There is a truth that we don’t see the world as it is but as we are. And as each of us is vulnerable to the blindness of our perspective, at THE JUSTICE PROJECT we believe we can better honor our mission statement if we engage the wisdom of others. In the pursuit of being of highest service here are some folks who have agreed to serve as Advisory Board members.
Please note, their membership on this Advisory Board neither requires them to contribute financially to THE JUSTICE PROJECT nor are they financially compensated by THE JUSTICE PROJECT. The members of our Advisory Board are global visionaries who care and act on their caring. Through the lives that they live, they are making a just difference.
If you are interested in being nominated, or nominating someone else as an Advisory Board member please contact us.
Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE and executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Ms. McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981 and in Singapore in 2006. Ms. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development.
Reflecting her long-standing interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting world justice, Ms. McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is based. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California’s Central Coast. In 2007, Ms. McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which publishes the award-winning magazine Pacific Standard.
In 2012, Ms. McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College, for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University.
An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, Ms. McCune was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is on the Visitor’s Committee at the Social Science Research Council based in New York.
Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools
Bill Cirone is highly respected for his long track record of leadership in education, business, and civic affairs. Elected to his current position in 1982, he is in his eighth four-year term having served 29 years, and is currently the longest-serving county superintendent in the state of California.
Bill has served as consultant to National Teacher Corps, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, UCLA Graduate School of Education, the Kettering Foundation, among many others. Bill serves on dozens of boards, advisory committees and commissions at the local, state, and national levels. He serves on the Santa Barbara County First Five Commission (Chair), the board of directors of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), and the Fighting Back Steering Committee (chair). He served on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Foundation for nine years (chair 2003-04). He served on the national board of directors of the Teachers Network from its inception in 1985 and as Chair for 15 years. He was appointed by California state superintendents to numerous state task forces. He has chaired the board of directors of the California Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), which is the agency charged with helping districts that are in financial crisis. In 2000 the state superintendent appointed Bill to the High School Exit Exam Task Force.
In 1997 he was invited by the President of the United States to the White House to participate with the president, vice president, secretary of education, and California superintendent of public instruction in a dialogue on national standards and testing. In 1993 he was invited to participate in the White House National Summit on Children and Families.
Why are you involved with The Justice Project?
“Liberty and justice for all,” are words school children use in their pledge of allegiance to our flag every day, yet we all know that the words can ring hollow, and justice can be fragile, unless every one of us actively works to protect and secure justice for all members of our community. I salute The Justice Project for its role in this critical process and for committing to make a difference through progressive action. It’s hard to imagine anything more important to the workings of a democracy.”
Rabbi Steve Cohen came to serve as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai B’rith in the summer of 2004, after nineteen years as the rabbi and Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation at UC Santa Barbara. A native of Rochester, New York, Rabbi Cohen was born in 1957, received his undergraduate degree in American History from Harvard University in 1979 and Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1985. He and his wife Marian have been married since 1986 and have two children, Rachel (b. 1988) and Ari (b. 1990).
In his capacity as rabbi of the congregation, Steve’s primary responsibilities include teaching a wide array of classes for adults and youth, guiding the development of the congregation’s worship program, providing pastoral counseling for congregants in need, helping families move through the great passages of life (birth, coming of age, marriage and death) with love and meaning, and working closely with the volunteer leadership of the congregation to build a vibrant Jewish community.
Why are you involved with The Justice Project?
“To help us work for justice, we need to find a few friends….a community. The Justice Project is creating a powerful, virtual community through which we can all find friends to share this work, no matter where we happen to live.”
Professor Eskandari was born in Vienna, Austria in 1956 and he was educated in Austria, Iran, and the US. He received his Ph D in Political Science in 1984 from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Upon completion of his graduate studies, he taught at UCSB as a lecturer from 1985 to 1991, and then as visiting lecturer until 2006. During this period, he was named Professor of the Year at UCSB in 1991. He joined the faculty at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in 1992 and he was named Faculty Lecturer (Professor of the Year) at SBCC in 1998. His current role at SBCC includes the following: Chair of the Middle East Studies Department at SBCC, Founder and Director of the Middle East Studies Program (2006 to Present), Founder and Director of SBCC/Sacramento Program (2012 to Present).
