Board of Directors

Providing Leadership and Vision for the Field

The breadth and depth of the AfP Board of Directors are demonstrated through the leadership of its members as dynamic individuals in their respective areas of expertise. From academics and practitioners to members of the business community, policymakers, and others, these individuals guide AfP’s policy and help the organization to fulfill its mission of building sustainable peace and security worldwide.


Trustee, World Academy of Art and Science

Bob BergRobert J. Berg founded the Office of Evaluation at the US Agency for International Development and was founding chair of evaluation for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee. He was the first Senior Fellow of the Overseas Development Council. He was President and Chair of the International Development Conference, the largest forum on international development in the United States with a board of 120 leaders of development. In preparation for the Rio Summit he advised the leaders of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature on the implications of public administration on the environment. He authored the main US background paper of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. He helped train the top 300 UN officials in strategic planning and human resource management. He was senior advisor for various UN groupings, including the World Summit for Children (the first summit on development), the World Education Forum consisting of the world’s education ministers, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (1995-2005), where he helped in the most thorough reform of any part of the United Nations. He proposed and assembled the United Nations’ first system wide substantive initiative, the second being the Millennium Development Goals. He is Adviser to the Board of the World Academy of Art and Science.

Associate General Secretary for International Programs, American Friends Service Committee

Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs at AFSC, has 18 years of experience managing international development and emergency response programs in areas of conflict and post conflict environments with a focus on inclusive governance systems, civic education and advocacy campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development. Previously, Kerri served as Executive Director for Women’s Campaign International, Director of Development for a strategic management and communications consulting firm, manager for Mercy Corps’ Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief and Recovery Program, and Parliamentary Strengthening Director. She has produced two documentary films, facilitated strategic plans, conducted country and political assessments, created advocacy and civic education campaigns for public and private sector clients, developed human rights curricula, and trained leaders, political candidates, and elected officials around the world. Kerri was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga; has worked in more than 40 countries including Liberia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Timor Leste and holds a B.A. in sociology and a M.S. degree in international development management with an emphasis in post-conflict reconstruction. She is a currently Truman Security Fellow and has been awarded a NSEP Boren Fellowship, a Center for Political Leadership Political Fellowship, and the Rising Star Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She speaks Tongan and Tetum.

Visiting Lecturer for the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

Rick BartonAmbassador Rick Barton comes with experience in more than 40 war-torn countries over the past two decades, bringing together policy and practice, seeking pragmatic ways to advance peacebuilding. Over the past fifteen years Mr. Barton has served as the U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC); founding director of the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives; Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO); Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR); professor and lecturer at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School; and as a Senior Adviser and Co-Director of the Post Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has managed complex operations, directed strategic planning and built teams to improve the way that the United States and the international community approach the challenges of over 30 crisis places and fragile states in every part of the world.

Mr. Barton served on the Smart Power Commission, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Assistance, and the Presidential Transition’s Development Assistance Agency Review team. He was the Chair of the Obama for President Subgroup on Post Conflict Reconstruction and co-chair of working groups at the United States Institute of Peace and for the Princeton Project on National Security.

An expert adviser to the Iraq Study Group and the Task Force on the United Nations, Mr. Barton led independent reviews of Iraq reconstruction, developed action strategies for Iraq, Sudan and Sri Lanka, created new measurements of progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, and initiated path-breaking research and integrated approaches in Pakistan and Nigeria.

Rick BartonMaj. Gen. Charles Bolden served until recently as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), leading the agency’s efforts in space exploration and the development of scientific partnerships from July 17, 2009 – January 20, 2017. Prior to his leadership role at NASA, Bolden had a distinguished 34-year career with the Marine Corps, which also included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he served on four separate missions in space, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission. Prior to his nomination as NASA administrator, Bolden was the Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing leadership, military, and aerospace consulting, as well as motivational speaking. General Bolden holds an MS degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.

Executive Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Rick BartonJoel Braunold serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a group of over 90 leading non-governmental organizations working to foster reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. He has given lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Defense University in Washington DC, Loyola Marymount University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and at Bar Ilan University. He works regularly with the US State Department, USAID, the National Security Council and Congress on the needs of the peacebuilding community. Outside the US, Joel Braunold has worked with national governments across Europe, multilateral institutions, and parts of the Arab world. Joel is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a BA (Hons) in philosophy from Bristol University. He is the recipient of the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, is a senior fellow for the Alliance for Youth Movements, and holds Honorary Life Membership to the National Union of Students (UK) and the Union of Jewish Students (UK).

