Our Mission

To restore economic vitality by creating livelihood opportunities in post-conflict regions.

Our Vision

Economic empowerment for peace through agriculture.

Our Theory of Change

Roots of Peace helps some of the world’s most vulnerable local economies to recover after conflict. We support individuals and communities to revitalize businesses and livelihoods by facilitating the removal of remnants of war, providing access to resources, building local capacity and creating market linkages.

Our Amazing Team

Flavia Taggaisco

European Director

Flavia Taggaisco

Vo Thi Lien

Vo Thi Lien

Vo Thi Lien began working with the Roots of Peace Vietnam team in July 2011. She had previously learned about the SHADE project and was inspired to help farmers increase their income and improve their quality of life.

As the Provincial Coordinator, Lien Vo works with ROP partners to get their approval for project implementation in order to expand to new project sites and she supports the ROP staff working in Vietnam. She has a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture and Rural Development Economics.

Afghan Team

Afghan Team

Roots of Peace is proud that our staff is made up of 88% Afghan nationals. Our mission is made possible by 240 employees in Afghanistan who are working to help post-conflict communities recover after conflict. Due to security concerns, we cannot acknowledge each individually but we thank them for their continued efforts.

Heidi Kuhn

Founder and CEO

Heidi Kuhn

Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace, was deeply inspired in September 1997 to create an organization dedicated to the eradication of landmines worldwide. With a simple toast in the living room of her home that the world may go from Mines to Vines™, a global initiative was launched from the heart of a mother of four children following the death of the late Princess Diana who catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda.

Turning “ideas into reality”, Kuhn sought the support of the Napa Valley vintners to replace the scourge of landmines with the nectar of grapes in war-torn countries. Seeking to transform “seeds of terror” into “seeds of hope”, Kuhn attracted the support of legendary vintners such as Robert Mondavi, Mike Grgich, Diane Disney Miller, and over 400 California vintners—replacing the scourge of landmines with the nectar of fresh grapes, raisins or a fine bottle of wine. She envisions the “grapevine” as a symbol of hope—reminding global citizens of the seeds we have in common rather than those which separate us. The planting of a grapevine is a time-honored symbol of hope as generational wisdom reminds us that regardless of the political ideologies of our mind, the color of our hand or the faith in our hearts—a seed will grow when nurtured and cultivated. The planting of a landmine only yields a lethal harvest for generations to come. Her vision to transform “swords into plowshares” is grounded by transforming toxic minefields into bountiful fields creating sustainable economic programs for future generations.

Kuhn’s grounded vision has been recognized by the United Nations , the U.S. State Department, former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Stepan Mesic of Croatia, The First Lady of Angola Ana Paula dos Santos, The First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Vice President Al Gore, Robert Redford, Sir Ben Kingsley, and many other global dignitaries in support of her quest to “plant the roots of peace on earth.”

Heidi is a fifth generation descendant of a Marin County family, and remains true to her roots by respecting the value of the land. Her pioneer spirit inspires her to heal the wounds of war from the ground up!

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in Political Economics of Industrial Societies, Heidi received the prestigious Cal Berkeley Alumni Award for Excellence and Achievement in 2002. At the Washington, D.C. Award Ceremony in June 2007, Heidi received the esteemed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award/ National Jefferson Award for Public Service. Prior to Roots of Peace, Heidi was awarded a Gubernatorial Appointment to the California Council of the Humanities in 1996. Additionally, in the ten years since Roots of Peace was formed, Heidi has received many other awards and recognition’s on both a local and international level for her vision and work creating a humanitarian organization with a mission to build “peace from the ground up.” Awards include, the Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Award, the WANGO World Association of Non-Governmental Award for Peace & Security , The “Walk the Talk” Award from UN World Environment Day, The Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award, the Spirit of Marin Award and The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Award. Additionally, for her dedication and leadership on the “landmine issue,” on April 30, 2007, aboard the Queen Mary 2 in New York City Harbor, Heidi Kuhn accepted a formal Proclamation from the United Nations Environment Programme, officially recognizing that “Landmines are an environmental concern.”

