• VISION: To make Peace a practical and sustainable reality in the 21st century.
    MISSION: The mission of Pathways To Peace (PTP) is threefold:

    • To expand the comprehension and expression of “PEACE“ and the emerging Peacebuilding field through 8 practical pathways;

    • To build an integral movement for a Culture of Peace by fostering cooperation amongst organizations, networks, movements, groups and programs along diverse paths to Peace;

    • To activate worldwide inter-generational and inter-cultural participation in Peace Day, 9/21, as an annual highlight of local/global Peacebuilders daily activities throughout the year.
  • Who We Are

    Pathways To Peace (PTP) is an International Peacebuilding, Educational and Consulting organization dedicated to making Peace a practical reality through both local and global projects. Incorporated in 1983, PTP is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations and has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and works with the U.N. Centre for Human Rights, U.N. Centre for Human Settlements, UNESCO, UNICEF and other agencies. PTP is a tax-exempt, Social Profit, Non-partisan 501(c)(3) Corporation, (taxexempt ID# 68-0015625).

    What We Do

    Pathways To Peace works locally and globally to promote Peacebuilding, Education and to collaborate with other organizations in initiatives that help further our Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI). Our founder Avon Mattison developed CPI with then-Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Robert Muller in 1983. The annual highlight of this initiative is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), held annually on September 21. In addition to Peace Day, our signature initiative for 2015 is the launch of our first City Peace Commission.

    How You Can Help

    You can help PTP build a culture of Peace by donating, volunteering, attending events or simply sharing information on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date about initiatives and events to attend or volunteer for. If possible, make a donation, too, to support our major 2015 initiatives. As a donor, you become a Peacebuilder and a key member of a community of like-minded individuals. You will receive monthly newsletter updates and see first-hand how your contributions are effecting change.


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    Tezikiah (Tez) Gabriel, Executive Director

    Tezikiah (Tez) was called into founding Gabriel Associates in 1991. The mission of Gabriel Associates is to partner with nonprofit organizations and leaders to strengthen and increase their ability to make a positive difference in the lives of people they exist to serve and to change our world. Over the past 25 years, as a nationally recognized consultant and trainer, Tezikiah has provided change management consulting and training to hundreds of mission-based organizations and thousands of leaders who wish to create and inspire sustainable change through transformative approaches that value individual differences, unleash untapped potential, honor inherent wisdom, and deliver desired results.
    Since early childhood, Tezikiah has been aware of her connection to Divine Source, her deep dedication to serving others, and her life-long vision for peace. Her lifelong journey has involved study in ancient and modern, spiritual principles and practices from around the world. The purpose underlying the study was to gain knowledge and tools that would assist people of all ages, cultures, and experiences to remember and unleash the power of their own Divinity. And, through remembering, each of us can unleash authentic peace, joy, and happiness for ourselves and others. Tezikiah is an ordained minister, an empath, a teacher and a healer, who is based in love, acceptance, and compassion.Tezikiah views Pathways To Peace as an extraordinary opportunity to bring together her vision for global peace, passion for making a difference, and her knowledge of nonprofit organizations as a vehicle for real change.
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    Avon Mattison, President & Co-Founder of Pathways To Peace

    Avon Mattison is a Peacebuilding and Inter-Organisational Consultant, Adviser and Mentor with over four decades’ experience. She works with innovative leaders, groups and organizations on the “frontline” building Cultures of Peace inter- generationally and inter-culturally for future generations. She is Co-Founder and President of Pathways To Peace (PTP), an international peacebuilding, educational and consulting organization. PTP has Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is an official Peace Messenger of the United Nations (UN). PTP is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization.
    A U.S. Foreign Service diplomat for three years serving the European Community, Avon has served as special adviser to United Nations Conferences, renowned international leaders, and emerging youth leaders. She serves on the Advisory Councils/Boards of several international organizations and has been quoted in numerous publications worldwide. Through Pathways To Peace, she created the CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE (CPI), in 1983 in colleagueship with former UN Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller. This local/global Peacebuilding Initiative unites the strengths of over 4,000 international organizations and focuses co-operative Peacebuilding along diverse pathways/sectors.
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    Masankho Kamsisi Banda, M.A

