Mary Kate Aylward is a publications editor for the Atlantic Council’s editorial team, where she coordinates publication of long-form work and provides editorial guidance to programs and centers. She also crafts editorial strategies to boost the reach and impact of the Council’s policy expertise.

Aylward came to the Atlantic Council from War on the Rocks, where she edited long-form writing on strategy, defense, and foreign affairs. Before that, she wrote and edited print and video content for US military publications; hit the streets (and the phones) as a political campaign staffer; and was a junior fellow in communications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

She graduated magna cum laude from the College of William & Mary with a degree in international relations. She speaks French (when given sufficient warm-up time).