A sought-after public speaker and author, Wucker (@wucker) lectures frequently about immigration, the global economy and leadership. She received a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on changing views of citizenship, and she is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Her newest book, The Gray Rhino: Why We Keep Missing the Most Obvious Threats — and How We Can Get Out of their Way, will be published in fall 2015 by St. Martin’s Press.
As vice president of studies for The Chicago Council, she will focus on increasing the range and depth of the Council’s substantive contributions in its research focus areas, including public opinion, global cities, global economy, global energy, immigration and global security.
“I am delighted Michele has accepted our offer to become our vice president of studies. This is a testament to the increasing quality of our studies work,” said Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “I look forward to working with Michele to expand the Council’s global reach and contribute fresh insights and authentic perspectives to discussions about the critical issues confronting our region, the nation and the world.”
As president of the World Policy Institute, a New York based center for global policy thought leadership, Wucker led strategic planning, execution and programming; raised millions in funds for operations; and collaborated with diverse organizations around the world. In 2007, she oversaw the re-incorporation of the World Policy Institute as a free-standing organization after its separation from the New School, a university in New York City.
“The Chicago Council is an important global voice on addressing critical policy challenges, so I could not be more excited to be joining its talented team to develop impactful new ideas and approaches to some of today’s most important issues,” said Wucker. “On a personal level, I’m so happy to come home to the Midwest and the city where my great-grandparents met a century ago as newly arrived immigrants.”
Formerly Latin America bureau chief for International Financing Review, Wucker has written for many U.S. and Latin American publications including AmericaEconomia, Internationale Politik, Newsday, The New York Times, Valor Economico, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and World Policy Journal. She also often serves as a source for major U.S. and international media, including Reuters, CNN, CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.
Wucker’s book, LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right, published by Public Affairs was a Washington Post Book World “Best Nonfiction of 2006” selection. She is also the author of Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola (FSG/Hill & Wang, 1999).
Wucker is a graduate of Rice University and of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she has served as an adjunct associate professor. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, PEN and the Authors Guild, and a member of the advisory board of the Dominican Republic Education and Mentoring (DREAM) Project.