Johanna Mendelson-Forman is a senior associate with Americas Program at Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), where she works on renewable energy, the Americas, civil-military relations, and post-conflict reconstruction. As a former co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at CSIS, she has written extensively on security-sector reform in conflict states, economic development in postwar societies, the role of the United Nations in peace operations, and energy security. In 2003, she participated in a review of the post-conflict reconstruction effort of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as part of a CSIS team.
Mendelson-Forman served as the director of peace, security, and human rights at the UN Foundation prior to joining CSIS. She has also served in the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Bureau for Humanitarian Response, the Office of Transition Initiatives, and the World Bank's Post Conflict Unit. She has been a senior fellow with the Association of the United States Army and a guest scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has also served as an adviser to the UN Mission in Haiti. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at American University and Georgetown University.
Mendelson-Forman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the advisory boards of Women in International Security and the Latin American Security Network, RESDAL. She holds a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University, a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a master's of international affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies, from Columbia University in New York.