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Paz Magat and David Nitsch Join Forage Center Board

8/16/23, 4:00 PM

New members will enhance board’s focus on programming and governance

The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education (Forage Center) is pleased  to announce the appointment of two new board members, Paz Magat, Senior Director, Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, and David Nitsch, Assistant Professor, Program Director, Thomas Jefferson University.

“We have worked diligently to ensure our board and leadership represents a variety of experts and the newest board members are no exception,” said Forage Center President and CEO David J. Smith. “Both Paz and David bring fresh perspectives to our work which will certainly benefit the students and professionals  who participate in our annual exercises as well as our stakeholders.”

“This field is ever more needed amidst our global challenges.. I am thrilled to play an active role in an organization focused on training and educating those called to serve in the United States and around the world,” said Magat.

“Supporting the development of future humanitarians and leaders is an integral responsibility of everyone that functions in this space. I am excited and humbled to be part of such a vital endeavor,” said Nitsch.

The new volunteer board members began their three-year term effective April 27, 2023; they joined the Board’s third quarter meeting in August 2023.

Board Vice President, Sarah Forage-Lough added, “On behalf of the board, I want to express our profound gratitude to Armen Gregorian and Doda Johnson who both concluded their service as valued board members.”

More information about the Forage Center board and its members is available here.


About Paz Magat is a seasoned professional in the fields of international education, peacebuilding, and community development. She is Senior Director at Third Plateau, a social impact-oriented consulting firm, where she facilitates a cross-ideological, cross-disciplinary network and convening space through which civic leaders and influencers debate, envision, and realize a brighter future for American democracy.

About David Nitsch has an extensive and diverse background in the emergency services, emergency management, and global health. He has a particular interest in displace populations and has served internationally supporting this extremely vulnerable population. He is an Assistant Professor, and Program Director, of Emergency and Disaster Management at Thomas Jefferson University ·

About the Forage Center: The Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc. (Forage Center) empowers emerging humanitarians by providing educational opportunities and experiential-based training for students, educators, and professionals working in peacebuilding and humanitarian environments around the world. For more information visit

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