James S. Farley is President and CEO of the Leichtag Foundation, a position he has held since 2007 when the Foundation became an independent foundation. A longtime San Diegan whose community activism dates back to his youth, Jim draws upon many years of volunteer leadership experience in the nonprofit sector. In recent years, he has served as president of the board of Seacrest Village Retirement Communities and the San Diego Botanic Garden Foundation. He is a founding member and former member of the board of the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation and a former member of the Technical and Professional Advisory Committee for the First 5 San Diego Commission, dedicated to preparing all children in San Diego County to be ready to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Jim currently serves on the board of the Jewish Funders Network, an international association of individual philanthropists and foundations. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the San Diego Foundation and the Community Advisory Board of Scripps Hospital Encinitas.
Drawing from his experience in the community, Jim’s creative vision catalyzed the Foundation’s purchase of the Paul Ecke Ranch. He is a frequent presenter about the power of place in community engagement and in developing new models of social change. Jim is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles. He earned a law degree from California Western School of Law and a Master’s in Taxation from New York University. He and his wife live in Carlsbad, California. They have two married children and five grandchildren. Jim is a passionate horticulturalist, an avid reader, and a lover of music.
David Gersh spent 40 years in the practice of corporate and securities law. He is a retired partner of Paul Hastings, one of the renowned international law firms.
Mr. Gersh is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and past President of the Los Angeles Hillel Council.
Mr. Gersh received his BS degree with honors, and his MBA from UCLA. He was awarded his JD from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Gesh is a published poet and the author of three mystery novels.
Executive Director, Heal the Ocean
Hillary Hauser is a recognized photojournalist with a focus on the ocean – adventure, politics and conservation. She is co-founder and executive director of Heal the Ocean, an internationally recognized citizens’ action group in Santa Barbara, California. The formation of this 3,000-member group is the culmination of the 40-plus years Hillary has been working in, on, under, around and for the ocean.
In August 1998, in response to the terrible situation of local beaches being posted closed because of pollution, Hillary published an editorial “Another Day at the Beach,” in the Santa Barbara News-Press. This editorial was a lengthy call to arms to help the ocean, which resulted in a public demonstration on the steps of the Santa Barbara County administration building. The public outcry motivated her to form Heal the Ocean, with co-founder Jeff Young, a Santa Barbara lawyer who was polluted out of his oyster business because of pollution. Heal the Ocean organization focuses on wastewater technology as it impacts the ocean, facilitating wastewater treatment plant upgrade and removal of septic tanks from creeks, marshes, bays and beaches. Heal the Ocean’s trailblazing work, which has helped coastal communities not only in Santa Barbara, but all over the world, has been commended with recognition from the U.S. Congress, as well the Central Coast (California) Regional Water Quality Control Board (2006, 2008) and the California State Assembly (2009). Heal the Ocean received a Joint Senate/Assembly Commendation in 2013.
Michael Helfant has over 28 years of entertainment industry experience in film, television, video and digital media production, financing and distribution. Helfant co-founded Troika Pictures, LLC, to develop, produce and finance a slate of modestly budgeted commercial films, including The Call, starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, and the upcoming Careful What You Wish For, the Elizabeth Allen directed suspense thriller starring Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney. Helfant is also a principal of Amasia Entertainment, one of the financiers of The Call and Careful What You Wish For.
Prior to forming Troika Pictures, Helfant was President and COO of Marvel Studios, overseeing all of the studio’s live action and animation activities in film, television and video, including Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. He is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at UCLA, and taught entertainment strategy and finance for many years as an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Helfant currently serves on various boards, including the advisory board of MovieClips.com, and several charitable and non-profit organizations including Film Independent, the UCLA Entertainment Symposium Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Chief Scientific Officer, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Biomolecular Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara
Lois Jovanovic, M.D., a specialist in endocrinology and metabolism, has dedicated her life to diabetes research. Through her pioneering work, she established the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute diabetes and pregnancy program and the protocols for intensive insulin delivery which have become the gold standard of care for all pregnant women with diabetes. In addition, her work in the field of intensified insulin management and glucose monitoring for people with diabetes has led to the development of an artificial pancreas. Dr. Jovanovi? is an extraordinary teacher and mentor to aspiring physicians, has authored over 500 books and scientific articles. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker invited to present her research at congresses throughout the world.
