Brian Wanko is Manager of InterAction’s Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative. Prior to joining InterAction, Brian twice served with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. From 2011 to 2012, he was Deputy Director and Professional Staff Member of the House Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia, where he organized Congressional oversight delegations to the region and arranged Congressional hearings on topics such as democracy, security, and economic and trade relations. From 2004 to 2006, Brian served as Professional Staff Member and Staff Associate of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, where he dealt with diplomacy, trade, security, and humanitarian issues. Between his times on the hill, Brian held the position of Director of Government Relations at the Council of the Americas, an international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. Brian holds a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Michigan State University. In his spare time, Brian is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling.