Bret Schafer is the Alliance for Securing Democracy’s coordinator for communication, social media, and digital content at the German Marshall Fund. He has a master’s in public diplomacy and a certificate of international policy and planning from the University of Southern California, and a BS in communications with a major in radio/television/film and a minor in sociological studies from Northwestern University. Prior to obtaining his master’s, Bret spent more than ten years in the film industry, including stints as a development assistant at Cartoon Network, a development producer at Citizen Skull Productions, and a freelance writer at Warner Brothers. He has also worked in Budapest as a radio host, and in Berlin as a semi-professional baseball player in Germany’s Bundesliga. He is the former editor-in-chief of Public Diplomacy Magazine, and his work has been published by the Chronicle of Social Change, LAist.com, WitnessLA.com, and USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy. His interests include Russia and Eastern Europe, and he previously interned in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia.