Brad L Heckman

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor

Center for Global Affairs

  • BA, Dickinson College
  • MA, Johns Hopkins (SAIS)
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Brad Heckman is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Previously, he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of New York Peace Institute, one of the largest community mediation services in the US. Brad has trained thousands of NYPD officers, the leadership NASA’s Johnson Space Center, community organizations, United Nations programs, emerging women leaders in the Persian Gulf, and corporations in more than 30 countries. His trainings, presentations, and keynote speeches include his own illustrations, pop culture, humor, and theater techniques.

Brad’s interest in promoting peaceful dialogue began while he was teaching at a University in Poland in 1989, witnessing the transition from Soviet rule to democracy through round-table negotiations. He was previously a Vice President of Safe Horizon, a leading victims’ services and violence prevention agency in New York City, where he oversaw programs related to domestic violence and human trafficking. He also served as International Director of Partners for Democratic Change, where he helped develop the first mediation centers in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, South Caucasus, and the former Soviet Union.  This including extensive work with the Romany population in various countries. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, NASH Radio, Telemundo, Univision and other media outlets.

 Brad is currently working with youth from throughout Iraq to empower them to build peace countrywide, against the backdrop of post-ISIS terror, trauma, and the devastation following years of war and authoritarian rule.

He received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College. He is also an illustrator, whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally.