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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Caitlin Battey

Program Assistant

Caitlin Battey is the Program Assistant for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. As Program Assistant, Caitlin 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, 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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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, Anna supports the Director of Communications, working to develop and advance The McCain...

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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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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 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, she 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, 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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Mallory Mullen

Events Coordinator

Mallory Mullen is the Events Coordinator at The McCain Institute for International Leadership. In her current capacity, Mullen supports the Director of Communications by planning and executing a...

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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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Alexandra Gastelum

McCain Institute Humanitarian Action Fellow

Alexandra Gastelum is the Humanitarian Action Fellow for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, Alexandra supports the Strategic Advisor, Director of Arizona Initiatives and...

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Katarina Tracz

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

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

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Daniel Klingenberg

National Security Intern

Daniel Klingenberg is the National Security Intern at The McCain Institute and a second-year law student at Arizona State University, where he is the President of the International Law Students...

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Courtney Koos

Communications Intern

Courtney Koos is the Communications Intern at The McCain Institute. Courtney is a rising senior at Bowdoin College, where she is pursuing a double major in International Relations and Economics, and a...

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Adrienne Kronovet

Next Generation Leaders Program Intern

Adrienne Kronovet is the Next Generation Leaders Program Intern at The McCain Institute. She is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursuing a double major in History and...

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Isabel Linzer

Human Rights and Democracy Intern

Isabel Linzer is the Human Rights and Democracy Intern at The McCain Institute. She is a rising junior at Wesleyan University, where she is pursuing a double major in Government and French, in...

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Christian Martinez

Next Generation Leaders Program Intern

Christian Martinez is a Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Intern at The McCain Institute and a rising senior at Cornell University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and two minors in...

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Emily Parriott

Decision Science Intern

Emily Parriott is the Decision Science Intern for The McCain Institute for International Leadership. From Minnesota, she is now a third-year student in Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State...

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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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