DR. CRAIG ZELIZER, @CraigZelizer
Craig is the Founder and CEO of PCDN. Craig has dedicated his life to being an entrepreneur and to helping create a more peaceful world. One of his driving passions is helping changemakers around the world find the right career path to make a positive impact in the world. As far back as he can recall he has been curious about what is the right path combining ethics, social justice, making a living and hopefully a positive social impact.
He is a highly experienced professional having worked for over a decade each in the nonprofit and academic sectors. He has helped design and lead trainings in peacebuilding, capacity development, career development for many groups around the world. Recently has had led workshops on social impact careers at locations including the Net Impact 2017 Conference, the Kroc School at the University of San Diego among others. He has also conducted extensive original research around building careers of impact, and what are the core skills and abilities employer require, what does higher education provide and ways to address this gap.
He founded PCDN out of the recognition that changemakers need a space to connect and find their path to the right impact for them. Since created PCDN as a purely volunteer effort and then transition to a soical enterprise, Craig has grown PCDN to almost 40,000 members representing more than 180 countries.
From 2006 through May 2016, he was a professor in the Georgetown Conflict Resolution MA Program, serving as the program’s second faculty hire. He helped grow the program into one of the world’s leading MA programs, assisted in a 300% growth of students and faculty, developed countless new partnerships and served in the program’s senior leadership, including serving as Associate Director for more than six years (also twice as Interim Director). He made the crazy or some would say brave decision in spring 2016 to leave his position to focus full-time on scaling PCDN. He does continue to serve as an adjunct faculty in the program teaching a class on social entrepreneurship. Before creating PCDN, Craig also helped to found two NG0s – the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the TEAM foundation in Hungary.
Craig serves on a number of boards and advisory boards including the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Inzone Project, TechChange, Move This World, Amani Institute, and several others. He spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 15 countries in partnerships with organizations including USIP, USAID, IREX, CRS and others.
Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University.
He has published widely including editing the book Integrated Peacebuilding Innovative Approaches to Transformation Conflict (2013, Westview Press). In addition, Craig co-edited the book Building Peace, Practical Reflections from the Field (Kumarian Press, 2009), as well as numerous articles, blog posts and reports. He has also published widely on careers in change including a report co-written for the United States Institute of Peace, a 2017 co-authored chapter on Mediation Careers .
DR. CATALINA ROJAS, Director of Innovation
Dr. Catalina Rojas is Director of Innovation at the Peace and Collaborative Development Network. At PCDN, Dr. Rojas helps lead strategic development, partnerships, content development and programming to engage over 37,000 academic, practitioners and organizations around the world.
Dr. Catalina Rojas is a noted expert on gender, development and conflict resolution. As director of Global Partnerships at Women Thrive Worldwide, she created a worldwide women’s network and led training and consultation processes to increase the advocacy capacity of women’s NGOs and CBOs in Central America and West Africa.
Prior to joining Women Thrive, Dr. Rojas was a consultant on gender, conflict and development issues with various international organizations including the IIS, OAS, USAID, UNIFEM.
Dr. Rojas has a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, she has over two decades of experience working with civil society organizations in the Global South, including working in the peace movement in her home country.
Dr. Rojas has taught, trained and conducted research in Latin America, South East Asia, West Africa and the U.S. including Georgetown University.
Dr. Rojas was the recipient of the 2015 Dewey Winborne Community awards for digital do-gooders. This award was giving in the context of the SXSW conference, the biggest conference gathering leaders in the interactive, music and film industries in Austin, Texas.
JORDAN KOLETIC, Program Assistant
Jordan Koletic is responsible for posting, generating content as well as supporting PCDN´s senior team in various administrative tasks. Jordan is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Human Rights and International Politics at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are focused on the mediation of humanitarian activism through social media platforms. Previously, Jordan worked for four years as a Strategy/Analytics Consultant on Wells Fargo’s Wealth and Investment Management Strategy team based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Jordan interned as an investigative reporter at KosovaLive 360, a major news agency located in the capital city of Pristina, Kosovo. While there she researched, interviewed and reported on a variety of key issues for this freshly minted country, including its push for United Nations recognized sovereignty and efforts to field a 2012 Olympic team. Jordan holds dual BA degrees in Journalism and International Relations from Miami University. While at Miami, Jordan was a member of the Varsity Swim and Dive team and spent five months studying in Eastern Africa.