Speakers

Throughout the weekend we’ll learn from experts, activists and thinkers representing civil society, the government, the military, the media and campaigns. We’re placing a high priority on amplifying student voice on these issues.

Check out bios of just a few of the amazing speakers joining us, below!

Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Michèle Flournoy served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from February 2009 to February 2012. Currently she is Advisor to the Obama for America Campaign on national security. She was the principal adviser to the Secretary of Defense in the formulation of national security and defense policy, oversight of military plans and operations, and in National Security Council deliberations. She led the development of DoD’s new Strategic Guidance and represented the Department in dozens of foreign engagements, in the media and before Congress. Prior to confirmation, Ms. Flournoy co-led President Obama’s transition team at DoD. In January 2007, Ms. Flournoy co-founded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a non-partisan think tank dedicated to developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security policies. Previously, she was senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and, prior to that, a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU). In the mid-1990s, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. Ms. Flournoy has received several awards from the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ms. Flournoy earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s degree in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Daniel Maree, Creator of the Million Hoodies Movement for Trayvon Martin
Daniel launched the Million Hoodies Movement for Trayvon Martin while working as a Senior Digital Strategist McCann-Erickson, New York. Prior to joining McCann, Maree worked at the intersection of brands, media, and creative technology for multiple industry-leading organizations, including: Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, North Country, The Kite Runner), the World Bank, and the Center for American Progress. Mr. Maree has written about technology, innovation, and social change for the Huffington Post, Global Voices, Technorati, and Takepart.com. His debut screenplay, The Black Umbrella, won several awards at the 6th American Gem Short Screenplay Competition, the 2007 British Short Screenplay Competition, and the 2008 Visions Film Festival. A lover of travel, music, and self-discovery, Mr. Maree’s true passion is in creating media that makes a difference. To individuals, audiences, clients, and ultimately the world. Mr. Maree grew up in South Africa and studied History, Philosophy, and Film at American University.

Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Co-author, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal.  He is the editor and principal contributor to the Council’s Global Food for Thought blog, part of the Global Agricultural Development Initiative. For 20 years, he served as a foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa.  His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.  In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting.  Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations.  Mr. Thurow and Mr. Kilman are authors of the recent book ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.  In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award.

Anuradha Mittal, Founder and Executive Director, Oakland Institute
Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine. Ms. Mittal has authored and edited numerous books and reports including (Mis)Investment in Agriculture: The Role of the International Finance Corporation in the Global Land Grab; The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor; Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; 2008 Food Price Crisis: Rethinking Food Security Policies; among others. Her articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Bangkok Post, among others. Ms. Mittal has addressed the Congress and the United Nations, and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America. Ms. Mittal is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize), International Forum on Globalization, and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry’s social mission and brand integrity.

Karen Showalter, Co-Chair of the Board of Americans for Informed Democracy and National Campaign Director, Oil Change International
Karen Showalter  has extensive experience building networks for social change, both in the US and abroad. From 2010 to 2012 she served as AIDemocracy’s Executive Director and has been voted Co-Chair of the Board. She currently is National Campaign Director for Oil Change International, and previously managed Oxfam International’s Health and Education For All campaign in Mali, West Africa, where she founded the “Espace de Plaidoyer” activist network. She has also worked with Netcentric Campaigns, where she analyzed and supported activist networks working on the 2008 US presidential election and women’s and environment issues; the Bank Information Center, a World Bank watchdog; and IFIwatchnet, an online community of activists concerned with the international financial institutions. One of her most formative experiences was the three years she spent as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, where she worked with local communities to address challenges to food production, environmental protection, health and education. Ms. Showalter has a BA in History (Honors) from the University of Michigan and an MPA in International Development from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

John Milewski, Managing Editor and Host, dialogue
John Milewski is a veteran broadcast journalist who has lots of experience engaging young people to become more involved in the political process. For 20 years he was executive producer and host of Close Up on C-SPAN, a program that featured political discussions with studio audiences comprised of high school and college students. dialogue is a weekly TV program produced by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, televised nationally and internationally and syndicated on more than 80 radio stations nationwide.  He also serves as the Wilson Center’s Director of Communications. He as reported on a wide variety of topics, and during the 2008 Presidential primary season, he covered the Democratic debate at Drexel University and the Republican debate at the University of Miami. Mr. Milewski is an instructor for The Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches an undergraduate course on politics and media. Mr. Milewski serves as vice president for the Wana Initiative on Conflict and Cultural Dialogue and is co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer of the initiative’s flagship program, Waziristan to Washington: A Muslim at the Crossroads, a one-man stage show featuring Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. He has produced award-winning documentaries. Milewski was also part of the team that opened the new Newseum in April 2008.

