Last month, MEII proudly welcomed David Wade to our Board of Directors. David Wade is a public affairs strategist advising leading global corporations and organizations, and a Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He spent two decades at the highest levels of the State Department, on Capitol Hill, and on two national presidential campaigns. Wade was the Chief of Staff to the US Department of State. Foreign Policy described Wade as “the driving force behind the Department’s day to day operations.” He was awarded the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. For five years, Wade was Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and lead Kerry’s political operation, including work on President Obama’s 2012 presidential debate preparation. Wade was the National Press Secretary for John Kerry for President in 2004 and worked for Obama for America as the national spokesperson and traveling communications chief for vice presidential nominee then-Senator Biden. Wade’s opinion columns have been published in The Atlantic, Reuters, Foreign Policy, The Boston Globe, and Politico. He is a 1997 graduate of Brown University, Harry Truman Scholar, Stennis Fellow, former member of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and serves on the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Advisory Committee.