Our People


Mary Wald, Chairman and President

Mary has worked in marketing, promotions and public relations for the publishing and graphic design industries for fourteen years. She worked on promotional and marketing campaigns for four New York Times best sellers and acted as Account Executive and/or Art Director on promotional projects for clients that have included Pepsi, Sprint, Warner Records, and more.

Mary owned New West Media, a San Francisco Bay Area web development firm, for three years, simultaneously running the Tibetan Students Project, a non-profit project which generated resources for Tibetan children in exile. She sold the firm in 2000 to work on thecommunity.com full time.

Jesse Kornbluth, Board Member and Editorial Advisor

If his name sounds familiar, it is probably from a Vanity Fair cover article, or something in the New Yorker, Esquire, the New York Times or another national publication. Jesse was Editorial Director of America Online from 1996-2003 and has authored six books.

If it is on or coming from thecommunity.com, there is a good chance that Jesse has put the final polish on it.

Bonnie Abaunza, Board Member and Advisor

The founder and director of Artists for Amnesty International for six years, Bonnie is a familiar name in both the Hollywood community and the non-profit world, cultivating relationships with celebrity spokespeople, raising Amnesty International’s visibility, enhancing organizational diversity and attracting a new generation of activists through the power of popular media.

Bonnie joined Participant Media May, 2007, and for two years was responsible for the creation and implementation of advocacy campaigns for Participant’s films.

Today she runs the foundation for Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer, and consults for the UN’s International Labor Organization and others.

She currently also serves as Board Chair, Artists for Amnesty and on the Board of Casa Libre/Freedom House operated by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

She has worked closely with thecommunity.com and has been an integral part of our activities since 2001.

Pat Boutin, Education Coordinator

A lifelong human rights activist, Pat served for seven years as Tibetan Coordinator for Amnesty International.

Already holding a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, she then went back to school for her teaching credential. A long time Artist in Residence for the school systems in the State of Washington, Pat was then contracted to develop Learning Essential curricula for the Washington school systems.

She has worked for six years as the Education Coordinator for the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she is recognized for innovative breakthroughs in educational programs for children.