I am a peacebuilder, avid gardener, mother, artist, author and dreamer.
In my professional life, I am the Associate Vice President for Governance, Law and Society 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 fifteen 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 and a half 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.