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Rosenthal Fellowship Announces 2014 Winners

WASHINGTON – The Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations and its partner, the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), announce the selection of thirty-three fellows for Summer 2014. The Fellowship provides graduate students at APSIA member schools the opportunity to spend a summer working on international relations related issues in the US government Executive Branch or the Congress.

Established in 1977 in memory of Harold Rosenthal, a Congressional staffer and victim of international terrorism while on official duty, there have been 227 Fellows to date. Since the inception of the Rosenthal Fellowship, many Rosenthal Fellows have also participated as EVP Fellows in The European Union Visitors Program (EVP).

In a joint statement, Carmen Mezzera, Executive Director of APSIA, and Rick Gilmore, Chairman of the Rosenthal Fellowship, said, “The program’s success depends first and foremost on the outstanding caliber of our fellows, the extraordinary support we receive from host offices in the Congress and Executive Branch, APSIA member school support, and the generous contributions and support of our Board, donor institutions, and longstanding friends of the program. The Fellowship is living proof that terrorism cannot overwhelm the human spirit. We’re a program whose purpose is to provide exceptional students with unique government experience. They are our future leaders in new approaches to problem solving in international relations.” The program is particularly pleased to continue its collaboration with the Robertson Foundation for Government and welcomes its support of four Fellowships. We also take great pride in the Alumni Advisory Council and the Rosenthal Roundtables where recognized experts and practitioners in international relations address Rosenthal and Robertson fellows and alumni.

This year’s Fellows represent 16 APSIA schools and will intern at the Departments of Defense, Labor, State, Treasury, USDA, and in committees and individual offices of Members of Congress.

Run in association with APSIA, the Rosenthal Fellowship receives support from a number of individual donors as well as the Robertson Foundation for Government, the Rotary Foundation and, previously, from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Fellows are current graduate students in international affairs nominated by their schools and are both US citizens and foreign nationals. Former Senator and Vice President, Fritz Mondale, serves as honorary chairman of the Fellowship.

2014 Rosenthal Fellows and Host Offices

Benjamin Briese, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Benjamin is a student of international security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where he received a Sie Fellowship. Benjamin has worked previously in Yemen as an emergency response program officer, in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria as a program development officer. Benjamin graduated Summa Cum Laude with All College Honors from Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, with an honors thesis on the socio-economic impacts of rural road development in Nepal.

Frank Broomell, APSA/SEA/South Asia Directorate
Frank is a Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has held several different positions in the US Marine Corps – Analysis Officer, Collections Officer, Intelligence Officer – where he won multiple military awards. As an undergraduate at George Washington University, Frank studied conflict and security, as well as journalism and mass communication, and received a B.A. in International Affairs.

Clarke Burns, APSA.AOC/Pakistan/Directorate
Clarke is a joint MA/Security Studies and JD student at Georgetown University. Clarke has served in the US Army for several years and is not in the Reserves. He has also been working as an intern with the Budget Committee of the US House of Representatives. Clarke has been a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor for several years. Clarke’s undergraduate work was at Tufts University, where he earned a BA in international relations and economics and studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland.

Emily Cole, US House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee
Emily is working on an MA degree in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she is a Seth E. Frank ‘55 Fellowship recipient. Her concentrations are in human security and international environmental policy. In addition to her graduate work, Emily works on international food security, land grab, and agriculture policy issues at the Global Development and Environment Institute. She has also worked as a Peace Corps program assistant in Senegal and a senior associate at a consulting firm in DC. Emily’s undergraduate degree, cum laude, in political science and French, with a certificate in African studies, is from Amherst College.

Sean Patrick Comber, Department of State, Embassy of the United States in Manila, Philippines
Sean is studying to earn an MA in public administration and an MA in international relations at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, and he is a Robertson Fellow, 2015. Sean’s has prior work experience as a communications intern at Defense for Children International, an education volunteer with the US Peace Corps, and a graduate assistant with National Security Studies. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, a Scholar of the College, a Dean’s Scholar, and member of Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and University. Sean received a BA, magna cum laude, in international studies, from Boston College.

Lara Danielle Crouch, Department of Defense, Strategy, Plans and Force Development
Lara is attending Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, to pursue an MA in Asian studies. She has received a foreign language and area studies fellowship and a full merit fellowship. Lara worked as a research intern/Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as well as a research assistant in the Asian Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Lara received a BA in history and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honors Society, after which she pursued Chinese language studies at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

Sam duPont, Office of the US Trade Representative and Rotary-Rosenthal Fellow
Sam is pursuing an MPA in international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He has also worked at the New Democrat Network/New Policy Institute as a policy analyst with their Global Mobile Technology Initiative and as a project manager with the tech company Dimagi, Inc. in Thailand and the Philippines. Sam has served as a program officer for Internet Freedom with Freedom House. As an undergraduate, Sam’s focus was on foreign policy analysis and US-China political and economic relations. He attended Tufts University and received a BA in international relations, magna cum laude, after a semester of intensive Chinese language study in Beijing.

