Team

Kurt Volker

Executive Director

Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Ambassador...

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Caitlin Battey

Program Assistant

Caitlin Battey is the Program Assistant for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. As Program Assistant, Ms. Battey supports the Senior Director, Program Manager and Program Coordinator,...

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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. Among his responsibilities at the Institute is developing...

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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, Ms. Brown worked at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of...

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David Campbell

Program Coordinator

David Campbell is the Program Coordinator of the Rule of Law and Governance Program at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, based at The McCain Institute for International...

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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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Anna Franko

Communications Associate

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

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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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Julia Fromholz

Director of the Rule of Law and Governance Program

Julia Fromholz serves as Director of the Rule of Law and Governance Program at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, based at The McCain Institute in Washington, DC. Before...

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Thomas Hall

Sr. Instructional Technical Analyst

Thomas Hall joins The McCain Institute for International Leadership as the Sr. Instructional Technical Analyst. He comes from the private sector where he has over 15 years of experience working as a...

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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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Monica Vegas Kladakis

Senior Advisor for Human Rights and Democracy

Monica Vegas Kladakis has spent most of her career advancing democracy, governance and development globally. Currently, she is working as a Senior Advisor for The McCain Institute for International...

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David J. Kramer

Senior Director for Human Rights and Democracy

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

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Charlotte Lapp

Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator

Charlotte Lapp is the Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. As Program Coordinator, Ms. Lapp works with the Institute’s Strategic Advisor, the...

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Meghan Latcovich

Strategic Advisor

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

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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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Lindsay Murphy

Senior Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator

Lindsay Murphy serves as the Senior Anti-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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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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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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Rachel Spera

Program Coordinator

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

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Anna Voloshin

Senior Director of Development

Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Voloshin 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...

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Clint Williamson

Senior Director for Rule of Law, Governance and Security

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the Senior Director for Rule of Law, Governance and 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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Matt Covert

Strategic Communications Fellow

Matt Covert is the Strategic Communications Fellow for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, Mr. Covert supports 
the Communications Associate and the Director of...

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Aaron Korewa

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

Aaron Korewa is a security policy writer and blogger and a Visiting Fellow at The McCain Institute. Mr. Korewa writes for the Stockholm Free World Forum, The Atlantic Council and Svenska Dagbladet,...

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Katarina Tracz

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

Katarina Tracz is the director of the Swedish think tank Stockholm Free World Forum and an International Research Fellow at The McCain Institute. Ms. Tracz has been working at the Stockholm Free...

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Alex Chabala

Next Generation Leaders Program Intern

Alex Chabala is the Next Generation Leaders Program Intern at The McCain Institute. He is currently a junior at American University studying International Relations with a focus in foreign policy and...

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Taylor LaFrancis

Humanitarian Action Intern

Taylor LaFrancis is a Humanitarian Action Intern at The McCain Institute. As such, Ms. LaFrancis collaborates with other interns as well as the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator to research human...

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Will Rappaport

Human Rights and Democracy Intern

Will Rappaport is the Human Rights and Democracy Intern at The McCain Institute. As an intern, Mr. Rappaport supports both David J. Kramer and Paul Fagan on their work in Russia and the Democratic...

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Erin Schulte

Humanitarian Action Intern

Erin Schulte is one of the Humanitarian Action Interns at The McCain Institute and a junior studying Global Studies and Political Science at Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College....

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Lisa Spicer

Humanitarian Action Intern

Lisa Spicer is the Humanitarian Action Intern for The McCain Institute. As the Humanitarian Action Intern, Ms. Spicer supports the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator to research human trafficking on the...

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