Rachel Wagley

Director of Government Relations and External Affairs


Director of Government Relations and External Affairs
The National Bureau of Asian Research


Rachel Wagley is Director of Government Relations and External Affairs at NBR.


As Director of Government Relations and External Affairs, Ms. Wagley leads NBR’s engagement with Congress and the media. She also works closely with the executive team and research group leaders to deepen the foreign policy community’s understanding of the Asia-Pacific.



Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Wagley served as Policy Director of U.S. Campaign for Burma. In this capacity, she advised governments, international financial institutions, businesses, NGOs, and civil society organizations on trade and investment, ethnic reconciliation, and sustainable development in Burma/Myanmar. Ms. Wagley also built strategic partnerships and spearheaded outreach initiatives. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and radio outlets, including the Emory International Law Review, the Global Post, Democratic Voice of Burma, BBC, and Voice of America. She previously worked with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the Harvard Political Review.



Ms. Wagley holds a BA from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude with high honors in field. After completing her studies, she received a Fulbright grant to research and teach in Uttaradit Province, Thailand. Her research pursuits include religious freedom, ethnic conflict, technology and law, and property rights. Ms. Wagley has worked extensively with refugees across Southeast Asia, and she speaks Thai.

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