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Our Team

Pam Bruns

Founder & Executive Director

Pam created the vision for the Student Task Force and organized its co-founders in 1999. Early in her career during the Vietnam War, she traveled to Thailand to research the extent of the communist insurgency in northern border areas; she also was a freelance journalist and wrote about Eastern Europe, the Munich Olympics in 1972, holocaust survivors and other subjects. Pam became a public education reform activist and teacher (third grade through high school) before joining the Milken Family Foundation as a Public Affairs Specialist, working to promote excellence in teaching in the U.S.

From 1996-2002 Pam served as Director of Human Rights Watch in Southern California. She broadened support for HRW in Los Angeles by establishing the Young Advocates, Women’s Rights Committee, HRW University Project and the Student Task Force. As adjunct professor teaching human rights at Mount St. Mary’s College, she founded the Human Rights Film Festival in 2003. Volunteering to direct STF and developing human rights education as part of STF has been Pam’s primary focus since 2005.

Kristin Ghazarians

Senior Manager

Kristin is a graduate from Syracuse University’s Public Diplomacy program and University of California, San Diego’s International Studies department. Her background is in international relations, conflict resolution and public relations.  She worked for Amnesty International as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office Administrator in Washington, DC, interned with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and taught English in Cambodia and Los Angeles. Kristin loves to travel and has spent a lot of time focusing on human rights while abroad. She has dedicated her academic and professional careers to human rights and enjoys working with the STF community.

Jordan Todd

Liaison

Jordan has a background in public education and humanitarian assistance with a focus on youth policy and programs. As a graduate of the George Washington University with both a B.A. and M.A. in International Affairs, she interned with UNICEF’s Global Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva, Switzerland and spent two years working in a field office during UNICEF Philippines’ response to Typhoon Haiyan. Recognizing the need for more direct experience working with youth in her own context, Jordan completed a Master’s in Education and earned her California teaching credential from Stanford University in 2017. For three years she taught 10th and 12th grade social studies courses at Animo Venice Charter High School in Los Angeles. She is thrilled to combine and build on her classroom experience and work in global children’s rights as a member of the Student Task Force team!

Nancy Nazarian-Medina

Program Advisor

Nancy is a founding member of STF and has served an essential role on the STF leadership team since 1999. She currently volunteers as the STF Program Advisor in the Santa Clarita Valley mentoring STF high school chapters and coordinating STF activities with the William S. Hart District School District. Additionally, Nancy is Director of Religious Education at St. Clare of Assisi Church where she integrates human rights education into the curriculum and service-learning projects for students in grades K-8th. She is facilitator for the national Virtus-Safe Guard the Children Program training teachers, parents and volunteers about the risk of child abuse and how a community can take preventative measures to protect children from abuse. Previously Nancy served as Dean of Students at Immaculate Heart High School and taught AP Government, AP U.S. History and Economics and developed a senior year elective, International Relations. She has also served as a curriculum developer and trainer for online human rights education. Nancy holds a M.A. in Conflict Resolution.

Odera Okakpu

Assistant

Odera graduated with a bachelors in Communications and Journalism from the American University of Nigeria. She received a professional certificate in Broadcast Journalism from New York Film Academy and worked for about 6 years as a journalist and in non-profit communications in Nigeria. Her experience working with children includes most recently working with kindergarteners after school, working with middle schoolers with Girls Inc in Brooklyn, NY and Bire, a Nigerian NGO focused on child and maternal health and wellness. Currently, she is getting 2 master’s at Pepperdine University in Public Policy and Dispute Resolution and will be graduating in April. She is very excited to combine her background in communications with policy and dispute resolution as it relates to children’s rights.

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