Sarah Ahmed, who hails from Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2019 with a BA in Anthropology. With a strong commitment to public service, she worked at the United Nations Foundation as a Gender and Markets intern and for several NGOs. She was born in Pakistan, lived briefly in the U.A.E, and studied abroad in Ireland. Her language skills include fluency in Urdu and working proficiency of Hindi. Sarah will be attending Georgetown University for her graduate studies.
Nicholas Albright, from Auburn, Alabama, graduated in May 2021 from Morehouse College, where he majored in International Studies and minored in Economics. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at the Liberian Consulate in Georgia and studied abroad in London. Outside of the classroom, he was a member of his school’s Speech and Debate Team and participated in multiple Model United Nations Conferences. He studied Spanish and Mandarin. He is interested in the Consular and Public Diplomacy career tracks in the Foreign Service. In the fall, Nicholas will join the School of International Service at American University.
Erica Alexander is from Memphis, Tennessee and graduated in 2019 from Georgia State University, where she studied Global Studies. With an interest in East Asia, Erica studied abroad in Korea twice and interned with the USAID Asia Bureau. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Erica taught English in Daejeon, South Korea. She currently serves as the HQ Social Media Manager for Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated’s national headquarters. She speaks Korean and Spanish. She hopes to become a Public Diplomacy Officer in the Foreign Service. She will pursue her graduate studies at George Washington University.
Charlotte Armistead, who grew up in rural Mississippi, graduated in May 2021 from the University of Mississippi. She has studied in Jordan twice, speaks several Arabic dialects, and has worked on legislation calling for the relocation of a confederate statue at her university. Professionally, Charlotte has completed internships with Done By Native at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, The Defense and Security Program at the Middle East Institute, and the U.S. Embassy to Yemen. She is an Arabic speaker interested in the Political career track. Charlotte will be pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy degree at Harvard University.
Radhika Arora is a proud Indian-American from Chandler, Arizona. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied business administration and Arabic. She was an intern at the Department of State’s Office of Iraqi Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Jordan through the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program. Radhika currently works in Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Government & Public Services Practice. She hopes to become an Economic or Public Diplomacy Officer and has varying levels of proficiency in Arabic, Hindi, Spanish, and Korean. She will be attending University of Michigan for her graduate studies.
Houssaynatou Barry hails from Staten Island, New York, and is a first-generation Guinean-American. She attended City University of New York (CUNY) John Jay College of Criminal Justice and graduated with a degree in Public Administration. She was a 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grantee to Ghana where she conducted research on the effects of free education on girls living in less privileged communities. She hopes to work as a Public Diplomacy Officer. Houssaynatou is fluent in Pular and French. Houssaynatou will be joining American University’s School of International Service in the fall.
Dalia Batuuka is a Houston, TX native but spent some of her childhood in Uganda. She graduated from Penn State University in 2019 with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and African Studies. Dalia participated in the Model African Union, interned at Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office, and worked at the Department of Transportation. She has also worked in on senatorial and presidential campaigns. Her languages include Luganda and Spanish. Dalia intends to pursue her master’s degree in International Affairs.
Hermanoschy Bernard acquired a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs. He completed several internships in government and nonprofit organizations and studied abroad in Thailand to explore Thai culture, language, and government. He currently works in the NYC Young Men’s Initiative, Mayor’s Office. Bernard speaks Haitian Creole and French, and has some proficiency in Central Thai. In the fall, Hermanoschy will attend Columbia University.
Mikah Bertelmann, from Kailua, Hawaii, graduated in May 2021 from Lewis and Clark College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and International Political Economy. As an undergraduate student, Mikah studied abroad in Siena, Italy and volunteered with Oxfam International. He has also interned with the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council. His languages include Spanish, Italian, and Hawaiian. Mikah will pursue his graduate studies at University of California, San Diego.
