Reed Kessler is the Associate Director of Policy at the Ronald Reagan Institute in Washington, DC. Before joining the Institute, Reed served in the Department of State at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in the Political Section and at the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in the Negotiations Support Unit. She also worked in the U.S. Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she assisted Ambassador Robert Blackwill with the research and writing of his upcoming book on U.S. grand strategy in collaboration with CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine. Reed also brings multilateral experience from the UN Operations and Crisis Centre and the UN Refugee Agency.
Reed is a recent graduate from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she received her Master’s in International Security Policy, Conflict Resolution, and Russia and the Post-Soviet States. She also graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia. Prior to her studies, she served as a member of the U.S. Show Jumping Team and holds an Olympic World Record as the youngest athlete ever selected to compete in her sport at the London Olympics.