Staff ~

  • //// — Executive Director of Common Ground; Grassroots International Solidarity Program Officer for the Middle East, Child Trauma and Recovery Specialist, Co-founder of the Gaza program Let the Children Play and Heal, Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management, prior Director of Programs at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services and current Advisory Board member of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (Palestine and USA)
  • Rains Rouner, MSW — Co-Founder of Common Ground; International Solidarity Movement activist, field coordinator for Rabbis for Human Rights during the olive harvest, Jama’in, West Bank (2002), liaison for RHR/ICAHD and Fatah/Al Aqsa, 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 — Co-Founder of Common Ground; Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and prior Director of UNESCO Chair on Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, An-Najah University, Nablus, West Bank (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)
  • Reverend Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain MA (USA)

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