I am a peacebuilder, avid gardener, mother, artist, author and dreamer.
In my professional life, I am the Director of the Rule of Law Center at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). I am a lawyer (former law firm associate and then federal prosecutor and defense attorney) who made the leap to international peacebuilding about thirteen years ago when I first arrived in Bosnia to work in the field of what is called “rule of law.” From there, it has been an amazing decade plus of living and working in, traveling to and working with the incredible people from numerous conflict affected and war torn countries. These experiences and the people I have met have profoundly affected me and shaped my view of the world and myself.
It is through gardening and peacebuilding that I feel grounded and content. It is through gardening and peacebuilding that everything connects and makes sense. This blog is about making and sharing those connections.