Team

Kurt Volker

Executive Director

Kurt Volker is Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, part of Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in 2008-2009. Since leaving government,...

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Erik Brattberg

Director for Special Projects

Erik Brattberg serves as Director for Special Projects and Senior Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, DC. Among his responsibilities at the Institute is...

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Nicole Brown

Fiscal Specialist

Nicole Brown is the Fiscal Specialist for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the Institute, Nicole worked at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of...

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Paris Dennard

Events Director

​Paris Dennard is the Events Director for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the McCain Institute he worked as a strategic communications consultant for his own...

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Paul Fagan

The Democratic Republic of the Congo Program Director

Paul Fagan is the Director of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Program for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Congo...

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Liz Fontaine

Director of Communications

Liz Fontaine is the Director of Communications and Programming at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Before joining the Institute, she was the Creative Director at the Center for a...

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Ben Freakley

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley serves as the Professor of practice of Leadership for Arizona State University and as a Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership...

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Filip Jolevski

Special Projects Manager

Filip Jolevski is the Special Projects Manager and Research Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of complex data-driven...

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Ethan B. Kapstein

Senior Director for Research and Decision Analysis

Ethan B. Kapstein is Senior Director for Research and Decision Analysis at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and Arizona Centennial Professor of International Affairs at the School of...

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David J. Kramer

Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom

David J. Kramer joined the McCain Institute as Senior Director for Human Rights and Human Freedom in November 2014. Before that, he served for four years as President of Freedom House. Prior to that,...

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Meghan Latcovich

Strategic Advisor

Meghan Latcovich is the Strategic Advisor at the McCain Institute. Prior to this position, Meghan was Director of Communications and Programming at the Institute for two years. Before joining the...

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Claire Sechler Merkel

Director of Arizona Initiatives

Claire Sechler Merkel is the Director of Arizona Initiatives for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University. She served as Director of Friends and Family and...

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Chasta Piatakovas

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Chasta Piatakovas is the executive assistant as well as the office manager at The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the European Department...

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Michael C. Polt

Senior Director

Ambassador Polt assumed his new position as Senior Director of the Institute on October 1, 2012, after concluding his 35-year diplomatic career and following his most recent assignment as Ambassador...

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Everett Pyatt

Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program

Everett Pyatt is the Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership program. He is a career civil servant with experience in all fields of acquisition including R&D,...

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Garrett Schori

Next Generation Leaders Program Manager

Garrett Schori is the Program Manager for the McCain Institute for International Leadership’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Program. In his current capacity, he works directly with Senior Staff,...

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Lindsay Scornavacco

Senior Human Trafficking Coordinator

Lindsay Scornavacco serves as the Senior Human Trafficking Coordinator for the McCain Institute. In this role she supports the Director of Arizona Initiatives to further the Institute’s anti-human...

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Rachel Spera

Program Coordinator

Rachel Spera is the Program Coordinator for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. As program coordinator, Rachel supports the Senior Director, working on both the Washington Policy Design...

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Anna Voloshin

Director of Development

Prior to joining the Institute, Anna spent nearly six years at the Washington think tank Atlantic Council, serving the past three years as its Director of Outreach and Public Programs. She was a key...

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Matthew Weideman

Decision Theater Lab Manager

Matthew Weideman is the Decision Theater Lab Manager for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this capacity, Matthew handles all the technical aspects of the institute. Matthew also...

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Clint Williamson

Senior Director for Law and National Security

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Law and National Security at the McCain Institute and a Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State...

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Anna Franko

McCain Institute Strategic Communications Fellow

Anna Franko is the Strategic Communications Fellow for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, Anna supports the Director of Communications, working to develop and advance the...

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Alexandra Gastelum

McCain Institute Humanitarian Action Fellow

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Justice Studies. While abroad in Barcelona, Spain, Alexandra...

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Katarina Tracz

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

Katarina Tracz is the International Research Fellow for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Katarina also serves as Deputy Director of the Swedish think tank Stockholm Free World...

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Caitlin Battey

Caitlin Battey is the Humanitarian Action Intern for the McCain Institute. Caitlin is a senior at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She will graduate in May of 2015 with two Bachelors of Arts, one...

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Brooke Laitin

Brooke Laitin is the Communications Intern for the McCain Institute. Brooke is currently a student in The School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, where she is pursuing...

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Ferdinand Swedi

Ferdinand Swedi is the Human Freedom and Democracy Intern for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. As an intern, Ferdinand supports our North Kivu democracy project where he researches...

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Chelsea Wells

Chelsea Wells is the Decision Science Intern for the McCain Institute. As an intern, Chelsea reports to the Decision Theater and collaborates in researching, planning, and executing simulations that...

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