Where Do We Go From Here? #ActiveCitizen

Our Hosts:

Atiba Madyun President at Party Politics and CEO of TMG- the Madyun Group

Meghan Enriquez CEO of True Conversations

Our Guests:

Dr. Aleksandra Nesic

Dr. Aleksandra Nesic is a Research & Teaching Professor of Cultural-Conflict Psychology at the US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USASOC/SOCOM), Senior Faculty of Human Security Studies at the School for International Training, Graduate Institute of World Learning in Washington DC and a Visiting Faculty at the Joint Special Operations University (USSOCOM) in Tampa, Florida.

Previously, Dr. Nesic was a Professor and a Program Director at the Florida State University’s Global Citizenship educational initiative where she developed and coordinated programs in intercultural and interfaith education, conflict resolution, global citizenship and peacebuilding as well as designed and taught courses in Cross-Cultural Communication, International Relations and Conflict Resolution. She is a co-founder, a partner and senior researcher of Valka-Mir Human Security, LLC, a human security development and research firm specializing in psycho-social and cultural analysis and integration of communities in conflict. 

Dr. Nesic has over 10 years of cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution training and teaching. She provides customized training services for university faculty, staff, and students from over 100 different countries, corporate, military and non-governmental organizations in the US and abroad. Dr. Nesic consults the United Nations Systems Staff College, and is an active board member of several international non-governmental organizations working in peace and conflict areas. She is an experienced public speaker fluent in English, Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, a published author, and has chaired and presented her research at a number of international, national and regional conferences focused on international conflicts, human security and peacebuilding.

Aleksandra holds a PhD in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and International Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.


Kenneth Romero is the Executive Director of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), an affiliate of the Council of State Governments.

Kenneth graduated from Boston University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After completing his Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico, he moved to Washington, DC to pursue a Master’s in International Business and Trade Law at American University. At the same time, he began his career in public service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, working on trade policy.

He later was appointed Director of Tourism for the City of San Juan. He also worked as Director of Issues and Public Affairs for the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico and later served as Legislative and Federal Affairs Counsel to four Secretaries of Transportation of Puerto Rico.

Before joining NHCSL, Kenneth served as Executive Aide and Advisor to the Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. He was appointed Chairman of the Host Committee for the 53rd Annual Meeting and Policy Forum of CSG’s Eastern Regional Conference.

As Executive Director of NHCSL, Kenneth currently serves as co-chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda’s Government Accountability Committee.


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