Jan Passion M.A. Currently residing in California, Jan worked in Sri Lanka for 3 years as the Deputy Director and Team Manager with the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). Prior to his work in Sri Lanka, Jan worked with NP conducting field research and outreach in West Africa and Palestine/Israel and also helping develop NP’s infrastructure. He has worked as a peacebuilding trainer with the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Program, (CONTACT), the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding and with Lesley College in Israel. Jan has been peace activist and war tax resister for over twenty years. For ten years he worked as a psychotherapist working with perpetrators and victims of various forms of violence and trauma. Jan has worked as a bus driver, mediator, self-defense instructor, massage therapist, refugee host, and emergency medical technician. His hobbies include sailing, racket ball, frisbee and yoga. Jan's peacebuilding experience includes work in USA, Macedonia, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Thailand, Israel, Sierra Leone, India, Ecuador, the former USSR, Guinea, Ghana, South Africa and Cyprus. He earned his BA at the University of Massachusetts with a self-designed degree on gender and power and he earned a MA in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training and wrote his thesis on building nonviolent intercultural peaceteams.