Will Wright is a second-year MA student at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he is a General Wayne A. Downing Scholar and a Maurice R. Greenberg Associate World Fellow. Will is the founder of the Yale Special Operations/Interagency Symposium, which holds annual conferences on issues relevant to special operations community. He was also a literacy tutor at New Haven Reads and co-taught a civics course for aspiring American citizens at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS). He created a mentorship program through the Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut, connecting Jackson Institute

graduate students with youth in the foster care system in the greater New Haven area. He served as the teaching fellow for General (ret) Stanley McChrystal’s seminar on leadership. Periodically, he gives guest lectures on foreign policy and national security at the University of New Haven. Concurrently, he is an active duty Major in the U.S. Army Special Forces. Awarded the Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations, he most recently worked in the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/Counterterrorism on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Staff. An Honor Graduate of the U.S. military’s Command & General Staff College, he commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Duke University where he received his BA in English in 2006. Prior to Yale, he conducted combat deployments to locations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star for Valor, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and JINSA’s “Grateful Nation” Award.