Appointed as Political Engagement Strategist, Ploughshares Fund


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University

Position Description

Ploughshares Fund works to build a safe, secure world by developing and investing in initiatives that work to reduce and ultimately eliminate the world’s nuclear stockpiles, and to promote stability in regions of conflict. A public grantmaking foundation, Ploughshares Fund has grown to become the largest grantmaker in the country dedicated exclusively to peace and security funding. Our efforts are rooted in the conviction that civil society has an essential role to play in policy change, sometimes in partnership with government, but more often by taking leadership when government leaders are not fulfilling their responsibility to make the world more secure.

The Political Engagement Strategist will primarily research state-based approaches and campaigns influencing policy. S/he will identify case studies and lessons learned in order to assess potential opportunities for the Ploughshares Fund team. Based on the findings of this initial state of inquiry, the strategist may also have the opportunity to investigate national and international policy goals. In the subsequent phase, the strategist will design an approach to identify partners, possible investments, and guidance on how, through grantmaking, we could help mobilize constituents in a particular state or district, and potentially influence national or international nuclear security policy.