Grace Kennan Warnecke discusses her soon-to-be-published memoir about life, career, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats and foreign policy thinkers of the twentieth century. She shares her memories and insights during this episode of Wilson Center NOW.


Grace Kennan Warnecke has had a multi-faceted career as an NGO leader, foundation executive, small business development expert, writer and photographer. She was senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2013. She served as country director for Winrock International in Kyiv, Ukraine from 1999 – 2003 as well as director of the Women’s Economic Empowerment project (WEE, Funded by USAID); founder and project supervisor of the Volkhov International Small Business Incubator, Russia; executive vice president of the Alliance of American and Russian Women. She was president of SOVUS Business Consultants; founding executive director of the American-Soviet Youth Orchestra, and assignment editor in A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union; and U.S. Director of the Alerdinck Center for East-West Communications. She was associate producer of a PBS documentary, “The First Fifty Years: Reflections on U.S.-Soviet Relations,” winner of the Alfred I. Dupont Columbia University Award. She has served as an international election monitor in Ukraine and Azerbaijan and has recently completed a memoir entitled Daughter of the Cold War. She attended School No. 131 in Moscow, among others, and is a graduate of Radcliffe College where she majored in Russian history and literature.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.