Caryn Benisch

Director

Caryn Benisch is a communications strategist with a breadth of experience in foreign affairs, U.S. policy in the Middle East, and broadcast journalism. Prior to joining Rational 360, Benisch was an associate producer for Middle East Broadcasting Networks, where she contributed to the production of live current affairs shows for Arab audiences.

Following years of study and several stints in Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, Benisch achieved professional proficiency in the Arabic language, and in 2008, she passed the FBI Foreign Language Test Battery. She also conducted open source intelligence analysis on the political and military developments in Iraq for the Institute for the Study of War. A New York native, Benisch was a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY). 

Benisch received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bates College, where she was inducted into the Scholar Athlete Society and was twice named captain of the Varsity Women’s Tennis Team. She received her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. 

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