Stephen McInerney was POMED’s executive director from 2010 to 2022. McInerney joined POMED as its Advocacy Director in 2007. Prior to joining POMED, he spent six years living, working, and studying in the Middle East and North Africa – two years each in Egypt, Lebanon, and Qatar. He spent two years in a master’s degree program in the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut, one year on a fellowship at the Center for Arab Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo, and three years teaching at Cairo American College and the American School of Doha. He received a Master’s degree from Stanford University and is fluent in Arabic. He has spoken on Middle East affairs with numerous media outlets including BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, TIME, and CBS News, and he has testified at U.S. Congressional hearings on human rights and democracy. His writing on Middle East affairs and U.S. policy has been published by Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post.