OUR TEAM

Our diverse staff team represents multiple generations, identities, and years of experience in the fields of leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

 

Please read our bios to learn about who we are and what we bring to this important work.

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Nicholas Porter is the founder and Executive Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders.  A long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Nicholas Porter is an educator and Episcopal priest.  His academic credentials include: BA in Soviet and Middle Eastern Studies from Yale University, MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo, MA in War Studies from the University of London, MA in Divinity (Theology) from Yale University.

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Dorothy Porter
Co-Founder and Vice President

Dorothy Porter is the co-founder and Vice President of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is responsible for fundraising, volunteer-staff recruitment, and quarter-mastering at the camp. Also a long time resident of Europe and the Middle East, Dorothy holds a BA from Yale University and an MFA (London).

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The Rev. Deacon Jack Karn
Program Director

Jack Karn is the Program Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders,  leading the development of JPB's summer and domestic programming.  An Episcopal deacon, Jack has spent more than three years overseas in the Holy Lands teaching leadership and peacebuilding courses in Israeli and Palestinian high schools.  Between 2016-2018, he served as a volunteer in Jerusalem and Nazareth with the Young Adult Service Corps program of the Episcopal Church.  Jack has also worked as a Program Assistant with World Learning's Youth Programs and the CONTACT Program of SIT Graduate Institute.  Recently, Karn served as Director of Youth Ministries at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maine and an MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from SIT Graduate Institute.

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Sarah Benazera
Senior Educator & Curriculum Advisor

Sarah Perle Benazera the Senior Educator and Curriculum Advisor of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She is a humanist, peace-activist, storyteller and educator, with years of hands-on experience in international and inter-cultural dialogue working at the people-to-people level for a better Middle East. After studying at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and meeting for the first time Jordanians and Palestinians, Sarah realized that cross-cultural dialogue and peacebuilding were her calling. She worked as a project manager and blog editor at YaLa Young Leaders for five years, developing and running a citizen journalism program. She has also been involved in various peace and cooperation projects, organizing conferences, participating in panels and programs about peace education and cooperation, and working and volunteering with Kid4Peace Jerusalem. She has studied Environmental Studies and Cross-Border Cooperation at Sde Boker and the Arava Institute, as well as Political Philosophy at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne in Paris.

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Zak Adileh
Jerusalem Regional Co-Director

Zak Adileh is the Jerusalem Regional Co-Director of Jerusalem Peacebuilders. He is a passionate young leader working in the fields of leadership development, peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Zak was born and raised in Jerusalem as a native Arabic speaker, but also speaks Hebrew and English fluently. He previously served as a Logistics Manager with Tech2Peace and has participated in many dialogues around the conflict as a means to gain more knowledge of the reality that both sides are living in. Zak hopes that hard work among Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals will create a new generation of young skilled leaders who work for peace in the Middle East. He holds a BA in English Literature from the Arab American University and a Diploma in Environmental Studies from the Arava Institute.

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Carolyn Diaz
Program Assistant

Carolyn Diaz is the Program Assistant intern for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Carolyn Diaz is a Mexican-American junior majoring in International Relations and Global Studies with a

concentration on international security and the Middle East. First beginning her college career as a journalism major to pursue a career as an international correspondent, she interned for her

local newspaper named Star Local Media, FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth, and became a photographer for The Daily Texan and an Emma Bowen Fellow. After her experience as an Editorial Intern for Malala Fund, Carolyn changed her studies and career goals as not only did she desire to become more knowledgeable on international affairs, but to learn how to make social change through policy, government, and organizations. She now plans to pursue a career in either international development or within government and diplomacy.

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Bonnie Rodriguez
Financial Bookkeeper

Bonnie Rodriguez is the Financial Bookkeeper for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. Bonnie has done bookkeeping for JPB for the last several years, originally through Kensinger Donnelly, and now through her own business, R&B Accounting Solutions LLC.  With 17+ years of experience and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Houston, she is delighted to work alongside JPB in support of its mission.

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Amy Taylor
Porter Fellow

Amy Taylor is the Porter Fellow for Jerusalem Peacebuilders. She has swapped life in East London in the UK for life in East Jerusalem, currently residing at Saint George’s College.

Amy spent 12 years in education as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages and Senior Leader in Inner City Secondary Schools which helped her develop an understanding of multiculturalism and the importance of interfaith work. As a senior leader, her responsibilities focused on raising progress and attainment and closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged students. 

Taylor studied for a Joint Honors BA degree in French and Italian at the University of Leeds, and then completed a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching at the University of London. She has lived in France and Italy and, following a sabbatical in 2015, she traveled throughout South America. She is looking forward to bringing her experiences in teaching, leadership and hospitality to the team. Currently, Amy is a Postulant for Holy Orders to the Priesthood in the Church of England.