Carla Thorson

Senior Vice President, Programs,
World Affairs Council

CARLA THORSON, Senior Vice President, Programs, joined the World Affairs Council in August 2004, and leads program design and management. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Ms. Thorson was a faculty fellow in political science, at UCLA as well as outreach coordinator for the UCLA International Institute’s Center for European and Eurasian Studies. As a consultant at the RAND Corporation she analyzed democratization processes among the East European regimes and the former Soviet republics. From 1991-1993, she worked as a Soviet and Russian analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc where she served as editor of the RFE/RL Daily Report as the USSR collapsed. As a program officer at the International Research & Exchanges Board, she helped establish one of the first US nonprofit offices in Moscow in 1989-90. She is author of “Politics, Judicial Review and the Russian Constitutional Court,” as well as numerous articles and monographs. Thorson received an MA and PhD in political science at UCLA and also holds a MLitt in modern Russian history from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.