Leadership

  • Hawah Executive Director

    Hawah is an artist, author, educator, yoga instructor and community organizer. He has dedicated his life to teaching about solutions to violence and ways to peace, and has traveled to over 28 countries in the past 10 years to facilitate interactive workshops, dialogues, perform poetry, teach yoga, and speak with those interested in creating a caring, sustainable, and equitable world. In 2000, Hawah finished at American University with a degree in Peace and Educational Philosophy and co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
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  • Malauna Steele Financial Manager

    Malauna Steele provides financial management expertise, strategic planning, implementation training to various nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia as well as globally. In her capacity as a local advocate for organizations that benefit children and at-risk youth, she draws on 10 years of experience in nonprofit groups that provide services to various target audiences that are in need of assistance.
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  • Ellie Walton Board Member

    Ellie Walton grew up in Washington, D.C. and has committed her life’s work to sharing stories that inspire connection across social and cultural dividing lines. She takes time to build relationships and trust with communities with whom she is actively engaging in the storytelling process. Ellie’s feature length documentaries, Chocolate City (2007), Igual Que Tú (2009), and Walk With Me (2012), have been screened at film festivals across the world and continue to be used as educational tools at universities, schools and conferences.
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  • Mikuak Rai Board Member

    In 2000, Mikuak helped co-found OCU, an inter-generational community of healing artists, spiritual warriors, and peace workers; and, it is through this organization that Mikuak has been able to serve the greater community, particularly young people, by providing alternatives and solutions to violence via creative self-expression and self-development. Some of the OCU creative initiatives Mikuak has contributed to include the Awareness of Oneness festival, the Circle of Life workshop, and Revel Youth Shine.
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  • Steve Ma Board Chair

    Steve Ma is Live Green’s Board President and GEO (Green Executive Officer). Live Green is an innovative membership organization that expands the green economy by making it easier and more affordable for people to live eco-friendly lives. In 2001, Steve walked 1,523 miles through the Garden State in support of campaign finance reform. AsianWeek named Steve their Asian-American of the Year in recognition of his walk and his efforts led to the passage of a landmark Clean Elections law.
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  • DJ Kim Board Member

    Dreamer, Founder and Caretaker of Java Green Coffee & Tea Inc., DJ Kim is interested in nature, life, and peace and harmony for all beings. DJ started Java Green in 2003 with his family and quickly watched it grow from the first truly eco-friendly coffee shop in D.C., to the capital’s most popular vegetarian restaurant and an oasis for raw and gluten-free diners, thanks to his knack for unique recipes. One of the key leaders of the green movement in DC, DJ is still active in many organizations he helped found, including One Common Unity and Live Green.
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  • Baba Ras D Teaching Artist

    Baba Ras D, which means “Father of Kings and Queens” is one of One Common Unity’s most veteran facilitators. From 2003 – 2007 he directed our Revel Youth Shine youth program, designed to keep young men and women between the ages of 7 – 25 years of age engaged in positive self, family, and community oriented activities through music.
     
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  • Kristen Arant Board Member

    Kristen Arant is a drummer, musician, teacher, and organizer living and working in Washington, DC. Originally an oboe player with a degree in music, she began her drumming career upon moving to Washington, DC in 2000, when she helped start the activist rhythm ensemble Rhythm Workers Union (RWU). Enthralled with the healing power of the djembe, Kristen began to study West African drumming in 2002. In 2005 she founded the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP) – a DC-based non-profit that gives rise to young women’s self esteem, creative self-expression and positive development through drumming, poetry, movement, song and performance.
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  • Michell Stanley Board Member

    Michell Stanley has been serving youth, families, and adults in the District of Columbia for the last 10 years. Michell’s career began with community outreach to those disenfranchised by mental illness, addictions and homelessness. At this fundamental level, Michell began to see the impact of emotional behavior and economic stratification on young people in schools. Currently, Michell is the owner of a holistic psychotherapy practice in Washington DC that helps people to develop individual and community consciousness towards fulfillment and evolving social purpose.
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  • Mayrose Wegmann Organizational Consultant

    Mayrose Wegmann, a social justice activist and leader in the fight to save America’s public schools, is an Organizational Specialist at the National Education Association (NEA). NEA is the nation’s largest labor union representing more than 3 million educators who work in public education ranging from early childhood to university graduate programs. Mayrose specializes in organization development, strategic planning, capacity building, team building, membership and community organizing, and political and legislative campaign organizing.