Porter Illi

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.