Staff

Huda Abuarquob
Regional Director

Huda joined ALLMEP as its first on-the-ground regional director in 2014. She has years of experience in conflict resolution, NGO leadership, and social change education and activism, as well as a life-long commitment to building strong people-to-people Israeli-Palestinian relations. She is a well-known speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After studying conflict transformation and peace studies as a Fulbright scholar, she worked as an executive director, a program director, and an NGO consultant to a number of organizations in the U.S., Israel, and Palestine. She is a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Education (CTE) and has taught and trained hundreds of students in Israel and the U.S. She has long been an active leader in grassroots Palestinian initiatives focused on women’s empowerment and people-to-people diplomacy.

Previously, Huda worked as a teacher, trainer, and consultant for the Palestinian Ministry of Education for fifteen years. She earned her M.A. in conflict transformation and peace studies from Eastern Mennonite University and her B.A. in education for social change from Al-Quds Open University in Jerusalem.

Huda is the oldest of twelve children, the daughter of respected Palestinian educators, and an aunt to twenty-two nieces and nephews. Born in Jerusalem, she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, lived for six years in the U.S., and now resides in Hebron.

Wasim Almasri
Alumni Coordinator

Wasim was born in Lebanon in 1982 to a Lebanese mother and a Palestinian father. Growing up, Wasim lived in a refugee camp in Damascus for ten years, where he completed his primary education. He then went to high school in Gaza, after which he moved to Chicago to study Computer Science. Wasim worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Gaza between 2006 and 2010. He worked for several international institutes on a number of projects aiming to develop practices of democracy in the West Bank. Wasim joined OneVoice Movement in 2011 as a Project Coordinator, and served as the Deputy Director of Zimam Foundation between 2015 and 2019. Wasim is married and a father of four. He enjoys music, food and video games.

Joel Braunold
Executive Director

Joel joined ALLMEP as its US Director in 2014 and has served as the Executive Director since 2015. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. He has delivered guest lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government,  National Defense University in Washington DC, Loyola Marymount University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and at Bar Ilan University.

He works regularly with the US State Department, USAID, the National Security Council and Congress on the needs of the peace building community. Outside the US, Joel has worked with national governments across Europe, multilateral institutions and parts of the Arab world.

Joel is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a BA(Hons) in philosophy from Bristol University. He is a board member of the Alliance for Peacebuildng, is the recipient of the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, is a senior fellow for the Alliance for Youth Movements and holds Honorary Life Membership to the National Union of Students (UK) and the Union of Jewish Students (UK). He was selected as an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for their class of 2018.

Fatima Fettar
Associate Director of Communications

Fatima joined ALLMEP in 2016, and has served as its Associate Director of Communications since 2018. She is passionate about sharing the stories of ALLMEP’s 100+ member organizations and amplifying ALLMEP’s global advocacy and programming. Her past work has focused on peacebuilding, civil society, and politics in the Middle East and North Africa at organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, Arab World for Research and Development, the Institute for Middle East Studies, the Project on Middle East Political Science, and the World Justice Project.

Fatima holds an MA in Middle East studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in Middle Eastern studies and religious studies from The College of William and Mary. Raised in Casablanca, Morocco and Northern Virginia, she lives in Washington, DC with her spouse and their dachshund.

John Lyndon
European Director

John brings over a decade’s experience in conflict resolution and not-for-profit leadership to ALLMEP’s new European office.

John has served as Executive Director of OneVoice Europe since 2008, growing the organisation’s size, fundraising base and influence as part of its mission to support grassroots activists in Israel and Palestine.

Prior to his time at the helm of OneVoice, John ran Ethiopiaid Ireland, and has written and worked extensively on international affairs and conflict resolution, appearing in media outlets such as the BBC, CNN, Newsweek, Sky News and TIME Magazine. He holds a BA in English Literature and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sheffield, where he won the 2007 Bethan Reeves Prize for his research on the Middle East.

A former member of the Under 35s Steering Committee at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, John is also a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and a member of Sandbox’s London Hub.

Maya Norton
Associate Director of Development

Maya has dedicated her life to resilient community development, with a focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations. Currently based in the US, Maya lived in Israel for 10 years where her work concentrated on building shared society and cross-border partnerships between Arabs and Jews and Israelis and Palestinians. She has served on such organizations as AJEEC-NISPED, A New Dawn in the Negev, YaLa Young Leaders, the Hand In Hand school network; and was a parent at the Hagar School for bilingual education.

Kevin Rachlin
U.S. Director

Kevin brings over a decade of experience in U.S.-focused advocacy and non-profit leadership to ALLMEP. Prior to this, Kevin served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs at InterAction, the largest alliance of nongovernmental international organizations. In this role, Kevin led InterAction’s advocacy efforts to the U.S. Government, strengthening the voice and role of civil society in global development and international relief efforts. Kevin also served for nearly 7 years at J Street in multiple roles, including Deputy Director of Government Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff. Kevin has also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Basic Education Coalition, working with leading NGO organizations to elevate global education within the U.S. Government.

In his personal time, Kevin has served on the board of ALLMEP member Kids4Peace and is currently an Arlington County Government Commissioner. A native of the great state of Ohio, Kevin received his MS in Global Medical Policy from George Mason University,a duel Bachelors from The Ohio State University in Political Science and International Studies, with a focus in Security and Intelligence and has spent time traveling in South Africa and Israel. Kevin lives with his wife, Jennifer, two daughters and adorable dog in Arlington, Virginia.

Doubi Schwartz
Regional Program Officer

Doubi is a highly qualified and experienced professional in the fields of management, peace and reconciliation, education, and social change within a variety of civil society organizations. Between 2013 and 2016, Doubi was the Israeli Co-CEO of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF). He is the founder and editor of OnePlace, an online, Hebrew-language multidisciplinary resource center on the Arab citizens of Israel.

Doubi has served as the Arab Citizens of Israel Desk Director at ECF – Economic Cooperation Foundation, in charge of policy planning, project and strategic processes management, coalition building and track II activities. Prior to that, Doubi was the Senior Educational Director at Melitz, an informal leading organization, focused on values, identity, inter-societal relations and democratic education within the Israeli educational system

Doubi holds an MA in international relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a BA in political science and sociology from Tel Aviv University. Doubi is a trained facilitator and holds a civic education teaching diploma. Born in Israel, Doubi lives with his family in Hod Hasharon.

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what’s our impact?

$100

million

in U.S. funds supporting
Israeli-Palestinian
cooperation thanks to
ALLMEP’s advocacy

100+

organizations

coordinating, collaborating,
raising their profile,
recruiting resources,
and building a growing
community for peace

$260

million

to people-to-people
efforts worldwide
as a result of
ALLMEP's advocacy

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