Washington, D.C. – The International Republican Institute (IRI) today announced that former Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White has joined the IRI Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Dana White to the IRI board,” said board Chairman Senator Dan Sullivan. “Ms. White’s expertise as a seasoned foreign policy and communications professional will bring another very important voice to our board at a critical time for the future of global democracy.”  

Dana White is a leading foreign policy and communications advisor, who served as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Secretary James Mattis until December 31, 2018. She currently serves as the Chief Communications Officer for Hyundai Motor North America and previously led a strategic communications firm where she specialized in advising executives on developing leadership and media skills.

“I had the privilege of working with Dana during our days with the late Senator McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, and have been consistently impressed by her acumen and commitment to the values at the core of IRI’s mission,” said Vice Chairman Randy Scheunemann. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with her once again as a valued new member of the IRI board.”

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, White served as the Director of Policy and Strategic Communications for the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Paris, France. She was also a permanent staff member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and a foreign policy advisor on the 2008 presidential campaign of the late Senator John McCain.

While based in Hong Kong, White was an editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and later served as the Taiwan Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and director of the Washington Roundtable for Asia-Pacific Press at the Heritage Foundation.

“Dana is an Asia expert and foreign policy leader whose expertise on China will be especially valuable to IRI as the Chinese Communist Party pursues a strategy of subverting democracy and American leadership to make the world safe for autocracy,” said IRI President Dr. Daniel Twining.  “We are proud to welcome her to our board of directors.”


A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the International Republican Institute (IRI) advances freedom and democracy worldwide by helping political parties to become more responsive, strengthening transparent and accountable governance, and working to increase the role of marginalized groups in the political process – including women and youth. More information is available at www.iri.org.

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