Michaela Ledesma

Co-founder & Chaplain


Michaela is a Chicana peacebuilder from the Pacific North West 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, values-driven, and collaborative approach to programs and organizational culture that seeks to transform 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.