Mike Brand is an atrocities prevention and peacebuilding professional with over a decade of experience in policy, advocacy, organizing, and in-country programs. Throughout his career, Mike has worked for various NGOs in the United States, Rwanda, and South Sudan, and has done fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Mike also briefly spent time at the State Department in the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Mike supports civil society organizations and diaspora networks in strategic planning, program development, and in achieving their advocacy and organizing objectives. He holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and B.A.s in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @miketheidealist.