Board of Directors

Chairman

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in the Soviet Union in 1963, Garry Kasparov became the under-18 chess champion…

President

Heidi Heitkamp is the founder and Chair of the One Country Project, an organization focused on addressing the needs…

Board Member

Annie Duke is an author, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space

Board Member

Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman (Retired) was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National…

Board Member

Bob Kerrey is Executive Chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship, where he advocates for broad reform in…

Board Member

Igor Kirman is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses primarily on mergers and…

 

Board Member

Linda Chavez is a Senior Fellow at the National Immigration Forum. Chavez authored…

Board Member

Mark Lasswell is an op-ed editor at the Washington Post. He is the former editorial features editor…

Board Member

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s…

Board Member

Michael Steele is a political analyst for MSNBC and a Senior Fellow at Brown University’s Institute…

Board Member

Mickey Edwards is a former eight-term member of Congress, having been a member of his party’s leadership, a senior member of…

Advisory Board

Advisor

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and a Pulitzer-prize winning historian

Advisor

William “Bill” Kristol is a political analyst and media commentator regular panelist on…

Advisor

Bret Stephens currently works at the New York Times and is a journalist, editor…

Advisor

Dan Benton founded the technology hedge fund Andor Capital Management…

Advisor

Daniel B. Hurwitz is Founder & CEO of Raider Hill Advisors LLC. He is a graduate of Colgate…

 
 

Advisor

Eric Wolf served as an Investigations Officer in the National Unit for Serious…

Advisor

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is Chairman of Spitzberg Partners LLC. He served as German Minister…

Advisor

Lisa is a senior level advisor, strategist and leader with extensive experience supporting…

Advisor

Whitney Haring-Smith is a former Rhodes Scholar, entrepreneur, and investor focused primarily…

Advisor

Rina Shah is a DC-based political advisor, commentator, and social entrepreneur…

Staff

Executive Director

Prior to joining RDI as its Executive Director, Uriel worked in the private sector – first as a consultant…

 
 

Program Associate

Jace White is an experienced coordinator of NGO programs, both in the United States and internationally…

Writing and Policy Associate

James Lewis joined RDI from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where he worked as a Research Assistant for Senior Fellow Anne Applebaum…

Operations Manager 

Prior to joining RDI, Timothy Han worked in the campaign and political consulting worlds. He is a fan of the Bears, Bobby Kennedy, and democracy.

Research & Writing Manager

Teddy Tawil works on the newsletter, blog, and other content-related projects at RDI and is a rising freshman at Yale University…

Research & Writing

Divya is a rising freshman at Stanford and a published writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces…

Research & Writing

Clément is a Research and Writing Intern at RDI and a rising junior at Cornell University, studying comparative literature…

Research & Writing

Jason is entering his second year at USC’s Price School of Public Policy, where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy…

Research & Writing

Leo Duke is a Research & Writing Intern at RDI and a recent graduate from Syracuse University, where he studied political science and citizenship & civic engagement…

Research & Writing

Luke Henkel is a rising junior at Georgetown University studying government with a minor in history…

Research & Writing

Victor Shi, the youngest elected Delegate for Joe Biden in 2020, is a writer, speaker, organizer, and freshman at UCLA…

Research & Writing

Will Howard-Waddingham is a Research & Writing Intern at RDI and a rising senior at Yale University studying political science…

Social Media & Marketing

Audrey Firrone is a senior undergrad and first year graduate student at the University of Memphis…

Social Media & Marketing

Austin Fialkow is a recent graduate of New York University, where he studied media, culture, and communication while working in the entertainment world…

Social Media & Marketing

Kate Hastings is a rising second-year Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Virginia Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership…

 
 

Development, Events, and Community Management

Ilyana Benjelloun is a rising junior at Yale University studying cognitive science and philosophy, where she serves as the Development Director for the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association…

Development, Events, and Community Management

Trevor Woitsky is a sophomore at Fordham studying political science with an interest in U.S.–China relations and congressional politics…

Graphic & Web Design

Gabriel Strobel is a Graphic & Web Design Intern at RDI and a recent graduate from Catalyst Berlin, where he studied electronic music production…

Video Editing

Ruchit Negotia is a 2020 graduate of the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Film. He has produced, written, directed several short films during his 4 years of school.

 
 

Video Editing

Danielle is a 2020 graduate of the College of New Jersey where she graduated with high honors with a BA in Communications with a major in Interactive Multimedia and a minor in Management.

Audio

Samaquias Lorta is a Berlin based sound designer and audio engineer from Caldwell, Idaho…

Audio

Gloria Hui is a musician, producer, and mix engineer from Hong Kong & Beijing and is currently based in New York City studying music and economics at Columbia University…

Audio

Samaquias Lorta is an interdisciplinary artist from a Mexican migrant community in the United States currently based in Berlin, Germany…

Audio

Samaquias Lorta is a Berlin based sound designer and audio engineer from Caldwell, Idaho…

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