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About Us

The GPD Charitable Trust was founded in 2011 and to create collaborative initiatives promoting peace and stability through civic engagement, thought leadership addressing national security issues in the Middle East, and the development of transformational leaders capable of making a difference in their communities. Major long-term grantees include The West Point Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations, The Center for Middle East Studies at the Korbel School of International Affairs at Denver University,The Middle East North Africa Program at the Weinberg School of Arts & Sciences at Northwestern University, the Youth Leadership Development Program conducted throug Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos in Central and South America, Syria Direct, Illinois Joining Forces Foundation, the Iraqi Fellows Program in partnership with AUIS, among others.

John DeBlasio, Founder and Executive Director, works to combine his network built through his experiences in the public, private, and business sectors to his work with GPD.

Our Philosophy

We believe that a culture of collaboration among private, public, and social actors will lead to a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable world.

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to create collaborative initiatives that promote peace and stability through civic engagement and the development of transformational leaders.