Dawn Hawk (M.F.A.) serves as Chief Operating Officer of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, providing leadership around all aspects of PVF’s operations, from program design and administration to fund development, communications, grants management and evaluation, and fiscal, personnel and operational oversight. She works closely with PVF donors, nonprofit leaders and government partners, and supports programs incubated at PVF as Designated Funds.
Dawn received an M.F.A. in Film Production from San Francisco State University and has a diverse background in small business management, teaching, and film production. Dawn’s wide-ranging volunteer efforts in the community include spearheading park renovations, grassroots organizing and service on the boards of Friends of Bella Vista Park, Preservation Park Center, and the Codornices Foundation, and as an advisory board member of Oakland Trybe, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, and The Crucible.
Gerald Gray (M.S.W.) is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience with survivors of war, torture and exile. He is also the founder of San Francisco-based Survivors International and the Center for Justice and Accountability, and the former director of the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose. He has forged a national system to hold torturers accountable through collaborations among law, psychology, journalism, investigation, research, education and policy development. Using a network of academics, lawyers, and clinicians, Mr. Gray has helped initiate legal centers for torture survivors in both the U.S. and Canada. These centers produce research on torture, advocacy for an anti-impunity culture and legislation, and bring lawsuits to trial. In 2005 he became an Ashoka fellow and co-director of The Institute for Redress & Recovery at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He also sits on the boards of the Accountability Counsel, The Center for Justice and Accountability, The Canadian Centre for International Justice, Pars Equality Center, and the International Institute for Criminal Investigation (The Hague).
Dokhey Rohani, an immigrant from Iran, has been living in the U.S. for almost four decades. She cares for a husband, a teenaged daughter, a college aged son, a rabbit, 3 cockatiels, two fish and 220 pots of plants, while nurturing her friendships with men and women of various ethnicities. Dokey has always been there for those who need support in standing on their own feet.
Dokhy has volunteered at Able People Foundation, Dehkhoda Farsi School, Master Zoulfounon’s concert and events, Glider Elementary School, the Kahrizak Foundation, Meehan Ensemble, MEHR Foundation, Mom Against Poverty and the Neeki Foundation. Dokey is aware of CERI's impact on the lives of traumatized refugees and immigrants, and finds it a privilege to be on its board as she works in partnership with “same-minded angels of LOVE.”
Kamran Afary (Ph.D.) received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. He has extensive experience working with and developing community arts organizations. Dr. Afary teaches Communication Studies at Cal State University in Los Angeles and was a programmer at KPFK radio in Los Angeles from 1980 to 1998. He wrote his dissertation on grassroots organizations in Los Angeles during the 1990s. Afary has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and South Asian immigrants.
Taghi Amjadi (Ph.D.) is an immigrant from Iran. His commitment to freedom and justice has fueled his passion in his work as a therapist with the survivors of torture and trauma. Taghi works with students of various cultures and ethnicities at San Francisco State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center.