Program Staff

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Dr. Lily lópez mcgee (Ph.D)

Senior Director

Dr. Lily Lopez-McGee has dedicated nearly two decades of her career to capacity building, diversity, equity, and inclusion within international education and exchange and U.S. national security and foreign policy. Dr. Lopez-McGee served as the inaugural Executive Director for Diversity Abroad, the leading membership association providing resources at the intersection of DEIB and global education, prior to rejoining the Howard University Diplomatic Fellowships team. She also previously served as the director of the nationally recognized Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program where she managed a vital pipeline of diverse, talented U.S. diplomats. She also empowers and educates future leaders as an adjunct professor at American University’s International Teaching and Education Master’s Program. 
 
Prior to her work at Howard University, Dr. Lopez-McGee 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 Global Equity and Inclusion (GEI) Guidelines, the first assessment tool developed to evaluate diversity and inclusion efforts in study abroad offices at U.S. institutions. Dr. Lopez-McGee also previously worked at UNCF Special Programs Corporation where she worked with minority-serving institutions on capacity-building efforts related to campus internationalization and grant management. 
 
Dr. Lopez-McGee is a scholar, researcher, and speaker on the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion, international education and exchange, and careers in international affairs. Dr. Lopez-McGee has published in industry and academic journals including Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Global Impact Exchange, and the IIE Networker. She also 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. She completed her doctoral work at George Mason University where she studied students’ perceived self-efficacy gains from study abroad. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for young people to gain international credentials. Dr. Lopez-McGee is based in Washington, D.C.
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Ryanna Miller

Deputy Director

Ryanna Miller is the Deputy Director of the Rangel Program, previously Co-Founder and Chief Public Affairs and Development Officer of Diplomatic Perspective, a non-profit fostering diversity in international affairs for DC Metro high school students. With a background in real estate, entrepreneurship, and politics, she brings expertise in public-private partnerships from her time as a Director at Wealthi, managing an election in Prince George’s County Maryland, and working with various elected officials and organizations.  

Ryanna holds a B.A. in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and during matriculation was a U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar after her selection in the Duke University program on Global Health Issues in South Africa. She also received her M.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and International Negotiation from American University. As a Gilman Alumni Ambassador, she advocated for international education, addressing audiences at events like the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, the Concordia Summit, and the annual CIEE Conference. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Lead for REACH: HBCU Global Institute, a U.S. Department of State CDAF-funded conference that promotes cultural and public diplomacy among HBCUs and serves as an expert speaker on international entrepreneurship, DEIA, and rural engagement to increase cultural and public diplomacy for the U.S. Speaker Program. Ryanna is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

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Emmebet Selassie

Senior Finance Manager

Emmebet Selassie joined the Diplomatic Fellowship in January 2022 as the Senior Finance Manager. She had worked at Howard University in Grants and Contracts for a year as a consultant before joining the Diplomatic Fellowship. She has worked for over 25 years in the Finance and Accounting world, and in the past few years has been working as a consultant in the DC metro area. She has worked at American Red Cross, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Africare, and African Union Mission to the USA to name a few. Her interest has always been working in the nonprofit world hoping to make some contribution to society. Emmebet has a BS in Accounting from the University of the District of Columbia.

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KRISTINA CANADY

Finance and Operations Manager

Kristina Canady currently serves as the Finance & Operations Manager. She is an experienced professional with over 15 years of experience in program management, operations, administration, and staff development. Kristina has a success record across all sectors including government and non-profits. She is a goal-oriented and creative problem solver who joined the Pickering team in April 2023.

Before joining the Pickering Foreign Affairs Program, Kristina worked for the Department of State at U.S. Embassy Harare and U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi. She worked for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Science & Technology Fellowship Program) and for BloombergBNA (Cross Platform Group).

Kristina holds a master’s degree in microbiology and infectious disease from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia.

Kristina’s husband, Clinton Canady IV, is a Foreign Service Officer. They live with their son, Cai and Zimbabwean rescue, Comet!

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Nathan Tadesse

Finance and Operations Program Coordinator

Nathan Tadesse currently serves as the Program Coordinator of Finance & Operations for the Rangel & Pickering Fellowship.

