Marinetta Cannito Hjort, M.A., Conflict Resolution Expert, Washington D.C.


General Overview

Marinetta focuses on empowering individuals in conflict to discover within themselves the capacity to heal strained relationships and apply tools for engaging in constructive dialogues with the other party and preventing future conflicts. Her approach is based on restorative processes designed to help parties gain awareness of their mutual needs, values and objectives; initiate constructive communications; and collaborate in addressing the root causes of their conflict through the identification of mutually beneficial solutions. 

Marinetta’s mission is rooted in her passion to assist individuals and groups in their journey of building a relationship of trust and creating environments of peace and reconciliation. 


Marinetta has over 15 years of national and international experience as a scholar and practitioner in the fields of Conflict Transformation, Restorative Justice, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Her work has focused on conflict coaching, facilitation of transformative dialogue processes and conflict transformation and restorative justice capacity-building trainings. Marinetta is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian. 


  • Civil society groups
  • Small business
  • Large groups
  • Family contexts
  • Government agencies
  • Proficient in Spanish, French, Italian


  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University
  • Basic Certificate on Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Eastern Mennonite University
  • Certificate on Peacebuilding Dialogues, Sustained Dialogue Institute
  • Facilitator Certification, Fellowship of Reconciliation and Training for Change
  • Restorative Justice Facilitator Certification, Northern Virginia Mediation Services
  • Author of Conflict Transformation: A Formative Journey 


  • Lecturer, Restorative Justice, Center of Justice and Peacebuilding of the Eastern Mennonite University 
  • Periodical collaborator, US Institute of Peace
  • Periodical collaborator, American University in Washington, D.C.
  • Collaborator with ‘Satyagraha’, Italian publication on peace and nonviolence issues

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