Prior to her work on the landmine issue, Heidi owned her own television news organization, NewsLink International, reporting for CNN and other news organizations on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the Melting of the Ice Curtain between US/Soviet relations. Raising her children in Juneau, Alaska, she earned a reputation for bridging borders for peace—reporting for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Nippon Television and other major media organizations. As a cancer survivor, she envisions the issue of landmines as a curable disease—removal.

Kuhn has been married to her husband Gary for over 25 years, and they have four children.

Gary Kuhn

Gary Kuhn

Gary Kuhn has worked in business development in the high technology sector for 23 years before joining Roots of Peace full-time in 2001. Gary started his career at IBM in San Francisco after graduating from University of California, Berkeley. Gary furthered his education in an executive program sponsored by IBM at Harvard University. After leaving IBM, Gary joined Adobe Systems in 1990 to help develop business opportunities for PostScript and Acrobat. Gary then moved on to Autodesk where he managed the development team for AutoCAD LT, one of the companies main products. Gary then pursued consulting for a number of international technology companies working to establish a market in the US.

Gary has worked to support Roots of Peace since its’ inception in 1997. He serves on the Board and manages the international demining and development programs. Gary continues to serve on a number of non-profit boards. He lives with his wife, Heidi, and their four children, Brooks, Tucker, Kyleigh and Christian.

Sharif Osmani

Sharif Osmani

Sharif is an agribusiness and economic development professional who began working in the Roots of Peace Afghan Office in 2004. Having left Afghanistan for Pakistan at a young age due to war, he was inspired upon his return to help his people and rebuild the Afghan agricultural sector. When he began working at ROP, he realized that “Demine, Replant, Rebuild” were not only three words, they represent a vision that changed the culture of agriculture in Afghanistan.

While the ROP country director in Afghanistan, Sharif led the program during many monumental achievements – he introduced the cold chain system to transport fresh fruit for the first time Afghan history and strengthened the marketing program so farmers could export to demanding international markets. Sharif has since joined the home office in San Rafael where he is now the Senior Program Manager.

Sharif has a BA in International Trade from Swiss UMEF University in Kabul and has received extensive international training in the areas of agricultural post harvest, information technology communication, and Global GAP.

Board of Directors

Heidi Kuhn

Founder and CEO

Heidi Kuhn

Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace, was deeply inspired in September 1997 to create an organization dedicated to the eradication of landmines worldwide. With a simple toast in the living room of her home that the world may go from Mines to Vines™, a global initiative was launched from the heart of a mother of four children following the death of the late Princess Diana who catapulted the issue of landmines to the forefront of the international agenda.

Turning “ideas into reality”, Kuhn sought the support of the Napa Valley vintners to replace the scourge of landmines with the nectar of grapes in war-torn countries. Seeking to transform “seeds of terror” into “seeds of hope”, Kuhn attracted the support of legendary vintners such as Robert Mondavi, Mike Grgich, Diane Disney Miller, and over 400 California vintners—replacing the scourge of landmines with the nectar of fresh grapes, raisins or a fine bottle of wine. She envisions the “grapevine” as a symbol of hope—reminding global citizens of the seeds we have in common rather than those which separate us. The planting of a grapevine is a time-honored symbol of hope as generational wisdom reminds us that regardless of the political ideologies of our mind, the color of our hand or the faith in our hearts—a seed will grow when nurtured and cultivated. The planting of a landmine only yields a lethal harvest for generations to come. Her vision to transform “swords into plowshares” is grounded by transforming toxic minefields into bountiful fields creating sustainable economic programs for future generations.

