Mark Yarnell is the congressional fellow for Stimson’s Security for a New Century project. Mr. Yarnell earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, with a concentration in foreign policy and international security. During his second year at Georgetown, he worked as a teaching assistant for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who instructs both a graduate and undergraduate course on the tools of US national security. Mr. Yarnell earned a BA in political studies and history from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Prior to graduate school, Mr. Yarnell worked as a program officer for Merlin, a British-based medical relief organization, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this capacity, he coordinated the implementation of a USAID/OFDA-funded primary health care program to provide emergency relief for thirteen rural health facilities in Maniema province in eastern DRC. Previously with Merlin DRC, he was a human resources officer, as well as an assistant to the country director in Goma. In Kenya, Mr. Yarnell volunteered with the Ruma Women’s Group, a community-based organization that supports children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, Mr. Yarnell worked as a senior program associate for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in New York, and as a program associate for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, DC.