Daniel W. Fisk is chief operations officer at the International Republican Institute. He first joined IRI in September 2009 to coordinate the governance programs and from 2010-2014, he served as vice president for policy and strategic planning. Fisk was director of the economic growth initiative at the George W. Bush Institute in 2014, and he remains a fellow and senior advisor to the initiative.
Fisk previously served in a number of U.S. Government positions in both the Executive Branch and on U.S. congressional staffs. In the Executive Branch, he has served on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs; at the Department of State, as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and, earlier in his career, as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs; at the Department of Defense, as Deputy Director for International Counternarcotics Matters in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs; and in the White House Office of Communications, as the Deputy Coordinator for Central American Public Diplomacy. His service on congressional staffs includes positions with Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) as Senior Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor; as a senior staff member and associate counsel for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; as a professional staff member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs; and a Research Associate position on the House Republican Study Committee.
In addition to his government service, Fisk has been Deputy Director of The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for International Studies. He holds Juris Doctor and Masters (Government) degrees from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Tulsa. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations.