Strides for Peace Leadership

Board Chair & Founder

Founder and Board Chair



Joel Hamernick

Executive Director


Paula Hamernick

Development Coordinator

Board of Directors

Evan Shy

Board Member

Board Member

Strategic Leadership Council

Strides for Peace established the Strategic Leadership Council to more formally recognize the central role that our Community Partners play in our mission, vision, programs and priorities: their leadership embodies our core values.

Our Community Partners bring an intrinsic and strategic value to our work through lived and professional experience, as well as a deep understanding of opportunities and barriers to increase impact in the collective effort to end gun violence.

Representing communities most impacted by gun violence and organizations employing a range of organizational structures and strategies, our Strategic Leadership Council is intentionally comprised of a diversity of approaches with a shared commitment to collaboration and community empowerment.

Our Community Partners have the trust of their communities and we believe communities have the answers to ending gun violence. We are grateful for the support and partnership of the Strategic Leadership Council and excited to deepen and expand our work to build a Chicago where all can thrive, free from the fear of gun violence.

Chief Executive Officer at BUILD

Founder & Executive Director of Paving the Way Project Inc.

Executive Director at New Life Centers

Community Area Response Team Sergeant, Chicago Police Department

Founder & Executive Director at West Town Bikes

Help us increase the collective impact of organizations working to end gun violence, and build a Chicago where all can thrive.