Will O'Brien

Will O’Brien is the 2021 international development fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He is also the special assistant to the executive vice-president of the Atlantic Council. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, O’Brien worked in local politics in his hometown of St. Louis Missouri; managed international partnerships and racial justice portfolios for the United Reformed Church of England and Wales in London, United Kingdom; advocated against sexual and gender-based violence for the United Church of Christ’s Office of Justice and Witness Ministries and IMA World Health in Washington, DC; and worked in the office of fundraising, international relations and marketing at the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, an international development organization in Cairo, Egypt. He has a master’s degree in religion in global politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with a focus on international development in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a bachelor’s degree in religion with a minor in Arabic from the University of Rochester.


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