Gary Barnabo, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP)
Gary Barnabo is the President of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that fosters the next generation of foreign policy leaders. Gary’s passion for international affairs and his belief that the world requires a new kind of leader to solve its complex problems led him to Washington DC, where he has helped build YPFP into a thriving global community with nearly 10,000 members in 70 countries. As President, Gary oversees more than 100 YPFP staff and is responsible for representing YPFP to the broader foreign policy community. Gary’s passion is exploring the intersection of the future of foreign policy, the Millennial generation, and leadership to create a generation of young leader who are prepared for success in a complex, interconnected world. Gary is an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm. He works with clients across the U.S. government on strategy development and implementation, with a focus on complex national security challenges. Gary is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and was raised in Sydney, Australia.

Lazar Berman, Research Manager, American Enterprise Institute
Lazar Berman is the Research Manager for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He received an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in Military Operations. Lazar served in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry officer in the Gaza area. He also commanded a platoon in the Bedouin Scout Battalion. His work has appeared in Small Wars Journal, Huffington Post, Commentary, Journal of Strategic Studies, and the reading list for the US Army COIN course in Taji, Iraq.

Taekia Blackwell, Managing Director, Harry Potter Alliance
Taekia discovered Harry Potter when she was forced to read Chamber of Secrets in sixth grade and never looked back. She was excited to join the HPA staff over two years ago, combining her love of helping others with her near obsession with the Boy Who Lived. As recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh she is both thrilled and terrified to begin planning the rest of her life and knows that Harry and the HPA will be a huge part of it.

Bradley Bosserman, Policy Analyst, NDN
Bradley is a Policy Analyst at NDN and the New Policy Institute where he manages a portfolio of foreign policy and global economic issues. Prior to joining NDN, he worked on defense, security, and grand strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has published reports on a wide range of national security and international relations topics, contributed a chapter to a forthcoming book on US-Iranian strategic competition, and has briefed members of the House and Senate Budget Committees as well as the Congressional “Super Committee.” Previously, Bradley was a Research Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network where he was a lead author of the Budget for a Millennial America. He has a degree in Economics and Political Science from Aquinas College and is currently completing his Masters Degree in Government at Johns Hopkins University.

Mark Bromley, Council Chair, Council for Global Equality
Mark Bromley helped launch the Council for Global Equality to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights concerns. Mr. Bromley previously worked for more than eleven years at Global Rights, where he coordinated donor relations and helped open field offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Morocco, Nigeria and India. In 2005, he launched an organization-wide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Initiative. Mr. Bromley has also regularly monitored developments within the U.N. human rights system. He conducted research on sexual violence in support of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, and he reviewed international law standards in legal briefs filed by Global Rights, as amicus curiae, in human rights cases before U.S. and international courts. From 2001-2002, Mr. Bromley served as a Foreign Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and he staffed Senator Feingold’s work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including the Senator’s Chairmanship of the Africa Subcommittee. Mr. Bromley holds a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BSFS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has published on human rights and international law issues, and has served as an adjunct professor for the human rights clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law and at Nova Southeastern University. He lives in Washington with his husband, David Salie and their daughter Tallulah.

Jennifer Buckner, Colonel, US Army, and Fellow, National Security Agency
A graduate of the US Military Academy, Colonel Jen Buckner is a career intelligence officer and has served numerous assignments in the 82d Airborne Division, Special Operations Command, the National Security Agency, as well as on the Army and Joint Staffs. In 2008-2009, she commanded a Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Military Intelligence Battalion as part of Multi-National Corps – Iraq, providing multi-disciplined intelligence support to Brigade Combat Teams across Multi-National Divisions Baghdad and South. Most recently, she served as lead planner for offensive cyber operations at US Cyber Command. She is currently a US Army War College Fellow at NSA and will command the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Computer Network Operations) in summer 2012.

Patrick C. Doherty, Director, Smart Strategy Initiative, and Deputy Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation
Patrick Doherty is deputy director of the National Security Studies Program and director of the Smart Strategy Initiative. The Smart Strategy Initiative seeks to provoke a new discourse across the United States and world capitals on the central challenge facing the United States, the nature and function of American grand strategy, and the contours of a new grand strategy capable of forging a prosperous, secure and sustainable future for the United States. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN.com, among others. He has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, among others. Before joining New America in 2007, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, and was was a senior editor at TomPaine.com, where he was responsible for national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment. Before returning to Washington, Mr. Doherty spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working at the intersection of conflict and development. He served as Catholic Relief Services’ European Regional Advisor for Peacebuilding, as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity, and advised the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority’s education ministries. He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master’s degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, where he co-founded the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University.

