Michaela Ledesma

Co-founder & Peacebuilding Chaplain


Michaela is a Chicana peacebuilder from the Pacific NW region of the US. For more than two decades, she has supported conflict transformation initiatives led by civil society, government, INGOs, and the UN in 20+ contexts across five continents. At Build Up, Michaela nurtures a nonviolent and values-driven approach to nurture individual and collective wellbeing amidst the complex systemic and ethical challenges deeply-rooted in the field of peacebuilding. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, and Executive Master from The Graduate Institute, Geneva.