Adam serves as the Board Chair for Peace Rising. His experience leading advocacy campaigns and managing larger institutional projects have helped Peace Rising to develop and implement strategic long-term plans. Professionally, Adam works to develop new technologies that improve energy efficiency in his role as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy. He has ten years of experience in climate and clean energy advocacy and previously served as the executive coordinator of SustainUS. Adam received his Master’s in City Planning degree from MIT and received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Urban Studies from Washington University.
Nai is an experienced researcher and international development professional whose work focuses on the political economy of climate change and development and investigates critical issues surrounding climate change: international governance infrastructures, socio-political constraints, and global power relations. Nai’s international research expertise, as well as her experience in fundraising and organizational structure, have made her an invaluable member of Peace Rising’s board. Her research interests include sustainable urban development, innovation policy, and critical perspectives on climate change adaptation. From Harvard University, Nai earned her Master’s degree concentrating on international relations and a graduate certificate on social justice. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University.
Thomas Delgado helps ensure Peace Rising’s legal compliance. He also brings technical expertise and critical analysis to the organization, and provides oversight of our data management practices. Thomas studied computer science and philosophy at MIT and has used his coding knowledge to consult for social media based advertising strategy and build an affordable community organizing platform. He has advised the Peace Rising project from its earliest stages.
Balkissa’s reserch experience in global governance, water resources, migration and human security have made her an invaluable member of Peace Rising’s board, where she has contributed insight on our theory of change and perspective on the impact of our work in practice. Balkissa is currently a researcher and PhD student at Umass Boston. She previously earned a double Master’s degree in International Development and Environmental Studies at Ohio University, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar. She graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History. Her research interests include irregular migration in West Africa, human security, water resource governance, regionalism and global governance.
Dan Tatar serves as Peace Rising’s treasurer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown, where he studied history, economics, and religion. His professional experience as a researcher and writer, combined with his background on the relationship between economics, history, and conflict have been valuable in guiding Peace Rising’s ongoing work.
Celina leads Peace Rising’s policy research on preventing violent conflict using sustainable development and other peacekeeping initiatives. Drawing on her highly interdisciplinary background in the natural and social sciences, she aims to make this research accessible and relevant to policymakers. Her experience in non-profit management has also allowed her to help guide Peace Rising’s organizational structure. Celina is finishing up graduate studies in Atmospheric Science at Cornell University. She also holds a bachelor’s from Cornell Earth Systems Science & Environmental Justice through the College Scholars Honors Program.
In her board role, Amber offers accountability around Peace Rising’s communications and advises its technical research, which builds on thesis work conducted during her master’s in international relations at Harvard. Previously, Amber organized a program for tech entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, conducted design research for the MIT D-Lab, advised the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation in its development of a climate grants portfolio, and taught junior high math through Teach for America. Amber earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.