Board of Directors

Dr. Frank Kaufmann

Dr. Frank Kaufmann is president of Twelve Gates Foundation. He has worked in the area of religion and peace for 42 years. His peace missions have included negotiations during the Gulf War; work in conflict zones in Israel and Palestine, India and Kashmir; service in refugee camps in Croatia and at the Eritrea-Ethiopia border; and mediation in revolutionary centers of the southern Philippines, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. Here are some pictures of these efforts.

Dr. Kaufmann completed his studies in religion at Vanderbilt University. He is widely published and a known speaker on the religious dimensions of current affairs. He is the author of The Foundations of Modern Church History, and editor of numerous works on religion and peace, including Christianity in the Americas, Religion and the Future of Southern Africa, and Religion and Peace in the Middle East.

Under his editorial leadership the interfaith journal Dialogue and Alliance was named one of the top ten religion journals (out of 650) by an independent panel commissioned by the American Theological Library Association (ATLA). He was nominated for The Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, won that year by the Dalai Lama, and was awarded the 2010 Visionary of Peace Award by the Interfaith Roundtable of Ireland.

Dr. Kaufmann is editor in chief of New World Encyclopedia

Dr. Kaufmann serves on boards for several international peace organizations.

Dr. Cheryl Lau

Dr. Cheryl Lau

Dr. Cheryl Lau serves as a commissioner on the State of Nevada Commission on Ethics. Previously she was a commissioner on the Nevada Commission on Professional Standards in Education.

In the late 80s she served as Nevada’s Deputy Attorney General, and in 1990 was elected Secretary of State. Later she ran for governor of Nevada.

In 1995, Dr. Lau served as General Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives. She was a visiting professor at Harvard University, and a Judge Pro Tempore for the Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts. She was the vice chair of the Republican National Platform Committee, secretary of the Republican National Convention, and chair of the National Commission for the Renewal of American Democracy.

Dr. Lau received her doctorate from the University of Oregon, and later earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco.

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell is the president of East West Communications, a Washington-based company specialized in nation branding and communications. His international work, including 25 years in the Middle East, has included writing, publishing and documentary making. He has also organized several series of interdisciplinary and interfaith programs for representatives from often conflictual countries in the Middle East and, during the Cold War, from opposite sides of the Iron Curtain.