Brian Wanko

Senior Manager, Democracy, Rights, Governance, and Civil Society

Brian Wanko joined InterAction in September of 2015. Brian is a seasoned policy advocate with experience in international development, good governance, and foreign policy. As a strong believer in liberty, he heads InterAction’s Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative that promotes freedom and universal rights across the globe.

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 oversaw 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 issues related to trade, security, and development assistance. 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 in the Western Hemisphere.

Brian holds an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in International Studies from Michigan State University.