Liz Fontaine is the director of communications and programming at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.

Before joining the Institute, she was the creative director at the Center for a New American Security. She joined CNAS in 2009 to oversee and implement the design and production of CNAS’ various reports and promotional materials as well as manage the CNAS brand.

From January 2014 to August 2014, Fontaine was the acting director of external relations at CNAS where she coordinated Center-wide events, media relations and Congressional outreach.

She previously worked as a page designer and graphic artist at several newspapers, including The News Tribune and Kitsap Sun in Washington state. At The News Tribune, Fontaine designed numerous sections including the front page, local news, features and weekly entertainment magazine. Her design work has earned national acclaim for her in-depth graphic on breast cancer detection.

A native of Columbus, Ind., Fontaine graduated with a bachelors of journalism from the University of Missouri. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband and son.