Why are you involved with The Justice Project?
“I am passionate to seek justice in providing education for all based on motivation and talent, not ability to finding funding sources.”
Senior Vice President Millennium Labs
As Vice President of Global Defense Healthcare, Nancy Lazarski brings over 18 years of experience in medicine and education relating to the assessment and treatment of serious brain and psychological injuries for United States military veterans, with special focus on the polytrauma and pain experienced by wounded warriors and their families. She is certified in numerous health and medical training courses involving head injuries and has served as a mental health expert for the Department of Defense.
Before joining Millennium, Ms. Lazarski served as a consulting leader on Booz Allen Hamilton’s Global Health Domain Team for over five years. Her expertise as a researcher, policy analyst and technology and business specialist in psychological trauma and brain injury were used in working with various branches of the military and universities to further military support and community involvement in understanding and responding to the special circumstances relating to mental health issues.
Ms. Lazarski holds BS and MS degrees in Psychology from the University of Florida. She also holds a Masters Level Disaster Mental Health training certification from the American Red Cross. She serves as a community volunteer at the San Diego VA Healthcare System and serves as a Chair at the San Diego Yacht Club Committee to sponsor wounded warriors in community networking.
As founder and CEO of Jersey Wooly Productions, Inc., Bruce Marcus created and is currently executive producing the series Vine Talk–a first of its kind celebrity talk show about wine, featuring Stanley Tucci as host in Season I. Vine Talk, in its first season on PBS, has broken station carriage and viewership records for original lifestyle series, having been broadcast by over 200 stations, reaching over 94% of the U.S. In addition to overseeing the entertainment property, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Vine Talk LLC, the business entity created to capitalize on all of Vine Talk’s revenue streams.
Bruce’s first independent production in 1994, earned him a national EMMY nomination for the music documentary “Gregorian Chant: Songs of the Spirit.” Since 1994, he has created and produced numerous PBS television series and pledge specials including “Journey to Greatness” with Noah benShea, “Culinary Travels,” “About Your House with Bob Yapp,” “Now You’re Cooking,” “Great Finds,” “The People’s Pharmacy;” Deepak Chopra’s PBS pledge specials and recently, the internationally produced and distributed “A Tale of Two Cities” and “Operatic Heat.”
Prior to working independently, Marcus was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at WTTW/Chicago for 7 years (plus 2 years reporting to the President as a senior marketing and revenue consultant), responsible for over 35 corporate-wide revenue streams totaling $75 million, including production, corporate advertising, development, on-air fund raising, merchandise licensing, and international program sales. While at WTTW, Bruce also was assigned as Chief Operating Officer of WFMT, a commercial radio station with syndicated content to over 600 radio stations. In one year, Marcus restructured the radio station to produce profits after 7 years of significant losses.
In Bruce’s earlier years, he was a marketing and operations executive in the computer software and airline industries, including working as Start-Up Project Manager and VP for the successful first deregulated airline, New York Air. Bruce received his MBA from Harvard in 1980 and a BA from Rice University in 1977.
Bruce recently took over as the President of the worldwide Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Alumni Club, after having completed three years as President of the HBS Club of New York. Bruce also interviews HBS professors as part of a monthly audio offering to HBS’ 80,000 alumni.
Samuel (Muli) Peleg
Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Columbia University
Dr. Peleg is a political sociologist who specializes in conflict analysis and conflict resolution processes, dialogue and sustainability. He is a faculty member at the negotiation and conflict resolution program (NECR) at Columbia University and teaches conflict analysis and resolution at Columbia Teachers’ College. Dr. Peleg is a research fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict resolution and negotiation (SCICN). In 2009-2011 he was a Schusterman Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Dr. Peleg is the author of articles and books about conflict analysis and resolution, violence, protest and dialogue. He has recently completed three entries (Judaism, Zionism, Israel) in the Encyclopedia of Global Religions as well as in the Encyclopedia of Global Studies. His current book is called Human Communities in the 21st Century: The Communication Perspective, and will be published in the summer of 2013.
Professor Peleg has been a top advisor on leadership and negotiations for the Peres Center for Peace in Israel. He has also counseled the Prime Minister’s office, the Foreign Office and the National Security Council. Currently, Professor Peleg serves as a Fellow and board member of The Martin Luther King- Realizing the Dream Foundation. In 2003, Dr. Peleg was a founding member of One Voice, an organization which promotes reconciliation between the various factions of the Israeli society as well as between Israelis and Palestinians. Dr. Peleg is one of the core group researchers of Peace Journalism, an ongoing project on a more balanced and contextualized media coverage of conflicts. Muli is also an accomplished poet, whose two poetry books won distinguished awards in his native country of Israel.
Why are you involved with The Justice Project?
“The Justice Project is a timely, propitious and highly desired first step to heal the ubiquitous anguish of individuals, groups, nations and cultures and their quest for the rare commodity of justice. Finally we may have found the platform that will promote constructive dialogue and the shared pursuit of justice for all.”
Chair Board of Trustees, Antioch University
Victoria Riskin was a writer and producer for television and past President of the Writers Guild of America West, the union representing 8500 screen and television writers. She was a founding member of Human Rights Watch/California and has served as its Co- Chair in Los Angeles and Chair of the Santa Barbara. She has served on the International Board of Human Rights Watch for the past 9 years and is chair of the Hellman-Hammett Committee that oversees the distribution of funds from the estates of playwright Lillian Hellman and novelist Dashell Hammett to writers persecuted around the world.
Ms. Riskin has received numerous honors and awards for her dedication to the advancement of human rights and for her community service. She is currently chair of the Board of Trustees for Antioch University in Santa Barbara. She had a private practice as a psychologist before becoming a screenwriter and producer of movies-for-television. Ms. Riskin now resides in Santa Barbara with her husband, award-winning writer and producer David W. Rintels.
Raised in California, Zadok attended Stanford University, received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed a residency in internal medicine-pediatrics at the Harvard Brigham and Women’s/Boston Children’s Hospital program, serving as the program’s chief resident during his final year of training. He currently works as a hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Zadok is one of the student co-founders of the original Camp Kesem at Stanford, a free camp for children who have a parent with cancer that has since given rise to over 40 sister sites across the country, in 2001. More recently, after the Haitian earthquake in 2010, he co-founded Physicians for Haiti (P4H), a non-profit, nearly-all-volunteer organization that seeks to “inspire, empower, and support the development of leaders among Haiti’s next generation of health professionals” by developing innovative medical education and leadership training opportunities for Haitian physicians and nurses. He currently serves as Founding Co-Director of P4H and is also a member of the board of directors of the International Food Security Treaty Campaign (IFSTC), which advocates for universal access to food as an enforceable human right.
Why are you involved with The Justice Project?
“It is easy to be overwhelmed by the weight of the world’s injustice. My work in global health has shown me that the human spirit is strong and that a tremendous amount of good work is being done, on scales both small and large, every day. Indeed, to paraphrase Margaret Mead, a small group of thoughtful, committed people are the only thing that ever has changed the world! I see The Justice Project as a way of providing potentially world-changing initiatives and people with the fuel they need to grow their movements — and as a powerful platform for justice in the world. I am honored to be a part of it.”
Mary Ellen Tiffany
Vice President, Wealth Management of Montecito Bank and Trust
Ms. Tiffany brings to Montecito Bank & Trust over 20 years of experience in the development of new client relationships. She began her financial career in the Trust Department of NationsBank in Fort Myers, Florida, and later joined SunTrust Bank Southwest, as the market manager of their Sanibel-Captiva Island private bank. In both positions Ms. Tiffany worked with high net worth individuals, the business and estate planning community and local non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Montecito Bank & Trust in 2001, Ms. Tiffany was the Director of Major Gifts at The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. As well Ms. Tiffany has served as an Executive Director of two non-profit organizations and as a Special Assistant in the area of Trade and Energy issues to the Governor of Alaska from 1986-1990.
Ms. Tiffany received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Smith College and also attended Cannon Trust School. While in Florida, Ms. Tiffany was active on the board of a number of charitable and civic organizations.
Currently Ms. Tiffany serves on the board of the Santa Barbara Symphony, Path Point, Inc., Antioch University, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.