding Board member 1996 – 2005); Panfilo Sanchez (volunteered 565 hours with us from 2007 – 2012, also served as Board member and treasurer August 2010 – July 2013); Priyanka Sharma, investment banker (volunteer since 2001, Board member April 2003 – November 2011); and Steve Weinberg, businessman (founding Board member 1996 – 2005).
All Governing Board members serve on the Board without compensation. Along with many more volunteers, they share an interest in getting to the root of serious challenges facing us, helping communities locally and around the world, promoting new ways of understanding, fostering a strong sense of compassion and empowering millions of people to make effective, positive changes in our world.