Jill Welch is USIP’s vice president for External Relations, where she works with a talented team to elevate USIP’s contributions to a world without violent conflict on Capitol Hill, in the media, among policy makers and the foreign policy community, across the United States and beyond. She oversees the team responsible for key strategic functions, including congressional relations, development, public education, public affairs and communications and publications.
Welch, a nonprofit executive with more than two decades of leadership and policy management experience, brings to the Institute a long-standing commitment to making peace possible. Prior to joining USIP, she served extensively in nonprofits focused on creating peace and understanding through education. She has spent her career focused on effectively shaping public narratives and promoting enhanced U.S. global leadership.
Most recently, Welch served in senior leadership at NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a more secure, peaceful world through international education and exchange. She began her career in the office of Senator Sam Nunn, who played an important role in USIP’s founding. She also worked for the Institute of International Education on the International Visitor Leadership Program.
Welch holds a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on executive leadership from American University, and a bachelor's degree in political science and French from Berry College.