USA team members

Earth Rights Institute USA has two offices, one on the West Coast in Santa Monica, CA and the other on the East Coast in Scotland, PA.  Our USA team consists mainly of volunteers and interns under the leadership of the two co-founders/Executive Directors Annie Goeke and Alanna Hartzok.   ERI West Coast office, directed by Annie de la Bouillerie Goeke, has been active in the running of the administrative and operations of the organization.  It has been the main contact for many of our international partnerships regarding community sustainable development, ecovillages and launched the Living Lab program in 2013.  This office is the main office for the organization's accounting and filing with the IRS as well as doing all the internal legal work.  ERI East Coast office, directed by Alanna Hartzok, is an active member of the UN and is part of a task force for the UN Habitat addressing economic policy and land rights.  Its main work is focused on promoting, advocating and building bridges with other organizations on our ERI economic policies.  It has also been involved in local community activities such as co-sponsoring the 2016 Factory Farm Forum addressing industrialization of livestock in PA.

Together, these two offices have co-existed and have supported each other since 2004.  We see them as complimentary and they fulfill our goals of how we believe we must approach development and global issues through a holistic system.  We are proud to have this opportunity to keep these two offices open and encourage individuals and organizations to join us and become a member of our team for Earth Rights Institute.  We believe that the strength in our ability to make a difference comes from the collaboration and cooperation we have had over the years since we founded ERI in 2001.  We like to think of ourselves as a vessel for change and creating changemakers.

Nola Force

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Co-Founder and CFO of ERI Living Lab

Nola Force brings to this program over 40 years of experience in business. She is known as an innovator, change maker and visionary in her circles. She has been in the role as an owner, General Partner, project manager, consultant, coach and advisor.

Elizabeth Bogumil

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Grant Research/Writing

Elizabeth graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from CSUN Northridge. She will begin a PhD program in Sociology at UC Riverside in Fall, 2016. Elizabeth is interested in sustainable community development, is an avid traveler, familiar with many different cultures, and her master’s research projects have been on topics related to sense of community, quality of life, and sustainable development.

Dawn Omura

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Living Labs Program Director

Dawn came aboard as our Living Labs Program Director to continue connecting universities and individuals with an interest in sustainable development to our unique immersion experiences abroad. While she is originally from California, she spent 9 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she gained experience working in various foundations and non-profits developing and directing programs to further environmental sustainability and science education.

 

Elizabeth Manzo

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Social Media Coordinator/Assistant to the Director

Produce Newsletters, manage social media platforms and develops and executes marketing campaigns.  She has expanded our social media outreach with exciting new publications and ideas.  Our latest e-newsletters and other marketing campaigns have been managed by Elizabeth.

Izhar Manzoor

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Program Associate

Izhar runs our Living Labs in Guatemala and is the brand ambassador for ERI in the United States. He conducts outreach for ERI at study abroad and international fairs around Southern California. Izhar also assists with the various programs of ERI domestically and internationally. ERI has adopted Izhar's health and wellness water program that was done in Northwest Pakistan in 2014.

Ovidio Alvarez

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Hospitality & Outreach Coordinator of ERI Living Lab

This position was initiated after we launched our ERI Living Lab.  Ovidio has been with us for this position since its inception.  His role has been to outreach to Universities in both Los Angeles and nationally to promote our Living Lab programs especially the immersion cultural study abroad in Guatemala.  He will be our hospitality coordinator for any groups that participate in our Guatemala program.  He is originally from Guatemala and has been instrumental in helping us to promote, market and design our Living Lab programs for Spanish speaking students as we offer this to bi-lingual students and others interested in Central America sustainable development movement.

Kevin Villagran

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Research

Since 2015, Kevin has been helping Earth Rights Institute do research for various programs.  His work has included updating our online course "Become a Leader in Sustainability"  to reflect the latest UN positions on sustainable development now known as the UN Global Goals.  The new data we provide now on our online course replaces the information we had before 2016 about the UN Millenimum Goals.   Due to our large array of programs we have going on, ERI is in need of people like Kevin to use their research skills to help us move things forward. 

Izhar Manzoor

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Legal Counsel

Jeffry has been serving as legal counsel for Earth Rights Institute for over 10 years. With a law degree from Layola Law School of Law, he has many years as a ligator fighting for the rights of employees mistreated in the workplace. As Earth Rights Institute's legal counsel, Jeffry reviews and formulate memorandums of understanding and multilateral International engagement agreements. He is always looking to advance the causes of sustainability justice and fairness

Valentina Baccianella

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Summer Intern - Assistant Administrator

Valentina is a sophomore International Relations major and Italian minor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She speaks fluent Italian and hopes to take up the remaining Romance languages. After graduating from LMU she hopes to join the Peace Corps in an education program somewhere in Southeast Asia or Eastern Europe. She also plans to go to graduate school for International Affairs/Studies/Development.

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Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

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