Rachel Hunkler is the Program Manager for National Security & Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute of International Leadership.

Prior to joining the McCain Institute, Hunkler worked as a classroom teacher, both in the United States and abroad. She taught English at a bilingual high school in Madrid, Spain, on a Fulbright grant and served as the Fulbright Mentor for the Spanish Fulbright Commission. Upon returning to the U.S., Hunkler taught English and Spanish literature at a high school in Nashville.

Hunkler is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, but currently resides in Washington, DC. She earned 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. She is passionate about the intersection of education and international diplomacy to build bridges of mutual understanding.