External Affairs

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 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.


Katherine BoyceDirector, Center for Diplomatic Engagement
Maria CanellisDirector of Events
Julie CinnerEvents Manager
Megan DevlinDirector of Communications and Marketing
Steven GreenwaldSenior Corporate Relations Associate
Alexandra Hernandez-PardoAssociate, Corporate Relations
Natalie JonesSenior Vice President, External Affairs and Diplomatic Engagement
Julianne JuarezSenior Associate, Center for Diplomatic Engagement
Frank JusticeVice President, Center for Diplomatic Engagement
Halle MurdockDevelopment Associate
Danielle NajjarDigital Marketing Manager
Rebekah NantzDevelopment Coordinator
Ryan ScherbaAssociate Program Officer, Center for Diplomatic Engagement
Puru TrivediVice President, Corporate Affairs
Charlotte WatiezCorporate Relations Manager