Amyre Brandom-Skinner is from Detroit, Michigan and earned her degree in Mass Communication from Xavier University of Louisiana in May 2021. She worked with the New Orleans Citizens Diplomacy Council, Xavier University’s Confucius Institute and Center for Intercultural and International Programs, and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. Amyre is interested in working as a Public Diplomacy officer and she is proficient in Spanish and American Sign Language. She will be attending Columbia University for her graduate degree.
Briah Bass is from Buford, Georgia and studied at Boston University, where she majored in International Relations. While at Boston University, she participated in several cultural clubs and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Briah developed a strong interest in learning about other cultures following her first international experience doing volunteer work in Guatemala during high school. She has over eight years of experience in Spanish and studies Arabic. Briah will attend American University’s School of International Service for her graduate studies.
Tiffany Brown is a Warner Robins, Georgia native who graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia. Tiffany completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Colombia and spent two years working as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow in the Dominican Republic. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Tiffany is passionate about facilitating meaningful cross-cultural interactions and intends to pursue the Public Diplomacy career track. She will be attending Georgetown University.
Allison Chen is from Chandler, Arizona and graduated in May 2021 from Yale University where she double majored in Economics and Political Science. She interned at U.S. Embassy Beijing and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Allison has also interned at Love146 conducting research for preventative sex trafficking education in Africa. Her languages include Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, and French. In the fall, Allison will pursue her graduate degree at Columbia University.
Angela Chin is from Prince George's County, Maryland and earned her Bachelor’s in Public Policy and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 2018 Rangel Scholar and 2019 PPIA Fellow. She has worked for the Sudan and South Sudan programs of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Brookings Center of Middle East Policy, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Angela has studied abroad in Jordan and Ecuador and has working proficiency in Spanish and Arabic. She will be attending Georgetown University.
Yookyung (Sandra) Chung was born in Anyang, South Korea and grew up in New Jersey and Georgia. Sandra studied International Relations with a focus in East Asia and Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College. During her undergraduate studies she interned at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor-East Asia and Pacific region and the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang. Sandra’s languages include Spanish, Korean, Arabic, and Mandarin. She will be pursuing her graduate degree at the Fletcher School of Tufts University.
Carolina Cortez was raised in Sutter Creek, California, and received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Carolina relocated to Washington, D.C., working in the U.S. Senate for Vice President Kamala Harris and as a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellow. She worked for an NGO in Mexico, and she speaks both Spanish and German. She plans to pursue a career as an Economic Officer. Carolina will join Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Katarina de la Rosa is an El Paso, Texas native interested in international economic development. Katarina holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science with a double minor in sociology and sustainability studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked within the U.S. government, the private sector, and with international and regional non-profits in Guatemala, Iceland, Kenya, Mexico, and Panama. She is fluent in Spanish and knows some Portuguese. In the fall, Katarina will pursue her Master’s in Public Policy degree at Harvard University.
Landon Fortenberry hails from Muskegon, Michigan and has Bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and International Relations from Michigan State University. He has worked as a congressional intern at the Michigan Capitol, a tutor with Americorps, and an Intercultural Aide at Michigan State University. He was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Brazil and a Boren Scholar to China. He hopes to pursue a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs. He speaks English, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Landon will attend Harvard University in the fall.
Brittni Foster is a proud Jamaican American with southern roots who hails from the Southside of Chicago. She attended Tufts University and graduated in Spring 2021 with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations with an Identity concentration. Brittni studied abroad in Germany, Morocco, and Russia, and holds varying proficiency in German, Arabic, and Russian. In graduate school, Brittni hopes to expand her regional interests to include both the Middle East and Eastern Europe and focus her studies on the contexts of international law, development, and energy. Brittni will be attending Georgetown University for her graduate studies.
Sophia Fulton is a proud Laotian American from Minnesota. She is a Spring 2021 graduate of Baylor University majoring in Arabic, Economics, and Finance. She interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon through the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program. Sophia studied abroad in Morocco and most recently worked as a National Security and Intelligence Analysis Intern for the Institute for the Study of War. Sophia has studied Arabic and French. She is interested in the intersections between security and economic policy in the Foreign Service. In the fall, Sophia will be attending Columbia University.