Kuhn’s grounded vision has been recognized by the United Nations , the U.S. State Department, former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell, President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, President Stepan Mesic of Croatia, The First Lady of Angola Ana Paula dos Santos, The First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Vice President Al Gore, Robert Redford, Sir Ben Kingsley, and many other global dignitaries in support of her quest to “plant the roots of peace on earth.”

Heidi is a fifth generation descendant of a Marin County family, and remains true to her roots by respecting the value of the land. Her pioneer spirit inspires her to heal the wounds of war from the ground up!

A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley in Political Economics of Industrial Societies, Heidi received the prestigious Cal Berkeley Alumni Award for Excellence and Achievement in 2002. At the Washington, D.C. Award Ceremony in June 2007, Heidi received the esteemed Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award/ National Jefferson Award for Public Service. Prior to Roots of Peace, Heidi was awarded a Gubernatorial Appointment to the California Council of the Humanities in 1996. Additionally, in the ten years since Roots of Peace was formed, Heidi has received many other awards and recognition’s on both a local and international level for her vision and work creating a humanitarian organization with a mission to build “peace from the ground up.” Awards include, the Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Award, the WANGO World Association of Non-Governmental Award for Peace & Security , The “Walk the Talk” Award from UN World Environment Day, The Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award, the Spirit of Marin Award and The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Award. Additionally, for her dedication and leadership on the “landmine issue,” on April 30, 2007, aboard the Queen Mary 2 in New York City Harbor, Heidi Kuhn accepted a formal Proclamation from the United Nations Environment Programme, officially recognizing that “Landmines are an environmental concern.”

Prior to her work on the landmine issue, Heidi owned her own television news organization, NewsLink International, reporting for CNN and other news organizations on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and the Melting of the Ice Curtain between US/Soviet relations. Raising her children in Juneau, Alaska, she earned a reputation for bridging borders for peace—reporting for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Nippon Television and other major media organizations. As a cancer survivor, she envisions the issue of landmines as a curable disease—removal.

Kuhn has been married to her husband Gary for over 25 years, and they have four children.

Gary Kuhn

Gary Kuhn

Gary Kuhn has worked in business development in the high technology sector for 23 years before joining Roots of Peace full-time in 2001. Gary started his career at IBM in San Francisco after graduating from University of California, Berkeley. Gary furthered his education in an executive program sponsored by IBM at Harvard University. After leaving IBM, Gary joined Adobe Systems in 1990 to help develop business opportunities for PostScript and Acrobat. Gary then moved on to Autodesk where he managed the development team for AutoCAD LT, one of the companies main products. Gary then pursued consulting for a number of international technology companies working to establish a market in the US.

Gary has worked to support Roots of Peace since its’ inception in 1997. He serves on the Board and manages the international demining and development programs. Gary continues to serve on a number of non-profit boards. He lives with his wife, Heidi, and their four children, Brooks, Tucker, Kyleigh and Christian.

Patricia R. Sheikh

Patricia R. Sheikh

Patricia Sheikh is an agricultural trade and development expert and is currently the Agribusiness Director at the Corporate Council on Africa. In this role, she is responsible for promoting agribusiness and investment between the United States and nations of Africa for their member companies. Pat has also served as Deputy Administrator, the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Foreign Agricultural Service. As Deputy Administrator, Patricia was in charge of the overall leadership of USDA’s trade and development objectives and programs and oversaw all activities regarding the implementation of food assistance, trade capacity building, and agricultural development programs. Through her leadership, Patricia helped developing countries around the world improve their agricultural systems thereby improving their standard of living and their ability to engage in two-way trade. Prior to her work as Deputy Administrator of the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Patricia was the Deputy Administrator of International Trade Policy, the World Cotton Coordinator, and a Trade Analyst at the Office of Foreign Economic Policy.

Patricia holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an M.A. in International Relations from the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She is a former member of the General Administration Board at the USDA Graduate School and served as an Advisory Board Member for the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Tuskegee University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the German Marshall Fund and Leadership Africa. Patricia joined the Roots of Peace Board of Directors in October 2014.