Owen Fletcher, US Department of Defense, Office of Secretary of Defense, China Desk/APSA/East Asia
Owen is a Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) student working on an MA in International Relations and International Economics. Owen has worked as a news intern for Thomson Reuters in Beijing and a China technology reporter for IDG News Service, The Wall Street Journal, and Dow Jones, also in Beijing. In the US, he worked as an agriculture and Midwest news reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. In addition to a summer at Beijing Normal University, Owen’s undergraduate work was at Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.

Barak Gatenyo, US House of Representatives, Office of Ami Bera (D-CA)
Barak is a student at the Institut d’etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Paris School of International Affairs, working on an MA in International Security, and is a recipient of the Sciences Po-US Foundation and Erasmus Mundus scholarships. He has served as a senior analyst for the Israel Ministry of Defense and as a risk consultant and intelligence analyst for Max Security Solutions, a global geo-political risk consulting firm. Barak received a BA in government, cum laude, from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. Before graduating, he took an honors seminar at Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, in New York, and was the recipient of a G. Cramer Graduate Grant.

Tschuna Gibson, US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Tschuna is enrolled at American University, School of International Service (SIS), in ethics, peace and global affairs, with a concentration in global environmental justice. Tschuna was a Fulbright Fellow in Vienna, Austria, researching ecologically-minded agricultural production and alternative food systems in Austria, as well as participating in a US-EU seminar in Luxembourg and Belgium. Tschuna was a global operations intern for the Peace Corps and a public relations and outreach intern for INTERSOL in Salzburg, Austria. Tschuna’s undergraduate degrees were a BA in Philosophy, with a concentration in ethics and public policy, and a BA in International Studies, with a concentration in international social justice. Both were from Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College.

Alexandra Hackbarth, US Department of Defense/Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict
Alexandra attends the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, where she is working on an MA in public administration and an MA in international relations. She is also a Robertson Foundation for Government Fellow. Alexandra has two and half years working for US Senator Ron Wyden, starting as a staff assistant and becoming a legislative correspondent, aide and assistant. She also attended the Air Force Command and Staff College where she completed the academic course for field grade officers. Her BA in international affairs was from Lewis and Clark College where she was chosen as a delegate to the Student Conference on US Affairs at the US Military Academy.

Mark Hoover, US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Burkina Faso
Mark is enrolled at the Fletcher School of law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, with a concentration in international negotiations and conflict resolution. He has worked as a translator for PACT-Building Capacity Worldwide in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo and as an economics intern at the US Embassy in Dakar, Senegal. He was a Fulbright Fellow, working as a teacher at Escola Andorrana de Segona Ensenyanca d’Encamp, Andorra. Mark studied for a semester at the University of Burgundy Centre International d’Etudes Francaises, in Dijon, France, and his BA in political science and French studies, magna cum laude, is from Wake Forest University.

Brianna January, US Department of Labor
Brianna is working on a Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, while working as a graduate assistant at the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at the university. She previously worked as an LGBTQ social policy intern for Equality Maryland and a project coordinator for the Kathryn Davis Foundation 100 Projects for peace in San Lucas Tolim an, Guatemala. Brianna’s undergraduate degree was in international relations and Spanish, where she won many awards including Fulbright finalist, Knott Scholarship, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Scholastic Honor Society, Notre Dame of Maryland Exemplary Service Aware, Top graduating Scholar Award in Modern and Classical Foreign Languages as well as History and Political Science, and Phi Sigma Iota National Foreign Language Honor Society.

Joyce Kang, US Department of Labor
Joyce is working on a Master of Pacific International Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, specializing in Korea. Prior to graduate school, Joyce was a community resource coordinator for Communities in Schools through AmeriCorps and a program assistant with the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). As an undergraduate, Joyce pursued a double major in political science and Asian studies and earned BA, summa cum laude. She spent two semesters abroad in Korea on scholarships and earned many awards including Phi Beta Kappa Society, Distinction in Asian studies, Political Science Honors Scholar, Honors thesis merit.

