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:

 

MICHAEL LUI
President

Portraits-001 (2) (640x427)Michael Lui joined Global Majority in 2013 as a Social Media and Community Outreach Associate while also assisting in the Conflict Management pilot program at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas, CA. From 2014-2015 Michael coordinated the Conflict Management Program, overseeing its expansion to a second school at Salinas Community School. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution in 2011 from San Diego State University. From 2011 to 2013, Michael worked for Feinmetall USA LLC, a semi-conductor testing company in the Silicon Valley, while mediating with the County of Santa Clara Dispute Resolution Program. In 2015, Michael received his Master of Arts from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studies: Human Security and Development with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution. Michael currently serves as President of Board of Directors.

 

LEJLA MAVRIS
Vice-President

lejla_mavrisLejla Mavris is a founding member of Global Majority and its current Vice-President.  She was the Executive Director of Global Majority in 2006-2007 and President of the Board from 2009-2010. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla came to the United States as a refugee in 1993, returning back for the first time in 1998.  Lejla received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  She received further training in conflict analysis through United States Institute of Peace and in post-conflict reconstruction, DDR, and humanitarian negotiations through the Naval Postgraduate School workshops.  She started her career interning at the United Nations Development Programme in Sarajevo, followed by working at the United Nations Refugee Agency’s Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit office in Geneva for the International Professional Service Semester, publishing her work on refugee smuggling and migration. She was an assistant training consultant at the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution programs in Prague and Cyprus.  For the past six years Lejla has taught negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills to students and teachers in California, Costa Rica, Jordan, Jerusalem, Nepal, and South Africa.  She is an advocate for peace, nonviolence and love.

 

DR. BOATAMO 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.

 

NATHAN VOEGELI
Secretary

nathanNathan Voegeli began working with Global Majority as an intern in 2006 and served as International Program Coordinator for training programs in California and Costa Rica.  A Kansas native, Nathan completed his undergraduate studies in Alaska and has traveled extensively in Russia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.  He earned an International Policy Studies Masters degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, specializing in international negotiation and mediation, and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

 Nathan, a California certified mediator, has participated in multiple mediation training workshops in the US and abroad and conducted numerous mediations for the San Francisco Superior Court Self-Represented Litigant Mediation Program.  In 2010, he worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Russia to help establish the Rostov Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR), the first court-annexed mediation center in Russia.  As part of that effort, he authored a basic mediation handbook that was translated and published in Russian and designed and conducted a mediation training session for CADR mediators. 

 Nathan continues to exercise his negotiation skills as a staff attorney for the Yurok Tribe in Klamath, California.  He is admitted to the California and Yurok bars.

 

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.

 

DEREK SHANE CHRISTENSEN
Member

shaneShane Christensen has dedicated his career to international conflict.  He has served on four continents as a U.S. diplomat, including as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for whom he also worked in Afghanistan.  Shane recently joined the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is focused on promoting deliberative democracy and a government that works in the best interests of the American people.  He is a professional travel writer and has published travel guides on destinations in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.  A Californian native, Shane studied at U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and Cambridge University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

 

CAMERON HUNTER
Member

cameron resizCameron Hunter has an MBA and an MA in International Policy Studies with a specialization in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and is the current Executive Director of Global Majority.  She joined Global Majority in 2005 working for the local education and training program.  Originally from Santa Ynez, CA, she received her BA from UC Berkeley in English Literature.  Prior to her position with Global Majority, Cameron worked as a researcher for the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and editor of the GLOBE Management Review in Monterey; intern at the Palestine Israel Journal in East Jerusalem; horse trainer in southern Portugal; and with Mother Teresa’s Home for Abandoned Children in Delhi.She has studied, worked and traveled in Japan, Russia, Africa, India, Europe and the Middle East. Her recent publications involve issues facing Iraqi scientists and academics during the reconstruction of the state published by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, as well as articles advocating negotiation between Israel and Palestine for the Ma’an News Agency.

 

ROSHI PEJHAN
Member

roshiRoshi Pejhan is a marketing and communications professional with a MA in International Public Policy. She specializes in social & digital media, having built a number of online communities for brands over her time as a consultant – most notably for Aslan Media. As the Editor & Executive Director, she has helped to build that nonprofit media company into a globally respected journalism outlet in the independent space.

Roshi’s many interests have included Politics, Journalism, and social change. Roshi tries to work every day for a better world through discourse, communication, and the support of democratic, pluralistic ideals. A child of two cultures, she is an explorer at heart…and has been known to hug trees in her spare time.

 

LOU SOBREDO
Member

Lou resizedLou Sobredo is an independent consultant whose work focuses on principle-centered leadership, organizational development and training.  A former Employment Development Administrator, she served as the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Manager for the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) of the Labor and Workforce Agency.  A specialist in organizational leadership, training and development, Lou was a certified trainer in Dr. Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the leadership curriculum for the Disability Insurance Leadership Academy (2007-2011).  In 2011, she also served as Branch Training Consultant where she conducted an assessment of the statewide program training system and developed recommendations for improvement system-wide.  She has coached and mentored numerous professional staff who are now in influential and senior leadership positions for the State of California and the private sector.  Lou has a BA in Psychology from UCLA and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco.  Lou is a lifetime member of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS).

 

NICHOLAS TOMB
Member

nick tombNicholas 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 for three years, and as a Program Coordinator for the Center for Stabilization & Reconstruction Studies, also at NPS, for eight years. His focus is on executive education, conflict management, conflict resolution, post-conflict recovery, civil-military relations and civil society organizations.

Mr. Tomb is a co-founder of Global Majority and served as secretary from 2003-2009, Vice President from 2009-2010, and from 2010-2015 as President on the Board of Directors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board with the Offset Project, a non-profit organization committed to the reduction and offset of carbon emissions.

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

Nick 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.

 

Sydney Bern-Story
Member

PastedGraphic-1Sydney 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.