Co-President, Pax Christi International

Rick BartonMarie Dennis has been co-president of Pax Christi International since 2007, a position she shares with Bishop Kevin Dowling from South Africa. Marie spent 15 years as a director with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns and was tasked with bringing the global experience of Maryknoll missioners into the process of shaping public opinion and influencing governmental stakeholders. She holds a masters degree in moral theology from Washington Theological Union and honorary doctorates from Trinity Washington University and Alvernia University. Ms. Dennis serves on the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network and is the Author or co-author of seven books, in addition to being contributing editor to Sojourners magazine. She has previously served on a variety of boards and committees, including the White House Task Force on Global Poverty and Development, the Latin America Working Group, the International Resource Center, the Washington Office on Africa, and the Jubilee USA Network. She is a current Pax Christi USA Ambassador of Peace and has served on the board of Pax Christi International since 1999.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Melanie GreenbergMelanie 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.

President & Chief Executive Officer, Search for Common Ground

Shamil Idriss became the President & Chief Executive Officer of SFCG in September 2014. Shamil worked with SFCG in a variety of capacities from 1993 – 2004, including as Burundi Country Director – the organization’s largest program at the time – and as SFCG’s first Chief Operating Officer from 2001 – 2004. Prior to returning to SFCG, he was the CEO of Soliya, a pioneer in the use of new media for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange and founding member of the Exchange 2.0 Coalition. In 2005 he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a project of the Secretary-General established to improve cross-cultural understanding and cooperation between Western and Muslim-majority societies. He has served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and the Board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

Founder and Partner, Side Porch Consulting

Sean Knierim (At-Large) is founder and partner at Side Porch Consulting, working to support companies driving positive social impact alongside business returns. Prior to founding Side Porch, he served as Chief of Staff at the Jeff Skoll Group and served on the board of DonorPath. Previously he served as Chief of Staff at the MacArthur Foundation, and taught both at the university and high school levels. His research looked at urban development in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, considering how cronistas (literary editorialists) compared to typical international development practitioners in analyzing challenges facing cities in Latin America. Sean holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill, an AM in International Development Policy from Duke Univ., an MA in Interdisciplinary Education from Santa Clara Univ. and a BA in English and Spanish from Santa Clara Univ.Sean brings a critical skill to the Board through his experience working with businesses seeking to make positive social impact, and he also brings remarkably varied perspectives on philanthropy in the peace and security space.

Co-founder and Director, Institute for State Effectiveness

Clare LockhartClare Lockhart (Member) is co-founder and director of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE), which focuses on development across the institutions of state, market and civil society. She also directs the Market Building Initiative, which works to identify approaches to creating jobs, revenue and economic growth. She is co-author of “Fixing Failed States” (OUP, 2008) and author of several articles on development, institution-building and citizenship. She is a regular contributor to the media, and has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, the US and Europe. She has lectured widely at universities, public debates and think tanks on issues of state and market functionality, accountability and development. In 2001 Ms. Lockhart was a member of the UN negotiation team for the Bonn Agreement on Afghanistan and spent several years living in the country as UN and World Bank Adviser, where she helped steward numerous initiatives including the Afghanistan Development Forum, National Development Framework, National Solidarity Program, and a framework for coordination. Prior to 2001, she managed a program on institutions and strategy at the World Bank. Clare brings deep expertise in state legitimacy, and the links between peacebuilding, statebuildng and development. She is an expert on Afghanistan, an area of key concern for the peacebuilding community, with connections to both the highest levels of government, and a new generation of social entrepreneurs and social activists.

Executive Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Leo Burnett USA

Dave Loew (At-Large) is EVP and Executive Creative Director at Leo Burnett USA, working with clients such as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, General Motors, P&G, Nintendo, Hallmark and Miller Brewing Company. Dave’s work has been recognized by every awards show in the advertising industry, including Cannes where he has won 24 prestigious Lions. To launch Lucky magazine for Condé Nast, Dave wrote “Cheryl n’ Me,” which was named “Best Media Ad” by Advertising Age, won a One Show Gold Pencil and appeared on the CBS program “World’s Best Commercials.” He also led the NASCAR “How bad have you got it?” campaign that helped generate record attendance and ratings and became part of NASCAR culture. Dave has created multiple finalists in the Radio Mercury Awards and won its $5,000 General Prize Award three times. Dave began his career freelancing in Amsterdam at Wieden & Kennedy. Before joining Leo Burnett, he worked at Y&R/Chicago and also worked at creative boutiques Black Rocket in San Francisco and McConnaughy Stein Schmidt Brown in Chicago. Dave has a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and attended Portfolio Center in Atlanta. He enjoys eating, drinking and exercising simultaneously.Dave has been instrumental in a number of Leo Burnett’s social media campaigns around issues of peace and inclusion, and brings deep expertise in communications and media to AfP.

Chief Executive Officer, Peace Direct

Dylan Mathews (Member) is CEO at Peace Direct. Peace Direct was born out of a passion to provide local peacebuilders, often risking their lives on the front line of conflict, with the resources they need to carry out their work. Peace Direct works to integrate our work in finding and funding partners, to demonstrate the viability and impact of local peacebuilding. Prior to joining Peace Direct, Dylan served as Director of International Programs at Y Care International, Programme Director for Grenada and Barbados for Oxfam, Sudan Country Director for Land Mine Action, and as a conflict researcher for the Oxford Research Group. Dylan holds a BA (hons) in History from the University of Sussex, and an MSc in Development Studies from London South Bank University. Dylan represents the philanthropic as well as the peacebuilding community, and he brings a strong perspective on local peacebuilding to the AfP board. He also integrates the experience of a European organization.

President Elect, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Steve MoseleyStephen F. Moseley has spent his career serving nonprofit organizations and associations devoted to meeting the needs of people and their communities who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination and injustice. He currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee of the Board. He also serves as a Policy Advisor to the Alliance for Peacebuilding in Washington, DC, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, where he earlier twice served as President.

Mr. Moseley served as President and CEO of the Academy for Educational Development from 1987 to 2010, and was its Executive Vice President and founding Director in 1970 of its International Programs Division which provided technical services in education, health, environment and other development disciplines in more than 100 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean. Mr. Moseley previously served as Executive Assistant to the President of Education and World Affairs, which conducted research on internationalization of US colleges and universities, and assisted African and Asian universities though its Overseas Education Service to strengthen their faculties and leadership.

Mr. Moseley has been a member of the Board and Executive Committee of InterAction, and a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the International Governing Board of the Society for International Development. He was the Co-founder and past Chairman of the Basic Education Coalition, devoted to the Education for All movement, especially to provide opportunities for girls and young women to graduate. Mr. Moseley also served twice on the Advisory Committee of Voluntary Foreign Aid to the State Department and US Agency for International Development.

Mr. Moseley served on the UNESCO Working Committee in Paris for Education for All from 2002 to 2010. In 2009 he received the Fulbright Award for Global Nonprofit Leadership from One to World in New York City. In 1989, the University of Hartford, his Alma Mater, awarded Mr. Moseley an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Founder and President, The Highlands Group

Richard O'Neill
Mr. O’Neill previously served in government, in his last position as Deputy for Strategy and Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 1994 he created (and still directs) The Highlands Forum, an internationally recognized idea engine and cross-disciplinary forum of leaders from industry, academia, government, the arts and the professions, to support high level government policy and strategy development. Since 2002 he has directed the Island Forum for the Republic of Singapore. Mr. O’Neill has briefed public and private sector leaders on a broad range of topics at the Presidential Commission on Diplomacy; Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection; President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board; Center for Strategic and International Studies; French Embassy (US-French Technology Issues); American Bar Association Committee on National Security and the Law. Additionally Mr. O’Neill has delivered lectures to the Institute for World Politics, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Tufts University, National Defense University, Naval Postgraduate School, Foreign Service Institute, the Meridian Institute, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and the Secretary of State Forum. He has published journal articles on conflict in the information age; and dichotic hearing, sensory overload, and decision making. He served in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain.

Chairman of the Board, Bank of Baroda

Ravi Venkatesan (At-Large) is Chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also a Fund Advisor to Kalaari Capital and a venture partner at impact investor Unitus Seed Fund. Ravi is the founder Chairman of Social Venture Partners India, and serves on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd, and Strand Lifesciences. Ravi is the author of an acclaimed book “Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere” published by Harvard Business Review. Prior to this, Ravi served as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, and was the Chairman of publicly held Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50. Ravi brings a wealth of experience in organizational development, social entrepreneurship, private sector approaches to peace and security, corporate leadership, philanthropy, and rule of law issues to AfP, in addition to a perspective on social change in South Asia.

