Alesha Vega joined the Coalition for Peace Action as the Assistant Director in August of 2014.
First, I would like to thank Reverend Bob Moore, the committee members, and our CFPA constituency, for giving me the opportunity to work for and represent such an important organization during a critical time for our nation and the world. Ever since I can remember, I have wanted to make change for the greater good, do things that would really have a positive impact on our society, and generate valuable implications that would echo throug the consciousness of my fellow man and woman. Working for CFPA allows me to accomplish this personal, as well as professionally shared mission.
As an undergrad at Rutgers University, my major concentration was in Biological Science with a minor in Spanish Literature. As a pre-med student at Rutgers, I was a four year member of the American Medical Student’s Association (AMSA), Rutgers Students for a Free Tibet, and an Edward J Bloustein Scholar.
After graduating from Rutgers, I began work at my alma mater as a research assistant to a disabled African American Scientist in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During this time, it became impossible for me to ignore the injustice that was occurring in my country and throughout the world. I decided to shift gears and pursue a Masters in Public Policy from Monmouth University while still working full time for the university.
R. Alesha Vega, CFPA Assistant Director
Edward A. Aguilar, J.D., Director of Greater Philadelphia Region
Ed Aguilar is director for the Coalition for Peace Action in the Greater Philadelphia region. After successful collaboration on the New START Treaty (2010), in 2012, he opened the Philadelphia CFPA office, and organized a Voting Rights campaign, to allow 50,000 college students to vote, who were being denied by the “PA Voter ID Law”, later reversed. Ed has worked on rallies and conferences at Friends Center; Temple, Philadelphia, and Drexel Universities; and the Philadelphia Ethical Society—on the climate crisis, drones, mass incarceration, nuclear disarmament, and diplomacy with Iran.
Ed is a lawyer by profession, J.D. from Temple University Law School. At the Philadelphia Courts, he was a Special Master on issues of civil and constitutional rights for 22 years, 1979- 2000. As an adjunct professor, Ed has taught Criminal Justice and Constitutional Law, and most recently Arms Control and Nuclear Disarmament at St. Joseph’s University. He has served on the Board of the Envision Peace Museum (since 2011), National Council of Advisors of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (since 2012), and most recently the Board of Resolution Media Fund (2013-present), which produced Groundswell Rising-- Protecting Our Children's Air and Water, from the award-winning director, Renard Cohen.
Jo Schlesinger, has been with CFPA since 2009. She began her work as the Western PA Coordinator to organize local support to pass the New START treaty. With the Remembering Hiroshima - Imagining Peace collaborative, she has helped to organize nuclear disarmament events that links activism and art. This past year it included art exhibits, a Town Hall on "Grappling with Nuclear Power", and speakers, such as a Navajo activist who works to ban uranium. With the Smart Security Campaign she helped to pass the Pittsburgh City Council 2011 ordinance to "bring the troops and war dollars home". Currently she is working with the American Friend Service Committee on a Women and War project called Windows and Mirrors. She works closely with the Religious Society of Friends and Friends Committee on National Legislation.