Patricia Scroggs - Director
Patricia Scroggs has been the Director since January 2006 and has enjoyed working with outstanding Rangel Fellows and Scholars who are committed to making a difference in the world.
She joined Howard University after 20 years of service in Asia, Latin America and Washington as a Foreign Service Officer. Until November 2005, she served as the Director of the East Asian and Pacific Bureau's Office of Regional and Security Policy. In this capacity, she led a large office that handled security, multilateral affairs, counter-terrorism, strategic planning, foreign assistance, congressional affairs and transnational issues for the Asian-Pacific region.
In addition to traveling to over 20 countries, her overseas posts included Tokyo, Japan, Seoul, Korea and Mazatlan, Mexico as a Foreign Service Officer. During Washington assignments, she was Chief of the Asia, Near East and Africa Division in the Trade Office; Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and an Economic Officer and a Science, Technology and Environment Officer in the Office of Japanese Affairs.
Her languages are Japanese and Spanish. She has an MA in Interational Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and did considerable leadership, management, language, and area studies trainings at the State Departmet's Foreign Service Institute. She was awarded four Superior Honor Awards and the Averell B. Harriman Award for outstanding contributions to diplomacy.
Lily Lopez-Mcgee - Program Manager
Lily Lopez-McGee currently serves as the Program Manager for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs program. She is also an advanced doctoral student at George Mason University where she is completing research for her dissertation. Previously, she served as manager at Diversity Abroad where she managed the Diversity Abroad Network, a professional network of institutions of higher education, and oversaw the development of the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education (AID) Roadmap, the first assessment tool developed to evaluate diversity and inclusion efforts in study abroad offices at U.S. institutions. Lily serves as a Co-Chair of the Global Access Pipeline and has helped coordinate the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor's in International Relations and master's in Public Administration. While in Seattle, she was heavily involved in Seattle community organizing events and working for community and youth serving organizations. During her time at UNCF Special Programs Corporation, she managed an internationally focused fellowship for undergraduate students and worked with minority serving institutions on capacity building efforts related to campus internationalization and grant management. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for young people to gain international credentials. Lily is bilingual in English and Spanish and has traveled through Latin America and Western Europe.
Cynthia Valentine - Program Assistant
Ms. Cynthia Valentine is our new Program Assistant for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. She is responsible for managing public outreach, logistical needs, and compliance for all program activities. Ms. Valentine served as a Research Analyst at Costar Group, a commercial real estate technology firm. Ms. Valentine managed their commercial real estate inventory in Canada. She developed and maintained relationships with Toronto's top commercial real estate firms, including Brookfield, Bental Kennedy and First Capital. Ms. Valentine is a dedicated hard worker with a strong academic background. She graduated Phi Beta Kapa from Howard University with a degree in Political Science, concentrating in International Relations. She was an intern at the United States Embassy in Niger in their Public Diplomacy and Consular sections. There she gained critical insight into the implementation of U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy. Ms. Valentine resides in Washington D.C. with her husband Todd and daughter, Avery.
Darryl Stephens - Financial Manager
Darryl Stephens joined the Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University in February 2016 as the Finance Manager for both the Payne and Rangel Fellowships. Darryl is an alumni of Howard University's M.B.A. program and has a B.B.A in marketing from Georgia State University. While pursuing this M.B.A., he served as a graduate assistant with the Small Business Development Center. Prior to his current role as Finance Manager, Darryl worked as a procurement consultant for the consulting firm A.T. Kearney.