Melanie is the CEO of Alliance for Peacebuilding. She is a leader in the peace-building and conflict resolution field, and a subject matter expert in Countering Violent Extremism, Atrocities and Conflict Prevention, Conflict Affected Countries and Fragile States, and International Transitional Justice and International Law.
Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and 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).