Core Team

Sally Wright



In 2014, Sally spent time in Rwanda investigating its post-genocidal recovery and was inspired by the passionate commitment of the Rwandans she met with who had to work creatively with the complexities of reconciliation. She channeled the inspiration into the creation of the Conflict Transformation Fund in 2016. Prior to entering philanthropy, Sally was drawn to  entrepreneurial ventures, some successful, some not. Within USC’s School of Business  she created an award-winning program for executives. She then created a start-up company, using trust as the basis for attracting new business. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she became part of an intentional community, focusing her energies on improving the connectedness of its members.

Laura Loescher



Laura is serving as Director of CTF during its start-up phase. She has spent the last 20 years supporting visionary leaders to bring their ideas into action. She has been on the founding teams for more than a dozen philanthropic endeavors including Kindle Project, the Indie Philanthropy Initiative, Changemakers, Aepoch Fund and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In her roles as coach, facilitator, advisor, board member and executive director Laura has navigated many types of conflict throughout her career — and has seen its contribution to both dysfunction and positive transformation. Currently, Laura provides leadership coaching and philanthropic advising to a range of non-profit leaders, individual donors and family foundations.

Rena Meyers Dahlkamp

Program Manager


Rena has organized and lobbied, locally and internationally, on a wide range of peace and justice issues for decades. She holds a masters degree in Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute and is a certified community mediator. Rena participated in the Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative which is committed to being a partner and guide for philanthropy in reimagining practices that advance a thriving and just world. Rena is an active adult ally in the youth-led movement for climate justice and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is Ohlone land. She finds tremendous joy and honor in her parenting of three inspiring young people.

CTF operates virtually, with a small part-time team of consultants who live different parts of the United States.

Key Advisors

Jason Franklin


Dr. Franklin serves as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. Additionally, he is President of Ktisis Capital Advisors through which he serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives including the Peterffy Foundation, Conflict Transformation Fund, and the Progressive Political Power Fund. He serves as board chair of the Proteus Fund; co-founder and co-chair of the Solidaire Donor Network; and on the boards of WiserGiving, Proteus Action League, and the Michigan Civic Education Fund. He is also an advisory board member of Amplifier and Our LGBT Fund at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and is a member of the Threshold Foundation and their High Impact Documentary Funding Circle, the West Michigan Progressive PAC, and WINGS: Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support.   


Minister Sarah Nahar is a border-walking nonviolent action trainer, preacher, and public speaker who focuses her life’s energy in the areas of ecological regeneration, community cultivation, and spiritual activism. She is readying herself for a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow studying at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand. In the past, she has been a Generations Fellow at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Sarah is a biracial Mennonite from Elkhart, Indiana (Potowatomi traditional land) and attended Spelman College, majoring in Comparative Women’s Studies and International Studies, with a minor in Spanish. She is a 2011 graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and through theological scholar-activism and ecological Black feminism, she has visited 63 countries. She is a facilitator for the Work that Reconnects, and passionate about the poop loop: dedicating her life to mainstreaming the usage of composting toilets.


Yolanda Hippensteele is a leading strategist, convener, communicator, organizer, and grant-maker for initiatives in the fields of democracy, media, culture, and social justice. As a consultant, she works with organizations in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to design and implement visionary programs for transformative social change. Earlier in her career, Yolanda held leadership roles at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), Media Democracy Fund, and Free Press; she has also held staff positions with media outlets and arts networks, get-out-the-vote campaigns, and a women’s rights lobbying firm. Yolanda lives in Oakland, California with her partner and young daughter.

Andrea L. Hernandez


Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D. is a social entrepreneur with experience in social change, innovating and organizing in the public and nonprofit sector. Annie is the president of Growing Giving, LLC and serves as a strategic advisor to a mix of intergenerational families, foundations, and philanthropic initiatives including eXtension Foundation. Annie serves on the board for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Learning to Give. She and her husband, George Rodriguez, are founding members of the Los Angeles Latino Giving Circle of the Latino Community Foundation. Social change efforts Annie has led and supported have been shared in the New York Times, nationally and locally televised, and published in field articles and books. Most recently, Annie served as the executive director for the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and led the development of Youth Philanthropy Connect. She is a certified 21/64 trainer and is trained in the Immunity to Change personal conflict transformation framework.

Listening Project Participants

We wish to acknowledge and appreciate the following participants in our 2017 Listening Project, whose wisdom and work in the world continue to be a source of inspiration. Some participants have become ongoing collaborators and informal advisors. The Listening Project participants helped us identify the best strategies for increasing conflict literacy for the general public in the United States. This was before we honed our mission to focus on progressive movements. Their contributions are reflected in the Core Competencies of Conflict Literacy. Participation in the Listening Project does not imply an endorsement of CTF’s current mission and focus.

Emily Abad

Mosaic Project

Amer F. Ahmed

AFA Diversity Consulting

Rachel Bagby

Women Bridging Worlds Singing Farm

Orland Bishop

Shadetree Multicultural Foundation

Guy Burgess

Beyond Intractability

Heidi Burgess

Beyond Intractability

Ken Cloke

Center for Dispute Resolution

Heather Foran

Field Academy

Mark Gerzon

Mediators Foundation

Paula Green

Hands Across the Hills Karuna Center for Peacebuilding

Kazu Haga

East Point Peace Academy

Rev. Adam Hamilton

Church of the Resurrection

Christine Daisy Han

Wildflower Schools

Chip Hauss

Alliance for Peacebuilding

The Rev. Victor Kazanjian

United Religions Initiative

Alia Lahlou

Interaction Institute for Social Change

Kalia Lydgate


Sarah Nahar

Christian Peacemaker Teams

Jan Passion

Nonviolent Peaceforce

Héctor Plascencia-Juarez

Plascencia Consulting

Mehlaqa Samdani

Critical Connections

John Sarrouf

Essential Partners

Tesa Silvestre


Kalani Souza

Olohana Foundation

Alice Swett

United Religions Initiative

J. Miakoda Taylor

Fierce Allies

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