Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik, Director of Learning and Evaluation
Jessica works on improving capacity and understanding within the field of peacebuilding of monitoring, evaluation, and impact tools and analysis in conflict-affected settings. She has more than ten years of field and academic experience working in economic development, and humanitarian and peacebuilding activities. Jessica has acted as lead program manager for DM&E activities, project design and implementation, impact evaluations, and RCT’s on several World Bank, UN, and NGO projects. She has led research endeavors involving economic empowerment, SBCC and mass media, MenEngage and SGBV, family planning, gender and entrepreneurship, gender and macroeconomic planning, maternal and infant health, ECD, and cross-sector gender involvement in industry. Jessica specializes in creating usable, innovative data capture and M&E systems in fragile areas. She applies multiple techniques and theories from a range of disciplines to find creative solutions to tackle DM&E in complex settings. Jessica is fluent in French and holds an BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Foreign Languages from Juniata College and an MA in Economics from the University of San Francisco. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and cat, where she enjoys boxing, reading, and exploring our national treasures.
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, Georgetown University Law Center and 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), and co-editor of Civil Society, Peace and Power (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
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 capacity, 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. Melanie serves on multiple non-profit boards, and is an International Advisory Council member of the United States Institute of Peace.
Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, with occasional sightings of her two college-age children.
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 was a Senior Conflict Advisor and 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 also 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 one of Africa’s longest running civil wars. Liz is also an experienced mediator, and she is a frequent guest lecturer on countering violent extremism, international conflict analysis and peacebuilding in conflict affected 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.
Emily Myers, Research Associate
Emily is the Research Associate and formerly the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She works with the Learning & Evaluation team and the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium to leverage research and analysis to improve the impact of peacebuilding programs. She is responsible for identifying and assessing peacebuilding program evaluations to help develop an indicator database with supporting documentation on core peacebuilding outcome indicators. Previously, as a Scoville Fellow, Emily supported AfP’s Policy & Advocacy work by conducting research on women, peace, and security, fragility, conflict, & violence, and evidence for theories of change behind countering violent extremism and violence reduction programming.
Prior to joining AfP, Emily was a Union College Minerva Fellow in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where she worked at The Global Child as an English teacher and social educator. While at The Global Child, she implemented a monthly gender equality workshop, helped with the selection process of eleven new students, and facilitated the beginning of a parent education initiative in partnership with the Women’s Resource Center of Siem Reap.
Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Union College in 2016 with a BA in Political Science. Her honors thesis examined the conditions under which civil war facilitates women’s entrance into the formal political sphere and, in cases where women do enter political bodies post-conflict, how regime type influences the ability of those women to make significant legislative and policy contributions. The thesis was awarded the Charles M. Tidmarch prize for “the Senior Political Science student who has written the best Senior Thesis”.
Emily grew up in Vermont’s Mad River Valley and enjoys skiing, hiking, musical theater, and a good book.
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.
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, Policy and Advocacy Associate
Laura Strawmyer is the Policy and Advocacy Associate and formerly the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at AfP. She holds an Accelerated Masters of Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and International Development, from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. 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, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
Adam Wolf is AfP’s Operations and Membership Associate. 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.
Christina Craig, Development and Communications Intern
Khadija Thabit, Learning and Evaluation Intern