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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, Blumenstein-Katz Family Fellow
Anna Borshchevskaya, Ira Weiner Fellow
Soner Cagaptay, Beyer Family Fellow
Catherine Cleveland, Fikra Editor
Michael Eisenstadt, Kahn Fellow
Sarah Feuer, Soref Fellow
Haisam Hassanein, Glazer Fellow
Simon Henderson, Baker Fellow
James Jeffrey, Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow
Mehdi Khalaji, Libitzky Family Fellow
Michael Knights, Senior Fellow
Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow
David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow
Ghaith al-Omari, Senior Fellow
David Pollock, Kaufman Fellow
David Schenker, Aufzien Fellow
Phillip Smyth, Soref Fellow
Andrew J. Tabler, Martin J. Gross Fellow
Bilal Wahab, Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow
Jeffrey White, Defense Fellow
Aaron Y. Zelin, Richard Borow Fellow

Associate Fellows
Michael Herzog, Milton Fine International Fellow
Farzin Nadimi, Associate Fellow
Ehud Yaari, Lafer International Fellow

Visiting Fellows
Lt. Col. Christopher C. "Chad" Daniels, USAF, Military Fellow
Hanin Ghaddar, Friedmann Visiting Fellow
Martin Kramer, Koret Visiting Fellow
Barbara A. Leaf, Rosenblatt Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Research Associates
Mohamed Aziz (Fikra Forum)
Eitan Sayag

Research Assistants
Oya Aktas (Turkish Research Program)
Omar Alhashani (Project Fikra)
Levant Alp (Turkish Research Program)
Jackson Doering (Geduld Program on Arab Politics)
Jo-Ann Estes (Geduld Program on Arab Politics)
Egecan Alan Fay (Turkish Research Program)
Erika Naegeli (Iran Security Initiative)
Samuel Northrup (Military & Security Studies Program)
Rebecca Pober (Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence)
Alessandra Testa (Military & Security Studies Program)
Lia Weiner (Project on the Middle East Peace Process)
Aviva Weinstein (Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence)
Yasir Zaidan (Geduld Program on Arab Politics)



Operations Manager
Rebecca Erdman

Data Services Coordinator
Beverly Sprewer

Human Resources Manager
Hopel Jackson

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
Kori Francis

Media Relations Associate
Ian Byrne

Senior Editor
George Lopez

Jason Warshof

Managing Editor, Arabic Website
Maurice Shohet

Communications and Development Associate
Jennie Mikell Graves


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, Western States
Maya Fried

Development Assistant, New York
Emma Gatewood


Chief Financial Officer
Laura Hannah

Lynn Merhai

Senior Accountant
Dawn Joseph

Staff Accountant
Glenda Kornegay

Financial Assistant
Francois Nkuru