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. 
February 14, 2019
New Rainey Center Study Examines How Russian Misinformation Attacks Are Now Using Dating Apps

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the latest Rainey Center study examines how Russian propaganda efforts are being conducted through a surprising medium: online dating apps. A new white paper by Rainey Center Associate Fellow and Ukrainian political scholar Veronika Velch shows how a female university student's accusations of sexual harassment against a high ranking […]

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February 8, 2019
Bishop Garrison: The Huawei threat is real. Congress should act accordingly.

Rainey Center co-founder and President Bishop Garrison published an op-ed at the Federal Times regarding the threat posed by Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.

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February 6, 2019
Sarah Hunt explains the proposed FCC broadband rule and why it is causing an uproar

While we are used to industry voices clashing on the radio waves, a rule recently proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has industries clashing over the use of the radio waves themselves. Rainey Center co-founder and CEO Sarah Hunt had an "Expert Voices" contribution at Axios yesterday discussing the proposal by the FCC that […]

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