Francesco Femia, Founding Director, The Center for Climate and Security
Francesco Femia is Founding Director at the Center for Climate and Security. He recently served as Program Director at the Connect U.S. Fund, where he directed operational and grant programs ranging from international climate policy, to mass atrocity prevention and response.  At the Fund, he founded and facilitated the U.S. Climate Leadership Group, a multi-stakeholder effort involving think tanks, advocacy organizations and funders in the environmental, national security, and development sectors, aimed at offering innovative recommendations for U.S.-international climate policy. He also sits on the Steering Committee of the National Climate Ethics Campaign. Francesco holds a master’s degree in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he focused on EU external relations, including a field study on the impact of EU accession on Cyprus’s stalemated conflict. He speaks fluent Italian, intermediate Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and French.

Frank Fredericks, Founder and Executive Director, World Faith
After graduating from New York University’s Music Business program, Frank Fredericks worked shortly in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga, producing recordings, booking, and founding Çöñàr Records. While doing independent research in Egypt on Christian-Muslim relations, he became inspired to found World Faith. Frank also consults non-profits, corporations, foundations, recording artists, and political campaigns on web issues ranging from viral video and social networks to SEO and advertising. Frank is an active blogger, contributing to blogs on issues ranging from business, technology, religion, and music, including the Huffington Post’s Religion section. He presented World Faith to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum in 2010. He has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets. Frank resides in Astoria, New York, where he expresses his passion for cooking Italian food.

Saul Garlick, Founder and CEO, ThinkImpact
Saul Garlick is a social entrepreneur with a long history in public service. Saul is Founder and CEO of ThinkImpact (www.thinkimpact.org), a global social enterprise that hosts the Innovation Institute, a summer full immersion opportunity for US students to live and work in rural Africa to end poverty through market-based solutions. He is best known for his leadership on poverty alleviation in Kenya and South Africa where he has played a direct role in the implementation of over 50 development projects including schools, sports fields, sanitation projects and community halls. Saul has led over 150 people to live and work in rural Africa in the past 4 years and President Nelson Mandela has endorsed his work. Saul founded a non-profit organization at the age of 17 called Student Movement for Real Change, which rebranded to ThinkImpact in 2009. He serves on the Board of Directors for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, an international organization with 8,000 members worldwide as well as the Board of Stakeholders for the University of the Pacific’s Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Education Advisory Board of Opportunity Collaboration, and the Advisory Board of IonPoverty. In 2011, Saul was recognized as a top 9 Young Foreign Policy Leader under 33 by the Diplomatic Courier and is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

Nicole Goldin, Senior Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Dr. Nicole Goldin is Senior Advisor in the Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development where she manages policy/strategy creation and engagement processes as well as critical inter‐agency development initiatives, particularly focused on Youth and adolescent girls. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator on youth and development issues, including high level UN fora, academic symposia, and at USAID, partner, and stakeholder events. She joined USAID in September 2009 from the Department of State where she was Senior Advisor to Undersecretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, for strategic and policy planning as well as policy on global Youth, and Africa. Prior to joining government, Nicole last worked with Peace Dividend Trust(PDT) as Managing Economist leading research and projects related to economic recovery and stabilization. Other previous experience includes 10 years working and consulting in the development and finance sectors with such organizations and firms as the Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics International, and IFES. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UK’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an MSc in Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), an MA in International Political Economy from American University, and a BA in East Asian Studies from Union College. Dr. Goldin has lived, worked, and traveled in over 50 countries across all 7 continents.

Loretta Solon Greene, Greene Strategy
Loretta is is founder of the Washington, DC-based global consulting company Greene Strategy, specializing in international trade issues, commercial diplomacy and governmental affairs. Her years of experience in the nation’s capitol, spanning the White House, federal agencies, and congressional offices, give her unique political insights and capabilities. Greene currently serves as a consultant to the World Bank Group for their Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Programs. She is also proud to serve as a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor, Internship Advisor for their Semester in Washington Program. Greene’s China portfolio includes her collaboration with Georgetown University where she served as Senior Advisor for the Georgetown Global Education Institute. To date, Greene has hosted three senior China Delegations. In another role, she has served as Senior Contributing Editor/Advisory Board to the Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs magazine that connects the diplomatic and policy leadership to the next generation of leaders in diplomacy and foreign policy. In 2010, she served as Senior Editor for the Shanghai World Expo Commemorative Publication.

