Rachel Hunkler is the Program Manager for National Security & Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute of International Leadership. In this role, she manages the Institute’s National Security and Counterterrorism fellowship program and the joint project with the Center for American Progress for developing and disseminating a National Policy Blueprint to End White Supremacist Violence. Prior to this, Hunkler spent two years managing the strategic design, execution, evaluation, and scaling of the McCain Institute’s global leadership programs.
Hunkler has a background in education, both domestic and international. 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 English and Spanish literature at a high school in Nashville. She now continues to advocate strongly for education and training that creates more inclusive, peaceful societies and builds bridges of mutual understanding within and across borders.
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.