The PYE Team
|Charlie Murphy (CEO and Co-Founder) is renowned for his group facilitation and program design work integrating the arts into youth development. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter with over 30 years experience in the field of experiential learning. In the 90’s Charlie served as national director of training for the YMCA Earth Service Corps, a youth environmental organization. In 1996 he co-founded Power of Hope and served as co-director for many years. In 2005 he received an Ashoka Fellowship in recognition of his life-long achievements as a change maker and for his work with the Power of Hope program. Charlie leads PYE’s international efforts to train and support organizations and individuals in the Creative Community Model, and to strengthen the field of practice around transformative youth work.|
|Peggy Taylor, M. Ed, (Director of Training and Co-Founder)is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist with a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA, USA. She has over 30 years experience working in the fields of group facilitation and experiential learning. Peggy is co-founder and for many years was co-director of the Power of Hope. She is co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. Peggy is on the board of Hollyhock, a learning center/retreat on Cortes Island, BC, Canada. She leads PYE’s advanced level training, the Heart of Facilitation. More recently, Peggy co-founded Young Women Empowered, a leadership program for teen women in the Seattle area that is being incubated by PYE.|
|Gwyn Wansbrough(Managing Director) has over 12 years experience in charitable sectors internationally, both in delivering and funding youth arts programs. She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York and has worked with the World Bank, United Nations, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Private Foundations in Canada and the UK. She is the co-founder of Beatz to da Streetz in Toronto, an award-winning youth-led hip hop-based social enterprise that aims to empower youth to make positive changes in their lives. More recently, Gwyn helped launch ideastap.com, an online support and funding network for young creatives in the UK. Gwyn leads strategic and organizational development for PYE.|
|Marjorie Triplett(Administrative Manager) is a virtual admin specialist with nearly 30 years experience assisting individuals and businesses with their organizational, administrative, and bookkeeping needs. She also worked for many years as a daycare owner, providing love, teaching and guidance to young children, mostly from low-income or special needs families. Marjorie combines her life-long love of children with her relentless attention to detail, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s of all things administrative at PYE.|
|Nadia Chaney (Regional Coordinator India) is a social artist empowering community voice through radical dialogue. Much of her work focuses on issues of identity, diversity, participatory process, and non-violence. She works as a poet, emcee, musician, arts-empowerment facilitator, social justice activist, text editor and writing coach. In 2002 Nadia received a graduate certificate in Dialogue and Negotiation from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver where she is current working on an MA in Imaginative Education. In 2008 she was named one of British Columbia’s 100 most influential Indo-Canadians. Nadia leads PYE’s efforts to bring the Creative Community Model to India.|
|Silvia Giovannoni(Regional Coordinator Brazil) is passionate about social change and has been supporting the work of social entrepreneurs for more than six years through Ashoka, where she works in London. She worked as an adult volunteer and lead facilitator in the LIFEbeat camps in the UK and is now leading the initiative to develop PYE’s work in Brazil. Silvia is originally from Rio de Janeiro and holds a Law Degree from PUC-SP. In addition to doing transformative work with young people, she enjoys cycling, theatre, dance, and engaging the business community in social change.|
|Katie Jackson (Communications and Online Engagement) is a writer and digital strategist. Having graduated in English and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh Katie began working as an arts journalist, first at Whatsonstage.com and then at IdeasTap.com. While working online Katie began to explore the digital world and developed a great love and interest in digital content. Following that passion she moved to digital agency TH_NK to work on the Harry Potter website, Pottermore. Most recently Katie worked with PHA Media to develop their social media and Digital PR department.|
Board of Directors
|Ian Watson(Chair and Co-founder) is an investor and entrepreneur investing in early stage companies. He is a board member of the Canadian Power of Hope Society. He served as board chair and board member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences for five years, and board chair of the Global Board of Directors of The Hunger Project for nine years. Ian’s daughter Lucinda participated in Power of Hope camps on Cortes island BC and has worked with theoutreach staff of LifeBeat in London. For more info please see: www.ianwatson.biz|
|Charles D. Terry, JD is President of Terry-MacGregor Associates, a consulting group in Langley, WA. He has 30 years experience advising philanthropists, foundations and NGO’s. He served as Director of Philanthropy for the Rockefeller Family Office and Rockefeller Financial Services in New York City, and as President of The Philanthropic Collaborative. Charles leads Money and Philanthropy workshops for NGO’s and community groups on dealing with cultural norms, values and taboos regarding money. His current artistic passion is digital photography, particularly documenting the lives of children around the world.|
|Lynne Twist is an author (of the book The Soul of Money), and co-founder with her husband Bill of The Pachamama Alliance, an organization dedicated to the preservation of indigenous cultures and the rainforest they inhabit. Lynne serves as a trustee of the John E. Fetzer Institute and is on the board of the Global Security Institute, and is president of the Turning Tide Coalition. She is a consultant and advisor to many organizations working on global issues. For 20 years she served as an executive of The Hunger Project, an organization dedicated to ending world hunger.|
|Charlie Murphy (Ex-Officio, CEO and Co-Founder) is renowned for his group facilitation and program design work integrating the arts into youth development. He is an award-winning singer/songwriter with over 30 years experience in the field of experiential learning. In the 90’s Charlie served as national director of training for the YMCA Earth Service Corps, a youth environmental organization. In 1996 he co-founded Power of Hope and served as co-director for many years. In 2005 he received an Ashoka Fellowshipin recognition of his life-long achievements as a change maker and for his work with the Power of Hope program. Charlie leads PYE’s international efforts to train and support organizations and individuals in the Creative Community Model, and to strengthen the field of practice around transformative youth work.|
