Luke Wenz

Luke Wenz, Deputy National Outreach Director, West and Military

Luke Wenz joined the USGLC team in 2018 and currently serves as the Deputy National Outreach Director, West and Military. In addition to his work with USGLC, Luke serves as the President of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the President of Big Stick Consulting, LLC – an Arizona-based strategic consulting firm focusing on a broad range of public relations and policy issues. In addition, Luke serves on the Board of Directors of the American Committees on Foreign Relations and the Advisory Boards of Global Ties Arizona and the World Pix Foundation. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. He has previously held fellowships at the Shafik Gabr Foundation’s “East-West: The Art of Dialogue” initiative and the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project.

Earlier in his career, Luke served on Capitol Hill and later as Deputy District Director and Campaign Manager for U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska. He also spent time living and working in Amman, Jordan and with the Kayany Foundation in Lebanon, working in refugee camps and studying the geopolitics of the Levant. A native Phoenician, Luke attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, studying political science and religious philosophy. Luke is based in Phoenix as he executes USGLC’s western outreach.

Posts by Luke Wenz

  • May 12, 2020

    From the Frontlines: This Is Not Just an American Issue, but a Global Issue

    Luke Wenz | May 12, 2020

    As the United States continues to fight COVID-19 at home and around the world, health care workers are at the front lines of the response. I recently spoke with Dr. Paul Lynch, an anesthesiologist— and a member of USGLC’s Arizona Advisory Committee—who traveled to New York City to offer his services at epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan. While working at the hospital, he contracted COVID-19.

  • April 23, 2020

    Pandemics Don’t Know Borders, International Cooperation Critical

    Luke Wenz in Diplomacy, National Security | April 23, 2020

    The catastrophic domestic and global effects of coronavirus begs the question: why was the world so unprepared for this virus? In search of some answers, I recently spoke with Ambassador Roger Meece, former U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2004 – 2007) and Malawi (2000 – 2003) and a member of the USGLC’s Washington State Advisory Committee.