Nathan was formerly a Banker, and as such, he was committed to assisting and safeguarding the financial world, diligently protecting the bank and clients from all types of fraud, whether dealing with fake or stolen checks or counterfeit business accounts.

Nathan believes that adding value to others' lives is a core principle. He approaches his work with unwavering passion and honesty, fully convinced that sincerity and dedication resonate with those he serves. He is now dedicated to ensuring the financial operations of the Rangel & Pickering Program at Howard university run smoothly and efficiently.

Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Johnson & Wales University.

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Candice Roberts

Program Manager, Diplomatic Fellowships

Candice Roberts is the Program Coordinator for Administration with the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. She comes to Howard after serving at the U.S. Consul General in Casablanca and the U.S. Embassy in Oman, working in both Human Resources and Management with the Department of State. Prior to working with DOS, Candice worked in multiple educational roles supporting English as a Second Language (ESL) to include educator training in virtual education methods with VIPKID and teaching ESL in Spain for many years. Candice is a multi-genre photographer, cataloging her travels over the past decade.  She travels to Paris annually, where she organizes women’s trips exploring the City of Lights. Candice speaks French, Spanish and can order food in Arabic.  She holds a Masters in Community Development and a Bachelors in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve and aid those with aspirations of joining the Foreign Service. 

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Kristen Shannon

Program Manager, Summer Enrichment Program and Selections

Kristen Shannon is the Program Manager for Summer Enrichment Program and Selections for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. She comes to Howard from IREX, where she oversaw the alumni engagement portfolio for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, including leading Alumni Enrichment Institutes – a unique opportunity Fellowship Alumni to travel to U.S. for two-week placements at U.S. institutions of higher education to learn about topics such as the United States’ diverse culture and society, resiliency and ethics in leadership, and social justice principles. Prior to IREX, Kristen served as the program manager of the NEA Foundation’s Global Learning Fellowship – a year-long professional development program designed to support American public-school educators develop the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare students for 21st century global citizenship. In this role, Kristen co-authored a K-12 global competency curriculum book, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals titled “12 Lessons to Open Classrooms and Minds to the World”. Under Kristen’s leadership, the NEA Foundation successfully designed and implemented week-long international teacher field studies to Peru, China, and South Africa. Kristen has additional international affairs experience through past roles at EF Education First, Youth for Understanding (YFU), and the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies with concentrations in international development and public administration from American University and studied community development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. 

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Veronica McIntire

Program Coordinator, Summer Enrichment Program and Selections

Veronica McIntire is the Program Coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Program and Selections for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. Veronica previously worked with the Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, focusing on Western Hemisphere Affairs, where she received the Franklin Award for her work with the Human Rights Reports. She also interned with a boutique strategy firm researching global development and health for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was a fellow for a political campaign. She completed her Bachelor’s in Political Science with Honors at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Lee France

Program Manager, Recruitment and Compliance

Lee France is the Program Manager for Recruitment and Compliance for the Rangel Program. He is an accomplished higher education professional with experience in admissions and enrollment, academic affairs, and graduate enrollment management. Lee has a proven track record of success in optimizing processes and establishing individualized experiences for prospective students. Lee has served as an Academic Program Coordinator for the US Foreign Policy and Global Governance MA Programs and a Graduate Admissions Specialist for the American University School of International Service, and most recently the position of Assistant Director of International Admissions for Continental Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, where he managed recruitment and application review for international applicants from these regions. Lee earned a BA in International Studies from the American University School of International Service, where he completed an MA in International Studies with a concentration in International Education. 

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André Vincent

Program Coordinator, Recruitment and Compliance

André Vincent is the Program Coordinator for Recruitment and Compliance for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. He comes to Howard after serving as the Program Assistant for the US Foreign Policy and National Security (USFP) and Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) programs at American University's School of International Service (SIS). Prior to working at SIS, he worked as the Assistant to the Dean at the Catholic University of America and as an Administrative Assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park. Having grown up in and around the Caribbean, André has a passion for working in higher education and for helping students aspiring to work in international relations reach their goals.