David J. Smith has over 30 years’ experience as a consultant, lawyer, mediator, educator, trainer, and senior program officer. He works with groups and individuals in need of career and conflict coaching, mediation, and conflict engagement assistance, and has consulted with over 200 colleges around the U.S. and has given over 500 talks on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. Formerly, he was a senior program officer and manager at the U.S. Institute of Peace. In addition, he has taught at Goucher College, Georgetown University, and currently at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
David was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia). He is a recipient of the William J. Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is the author of Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Press 2016) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press 2013). David is a graduate of American University (BA), George Mason University (MS, conflict analysis & resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD). He blogs at http://davidjsmithconsulting.com.