Kendrick Kuo, US Department of Treasury, Office of International Monetary and Financial Policy
Kendrick is a student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), working on an MA in international affairs and international economics, with a concentration in China studies. He is also an editor for the China Studies Working Paper Series in Washington, DC. He has worked for the US Department of Homeland Security as a government contractor with G&H International Services, Inc., and as a communications associate for the International Stability Operations Association. Prior to that, he was a research assistant for Al Jidara in Amman, Jordan, and an international intern at the American Institute in Taiwan. Kendrick’s undergraduate work was at The George Washington University, where he earned a BA, in international affairs and religion, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Erica Lally, US Department of State/The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan
Erica attends the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), focusing on international relations and international economics. She has worked as a Congressional Page; an intern in legislative affairs at the American Foreign Service Association, and an intern in the Russia and Eurasia program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Erica worked in the political section of the US Embassy in Moscow and later as a Fulbright Fellow in Moscow, studying the history of the intelligentsia in Russia. Most recently she was a senior associate with Human Rights Watch in the Europe and Central Asia Division. Erica attended Dickinson College and received a BA in international studies, with a Russian language minor, including a semester abroad in Moscow. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude.

Rachel Mann, US Department of State, The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Rachel is pursuing two degrees at American University, a Juris Doctor in the Washington College of Law and an MA in international affairs in the School of International Service (SIS). Rachel was the found and chair of Amnesty International at Union College and an intern with the Department of State, Narcotics Affairs Section, in Quito, Ecuador. She worked for Senator John Kerry and Congressman John Fernandes. Rachel received a BA in political science, summa cum laude, with a minor in Spanish from Union College, Schenectady, New York, where her honors include Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Rotary Foundation Endowed Prize for International Study.

Arthur Paul Massaro III, US Department of State, The Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Paul Massaro is enrolled in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, with an eye to working in the US government after he receives his MPP. He has served as a legislative intern with the Maryland Department of Budget and Management and as an international admissions intern at the University of Maryland. Paul earned two undergraduate degrees at Maryland, a BA in government and politics and a BA in Germanic studies, receiving several honors as well – College Park Scholars Citation, Dean’s Senior Scholar, Booz Allen Hamilton Vision Scholarship, German Society of Maryland Merit Award, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, and Distinguished Dean’s List.

Jamie Morgan, US Department of Defense
Jamie is working on a Master of Public Affairs at Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School. He previously worked as an analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit in Washington, DC, and won the Silver Anvil Award for his project on food security and managed other research projects on emerging security issues. He also served as Deputy Research Director for a US senator and as a researcher with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As an independent consultant, Jamie received a grant from the US-Indonesia Society to conduct an analysis of US government efforts to counter violent extremism programs. Jamie graduated from Tufts University with a BA in international relations, magna cum laude.

Rebeca Orrie, Department of Defense/ Mideast Partnership Program
Rebeca attends the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Her degree will be in international affairs, national security and diplomacy, with concentrations in intelligence as an instrument of statecraft and Middle Eastern studies. She is a Robertson Fellow. Rebeca served as Logistics Chair for the Alexander Hamilton Society, Chief of Staff for the International Student Association, and President of the Arabic Club at Texas A&M. Her BA was in international studies with a minor in Arabic studies, followed by an exchange fellowship in Saudia Arabia, and she spent a summer at the University of Jordan studying Arabic. Among the honors Rebeca has received are the Thomas S. Gathright Academic Excellence Award, the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, the Jordan Fellow award, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, National Hispanic Scholar, President’s Endowed Scholarship, ISA Outstanding Service Award, and the Melissa Morrow Memorial Scholarship.

Kaitlin Oujo, US Department of Defense, International Security Affairs/Middle East
Kaitlin is a student in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, specializing in international security and US foreign policy. She is an Alice Stetten Fellow and served as Columbia’s delegate to the 2013 Student Conference on US Affairs, focused on national security. Kaitlin worked as an intern in the Office of the Under-Secretary General, United Nations Peacekeeping, Department of Field Support and as a program assistant, Middle East and North Africa, International Republican Institute. She has also worked as an Arabic contractor in support of Operation Unified Protector and a national security intern with the Center for American Progress. Kailin received a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, cum laude, from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, where she was a Special Honors Graduate, a member of Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies, and an Embassy of Israel Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Fellow.

Sarah Park, US Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Sarah attends Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, where she is an Alice Stetten Fellow, and she works as a program assistant at the Center for Korean Research, Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Previously, she was a research fellow with The Fulbright Program, US Department of State and a litigation paralegal with a New York law firm. She has conducted research on and translated interviews of Korean War refugees for a documentary and assisted with the resettlement of North Korean refugees in the US. Sarah’s BA is from Boston College, in international studies, cum laude, and she was a Sr. Thea Bowman Scholar and the recipient of the Marshal of the Order of the Cross and Crown, Boston College Honor Society, and a Korean American Scholarship.