Taylor Jo Isenberg, National Director, The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network
The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network is the largest student policy organization in the country. As National Director, Taylor Jo’s responsibilities include strengthening the organization’s ability to promote student-generated policy solutions and empower the next generation of progressive leaders in energy & environment, defense & diplomacy, economic development, health care, equal justice, and education. Previously, Taylor Jo served as a Scoville Fellow at the Partnership for a Secure America, where she worked on a wide range of projects and topics, including the U.S.-U.N. relationship, foreign aid reform, and nonproliferation. She has also previously worked with Carolina for Kibera and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and in 2009 served as a Burch Fellow in Jerusalem, Israel. She has a degree in Peace, War, and Defense and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Paul Kruchoski, Senior Education Officer, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Paul coordinates the Department’s policy on education and youth issues at the United Nations. He is currently working to develop strategies to expand opportunities for youth engagement at the UN and improve the effectiveness of the UN’s youth programming. Paul was one of the major contributors to the State Department’s Youth Policy, which reshapes the Department engagement with youth around the world. He also chaired the State Department Youth Taskforce’s International Benchmarking team. In his career at the State Department, he has covered issues ranging from U.S. re-engagement with the UN Human Rights Council to the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. Paul is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. Outside of his work, Paul is an accomplished cellist, having performed as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and played in masterclasses with Midori and Peter Wiley. He tweets at @Kruchoski.

Kalsoom Lakhani, Founder/CEO, Invest2Innovate
Kalsoom is a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She founded and runs the popular blog, CHUP, or Changing Up Pakistan, which was established in January 2008 and aims to raise awareness on the issues affecting Pakistan. She has written for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, and Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper. Prior to i2i, Kalsoom was the director of Social Vision, the venture philanthropy arm of ML Resources, LLC, which provided seed grants and hands-on support for social enterprises and innovative initiatives in their start-up stages, mainly in Pakistan. Kalsoom has a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies, and an M.A. from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in International Affairs/Conflict Resolution. She is from Islamabad, Pakistan.

Maya MacGuineas, President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and Director, Fiscal Policy Program, New America Foundation
As President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, which is housed at the New America Foundation, and the Director of the Fiscal Policy Program, Maya MacGuineas oversees the Foundation’s efforts to bring accountability to the budget process, address the challenges presented by the nation’s underfunded entitlements programs, and propose comprehensive tax reforms that would improve both the efficiency and equity of the tax code. Ms. MacGuineas testifies regularly before Congress and has published broadly, including articles in The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, The New York Times, among others. Once dubbed “an anti-deficit warrior” by The Wall Street Journal, Maya comments often on broadcast news and is widely cited by the national press. In the spring of 2009, Ms. MacGuineas did a stint on The Washington Post editorial board, covering economic and fiscal policy.

Ms. MacGuineas has worked at the Brookings Institution and on Wall Street. As a political independent, she has advised numerous candidates for office from both parties, and works regularly with members of Congress on health, economic, tax, and budget policy. She serves on the boards of a number of national, nonpartisan organizations and received her Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Christopher Malagisi, CPAC Director for the American Conservative Union (ACU).
Christopher is a conservative movement activist, writer, and educator. He presently serves as CPAC Director for The American Conservative Union (ACU). In addition, Malagisi is an Adjunct Professor at American University teaching History of the Conservative Movement: 1945-Present and Campaigns & Political Activism. He is also Founder & President of the Young Conservatives Coalition. He most recently was the Director of Political & New Media Training at The Leadership Institute, personally training over 5,000 candidates, organizations, and activists. He has formally worked on three US presidential campaigns, a high-profile US Senate campaign, the International Republican Institute (travelling to Afghanistan), Capitol Hill, and the College Republican National Committee. Malagisi was awarded the “2009 Rising Star Award” from Campaigns & Elections Magazine for significant achievements in national politics. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox Business and CSPAN as a political analyst, is frequently published, and recently completed a fellowship with the National Review Institute. He received a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and earned his undergraduate degresss from American University.

