Rebecca Cataldi is a conflict resolution specialist and trainer, and serves as a Senior Program Officer at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy (ICRD), where her work has focused on facilitating conflict resolution and countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives in Yemen, engaging madrasa and interfaith leaders in Pakistan, supporting reconciliation efforts among Syrians, developing peacebuilding and CVE curricular materials, and furthering other initiatives to counter violent extremism.
Ms. Cataldi is a summa cum-laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s Institute (now School) for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She has served as a conflict resolution trainer for ICRD, the US Department of State’s Speaker/Specialist Program, the Arlington County Jail through Offender Aid and Restoration, and the Luminari youth program. She has worked for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD), as a language educator for the Government of Japan, and as a facilitator of American-Muslim World dialogue with the Soliya Connect Program.
Her articles have appeared in such publications as the Journal of Peace, Conflict & Development; Common Ground News Service; Asian Conflicts Reports; Voices of Tomorrow; and Voice of Peace; and she has been interviewed on Voice of America, ZDF (German television), A9 (Turkish television), and Building Bridges Radio, and has spoken at venues such as Al-Azhar University in Cairo. She is the author of Empowering Yemeni Peacemakers: The Intersection of Conflict Resolution & CVE, and a co-author of Madrasa Enhancement and Global Security: A Model for Faith-based Engagement and A Fractured South: Addressing Separatism and Other Challenges Amidst Yemen’s Political Tumult.
Ms. Cataldi is the founder of the American-Islamic Friendship Project and has engaged in cultural exchange, interfaith, educational, peacebuilding, and other initiatives in more than 50 countries, including Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Chile, Australia, and the United States.