Mike Merryman-Lotze works as AFSC's Middle East Program Director . Based in Philadelphia, Mike is a member of the Middle East Regional Office. He coordinates AFSC’s advocacy and policy work related to Israel and Palestine and the broader Middle East. In this role, he works closely with AFSC’s offices in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan and throughout the U.S.
From 2000 through 2003, Mike worked as a researcher with the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq in the West Bank, and from 2007 through 2010 he worked in Save the Children UK’s Jerusalem office managing child rights and child protection programming. He has also managed community and local government development programs in Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, and throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
He has appeared in many news outlets, including Al Jazeera, Mondoweiss, Centre for Research on Globalization, +972, and Middle East Eye. He is also a regular contributor to AFSC’s Acting in Faith blog.
Mike received his BS in International Politics from Earlham College and his MA in International Relations with a focus on Conflict Management from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins.