Melanie is managing director for peacebuilding at Humanity United, a foundation seeking to alleviate human trafficking and end violent conflict. Before joining Humanity United, she was CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a network of over 100 organizations working in 153 countries. Melanie has been a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and helped broaden the scope of international peacebuilding funding as director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. In her academic career, Melanie 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.
Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She is a frequent writer, lecturer, and trainer in the areas of international law, international security, and peacebuilding, and she serves on numerous nonprofit boards. Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School, and lives in McLean, Virginia.
I am most excited in working on projects that… channel the creative energy of local peacebuilders to create new narratives and possibilities for peace.
I am looking for partners that can help me… bring the idea of peace to the center of public imagination.
A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… when peacebuilding colleagues from around the world brought their ideas to the United States to help us heal our divides here at home.
Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… use new forms of media to spark imagination and new solutions for peace.