Tanya M Charlick-Paley is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Freedom and Community.  She joined the Institute in July 2019.

Tanya was the Director of Strategic Operations for United Way of Steele County, Owatonna, MN,   During her 8 years with United Way, Tanya was responsible for vision management, process management, resource development, marketing and communications, and data collection and evaluation. 

From 2003-2007 Tanya was visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kenyon College.  Course taught included: Seminar on Failed and Failing States, International Relations Theory, Making US Foreign Policy, and Introduction to Political Theory: The Quest for Justice.  In 2008-2009 Tanya served as a Prospect Research Analyst for the College Relations Department at Kenyon. In this capacity she worked with development officers to identify alumni who were likely to be donors to the current capital campaign and maintained the database on alumni.

From 1999-2003 Tanya served as a Non-Resident Consultant for RAND Corporation in Washington, D. C.  and from 1997-1999 served as Associate Political Scientist for RAND Corporation in Santa Monica,  CA and Washington, D. C.  In this last capacity she authored and coauthored a number of publications and briefings to senior policy staff of the United States Air Force and United States Army on issues of US national security. 

Tanya has a Ph.D., awarded in 1997, from The Ohio State University in International Relations with major sub-fields in Foreign Policy Decision-Making, Security Studies and Political Psychology, and Comparative Politics and minor sub-fields in Russia and Eastern Europe, Civil Military Relations and Democratization.  She received her B. A. from Kenyon College in 1989 summa cum laude and was Valedictorian of her class. She majored in Political Science and concentrated in Economics, Russian and French Language and Literature.  She also has a Certificate in International Studies from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris, France). 

Tanya lives in Owatonna with her husband Dan and has two daughters. She enjoys travel, cooking international food, reading, yoga and gardening.