David Allen is a third-year graduate student at Georgetown University where he is pursuing dual Master’s degrees in the schools of Foreign Service (MSFS) and Public Policy (MPP) with concentrations in climate policy and global governance. He hopes to pursue a career in the federal government as either a Foreign Service Officer or an environmental policy analyst. David has held several internship positions at the State Department, New America Foundation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Outside of his studies, David serves as the President for Public Policy OUT, a graduate LGBT policy interest student organization, and as a student representative for the MSFS program. In 2015, he was Director of Planning and Development for the McCourt Student Policy Conference on sustainable infrastructure, which featured former Mexican President Calderon as the keynote speaker. Prior to Georgetown, David taught English to high school students in South Korea on a Fulbright scholarship. David received a B.A. in international relations and East Asian studies from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.
Andrew Chatzky (MSFS ’16) is originally from Bedford, NY. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, Andrew worked for nonprofits that operated in Haiti, Middle East and North Africa. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he interned at the French Consulate in Florida and first became interested in diplomacy. In the summer of 2015, Andrew interned at the U.S. Consulate in Strasbourg, France, where he focused on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Upon his return, Andrew interned with the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Within the MSFS program, he concentrates on global business and finance. Among his ultimate career goals is to appear on a television game show.
Sebastian was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Upon completing high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and has served on active duty and in the reserves since 2003. After his initial four year tour on active duty, he enrolled at the University of San Francisco where he graduated with a B.A. in international economics in 2010. Since graduating from USF he has interned at the FBI and served on two military operations, including a year in Manama, Bahrain. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in security studies at the School of Foreign Service and concurrently serving as the Intelligence Chief for the 6th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) in the Marine Corps reserves. Upon completing his studies at Georgetown, Sebastian intends to pursue a career at the Department of State or return to active duty with the Marines.
Joseph Federici is a second year student in the Georgetown MSFS program, concentrating in global politics and security. During the spring 2015 semester, Mr. Federici served as an intern to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and as a research assistant to Mr. Mark Landler of The New York Times. During the summer of 2015, Mr. Federici served as an intern to the U.S. Department of State with the Office of Pakistan Affairs. Mr. Federici currently is a teaching assistant to Professor and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Mr. Federici worked as General Counsel to the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is currently the co-chair to the American Bar Association's Section of International Law - International Human Rights Committee. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey.
Mike Fox is a Master of Science in Foreign Service student concentrating in international development. His research focuses on the intersection of international aid and American diplomacy. Mr. Fox holds a Bachelor's Degree in political science and Spanish, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Prior to attending Georgetown University, he worked for several years as a political organizer, including for Congressman Joe Kennedy, and then at Root Capital, a nonprofit social impact investment firm. Over the summer of 2015, he interned in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Mike is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts.
Bryan Furman was born and raised in New Jersey, where he studied international relations and psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Throughout his undergraduate career, he focused on intergroup attitudes in post-Soviet Russia and Central Asia, and was able to conduct social psychological research on Russian-Muslim relations as a 2011-2012 Boren Scholar in Moscow. After graduating from TCNJ in 2013, Bryan investigated the influence of donor organizations on the development of the Tajik mental health sector as a Fulbright U.S. Student in Tajikistan. He simultaneously collaborated with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Agency for International Development missions in Dushanbe on public affairs, health, and education initiatives. At Georgetown University, Bryan studies strategic communications in the post-Soviet space as an M.A. candidate at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES). He also interns on the Ukraine-Russia Coordination Team at the U.S. Department of State, where he works on Russian and Ukrainian affairs through winter 2015/2016. As a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, Bryan will join the U.S. Foreign Service in fall 2016 as a public diplomacy officer and hopes to focus his tours in the CERES region so that he can apply his area studies knowledge and strategic communications concentration on the job.
Colin Geraghty is a graduate student in Georgetown’s Security Studies Program, with a focus on U.S. national security policy and African affairs. Georgetown awarded him a grant to travel to France, Senegal, Mali, and Cameroon in the summer of 2015 to examine U.S. and French security cooperation policies, and the perspective of local actors. He is also the co-founder and director of the NxGen International Security Network, a solutions-oriented nonprofit that seeks to empower the next generation of leaders and help them acquire the skills and networks they need to succeed.
