External Affairs Division

Meridian’s External Affairs office is responsible for maintaining relationships with Meridian’s external audiences, organizational communications, cultivating development opportunities, cultural diplomacy programs, and for the maintenance and renovations of Meridian’s historic buildings. This team is broken down into several (small but mighty!) arms, each with different roles and needs. Each of these teams is looking hire interns for the Summer semester.


Our Forums team works diligently on tailored programs on various timely topics for private sector and foundation partners and puts together public, signature programming throughout the year – including roundtables, panel discussions, receptions, and more. By convening Meridian’s high-level, cross-sector audience, these programs create opportunities to build networks, exchange ideas, and forge lasting solutions to shared challenges worldwide. Examples of recent Forums programs include Global Dialogue Dinners with Ambassadors in Washington’s Diplomatic Corps, Insights Briefings with members of the Administration and the Meridian Global Leadership Summit- Meridian’s signature convening which gathered an international audience of over 150 business executives, foreign ambassadors, government officials and civil society pioneers in 2017 to explore the importance of international engagement and how the United States can more effectively utilize its global leadership position to benefit the entire nation.


Our Development team is responsible for raising funds to support Meridian's global leadership activities, cultural diplomacy programs, and for the maintenance and renovations of Meridian’s historic buildings. These goals are achieved through annual fundraising campaigns, memberships in Meridian Councils, and public events and forums. Support comes from individual donors, corporations, and foundations. The Development team also spearheads the annual Meridian Ball, a signature event in Washington, DC, and Meridian’s largest fundraiser, now entering its 50th year.

Executive Office & Events

Our Executive Office team works to support the President & CEO, EVP & COO, as well as the larger External Affairs team. This is an Operations focused team, that plugs into many of the other External Affairs initiatives, conducts research and briefing on behalf of our Executive Office, and supports Board of Trustee initiatives.Our Events team supports all programs & events on Meridian’s campus, both internally and with external clients. They are the primary contact for most events where Meridian partners with the Diplomatic Corps, and works closely with the Development team to execute the Meridian Ball each Fall.


The Meridian Communications team supports the overall mission of the organization by engaging a broad network and audience through social media, the creation of online content, providing press outreach and support for all events, and developing a unique Meridian brand. The Communications team covers events and programs across all divisions within Meridian, including our international exchange programs, and External Affairs-led events.


Tracy BernsteinSenior Advisor
Rachel BoyceEvents Coordinator
Maria CanellisDirector of Events
Megan DevlinDirector of Communications and Marketing
Olivia DorieuxDirector of Donor Relations
Natalie JonesSenior Vice President of External Affairs
Frank JusticeVice President, Convening
Byron M. LeeExecutive Assistant to the Executive Offices
Aleksandr MisuninCreative Director
Rebekah NantzDevelopment Coordinator
Kathleen Q. SheaDiplomatic Engagement Associate
Puru P. TrivediManaging Director, Corporate Relations
Charlotte WatiezDevelopment Associate