Ms. Vanessa Brown
Vanessa Brown’s career has focused on restorative justice, gender equality, and non-violent conflict transformation. She has over a dozen years of experience as both a donor and project manager for political transition and economic empowerment programs conducted throughout Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. For several years, Vanessa worked as a U.S. government Refugee Office abroad, where she adjudicated refugee resettlement cases for political activists, unaccompanied minors, and families fleeing protracted violence throughout Asia, East Africa and the Middle East. Vanessa is a published author on violence prevention for vulnerable youth and on gender agency in security building, including a book chapter in Waging War and Peace…Women's Roles in Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (Continuum: 2011). She holds a B.A. in international affairs and an M.S. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Prior to joining the federal government, Vanessa worked with international organizations in the Balkans, Africa, and Washington, DC. She is an experienced trainer and has led conflict management courses for university students, juvenile offenders and incarcerated adults.