Stone Conroy, Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships
Stone Conroy is the Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, where he works on building new partnerships inside and outside of the peacebuilding field and mobilizing and amplifying the work of Alliance members. Stone comes to the Alliance after several years on the Outreach and Engagement team at the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). In this position, he promoted security cooperation and information sharing between the State Department and private sector organizations operating around the world. Prior to this, Stone was a Boren Fellow in Nigeria where he served as a Conflict Management and Economic Development Fellow at Mercy Corps, and worked on peacebuilding and economic empowerment programs in the Middle Belt region. Stone holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and attended Middlebury College for undergraduate studies.
Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.
In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Melanie is a frequent writer, lecturer, teacher, and trainer in a broad range of areas related to international law, international security, and peacebuilding. In her training, she has led courses for Congressional staff, scientists at the National Institutes of Health, international lawyers, business executives, and graduate students from around the world. Recently, she helped facilitate government discussions on international legal protections for minorities in Tanzania and developed a set of training materials for government groups working on reconciliation in Kenya (both with the Public International Law and Policy Group).
Before beginning her work in international peacebuilding, Melanie practiced as a bankruptcy lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace and is on the board of the Institute of World Affairs. She served as board chair of Women in International Security and the Alliance for Peacebuilding and has sat on the boards of Dispute Resolution Magazine, Partners for Democratic Change, and the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenagers.
Elizabeth (Liz) Hume, Senior Director for Programs and Strategy
Elizabeth (Liz) Hume is the Senior Director for Programs and Strategy at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership positions overseeing sizeable and complex peacebuilding programs in conflict affected countries in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. From 1997-2001, Liz was seconded by the US Department of State to the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo as the Chief Legal Counsel and Head of the Election Commission Secretariats. In these positions, she was responsible for developing the legal framework and policies in support of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UN Resolution 1244. After 9/11, Liz worked for the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Afghanistan where she established and managed the Protection Department for Afghan refugees and returning IDPs. Starting in 2004, Liz helped establish the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID. In this position she developed programmatic interventions and policies for the USG in order to expand and improve USAID’s ability to address the sources and consequences of violent deadly conflict. In 2007, Liz was the Chief of Party for Pact where she managed a USAID funded conflict resolution and governance program in Ethiopia. She most recently served as a Technical Director at FHI 360 where she managed a USAID funded peacebuilding and governance program in Senegal with a focus on the Casamance. Liz is also an experienced mediator, and she is a frequent guest lecturer on international conflict analysis and peacebuilding in post conflict and fragile states. Liz holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from Vermont Law School, and a MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She lives in Falls Church City, VA with her husband and twin daughters.
Liliana Muscarella, Program Associate
Liliana Muscarella is the Program Associate for AfP’s Rewiring the Brain for Peace project, directed by Melanie Greenberg and Béatrice Pouligny. Liliana is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned degrees in Global Studies and Sociology and minored in Spanish. Liliana has dedicated her life to combating everyday social injustice and bigotry and, thinking globally, has undertaken several projects with that same objective. Her undergraduate thesis examined the reflection of Western media’s prejudice toward refugees in U.S. and UK asylum policies and, since college, her published research has focused on U.S.-Latin American relations and human rights, especially during political conflict. More generally, Liliana is interested in human rights and how they are upheld or undermined by political forces in contexts of political violence and violent extremism. Liliana speaks Spanish, loves animals, and will be attending Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs in Fall 2017.
Béatrice Pouligny, Co-Director of Rewiring the Brain for Peace
Dr. Béatrice Pouligny bridges the fields of political science, peacebuilding, and neuroscience in her experience as an academic at the highest levels of the political science community, as a human rights and peacebuilding practitioner with 30 years of field experience in conflict areas (in Central and South America, Haiti, Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East), and in her training and ongoing practice as a spiritual healer, collaborating with neuroscientists and integrating the results of ongoing research into her healing work. Béatrice also brings strong knowledge of the literature on peacebuilding, trauma, resilience and spirituality, as well as her expertise in developing case studies and research agendas across disciplines, and the theory-practice divide. From 2000 to 2009, she developed and led an international and inter-disciplinary research-action program called “Re-imagining Peace” (seven countries on four continents) which addressed the individual and collective traumatic consequences of war and mass crimes, outlining culture-based resilience processes.
