The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton (Fulbright-Clinton) Fellowship is a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Fulbright-Clinton Fellows serve in professional placements as special assistants in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience in participating foreign countries while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project.
Inaugurated in 2012 as the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, it was renamed in 2013 to honor former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. U.S. Embassies, Fulbright Commissions (where applicable), and host-country governments coordinate appropriate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to agriculture, civil rights, economic development, education, energy, environment, information technology, justice, post-conflict reconciliation, public health, public finance, transportation, and women’s issues.
Candidates must be in receipt of a master's or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship or be a PhD student who is enrolled at the time of application and throughout the Fellowship. Applicants must also have at least two years of professional experience related to public policy. Find out how to apply.
Jamey Burho (Guatemala)
Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Education
Jamey Burho’s placement is in the Management and Educational Quality Section of the Ministry of Education in Guatemala. Ms. Burho grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and spent her senior year of high school in Guayaquil, Ecuador through the America Field Service. She then received a B.S. in International Relations and an M.A. in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Special Education from Trinity Washington University. She is currently researching Hispanic families’ involvement in special education processes as part of her doctoral dissertation in Special Education Policy and Learning Disabilities at the University of Maryland.
Ms. Burho’s professional experiences include teaching general education, inclusion, and self-contained special education classrooms for seven years in traditional public and public charter elementary schools in Washington, DC. She has also served as a teacher coach and adjunct professor for the past four years with the Center for Inspired Teaching, the Urban Teacher Center, and the University of Maryland. In 2009, Ms. Burho participated in a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in India to gain an international perspective on special education. She plans to focus on teacher training in the area of inclusive instruction for students with disabilities during her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship.
Jacob Carter (Guatemala)
Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Education
Jacob Carter’s placement is in the Guatemalan Ministry of Education with the goal of supporting the evaluation efforts of a four-year national literacy campaign called Leamos Juntos (Let’s Read Together). His research will focus on the inclusion of international non-government organizations (INGO) and their role in the implementation of this campaign. Of particular interest is how INGOs have responded to changes in education policy since the signing of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the subsequent, national level, Antigua Declaration. Mr. Carter recently received a Master’s of Education from the Center for International Education at UMass Amherst where he focused on INGOs working in the education sector in Guatemala.
Mr. Carter was raised in Western North Carolina but spent much of his youth in Connecticut. He attended UMass Amherst as an undergraduate, double majoring in Spanish and Comparative Literature and studied abroad in Costa Rica, Spain, and the Dominican Republic. Upon graduation in 2004, Carter accepted a position at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro in Guatemala City to help establish a library program for the community working at the city’s garbage dump.
After leaving Guatemala in 2006, Carter spent three years at Youth For Understanding facilitating educational exchanges for high school students. He joined the Safe Passage Board of Directors in 2008 and returned to graduate school in 2010. For the past four years he has worked at UMass Amherst a study abroad advisor for Latin America and Spain programs and with the nonprofit The Global Citizens’ Initiative. He will be joined by his wife and son.
Emily Cercone (Malawi)
Host Country: Malawi
Placement: Ministry of Health
Emily Cercone will serve as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in the Department of Planning and Policy within the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Ms. Cercone received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where she focused on biological and nutritional sciences, and a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University, where she concentrated on international health and development.
As a student, Ms. Cercone worked in Sierra Leone on issues spanning human rights and infection control, interned with the Micronutrient Malnutrition Unit at the World Health Organization, and worked on the UNSCN 6th Report on the World Nutrition Situation. She spent three years working at the Centers for Disease Control in the Divisions of Global HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health. There she focused on disease surveillance and response (HIV/AIDS, maternal and neonatal mortality) in Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Uganda. She has also has had the privilege to manage two randomized-controlled trials in Bangladesh and Kenya focused on water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition.
Previously in Malawi, she supported the CDC-Malawi office to evaluate the maternity module for Baobab Health’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system, focusing on improving the quality of data collected and the usability for healthcare providers and administrators.
Ms. Cercone’s primary areas of interest include fetal and neonatal health; civil registration and vital statistics; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; clinical infection control; and overall health systems strengthening. During her fellowship, she hopes to work on these issues as well as to explore topics such as aid effectiveness and health financing.
