Adam Hunter

Refugee Council USA

Programs: Foreign & Security PolicyRegions: Germany, United StatesCategory: Analysis

Adam Hunter is Executive Director of Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), an organization working to protect and welcome refugees, asylum seekers, and other forcibly displaced populations. With an engaged coalition of diverse members, he guides policy advocacy and promotes dialogue and cross-sector collaboration to advance excellence in resettlement and integration programs.

Adam has more than 15 years’ experience on migration, national security, and international affairs issues through positions in government, foundations, think tanks, and fellowships. Before RCUSA he was a Consultant advising philanthropic and non-profit leaders on policy and strategy. He was also Director of a Pew Charitable Trusts’ research project exploring immigration federalism. In government, Adam served as Acting Chief of Staff at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security, and held prior agency leadership and program management roles. Earlier in his career, he worked with policymakers in Europe and at Washington think tanks, including the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Adam has been a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow, Transatlantic Forum on Migration and Integration fellow, Atlantik-Brücke German-American young leader, and member of the BMW Foundation responsible leaders network. In addition, he is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and founding U.S. chair of Metropolis North America, a trilateral U.S.-Canada-Mexico migration and border forum. He serves on the board of directors of Cultural Vistas, an international exchange organization. Adam holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and D&I certificate from Cornell University. He is an avid language learner and lives with his husband in Washington, DC.

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