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Introducing myself and my journal: Building peace & stopping violence!

About Me:
Sierra James, originally from the Seattle area, received a master’s degree at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. Her research interests there included international law, human rights, conflict resolution and education in emergencies and post-conflict reconstruction.
Passionate about oil painting, youth empowerment and conflict prevention, Sierra is the co-founder of a local non profit organization in Timor-Leste called Ba Futuru meaning “for the future”. Through this organization she worked to develop a Transformative Arts and Human Rights Education (TAHRE) program. This program uses artistic activities as a means to teach children about conflict resolution and human rights, while also providing training on child protection, conflict mitigation and human rights for community leaders, youth, teachers and those who work in child protection.
Between 2003 and 2004 Sierra was honored as a Julie Kidd Fellow for conflict prevention research, a SYLFF Fellow for study in Southeast Asia, and as a Women’s International Leadership Fellow, through which she participated in a year-long leadership training program.
Sierra’s background consists of undergraduate academic training focused on peace, diplomacy and security at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. In 1998 Sierra contributed to the confidence-building measures in South Asia project at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington DC. After which she was a legal assistant at a Seattle-based internet company, eNIC Corporation.
From 2000 to 2002 Sierra was the Asia Pacific Coordinator for Earth Day Network. She liaised with NGO and government representatives from the over one thousand network members across the region. During her time with Earth Day Network, Sierra coordinated the Earth Car Free Day campaign partnering with the United Nations to work toward sustainable transportation initiatives helping to build projects in over two-hundred cities worldwide. In this capacity she assisted the United Nations in their first UN Car Free Day project that brought various mayors from Latin America to Bogotá, Colombia to learn from their successful Car Free Day program.
Sierra participated in the 2002 United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa (“Rio +10”). She coordinated events around issues relating to environmental education and the relationship between health and the environment. Sierra was also the keynote speaker at a large public forum in Seoul, South Korea where thousands of people and over forty organizations came together to mark Earth Day 2002.

My Passions:
peace building, child protection, governance, human rights

My Challenges:
living in conflict areas

My Vision for the Future:
womand and children are protected from abuse and violence

My Areas of Expertise:
conflict mitigation skills development, project management and development, fundraising


Nicole Pampanin's picture

Hello and Welcome!

Hi Sierra,

Welcome to the PulseWire community. We are happy to have you here with us. Be sure to check out the Groups section to join groups and find others that share your interests and passions, the Voices Rising section to read other women’s stories, and all the other resources that are here for you. I look forward to hearing from you here on PulseWire. Once again, welcome to our community!


Katie McDonald's picture

Welcome to PulseWire

Hello Sierra,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

You might be interested in joining the following groups:

Women for Peace - This group aims at ensuring global world peace by empowering women to be involved in the development of their community and nation at large.

Circles of Ten: Women for World Peace - A non-profit, membership organization led by women. We promote the empowerment of women as a path to peace.

Secure World Foundation - Seeking peaceful solutions for global security

I look forward to hearing more about your life.

Best wishes,


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