International Advisory Council /

Melanie Greenberg

Melanie Cohen Greenberg is the Managing Director, Peacebuilding, at Humanity United. Previously she was President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before that, 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 2003–2004, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000–2002, Ms. Greenberg 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 Conflict and Negotiation. In her work on international conflict resolution, Ms. Greenberg 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).   

Ms. Greenberg 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.  Before beginning her work in international peacebuilding, Ms. Greenberg practiced as a bankruptcy lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston.  Ms. Greenberg serves on a number of boards of peace and security organisations.  She holds an AB from Harvard, and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and college age children.