Thomas Lasater joined the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center as Program Coordinator in August 2022. In this role, Lasater oversees the day-to-day functions of the Peace Center and works closely with Rotary Peace Fellows during their time at Duke and UNC. Lasater also serves as program coordinator for Fulbright visitors at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Lasater comes to Carolina from Command Group, a national security and global intelligence consulting firm in Washington, D.C. There, he specialized in open-source intelligence analysis and supported multiple security advisory and business management projects for clients in the private sector. Prior to Command, Thomas interned at the U.S. Department of State, serving in the Political Section at U.S. Embassy Rome. During his time in Rome, he acted as a representative of the Embassy at meetings of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the NATO Defense College and worked on issues ranging from regional security to global migration.
Lasater is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and holds an MA in global studies (2019) as well as a BA in political science and religious studies (2016). As a master’s student in global studies, he studied alongside several Rotary Peace Fellows, which he considers to have been a uniquely enriching experience. He is an avid fan of Carolina basketball as well as his small cat, Pepper.