Meet Our Team

Our Team

Our mission is to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. Founded by activist, filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney, Peace is Loud inspires action through media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the frontline of peacebuilding worldwide. This is our team.



Executive Director

As Executive Director, Jamie oversees all key programmatic, financial and strategic aspects of Peace is Loud’s operations. She believes in the power of storytelling to change the way we see one another and ourselves, and works with her team to see that this power is realized through all of Peace is Loud’s programs.

Jamie frequently speaks on how to use activist and impact strategies alongside documentary films. Recent public appearances include The International Documentary Association (IDA), The U.S. Naval War College, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, the Youth Assembly at The United Nations and WILPF’s centennial peace conference at The Hague.

She was previously the community engagement and education manager for the PBS series POV, and has worked in various roles on film productions around the world. She has also worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art.

Jamie has served on the grants advisory committee of the New York Women’s Foundation and also serves on the Mentorship Board of the MFA Documentary Program at Northwestern University, her alma mater.

Her short documentary Shivani premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2017.

Tanya Henderson

Director, Mina’s List

Tanya is an international human rights and gender lawyer whose work has focused on women’s rights and empowerment; the role of women in conflict resolution and peace-building; and women’s political participation through U.S. policy, international multi-lateral agencies and civil society, and coalition building among global women political leaders. She was a Policy Director for Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) the US National Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a legal consultant for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon on issues of gender based violence and women’s political participation, and part of a research team in Ethiopia working with Harvard Medical School to research and draft policy on gender inequality, economic development, and health. Her work has been published in academic journals as well as various print and social media outlets. She holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and pursued an LL.M. in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has also earned several certificates in mediation and conflict negotiation.

Joanna Hoffman

Events and Communications Manager

Joanna manages Peace is Loud’s speaking events and communications, including digital engagement. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly 10 years, primarily focusing on the health and rights of girls and women. Previously, she was the Special Projects Manager at Women Deliver, a global organization advocating for the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, where she worked on Women Deliver’s triennial global conferences and the development of advocacy materials and engagement strategies.

Joanna is also an award-winning published poet and spoken word artist, and was a long-time organizer of a weekly poetry series in New York City. Joanna is passionate about amplifying the voices of marginalized groups and bringing their stories to the ears that most need to hear them. She has a Masters of Public Administration in International Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from New York University.

Shonda Smith

Speakers Bureau Manager

Shonda Smith is thrilled to join Peace is Loud as Speakers Bureau Manager and is particularly passionate about issues relating to women’s empowerment, race relations, and youth development. For more than 15 years, Shonda honed her communications, teaching, and event-planning skills at various for- and not-for-profit organizations, including the Harlem Children’s Zone, New York City College of Technology, Weill Cornell Medical College, the Nelson Group LLC, Access for Women, GRIOT Circle, and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). As a teenager, Shonda became the recipient of Barnard College’s inaugural Essay Contest for Young Women, where she wrote about a fictional character she admired, “Meli Dee.” For her work, Shonda was presented with the grand prize of $1,000 by former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and had her excerpted essay published in The New York Times.

In addition to being published in The New York Times, Shonda’s work has been featured in, Honey Magazine, The Legislative Gazette,,, and more. A graduate of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where she earned a Master of Science in Magazine Publishing, Shonda enjoys writing about ordinary people doing extraordinary things; traveling with her family; dancing to old school reggae and soca music; and frequently changing hairstyles.

Stephanie Palumbo

Senior Impact Producer

Stephanie oversees all aspects of Peace is Loud’s documentary film impact campaigns. She began her career as a researcher for Michael Moore, and over the past decade, she has worked with filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, and Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Stephanie’s credits include Palme d’Or winner Fahrenheit 9/11; Academy Award nominees Sicko and Trouble the Water; Emmy Award winners No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and George Harrison: Living in the Material World; Emmy Award nominee Oprah Presents: Master Class; and Sundance Film Festival Award winner Watchers of the Sky. She is also a former assistant editor at O, the Oprah Magazine, and a freelance writer published in The Believer and The Rumpus, among other outlets.

Alison Diviney

Impact Producer

Alison manages Peace Is Loud’s outreach initiatives and engagement for film and media projects.  Before joining Peace Is Loud, Alison was the Manager of Acquisitions for Tribeca Film, an independent film distributor.  She was responsible for managing all aspects of acquiring films for distribution across multiple platforms, including video-on-demand, theatrical, digital, home video and television. Previously, she supported the Executive Director and was a pre-screener in programming for the Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to Tribeca, Alison was the Acquisitions coordinator at The Weinstein Company.  She holds a B.A in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Codey Young

Program Coordinator

Codey oversees Peace is Loud’s content management system, coordinates digital marketing campaigns, analytics reports, and website development, and recruitment and outreach for the speakers bureau. He designs and develops original content, including blogs, and assists the Communications Manager with building communications strategies and social media engagement. Prior to joining Peace is Loud’s team, Codey served as Communications and Technology Intern at the Watson Foundation, where he was instrumental in developing the organization’s first-ever digital marketing campaign and motion graphics video production, and produced a diversity report with strategic recommendations through data mining and analysis of 50 years of organizational data and national market trends.

