I am experienced in international peace and stability operations. I experienced conflict transformation first-hand while serving in the U.S. Army during counterinsurgency operations in Baghdad, Iraq. During graduate school at George Mason University, I researched peace operations, stability operations, and conflicts through the lens of peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peacebuilding practices and theories. While attending graduate school, I worked full time with the U.S. local procurement regional stabilization effort surrounding Afghanistan. That experience included interacting with local manufacturers and suppliers in Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, as well as coordinating with ministry level officials and U.S. government agencies. As the lead for a winning research and development team, I led a small team into Port Au Prince, Haiti to conduct a proof of concept on how local manufacturers and suppliers could get their products to international procurement entities such as the United Nations Development Programme and the Department of Defense. I presented a concept called the Local Vendor Development Initiative to international humanitarians at the 2013 World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey. In July 2014, I was the only American selected as a Development Reporter by the Global South Development Magazine. As a volunteer, he traveled to Guatemala to investigate and report on the challenges and development solutions associated with unaccompanied children migrating to the United States. In May 2015, I planned for and led a team to Amman, Jordan to assess the need for a tailored economic development program as a result of the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the region.