Nick Martin, Co-founder and President, TechChange
Nick is an educator, technologist, and social entrepreneur with significant international peacebuilding and development expertise. He is an adjunct faculty member at American University, George Mason University, George Washington University and the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE), and has given a number of guest lectures and speeches on the role of technology in peacebuilding, development and humanitarian work. Nick is the founder of two innovative and award-winning digital media and conflict transformation programs: DCPEACE and PeaceRooms. In 2009, Nick was selected as a Global Fellow by the International Youth Foundation and as a Washington DC Humanities Council Scholar for his leadership in launching the programs and his track record as a young social entrepreneur. Nick received his BA with honors from Swarthmore College and an MA in Peace Education from the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE).

Patrick McDermott, Americans for Informed Democracy
Patrick serves on Americans for Informed Democracy’s Advisory Board, having previously led the organization’s Peace and Security Program for almost two years. During that time he advised AIDemocracy’s Security Campaign Team, and spearheaded the Be2021 Campaign. Patrick also served as an Intern at AIDemocracy while an undergraduate at Moravian College. Patrick was previously a Legislative Aide for PA State Senator Lisa M. Boscola. After spending some time “inside the beltway” he decided he wanted to try some “outside the beltway” work, which brought him to Washington, D.C., oddly enough. He canvassed on behalf of Save the Children for a time in the D.C./Virginia area until he joined Global Zero, which is an international, non-partisan movement dedicated to the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Patrick’s interests include youth empowerment, the anti-war/peace movement, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, cultural diplomacy and the broader use of the arts to build understanding and peace, and efforts to democratize the social structures and institutions with which we interact with throughout our lives. Patrick earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in International Studies from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Alison McReynolds, US Peace Corps Regional Recruiter
Alison received a B.A. in Anthropology, after a two year sidetrack into mathematics, in 2008 from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  Her passion for other cultures and international travel led her to immediately join Peace Corps following graduation. She served in Mauritania from 2008 to 2009 as an environmental education volunteer.  She started school gardens, planted trees and taught environmental lessons at elementary schools and helped coordinate a city-wide Earth Day event.  After her time in Mauritania, she served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Liberia from 2009 to 2010 as a Learning Resource Center Support Specialist.  She set up a library on a rural teacher training campus and created a how-to guide for library maintenance.  She has been a Peace Corps Recruiter since September 2010 and has traveled to schools and communities in Maryland, Virginia, and DC to share her Peace Corps experience.  She knows that, no matter where life takes her, the lessons she learned during Peace Corps will always be pushing her to be a better global citizen.

Philippe Nassif, US Global Leadership Coalition and Americans for Informed Democracy Advisory Board
Philippe serves as a Regional Outreach Associate at the influential US Global Leadership Coalition, a bi-partisan coalition of 400 businesses, veterans, and foreign policy experts that work to educate Americans on the importance of US Global Engagement. Philippe oversees operations in key political battleground states such as New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, organizing “grass tops” leaders such as business executives, community and faith based leaders, and veterans to elevate the importance of America’s development and diplomatic tools in order to safeguard our national security. Prior to the USGLC, Philippe served on President Barack Obama’s Advance Team at The White House where he prepared logistics for the President’s appearance at small and large events across the country. Before The White House, Philippe worked as a Regional Director for Americans for Informed Democracy, the job he says launched his political career, and later in Houston Texas Mayor Annise Parkers Office of International Affairs. Philippe graduated from Texas based University of St Thomas with a BA in International Studies, and St. Mary’s University with an MA in International Conflict Resolution. Philippe is trilingual and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Folabi Olagbaju, Director, Mid-Atlantic Region, Amnesty International USA
Folabi Olagbaju is the Director of Amnesty International USA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. Before this he was the Director of the Just Earth! Amnesty International USA’s Human Rights and the Environment Program. The Just Earth! defends the rights of environmental activists and communities at risk from human rights abuses connected to environmental degradation www.amnesty-usa.org/justearth.html. Through the Just Earth! Network, human rights, environmental activists and partner organizations are brought together to raise public awareness, hold corporations and governments accountable and to take action on behalf of persecuted environmental defenders and indigenous communities. Prior to joining Amnesty, he spent eight years in the US labor movement as a Research Organizer with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where he helped low wage workers organize Unions and negotiate collective bargaining agreements. Dr. Olagbaju has been active in the global movement linking environmental, labor, corporate accountability, and human rights issues in the U.S. since 1992. As a labor activist, he helped coordinate U.S. labor efforts on the international campaign to save the life of Ken Saro Wiwa and restore democracy to his native country, Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in political science from the George Washington University.

