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August 23, 2018

Veronika Velch Joins Rainey Center as Associate Fellow for National Security

By Rainey Center

The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is proud to announce that Veronika Velch has joined as an associate fellow for National Security.

An Advocacy Director at Ridgley|Walsh, Veronika advises tech industry leaders and other clients on strategic communications, message development and profile building. Veronika advises tech industry leaders.

Veronika is also an advocacy specialist, an expert in Ukrainian and Russian politics, and has extensive experience with international human rights and political campaigns.

At the age of 20, she served as the youngest head of the Electoral Commission in Ukraine, and then moved to the U.S. to work for Voice of America. Veronika later took part in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution of Dignity and led communications for the CHESNO Civil Movement to advance fair election practices in Ukraine. She also co-founded a Ukrainian national initiative, “Follow the Money," advocating for political finance transparency.

Veronika holds a Master of Professional Studies degree in Advocacy in the Global Environment from The George Washington University, and a PhD in International Relations from Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian and was recently named a recipient of the Mark and Debbie Kennedy Frontiers of Freedom Award for advocacy work protecting human rights around the world.

The Rainey Center is a post-partisan, 501(c)3 public policy research organization and incubator for diverse, non-traditional emerging policy leaders, named after Joseph Rainey, a former slave who was the first African-American to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

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