Melanie Cohen Greenberg

Melanie Cohen Greenberg

Melanie Cohen Greenberg

President & CEO | Alliance for Peacebuilding

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.

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.


Weil, Gotshal Women’s Leadership
Shift Network Summer of Peace


Civil Society, Peace, and Power (Peace and Security in the 21st Century)

Words Over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict)