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Our Board

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John Soluri


John is a professor of Latin American history and directs Carnegie Mellon University’s Global Studies program. His research and teaching focus on food, energy, environment, and social justice. He has lived and traveled throughout Central America. John

joined the board of Building New Hope in 2005 after teaching a seminar on Fair Trade coffee.


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Eileen Kraus-Dobratz

Board Treasurer


Eileen has been involved with Building New Hope since the early years and was part of the 1994 steering committee when the organization incorporated as a 501(c)3. Eileen traveled with the early brigades to El Salvador. She traveled in subsequent years to the coffee cooperative. She has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, and holds graduate degrees in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Economic Development
and Latin America.


Felipe Godard





Bibi Al-Ebrahim

Bibi  joined the board in 2017 and is the Education Director at Amizade Global Service-Learning. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Bibi spent over a decade working in Ecuador. Bibi was first able to go to Ecuador as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She then returned to the U.S. to complete a masters in International Public Health in 2008. Soon afterwards, Bibi re-located to Ecuador and began work as the Director for Manna Project International, a community development organization working just outside of Quito. In 2011, Bibi returned to Peace Corps/ Ecuador as the Program and Training Specialist for the Community Health program and then as the Training Manager.


Penny Zeisloft

Penny is the Commercial Lines and Human Resource Manager at White Insurance Agency in Mt. Pleasant, PA.  Penny's passion for fair trade started in 2015, when she held a small fair trade sale in her home during the Christmas season.  This event has grown to an annual event involving 15+ vendors and over 30 volunteers and has raised over $50,000 since its inception.  Her desire is to spread fair trade geographically and to educate people in untapped markets about its benefits.  She views fair trade as a market-driven partnership fueled by a heart change in the buyers.  One of her primary motivations is Proverbs 3:27, which states, "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act."  She strives to encourage people to shop fair trade, whenever possible, and through this simple change,  to impact lives around the world.


Lori Brodak

Lori has always had an affinity for the city of Pittsburgh: first as a graduate from Pitt University, then working for the last 25 years in the housewares industry for companies near the city. She also volunteers for 412 Food Rescue, aimed at eliminating food waste and reducing food insecurity. Joining the Building New Hope team is a natural fit, as one of her personal and professional goals is to lead a more sustainable life and help others to do the same. Lori and her husband own a hobby farm in Mt. Pleasant,
PA, and enjoy gardening, beekeeping and raising chickens.

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