Director of Policy & Strategy
Tinatin Japaridze joined The Critical Mass as Director of Policy and Strategy in February, 2021, bringing 15 years of International Relations and media and communications experience in the international security domain to the enterprise.
Prior to work at The Critical Mass, Tinatin worked for the City of New York, first as the Field and Digital Community Engagement Specialist at the NYC Census, a Mayoral initiative, and later as the Press Secretary for New York’s COVID-19 Response at NYC Health & Hospitals. Previously, she was the United Nations Bureau Chief for Eastern European media outlets and U.N. Radio host and producer of her own radio show on current affairs and security in the international arena.
Her work has been widely published by various media outlets, including The Moscow Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. In 2019, she became a Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Student Ambassador on Cyber Ethics and Digital Leadership. Tinatin also serves as a mentor at Girl Security, a non-profit that aims to close the gender gap in the security sector, focusing on national security and information security-related matters. Over this past year, she also worked as a "Go Big" Officer at the European Leadership Network (ELN), crafting a digital campaign to extend the New START between Russia and the US. In 2021, she became a member of the ELN’s Younger Generation Leaders Network and a fellow of the National Endowment for Democracy-funded Eurasia Democratic Security Network.
Tinatin holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University’s School of General Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Russian Regional Studies with focus on cybersecurity and digital diplomacy from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute.