Uzra Zeya, President and CEO
As CEO and President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Uzra Zeya leads a network of over 100 organizations working in 153 countries to end conflict through peaceful means. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed her January 2018 appointment by declaring, “After doing so much for so long to advance the cause of peace and human dignity on a global basis, Uzra is ideally suited to lead and help transform modern peacebuilding efforts in a new era.”
Over the course of a distinguished, 27-year diplomatic career, Ms. Zeya championed a more just, peaceful and sustainable world across five continents. As Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Paris from 2014 to 2017, she led the U.S. response to three major terror attacks and forged unprecedented cooperation with France in combating terrorism in Africa and the Middle East, countering Russian aggression and malign influence in Europe, and mobilizing global action to confront climate change.
Ms. Zeya served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2012 to 2014. She oversaw over $400 million in global human rights and democracy assistance, led U.S. human rights dialogues with China and other nations, and launched a new public-private partnership to counter gender-based violence. She frequently briefed U.S. and international media on human rights policy, and has been profiled by the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio, among others.
As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State from 2011 to 2012, she helped shape the U.S. policy response to the Arab Spring and deepened U.S. engagement with emerging powers. She also served as Deputy Executive Secretary to Secretaries Rice and Clinton and overseas at Embassies New Delhi, Muscat, Damascus, Cairo, and Kingston. She is the recipient of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian honor, and 15 Superior Honor and Senior Performance Awards.
Uzra is a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she taught graduate level coursework on diplomatic tradecraft and U.S.-European relations. Since leaving government, she also served as a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. She speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.
Elizabeth (Liz) Hume, Vice President
Elizabeth (Liz) Hume is the Vice President at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She is a conflict expert and has more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in bilateral, multilateral institutions and NGOs. She has extensive experience in policy and advocacy and overseeing sizeable and complex peacebuilding programs in conflict-affected and fragile states in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. From 1997-2001, Liz was seconded by the US Department of State to the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo as the Chief Legal Counsel and Head of the Election Commission Secretariats. In these positions, she was responsible for developing the legal framework and policies in support of the implementation of the Dayton Peace Accords and UN Resolution 1244. After 9/11, Liz worked for the International Rescue Committee in Pakistan and Afghanistan where she established and managed the Protection Department for Afghan refugees and returning IDPs.
Starting in 2004, she served in leadership positions and helped establish the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID developing programs and policies to improve the USG’s ability to address the causes of violent deadly conflict. In 2007, Liz was the Chief of Party for Pact where she managed a USAID funded conflict resolution and governance program in Ethiopia. She also served as a Technical Director at FHI 360 where she managed a USAID funded peacebuilding and governance program in Senegal with a focus on the Casamance one of Africa’s longest-running civil wars. Liz is also an experienced mediator, and she is a frequent guest lecturer on countering violent extremism, international conflict analysis and peacebuilding in conflict-affected and fragile states. Liz holds a BA from Boston College, a JD from Vermont Law School, and an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She lives in Falls Church City, VA with her husband and twin daughters.
Jessica Baumgardner-Zuzik, Director of Learning and Evaluation
Jessica works on improving capacity and understanding within the field of peacebuilding of monitoring, evaluation, and impact tools and analysis in conflict-affected settings. She has more than ten years of field and academic experience working in economic development, and humanitarian and peacebuilding activities. Jessica has acted as lead program manager for DM&E activities, project design and implementation, impact evaluations, and RCT’s on several World Bank, UN, and NGO projects. She has led research endeavors involving economic empowerment, SBCC and mass media, MenEngage and SGBV, family planning, gender and entrepreneurship, gender and macroeconomic planning, maternal and infant health, ECD, and cross-sector gender involvement in the industry. Jessica specializes in creating usable, innovative data capture and M&E systems in fragile areas. She applies multiple techniques and theories from a range of disciplines to find creative solutions to tackle DM&E in complex settings. Jessica is fluent in French and holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Foreign Languages from Juniata College and an MA in Economics from the University of San Francisco. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and cat, where she enjoys boxing, reading, and exploring our national treasures.