Alejandro Garcia Escobar Plascencia is a graduating senior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service majoring in Culture and Politics. He is from Libertyville, Illinois. Alejandro has had the chance to study in Germany, Cambodia, and Rwanda, and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German. He hopes to become a Political Officer in the Foreign Service. Alejandro will be pursuing his graduate degree at Harvard University.
Bezakulu (Beza) Gebru is from Metro Phoenix, Arizona and in 2015 graduated from the University of Arizona with a double major in Geography and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Beza studied abroad in Morocco as a Gilman Scholar and interned at Arizona State Legislature and at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. She is interested in nation building and U.S. immigration policy. Beza speaks Amharic and Arabic. She will be attending American University in the fall.
Fana Ruth HaileSelassie was born in Nairobi, Kenya and grew up in Durham, North Carolina. She is a graduating senior at Spelman College pursuing a major in International Studies with a minor in Spanish. While at Spelman, she established a professional network for students through the non-profit organization Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security (WCAPS). Traveling abroad to China, Spain, and Sweden solidified her intention to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer. Fana will pursue her graduate studies at Georgetown University.
Taylor Hinch of Birmingham, AL, is a senior Presidential Scholar at Villanova University who will earn two Honors Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Peace and Justice. As a Gilman Scholar, Taylor completed a study and internship program in Dublin, Ireland, where she conducted research on consociational democracy and improving community relations in Northern Ireland. She also studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She plans to pursue a career as a Political Foreign Service Officer and will be attending Columbia University.
Korde Inniss is an Air Force veteran and graduate of Morehouse College from Valley Stream, New York. While attending Morehouse College he participated in the Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program, which motivated him to serve in the Foreign Service upon completion of his military commitment. He served in the Air Force as an Intelligence Officer and Combat Aviation Advisor. In his capacity as a Combat Aviation Advisor, he advised partner nation forces in both Malaysia and Panama. Korde has a language background in Spanish and French. He will attend Harvard University for his graduate studies.
John Iosefo is originally from American Samoa and was a student studying Politics at the University of San Francisco. John served as President of the undergraduate student Senate and interned on Capitol Hill with the office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata Colemen Radewagen. He studied abroad at the John Felice Rome Center of the Loyola University Chicago and participated in the USF Erasmus program. John is fluent in Samoan. In the fall, he will attend Georgetown University.
Idia Irele is a Nigerian-American global education professional. She received her Bachelor’s from Smith College in Government and International Politics and holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy. She worked as Director of Curriculum and Strategic Relations Manager at the Latin American Leadership Academy in Medellin, Colombia. Idia served as a Fulbright Fellow in Andorra in 2016. She has studied Mandarin for eight years and speaks Yoruba, Spanish, and some Portuguese. In the fall, Idia will join the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.
James Lowell Jackson was born in the Philippines and grew up in Ithaca, New York. He received a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2017. As an undergraduate, he participated in the Critical Language Scholarship Program in Indonesia, served as the TA for a Vietnam Engaged Learning Program, and interned for a labor NGO in Hanoi, Vietnam. He currently works for the New Conversations Project at Cornell University. Lowell speaks Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog, French, and some Vietnamese. He will be attending Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Tatum James was born and raised in the small town of Fountain Hills, Arizona. She is a first-generation college student and graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2020 with degrees in Global Studies and Spanish Linguistics. Tatum studied abroad with the Balkan Language Initiative in Albania and later received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to represent the United States in Spain. In Fall 2021, she will embark on a Fulbright grant to North Macedonia and upon her return she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Diplomacy or International Development. Tatum speaks Spanish, Albanian, and some Portuguese.
Isaac Kim is originally from Northbrook, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in International Politics and a certificate in African Studies. Currently, he serves as a Princeton in Africa Fellow with the Kenya Country Program of the International Rescue Committee. Isaac worked as an external relations intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, at the Lalibela Game Reserve in South Africa, and for Senator Tammy Duckworth. His languages include French, Korean, and Kiswahili. Isaac will attend the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University in the fall.
Zizhan Luo was born in Wuhan, China and raised in Oregon, Vermont, and New Jersey. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in International Studies from American University. Zizhan studied abroad at the University of Oxford and was a 2019 Fulbright Scholar to China. She has interned with the Wilson Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Defense Fund, Ocean Conservancy, and Oceana. She currently works in the field of sustainable finance. Fluent in Mandarin, with a background in French and Spanish, Zizhan plans to serve as an Economic Officer in the Foreign Service. She will be attending Harvard University to obtain her Master in Public Policy degree.
Misbah Nauman was raised in Islamabad and came to the United States at the age of twelve. She attended Stony Brook University, double majoring in Economics and Business Management, while pursuing several activities on campus. She attended the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program in the summer of her junior year, which affirmed her passion to join the Foreign Service. In her senior year, she studied abroad at the London School of Economics and after graduation, she worked across various sectors as a financial analyst. Prior to beginning the Rangel Fellowship, she worked as an associate at MUFG, a Japanese bank. She has traveled to Morocco, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She plans to pursue a Master in Global Affairs prior to entering the Foreign Service. In her spare time, she likes to spend time outdoors, play sports, and pursue creative hobbies.
Dan (Tammy) Nguyen is a proud Vietnamese-American from Da Nang, Vietnam. She graduated from American University in 2021, where she studied International Relations and served as Editor-In-Chief of the undergraduate research journal. While in college, Tammy studied Russian as a Gilman Scholar in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was also an Undergraduate Fellow for The Peace and Security Funders Group and The Truman National Security Project. Tammy speaks Russian and is fluent in Vietnamese. She will pursue her Master in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Cierra Powell was born in Miles City, Montana and graduated in 2018 from Carroll College. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. Cierra studied abroad in Seville, Spain and conducted independent research in Ecuador as a 2017 Gilman Scholar. After graduating, she served as a Gilman Alumni Ambassador and 2019-2020 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in the Canary Islands. Cierra speaks Spanish and is learning Catalan. She will attend Pennsylvania State University for her graduate studies.
Christina Jane Presmy is a proud Haitian-American from Fort Myers, Florida. She attended Florida A&M University and graduated in May 2021 with her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Disaster Management. Christina has interned with USAID as a Countering Violent Extremism Intern, the Red Cross as a Disaster Workforce Engagement Intern, studied abroad in Ghana, and is a Take Stock in Children Scholar. Christina speaks Haitian-Creole and is learning Akan Twi. In the fall, she will attend Webster University.
Jayaram Ravi grew up near Seattle and attended Stanford University, majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Human Rights. He interned with Freedom House, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and on Capitol Hill. He is a 2017 Rangel Scholar. After graduating, Jayaram joined the Treasury Department’s International Affairs Office. His experience at the Treasury Department inspired his interest in becoming an Economic Officer. He speaks Spanish and Tamil. Jayaram will be pursuing his graduate degree at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Jhoalmo A. Sibrian is a Salvadoran-American immigrant. He graduated from the University of North Texas (UNT) where he concentrated in Security and Diplomacy. He served in Colombia for two years as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and was a 2016 Rangel Scholar. As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Jhoalmo worked at Brookings and is now at the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. As a future FSO, he plans to continue to address the inequities and systematic barriers in multicultural societies while implementing U.S. foreign policy. Jhoalmo will attend Harvard University for his graduate degree.