Patricia has numerous awards acknowledging her accomplishments including the Presidential meritorious Executive Award (2001) and the Presidential Rank Award (2007).

Joseph Cresalia

Joseph Cresalia

Joseph Cresalia is the President of Cresalia Jewelers – a San Francisco institution that has been serving the Bay Area with jewelry needs for over 100 years under the same family.

Joe graduated from the University of Denver where he met his wife, Maryanne. They both had a love for the great outdoors so moved to Alaska where Joe fished king crab commercially and Maryanne started a preschool and fished salmon. After three years of wilderness living and off-season world travels, Joe became a student at the Gemological Institute of America. Following his studies, Joe returned to San Francisco to get practical gemstone work at Cresalia Jewelers. He became the President and today, each of his nine children has taken an active interest in the history and success of Cresalia Jewelers. They all share their individual talents to continue the family tradition on the way to pursuing their own careers.

Joe joined the Roots of Peace Board of Directors in December 2014 and has a long philanthropic history. He was on the Board of San Francisco Family Enrichment for 15 years and was active with the YMCA Youth Program for 20 years. He is currently the Grand Knight for the Central Marin Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, and has also been involved with children’s sports for twenty-five years. An avid out-door enthusiast, Joe and Maryanne live in Marin County.

Edward N. Bachand

Edward N. Bachand

Mr. Bachand is a partner in the Technology group with over 15 years of experience representing emerging and large companies in intellectual property matters, particularly in the area of medical devices. His practice is directed toward counseling clients in all areas of patent, trademark and copyright law. His legal expertise and business acumen have assisted many clients in achieving favorable results.

Mr. Bachand regularly partners with a wide variety of clients to strategically manage intellectual property portfolios, prosecute patent and trademark applications, provide opinions directed toward patent infringement and validity, conduct due diligence on IP portfolios, and negotiate and prepare license and other intellectual property agreements. He also assists clients in reexamination, reissue, interference and opposition proceedings.

His patent prosecution experience in the field of medical devices is significant. Successes include numerous cases involving cardiovascular, urologic, endoscopic, laparoscopic, gynecologic, dermatologic, orthopedic, neurologic, radio frequency, microwave, ultrasonic and optic devices, as well as methods involving a variety of diagnostic and treatment modalities.

He has also represented clients in the areas of optically variable thin film devices, semiconductor processing equipment, semiconductor packaging, data storage systems, microelectromechanical devices, tunable lasers and filters, smart materials, microfluidics, power systems, integrated circuits, electrical devices, networked storage systems, solar collectors, fuel cells, downhole drilling tools, and mechanical equipment.

Charley Ansbach, CFRE

Charley Ansbach, CFRE

Charley Ansbach is the President of Ansbach & Associates, an international project management, social enterprise development and fundraising consulting firm serving nonprofits and NGOs, worldwide. With his counsel, worthy organizations have raised millions of dollars, strengthened their management, created new earned income and increased their capacity to carry out their missions.

Mr. Ansbach’s strength is “thinking outside the box” using traditional and contemporary tools to address funding and management challenges. He is an active speaker and author on current trends in the nonprofit/NGO community. In addition to nonprofit campaigns, Mr. Ansbach guided the fundraising for major political initiatives on a state and national basis and assisted companies in creating corporate social responsibility programs and agendas.

Mr. Ansbach began his work in fundraising as a grant recipient, demonstrating for the United States Department of Labor the viability of creating new jobs for unemployed workers by helping them develop their own successful businesses that took them from the welfare rolls to the assets rolls of their communities. Other indicative projects include funding for micro-lending to women’s collectives worldwide, assisting the US military in creating a public/private partnership foundation to support peaceful relations with a variety of countries and a successful public/private partnership campaign to restore an historic mansion in California’s capital for use by its governors in hosting international dignitaries.