Ashley Clark (Timor-Leste)
Host Country: Timor-Leste
Placement: Secretary of State for Youth and Sport
Ashley Clark received a Fulbright-Clinton placement in which she will carry out her special assistantship within the office of the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport. Ms. Clark graduated from Middlebury College in 2007 after completing a thesis on transitional justice in Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She then worked for three years for The Heinz Center, a think tank that examined the intersection between science, economics, and the environment. During this time, she also volunteered at a camp in Bosnia for children affected by the war and worked as part of the Samoan delegation to ICC negotiations in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, Ms. Clark worked in Sierra Leone for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she analyzed data for the government of Sierra Leone, managed a project on locally-based reconciliation techniques, and designed an education program with two other international organizations. A year later, Ms. Clark later worked for the USAID/Colombia mission on the implementation of Colombia’s Victims Law, which sought to bring reparations to those affected by human rights abuses. From 2013 to 2014, Ms. Clark conducted an impact analysis of a rural roads project in Afghanistan for the World Bank. Simultaneously she worked for an entrepreneur in Ahmedabad, India; volunteered with recently released parolees from San Quentin; and examined fostering local industries for housing in French Polynesia.
Ms. Clark holds dual Masters in Public Policy and International and Area Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Clark’s main area of focus is post-conflict reconstruction efforts. While working with the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, her research will focus on conflict and economic development.
Jeffrey Chow (Bangladesh)
Host country: Bangladesh
Placement: Ministry of Environment and Forests
Jeffrey Chow will undertake his fellowship within the Bangladesh Ministry of Environment and Forests, where he will focus on forest ecosystem services. Mr. Chow is a Ph. D candidate studying environmental and natural resource economics at Yale University, with expertise in land use within tropical countries at the interface between forests and agriculture. During his time at Yale, Mr. Chow has been an Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellow researching the local economic impacts of the Bangladesh Department of Forest’s mangrove plantation program.
Before attending Yale, Mr. Chow obtained Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry degrees from Duke University. He completed his master’s research in Belize, evaluating the progress of a mahogany regeneration project implemented by the Center for International Forestry Research. Mr. Chow subsequently worked as a Research Associate for Resources for the Future, where he conducted economics and policy research on global energy sources, biodiversity, tropical deforestation, and public health interventions in developing countries, among other topics. Mr. Chow has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed articles appearing in Science, The Lancet, Land Economics, the Journal of Sustainable Forestry, and Tropical Conservation Science. He has also served as Guest Editor for Special Issues of the Journal of Sustainable Forestry.
Mr. Chow has previously conducted significant field research on rural villages in the central and eastern coastal regions of Bangladesh. During his fellowship, he will investigate ecosystem service flows from the Sundarbans in the west, part of the largest single block of natural mangrove forest in the world.
Lucy Dunderdale (African Union)
Host Country: African Union
Placement: Directorate of Political Affairs, African Governance Architecture
Lucy Dunderdale received a placement within the African Governance Architecture (AGA), in the Directorate of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission. She graduated from the Kroc Institute's master's program in international peace studies with a focus on policy analysis and political change in May 2014. During her graduate studies, she worked with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied South Africa's peacekeeping efforts. Since graduating, she has provided research and administrative support to the Policy Studies program at the Kroc Institute.
Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, Ms. Dunderdale coordinated media relations for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. Before CFR, she worked for the Institute for Global Engagement on religion and foreign policy issues. Ms. Dunderdale grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor's degree in history and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.
As the Fulbright-Clinton Fellow to the AU, Ms. Dunderdale plans to research the AU’s increasing role in peacebuilding efforts on the continent. Through her work at the AGA, she will study the effectiveness of a regional approach to peacebuilding activities as the AU addresses continued governance and security challenges. Her research proposal also includes plans to explore opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-AU relationship, particularly in terms of overlapping security interests.
Alice Golenko (Kosovo)
Host Country: Kosovo
Placement: Ministry of Trade and Industry
Alice Golenko received a placement at Kosovo’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. Prior to beginning her fellowship with the Ministry, she coordinated research efforts on a USAID-funded evaluation in Tanzania. The ongoing study examines the effects of a labor-sharing intervention on female smallholder farmers’ labor flexibility and engagement along the cassava and sweet potato agricultural value chains.
Ms. Golenko recently received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in Seattle, Washington. There she focused on international socioeconomic development and the role that data plays in policy decision making. She worked as a research assistant for the Evans School Policy Analysis and Research group (EPAR) where she supported policy and data analysis for the Agricultural Development team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this role, she worked on a randomized control trial with Innovations for Poverty Action in Sonora, Mexico, evaluating the household-level financial impacts of access to microcredit for women. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
During her fellowship, Ms. Golenko hopes to gain hands-on experience in developing national policies to increase domestic production to support sustainable economic growth. As part of her academic project, she intends to focus on how local industries access skilled labor to support industry growth.
Johanna Gusman (Samoa)
Host Country: Samoa
Placement: The Office of the Ombudsman
Johanna Gusman’s Fulbright-Clinton placement is in Samoa’s Office of the Ombudsman. Ms. Gusman grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and received a BS in Microbiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a MS in Biophysics and Physiology from Georgetown University. After working as a medical volunteer with the Peruvian Ministry of Health, Ms. Gusman decided to enter the legal field as a means to create the broad-based social interventions necessary to produce substantial benefits for all people. She was awarded the Gates Public Service Law Scholarship at the University of Washington and graduated with a concentration in international law in 2013.
