Brian Wanko

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.

Democracy is Under Threat, But All is Not Lost

As we observe the International Day of Democracy, we recognize that citizen responsive governments provide economic prosperity, improve social well-being, protect minorities and vulnerable populations, among other impactful benefits.  Yet, a casual observer of global politics might be quick to say that democracy is in poor health.

Engaging Across Humanitarian and Development Sectors

I began working at InterAction six months ago, and I am excited to be at an organization with members that support the poorest and most disadvantaged around the world. I have found that InterAction is aptly named, as it connects people working in multiple and diverse sectors on incredibly important issues. As a new arrival, I am eager to participate in InterAction’s Forum in April and discuss the critical issues the non-profit community faces with InterAction’s diverse membership.

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Manager - Democracy, Rights, and Governance Initiative
Global Development Policy & Learning