Shai Franklin has served as a lobbyist, non-profit executive, research fellow and policy writer on three continents, focusing on national and local politics, international institutions, and civil society. Working closely with diplomats and elected officials, he has effected legislation and multilateral agreements advancing trade, securing human rights and religious freedom, combating terrorism, and supporting education.

Shai has organized grassroots advocacy campaigns, international conferences, philanthropic initiatives, and official delegations. He has briefed religious leaders, UN officials, and heads of state. He regularly publishes analysis and opinion pieces online and in print, and has rebranded websites and social media platforms. He has an M.A. in economics and Middle East studies from the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and mostly divides his time between New York and Washington.