Noel Ortega, Coordinator, New Economy Working Group, Institute for Policy Studies
Noel Ortega is the coordinator of the New Economy Working Group (NEWGroup), which is a partnership between YES! Magazine, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and the People-Centered Development Forum (PCDForum). Noel is co-founder of several student organizations such as Global Resistance Network at Mt. San Antonio College, and Students To End Hunger and Poverty at the University of California at Irvine. He has also taken-on leadership roles with Students for Peace and Justice, the Worker-Student Alliance, United Students for Fair Trade, The Real Food Challenge, and the Student Trade Justice Campaign, and he is an OXFAM America CHANGE leader. Noel holds two Baccalaureates in Political Science, and Sociology from the University of California at Irvine, where he conducted research on the impact of regional free trade agreements between developing countries and developed countries on rural communities. Before becoming the National Coordinator of STJC, Noel coordinated the campaign Justice For the Americas at SJTC, which focused on defeating Free Trade Agreements between the United States and Latin America.

Naima Ramos-Chapman, Campus Progress
Naima is the Associate Editor for the Campus Progress website, the youth-advocacy journalism arm of the Center for American Progress, where she writes, edits and helps develop and review content on higher education, immigration, student loan debt, voter suppression and LGBT issues. Prior to joining Campus Progress, Naima interned at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she researched and reported on foreclosure and challenges facing the working poor. She also interned at Colorlines where she wrote on race, gender, immigration and pop culture. She currently blogs on representations of race in the media on the Huffington Post BlackVoices blog, Postbourgie.

Karen Richardson, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Karen Richardson is an Associate Director responsible for conducting outreach to the international community, which includes domestically-based advocacy and non-governmental organizations, amongst others, working on a variety of foreign policy issues. Her portfolio also includes conducting outreach to the health care and seniors community, a role she assumed in January 2009 as health care outreach coordinator for the White House Office of Health Reform and the White House Office of Public Engagement. Richardson has also been Senior Advisor to Ambassador Melanne Verveer at the U.S. State Department. Richardson began working for President Obama at his Senate Office in August 2005, serving as Deputy to the Policy Director. Shortly after Obama announced his presidential run, Richardson joined the Obama for America campaign as the State Policy Director for Iowa, a role she assumed in several states throughout the presidential primary. In July 2008 Richardson became the Policy Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and also joined the DNC as part of then-Senator Obama’s Congressional Liaison team. After the presidential general election, she joined the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, California, Richardson has a BA from Howard University, a JD from Howard University School of Law, and a Masters in International Affairs from the London School of Economics.

James Riker, Director, Beyond the Classroom Program, University of Maryland
Dr. James V. Riker is Director of the Beyond the Classroom Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, an interdisciplinary living and learning program that equips undergraduate students with the educational and professional leadership skills to understand and to contribute constructively to civic engagement and social change in a global context. He brings a wide array of professional experience from academia, local government, and the nonprofit/civil society sector on civic engagement, democratic governance, food security, poverty alleviation, sustainable development and leadership issues. Dr. Riker has led multi-stakeholder consultation processes involving civil society leaders, scholars, and policy-makers, and served as a consultant to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Ford Foundation, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, among others. He is the author of Promising Visions and Strategies to Advancing Global Democracy (FIM, 2005), co-editor of Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks, and Norms (University of Minnesota, 2002), editor of A Program to End Hunger (BFWI, 2000), and co-editor of Government-NGO Relations in Asia (MacMillan, 1995). He serves as an advisory board member for the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) in Indonesia; is a board member for the Forum International de Montréal (FIM): Forum on Democratic Global Governance based in Canada; and is chair of the board of Citizens for Global Solutions’ Education Fund in Washington, D.C.

Noor Shoufani, Program Manager for Egypt and Jordan, EFE Foundation
Prior to joining EFE, Ms. Shoufani worked in Dubai as a Market Planning Manager for Procter & Gamble, focusing on the Arabian Gulf region. She also has experience in advertising and has worked as a freelance journalist for the Daily Star Newspaper in Beirut. Ms. Shoufani holds a Masters degree from New York University in Near Eastern Studies with a focus on Business, and an undergraduate degree from the American University of Beirut in Business and Marketing. She is fluent in Arabic and has lived and worked in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Dubai, New York and DC.

Ahmad Soliman, Senior Fellow for Defense and Diplomacy, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
Ahmad is a senior at the University of Michigan, pursuing a dual-degree in Business Administration and Political Science. He has interned at a law firm for three years, served as a research assistant on projects research of electoral violence & fraud and truth commissions in Egypt and Pakistan. Working at an Egyptian commercial bank and nonprofit cancer, he gained a valuable perspective on the economic and human development issues of Egyptians. Most recently he interned with GM’s public policy center on Capitol Hill. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, and is particularly interested in issues of Political Islam and economic development in the context of the Arab revolutions. He also holds executive positions for several cultural and community service organizations on campus.