    African Dancer & Storyteller — Educator—Healer--Interplay Leader & PeaceBuilder Using InterPlay, Dance, Music, Drumming, and Storytelling to motivate and inspire diverse people of all ages to work together to bring about Peace, Social Justice and Cultural/Spiritual Healing & Understanding. Brief Bio: Masankho is a multi-disciplinary Performing Artist, Educator, Spiritual Healer and PeaceBuilder. He brings many unique perspectives to his work around the world. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, shaped his being, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts, Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started Ucandanc African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world. In 2001, Masankho was awarded the Unsung Hero of Compassion by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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    Alain Gauthier, Co-Secretary

    Alain Gauthier is an international consultant, facilitator, coach, educator, and author who focuses his work on developing co-leadership and partnering capabilities in and across the private, public, and civil society sectors. He is passionate about integrating the inner and outer dimensions of change and leadership, both at the individual and collective levels, in the service of a new development paradigm.

    A graduate from HEC (Paris), Stanford University MBA, and former senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, Alain is currently Executive Director of Core Leadership Development, a principal of Metaintegral Associates in the San Francisco Bay Area and a partner of In Principo (Collaborative Dynamics) in Paris. Over the last 45 years, he has served a wide range of clients, from large American, European, and Japanese corporations to UN Agencies, global foundations, healthcare and educational systems, as well as other organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
    Alain has designed and facilitated meetings on co-leadership capacity building in the United States, Europe, Japan, and several African countries. He is a co-founder and active member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) in the United States and in France, and a member of the Global Leadership Network. He is also President of the Club of Budapest in Paris and a director of Pathways to Peace in San Francisco.

    Alain’s most recent book was published in French in 2013 and is now available as an Ebook in English on Amazon.com under the title Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership – Evolving a Creative and Responsible Society. He has adapted and prefaced in French three of Peter Senge's acclaimed Fifth Discipline books, is a co-author of Leadership is Global and Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership, and has contributed to three collective books on coaching and leadership development in French. He has taught courses on leadership at several schools of management in the United States and France, and is a visiting professor for the Coaching/Personal Development Master’s Program at the Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area but devotes more than half of his time to work outside of the United States.
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    David Wick, Co-Secretary

    David Wick founded Youth Services in Santa Cruz and Watsonville California in 1974, with a staff of eight, an eager group of volunteers, and with a budget of only $17,000. This current multi-million dollar center is still going strong today. Based on the dynamic early years of Youth Services he authored a chapter in the recently published book, “The Origins of Neuro Linguistic Programming.” In 1983 David helped launch the United Nations NGO, Pathways To Peace (PTP) which had assisted the resolution passage of the UN’s International Day of Peace in 1981. David has been a leader in organizing the celebration of the International Day of Peace since 1984 and he currently serves as a PTP Director. While working at Stanford University, in 1985 he founded the ten year-long PTP Peace Within Organizations program and in 1995 co-founded the visionary project Peace Building Through Business which led to being a leading member of a five year international think tank on the future role of business in the 21st Century. David is currently the Team Leader of the global Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), a UN-designated “Peace Messenger Initiative”, of which Pathways To Peace serves as the Secretariat.

    David also works in the Public Diplomacy area through placing foreign exchange students in high schools and with host families. In his current role as Vice President of Southern Oregon China Connection, David has been an essential initiator in developing the growing economic, educational and cultural bridge between Oregon and China and works closely with Oregon’s legislators and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. David has over 30 years of executive and management training and organizational development consulting experience, and has held important positions within Sun Microsystems, Stanford University, Levi Strauss and the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd). He has designed extensive international training programs, and has received accolades in both the business and peace building arenas. Building upon his Peacebuilding and consulting experience, David is co-leading a community and city development plan which will result in a Culture of Peace Commission in Ashland OR, and Peace education in its schools. He also served as the award-winning publisher at Silver Light Publications.