Andrew Reighart, US Department of State/ Bureau of Energy Resources
Andrew is a Robertson Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where his focus is environmental policy and international security and economic policy. As an intern with the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, Andrew spearheaded the creation of their social media strategy. He was a Political Action Committee and Development intern with Equality Maryland and a Greater Research Opportunities Fellow, Office of Global Affairs and Policy, US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of International and Tribal Affairs. Andrew graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in public policy studies and political science, summa cum laude, with minors in economics, environmental studies, biology and French.

Dan Rothstein, US Southern Command, Miami
Dan is a Robertson Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, where he will receive a Master of Pacific International Affairs (MPIA), with focuses in international economics and international management, and a regional specialization in Latin America. He has worked for the US Agency for International Development, US Embassy Lima, as an alternative development intern, and for the US Department of State, US Embassy Lima, as an economic intern. Dan’s BA in international/interdisciplinary studies, summa cum laude, with minors in Spanish and French is from the University of Arizona. He also attended Howard University through a US State Department-Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program.

Jennifer Rowland, US Department of Defense, International Security Affairs, Africa
Jennifer is a student at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she is working on a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in international and global affairs. Before graduate school, Jennifer was a program associate with New America Foundation, where she was the author of “The AfPak Daily Brief” and worked on “Manhunt: The 10-year Search for Osama bin Laden – from Tora Bora to Abbottabad,” by Peter Bergen. She was a documentary fact checker for “The Last Days of Osama bin Laden,” by Story House Productions. Jennifer received a BA, magna cum laude, from Duke University, and was awarded Graduation with Distinction for her honors thesis defense, and the Ole R. Holsti Award in American Foreign Policy and International Relations.

Jenny Russell, US Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Jenny is working on a Master of International Affairs at The Bush School of Government at Texas A&M, where she is also a Robertson Fellow. She has served as a Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem with Voices for Children, and as a paralegal at a law firm. She was senior student editor of the Texas A&M Undergraduate Research Journal and received many honors at Texas A&M – President’s Endowed Scholarship, National Merit Recognition Scholarship, Director’s Excellence Award, Merit Plus Award, National Merit Scholar – while working on her BA in political science, with a minor in philosophy. She graduated cum laude with Foundation Honors.

Amanda Van Dort, US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Amanda is enrolled in the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, to obtain a Master in Public Policy. She is also an advisor to the national coordinator of Emerge Global, Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she develops strategies, oversees budgets and audits, and coordinates with the Emerge Lanka Foundation Board of Directors. Previously she worked as a country director with Emerge Lanka Foundation, where she managed staff, finances and operations for economic empowerment of Sri Lankan girls. As a wellness coordinator for the University of Michigan Health System, she developed and implemented a health education program for the University Preparatory Academy Schools. Amanda received a BS in exercise science with departmental and university honors from Eastern Michigan University, College of Health & Human Services.

Diana Won, US Department of State, Embassy of the United States, Lima, Peru
Diana attends the University of Michigan, working on a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in international policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Before entering graduate school, Diana was a paralegal for a boutique law firm working on land use issues. She worked as a research assistant for the Fulbright Commission, Bucaramanga, Colombia, and as an intern in grantwriting and community development for Unity Square Partnership & Lazos America Unida. She also has experience in planning and economic development. Diana has a BA in planning and public policy, magna cum laude, with minors in Spanish and Gender Studies, from Rutgers University. She participated in a study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and attended the Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.

Satomi Yanagidani, Office of Sen. Levin and Office of Cong. Jim McDermott
Satomi is working on an MA in global affairs at Yale University, with a focus on security policy and American foreign policy. He was an intern in Diet Member Suematsu’s office, working on the election campaign of the mayor of Nishi-tokyo City, Tokyo, before becoming a diplomatic official, Japan-US Security Treaty Division, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. In this capacity, Satomi has worked on the joint use of the Yokota Air Base, has arranged and facilitated meetings between US and Japanese leaders, has prepared material for Diet Sessions, and drafted material on Japan-US Security Arrangements. Satomi received a Bachelor of Law from The University of Tokyo.

Olivia Zetter, US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Olivia attends Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is working toward a Master in Public Policy with a concentration in international and global affairs, with focus on international security policy. She is a Belfer International and Global Affairs Student Fellow. Olivia’s experience at Creative Associates International, Inc. includes program manager for the Syria Support Program, co-manager of the Pakistan Transition Initiative, temporary assignments in Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Yemen, and technical writing for proposals. She has also been involved in developing curricula for students in Uruguay and Peru and interned in Spain where she wrote a report in Spanish on the political, economic, and human rights situation in Georgia. Olivia’s BA, magna cum laude, in international studies, with a concentration in peace and conflict resolution and a minor in Spanish, is from American University, where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa, Dacor Bacon House Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship, and Sigma Iota Rho International Studies Honor Society.

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