|Peggy Taylor, M. Ed, (Ex-Officio, Director of Training and Co-Founder)is a writer, musician, and creative development specialist with a Masters of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in Cambridge MA, USA. She has over 30 years experience working in the fields of group facilitation and experiential learning. Peggy is co-founder and for many years was co-director of the Power of Hope. She is co-author of Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Finding Spiritual Fulfillment in Everyday Life, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. Peggy is on the board of Hollyhock, a learning center/retreat on Cortes Island, BC, Canada. She leads PYE’s advanced level training, the Heart of Facilitation. More recently, Peggy co-founded Young Women Empowered, a leadership program for teen women in the Seattle area that is being incubated by PYE.|
|Nick Weeks, Nick Weeks is currently the analyst for Lancelot Gold, a London-based investment company. He is involved in a number of projects related to commodities and growth companies. Nick serves on the board of directors of the Washakie Foundation, a private- Colorado-based foundation which contributes to charities in the environmental, civil liberty and performance art areas in the United States. He graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a degree in Government and International Relations.|
|Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, is one of the greatest living moral icons of our time. He played a key role in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and was the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 2007 Archbishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Graça Machel convened The Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their integrity and leadership in dealing with some of the world’s most pressing problems. He co-founded of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre (DTPC) with his wife Mrs. Leah Tutu to enable peace in the world. Archbishop Tutu is Chairman of the Elders and continues to work energetically in a number areas of human-rights and ministry.|
|Mark Cheng is founder and Executive Director of Chelwood Capital, a social investment consultancy that advises and raises capital for organizations creating high social impact. He is a Senior Advisor to Ashoka, the network of leading social entrepreneurs, and has worked with many development pioneers in diverse fields including micro-finance, healthcare, renewable energy and education. Mark is a former Vice President of Deutsche Bank and has 14 years experience in corporate and social finance. During that time he has helped raise more than $8bn of financing for energy, water, sanitation and infrastructure projects around the world. Among his projects, he is a founding member of ‘Solar for All’, a global initiative to accelerate the provision of affordable solar energy to some of the world’s poorest communities. Mark has been a long-term supporter of several outstanding youth organizations, including PYE Global’s UK partner LIFEbeat, where he volunteers as a workshop facilitator and youth mentor each year. Mark graduated with a BA Honors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Exeter College, Oxford University. He is based in the UK, but has lived and worked in mainland China, Japan, and Hong Kong.|
|Chungliang Al Huang is a philosopher, performing artist and internationally acclaimed Tao master. Chungliang is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and the international Lan Ting Institute located in the sacred mountains in China, and on the Oregon Coast, USA. He is one of the most sought after speakers in the field of human potential, on cultural diversity and creative dynamism in global business, education and all arenas of life. He is a research scholar of the Academia Sinica, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and an assembly member for the Council for A Parliament of the World Religions. Chungliang received the highest rated Speaker’s Award from Young Presidents’ Organization, the New Dimension Broadcaster Award, and the prestigious Gold Medal from the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China. A close colleague and collaborator with the late scholar Alan Watts and mythologist Joseph Campbell, Huang was featured in the inaugural segment of Bill Moyers’ renowned PBS “World of Ideas” series. For more information: www.livingtao.org|
|Deepa Narayan is project director of the 15-country World Bank study called “Moving Out of Poverty: Understanding Freedom, Democracy and Growth from the Bottom Up.” She has extensive experience on issues of poverty alleviation and participatory, community development. In addition to the four-volume Moving Out of Poverty series, her recent publications include Ending Poverty in South Asia: Ideas that Work (with E. Glinskaya, World Bank, 2007); Measuring Empowerment: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (World Bank, 2005); and the three-volume Voices of the Poorseries (Oxford University Press, 2000-02). Deepa is currently affiliated with the Global Development Network. Deepa has a passion for using the arts to empower young people.|
|Marta Drummond After almost a 20-year career spanning senior private banking roles in both Europe (Paris and London) and also in Asia (Hong Kong), Marta became a senior business development strategist for two leading professional service firms with international expansion in mind. She went on to found her own Zurich-based strategic consultancy practice in 2010, working principally in the family office sector on behalf of clients and families in various corners of the globe. She is a highly skilled “lightning rod,” connecting individuals from diverse backgrounds looking to find common ground. Marta is passionate about education, and, in particular, extending both the aspirational and practical reach of young people in challenging circumstances. She sees this as the principal work of PYE Global.|
|Wayne Silbyfounded Calvert, a $15 billion investment management group in Bethesda, MD, noted for its leadership in the area of socially responsible investment. Though he is no longer active in most of the day-to-day business of Calvert, he serves as President of Calvert Social Investment Fund and supervises its private equity activities. Mr. Silby also co-founded Social Venture Network, a group of socially oriented entrepreneurs and investors, and Calvert Social Venture Partners, one of the first socially oriented venture capital funds. He also started the Emerging Europe Fund for Sustainable Investment, a $60 million OPIC private equity fund focused on Central Europe. Mr. Silby chairs the China Committee of Grameen Foundation USA, on whose board he also serves, and serves on the board of the Grameen Technology Council, which addresses issues of the “digital divide.” He has a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.|
Seattle, Washington, USAJackie is a visual artist, high school English teacher, and facilitator who uses her artistic expertise to weave the web of community with groups of youth and adults. Jackie has worked with youth from diverse backgrounds for over 25 years.
