Founding

Board of Directors

We made sure that our team is composed from across the cross-section of society with various experiences and different backgrounds from around the world. Our non-profit it headquartered in California in Los Angeles serving our USA and Asia non-profit work, but we also have offices in Chicago and Boston, and for serving our European and Africa work we have our Barcelona, Spain office.

Don Burris, Esq.

FOUNDER AND INCORPORATOR

You may know him from one of the greatest legal stories of all time--the Supreme Court Altmann case for which Don spent many years as Randy Schoenberg’s right-hand man in seeking some justice for Maria Altmann in the federal courts for the Nazi looting of a number of virtually priceless works belonging to Maria’s uncle, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. The background story was captured very well in the classic film “Woman in Gold” which starred Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren. Since their 3-0 victory in the final Austrian arbitration proceeding, Randy has turned his attention to philanthropic activities and Don has become the “voice of the firm,” presenting almost 80 talks about his continuing work all over the United States and Canada and in at least seven (7) other countries (England, France, Belgium; Luxembourg, Israel, Brazil  and Holland). ] The 6-3 decision remains the most direct recognition by the United States Supreme Court of the rights of a Holocaust survivor to reclaim stolen artwork many years after the destruction of Hitler’s evil Third Reich. See Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677 (2004).

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Andrew T. Heldut

Founder/Chairman and Director

Attorney Andrew Heldut is an Associate Attorney at McGuire Law, P.C., a top leading class action litigation law firm located in downtown Chicago with a focus on protecting the rights of American consumers nationwide. Some of the cases include the Flint Michigan water crisis and various data privacy cases such as biometrics & data breaches. 

During his undergraduate study in Scotland, Andrew wanted to give back in some way. He met a Ghanaian student, Fidelis, who told him his village back home is in crucial need of water, because the government is slow to act and most likely will never act. Andrew was told that people are getting sick, drinking water out of the same stream that is shared with their livestock. The water would completely dry-out during the dry-season, leaving people without any water for months until the wet season would return. By acknowledging that a government denying people clean drinking water is a violation of human rights, Andrew immediately got to action raising funds for the project with his newly assembled university team. Unfortunately, not enough money was raised to send the whole team. Andrew realized it's now or never. He called up his parents and told them he's not coming back for Christmas. Instead he flew to Ghana by himself to execute the project. By forging a strong relationship with a local Ghanaian NGO, Andrew successfully completed the one-man mission, culminating in the creation of his international venture called the Sustainable Village Initiative dealing with development and women empowerment issues in Ghana which has now bloomed into the IDPCS

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Carlos Solórzano

Corporate Secretary and Co-Director of Youth Programs

Vice President of the Language Group, Inc., and founding principal of the corporation which specialized in the marketing, sales and distribution of an English Language program for Adult Non-English speakers. The main marketing campaigns focused on numerous infomercials on a variety of Spanish speaking radio stations throughout Southern California.

Carlo also founded Solar Promise, LLC providing marketing, sales, and construction experience to a national Non-Profit Solar Energy Company.

Michael J. Krycler

C.P.A. and Chartered Accountant-Corporate Treasurer

 

 

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Jamie Ramage

Director of European Operations

 

 

 

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 Norma Robles

Co-Director of Youth Programs

 

 

 

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 Sophia Tian

Assistant Treasurer and Director of Asian Affairs

 

 

 

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 Fred Ellis

Special Tax Counsel and Director of the Boston, Massachusetts Office.

 

 

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