Nathaniel Hurd, Senior Policy Advisor


Nathaniel is a Senior Policy Advisor and joined the Commission in October 2014. His portfolio includes international freedom of religion, the Holy See, humanitarian emergencies, and atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes). Previously, he was Senior Policy Advisor for Conflicts & Disasters at World Vision and held similar positions at the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps. His career began in 1999 and has mostly focused on international humanitarian and human rights crises, including those resulting from religious persecution, and his expertise includes the United Nations. Nathaniel has interviewed and spent time with many survivors of violence – in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Somalia – who were forced to flee from their homes and seek refuge in other countries as refugees or were internally displaced in their own. These survivors were from a cross-section of faiths and some were originally targeted for their faith.

Nathaniel holds a B.A. in international relations from Hamilton College and Master’s of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.