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Ariel Schwartz

Director, Emerging Leaders Program

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Ariel Schwartz joined the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2022 as director of the Emerging Leaders Program. In this role, she oversees the strategy and execution of the Council’s signature global leadership development program. Prior to joining the Council, Schwartz directed interdisciplinary research initiatives at Northwestern University's Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies, with a certification in global politics and religion from Northwestern University, a BA in religion from Barnard College of Columbia University, and a BA in Hebrew Bible from the Jewish Theological Seminary.