Johanna Mendelson Forman

Advisory Board Member
Dr. Johanna Mendelson Forman is a senior associate with the Americas Program at the Center for Security and International Studies (CSIS), where she works on renewable energy, the Americas, civil-military relations and post-conflict reconstruction.
A former co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, she has written extensively on security sector reform in conflict states, economic development in postwar societies, the role of the United Nations in peace operations and energy security. In 2003, she participated in a review of the post-conflict reconstruction effort of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as part of a CSIS team. Johanna also brings experience in the world of philanthropy, having served as the director of peace, security and human rights at the UN Foundation.
She has held senior positions in the US government at the US Agency for International Development, the Bureau for Humanitarian Response, and the Office of Transition Initiatives, as well as at the World Bank’s Post Conflict Unit. She has been a senior fellow with the Association of the United States Army and a guest scholar at the US Institute of Peace. Most recently, she served as an adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University and Georgetown University.
Johanna is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory boards of Women in International Security and the Latin American Security Network, RESDAL. She holds a JD from Washington College of Law at American University, a PhD in Latin American history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a master’s of international affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies, from Columbia University in New York.