Colin lived in France for 16 years. Since moving back to the U.S., he has experienced life on Capitol Hill, with a think tank, and in the private sector. His research has been quoted in the Washington Post and Le Monde. He was also fortunate to intern for the Boston Celtics for one thrilling summer. After graduating from the program, Colin hopes to work for the U.S. government on managing and developing the U.S. strategy towards Africa.
Juan Manuel Guzman was born and raised in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. At the age of 17, he moved to the United States and worked every job he could in order to pay the expenses of his education including learning the English language. Given his experience as a migrant, Juan Manuel began to have a particular interest in social issues, which motivated him to finish his A.A. Degree in International Studies at Montgomery College. Thanks to the Wilson Presidential Scholarship, he transferred to University of Baltimore where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree with honors. In 2012, Juan Manuel interned at the Embassy of Bolivia where he had the opportunity to work in different areas and, thanks to this opportunity, he decided to strengthen his understanding of the Latin American region. Currently, he is part of Georgetown’s Center for Latin American Studies where he pursues the M.A. program concentrating in government and diplomacy.
A Michigan native, Rasheed joined the U.S. Army immediately after graduating high school, and served 5 years as an Arabic linguist and signals analyst. After receiving an honorable discharge, Rasheed continued in the field of defense by working as a contractor for numerous departments including the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the FBI. He is currently pursuing a degree from Georgetown’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program, concentrating in Global Business and Finance. Upon graduating in 2016, Rasheed hopes to transition from a defense career into a rewarding position in either the financial or consulting sectors.
Porter is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a concentration in global politics and security and a regional focus on South and Central Asia. Before starting at Georgetown, Porter spent a year in India as a Fulbright scholar and four months in the Republic of Georgia working for the Georgian Ministry of Science and Education. Porter completed his undergraduate degree in political science and international studies at Utah State University in 2012. Before graduating, he studied Arabic in Morocco for a year as a Boren Fellow, and served for two years in the Peruvian Amazon as a missionary for the LDS Church. His previous work experience includes serving as the refugee coordinator for the Migrant Education Program, and founding and supervising a Hispanic family literacy center. Porter is proficient in American Sign Language, Spanish, French and Arabic. During the summer of 2015, he interned as the India Public Diplomacy Desk Officer with the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in Washington, D.C. As a Pickering Fellow, he will enter the ranks of the Foreign Service in the public diplomacy cone upon graduation in 2016.
Christina James is a development professional seeking to apply her skills in gender, health, and Southeast Asia to a career focused on countering violent extremism in the Middle East and South Asia. Ms. James is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. Prior to attending Georgetown, she taught English in Indonesia on a Fulbright Fellowship and spent two years working in northern India on an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship with a small NGO, Jagori Grameen. Previously, Ms. James interned with the Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State. In the summer of 2015, she interned with Development Transformations, a small firm which oversees development projects in fragile states. This fall, she is interning with the Office of Stability and Humanitarian Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense. She hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service after graduation.
Ms. James graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies with a minor in Law and Society and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.
Natalia Leigh is a second year graduate student in the School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program. She arrived at Georgetown in fall 2014 from War Child, where she coordinated the NGO's programs across the Central African Republic, DRC and Uganda. Natalia graduated with a B.A. in History and French from the University of Warwick before going on to work for Save the Children for five years. During this time, she worked in the UK, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and India, largely as a programme funding adviser. Natalia has worked across multiple sectors, including education, livelihoods, health and child protection. Her research interests whilst at Georgetown lie particularly in education, governance and the delivery of public services. She spent the summer of 2015 seconded to the Ministry of Education in Liberia. Natalia is British and fluent in French. She joined the GHD programme as the Carol Lancaster Scholar.
Max Levites is a Master's candidate in the German and European Studies Program, concentrating in EU-Russia relations and working towards the ISD and CERES certificates. He received a B.A. in International Relations and French studies from the University of Delaware. Before returning to D.C. to complete his second year of graduate school, he spent the summer interning at UNESCO's International Institute for Education Planning in Paris, France.
