Associate Fellow for National Security

Veronika Velch is an Advocacy Director at Ridgley|Walsh. Veronika advises clients on strategic communications, message development and profile building. Veronika advises tech industry leaders. She is an expert in human rights campaigns.

Veronika Velch is 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, Veronika served as the youngest head of the Electoral Commission in Ukraine.  Veronika then moved to the U.S. to work for Voice of America.  She 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.  She received 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.

Recent Posts

See Veronika Velch's most recent work here. 
April 22, 2019
Expert Interview: Dr. Veronika Velch Analyzes Ukrainian Presidential Election

On Sunday, April 21, Ukraine elected its new president: Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who satirizes the president on television. Zelensky captured 73% of the vote, with Petro Poroshenko, the current Ukrainian president, losing his reelection bid in a landslide. Dr. Veronika Velch, Rainey Center Associate Fellow and Ukrainian elections expert, shares her perspective below. Rainey […]

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April 22, 2019
Sarah Hunt and Dr. Veronika Velch Address The Future of Voter Data Privacy

A new op-ed in Protego Press titled "The Future of Data Privacy" makes the case for modernizing voter data privacy laws in the digital age. Rainey Center co-founder and CEO Sarah Hunt, along with Rainey Center Associate Fellow Dr. Veronika Velch, examine voter privacy issues in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. They find that Canadian […]

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April 16, 2019
Garrison calls the criticism of Rep. Omar a distraction from the White House’s issues

Bishop Garrison, co-founder and president of the Rainey Center, recently joined Brian Darling, founder and president of Liberty Government Affairs, on MSNBC discussing Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments regarding 9/11 and the critical responses from President Trump and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

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