Rachel Hunkler is the program manager for leadership programs at the McCain Institute of International Leadership. In this role, she works closely with Ambassador Michael Polt and the rest of the leadership programs team to plan, design, execute and scale leadership programs such as Next Generation Leaders, Next Generation Professionals and the Policy Design Studio.

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.