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Mari Faines, MSc

Director of Communications and Outreach

Mari Faines, MSc brings valuable experience to PSR from her background as a corporate project manager, podcast host, and diversity & equity activist, building on her skills in business and client management, non-profit organizational development, policy, fundraising, communications and marketing. Faines holds a Master of Science in the Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice from SOAS University of London. Her Undergraduate research from Colgate University and Post-Graduate Academic research specialize in conflict resolution, transitional justice, and racial disparities in the US, sub-Saharan Africa, and throughout the diaspora. Faines serves on the Board of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Conflict, UK, and as UK Project Lead & Steering Committee Member for their global DEI initiative ‘Organisations in Solidarity’.  Faines also serves as the founder and host of the WCAPS-UK Podcast ‘Got Melanin’. Faines’ most recent political and advocacy activities include work with Democrats Abroad, African Development Forum, the London Conversations; and as a UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate Lead for the 2021 program focused on UN Global Goals. Faines is returning to the United States after living in London, and is excited to be closer to her Chicago roots. Faines joins PSR because of her passionate belief that only through unselfish commitment, and authentic innovative collaboration, can we ever hope to achieve optimum health, equity, justice and peace, for all populations.