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Our Fellows & Staff

The Washington Institute provides the human capital on which innovative analysis and policymaking can rely. It does so through an in-house staff of recognized experts as well as scholars, experts, and associates from the United States and abroad.


Executive Director
Robert Satloff, Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy

Director of Research
Patrick Clawson, Morningstar Senior Fellow

Managing Director
Michael Singh, Lane-Swig Senior Fellow

Dennis Ross, William Davidson Distinguished Fellow

Senior Fellows
Katherine Bauer
Lori Plotkin Boghardt, Barbara Kay Family Fellow
Anna Borshchevskaya, Ira Weiner Fellow
Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family Fellow
Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow
Haisam Hassanein, Glazer Fellow
Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow
James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow
Mehdi Khalaji, Libitzky Family Fellow
Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow
David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow
Jacob Olidort, Soref Fellow
Ghaith al-Omari
David Pollock, Kaufman Fellow
David Schenker, Aufzien Fellow
Andrew J. Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow
Eric Trager, Esther K. Wagner Fellow
Bilal Wahab, Soref Fellow
Jeffrey White, Defense Fellow
Aaron Y. Zelin, Richard Borow Fellow

Associate Fellows
Sarah Feuer, Soref Fellow
Michael Herzog, Milton Fine International Fellow
Michael Knights, Lafer Fellow
Ehud Yaari, Lafer International Fellow

Visiting Fellows
Fabrice Balanche
Col. John Delaney, USA, Military Fellow
Hanin Ghaddar, Fieldman Visiting Fellow
Lt. Col Scott Klempner, USAF, Military Fellow
Cmdr. Jeremy Vaughan, USN, Military Fellow

Research Associates
Ronie Gazit
Mitchel Hochberg
Louisa Keeler
Kelsey Segawa

Research Assistants
Oya Aktas (Turkish Research Program)
Omar Alhashani (Project Fikra)
Kendall Bianchi (Military and Security Studies Program)
James Bowker (Program on Arab Politics)
Emily Burlinghaus (Iran Security Initiative)
Yousif Kalian (Project on Arab Politics)
Aryeh Mellman (Project on the Middle East Peace Process)
Maxine Rich (Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence)

Research Interns
Cole Blum
Matt Gang



Operations Manager
Rebecca Erdman

Data Services Coordinator
Beverly Sprewer

Administrative Assistant
Gina Vailes


Director of Communications
Jeff Rubin

Director of Publications
Mary Kalbach Horan

Managing Editor, Online Communications
R. Scott Rogers

Managing Editor, Multimedia
Neil Orman

Media Relations Associate
Ian Byrne

Senior Editor
George Lopez

Jason Warshof

Managing Editor, Arabic Website
Maurice Shohet

Communications and Development Associate
Alison Percich


National Director of Development
Dan Heckelman

Regional Director of Development, Southeast and Midwest
Jeanne Epstein

Regional Director of Development, Northeast
Jacqui Schein

Regional Director of Development, West
Miri Belsky

Development Operations Manager
Stephanie Valdes

Development Assistant
Jamie Sherman

Development Assistant, Northeast
Morgan Anastasio

Development Assistant, Western States
Maya Fried


Chief Financial Officer
Laura Hannah

Lynn Merhai

Senior Accountant
Dawn Joseph

Financial Assistant
Francois Nkuru