|Nadia Chaney, Regional Coordinator India
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFor bio see Leadership Team section above.
Seattle, Washington, USALeslie is a psychiatrist, executive coach, and facilitator who trains youth work professionals to use life coaching communication practices with youth. Leslie leads programs for girls and trains adults in methods for using arts in youth work.
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaMike is a spoken word artist, professional facilitator, and certified teacher. He has a passionate commitment to progressive education and to co-creating purposeful learning environments that are truly meaningful and transformative.
Portland, Oregon, USAHanif provides empowerment, diversity, and intervention trainings for students, teachers, and youth workers throughout North America. He is the founder and director of Step Up, an award-winning empowerment-based tutor/mentor program in Portland, Oregon.
|Silvia Giovannoni, Regional Coordinator Brazil
London, UK / BrazilFor Bio see Leadership Team above.
Seattle, Washington, USARebekka is a jazz singer and improvisational artist who uses her theater and music skills to facilitate empowerment workshops for youth and adults. Rebekka specializes in helping people find their voice through improvisational singing.
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaSara is noted for her expertise in group facilitation, youth empowerment, social justice work, and performance art. She has traveled widely in Latin America and brings a strong international focus to her work with youth.
Athens, Georgia, USAEvan is a musician, writer, wilderness educator, and arts facilitator. He travels globally to perform, work with youth, and train adults in mentoring and facilitation. He is passionate about learning ways to regenerate nature and culture with intelligence and love.
Seattle, Washington, USAEduardo is an award-winning Brazilian musician, educator, and teaching artist. He is music director of the international performance ensemble, Show Brazil! In an instant Eduardo can turn an inexperienced group into a captivating Brazilian street ensemble.
Seattle, Washington, USAEric is an actor, arts educator, massage therapist, and facilitator who is passionate about helping youth workers and teachers incorporate drama into their programs. He is currently using his massage skills to design a program for youth on respectful touch.
|Charlie Murphy, CEO, PYE
Seattle, Washington, USA / EnglandFor bio see Leadership Team above.
Seattle, Washington, USAGina Sala is a vocalist and facilitator who leads art and music based events for youth and adults. A former lead singer for Cirque de Soleil, Gina has a special gift for using music to help youth and adults find their voice and sense of purpose.
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRup is a facilitator and performance artist who builds healthy, passionate communities through leading engaging, heartfelt programs. Rup is known for his ability to assist young people in bringing out their voices through the arts.
Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaSherry – T’selpinek – is of the Eagle Clan from the Skeetchestn Band in the Scewepemc Nation, BC. She is a gifted facilitator with extensive background leading programs for diverse groups and developing issue-oriented workshops for youth.
|Peggy Taylor, Director of Training, PYE
Seattle, Washington, USAFor bio see Leadership Team above.
Seattle, Washington, USAAlan is a poet and musician who has organized and facilitated experiential art and leadership programs for thousands of teens and adults in North and South America. He is former program director of Power of Hope.
|Betsy MacGregor, M.D.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Betsy is a physician, health care consultant, writer, artist and storyteller. She is passionate about helping young people discover their creativity and empower their lives within the supportive context of community.
Gig Harbor, Washington State, USA
Richard is an artist, musician, and organizational consultant who employs graphic facilitation to draw the “big picture” on the wall for many organizations. He is a sustainable rancher in Hawaii and Board President of the Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, WA.
Seattle, Washington, USA
For bio see Board Members section above.
London, UKFor bio see Leadership Team above.