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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.

Brennie Dale

Assistant

Brennie Dale is originally from the North Bay Area, but currently calls Los Angeles home. She recently graduated from UCLA, where she majored in Global Studies and minored in Public Affairs. Brennie plans to go to law school where she would like to specialize in international law. She then hopes to use her background in law to work with international humanitarian organizations and/or the specialized agencies of the United Nations. In her free time, you’ll find Brennie practicing hot yoga, trying her hand at cooking, and traveling any chance she gets!

Joel Medina

Assistant

Joel (he.him.his) has grown up in Los Angeles County all his life and is happy to call it his home. A recent graduate with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Applied Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Joel’s goal is to work somewhere he can do his two favorite things: help people, and talk. He’s already begun doing this, interning with notable organizations such as the Victory Institute, Equality California, and serving as Press Intern for the office of Honorable Congresswoman Kathy Castor. He is confident that his background in communications and advocacy will help him as he works to advocate for the most marginalized members of our society at both a local and international level. Some other fun facts about Joel: he plays Dungeons and Dragons, loves horror movies, and is a Libra!

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