Mr. Ansbach is a former campaign director for Ketchum, Inc. and a former Managing Partner for Skystone Ryan, Inc. He formed Ansbach & Associates in 1986 and merged with Skystone Ryan in 2007. With the closure of Skystone Ryan, Ansbach & Associates re-opened as an independent enterprise in 2010. Mr. Ansbach works with a variety of causes, ranging from the environment, healthcare, education, services for the disabled, advanced research, the arts, and more. He serves on a variety of Boards, including Roots of Peace and the Global Center for Social Enterprise Development at the University of Pacific, is a founding member of Social Venture Partners, Sacramento, and a member of the Board of Advisors of Innovative Education Management, a statewide nonprofit charter school management organization. He was voted Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year by the Capitol Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 1996, as well as Outstanding Philanthropist by the Yosemite Chapter in 2007. He is an annual speaker at the International Aid & Trade Conference in Europe and the US, and a wide range of other national and local conferences dealing with fundraising, organization management and social enterprise.

Mr. Ansbach is a graduate of liberal arts at Edinboro University, was a Graduate Fellow in theater design at Indiana University and was a filmmaker-in-residence for the state of Indiana. He is an on-going student of business and social enterprise.

“I enjoy supporting innovative management, fundraising and business related income to help solve important social issues around the world,” says Mr. Ansbach.

Tor Kenward

Tor Kenward

Tor Kenward joined Wine World Inc.’s marketing department in 1977. Over the following two decades he remained a core member of the company’s management team as Beringer Blass Wine Estates evolved into one of the world’s premier wine companies. Since joining Beringer, Tor has also been the guiding force for Beringer’s educational wine and food programs. In 1981, he initiated the first winery scholarship programs for national Culinary Schools. He also worked with culinary teacher and writer Madeline Kamman to create the School for American Chefs.

Tor continues to serve on many boards with affiliations to wine and food. He has served on the National Board of the American Institute of Wine and Food, and chaired their National Annual Wine Auction for two years. He has served as a Trustee for Copia. For two years he co-chaired New York’s California Wine Perspective, one of the early showcases for California wines on the East coast. Tor has also written and contributed to wine and food periodicals and books over the years. He lives with his wife, Susan Costner Kenward, and two children in St. Helena, Napa Valley.

Chris Benziger

Chris Benziger

Chris was still in high school when the family moved from White Plains to Glen Ellen, Chris finished his senior year in wine country and went on to earn a marketing degree from the University of San Francisco, spending summers, weekends and every spare minute working at the winery.

After two years as a management consultant for the international accounting firm of Arthur Andersen & Co., he officially joined the Benziger Family Winery in 1988 as brand manager.

Chris is now the national sales manager for the winery.

Scooter Simmons

Scooter Simmons

Scooter Simmons is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area Restauranteur from an entrepreneurial family that conceived and created San Francisco’s well-known landmark, PIER 39. Today, Scooter runs his family’s several successful restaurants on PIER 39: Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market, Wipeout Bar & Grill and Biscoff Coffee Corner. Scooter is also an investor and board member in the Bay Area based concepts, Left Bank, a four-unit French brasserie concept, and Pacific Catch, a four-unit Pacific Rim fusion seafood restaurant.

In 1986 Scooter co-founded a pioneering restaurant concept that hung its hat on making fresh Mexican food from scratch, Chevys Fresh Mex. Scooter was CEO of Chevys and grew the company to 37 restaurants before selling it to PepsiCo in 1993. After selling Chevys, Scooter took his four kids out of school and travelled around the world for 10 months. Upon their return Scooter continued to create and develop successful restaurant concepts and companies like San Francisco Coffee Roasting Co. and University Coffee Café (1996), Village Bistro (2000), acquired Chic’s Seafood (2002) then remodeled and rebranded Chic’s into Fog Harbor Fish House (2007), created Wipeout Bar & Grill opening two units (2005 and 2008), then the Biscoff Coffee Corner (2010). Scooter has created and developed over a dozen different restaurant concepts in his life, and has built and opened more than 50 restaurants to date.