Daniel Solomon, Student Director, STAND
Daniel Solomon is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, studying international politics with a focus on international security studies. Daniel currently serves as the National Director of STAND, and has been active for the past two and a half years in advocacy efforts surrounding conflict resolution and civilian protection in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, Libya, and other conflict zones. Daniel has held internships with a variety of government agencies and non-governmental organizations, including the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Africa analysis office, and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation. Daniel is the founder of Securing Rights, a blog on human rights advocacy, African politics, and international security. Daniel’s writing has been published on a variety of online and offline media platforms, including the New York Times, e-International Relations, and the Huffington Post.

Dillon Stone Tatum, George Washington University
Dillon is a PhD student, and a graduate fellow, in the Department of Political Science at the George Washington University. He also holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs. His research interests include humanitarian intervention, violence in international politics, and U.S. foreign policy in the Global South, with a specific regional interest in Middle East politics.

Emily White Hat, Program Manager, National Congress of American Indians
Emily White Hat, J.D. is a program manager with the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians, located in Washington DC, and is a citizen of the Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux Tribe. She works on a variety of projects including: a Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) V study of Community-Based Participatory Research, Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Project, Diabetes Translation Research, and the Policy Center’s tribally-driven research agenda. With guidance from tribal leadership and the Policy Research Center national advisory council, Emily oversees and conducts research that benefits tribal communities using a capacity-building approach. She received her Juris Doctor and a Natural Resources Law Certificate from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Jordan Wolf, PolicyMic
Jordan joined PolicyMic at its founding. As a Senior Editor, Jordan has overseen PolicyMic’s rapid growth as the #1 news site for millennials to read and discuss current events. Currently, he leads the PolicyMic writing workshop, which teaches young journalists and bloggers how to write for the new media environment. Before coming to PolicyMic, Jordan was an aspiring philosopher studying ethics and democratic theory, and he is interested in media partisanship and the future of journalism. He has an MA from Tufts in Philosophy and BA from Yale in Political Science.

Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies
The Institute for Policy Studies is a multi-issue research center that has transformed ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment for over four decades. Ms. Woods is an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy. Ms. Woods is a regular commentator on CNN’s Your World Today, BBC’s The World Today (Weekend), and appears regularly on National Public Radio, Al Jazeera and Voice of America. She has hosted a WashingtonPost.com online chat and has published pieces in BBC’s Focus on Africa magazine, NAACP’s Crisis magazine as well as the Miami Herald, the Christian Science Monitor, New York Newsday, the Nation, among many others. Ms. Woods is chair of the Board of Africa Action and serves on the Board of the Janelia Fund and the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars. She is an adviser to the Humanity United/TrustAfrica program. Emira is one of the founders of the StopFirestone campaign working to end child labor and bring accountability to the rubber sector. She is on the Advisory Committee for Just Associates (JASS) and is is a member of the Network Council of Jubilee USA.

Matt Zeller, Captain, US Army, and Author, Watches Without Time
Matt Zeller, a native of Rochester, New York, is a consultant on alternative energy issues, working in northern Virginia. In his upcoming first book, Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012), Zeller gives a vivid description of what he experienced while serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. Captain Zeller enlisted into the Army National Guard immediately following the 9/11 attacks and received his officer’s commission via Syracuse University’s Army ROTC program in 2004– at the same time as he graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Government. (At Hamilton, he was also awarded the David Boren National Security Fellowship.) In 2005, Capt. Zeller graduated first in his class from the US Army Military Intelligence Officer’s Basic course. He also graduated from the U.S. Army’s Combat Adviser’s course; and in 2006 he completed dual Masters degrees in Public Administration and International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Vanessa Zuabi, Associate Director of Middle East Programs, The Aspen Institute
Vanessa oversees the Aspen Institute’s Partners for a New Beginning operations in the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya) and Palestine. In each of these countries Vanessa supports a local board of business and civil society leaders in determining their country’s priorities, and then connects them to American partners. In addition, Vanessa initiated the University Partnership program, which partners American and local universities for faculty and student exchange, curriculum development and co-teaching. Prior to coming to the Aspen Institute, Vanessa was a Fulbright Fellow to France where she conducted research on the impact of French Mandate policy on sectarian conflict in Lebanon. She’s also worked as a research advisor for the University of California, Irvine where she taught research methods and proposal writing. Vanessa published articles in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs as well as Foreign Policy. Vanessa received her Masters of Science in Foreign Service with a focus in International Development from Georgetown University.