Since then, her work has focused on individual and societal resilience capacities in the aftermath of violence. She holds a doctorate in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po/International Relations). She is the winner of many awards, including two consecutive Fulbright Commission awards and a former grantee of different public and private foundations in North America and Europe. She is the author of numerous reports, articles and contributions (in French, English, Spanish and Dutch) as well as two main books: Peace Operations Seen from Below: UN Missions and Local People, London: Hurst / Bloomfield (CT): Kumarian Press, 2006 (Ils nous avaient promis la paix : ONU et populations locales, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2004) as well as After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities, Tokyo/New York/Paris: United Nations University Press, 2007. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and speaks a number of local languages.
Caroline Sarkis, Senior Manager for Learning and Evaluation
Caroline Sarkis is a PhD candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where she researches international legal responses to genocide, mass violence, and crimes against humanity, reconciliation processes in post genocide societies, and gender issues in judicial processes. Her dissertation researches the impacts of the International Criminal Court on peacebuilding processes. Caroline worked in helping create an African Dialogue and Reconciliation Facilitation and Training program to promote peacebuilding and cooperation between African diaspora and refugees in greater Portland, Oregon. She also worked in Kigali, Rwanda to build schools for orphans of the genocide and of HIV-AIDS; and acted as a liaison between the local coordinator, community leaders and volunteers, as well as assisted with trauma healing and Alternative to Violence workshops with local peace groups.
Lisa Schirch, Senior Advisor on Policy
Lisa Schirch is AfP’s Senior Advisor on Policy. She is also a research professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding. She is currently working with global civil society partners and key security sector experts to write a curriculum on security force-civil society relations. With 25 years of experience in on-the-ground peacebuilding in Afghanistan and 25 other countries, Lisa trains security forces, governments, and international organizations to work in partnership with civil society peacebuilding efforts. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and an MS and PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Lisa has written five books and numerous articles on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Her latest book is Conflict Assessment and Peacebuilding Planning: Toward a Participatory Approach to Human Security.
Laura Strawmyer, Scoville Fellow
Laura Strawmyer is the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at AfP and serves on the Policy team. She graduated from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University in 2016 with an Accelerated Masters of Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and International Development. As an undergraduate, she majored in Nonprofit Management with minors in French, African Languages, and African Studies. Strawmyer is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Swahili and the SPEA International Engagement Fellowship.She has worked with a local Rwandan peacebuilding organization, Never Again Rwanda, and the Africa Program Team at Search for Common Ground. She speaks French and Swahili.
Jonathan (Jon) Rudy, Senior Advisor on Human Security,
Jonathan (Jon) Rudy is a Senior Advisor on Human Security for AfP. He currently is the Peacemaker-in-Residence for Elizabethtown College’s Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking as well as professor of Peace and Conflict Studies.
With more than more than twenty five years of working and learning in 30 countries in Asia and Africa, he has focused his efforts at peacebuilding and conflict transformation on a grass roots communities and middle-out leadership.
Jon has an MA in Religion with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite Seminary/University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He recently earned a Teaching for Higher Education Certificate from Temple University. He has a BA in International Development, an AA in Industrial Arts and Minor in Communications from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.
Adam Wolf, Administrative Coordinator
Adam Wolf is AfP’s Administrative Coordinator. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2013. After graduation, he spent several months interning with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security where he focused on international nonproliferation policy at the United Nations Headquarters. Examples of his work include monitoring negotiations within the General Assembly First Committee and drafting publications on nuclear nonproliferation and outer space security. He has spent the past two years working with nonprofits in the state of Wisconsin, including one year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. As a VISTA, Adam worked with the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity in developing methods to improve donor cultivation and project evaluation.
While pursuing his Bachelors, Adam was actively involved in Model United Nations (MUN), an educational simulation where students represent countries and negotiate resolutions through parliamentary procedure. To this day, Adam continues his love for MUN by staffing three different regional conferences. He has also been recognized in several publications on arms control and global governance.
Erin Prestage, Communications and Development Intern
Keith Gordon, Neuroscience, Spirituality, and Peacebuilding Intern
Taylor Williams, Learning and Evaluation Intern