DULCE MURPHY, President & Chairman of the Board
Dulce Murphy is a social enterprise leader and expert in Russian-American relations. Murphy began working at Esalen Institute in 1970 and served on its Board of Directors from 1973 to 1975. She co-founded the Esalen Soviet American Exchange Program in 1980, traveling to and from the Soviet Union each year to establish relationships, undertake collaborations and build a citizen-to citizen network. In the spring of 2004, the program evolved to an independent organization and changed its name to Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, with the mandate to expand to other regions of conflict including the Middle East and the North Pacific Rim. Murphy, frequently cited as an expert in Russian and Middle Eastern diplomacy, has spent over thirty-seven years on the cutting edge of nongovernmental relations and Track Two diplomacy. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, a program of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of IFAW Russia and CIS (International Fund for Animal Welfare). Murphy speaks at university conferences on Russia and the Middle East while continuing the day-to-day management of Track Two where she currently serves as President and Chairman of its Board of Directors.
VIRGINIA THOMSON, Executive Director
Thomson is a social entrepreneur and consultant. As a consultant she has extensive experience in cross-sector corporate management and governance, fund raising, grant making, finance, strategic planning and new business development. As a social entrepreneur she has launched and developed companies in new media and technology and has scaled nonprofit ventures in youth development and conservation. Virginia is currently working with Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy where her focus is on strategic development, scale and fund raising. With an MBA and BA from Harvard University, Virginia has worked in finance (Credit Suisse-First Boston), launched an Internet company in the Internet’s infancy (DoughNET), managed a cause related social media site for youth (YouthNoise) and built the world’s first debit-card based financial affinity toolset.
CAROL MISKEL, Secretary
Miskel began working with The Russian-American Center, now Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, in 1997. She has helped coordinate conferences involving the former Republics of the USSR, and working with Esalen’s Center for Theory and Research helps coordinate projects co-sponsored with Track Two. Since 2007, the beginning of Track Two’s work with the International Abrahamic Network and the Abrahamic Family Reunion, she has taken a leadership role in outreach and development of projects in the United States and abroad. Previous to her work with Track Two she was in the entertainment retail business, as well as entertainment marketing, promotion and publishing.
MARIAH NIMMONS, Associate
Nimmons joined Track Two in 2017 as an associate working on communications and web development. She was drawn to the organization’s commitment to maintaining dialogue between groups in conflict at a time when communication across borders and distances is easier than ever, but growing increasingly dysfunctional. Prior to joining Track Two, Nimmons worked with several organizations on a variety of digital projects, supporting founders who are in transition. Nimmons also worked as an organizational consultant on the congressional campaign of a 25-year-old woman from Northern California and before that, as the director of multiple children’s programs in the region.