USA team members

Earth Rights Institute USA has two offices, one on the West Coast in Santa Monica, CA and the other on the East Coast in Scotland, PA.  Our USA team consists mainly of volunteers and interns under the leadership of the two co-founders/Executive Directors Annie Goeke and Alanna Hartzok.   ERI West Coast office, directed by Annie de la Bouillerie Goeke, has been active in the running of the administrative and operations of the organization.  It has been the main contact for many of our international partnerships regarding community sustainable development, ecovillages and launched the Living Lab program in 2013.  This office is the main office for the organization's accounting and filing with the IRS as well as doing all the internal legal work.  ERI East Coast office, directed by Alanna Hartzok, is an active member of the UN and is part of a task force for the UN Habitat addressing economic policy and land rights.  Its main work is focused on promoting, advocating and building bridges with other organizations on our ERI economic policies.  It has also been involved in local community activities such as co-sponsoring the 2016 Factory Farm Forum addressing industrialization of livestock in PA.

Together, these two offices have co-existed and have supported each other since 2004.  We see them as complimentary and they fulfill our goals of how we believe we must approach development and global issues through a holistic system.  We are proud to have this opportunity to keep these two offices open and encourage individuals and organizations to join us and become a member of our team for Earth Rights Institute.  We believe that the strength in our ability to make a difference comes from the collaboration and cooperation we have had over the years since we founded ERI in 2001.  We like to think of ourselves as a vessel for change and creating changemakers.

Dawn Omura

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Living Labs Program Director

Dawn came aboard as our Living Labs Program Director to continue connecting universities and individuals with an interest in sustainable development to our unique immersion experiences abroad. While she is originally from California, she spent 9 years in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Graphic Designer

Tania is originally from Mexico City, Tania moved to Los Angeles with her husband in 2017. She’s been a Graphic Designer for more than 10 years and founded her small business 6 years ago.

Ana Giombolini

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Outreach Program Coordinator

Ana is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a master’s and PhD in Material Engineering. She moved to the United States in 2011 and recently relocated to Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Nola Force

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Co-Founder and CFO of ERI Living Lab

Co-Founder of and Coach for, the 2020 Financial Literacy Program for teens, young adults and adults, the Leaders Club; Co-Founder and CFO of ERI Living Lab

Nola Force brings to both programs over 40 years of experience in business. She is known as an innovator, change maker and visionary in her circles. She has been in the role as an owner, general partner, project manager, owner builder, mediator, consultant, coach and advisor.

Liz Soto-Cisse

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Liaison Director UAC 

Elizabeth Soto was born in New York City. She is Ivorian of Ecuadorian origin. She is currently the Deputy Secretary General of United African Congress, a member of the 1,000 African Women Network and on the Advisory Board for the Ambassador of Sierra Leone in Washington D.C.

Izhar Manzoor

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Legal Counsel

Jeffry has been serving as legal counsel for Earth Rights Institute for over 10 years. As Earth Rights Institute's legal counsel, Jeffry reviews and formulate memorandums of understanding and multilateral International engagement agreements. 

About Earth Rights Institute

The Earth is the birthright of all people

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) is designed to be an equilateral knowledge platform, where local people collaborate with academics and development professionals, both local and foreign, by exchanging skills, experiences, and knowledge to solve crucial development issues such as widespread poverty, land right disputes and environmental degradation.

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