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What is Joshua up to now?

Currently, Joshua Kirshbaum is making waves as a nonprofit specialist, entrepreneur, NYC Bar-certified mediator, Nonviolent Action Trainer, and UN Consultant. Wearing multiple hats, he proudly serves as the Director of NonviolenceNY at the Nonviolence Resource Center. Beyond his professional achievements, Joshua's heart for service shines through as a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist. Eager to follow his journey and impactful endeavors? Dive into the links below for real-time updates and exclusive insights.

For the latest on his work and progress.

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Nonviolence International New York,
United Nations HQ in New York Office

Executive Director and U.N. Liaison

 2016 - PRESENT

  • Established and fostered relationships with foundations, universities, and UN agencies to further our mission and projects.

  • Served on 15 UN coalition and foundation boards, offering communication, logistical and strategic support.

  • Automated over 80% of internal systems, reorganized volunteer retention and work culture, expanding the office from 12 volunteers with limited participation rates to 800 dedicated volunteers with 30,000 highly active participants globally.

  • Leading a global creative team of 60 volunteers, we produced over 150 multimedia awareness campaigns for the network.

  • Oversaw, in partnership with eight foundations and three nonprofits, the creation of 22 educational programs which trained 47 nonprofit leadership teams, sponsored 64 community projects, and launched the careers of 3,720 young adults.


ECOSOC Consultative status with the United Nations


Certified Conflict Photographer for the United Nations

Department of Global Communications


Columbia University Trained, Certified Mediator,
at the New York City Bar Association 


Consultant of Peace Education in high conflict regions for the United Nations Institute for Training And Research 


Certified in  Nonviolent Crisis Intervention by The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)


Certified Nonviolent Action Trainer by Nonviolence International


Certified Nonviolent Communications Trainer & Facilitator by the New York Center for Nonviolent communication (NYCNVC) 


Certified New York City Consultant on Conflict Intervention for the New York Police Department


Nonviolence Resource Center

Board Chair

2019 - PRESENT


Goldstine/Smith Family Office – Chief Strategic Officer

2020 – 2023

DKI Family Office – Chief Financial Officer

2018 – 2023

David Abelman Family Foundation – Philanthropy Director

2016 – 2022

J.I. Kaplan Family Office – Strategic Philanthropy Consultant

2018 – 2022

Micheal Horowitz Family Foundation – Strategic Consultant

2017 – 2022

Ira Aaronson Family Foundation – Strategic Consultant

2016 – 2021

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Nonviolence International

The world is in need of peace and nonviolence now more than ever. According to the United Nations, about one-third of the world’s population — more than 2.5 billion people — live in dangerous environments in countries around the world where incidents involving violent death are high. 

Nonviolence International New York

works relentlessly to find nonviolent solutions in violent and oppressive situations and cultivate the next generation of civil society leaders equipped to make this possible.

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NonviolenceNY Network

In direct Partnerships with Dozens of organizations and  United Nation Agencies, Our network is dedicated to advocating for nonviolent solutions through peace education and international advocacy; connecting a youth network to Civil Society at the United Nations, through Internship, Mentor ship, and Training Initiatives.

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Nonviolence Resorce Center

We in the Harlem NRC are dedicated to supporting our neighbors and friends in these troubled times. All of us in the Harlem community must stand united against injustices and inequalities. From the ongoing crimes taken by the US police force, to the heightened inequalities and lack of access increasing due to COVID-19. We are all United for Change. Welcome to the Harlem Nonviolence Resource Center - let’s impact our community together.

Current Projects and Investments:

Working with entrepreneurs across the globe

Active NonviolenceNY Programs & Projects:


Peace Education Training Program — Launched in 2021

Nonviolence International New York has Licensed Facilitators of the Prem Rawat Foundation’s Peace Education Program - an innovative series of video-based workshops that help people discover their own inner strength and personal peace.

In these weekly meetings, the group will behave the opportunity to focus and reflect on their own humanity and inner resources such as choice, hope, and dignity. Rather than describing or defining personal peace, the program empowers individuals to reach their own understanding. Everyone can benefit - the program has proven effective in a variety of settings, including community centers, youth groups, schools, adult education programs, veterans’ groups, healthcare settings, senior centers, homeless shelters, drug rehabilitation facilities, and correctional facilities.

