Cassandra Campbell is the Executive Director of Progress Humanity. During time with Progress she spearheaded a global initiative aimed at protecting indigenous people in Africa. Prior to her work with Progress Humanity, Cassandra spent 15 years as a market executive and media consultant serving a variety of clients in the entertainment industry, Silicon Valley and the foreign policy. As a media consultant, Cassandra worked with several Grammy winners as well as TV and film actors. Prior to her work in media she helped shape marketing campaigns for several technology companies in Silicon Valley, including the campaign launch Microsoft CRM 3.0. Besides media and marketing, Cassandra also works in foreign policy conflict and crisis communications. Cassandra has worked in and traveled to 25 countries (and counting) including a study abroad in Bonn, Germany. She has a bachelor of Political Science degree from San Francisco State. She completed several international public policy special studies at UCLA on subjects including: Iran and Nuclear Proliferation, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Cyber Security/Cyber Warfare, Egypt and the Arab Spring.
Amir Bagherpour, PhD
Dr. Amir Bagherpour is Chief Analytics Officer and Founding Partner of Global Impact Strategies, a decision analytics firm focused on application to decision science and game theory to politics. He is an expert in the application of quantitative methods to social science with a particular emphasis on game theory and international relations. He is also a non-resident scholar at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Dr. Bagherpour served as the Director of Data Analytics in the Office of the Secretary of State. Prior to that he served as a Senior Conflict Analyst and Advisor to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, where he led an interagency team responsible for predictive analysis. He is recognized by the Quadrennial Diplomacy Development Review for pioneering the application of computational analytics for the advancement of diplomacy and development. Prior to that Dr. Bagherpour was an application engineer and project manager for NSK, a Japanese owned global manufacturer of industrial and automotive motion control products. Dr. Bagherpour served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Officer and is the first Iranian-born graduate of West Point. He has a PhD in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University and an MBA specializing in market research from the University of California Irvine.
Kate Azar is the Principal Philanthropy Advisor, Founder and CEO of Social Good Strategies, LLC. Kate has worked on social cause initiatives with high profile individuals, nonprofits, foundations and governments for the last 8 years. She brings passion and expertise to all her clients, which have included Maria Shriver, Lyn and Norman Lear, The California Endowment, the British Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Verizon, Dr. Phil, Robin McGraw and many more. Through this work, Kate has developed a range of strategy and execution skills in the areas of communications, social media, events, press and public affairs. Prior to establishing Social Good Strategies, Kate served as an Account Executive at RALLY (formerly Griffin|Schein), a social cause campaign and communications firm in Los Angeles, as well as Deputy Head of Press, Policy and Public Affairs for the British Consulate General, Los Angeles. She has held events and program management positions with the US State Department’s Foreign Press Center in Washington, DC, the UCI Center for Citizen Peacebuilding and the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. She is also the co-founder of The Olive Tree Initiative, an award-winning conflict analysis and resolution program based in Orange County that uses experiential education to equip students and communities with the training and experiences necessary to better negotiate and solve conflicts. Kate has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine and an M.A. in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. She was recently nominated for the Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Award.
Nicholas Cain, PhD
Dr. Nicholas Cain is an Associate Analyst and Energy Advisor for giStrat. He is a co-founder of the award-winning social-impact technology company Atma Connect, and an energy analyst who has worked for Southern California Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Dr. Cain has published peer-reviewed research on international responses to globalization, public opposition to energy infrastructure, and water policy. His work uses spatial analysis, econometrics, and agent-based modeling. He holds a PhD in World Politics and Environmental Policy from Claremont Graduate University, and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
1LT Nicholas M. Tackaberry, USA (Ret.)
Nick Tackaberry currently serves as co-founder and Mediator at Collective Mediation Minnesota – a dispute resolution initiative designed to teach, model, and facilitate alternatives to litigation such as neutral evaluation, negotiation, conciliation, mediation, and arbitration. Nick also volunteers for the Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) in Minneapolis where he focuses on leading the Words Can Work program. This court ordered outreach project was created to help at risk minority youth – by teaching them better coping, communication, and life skills. Nick works in a full time capacity for the Federal Government to assist U.S. Military Veterans in accessing services and benefits through a myriad of programs and resources. Prior to working in this capacity, Nick worked for Fortune 50 companies in the dot-com sector as a senior executive; focusing on leadership, human resources, and systems engineering and optimization. As a dual American-Australian Citizen, Nick lived in Australia for 7 years where he worked in a variety of corporate, financial, banking, and legal capacities. Of particular note, Nick ran the Magistrates and Districts Courts, and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) in Beenleigh, Australia. Prior to working in Australia, Nick was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry and served in active ground combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He was medically and honorably retired from the U.S. Army after his tour of duty in OIF. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.
Jehireh Peraza-Williams has worked for eight years with a Human Sex Trafficking organization based in Dallas, Texas called “Traffick 911” and has worked in Ancona, Italy conducting field work with a Human Sex Trafficking organization called “Free Woman.” Jehireh has also worked with Amnesty International as a campaigner and fundraiser for various causes. In addition to Human Rights work, Jehireh has a background in music and entertainment. She combines her passion for human rights and entertainment to raise awareness on numerous global issues. Jehireh has worked with several music artists such as Kanye West and Chance the Rapper in music collaborations. Jehireh also specializes in artist Relations with a focus on humanitarian and philanthropic work. Jehireh has traveled extensively around the world and has worked on numerous Human Rights issues. She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology . At Cornell, Jehireh pursued a major in Human Development and earned a double minor in Policy Analysis and Management and Inequality Studies.