Naima Ramos-Chapman, Associate Editor, Campus Progress
Naima is the Associate Editor for the Campus Progress website, the youth-advocacy journalism arm of the Center for American Progress, where she writes, edits and helps develop and review content on higher education, immigration, student loan debt, voter suppression and LGBT issues. Prior to joining Campus Progress, Naima interned at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she researched and reported on foreclosure and challenges facing the working poor. She also interned at Colorlines where she wrote on race, gender, immigration and pop culture. She currently blogs on representations of race in the media on the Huffington Post BlackVoices blog, Postbourgie.

Alice Thomas, Program Manager, Refugees International
Alice Thomas joined Refugees International in May 2010 as the Program Manager of the Bacon Center for Climate Displacement. Each year, millions of people are driven from their homes by weather-related disasters like floods and droughts, while millions more must move due to slower onset environmental changes like crop failure and water scarcity. The goal of the Bacon Center is to raise awareness of the impacts that natural disasters and climate change have on displacement , and to advocate for better policy and institutional responses to address the threat that climate-related events present to vulnerable populations, particularly in fragile and conflict-ridden countries.

Prior to joining Refugees International, Ms. Thomas was a staff attorney in the international program of Earthjustice (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund), where she worked on programs designed to defend and seek redress for communities from the impacts of pollution and climate change. Prior to Ms. Thomas’ work with Earthjustice, she served as Deputy Director of the American Bar Association’s Asia Law Initiative, which involved extensive travel in Asia developing technical assistance programs to promote the rule of law and public participation in environmental matters in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Ms. Thomas spent several years working in the Balkans on issues related to governance reform, and also lived in Uzbekistan, where she implemented an environmental law project. She began her career in the private sector working on environmental litigation. Ms. Thomas has a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Princeton University.

James Figetakis, President of the JMF Group
Jim works with Executive Directors and Boards of nonprofit organizations to define and execute marketing and branding strategies that maximize fundraising outcomes. For 12 years, James created and managed global marketing and branding departments in entertainment and media businesses at Time Warner and France Telecom. In 1999, he transitioned into the nonprofit sector, working with nonprofits including Ashoka, Compass and the Strategic Philanthropy Network. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University, he also attended universities in Brazil, China and France.

David Devlin-Foltz, Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program, The Aspen Institute
David Devlin-Foltz directs the Aspen Institute’s Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program (APEP).  Since 1999, Devlin-Foltz has directed efforts to strengthen advocacy on public policy issues by developing tools for effective message framing, campaign planning and evaluation. Devlin-Foltz brings to APEP some twenty-five years of experience in funding, managing and evaluating public education, international exchange, and constituency building efforts in East Africa, southern Africa and the United States.  APEP’s current and recent clients include foundation collaboratives like the Connect U.S. Fund as well as major foundations and nonprofits including CARE, Humanity United, Crisis Action, the United Nations Foundation and The California Endowment.

Devlin-Foltz’s work for the Institute draws on his experience in curriculum design, training and facilitation. APEP’s collaborative approach to advocacy evaluation has proven well-suited to work with coalitions addressing issues as diverse as reproductive health, foreign assistance reform, human trafficking, torture, and childhood obesity.  APEP’s innovative responses to the special challenge of advocacy evaluation helped earn Devlin-Foltz an invitation to co-chair the Advocacy and Policy Change Topical Interest Group within the American Evaluation Association. Before coming to the Aspen Institute in 1993, Devlin-Foltz worked for the Institute of International Education, the School for International Training and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Devlin-Foltz was responsible for Carnegie’s South African human rights grantmaking from 1984 to 1988, and devised Carnegie’s strategy for building public understanding in the US of international development issues. A Peace Corps volunteer at the National University of Rwanda from 1979 to 1981, Devlin-Foltz has also taught and managed programs in France, Spain, and Zimbabwe. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and holds graduate degrees from the Sorbonne and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Brian Callahan, Acting Director, Global Campaign for Education – US
GCE is a coalition of more than 30 organizations working to ensure access to quality education for children in developing countries. Prior to his role at the Global Campaign for Education, Brian worked for the American Federation of Teachers, where he coordinated the Education for All campaign and worked with the Child Labor Coalition to eradicate child labor around the world, including in the Uzbekistan cotton sector and in the cocoa fields of West Africa. Brian began his career in Washington, DC as an intern for Representative Jackie Speier of California. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Political Science.