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Hands of Peace is pleased to announce that Lisa Notter has joined the U.S.-based nonprofit as Development Officer. Based in Chicago, Il., Notter brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic and creative nonprofit fundraising, solicitation strategies and proposals, advancement operations, annual giving, and donor relations to Hands of Peace. 

“Hands of Peace is thrilled to welcome Lisa as our new Development Officer,” said Scott Rasmussen, Executive Director of Hands of Peace. “Her experience will complement our current development efforts as we approach our 20th year of bringing together young Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians to support them on their journey as agents of change.”

Notter most recently served as the Vice President for Advancement for Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), a graduate school of theology. During her tenure as VP at CTS, she led efforts to secure $1M in funding from Lilly Endowment and the historically Christian institution’s first-ever gift from a Muslim philanthropist for initiatives to combat Islamophobia.

“We are delighted to bring on a development professional with Lisa’s depth of experience and strong connections to the greater Chicago community,” said Diana Kutlow, Director of Development of Hands of Peace. “Her knowledge of interfaith dialogue, international affairs, and youth development will be critical to meeting the needs of our young leaders.”

Hands of Peace

Hands of Peace empowers American, Israeli, and Palestinian youth to become agents of change. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) interfaith organization was founded in 2002 by Gretchen Grad in Glenview, Illinois, shortly after the attacks of 9/11. Since then, Hands of Peace has expanded in size, strength, and scope with Summer Programs in Chicago, IL, and San Diego, CA, alumni programs in Israel, Palestine, and the U.S., and multi-narrative tours to the Middle East for American youth and adults. Today, there are over 700 alumni building positive peace around the world. For more information, go to