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    Joanie Ciardelli, Co-Founder, Director Emeritas

    Joanie (Misrack) Ciardelli is a very part-time resource and volunteer in the area of peace-building. She was Co-founder of Pathways To Peace (PTP) in 1983 with Founder Avon Mattison, and a Director of the organization until 2002. She continues to be an Advisor, and represents PTP on the Steering Committee of the United Nations Association of Marin. For many years she represented PTP on the Board of the Citizens for a UN People’s Assembly, and served on the Peace and later Democracy and Justice Committees of the Threshold Foundation. She is now on their Documentary Film Funding Circle, which became an interest because of her volunteering for the last 9 years at the Sundance Film Festival. Joanie is also involved in socially responsible investing, having spent many years in the corporate world of business. This included directing/managing Marketing Research for Levi Strauss International and Del Monte Corporation, and consulting/resourcing in leadership development for a large-scale corporate change endeavor. Joanie was a co-founder of Soviet-American Business Opportunities, Inc. and served as President of the American Marketing Association, San Francisco Chapter. She has published articles on “Marketing Peace” and participated on several panels related to PTP’s programs: the Culture of Peace Initiative and Peace Within Organizations.
    Joanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters of Business Administration in Management from Golden Gate University, and an “Agent of Conscious Evolution” Certificate from the Institute of Conscious Evolution. She is married to Dr. Jack Ciardelli, Jr., and they share their home with the original Peace Cat, Princess Jasmine. She very much enjoys traveling -- especially to visit Jack’s five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandsons. Joanie’s research skills have turned to photography and genealogy, tracing and documenting family back several generations. She began the process of documenting the history of PTP through photos, which will eventually be published as a book and on line.
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    Jeff Vander Clute, Director Emeritus

    Jeff Vander Clute is a developer and practitioner of transformational technologies. His work is to liberate the human spirit, quietly supporting the realization of humanity's oneness and sacred relationship.

    Through applied oneness and partnership with awareness, Jeff perceives the wholeness in each situation, listening for currents of wisdom that can inform right action. He has a passion for individual and collective transformation, especially protocols for global healing through radical insight.

    Jeff co-founded Sourcing the Way to serve organizations and organizational ecosystems that seek to be conscious and beneficial presences on the planet. Previously, as a serial entrepreneur and software engineer, Jeff co-created an online publishing platform that amplified the voices of over 30 million people as well as software for unlocking the wisdom of communities and “connecting the global heart.”

    His organizational affiliations include Alliance for the Earth, Charter for Compassion International, Compassionate Action Network International, DreamRider Productions, Evolutionary Leaders, Gaiafield Project, In Claritas, New Stories, and Pathways To Peace.

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    Sheva Carr, Co-Vice President

    Sheva Carr is the architect and Director of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, the CEO of Fyera! / Heart Ambassadors, and the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids. She is honored to be a Pathways To Peace (PTP) Director and Representative to the United Nations. She is featured as a “love luminary” in Marci Schimoff’s New York Times bestselling book Love for No Rea-son. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and HeartMath trainer, she has authored several books of her own (most recently Being the Source of Love). Through her alliance with Creativity for Peace Sheva helps to bring young Israeli and Palestinian woman together in retreat settings and through social media. These women have become fast friends and global peace builders, living by the motto “An enemy is a friend who’s story you have yet to hear.” She has developed diverse programs around the world, including ones benefiting street children in Nicaragua and secret schools for women and girls in Afghanistan. Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and inner peace, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on consciousness, health, performance, creativity, and social change, to create cultures of personal and global peace. She also has trained government agencies and soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Sheva did her undergraduate work in fine arts, cross cultural international studies, Spanish, and pre-med at Carnegie Mellon Universty, Yale, Friends World College, and Dalhousie University. She received experiential credits for her work in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Holland, England, and Canada. Her Masters Degree is in Traditional Chi-nese Medicine from Yo San University. Sheva has trained and coached hospital staff across the US, and founded the first HeartMath hospital patient education program at Earl Bakken’s Heart-Brain Institute in North Hawaii. She co-authored HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program with Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman and was the coach and manager of the participants involved in the study done on that program. Previously on the Faculty of Alternative Medicine at University of Minnesota, and a professor of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica CA, she has worked as a coach and consultant to leading cardiologists, heart-brain researchers, and physicists, and has been published in such prestigious journals as Perspectives in Biology and Medicine Where healing and performing arts meet, she has also come full circle, as a consultant to cutting edge creators of culture in the film, television, and music industries. With over 30 years of experience in fine arts and over 20 years of experience in acupuncture, herbal medicine, polarity therapy, birthing assistance, coaching, and stress management research and training, at heart, she is always a beginner learning new, and always willing to witness impossible good made real through the power of the heart.
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    Robert Browning, Co-Vice President

