Rori Kramer is the Director of Government Affairs and leads AJWS’s advocacy work in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Senate Affairs at the U.S. State Department, leading the department’s legislative priorities and managing its relationship with the United States Senate. Previously, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional, Global and Functional Affairs and Senate Director, both also at the State Department.
Rori has worked as the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), member of the Senate Foreign Relations and the Finance Committees. There, she played a key role developing the senator’s legislative priorities on foreign policy, international development and trade. Rori began her career in the Senate, working for several years on the staff of former U.S. Senator Bob Graham (D-FL). She also has experience in the policy and advocacy community, working as the Director for Global Trade and Agriculture Policy at Women Thrive Worldwide, an advocacy organization focused on gender and economic development issues, and within the Trade and Development Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
She holds degrees from the College of William and Mary, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.