Staff

Kurt Volker

Executive Director

Kurt Volker is Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, part of Arizona State University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to NATO in 2008-2009. Since leaving...

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Paris Dennard

Events Director

​Paris Dennard is the Events Director for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining the McCain Institute he worked as a strategic communications consultant for his own...

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Ben Freakley

Senior Advisor

Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley serves as the Professor of practice of Leadership for Arizona State University and as a Special Advisor to ASU President Michael Crow for Leadership...

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Brian Gallian

Program Coordinator

Brian Gallian is the Program Coordinator for the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Prior to joining, he was an intern for the Institute collaborating on a variety of different projects...

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Ethan B. Kapstein

Senior Director for Research and Decision Analysis

Ethan B. Kapstein is Senior Director for Research and Decision Analysis at the McCain Institute for International Leadership and Arizona Centennial Professor of International Affairs at the School of...

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Meghan Latcovich

Director of Communications

Meghan Latcovich is the Director of Communications and Programming at the McCain Institute. Before joining the Institute team, she was Chief of Staff for Cindy McCain. She travelled extensively...

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Claire Sechler Merkel

Director of Arizona Initiatives

Claire Sechler Merkel is the Director of Arizona Initiatives for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University. She served as Director of Friends and Family and...

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Michael C. Polt

Senior Director

Ambassador Polt assumed his new position as Senior Director of the Institute on October 1, 2012, after concluding his 35-year diplomatic career and following his most recent assignment as Ambassador...

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Everett Pyatt

Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership Program

Everett Pyatt is the Leader for the Project for Defense Management and Acquisition Leadership program. He is a career civil servant with experience in all fields of acquisition including R&D,...

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Rebecca Schneider

Chief of Staff

Rebecca Schneider serves as the Chief of Staff to Ambassador Kurt Volker at The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Schneider manages the staff and oversees office operations, in addition...

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Anna Voloshin

Director of Development

Prior to joining the Institute, Anna 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...

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Stephen Wong

Administrative and Program Assistant

Stephen P. Wong joined the McCain Institute as Administrative and Program Assistant in November 2012. In this capacity he supports the Senior Director for Leadership Programs and the Director of...

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McCain Institute Fellows

Petra Jacinova

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

Petra Jacinova is a diplomat and McCain Institute International Research Fellow. Previously, she has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic since 2007, where she held...

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Nicole Lavella

McCain Institute Strategic Communications Fellow

Nicole Lavella recently graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where she earned both a B.A. in Journalism and Mass...

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Vaida Nedzinskaite

McCain Institute International Research Fellow

Vaida Nedzinskaite is a recent graduate of Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. She holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in law, and is interested in the international...

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