Trina Vargo - Founder & President
The US-Ireland Alliance was created in 1998 by Trina Vargo. Trina previously served for eleven years as Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Working directly with political leaders in Northern Ireland, the Clinton Administration, and the Irish Government, she served as a key behind-the-scenes player in the Northern Ireland peace process. She served as the issues adviser for every Democratic candidate for President from Michael Dukakis through Barack Obama. She created the Alliance's George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program and the annual Oscar Wilde Awards -- a pre-Academy Awards event that is held at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Political Science and History. As the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship, she attended McGill University in Montreal, where she obtained an M.A. degree in Political Science.