Brad will provide overview of the New York Peace Institute, the city’s largest civilian peacebuilding force — which gets in the middle of thousands of neighborhood, family, community, and business disputes each year. The Peace Institute provides free mediation services, trains and credentials peace building professionals, and hosts events that raise awareness of creative ways to resolve conflict. Brad has worked to promote mediation in more than 20 countries, and he’ll discuss how his international work influenced the development of the Peace Institute.
Brad Heckman is the CEO of the New York Peace Institute, one of the nation’s largest community mediation agencies. He’s also an adjunct professor of Global Affairs at New York University, and on the boards of the National Association for Community Mediation and the New York City Peace Museum. Formerly, he was International Director at Partners for Democratic Change, for which helped build the first mediation centers in the former Soviet bloc, and Vice President of Safe Horizon, a New York-based victims services agency.