Peace Sector Coordinators

Lisa Berkley, CFC Lead for the Peace Sector - on leavephoto

Lisa A. Berkley, PhD’s work as a peace facilitator, activist, and municipal leader has spanned across three continents and stems from more than 25 years of experience in alternative medicine and education, massage therapy and healing, stress management, and interpersonal conflict resolution. Her work has been publicly recognized across the globe. Dr. Berkley is the Founder and Director of the Institute of Inner Economy. She is an elected City Councilmember in her home city of Marina, California where she serves on a number of Boards of Directors including Women In International Security’s U.S. West Coast Chapter (WIISWest) and the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County. Dr. Berkley serves on the Advisory Council for Compassionate California, is the Lead for Compassionate Monterey Bay, and is the Co-Lead for the Charter’s Peace Sector.

Karen Ball, Peace Sector Coordinator

Karen, a Mediator, is a native to North Western Pennsylvania. Her mediation focus has been in school-based peer mediation and utilizing conflict resolution practices within community policing, court mediation, and victim-offender mediation.  When Karen moved to San Antonio with her family, she began volunteering with community organizing, the Catholic peacemaking with justice movement of Pax Christi, and the peaceCENTER.  She has a passion for building interfaith relationships for a just society through nonviolence.

Steve Leeper was born in 1947, hometown Illinois, U.S. Since moving to Hiroshima in 1984, he has interpreted A-bomb survivor testimonies and translated many documents for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. In 2002, he started as North American Coordinator of Mayors for Peace. Having served as an executive advisor of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation since 2003, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in April 2007.

On February 13, 2009, Mr. Steve Leeper, Chairman of the Board of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, won the FY2008 Academia Prize in International Exchange from the Academic Society of Japan located in Kyoto.

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