Daniel (Dan) Fisk is the chief operations officer of the International Republican Institute (IRI), having earlier coordinated its governance programming and served as vice president for policy and strategic planning.
Prior to IRI, Fisk had extensive U.S. Executive and Legislative Branch experience. This included service as special assistant to the president and senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs on the National Security Council; deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs; deputy director for international counternarcotics matters in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; special advisor to the assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs at the State Department; and the deputy coordinator for Central American public diplomacy in the White House Office of Communications.
On Capitol Hill, Fisk was a senior staff member and associate counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations with service also as a staff member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He also was senior foreign policy and national security advisor to Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL). Fisk began his government service as a research associate on the staff of the Republican Study Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Additionally, Fisk was director of the Economic Growth initiative of the George W. Bush Institute and then a senior advisor to its North America initiative. He earlier held the position of deputy director of The Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.
Fisk holds a juris doctor and master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a native of Oklahoma.