Sarah Lohschelder grew up in Germany and graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science in economics and politics. She is currently pursuing a dual Master of Science in Foreign Service and Juris Doctor Degree at Georgetown University, where she focuses on security studies, Asian studies and public international law. She is a Graduate Fellow at the United Nations Association and has served as a delegate at the NATO ACT YP Day 2015 and as a Junior Ambassador at the 2015 Munich Security Conference. Her past work experiences include stints at the German and European Parliaments, the German Embassy in Burma, the Constitutional Court of Korea and the Public International Law and Policy Group. In addition to her studies, she works at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the German Embassy in Washington.
Sarah Moore grew up in Kobe, Japan and graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies. During college she studied abroad in Shanghai and Seoul and was a U.S. State Department intern at the American Embassy in Tokyo. After graduation, she relocated to Shanghai where she worked for the American Chamber of Commerce from 2010 to 2012. She then moved to Japan and worked for Peace Boat, a Japan-based international NGO, and joined its 79th voyage around the world. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Asian studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is concentrating on the politics and security of Japan and China. In 2015, she was a recipient of the Georgetown-Japan 2020 and FLAS fellowships. Sarah is also an intern for the U.S. Department of State Japan Desk as Lead Coordinator of the 2015 U.S.-Japan POW Reconciliation Program. During the summer of 2015, she interned at the McChrystal Group, a consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Emelie Roos is a graduate student in the Master of Foreign Service program, concentrating in global politics and security. Her research focuses on state-sponsored propaganda in the 21st century and government responses. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the Swedish National Defence College. Prior to resuming her studies, she worked as a research assistant for the OSCE and as a foreign policy advisor to the Swedish Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Alex Rued is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Alex received her Bachelor of Arts in government with a minor in Chinese from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Alex is a Master of Arts candidate in the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. During her time at Georgetown, Alex has focused on the politics and security of Asia and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs. Alex is a current Harold L. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations and spent the summer of 2015 working as the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Eddy is a second year Master's Candidate in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) program. He is from Chicago, IL and completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts University. Prior to Georgetown, Eddy worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher on the southwest side of Chicago. In May 2014, Eddy was awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship which will enable him to begin a career as a Foreign Service Consular Officer shortly after graduation. Currently, Eddy interns in the Office of Southern European Affairs in the Department of State.
Cynthia Waite (Cyndi) is a second year student in Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in film studies and English in 2008. After college, she interned in the editorial department at Ms. Magazine in Los Angeles. From 2009-2010, she taught English in Japan through the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. In 2010, she moved to Washington DC as a news producer for the Japanese TV station TV Asahi, where she covered the State Department, Congress, the Pentagon, and the White House. In addition to her communications and media experience, she has worked in research and analysis as a graduate fellow in the foreign policy department of the Congressional Research Service. She spent the summer of 2015 as an intern in the political section at the US embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia. Cyndi is a 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow and will join the United States Foreign Service after completing her master’s degree in 2016. Cyndi originally hails from the state of Georgia.
Stacie L. Williams is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She recently retired from a thirteen-year career as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer. Stacie danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and Spectrum Dance Theatre, to name a few, and toured internationally to over fifteen countries. In 2013 Stacie was selected by the Department of State to serve as a Cultural Ambassador to South Asia where she, along with seven other dancers, utilized dance to engage with over 2,000 students. Stacie’s interests include public diplomacy, the arts in international affairs, and U.S.-Latin America relations.
Stacie interned in the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname in the summer of 2015. She currently interns at the Department of State’s Policy Group in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Stacie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management with a minor in economics from Central Michigan University and speaks Spanish. She continues to perform in the Washington D.C. area.
Amanda Zeidan is a graduate student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program concentrating in global business and finance. Her research focuses on public-private partnerships to track and prevent financing to international terrorist organizations. Prior to attending Georgetown, Amanda worked as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (Nevada). She has also worked in community economic development in Peace Corps Azerbaijan and on election monitoring issues for The Carter Center. She is currently a Department of State Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow.