Kasia Bzdak Perdue is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. Kasia’s portfolio includes accounting and finance, team building and performance management, legal and regulatory compliance, and technology; she also provides strategic oversight to the Council’s events and trips program. She previously served as a Scoville Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, where she focused her research on conventional arms transfers. Before that, she was a research assistant for the Saltzman Institute's Comparative Defense Studies Program, a program assistant at the Harriman Institute, and a researcher at the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write program. She has also worked on numerous political campaigns at the grassroots level. Kasia received joint Bachelor’s degrees in political science and international affairs magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, and a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University (SIPA). At Columbia, she focused on international security policy and U.S. foreign policy, and additionally served as a teaching assistant in economics. Kasia was born in Szczecin and is a fluent Polish speaker.