Staff | Board of Directors
At Resolve Network, we believe that every woman is a potential agent of peace. We understand true peace is realized when the realities of conflict have been openly addressed. The group most capable of creating and sustaining a transformation from violence to peace are the people who conflict most affects. They have the greatest incentive, knowledge, legitimacy, and access to build lasting peace. These agents of peace have the capacity to turn a vicious cycle into a virtuous circle. Empowered individuals build empowered communities, creating permanent alternatives to violence.
Founder & Executive Director
Vijaya Thakur is the Founder and Executive Director of Resolve Network, a grassroots peacebuilding organization working in Eastern Congo. Vijaya has worked on risk assessment and early warning mechanisms for genocide, post-conflict transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction, and mainstreaming women's empowerment as part of peacebuilding. In her previous capacities as Policy Director for Friends of the Congo, Policy Associate for Genocide Watch, and Policy Associate for the Genocide Intervention Network, Vijaya focused on US Foreign Policy on genocide prevention and intervention. Upon concluding program evaluations of UNDPO projects in Eastern Congo, Vijaya decided to adopt a grassroots approach to peacebuilding in her own work, leading her to found Resolve Network.
Program Manager DRC
Field Staff Leader
Lily has been participating in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts for the last five years since her years studying Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College. While there, she also served as the co-president of the student social justice club and was elected as the student representative to the advisory board for the Baker Institute, which houses the PACS program. After studying Post-Conflict Transformation in Uganda and Rwanda with the School For International Training, Lily returned to Juniata to organize a genocide awareness and action week. From the success of that week, Lily is now setting up a summer study abroad program in Rwanda to give students the opportunity to study conflict in an unsanitized setting.
Research Assistant and WeNet Developer
Tanya Aquino is the President of the Board at Resolve Network. She currently works as a Communications Coordinator at Service Employees International Union, empowering low-wage service workers to win dignity and respect in the workplace. As a former student activist for global health, environment, labor, and peace-building initiatives, Tanya found passion for working with small groups of dedicated people to transform a community. In her educational travels to South Africa, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago, she was inspired to dedicate her time to community-based, sustainable development projects. Tanya graduated with a BAIS from the University of Miami. Outside of work, Tanya assists with Jubilee Jobs in finding work for disadvantaged job-seekers in the DC metro area and is an active member of the Washington National Cathedral. In her free time, Tanya along with her husband Jonathan, take ballroom dancing lessons and are avid musical theater-goers.
During the day, Bethany is a Legislative Assistant at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Before that, she provided research and campaign support for SEIU's financial campaigns. Bethany focused on International Political Economy in her studies at the University of Miami. She co-founded Students Toward a New Democracy (STAND), a progressive organization which spearheaded student support of the 2006 janitor's strike. Throughout her scholarship and travels in Latin America and her subsequent union career, Bethany has sought viable solutions to challenge the conditions that keep people in poverty. She is continually inspired by the effectiveness of grassroots action for making measurable progress in improving people's lives. Bethany is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and is learning French.
Cameron is an artist, designer and community organizer based in Baltimore, MD. She is the Program Coordinator at Jubilee Arts, a non-profit arts center, where she performs outreach through the arts to youth and adults in West Baltimore. In the past, she has worked in several non-profit organizations and collective bodies with both a local and international focus. If she could choose any historical figure to go back in time and have a conversation with, it would have to be a tie between Albert Einstein and Ella Baker.
Chelsea Rae has worked with the Mali Health Organizing Project and Women Thrive Worldwide in her work to tackle systemic inequity and human dignity. She currently teaches English to ninth grade students at Archbishop Carroll HS in NE Washington, DC. Chelsea was a French and francophone studies major at Carleton College, where she began her work in Francophone Africa. She is resolved to continue her work with a Network of dedicated grassroots peacebuilders.
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