Joseph Bubman is a senior peacebuilding advisor on the Peace and Conflict team at Mercy Corps. He supports the development and implementation of conflict management programs in countries such as Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Iraq, Liberia, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Georgia, Guatemala, and Colombia. He is currently leading the development of a strategy to address the root causes of conflict in South Sudan. He also leads Mercy Corps' efforts to enhance global capacity to negotiate for humanitarian access with state actors and non-state armed groups. Formerly, he was an affiliate senior trainer on negotiation and conflict management at Vantage Partners, LLC, where he helped leading companies across a range of industries to negotiate and manage their strategic relationships
He completed a Masters in international relations—with concentrations in international economics and conflict management—at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Before attending SAIS, he served as an Information Technology staffer and later as the Regional Press Assistant for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign in Washington, DC. He has also worked as a legal assistant to a private attorney in Evanston, Illinois. Joseph has taught a GMAT course in Mexico, English in Argentina, and U.S. politics in Italy. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and History from Northwestern University. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian.