Our Team


Executive Director

Ross Holzman
Ross Holzman is an artist, peace activist and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and executive director of the Create Peace Project as well as the visionary behind The Peace Exchange, Banners for Peace, and the Peace Dance mural technique. A passionate and prolific artist himself, Ross loves facilitating collaborative arts experiences and empowering positive feelings through the creative process.  Ross employs his philosophy that the cultivation of self-awareness through self-expression is one of the most powerful tools for strengthening our connection to our self, to others, and the world around us and thus creating peace.  Ross is a published author, accomplished public speaker, and arts facilitator; having lead more than 125 Peace Exchange workshops, 30 Banners for Peace workshops, and numerous murals.  Ross has worked with more than 20,000 children in schools across the U.S., Uganda, India, Nepal and Ghana since 2009.

Board of Directors

Oren Jaffe
Oren Jaffe is a manager in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Supply (Chain) Network Solutions group at Intertek, a worldwide quality assurance services company that works with brands and retailers to enable global trade. Previously, Oren co-founded the national business networking organization EcoTuesday Inc., the environmental-consulting firm BlueMap Inc., and worked as a social accountability expert for Bureau Veritas Consumer Products (BV). He has worked for professional sports teams, technology firms in the Silicon Valley, and even started an outdoor advertising company that sold blimps, hot air balloons, and airplane banners. Oren has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Sports Marketing from the University of Oregon, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Molly Rowan Leach
Molly Rowan Leach lives a life that has left both a subtle and not so subtle imprint for the better upon the heart of humanity. Having worked at IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and overseas at the Center for Graduate Research and Education/Economics Institute in Prague, she began to set in motion the independent and activist voice that resides within her quite deeply. Her publicity and production company, Mali Rowan Presents, was founded in 2009. She is currently hosting leading-edge dialogue series for Evolutionary Lawyers and a series on Unitive and Restorative Justice and Social Healing in the US and beyond, featuring the powerful work of colleagues James O’Dea, Dr. Judith Thompson, ABA Best-selling author J. Kim Wright, Riane Eisler, Sharif Abdullah, Matthew Albracht and many others. Molly is also a member of the Advisory Committee-Peace & Politics/Summer of Peace 2012 and support for the ongoing Peace Ambassador Trainings that include participants from over 23 countries worldwide, featuring James O’Dea and a brilliant guest faculty, hosted by The Shift Network. For more information: www.malirowanpresents.com 
Noel Hayashi
Noel Hayashi is an arts marketing professional, specializing in art direction, project management and branding. She recognizes the power of creative expression and its ability to bring about positive social change in the world and is continually seeking to bring artists and causes together in new and different ways. Prior to moving to San Francisco, Noel was Director of The Center for Creative Resources in New York, an arts management firm dedicated to helping artists and arts organizations realize their creative goals by building capacity and enabling them to connect with their audiences. She has conceptualized marketing campaigns for the Paul Taylor, Alvin Ailey, and Martha Graham dance companies, New York’s City Center, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Cherry Lane Theater. She is currently the marketing director for the Berkeley Symphony.
Wanda Whitaker
Wanda Whitaker, a graduate of the University of Maryland in Communications, has over 30 years of fund raising and marketing experience as President of Whitaker & Associates, a cause related marketing consultancy agency.  Additionally, throughout the years she has worked with the underserved population of youth and women as a counselor, community liaison, volunteer, arts facilitator and instructor in San Francisco and Washington, DC. She has served as Vice President of the board of Global Exchange and traveled to over 38 destinations around the world including Japan, where she spoke about world peace. Currently, she is a visionary artist, spiritual life coach and certified hypnotherapist.

Collaborators and Arts Educators

Laurie Marshall
Laurie Marshall is a Marin County, CA artist, teacher and spiritual activist. She has been on the cutting edge of project-based learning in public schools for thirty years. With a bachelors in history and education from Antioch College and a masters in art and education from Beacon College, she is a certified K-12 art and secondary social studies teacher. Laurie has also trained over 3,000 teachers in visual literacy for the Polaroid Foundation, led visual art and mural making workshops, facilitated leadership training and conflict prevention with NASA, the Department of Interior, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Her book, Beating the Odds Now! – Ten Steps for Teachers to Meet the Standards and Still Love What You Do, is used in teaching project-based learning around the world. http://www.unitythroughcreativity.net/
Izabella Tschig
Iza heartIzabella Tschig is passionate about our capacity as human to use our hearts, bodies and minds to create, to heal and to play. Growing up in Sweden, Iza spent her childhood exploring nature and performing.  She went on to study art and design at Chelsea College of Art, London College of Communication, and Parsons School of Design, NYC as well as enjoying an enriching personal and professional career in theater, film and music making. Iza was a key addition to the 2013 Peace Exchange in Ghana.  After moving to San Francisco, marrying Ross Holzman, she has been an active and essential facilitator in our community mural projects.  Iza is also passionate about healing and is working as a holistic healer here in the Bay Area.  To learn more about her work:  www.tschig.com  and www.izasourcefield.com
Amani Jean-Paul
Amani Jean-Paul is heading Create Peace Project’s operations in Hoima, Uganda.  Jean-Paul is an avid peace activist.  Having escaped the traumas of war and violence in his home country the Democratic Republic of Congo as a teen, Amani (meaning peace in Swahili) has been a committed and activated peace keeper living as a refugee in Uganda for the past ten years.   In 2011, Create Peace Project sent a copy of our teachers resource to Jean-Paul who has since established a team of 12 peace educators working in Western Ugandan schools, training teachers, and hosting peace education workshops with thousands of youth.
Amanda Morrison
Amanda is an educator, counselor, activist and writer. She has a Masters degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). She now teaches in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS, where she employs her training in somatics, expressive arts, and ecopsychology to encourage students to engage creatively in an interdisciplinary course of studies. She was recently published in the book, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. Formerly a high-tech project manager, Amanda had the experience of waking up to the reality of our times and the joy of changing her focus in life from climbing the corporate ladder to living on purpose as an engaged and concerned citizen. Having personally known the power of this process, Amanda is committed to helping others take the leap into a life of service. Amanda is engaged with many causes, including: local food and farming, climate change and voter outreach. She is a regular practitioner of yoga and meditation.