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Mark Randazzo (Director)  has worked to support social justice for over three decades, focusing on strengthening citizens’ movements, civil society organizations and international movements and NGO networks. From 2001 to June 2012 Mark coordinated the work of the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy, which was launched at the WTO Ministerial in Seattle as the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization. He has held positions within several non-profits and grantmaking organizations, serving over the years as Executive Director, JustAct: Youth Action for Global Justice (1997-2001), West Africa Representative and Regional Director, Oxfam America (1991-1997), Grants Director for West and Central Africa, United Support of Artists for Africa (1987-1990), Canvas Team Leader, Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (1987) and Asia/Pacific Assistant Director and Africa Program Advisor for US Save the Children (1981-1985).  Mark served for two and a half years in the Peace Corps in the then Central African Empire (1977-1980), and obtained a Master’s degree from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 1986. He is based in San Francisco with his partner Yeshica Weerasekera and their daughter Samudra.

Lamar Gibson (Operations Manager) was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has worked for eight years in both private businesses and the non-profit sector. At the Fund for Democratic Communities, he served as the Membership and Fundraising Coordinator for the Renaissance Community Cooperative. When it opens in 2015, the store will be the first of its kind- a full-service grocery in what was once a food desert. As a Fund Developer at the Interactive Resource Center, the first day center for people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro, he worked with the founding Board of Directors to establish the organization on firm financial footing. Later on, Lamar worked with international students who came to the US to study at colleges and universities around the country. In this role, he worked with embassies, recruiters, and universities to help provide the best student experience possible. He is a dedicated community activist who believes that relationship building and cooperation across boundaries are key to the success of movements. He has traveled extensively in the American South to study the history of movements that changed America. Lamar also enjoys food blogging and fundraising for social justice organizations.


Consultant Staff:

LolaLola Ibrahim has 13+ years of experience in the non-profit sector, working in the areas of social justice, gender rights and human rights. Previously, she directed the Sudan-Reach Women’s Foundation, a grassroots organization committed to helping women and girls realize their highest potential for personal and social growth. She also served as a Program Director at a community nonprofit in Cambridge, MA serving at-risk girls, and co-founded the Cambridge-based Alliance for Girls’ Services to advocate for the needs and assets of young women. In addition to her role at EDGE Funders, Lola provides communications support to several organizations including USA for Africa, Africa Speaks 4 Africa (an online magazine) and serves as an officer on the board of the Ben & Jerry’s corporation. She lives and works in New York City.

Mail AttachmentJörg Rohwedder obtained a degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Hamburg. Before his studies he persued professional education in a local savings bank, and after declaring his conscientious objection served his alternative civilian service as ambulance driver. After his studies he became Coordinator of International Nonviolent Trainings in a Center for Nonviolent Action, and established a new office in Sarajevo, Bosnia. He volunteered for two years as human rights activist with the War Resisters Association in Izmir, Turkey. Jörg then became the first executive director of Bewegungsstiftung – “Movement Foundation.”  He established the governing structure, the support programme and the ethical investment committee. He served for three years as a Board member of the North-South-Bridge Foundation in Berlin. He was member of the board of directors of the Greenpeace Energy Cooperative and became Executive Director of Greenpeace Energy Cooperative in 2012. Since 2013 he has been working as freelance consultant for philanthropy, ethical investment and political campaigning. He lives with his family in collective housing in a small village between Hamburg and the baltic sea.

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