Kayla M. Smith was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Fascinated by the intersections of storytelling, the arts, and diplomacy, she earned a B.A. in International Studies with a Diplomacy concentration from Spelman College this year. Kayla has studied abroad in Antigua and Barbuda and Santiago de Cuba; the latter of which strengthened her Spanish speaking skills. She is also a 2019 Rangel Scholar and a 2020 PPIA Fellow. Kayla plans to pursue a career track as Public Diplomacy Officer. She will pursue her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Dilek Tas is a first-generation American who moved to the United States in 2007 from Germany after studying English and French at a language institution in Bavaria and becoming a translator. Her cross-cultural identity enabled her to become fluent in German and Turkish. She graduated summa cum laude from NYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a double concentration in history and international studies. As a full-time student, she also worked full-time as a multilingual flight attendant for a U.S. global carrier. During her 10-year career, she traveled to 54 countries on six continents, interacted with diverse people from all walks of life, and learned new perspectives while breaking bread with strangers and refuting stereotypes. Dilek has an unwavering commitment to public service that includes mentoring teenagers from underserved communities in New York and New Jersey, teaching ESL to migrant children, and mentoring refugee families living in NC. Additionally, she has been serving as a primary caregiver to her fiancé, a Marine Corps combat veteran. She is grateful to be part of the 2021 Rangel Fellowship and is looking forward to meeting and networking with the rest of the cohort soon.
Ashley Towers is from New York and served as Military Police in the Army National Guard as a combat Veteran. She attended The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, double majoring in Intelligence & Security Studies and Criminal Justice. She has worked as a contractor at the Department of Homeland Security National Infrastructure Coordinating Center. Ashley speaks Spanish and Russian. Ashley will be attending Yale University.
Jane Viviano was raised in northeast Florida and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies. Jane has studied, worked, and taught English in Jordan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Morocco through the Boren, Gilman, Critical Language Scholarship, Rotary Youth Exchange, and Fulbright Programs. Jane currently works as a Program Officer with the National Security Education Program at the Department of Defense and speaks Arabic and Turkish. She will pursue her graduate studies at University of Texas at Austin.
Cassia Waligora was born in Chiangmai, Thailand and grew up in southwest China and Virginia. She earned a B.A. in International Relations and Mandarin Chinese at Wheaton College (IL) this year. Cassia has interned in the Executive Office of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, was a Boren Scholar to Shanghai, China, and was selected for the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP). Cassia is fluent in Mandarin, and she hopes to serve as a Public Diplomacy Officer. She will be attending Georgetown University in the fall.
Jacqueline White Menchaca is a proud Mexican-American from Tucson, Arizona. She received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Public Service from Arizona State University. Jacqueline was a Staff Assistant for Congressman Ruben Gallego and is now working for the Department of State in the Bureau for Consular Affairs. She attended the McCain Institute for International Leadership, interned with The German Marshall Fund, and studied in Ecuador through Rotary Youth Exchange. She also studied Swahili and worked at Search for Common Ground as a Boren Scholar in Tanzania. Her languages include Spanish, Swahili, and French. Jacqueline will pursue a Master in Public Policy at Harvard University.
Lilah Wilder grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas in 2019 with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Global & International Studies and French, with Middle Eastern Studies minor. She became a FLAS Fellow for Arabic study and interned at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She speaks French, Spanish, and Arabic. Lilah plans to join the U.S. Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer. She will be joining the School of International Service at American University.
Rachel Wong, born in Hong Kong and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Macalester College in 2019. She majored in International Studies with Geography and Asian Studies minors. After graduating, Rachel received a Fulbright Fellowship as an English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan. She now works for the National Democratic Institute on the Asia-Pacific Team and volunteers as the Communications Director for Fulbright Lotus. Rachel speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, and some Korean. In the fall, she will start her graduate studies at Georgetown University.
Jamie Wu was born in New York City but spent her early years in rural China and Puerto Rico. She attended Williams College and graduated with degrees in History, Comparative Literature and French. Jamie moved to the Taiwanese island of Kinmen as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grantee. Following her grant, she has interned at a national immigration think-tank and volunteered with a 2021 mayoral campaign. Jamie speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, French, and Spanish. She will pursue her graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.