Codey was selected as a 2014 Watson Fellow by the Watson Foundation, for a year of international travel to pursue creative research on art, activism, and Black masculinity in the African Diaspora. He is a published poet, and has performed internationally in Europe. His work—grounded in feminist and womanist thought—focuses on gender politics, particularly the exploration of Black masculinity and manhood. Codey holds a B.A. from Ursinus College in Anthropology & Sociology and Philosophy, with minors in Africana Studies and Spanish.

Samantha Garland


Sam has been a freelance bookkeeper for over 10 years, working with small businesses from film production houses to law firms to textile agents in the fashion district.

Sam is an accomplished actress who has self produced theater Off-Off-Broadway and whose first short film enjoyed a film festival run in 2016.  She is currently working on her first webseries, full of strong, funny, flawed female characters. Her favorite kind.

Sam is also a Life Coach who thrives on bringing out the best in others and helping them tap into their innate brilliance. Her mission is to effortlessly bring clarity and confidence to the work that her clients are called to do.

Board of Directors

Founder and President

Abigail Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her longtime passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She went on to co-create the acclaimed documentary series Women, War & Peace. She has played a role in many film projects and is currently at work on a new documentary that highlights the key roles women played in the Arab uprisings. She is the founder of Peace is Loud; a co-founder of the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in New York City; and a co-founder with Leymah Gbowee of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, USA.


Aldo Civico is an anthropologist, who has done research and conflict resolution work in areas of the world marked by violence. For the past decade he has been involved in peacebuilding efforts in Colombia, where he has facilitated ceasefire talks with a guerrilla group. Over the years he has consulted with organizations, local and national governments, multi-lateral agencies and celebrities in strategic peacebuilding, group facilitation and leadership development. At Rutgers University he founded the International Institute for Peace. Previously, he was the director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, where he continues to lecture.

Chief of Staff to Abigail E. Disney

Angie has over 18 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors working in the areas of women’s rights and social justice. Angie is Chief of Staff for Abigail E. Disney and her media and philanthropic initiatives, which include documentary film production company Fork Films, grantmaking organization The Daphne Foundation, and non-profit organization Peace is Loud, where she previously served as its first executive director. Angie was the outreach director for the PBS documentary film series Women, War & Peace. She has held senior leadership positions at The New York Women’s Foundation, The September 11th Fund and Safe Horizon. Prior to coming to NYC, she worked as a community organizer and advocate in the areas of public health and housing and homelessness prevention in Northern California. Angie is a founding member of the Asian Women Giving Circle, an all-volunteer group pooling their resources to invest in projects that combine the power of arts and activism, led by Asian American women. She also is a long-time board member of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and a founding board member of People’s Production House. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis.


Anne Delaney is a long-standing contributor to NYC’s arts and social justice efforts as a philanthropist, board member and volunteer. She founded the Starry Night Fund and Lambent Foundation, and she has served on the boards of the New York Women’s Foundation, Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School and Ms. Foundation. Her work has been recognized by these organizations with the Gloria Award and Philanthropic Vision Award, as well as by the Women’s Funding Network and Lower Eastside Girls Club. Equal to Anne’s passion for grantmaking is her love of painting. She is an avid collector and member of Chelsea’s Bowery Gallery.

Vice President

Gini Reticker is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Asylum, her 2004 short recounting one woman’s journey to political asylum in the US, received an Academy Award nomination. In 2005, Ladies First, the story of women rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda, garnered Reticker an Emmy Award. She directed the widely acclaimed Pray the Devil Back to Hell and was executive producer of the PBS mini-series: Women, War & Peace. Currently, Reticker is directing The Spark (working title) a multi-media project about women’s participation in the Arab uprisings. Previous works include: A Decade Under the InfluenceNew School Order and The Heart of the Matter.


Jimmie Briggs is a human rights advocate, journalist and educator. His book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War was a National Magazine Award finalist and received honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists and Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism. Briggs has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research and as the George A. Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. For his work with the Man Up Campaign preventing violence against women, Briggs has been honored by GQ Magazine and Women’s eNews.


Mallika Dutt, founder of global human rights organization Breakthrough, is widely recognized as a leader and innovator in cultural transformation and seeks to make violence against women and girls unacceptable. Dutt has reinvented the delivery of social and behavioral change through a potent mix of stirring multimedia campaigns, cutting-edge pop culture, smart social media and authentic community engagement. Breakthrough’s unique formula has earned Dutt accolades in the global human rights community and media and technology industries—and helped ignite the next generation of human rights leaders.


Mary McCormick, social entrepreneur and president of the Fund for the City of New York, specializes in adapting emerging technologies for the benefit of government, nonprofit agencies and communities. She has received the Luther Gulick Award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Affairs and the New Leadership Skills Award. In addition, she was profiled in Fast Company as a pioneer in using of technology to tackle urban problems and improve communities.

Secretary and Treasurer

Pierre Hauser is an independent film producer and co-founder and co-president of the Daphne Foundation, which supports grassroots groups in New York City that creatively confront the causes and consequences of poverty. He has written several history books for young adult readers and published widely in literary journals. A former park ranger, reporter, editor, and punk rock drummer, he holds degrees from Yale, Columbia and the New School.


Our mission is to create a groundswell of people
committed to building a culture of peace.

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