Susan Powell

Susan Powell is the program coordinator for the Combatting Human Trafficking program at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role she provides administrative assistance to support the Institute’s programmatic work. Susan is originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland and has a bachelor’s degree in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She previously interned […]

Sara Perry

Sara Perry is Program Coordinator for the Core Functions Team at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to this role, Perry served as a Human Rights & Democracy intern for the Institute. In her undergraduate career, Perry worked as a Government and Politics Research Assistant studying Henry Shue’s nature and theory of threats to […]

Ambassador Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

Ambassador Josette Sheeran, a founding trustee of the McCain Institute, currently serves as Executive Chairman. In this role, Sheeran is overseeing a strategic evaluation of the Institute’s mission and programs with a goal of ensuring transformational impact in the U.S. and the global community through the vision of its namesake, Sen. John S. McCain. Sheeran […]

Scott Nemeth

Scott Nemeth serves as the Senior Program Manager for Global Leadership Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. In this role, Nemeth leads the global leadership team and focuses on helping prepare today’s leaders to meet tomorrow’s challenges through the Institute’s flagship program: McCain Global Leaders. He also leads efforts […]

Melissa Blum

Melissa Blum

Melissa Blum is the social media specialist at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. In this role, she develops creative social media marketing campaigns to highlight the Institute’s mission, programs and special events. Blum graduated with honors from James Madison University in 2017 where she earned her degree in media arts […]

Clint Williamson

Clint Williamson

Ambassador Clint Williamson is the senior director for International Rule of Law, Governance and Security at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and a professor of practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor Law School at Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues from June 2006 to […]

Anna Voloshin

Anna Voloshin

Prior to joining the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, 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 a key member of the External Relations and Development team, where she actively contributed to […]

Kelsey Syms

Kelsey Syms

Kelsey Syms serves as the program manager for the Combatting Human Trafficking program at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of programmatic work, as well as advances the Institute’s convening power and external relations. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Kelsey interned for the Department of […]

Brette Steele

Brette Steele

Brette Steele serves as the Senior Director for Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Steele served as the Regional Director of Strategic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships. In that role she advised the State of California in […]

Virginia Pounds

Virginia Pounds

Serving as the Institute’s Office Manager and Human Resource Liaison, Virginia joins the McCain Institute after spending more than thirty years working for the United States Senate, most recently serving as the Administrative Manager in Senator McCain’s office. Prior to that she served under Senator McCain’s chairmanship on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and […]

Berivan Orucoglu

Berivan Orucoglu

Berivan Orucoglu is a journalist by training and she has written extensively on U.S.-Turkish relations, Turkish domestic politics, good governance and freedom of press, publishing in major international print media, including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Foreign Policy. Ms. Orucoglu is currently the Human Rights & Democracy Program Manager at the McCain Institute […]

Claire Sechler Merkel

Claire Sechler Merkel

Claire Sechler Merkel is the Senior Director, Arizona Programs for the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. She served as director of friends and family and chief of staff to Mrs. Cindy McCain during the 2008 Presidential Election campaign, and worked for McCain for President 2000. Previously, she served as legislative assistant […]