Alliance for Peacebuilding Leadership Transition

July 26, 2018
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We are saddened to announce that our President and CEO Melanie Greenberg will be leaving her role with the Alliance for Peacebuilding on July 27, 2018. We are incredibly grateful to Melanie’s contributions and achievements at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and wish her the best in her new venture. You can read Melanie’s full statement below:


I wanted to let you know that, after nearly seven years, I will be leaving my role at the Alliance for Peacebuilding as of July 27th. This is a very bittersweet decision, as you can understand, given how much I love AfP and believe in our mission. I am leaving to take the position of Managing Director for Peacebuilding, and head of the Washington office, for Humanity United. Liz Hume – who has led AfP’s programs so brilliantly – will be acting CEO, while the search committee conducts a search for a new CEO. I am deeply grateful to Liz for her energy, spirit, experience, and all she has done to empower AfP’s team in the three years that she has been here. And I want to thank Bob Berg and Rob Ricigliano for their service as board chairs during my tenure at AfP. AfP is very lucky to have shared in their wisdom and guidance.

Getting to know you through AfP has been such a joy, and I appreciate all you have contributed to peace during a turbulent time in the world. I want to thank the extraordinary staff at AfP, who have elevated our mission to levels we could only have dreamed about just a few years ago. AfP’s board has approached our strategy in creative and insightful ways, for which I am very grateful. And I want to thank our entire community for transforming the peacebuilding field from an underpowered “niche” player to an engine for creativity, and the pillar of so many international policy processes.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve our community, and I know how lucky I am to have held one of the most rewarding jobs in peacebuilding. I will not be far away in either distance or commitment, and I have agreed to serve on AfP’s President’s Advisory Council, to ensure a seamless transition.

Please see a note from Robert Berg, AfP’s board chair, below, for more information on the transition.


Message from Board Chair Robert Berg:

Dear Colleagues,


The happy part of Melanie’s leaving the Alliance is that she will remain a dedicated leader of the peacebuilding field and will keep a tie with the Alliance through our Advisory Council. The sad part, of course, is that she is irreplaceable. We owe her so much for so solidly building the institutional strengths of our joint organization and of our field. I hope you will be at the October Alliance conference where we can join to honor her numerous achievements.


Peacebuilding and your Alliance have a great future ahead with many historic opportunities and certainly many needs. We look forward to a continued, even an enhanced relationship with each Alliance member, as we all move forward to seize these opportunities fully.


While the search process goes on for a new CEO, we are extremely fortunate that Liz Hume will be Acting CEO of the Alliance. She continues to manage the Alliance’s programs with high professionalism and success, and is very well respected by a great many including the Alliance Board.


With very best wishes to Melanie, and to us all,


Bob Berg