Each participant will gain hands-on experience within a peace education program and take the first step in the path of becoming a facilitator themselves.

Actions In Quarantine — Launched in 2020

In the wake of our recent global pandemic and ensuing isolation, abuse of global powers, and mass distribution of false information, a community can be your backbone in keeping you balanced and supported. This is why Nonviolence International New York has been tirelessly working to develop the tools to understand how you can make a major impact on your local and global community from the four walls in which you reside. Join us as we dedicate our time in quarantine to advocating for nonviolent solutions through peace education and international advocacy. We invite our audience and the members of our youth network, Agents of Change, to take action in connecting with civil society at the United Nations and our greater international community in spreading goodwill and nonviolence.

Practical Peacebuilding Mentorship Program — Launched in 2020

In our new six-month Mentorship Program with NVINY, you will be joining a community of activists and student leaders from around the world to learn from experienced members of civil society at the United Nations. Mentors will plan and participate in active projects with NVINY to build and implement actions in service to our local and global communities. As a team, the individual and staff at NVINY will address actions and work together to build measurable and sustainable results for a project’s success.

New York Graduate Plan — Launched in 2020

The New York Graduate Plan Online is an educational collaboration between Nonviolence International New York and UNITAR that seeks to build graduate students with a passion for peacebuilding and international affairs into future diplomats. Over the course of this program, students will learn from UN diplomats in diplomatic training sessions, master the art of peacebuilding in workshops at Nonviolence International New York and personally lead world-changing digital fieldwork with Civil Society at the United Nations.

Global Translators — Launched in 2019

Join a community of over 2,000 translators and the NGO Committee on Language and Languages in our global effort collecting all to vital information and text.

Leadership Program — Launched in 2019 

Each semester we take 3-20 future leaders and guide them through an intensive leadership week where you meet experts from around the globe, do exercise learn about the 16 categories of peace and you build a network that will last you a lifetime.


Nonviolent Workshops Platform — Launched in 2019 

Explore with the New York office of nonviolence international as we explore the 300 forms of nonviolent actions. 


Understanding Peace Meetup group — Launched 2019 

This is a weekly meeting in-person group that focuses on current events and how to find nonviolent solutions to those issues.

Loaded Projects — Launched in 2018

Loaded projects was a disarmament-focused video project in which we interviewed experts from across the globe about different kinds of arms systems.

Volunteer Program — Launched in 2018

Starting with a team of 3 volunteers in 2018 we ended up building out the volunteer program to over 200 active daily volunteers across the globe working to assist civil society at the United Nations and making a positive footprint on the globe.


Creative Solutions Team — Launched in 2017

This was my first creative team. We were able to bring in 50+ artists from around the US to join on projects with Civil society at the United Nations.


American Ethos Projects — Launched in 2017 

The American ethos project gave the tools to young activists to advocate word what they believe in. This started with three workshops and ended up bringing in about 700 participants and we were able to bring hundreds of protesters to DC from across the East coast. We joined the women’s March & climate march and over a dozen anti-trump marches.


Agents of Change Strategic Planning Group — Launched 2016

With our global community, we realized that it was necessary for groups of people from around the world to come together and cooperate. We created an online meeting group in order to coordinate their efforts. Starting with 8 inspiring activists by 2019 the planning group had grown to 5 regional groups across the globe with over 4000 members hosting marches, coordinating events, and cultivating action across their countries.


Project Voices — Launched in 2016

In 2016 we join small municipalities across the Americas to amplify voices across the world, by interviewing, then fundraising for around 400 young Agents of Change who were impacting their communities. by 2018 Project Voices had raised over $75,000 for community projects and has touched the lives of millions.

Gorilla Filmmaking — launched in 2016

Focused on young creative filmmakers, This set of workshops hosted throughout Latin America and Northern Africa that gave resorces to young creative people who wanted to make a difference with their art. breaking down concepts like; moving to make with smartphones and creative ways of reaching online audiences.


Internship Program — launched in 2015

Since its foundation, it has Built the foundation of over 600 future leaders Careers within the international community and the United Nations.

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