    Robert Browning, PhD (h.c.) is Co-Director for HeartMath Healthcare and a Senior Master Trainer. For over 20 years with HeartMath, he’s trained more than 10,000 individuals in heart-based living and leads programs at: Stanford, U.C.L.A., Brigham & Women’s and Kaiser Permanente. He oversees HeartMath’s strategic healthcare alliances focused on self-care, human caring and wholeness healing. In April, 2015, Robert received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Caring and Caring Science from Dr. Jean Watson, Founder and Director, Watson Caring Science Institute and Dean Emerita-University of Colorado, Denver, College of Nursing. It was given “to honor devotion to the betterment of humankind through human caring – heart centered teachings and practices.”
    He holds a faculty position with the Esalen Institute and Watson Caring Science Institute and adjunct faculty with the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing. He currently serves as a Co-Vice President of Pathways To Peace, a non-profit Peacebuilding & Consulting organization with United Nations with Consultative Status (ECOSOC: United Nations Economic and Social Council), and is a UN-designated Peace Messenger Organization. Robert graduated from U.C.L.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Communications, and achieved Eagle Scout in 1991. His passion and 20 year focused inquiry on the power of the heart, care and healing has informed the depth of his work, practice and message. Robert lives with his wife, Sheva Carr, and orange tabby, Gingee, in the Boulder Creek, CA Redwood Mountains.
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    Abdul N. Rad, UN Representative to ECOSOC

    Abdul serves as one of PTP's representative to the UN Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC). His experience includes experiences in both the public and private sector. He worked at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP where his work was focused on cases of police misconduct, correctional reform, and other civil rights cases involving racial, religious or gender discrimination. He has worked as an intern in the Queens County District Attorney's Office and The White House (Obama Administration).
    Currently, he is completing his graduate studies at the University of Oxford with the Department of Politics & International Relations where his research is focused on the politics of criminal justice systems, American political parties and special interest groups in America. He received his BA from Hunter College – City University of New York in political science and studio art.
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    George S. Anthony, UN Representative

    George S. Anthony is an award-winning Educator and Conflict Resolution Specialist. Mr. Anthony has been featured nationally on ABC News’s “20/20: Special Reports’ Social Cruelty in Our Nation’s Schools” and on CNN’s “Crossing Borders”. He is featured in newspaper articles on bullying, conflict resolution, and ethnic diversity, as well TV news programs such as WABC’s “Bullying in the Classroom” news special.

    Mr. Anthony has worked with the world-renowned Seeds of Peace Organization, The Anne Frank Center and The United Federation of Teachers. His programs have been recognized and implemented in both National and International Forums and his “Peer-to-Peer: Mediation Institute” was recognized at the United Nations as a Model Program. He is trained as a Conflict Resolution Specialist, certified in Mediation by Columbia University, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the New York City Board of Education. George Anthony is an educator with over thirty years of classroom teaching experience.
    He is the Executive Director of Peace Dynamics Consultants and Co-founder of the Institute for International Leadership, Non-Violence, and Service. He trains teachers, administrators, social workers, guidance personnel, and others in Conflict Management, Effective Communication and Leadership. He frequently works with Universities and Not for Profit Organizations. Mr. Anthony has produced award-winning videos dealing in issues of tolerance, leadership, and diversity. George Anthony works with numerous school districts, community, and corporate organizations and has co-authored ‘Stand Up and Lead” an Anti-Bullying and Leadership curriculum as well as publications and workshops on numerous topics. He currently coordinates “The Institute for Emerging Global Leadership” at Mater Dei Prep and serves as Primary Representative for PathwaysToPeace. His goal is to utilize technology, project development, “Train the Trainer” applications and effective sustainable dialogue towards solutions based paradigms in line with The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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    Manar Marouf, UN Representative

