Locally Rooted, Globally Supported
Our D.C. headquarters houses the Executive Office and provides global support to our peacebuilding work around the world. With more than 70 staff, our DC-HQ office plays a critical role in leading our global functions, including Programs; Finance; Development, Marketing and Communications; Human Resources and Administration; Global Affairs and Partnership; and Strategy Alignment.
We began our work in the USA at the height of the Cold War with only a handful of employees, a minuscule budget, and a huge mission: to transform the way the world deals with conflict. Our founder, John Marks, realized that changing the world by tearing down old systems left us in shambles. So, he started building a new one. Instead of approaching conflict from a win-lose perspective, John founded Search for Common Ground and established our first headquarters was established in Washington, DC. in 1982.