Alexia D’Arco has over a decade of experience in foreign affairs and international security issues. She was Frontier’s first Hiring our Heroes Fellow and continues to support Frontier as a foreign policy advisor with a particular focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan. Prior to Frontier, Alexia worked as a Program Development Consultant for the TOMODACHI Initiative, a $34 million public-private partnership created by U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council that develops bilateral youth programs between the United States and Japan. From 2011-2013, she served on State Department political-military affairs teams at Embassy Tokyo and the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where her portfolios included security assistance, defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and planning for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. She received a superior individual honor award and a group honor award for her contributions to the U.S. negotiating strategy to reopen the NATO supply lines in Pakistan.
While pursuing her MA, Alexia worked at The Scowcroft Group, the National War College, and as a teaching assistant for former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. She previously served as Executive Assistant to Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council and as a Program Assistant at the Berlin-based think tank Atlantik-Brücke. Alexia is a former Fulbright Scholar, and Presidential Management Fellow. She previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Temple University (Japan) and Rhodes College. Alexia is currently a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and an Adjunct at the University of Memphis. She holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.