Maeve Whelan-Wuest is a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she works on democracy and governance programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to NDI, she was a senior research assistant and project coordinator at the Brookings Institution and an Asia Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono. Maeve has lived and worked in China as a research intern at the International Crisis Group and a story producer for "The Amazing Race: China Rush." Additionally, she managed a national outreach program for Udi's Gluten Free Foods as a senior grassroots marketing coordinator. Outside of the office, Maeve has volunteered at Girls on the Run in Portland and Washington DC and at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver. Additionally, she was a 2017-18 fellow for the Penn Kemble Democracy Forum at the National Endowment for Democracy.
She received a master's degree in international affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, where she co-founded the student organization, Women Going Global, and served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Policy Studies. She received a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in geography and Chinese. Originally from Chicago, Maeve recently moved to Portland from Washington, DC. She is excited to utilize the skills and knowledge she has gained from her experience in international development to help create more accountability, inclusion and transparency in her new home in Oregon. And, she's pretty thrilled about the incredible access to hiking and trail running that Portland has to offer.