Advisory Board


Jose Ramos-Horta, Chairman of the Advisory Board

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from East Timor has been a chief advisor to almost from its inception.

Even when active in office as Prime Minister and then as President of his country, he has always found the time in his hectic schedule to take our calls and emails, spend a few hours over dinner, and keep us pointed in the right direction on our priorities.

From the outset, and over the course of the last ten years, he has unfailingly provided the perspective and insight needed for us to keep us on track in what can be a very confusing area, peacemakers, peacebuilding and human rights.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Anti-apartheid icon and international moral authority Desmond Tutu is an active and invaluable advisor on

He has worked with us to initiate actions such as his statement in support of the Dalai Lama, and taking on the human rights violations inherent in recent US immigration law, and much more.

The first to tape a public service announcement for our upcoming human rights campaign, he has personally invited other figures to participate, and have provided invaluable support throughout.

Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Kathy Bushkin Calvin is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the United Nations Foundation. Formerly, as a senior member of AOL Time Warner’s executive team, Kathy Bushkin Calvin guided its philanthropic activities and was one of the chief architects of the company’s corporate citizenship policies.

Bushkin Calvin was also Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at America Online, where she oversaw and was a member of the board of the AOL Foundation. In 1999, she was recognized as the top communications professional in the technology industry and as one of the top women in communications/public relations.

Martha Nelson

Martha Nelson was named editor of The PEOPLE Group in January 2006, overseeing editorial operations for PEOPLE, People en Espaol, StyleWatch,, and In Style. She was previously managing editor of PEOPLE, one of the most popular magazines in the world. Nelson was the founding editor of In Style, the celebrity lifestyle magazine launched by Time Inc. in June 1994. At People’s helm, Nelson is credited with reinvigorating the magazine, evolving its design and expanding its portfolio of editorial extensions, including Her work has been lauded with several of the industry’s most distinguished accolades. In recognition of her work and leadership, Nelson was named one of the media industry’s Most Intriguing by Media Industry News in October 2005. For the past three years, Forbes magazine featured her as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

Mairead Corrigan-Maguire

Mairead founded the Community of the Peace People in 1976 along with Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Mairead was the aunt of the three children who were hit by a getaway car after its driver was shot by a soldier. Their tragic deaths prompted a series of marches throughout Northern Ireland and further afield, all demanding an end to the violence. Mairead and Betty went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

Mairead is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Norwegian People’s Prize, an honorary doctorate from Yale University and Hon. Doc. University of South Korea, College of New Rochelle (NY) and special awards from Trinity College (DC) St. Michael’s College (VT). She was a special honouree of the UN ‘Women of Achievement’ program in 1978 and of the American Academy of Achievement. In October 1990 she was named by Bishop Gerald O’Keefe to receive the 1990 ‘Pacem in Terris,” Peace and Freedom Award in Davenport, Iowa. In June 1992 she received the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s “Distinguished Peace Leadership Award” in California.

Jonathon Granoff

Granoff is also Co-Chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Senior Advisor to National Security Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. He serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Global Dialogue Institute, Middle Powers Initiative, Jane Goodall Institute, and the Bipartisan Security Group. Granoff is both a Member of the World Wisdom Council and a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has represented the International Peace Bureau at the Nobel Peace Laureate Summits in Rome every year since 2002. He received his Baccalaureate degree, Cum Laude, from Vassar College and Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law.