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 an increasingly militarized world, it is imperative that we understand how to explain the concrete benefits of peace to a skeptical public,” said Greenberg. “The War Stories Peace Stories symposium is exactly what we need to bypass the narratives of fear, and turn peace into a subject that captures the public imagination.”
“Melanie is a widely respected leader in this field and a remarkable peacebuilder in her own right. We’re delighted to have her participate in this event,” said Bridget Moix of Peace Direct, one of the organizations behind the War Stories Peace Stories initiative.
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.
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.
War Stories Peace Stories is a one-day symposium featuring leading peacebuilders and journalists that seeks to encourage greater reporting on peace efforts, diplomacy and nonviolent resistance around the world and to inspire a wider range of approaches to conflict reporting.