Stephanie Budaker, Program Associate, PeaceCon 2019
Stephanie is AfP’s Conference Associate in the lead-up to PeaceCon 2019. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from Kent State University in 2016. As an undergraduate she spent time abroad, attending sessions at the United Nations in Geneva, formatting reports on the Human Rights Council and other events. In her final year, she was accepted into Kent State’s Washington Program in National Issues and spent a semester taking classes and interning in D.C.
Currently, Stephanie is a Master’s student at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. After graduation, she plans to pursue research studying reconciliation and the protection of minority groups in communities in the aftermath of violent conflict. Particular areas of interest are regions that have experienced violence in the past but where tensions remain among groups. Stephanie also plans to return to school for her PhD in the future.
Laura Strawmyer, Policy and Advocacy Manager
Laura Strawmyer is the Policy and Advocacy Manager, and formerly a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow, at the Alliance for Peacebuilding. With the Policy & Advocacy Team, she works to lead, support, and empower AfP’s members in advocating to the U.S. government and other institutions. She coordinates several topical Working Groups, leads AfP’s Congressional engagement, and manages administration outreach. Prior to AfP, Laura supported a range of peacebuilding, development, academic, and religious organizations, including the local Rwandan peacebuilding organization, Never Again Rwanda.
She holds an Accelerated Masters of Public Affairs, with concentrations in Nonprofit Management and International Development, from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. As an undergraduate, she majored in Nonprofit Management with minors in French, African Languages, and African Studies. Strawmyer is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Swahili, and the SPEA International Engagement Fellowship. She speaks French and Swahili, as well as some Kinyarwanda and Arabic.
Laura is from central Indiana and now resides in Washington, D.C., where she enjoys volunteering with girls’ programs and spending time with her cat.
Madeline Rose, Director of Coalition Campaigns and Policy
Madeline has a strong record of policy, advocacy, and movement-building, as well as deep experience in the peacebuilding field. For the past five years, Madeline served as Senior Global Advocacy Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor at Mercy Corps, where she led advocacy campaigns, as well as global and U.S. government relations on peace and conflict policy. She was the lead advocate behind the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, as well as a civil society negotiator on major global initiatives including Sustainable Development Goal #16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and the Secretary General’s Platform for Action on the Prevention of Violent Extremism. Prior to her role at Mercy Corps, Madeline was the lead lobbyist for the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
As a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, Madeline played a lead role in drafting the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2012, developed the drone warfare oversight strategy for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and managed the Congressional Ethiopia Caucus, all while serving one of the most diverse Congressional districts in the United States. Madeline has also worked at the United Nations, developed the greenhouse gas reporting approach and Corporate Responsibility framework for a Forbes 500 technology company, and served with community-based organizations in South Africa. She has a B.A. from Occidental College in Diplomacy and World Affairs and is a Seminar XXI U.S. National Security Fellow with Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A native of Northern California, Madeline will be based in San Francisco.
Adam Wolf, Membership and Outreach Manager
Adam Wolf is AfP’s Membership and Outreach Manager and has worked with AfP since 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2013. After graduation, he spent several months interning with the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security where he focused on international disarmament and nonproliferation policy at the United Nations Headquarters. Examples of his work include monitoring negotiations within the General Assembly First Committee and drafting articles on nuclear nonproliferation and outer space security. He has spent the past two years working with nonprofits in the state of Wisconsin, including one year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. As a VISTA, Adam worked with the Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity in developing methods to improve donor cultivation and project evaluation. He has also contributed research for several publications on arms control and global governance.
While pursuing his Bachelors, Adam was actively involved in Model United Nations (MUN), an educational simulation where students represent countries and negotiate resolutions through parliamentary procedure. To this day, Adam continues his love for MUN by staffing three different conferences, including serving as Secretary-General for Midwest Model United Nations and Undersecretary-General at National Model United Nations DC.
Nina Ullom, Summer Program Assistant
Natalie Somers, Summer Program Assistant