Director, Peacebuilding Engineers Program
Althea Middleton-Detzner is the Director of the Peacebuilding Engineers Program at PeaceTech Lab. PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict, using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts. Headquartered at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), the Lab carries out its mission in close collaboration with public and private sector partners. In her role at the Lab, Althea manages university and corporate partnerships and builds bridges for young engineers to work in the peacebuilding field.
Althea brings over a decade of experience working on peace and conflict, with expertise in civil resistance and corporate - community conflicts. Her work with for-profit companies, international agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and civic groups has included project management; strategy consulting; curriculum development; and facilitation, training, and coaching services.
Althea worked with International Center on Nonviolent Conflict from 2005-2016 on major academic and field initiatives including managing programs, developing content and curriculum, facilitating, training, and educating, and developing partnerships with key academic, policy, research, and civil society organizations and institutions across the globe. She is most proud of co-founding and launching the international “Local Learning Initiatives Network” aimed at creating long-term, sustainable impact by providing civil resistance education and mentorship for community-based initiatives.
As a Curriculum Development Specialist for the Global Campus in The Academy at the United States Institute of Peace, Althea worked with a team to develop a suite of online training and toolkits for conflict management and peacebuilding professionals worldwide, with an emphasis on interactive pedagogy and developing an online community. She lead course video production, curriculum development, managed a team of experts and specialists to launch USIP’s “Foundations and Critical Skills” courses, and co-created all aspects of the Civil Resistance Online Training and Toolkit.
Althea has a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Bachelors degree in International Affairs and Development from The George Washington University. She has lived in Thailand, Ecuador, South Africa, Argentina, Cambodia, France, and Costa Rica and is a highly skilled Spanish speaker.