Dr. Noel Brown

Dr. Noel Brown

Dr. Noel Brown is the former Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, North American Regional office. Dr. Brown holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Seattle University, an M.A. in International Law and Organization from Georgetown University and Ph. D. in International Relations from Yale University. He also holds a diploma in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law. He is a founding member of the Aspen Global Change Institute, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, and Indigenous Development International.

Dr. Brown currently serves as President of the Friends of the United Nations. He is a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism and Chairman of the Rene Dubos Center for Human Environments. Dr. Brown has been a Visiting Professor at both U.S. and foreign universities, teaching on the subject of International Law and Organization, Government and Politics, and Environmental Management. He was a distinguished lecturer at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and an associate of the Queen Elizabeth Trust for Young Australians. Dr. Brown was the 1996 Leo Bloc Professor at the University of Denver and is currently the Director of training at the International Oceans Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Brown serves on the Board of Directors of the Climate Institute, the Earth Communications Office, the Rainforest Alliance, MUSE, Film & Television, the Center for Resource Management, Global Education Associates, Trust for the Americas, the International Leadership Development Institute, Roots of Peace, International Sea-keepers Society, the Timbuktu Heritage Institute and Jamaica National Parks Trust Fund.

Dr. Brown has numerous awards acknowledging his service to the environment, including: the Lions Club Award, the Friends of the United Nations Award, the Gaia Award, and the Global Education Associates Award for Distinguished Service in Care of the Earth. Dr. Brown is a recipient of the 1998 World Academy of Arts and Science Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Jan Hartke

Jan Hartke

Jan A. Hartke is the Executive Director of EarthVoice, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. EarthVoice is active in over 100 countries, empowering local partners and implementing model projects to promote humane, sustainable development.

Mr. Hartke has recently added to his responsibilities by directing the international anti-factory farms campaign. He has received numerous awards for his international work, including awards from the United Nations Environment Programme. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Directors of the Enterprise for the Americas – the most significant international environmental Board consisting of Cabinet Members and leading NGOs.

Mr. Hartke serves as a Director on numerous Boards of Directors dealing with the global environment and sustainable development.

Diane Baker

Diane Baker

Diane Baker studied acting in New York and Los Angeles with Charles Conrad, ballet with Nina Fonaroff, Estelle Harman and years later with Stella Adler. While under contract with Twentieth Century Fox, she was introduced to director George Stevens Sr., who cast her in The Diary of Anne Frank. Diane performed in films such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Best of Everything, 300 Spartans, The Wizard of Baghdad, Nine Hours to Rama, directed by Mark Robson, and on loan-out starred with Susan Hayward in Stolen Hours in England. At Universal, she starred in Mirage with Gregory Peck and Marnie for director Alfred Hitchcock. Diane has worked with Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme in Silence of the Lambs, and her television credits include The Blue and the Gray, Inherit the Wind, and most recently About Sarah, ER and CBS’s Jackie, playing the role of Rose Kennedy.

Diane’s first effort as a producer came in the self-financed documentary, Ashiana, which dealt with the end of feudalism in India. Several other award-wining documentaries followed. With no office other than her briefcase, she produced the film Never Never Land in London, starring Petula Clark. This success opened the door for a future prodect, a mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance, which received and Emmy nomination for Best Miniseries.

In addition to serving as Director of Acting at San Francisco Academy of Art, Diane personally instructs several acting courses and serves on various boards around the City.

Ann Laurence

Ann Laurence

Ann Larkins Laurence was born in Marin County, California. Raised in Kentfield and San Rafael and attended College of Marin. In 1972 she began working at the Bank of Marin and from 1973 to 1983 she served as the personal secretary to William P Murray, Jr. Founder and Chairman of the bank. In 1983, she went to First National Bank of Marin as the Administrative Officer. In 1985, she began her own management consulting firm offering office and administrative systems to small companies. In 1991, Ann expanded her services as a financial advisor by becoming a registered representative and worked in that capacity for ten years.

Ann married Richard M. Laurence in 1989 and they reside in San Rafael, CA. Ann has two children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren. Ann has volunteered actively for over thirty years and has served on numerous committees in various capacities. She has held long-term board and officer positions in several organizations, including: Marin Concert Association, San Rafael High School Scholarship Foundation, Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association, Marin Coalition, American Red Cross Bay Area, Rotary Club of San Rafael, Marin History Museum, and Roots of Peace.

Tom Tully

Tom Tully

Tom Tully was born in Woburn, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston College School of Management in 1981 with a degree in Business and Computer Science. After working for several years in various software development companies, Tom joined EF Education, a Swedish company working in the fields of cultural exchange and language training. For 10 years, Tom traveled and worked for various EF subsidiaries as MIS Manager, traveling much of the world prior to, during, and after the dramatic changes in Europe during the late 80′s and early 90′s. Tom worked in setting up communication and application networks across various countries. Tom expanded his career by developing some of the first dynamic web applications in market for EF. (www.ef.com, www.eftours.com)

In 1997 Tom joined Digitas Inc., a leading cross channel marketing agency in Boston as VP, Technology Director, moving to San Francisco in 1999 to open the Digitas technology capability. Tom worked with clients such as General Motors, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, William Sonoma, Kraft Foods, and Sony. In 2000, Tom and his Digitas colleagues created the first version of Roots of Peace’s web site as a pro bono Digitas sponsored client. In 2006 Tom left Digitas, traveled Italy, and returned to head up the San Francisco technology department for Organic, Inc., working with clients such as Mitsubishi, FOX, Sprint, and Bank of America. In 2007, Organic sponsored the second iteration of Roots of Peace’s web site in December of 2007.

Tom currently lives in Larkspur, California and owns, with his business partners, The Marin Fencing Academy, advocating the sport of competitive fencing in North America. (www.marinfencing.com) while competing himself within USFA sponsored tournament across the US.

Founder's Corner : A Word from Heidi Kuhn

As a fifth generation resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, a deep respect for the preservation of land was handed down to me through the generations of our family. I was deeply inspired by the leadership of Princess Diana who brought the world’s attention to the vast destructive power of landmines that has wiped out the bounty of the land and shattered millions of lives around the world.In staying “true to my roots,” I founded Roots of Peace to remove the scourge of landmines and bring the land back into productive use for the next generation now living in landmine affected countries. Roots of Peace has been planted on the rich soils of Afghanistan, as our MINES TO VINES™ vision to transform minefields into bountiful agricultural fields is being accomplished. Over 100,000 landmines and UXO’s have been removed since September 11, 2001—turning seeds of terror into seeds of hope! Cancer is a landmine, and landmines are a cancer to the earth. Yet, there is a cure — removal. As a cancer survivor, I ask that you join me in this global quest for landmine removal. The eradication of poverty begins only when soils are free of terror and the bounty of the land restored. Join us as your generous gift of time, talent and treasure will help us realize this goal.

Supporters

Roots of Peace partners with organizations and vendors all around the world.

Our Offices

ROOTS OF PEACE HEADQUARTERS
4000 Civic Center Drive
Suite 330
San Rafael, California 94903
Phone: 415-455-8008
Fax: 415-455-9086
Email: info@rootsofpeace.org

DONG HA, VIETNAM
COUNTRY OFFICE
79 Hung Vuong,
Dong Ha Quang Tri, Viet Nam
Country Representative: +84 0982 098 343

DELHI, INDIA
TRADE PROMOTION OFFICE
110 Anupam Bhawan, Near Akash Cinema, Azadpur
New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-8285112777

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
COUNTRY OFFICE
Kabul, Afghanistan

KHAZAKHSTAN
Mynbayeva, Almaty

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