    Manar has more than eight years of experience as an educator, development, and peace building professional, translator and interpreter in Syria and the USA. Manar holds a dual master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict from Brandeis University. She is currently working as a short-term literacy specialist with the International Rescue Committee in New York where she has been volunteering as a community interpreter and refugee resettlement intern. Throughout her work with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, She worked with Syrian women in their advocacy to actively participate in the negotiation process under the provisions of the UN women, peace and security agenda. Additionally, Manar has been working as an interpreter and translator for numerous organizations around UN summit and Security Council open debates as well as civil rights movements. Manar was an Open Society Foundations fellow between 2013 and 2015.
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    Ambassador Mussie Hailu

    Ambassador Mussie Hailu is PTP Council of Advisors, Member of UN Representative and Goodwill Ambassador of Culture of Peace Initiative. Ambassador Mussie Hailu is a peace activist who is working at national, regional and international level in promoting a culture of peace, reconciliation, interfaith & inter-cultural harmony, human dignity, compassion for animals, disarmament, world citizenship, building right human relationship, constructive dialogue, environmental protection and building bridges for international cooperation for common good of all nations. He is working tireless in promoting around the world the teaching of Golden Rule which says “Treat others the way you want to be treated” as a guiding principle and universal ethics to enhance mutual respect, counter violent extremism and promote peaceful co-existences and to avoid hate speech and uphold the universal human right declaration and to commit to be non-violent and peaceful person.  He also actively works in addressing the negative impact of the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons for peace and security. He has also traveled extensively to most part of the world promoting the universal peace prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and addressing the issue of culture of peace, reconciliation, right human relationship, interfaith harmony, the eradication of poverty, environmental protection and reverence for life. He strongly emphasises the need of being the “change we want to see in the world” and to follow the pathway to peace which leads us from darkness to light, from despair to hope, from killing each others to co-existence, from war to peace, from hate to love, from holding grudges to forgive and from competition to cooperation and to practice on a daily base the Golden Rule in our life.
    He introduced Golden Rule Day to the world to foster inter-religious, inter-cultural harmony and to build a culture of peace and constructive dialogue and respect in the world. The Golden Rule Day is now celebrated in many part of the world and he is also the one who drafted the Golden Rule Proclamation which is endorsed by organizations in over 120 countries He also wrote a number of articles and contributes to a number of publications on the issue of peace, interfaith and inter-culture harmony, good governance and.He pioneered many positive initiatives in Africa including an interfaith movement in his own country in Ethiopia and in many other African Countries and also the Council of Former African Heads of States and Governments for Environmental Protection and Climate Change in Africa. His initiative includes a "Declaration for Peace" which is distributed worldwide during the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. This declaration was intended to encourage people to make a personal commitment to stand for global peace, human dignity, environmental & animal protection and International cooperation for the good of all nations.He is the founding member of United Religions Initiative (URI) and serves as Global Envoy of URI and Regional Director of URI for Africa, Representative of URI at the African Union, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and UN office in Africa.  He is Special Advisor of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the Africa Union on Interfaith, Inter-religions and Inter-cultural Issue.He served many organizations at national, regional and international level. He also served as Diplomat and Ambassador –at- Large. Amb. Mussie Hailu received numerous awards, medals and Certificate of Merits from many national, regional and international organizations, including from United Nations. He is recognized among 73 people around the world who are selected for their outstanding contribution to humanity. He is the recipient of the Prestigious Silver Star Award of The International Strategic Studies Association. He received Humanitarian Award of the year from His Royal Highness Prince ErmaisSahle-Selassie Haileselassie, The Grandson of the late Emperor of Ethiopia. He was also given the twenty-first century achievement award for his career achievements and social contribution, which was selected for permanent documentation in 500 world leaders of influence. He was the engine for the peace monument, which is erected at the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now known as the African Union.