The Team

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Nick Solheim

FOUNDER

In addition to founding The Wallace Institute for Arctic Security, Nick is the Director of Business Development and runs the DC office of Nativ3, a full-service web development and digital marketing agency based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

He currently lives in Washington, DC and makes frequent trips back to the Arctic.

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Nicholas Raineri

Director of Government Affairs

Nicholas Raineri is from Chicago, and has lived overseas for the majority of his life in places like Honduras, Greece, Germany, and France. He began working in politics in the Illinois State House, and worked his way through various campaigns until he ended up in DC.

His hobbies include traveling and visiting small book shops. One of his dreams is to run a coffee shop with couches and political books.

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David Olsen

Director of Strategic Initiatives

David S. Olsen is a government affairs professional who previously served as a State Representative in the Illinois House of Representatives, has been elected to several local boards, and remains active in his community.  He has also worked in the commodities trading industry. 
 
David received B.S. degrees in Finance and Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Scott Hickle

Special Advisor

Scott Hickle is a Product Manager at Esper, building software to facilitate more data-driven, transparent, and collaborative policymaking at the state and federal levels. Scott previously worked in a number of product leadership roles at Keller Williams Realty, ultimately owning the mobile experience for the franchise’s 180,000+ global associates.

Scott received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Glen Duerr, Ph.D.

Policy Fellow

Glen Duerr, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of International Studies at Cedarville University. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Glen lived in Canada for a decade obtaining Honors B.A. and M.A. degrees. He then moved to the United States where he obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science. Dr. Duerr is the editor of Secessionism and Terrorism (Routledge, 2018), and author of Secessionism and the European Union (Lexington Books, 2015).

He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Ohio with their three children.

 
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Benjamin Roberts

Policy Fellow

Benjamin Roberts is from North Carolina, and has previously worked for Americorps, Luther, The Floor, and the Northern Alaska Tour Company. Dishwashing in remote Coldfoot, Alaska sparked his interest in Arctic policy. Roberts has written for a number of publications, including The Daily Caller and Oxford Political Review. 

He studies Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi.
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