As a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of California, Global Majority has established a Board of Directors. Our Bylaws authorize between five and fifteen Board members, who serve two-year terms. The following members are currently serving:

 

LEJLA MAVRIS
President

Lejla Bratovic Mavris is a co-founder of Global Majority. Through Global Majority, Lejla has initiated and executed programs locally and globally encouraging dialogue as a preferred method for conflict resolution. She worked as a consultant with the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Greenpeace in S. Korea, UNODA in New York, UNDP in Sarajevo, UNHCR in Geneva and taught at universiti

 

es and graduate schools. Lejla was a fellow of the prestigious Weinstein International Mediation Fellowship where she assisted complex multiparty mediations at the JAMS San Francisco office. While on a fellowship, she was part of an initiative Making Peace Our Business focusing on mediating violent conflicts over natural resources. Prior, she was Ariane de Rothschild fellow on social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural dialogue at Cambridge, UK.  

Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla Bratovic Mavris came to the United States as a refugee in 1993. She received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and additional training in post-conflict reconstruction, DDR, humanitarian negotiations, and natural resource management. For the past fifteen years, Lejla promotes negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution around the world. She is an advocate for peace, nonviolence and love.

DR. BOATAMO (ATI) MOSUPYOE
Vice-President

boatamoDr. Boatamo “Ati” Mosupyoe is Professor and Director of Pan African Studies in the Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento. She received some of her education in South Africa and her master’s and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mosupyoe worked with the Anti-Apartheid Movement and was also the chair of the South African International Student Organization and a member of its national executive. She has authored three books, contributed chapters in books, and edited three others. Dr. Mosupyoe’s current research interests are immigration issues and recent African immigrants in the U.S, and she has received numerous awards that honor her contribution as a teacher, a peace activist, and a community worker.

 

NICHOLAS TOMB
Secretary

Nicholas Tomb currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Global Majority.  He is a co-founder of the organization and has served on the Board since 2003, previously holding the positions of Vice-President and President.  He has been involved with many aspects of the organization’s activities and development, and has directly supported projects in Chile, Costa Rica, Jordan, South Africa, and South Korea, as well as helping to launch the local education and training program in Monterey County.

Mr. Tomb is the Program Manager for the Africa Program at the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), US Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Prior to managing the Africa Program, Mr. Tomb served as the Assistant Program Manager for the Collaborative & Adaptive Security Initiative (CASI) and the Prevention, Relief & Recovery (PR&R) program, and as a Program Coordinator for the Center for Stabilization & Reconstruction Studies, also at NPS.  His focus is on executive education, conflict management, conflict resolution, post-conflict recovery, civil-military relations and civil society organizations.  

Nick also serves on the Board with the Offset Project, a non-profit organization committed to the reduction and offset of carbon emissions, and was as Board Chairman from 2012 to 2017.

Nick taught American Government at the Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA from January 2005 to June 2014.

He received a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University, where he received the distinguished “Man of the Year” award in 1999.  He also received an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies), which included certificates in Conflict Resolution and Commercial Diplomacy in 2002.

Nick lives in Monterey, California, with his wife Maki and daughter Yuka.

CAMERON HUNTER
Treasurer

Cameron Hunter joined Global Majority in 2005 as an intern while pursuing her Masters in International Policy Studies and Masters in Business Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. After completing her degrees, she spent two years as Executive Director of the organization, leading international programs worldwide in conflict resolution.  Cameron currently works for a solar energy company, GroundWork Renewables, as Director of Business Development. She enjoys her work promoting the adoption of renewable energy while staying involved with Global Majority programs and administration. Cameron lives in Monterey with her husband, Sean, and daughter, Dylan.

DR. RITA CAMERON-WEDDING
Member

weddingRita Cameron-Wedding, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies and a Professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her scholarship focuses on race and gender proportionality in institutions such as child welfare and its implications for the education and criminal justice systems, as well as the economic status of women, domestic violence, environmental racism and immigration. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research in Tanzania and South Africa on women and the informal economy. In 2008, she collaborated with faculty from California State University, Sacramento, UNISA (University of South Africa) and the Human Rights Foundation of Johannesburg to develop an institute to address issues of the African Diaspora.

LU SOBREDO
Member

Lu retired early from a long-term career in public service with the State of California (U.S.A.). A member of Global Majority since 2012, Lu has a BA in Psychology (UCLA) and a Master of Public Administration (University of San Francisco). She is a lifetime member of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), actively supports The Little Manila Foundation, Asian Art Museum, Philippine Writers and Artists, Inc., and Friends of Rwanda Association.

She served as an Employment Development Administrator to close her career. She was poised to start another career as an independent consultant in organizational development, travel the world, or at the very least accompany her adventurer husband on his next trips. A year after retirement came the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Her life changed, but she did not let the disease define her. She dedicates her  resources to causes close to her heart including Global Majority. With some improved in functionality, she can travel again. She also writes a Blog about health and travel: LuTravelsAbroad, http://blog.lutravelsabroad.com.

JOCELYN RHEEM
Member

Jocelyn Rheem joined the Peery Foundation in September 2014 and transitioned to Program Associate in October 2015. Jocelyn identifies and supports innovative social entrepreneurs and local leaders in the East Palo Alto community, assists Peery’s Portfolio Directors, and sources pipeline. Previously, Jocelyn worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts on their International Ocean Conservation Team. She holds a BA in Political Science and History with a minor in Women’s Studies from Denison University, an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a certificate in International Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Jocelyn first got involved with Global Majority as a conflict resolution instructor at Rancho Cielo in 2013-2014. After graduating from MIIS in 2014, Jocelyn joined the Board of Directors of Global Majority.  

SYDNEY BERN-STORY
Member

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Sydney Bern-Story first joined Global Majority in 2012 as the Office Manager while also planning and implementing the Conflict Management pilot program at Rancho Cielo Yourth Campus in Salinas, CA. Additionally, Sydney participated in Global Majority’s Transitional Justice program in Chile in January of 2013. Sydney received her Bachelors of Arts in International Relations in 2011 from the University of San Diego. She started her career working and interning with Planned Parenthood, United Nations Association San Diego, and Heartland Alliance International. In 2014, Sydney received her Masters of Arts from the MIddlebury Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studes: Human Sercurity and Development. Sydney currently is a fellow with Urban Teachers and is an elementary school teacher in South East Washington D.C and is working to get a dual master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education.

 

RYAN LAMA
Member

EVENS LANOT
Member