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Wilson Shirley


Wilson Shirley is an associate at Schmidt Futures working with Jared Cohen and supporting the organization’s geopolitical initiatives.

Prior to Schmidt Futures, he was a speechwriter for Secretary Michael R. Pompeo at the U.S. Department of State, where he was based in the Office of Policy Planning. Previously, he was the speechwriter for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and held multiple positions at the American Enterprise Institute.

He also serves as the chairman of the Hudson Institute’s Study Group on Liberal Internationalism, and he was previously a researcher at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law focusing on disputed territories.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University and is from Lexington, Kentucky.