Conflict Resolution Expert Washington, D.C. - Marinetta Cannito at PPS

Marinetta “I have a strong passion and commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation. My mission is to assist people in their journey to discover within themselves the capacity to heal strained relationships, increase reciprocal understanding, and prevent future conflicts. My methodology is based on restorative processes and tools that allow each individual to initiate constructive communications, understand their mutual needs and values, identify the root causes of the conflict, and collaboratively engage in finding mutually beneficial solutions aimed at building relationships of trust.”

Marinetta has over 15 years of experience as a scholar and practitioner in the fields of Conflict Transformation, Restorative Justice, and Alternative Dispute Resolutions in academic, civil, religious, and governmental settings. Her expertise is in designing and conducting community and interpersonal conflict mediation, capacity-building trainings, technical assistance to justice and mediation centers, and academic courses and lectures that educate on principles and practices of conflict transformation and restorative justice. She has also a lengthy experience counseling youth, having served as a Chaplain on the American University campus in Washington, D.C. for ten years.

Marinetta authored a book on the theory and practice of conflict transformation: La Trasformazione dei Conflitti. Un Percorso Formativo, Claudiana editrice, Torino (2017). She also published several articles such as “La Comunicazione Nonviolenta” (“Nonviolent Communication”), Servitium, Mediagraf Spa eds. (2018), 59-62 and “Restorative Justice and Organized Crime: A Challenge to Overcome the Culture of Mafia,” Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice Manual, Mennonite Central Committee eds. (2008), 320-323.

A native of Italy, Marinetta obtained her M.A. in Conflict Transformation at the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA (2005) and an M.A. in Theological Studies at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC with summa cum laude (1999). She received her B.A. in Theology at the Facoltà Valdese di Teologia in Rome, Italy (1997) and a B.A. in Modern Languages at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy with cum laude (1978).

Marinetta is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish and her international experience has enabled her to interact with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

She is an avid reader (averages one book a week) and belongs to a book club. She also enjoys listening to flamenco music, cooking and eating good Italian food, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

If you need help from a conflict resolution expert in Washington, D.C. or surrounding areas, contact Pollack Peacebuilding today.


“Marinetta was extremely professional and organized, compassionate and kind. Our consulting company used her for the first time in 2011, and she did a mediation training and then a more in-depth training-of-trainers session. She provides kind, detailed, constructive feedback and the trainees were thoroughly engaged and pleased with the training. We then used her again on two other occasions. Each one of these was a completely different context and different group of people but she tailored the training to the trainees’ needs, and everyone came away highly satisfied and clamoring for more. I’d hire her again in a heartbeat.”
– Jessica Vapnek, Lecturer in Law and Director of the M.S.L. Program, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

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