Keosha Varela

Keosha Varela

Managing Director of Communications and Marketing, Communications

Keosha Varela is managing director of communications and marketing, managing all daily operations of the department, making sure the department’s resources are in line with the Institute’s priorities and goals, and leads a number of projects and initiatives. She previously served as senior digital editor and producer at the Institute.

Since then, Varela has served as vice president of content at the public engagement firm 270 Strategies, and as director of communications at InterAction, an alliance of international NGOs and domestic organizations focused on eliminating poverty and restoring human rights, where she launched InterAction’s new website and visual identity.

Earlier in her career, Varela spent several years as a new media editor and producer at NPR affiliate stations in Washington, D.C., and in Boston, where she and her colleagues received the 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence Radio Station Website. She began her career at NBC News, working with producers on the TODAY Show, MSNBC, and “Dateline.”

Varela is an alumna of two fellowships, the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) and the Women’s Executive Leadership Program (WELP). She holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a B.A. in Print Journalism from American University.