Danielle Gram is currently leading international program development for Kids for Peace. After graduating from Harvard College in 2011, Danielle was awarded the Frederick Sheldon Prize Traveling Fellowship. From fall 2011-2012, Danielle traveled and worked with vulnerable children in Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. Among her many experiences, she adapted the Kids for Peace curriculum for use with former child soldiers and for children living in refugee camps and conflict settings.
Danielle Gram: The Kids for Peace Founder's Story
Danielle focused her undergraduate studies on religion, violence, and human security. Her senior thesis focused on the plight of children accused of witchcraft in central Africa. At Harvard, Danielle worked at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a think-tank for humanitarian response where she worked on projects addressing humanitarian concerns in Haiti, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2009, she received a David Rockefeller Experience Grant which enabled her to bring Kids for Peace programming to abused women and children in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Danielle has received numerous prizes and awards for her academic excellence and public service leadership including the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, the Peter J. Gomes Prize in Religion and Ethnicity, the Philippe Wamba Prize, the 2010 World of Children Youth Founder's Award, the ABC 10 News Leadership Award and the Nestle's Very Best in Youth Award. Danielle hopes to continue strengthening the programs of Kids for Peace so that all children, especially those directly affected by violence, can have a space to cultivate peace for themselves and others.
Jill McManigal is a California native who joyfully resides in Carlsbad, CA with her two children. She has her Masters in Education with an emphasis in Service Learning, a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California, Nonprofit Management Certificate from Chapman University and a Certificate of Leadership from the Fieldstone Foundation. She is a former elementary school teacher who has written and directed numerous children’s musicals and inspirational rallies. Jill has consistently been elected to leadership roles including high school student body president and president of the Alpha Phi sorority at USC. Jill will tell you though, her favorite elected office was her term as Sunshine Chairman where she was able to encourage simple acts of kindness in an official capacity!
Jill is the recipient of several leadership awards including: Bank of America’s Local Hero Award, Congresswoman Susan Davis’s Empowering Youth in Service Award, ABC Channel 10’s Leadership Award, CISV Founders Award, Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s Award of Excellence, the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, President Obama’s Call to Service Award, and April 26th proclaimed as "Jill McManigal Day" in San Diego. When she is not loving up her children, Hana and Bodhi, or running Kids for Peace, Jill loves to travel and participate in sprint triathlons where she gets to enjoy the outdoors swimming, biking and walking. Jill’s true passion is working closely with children and making the world kinder and more compassionate for all.