Alison Milofsky is the director of curriculum and training design in the Institute’s Academy where she specializes in curriculum development, facilitation skills development, intergroup dialogue and the design of training-of-trainers programs.
Milofsky oversees the Institute’s conflict management training program for peacekeepers in partnership with the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program (ACOTA). Through this program, USIP has provided training in negotiation, mediation and protection of civilians to more than 3000 peacekeepers from 15 African countries deploying to 7 UN/AU missions.
Milofsky teaches the Academy’s facilitation course as well as intergroup dialogues on race and gender at the University of Maryland. She incorporates facilitation and dialogue skills in her work training young leaders through the Institute’s Generation Change program and has led dialogue trainings in Afghanistan, Kenya and Rwanda. Milofsky edited the Institute’s Peacebuilding Toolkits for Educators and facilitates trainings for educators on how to infuse peacebuilding concepts into their teaching. She has conducted programs for educators in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Central Asia, and Africa.
Before joining the Institute in 2002, Milofsky was associate director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Washington, D.C. regional office, where she designed and implemented anti-bias education programs and trained police officers on hate crimes and extremism. Earlier, she served in Peace Corps/Slovakia as a teacher trainer.
Milofsky holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a doctorate in education policy, with a specialization in curriculum theory and development, from the University of Maryland.