Tammy Alexander, Director of National Peace & Justice Ministries
Topics: Advocacy, climate change
Phone: (202) 544-6564
Tammy Alexander is the director of National Peace & Justice Ministries for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. She coordinates the work of national peace & justice staff focused on church engagement and political engagement. Tammy speaks and writes on issues related to climate change and meets with policymakers in Congress and the administration to convey MCC’s perspective on U.S. policy. Previous focus areas include immigration, human trafficking, health care, Africa and HIV-AIDS. Tammy co-chaired the Interfaith Immigration Coalition from 2011-2018. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute. Prior to joining MCC in 2007, Tammy worked as a propulsion engineer on the space shuttle program. Tammy resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and daughter.
Jes Stoltzfus Buller, Peace Education Coordinator
Topics: Peacebuilding, dialogue, nonviolence, gun violence, restorative and transformative justice
Phone: (574) 534-4133
Jes Stoltzfus Buller is the Peace Education Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S. She has years of domestic and international experience facilitating group dialogue, managing collaborative peacebuilding projects, developing curriculum and training children, youth and adults in skills of conflict transformation, nonviolent action and trauma healing. She has undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Bible, Religion, Philosophy from Goshen College as well as a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership through the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. In her current role, Jes works with churches across the U.S. to teach peace theology, facilitate trainings and create resources for engagement in various aspects of peacebuilding. Jes loves being active – she coaches High School volleyball, enjoys biking, playing games, making music, creating things and adores her family. She lives in Goshen, Ind., with her husband, Willian, and their children, Belén and Moses.
Kirstin De Mello, Program and Communications Coordinator
Topics: Peacebuilding, advocacy, communications
Phone: (202) 544-6564
Kirstin De Mello (she/her/hers) is Program and Communications Coordinator for MCC’s National Peace & Justice Ministries in Washington, DC, where she supports advocacy and education initiatives on racial justice, immigration, climate change and peacebuilding. Since 2006, Kirstin, along with her partner, Merwyn, has been involved in peacebuilding efforts with communities experiencing violence, both nationally and internationally. During that time, Kirstin and Merwyn served as peace advisors for MCC with local partners in Afghanistan and later, Bangladesh, weaving peacebuilding into local education, agriculture and livelihood initiatives. Kirstin holds a Master of Arts in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Currently, she and Merwyn live in an intentional Franciscan community committed to nonviolent living in the heart of the nation’s capital.
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum, Senior Peace Education and Advocacy Associate, International
Topics: Global peacebuilding, Anabaptist approaches to peace, food security, U.S. foreign assistance
Phone: (202) 544-6564
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum serves as Senior Peace Education and Advocacy Associate, International for National Peace and Justice Ministries of Mennonite Central Committee U.S. He leads workshops, writes, analyzes, preaches, teaches and speaks on MCC’s global peacebuilding programs, U.S. policy toward Africa, and U.S. foreign assistance and food justice. He meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. Before joining MCC in January 2015, Charles was a Fellow at Search for Common Ground DC and a Graduate Intern coalition builder at the Africa Faith & Justice Network, also in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s in International Affairs & Diplomacy (ABU Zaria, Nigeria) and a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy. Charles currently lives in Harrisonburg, Va. with his wife and two children.
Daniela Lázaro-Manalo, Racial Equity Education and Advocacy Coordinator
Topics: Racial justice, equity, anticolonialism, mass incarceration
Phone: (909) 946-0809
Daniela Lázaro-Manalo serves as the Racial Equity Education and Advocacy Coordinator for MCC U.S. Her role focuses on advancing training and advocacy efforts around anti-racism and anti-colonial education for MCC’s constituents. Daniela has a Communications degree and a Master’s in Ethnic Studies from California State University. In both her professional and activist endeavors in the U.S. and abroad, Daniela is passionate about racial justice, equity, community mobilization, and the multiple, interdisciplinary understandings of identity formation in the U.S. As an educator, she is committed to grounding her efforts in Anabaptist theology, nonviolent practices and transformative justice. Daniela currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband and son.
Saulo Padilla (he/his/him), Migration Education Coordinator
Topics: Migration, root causes of migration, trauma of migration
Phone: (574) 534-4133
Saulo Padilla has been coordinating MCC’s national immigration education program since 2008. He provides learning opportunities to constituents and the public about the root causes of migration, the need for better and safer mechanisms for people facing migration and advocating to reform the U.S. outdated immigration system. As part of his work, he coordinates immigration law trainings for non-profits offering immigration legal services to immigrant communities and leads learning tours to the U.S./Mexico and Guatemala/Mexico borders. Since 2020, Saulo has worked on the development of resources to address the impact and trauma of migration. Saulo graduated from Goshen College (2005) with major concentrations in History and Theology and from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (2008), Elkhart, Ind., with a Master of Arts in Theology and Ethics. Saulo and his family (his wife, three daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren) live in Indiana.
Charity Stowell, Newcomer Connections Coordinator
Topics: Refugee resettlement, asylum seekers, welcoming newcomers
Phone: (717) 859-1151
Charity Stowell serves as the Newcomer Connections Coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee’s National Peace and Justice Ministries. In this position, she helps the larger community understand the refugee resettlement and asylum seeking process and equips congregations to welcome refugees, asylum seekers, and other newcomers. Before joining MCC, she worked in refugee resettlement, volunteer coordination, and adult education at Catholic Charities for ten years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Messiah College and a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Greensboro College. Charity lives in Harrisburg, Pa. with her husband.