Michelle Zimney has extensive training and work experience promoting cultural understanding throughout the world, and has volunteered extensively with programs that facilitate cultural relations through dialogue and educational travel. She received a B.A. in International Relations at Stanford University and an M.A. in Religious Studies at UCSB. She completed a year intensive advanced course in the Arabic language at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and lived in Damascus, Syria for a year as a Fulbright Scholar, receiving an Islamic Studies Dissertation Research Grant. Michelle has worked as a leader of a Global Exchange Lebanon/Syria delegation, a Global Justice radio program host, a researcher for the U.N Alliance of Civilizations Project, a facilitator and coach for Soliya (a dialogue project for university students in the US and Arab world), a researcher and translator for ConceptionMedia and the documentary film The Road to Fallujah, and as a consultant for the Consensus Building Institute, teaching courses and workshops on Mutual Gains Approaches to Negotiation.