Advisory Board and Staff

Staff ~

  • Ayman Nijim, MA — Executive Director of Common Ground, Child Trauma and Recovery Specialist, Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, prior Manager of Let the Children Play and Heal, Afaq Jadeeda (New Horizons) Center, Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza, Director of Programs at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services in Portland, Maine —  About Us | Maine Immigration Refugee Services (Palestine & USA)
  • S. Rainsford Rouner, MSW — Co-Founder and President of Common Ground, International Solidarity Movement activist, field coordinator for Rabbis for Human Rights during the olive harvest in Jama’in, West Bank (2002) and liaison for RHR/ICAHD and Fatah/Al Aqsa in Jenin refugee camp, West Bank (2003), member of Massachusetts Peace Action, Jewish Voice for Peace and Episcopal Peace Fellowship Palestine/Israel Network (USA)

Advisory Board ~

  • Dr. Raed Abubadawia, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Director Emeritus of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, An-Najah University, Nablus, West Bank, Co-Founder of Common Ground (Palestine)
  • Dr. Jeff Halper, Co-Founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (Israel)
  • Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of Masjid Al-Humdulillah, Roxbury MA (USA)
  • Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain MA (USA)

Dr. Raed Abubadawia, Director Emeritus of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Democracy and Peace (An-Najah Staff) and Co-Founder of Common Ground, at work in the Refugees Services Center, Jenin camp, West Bank, 2003 -- (photo by Rains Rouner)

S. Rainsford Rouner, ISM activist, liaison for RHR/ICAHD and Fatah/Al Aqsa in '02 and '03, and Co-Founder of Common Ground with host/friend Ala Abu Nassi's wife Muna and baby Ibrahim in Ala's home, Jenin camp, West Bank, 2003