Matt Michels


Peacebuilding and Development Professional


I am an international peacebuilding and development professional with over eight years’ experience, specializing in education, child protection, peace and conflict, and youth development. I combine my passion for service and social justice with innovative pragmatism and forward thinking to achieve results for community partners and client organizations.

I’ve worked with UNICEF in diverse areas, including education in emergencies, child protection, adolescents, and peacebuilding and resilience. I am also a co-founder of PRYDE, a youth peace education nonprofit that partners with communities to engage youth on nonviolent, restorative approaches to conflict, and lead their program development and M&E work. Internationally, I’ve worked with community groups in Kenya and Togo on education, child protection, youth development, and gender. My master’s degree in International Educational Development (Policy and Peace) from Columbia University Teachers College and my bachelor’s degree in International Studies (African Peacebuilding and Development) from American University’s School of International Service.

Currently doing consulting work, both independently and as a member of the Torchlight Collective, I offer a wide range of expert services in the areas of international peacebuilding and development, from planning, to program implementation and analysis, to partnership relations.