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Rachel Hunkler

Rachel Hunkler

Senior Program Manager, Preventing Targeted Violence

Rachel Hunkler is the senior program manager for preventing targeted violence at the McCain Institute. In this role, she manages the Institute’s education-adjacent prevention work, including the Invent2Prevent program for high school and college students, the SCREEN Hate awareness campaign for parents, and the National Security and Counterterrorism fellowship program for mid-career professionals. Hunkler was a coauthor of the National Policy Blueprint to End White Supremacist Violence, published jointly with the Center for American Progress in April 2021 and heavily informed the first-ever White House National Strategy to Counter Domestic Terrorism. She specializes in program evaluation and instructional design.

Hunkler has a background in classroom teaching and educational non-profit work, both here in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, the U.S. Department of State awarded her a Fulbright Grant to teach English at a bilingual high school in Spain. She was granted a rare Fulbright renewal in 2014 to serve as the Global Classroom Coordinator for the Spanish Fulbright Commission, where she ran Madrid’s Model UN program for over 300 students and conducted training for 65 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants. Upon returning to the U.S., Hunkler taught high school English and Spanish literature in Nashville for several years before earning her master’s degree.

Prior to her work on the McCain Institute’s Preventing Targeted Violence programs, Hunkler spent two years managing the strategic design, execution, evaluation, and scaling of the McCain Institute’s Global Leadership programs.

Hunkler is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and K-12 education from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hunkler believes that education is the most powerful tool for creating more inclusive, peaceful societies. Through her work, she seeks to build bridges of mutual understanding within and across borders.