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Mary Kalbach Horan


Mary Kalbach Horan is the Institute's director of publications, a post she assumed in 2013 following five years as executive editor. She brings an unusually broad portfolio of competencies to the Institute: along with being a highly skilled developmental, line, and copy editor, she has held publications management positions in trade publishing, both fiction and nonfiction (Walker and Company, NY), scientific editing (SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering), software development (Microsoft U.S. Developers Group), and telecommunications (SpectraSwitch). She has also worked as a type compositor, graphic artist, and website designer, pioneered the transition to desktop publishing at SPIE, and lectured in the New York City library system on fiction editing. With degrees in music history and performance (piano, pipe organ), Mary was at one point a frequent Bach recitalist. She is inordinately fond of chocolate, bad movies, and even badder dogs.

About working at the Institute:
"I suppose the greatest contribution I can make as an editor is to instill clarity, as this is integral to the value of any foreign policy communication, whether written or oral. Language is our sword, our shield, ultimately our bridgeand in the face of this era's chaos, perhaps our only hope."