Founder, Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Craig ZelizerDr. Zelizer’s areas of expertise include working with youth from violent conflict regions, civil society development and capacity building in transitional societies, program evaluation and design, conflict sensitivity and conflict mainstreaming, the connection between trauma and conflict, the role of the private sector in peacebuilding, and arts and peacebuilding. He has published several articles, and co-edited the book Building Peace, Practical Reflections from the Field (Kumarian Press, 2009). His latest publication, Integrated Peacebuilding: Innovative Approaches to Transforming Conflict, was published in 2013 by Westview Press, and addresses the importance of weaving peacebuilding methods into diverse sectors, including development, humanitarian assistance, gender, business, media, health, and the environment—areas where such work is needed the most.

He was one of the co-founders and a senior partner in the Alliance for Conflict Transformation, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to building peace through innovative research and practice. He has worked for/or served as a consultant with many leading development and peacebuilding organizations including the United States Institute of Peace, Rotary International, and USAID. He has received a number of fellowships and awards, including serving as a Fulbright Junior Scholar in Hungary for two years and as a National Security Education Program Fellow in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the African Peace and Conflict Journal, Journal of Conflictology and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and is the founder of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org) an online network connecting 25,000 professionals in the fields of peacebuilding and development.

He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several organizations including: Alliance for Conflict Transformation, Masterpeace, TechChange, International Peace and Security Institute, and Dance4Peace.


Emeritus Board

Systems and Complexity Coach, The Omidyar Group

Rob RiciglianoRobert Ricigliano is a systems and complexity coach at The Omidyar Group where he supports and guides teams within organizations and initiatives in efforts to better understand and effectively engage with dynamic systems. The systems practice at The Omidyar Group is built on Robert’s pioneering work using systems and complexity tools in peacebuilding and social change. This foundational work is captured in his recently published book, Making Peace Last: a systemic approach to sustainable peacebuilding (2012).

Prior to joining The Omidyar Group, Robert served as an adjunct professor and co-director of the master of sustainable peacebuilding degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), a non-resident fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and consulted on peacebuilding in complex environments. He has worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State, as well as with non-governmental organizations, foundations, leaders of armed groups, and political parties in the U.S. and in conflict zones around the world.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs, George Mason University and Senior Fellow for Innovation, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Chip HaussCharles “Chip” Hauss wears three professional hats: Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; author of books on conflict resolution, comparative politics, and international relations; and Government Liaison for the Alliance for Peacebuilding. He was the Director of Policy and Research at Search for Common Ground USA. Before joining the faculty at George Mason in 1993, he taught at Colby College in Waterville, Maine from 1975 to 1992. From 1995 to 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Chip is the author of seven books. Comparative Politics (1993) is one of the most widely used textbooks in the field. International Conflict Resolution (2001) is an introduction to both theory and practice. Beyond Confrontation (1996) explores the need for cooperative conflict resolution. In addition, he has written two books on French politics, one on the New Left of the 1960s/1970s and the other on the first quarter century of Gaullist rule. He has also translated Bernard Chavance’s The Transformation of Communist Systems from French to English. Chip also co-edited a series of books for the upper-level undergraduate and graduate student market, International Relations for the Twenty First Century, the first volumes of which appeared in 2001. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Legislative Secretary for Peacebuilding Policy, Friends Committee on National Legislation


Theo Sitther directs the peacebuilding program at FCNL and oversees the work of the peacebuilding team. He also currently serves as the adviser to the Alliance for Peacebuilding of Directors on local peacebuilding and diversity. Theo lobbies to change and reform militarized counterterrorism policies with a particular focus on military assistance.

Theo’s writing has appeared in The Hill and U.S. News and World Report. He has also been interviewed by CCTV and RT. As part of his work with FCNL, Theo has traveled to Kenya and Burundi.

Theo is listed as a security assistance expert by the Forum on Arms Trade. He serves on the board of directors of the Latin America Working Group and on the advisory board of the Charity and Security Network.
Theo received his M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. His graduate studies focused on the intersection between conflict, development, and peacebuilding. He also holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Eastern University.

Prior to joining FCNL in April 2014, Theo worked for Mennonite Central Committee as the Senior Legislative Associate for International Affairs, where he led advocacy efforts related to Haiti, Colombia, Afghanistan, and North Korea. As part of his work with MCC, Theo has traveled to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Laos, Mexico, North Korea, South Korea, and Vietnam. Before joining MCC in 2006 Theo worked at the Center on Conscience & War as the lobbyist for conscientious objector rights and as a counselor on the GI Rights Hotline.


All board members serve on the board in their personal capacities and not as representatives of their respective organizations. Organizational affiliations and addresses are listed for information purposes only.