Our organization is built on a growing network of committed and inspired individuals and institutions working to advance peace and profound social change in communities around the world.
In 2009 I completed a dual graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Harvard Divinity School, where I focused on International Conflict Resolution, Transitional Justice, and Comparative Theology.
Co-Founder and Director
My roots are in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. My heart is everywhere I’ve ever lived. I like to think of Peace in Focus as the culmination of our collective life experiences working around issues of education, youth development, human rights, and peacebuilding. My own education, though far from finished, has been enhanced by a BA in Languages and Anthropology, several years spent living in Mexico, Brazil, Morocco, Turkmenistan, Burundi, and Haiti, and a firm grounding as a result of working with the Peace Corps, the Carter Center, Mercy Corps, and the United Nations.
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Co-Founder and Advisor
After spending the first part of my life growing up on the Black Sea coast in Odessa, I moved to the United States at age ten. I quickly embraced my new culture, and this dual identity greatly fueled my passion for international dialogue and cooperation. I see photography as a unique and powerful tool to overcome linguistic barriers and communicate the human experience - whether the photograph captures treasured childhood memories or documents complex global crises. My approach to creative conflict resolution has been shaped by my experience working as a studio photographer, as well as an advocate of human rights in the non-profit sector and with the United Nations. I received my B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs and French from Occidental College, where I wrote my thesis on, “Conflict Photography: Instrument and Impediment to Conflict Resolution.”
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Renée Amirault is an experienced manager and trainer in youth and leadership development. Her expertise lay in the development of curricula, workshops, and trainings for youth and youth empowering organizations.
Renée has partnered with community based non-profits in the US and abroad where she has gained professional experience working in Spanish. She has also worked with international organizations including YouthBuild International for whom she designed and led a digital outreach and brand identity formation workshop for Jóvenes Constructores de la Comunidad in Mexico. Renée has worked as Program Manager for Peace in Focus leading peacebuilding collaborative photography trainings in the US, Mexico, and Haiti. In 2012 she developed Peace in Focus’ Introduction to Photography and Digital Storytelling curriculum.
As an artist, Renée firmly believes that art has the ability to break down cultural barriers and bring about mutual understanding and compassion. She is particularly interested in working across disciplines and sectors to use photography and dance in conflict and post conflict areas. She is a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Peace Photojournalism Trainer
Roxanne Krystalli is a conflict management specialist, with a dual focus on the gender parameter of conflict and the role of storytelling and narrative in peace-building. Roxanne has designed and implemented capacity development initiatives and post-conflict reintegration programs in the Middle East, East Africa, and Latin America, including but not limited to working with UN agencies, NGOs and community-based organizations in Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, and Jordan. Beneficiary populations of Roxanne's programs worldwide have included parliamentarians, ex-combatants, refugees and internally displaced persons, victims of conflict, humanitarian development personnel, single mothers, teachers and orphans.
In addition to designing and implementing programs that benefit women affected by war, Roxanne works as a photojournalist, documenting the stories of these women and publishing them in portals such as Open Democracy, PolicyMic, Idealist.org, PeacexPeace, The Equals Record, Gender Across Borders, and her own website, "Stories of Conflict and Love". Prior to her field work, Roxanne worked at a law and public policy firm in Washington, DC and at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian and Conflict Research, where she first became acquainted with the laws of war and the potential of capacity development initiatives to improve the impact of humanitarian personnel in conflict zones. Roxanne has worked as a trainer with Peace in Focus in Latin America & the Caribbean and has contributed to the development of the curriculum on multimedia storytelling and conflict management.
Roxanne graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History and Literature and is currently a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she is continuing to explore the intersection of gender and armed conflict. She was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece and speaks fluent English, Greek, German and Spanish.
Social Media Intern
Paulina Muratore is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied international relations focusing on the Middle East. She is passionate about human rights, which led her to several internships throughout college. Her commitment to women and girls’ rights inspired her to work with Emerge Global, an organization dedicated to empowering teenage girls in Sri Lanka who have been victims of sexual abuse. Throughout these numerous experiences, Paulina gained professional experience, and a strong enthusiasm to continue working for social justice!
As a native of Boston, Paulina has also worked extensively with youth in the greater Boston area through summer camps and volunteer opportunities. In addition, she is a photography enthusiast and has been actively photographing the world around her since an early age. Paulina is thrilled to be working as the Summer 2013 Social Media Intern for Peace in Focus!