Board of Directors - NOT PUBLISHED
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:
Nicholas Tomb is a founding member of Global Majority, and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors. In the past he served as the Secretary then Vice-President of the Board, the Operations Branch Coordinator and as Editor of the Global Voice, Global Majority’s quarterly newsletter. His primary employment is with the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School where he works as a Program Coordinator, organizing educational events in the field of civil-military relations and post-conflict reconstruction. Nick also teaches American Government at Monterey Peninsula College, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Offset Project, an environmental organization that tracks and offsets carbon emissions. He formerly served as President of the Arcata/Camoapa Sister City Project, a sister city relationship between Arcata, CA and Camoapa, Nicaragua. He led several delegations to and from Camoapa, delivering supplies and working on water projects in the sister city. Nick received a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University, where he received the distinguished "Man of the Year" award in 1999. He received an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, which included certificates in Conflict Resolution and Commercial Diplomacy, in 2002.
Lejla B 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 "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 Masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She came to the United States after the loss of her three-year-old son, Thamsanqa, and husband, Simmy, on the same day and at the same time when she was expecting one of her daughters. She 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. In addition to being an activist, she is also a scholar who has authored three books, contributed chapters in books, and edited three others. The latest book that she edited is called "SOWETO Explodes" and chronicles the role of the youth and civil society in the struggle against apartheid. Her current research interests focus on immigration issues and recent African immigrants in the U.S. Dr. Mosupyoe has received numerous awards that honor her contribution as a teacher, a peace activist, and a community worker. To name but a few: she has been cited four times in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, received a 1999 Pierce College Outstanding Faculty of the Year award, and received the A Roland Weis Award for her contribution to promoting awareness against genocide. In addition to being on the Global Majority Board of Directors and the International Advisory Board, she promotes bead work of rural South African women in the USA and the world to help alleviate poverty. poverty.
Nathan 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.
Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D. is the Chair of the department of Women’s Studies and a professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State University. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s scholarship focuses on race, gender and social class disparities in institutions like child welfare, education and juvenile justice. Dr. Cameron Wedding has taught courses and developed curricula addressing implicit racial bias for over six years. She wrote the curriculum Addressing Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare, One Social Worker, One Solution at a Time. Excerpts of this work are incorporated into the cultural competency curriculum of CalSWEK (California Social Work Education Curriculum).
Dr. Cameron Wedding provided the keynote address and facilitated a two-day conference for the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, presented to the Children’s Bureau in Washington D.C. and provided expert testimony to the Florida Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice in Orlando Florida. In 2009 she addressed the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the National Conference of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Third National Judicial Leadership Summit on the Protection of Children.
Dr. Cameron Wedding has conducted trainings throughout the United States. In California she has provided county-wide trainings for children services agencies in San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Ventura counties. She is a national consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation one of the largest child advocacy programs in the country. Her curriculum on implicit bias is being used throughout the United States and more recently to train the Sacramento Police Department. In 2009 she was awarded a grant from the California Department of Corrections to assist California public schools reduce biases in decision-making which lead to disparities in school suspensions and expulsions and disproportionate minority contact in juvenile justice.
Dr. Cameron Wedding’s work on gender, diversity and social justice is international in scope and includes work in Africa, Costa Rica, China, and the Middle East. As a Fulbright Scholar she conducted research in Tanzania and South Africa. In 2005 and 2007 she spoke on a national talk radio show in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. In 2008 she taught at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and the United Nations University International Leadership Institute Conference on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in Amman Jordan.
In 2003 Dr. Cameron Wedding co-edited a text-book, Ethnic America: Readings in Race, Class and Gender. In 2004 she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State University. In 2004 she co-authored Institutions, Ideologies and Individuals: Feminist Perspectives on Gender, Race and Class. This book revised in 2008 includes a Bias: Impact on Decision-Makers in Child Welfare.
Dr. Cameron Wedding served two terms as a Governor’s appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women. In 2007 she was appointed by the California State Senate to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cameron Wedding serves on the International Advisory Board of Global Majority an organization that promotes world peace through conflict resolution education, mediation and advocacy.
Dr. Cameron Wedding is an approved OJJDP/NTTAC consultant who uses her expertise to provide TTA on issues such as, but not limited to, Juvenile Justice, Community-based Services, Diversion, Gender Specific Issues, Incarceration/Prisons, Mediation/Conflict Resolution, Prevention, and Reentry (juvenile).
Cameron 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.
Robin is a native of Monterey California where she resides with her three children. As a successful entrepreneur in the wine industry she has had the opportunity to collaborate with Global Majority on fund-raising projects and joined the Board of Directors in 2010.
Essra Mostafavi has been involved in Global Majority since 2010, first as an attendant of the Chile program in transitional injustice and human rights and later as an advocate and Fundraising Chair. Essra received a Bachelors in International Relations from UC Davis and a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Post graduation she directed a USAID-funded food security project in Nigeria, offering orphans and vulnerable-children-caregivers impacted by HIV/AIDs agricultural vocational skills. Since her return to the States, she has been researching and supporting the indigenous Mapuche communities of Chile in their pursuit towards sustainable development and conflict resolution.
Lou 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. Lou was responsible for the EDD Disability Insurance Branch offices of San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Oakland/Alameda. The State Disability Insurance (SDI) program is a worker-funded program that pays more than $4 billion in benefits annually to unemployed disabled eligible California workers and families. With more than 25 years of administration and management experience, her background includes managing field offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles area and Stockton. While working in Sacramento as a Section Chief for EDD, she had management responsibility for statewide policy development, program training and statewide anti-fraud strategies for SDI. 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, where she was a seminar section leader for a Psychology class on society’s changing gender roles and a student teacher at the Neuro-Psychiatric Institute during her senior year. She has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of San Francisco, where she also served as adjunct faculty teaching a class on Small Group Leadership in the School of Business and Professional Studies. Lou is a lifetime member of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS); the United Latinos of Sacramento (a non-profit civic organization whose mission is to educate Latinos on opportunities to participate in the democratic process); Stockton’s Bahala Na Filipino Martial Arts Association which has affiliates throughout the United States and Europe and is dedicated to teaching/promoting Filipino martial arts and culture, and serving ethnic communities; and she has been an active supporter of the Friends of Rwanda Association since 2005. Lou was born in the Philippines and grew up in Stockton, California where her grandfather lived and worked as a farm worker after arriving in California in 1929 during the Great Depression. Lou’s commitment to expand her work to promote individual and group empowerment, social justice and peaceful dialogue, is shared by her husband James and son Adrian. Lou and her family divide their time living in Stockton and the San Francisco Bay area.