During her legal studies, Ms. Gusman served as a Human Rights Liaison at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' headquarters in Geneva and contributed to a General Assembly report on integrating non-discrimination and equality into the post-2015 development agenda under the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation. Most recently, she is working at the World Health Organization’s Western Pacific Regional Office on global tobacco control policy.
Through her participation in the fellowship, Johanna hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the Samoan people and their traditions, widen her experience in evidence-based policymaking, and learn to implement laws and policies informed by the realities of people on the ground using a rights-based approach. Johanna will be researching the cross-section of women’s health outcomes and public policy as it relates to Samoa’s international legal commitments to ending violence against women.
Joseph Hammond (Malawi)
Host Country: Malawi
Placement: Ministry of Mines
Joseph Hammond received a placement in the Government of Malawi in the Ministry of Mines. His research project in Malawi will focus on emerging geo-economic issues related to energy exploration in Africa. Joseph Hammond’s career has ranged widely and included work as both a journalist and a consultant. Having first worked as a journalist in Egypt in 2009, he returned in 2011 to serve as Cairo correspondent for Radio Free Europe. While working for Radio Free Europe, Mr. Hammond interviewed a wide array of political figures from Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman to the then Foreign Minister of Iraq.
Elsewhere in Africa Mr. Hammond has reported on both political and natural resource issues for a number of publications including the International Business Times and the Economist, and has worked as the editor of energy news publications in both Indonesia and Qatar. As a consultant Mr. Hammond has worked for the Oxford Business Group, Global Integrity, and on international aid projects related to conflict issues.
Mr. Hammond has a Master’s in Middle East and African History from California State University Long Beach, and speaks enough Spanish and Arabic to discuss boxing, a sport he treasures. He is native of Long Beach, CA.
Megan Levanduski (Kazakhstan)
Host Country: Kazakhstan
Placement: Scientific Research and Education Center
Megan Levanduski has received a placement in Kazakhstan at the Scientific Research and Education Center, known as the Green Academy. The Green Academy was established as an initiative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection to support Kazakhstan’s Concept for Transition to a Green Economy by providing training and analysis for executives in government agencies, national companies, the business sector, and nongovernmental organizations on all aspects of the emerging green economy. During her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, she hopes to focus on the balance of economic growth and sustainable natural resource management.
Ms. Levanduski graduated cum laude with a BA in both anthropology and politics from New York University in 2008. As an undergraduate, she completed internships with the United Nations Association of the United States, the U.S. Embassy in London, and the Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Ms. Levanduski previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kazakhstan from 2008-2010, teaching English at a Kazakh school in a northern village. She also conducted teacher trainings across the country on topics ranging from communicative teaching methods to representing diversity in the classroom. After returning from Kazakhstan, Ms. Levanduski was Assistant to the Director of the National Science Foundation, where she developed her interest in international science policy.
Ms. Levanduski received her Master of Public Policy as well as a Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy in 2014. At the Ford School, Ms. Levanduski focused on international development, national security and energy policy. As an MPP student, she was a member of the logistics committee and energy research team on a student-led trip to Myanmar. She also interned at the U.S. State Department’s Office of Western European Affairs.
Ms. Levanduski speaks Spanish, Russian and Kazakh. She aspires to a career in the federal government working in international relations and science and technology policy.
Meg McDermott (Bangladesh)
Host Country: Bangladesh
Placement: Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and Co-operatives
Meg McDermott has been placed in Bangladesh’s Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development, and Co-operatives, where she will be contributing to a project on urban governance and municipal service delivery as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow. Previously, Meg worked at the World Bank for four years on social development and governance issues in South Asia, West Africa, and East Asia. In various capacities Meg developed and implemented capacity building programs for civil society organizations and government agencies working on social accountability and collaborative governance, specifically in Bangladesh, Nepal, Liberia, and the Philippines. Before joining the World Bank Meg worked in the NGO sector, including time as a project assistant for the Global Access to Information Initiative at the Carter Center, which supported multi stakeholder coalitions to advance the right to information at the country and regional level in Africa and Latin America. She holds a Masters in international relations from the University of St Andrews, Scotland and graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a BA in political science. Meg is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200).
Sarah Muffly (Haiti)
Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Education
Sarah Muffly received a placement in the Ministry of Education in Haiti. In addition to her placement, she will research language policy at it relates to education in Haiti, with a focus on medium-of-instruction policies and their effects on educational and professional achievement.
Prior to becoming a Fulbright-Clinton fellow, Ms. Muffly was a consultant at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where she conducted research and contributed to program design and implementation for projects on literacy assessment and teacher training in Haiti, Ghana, and India. She was previously an English teaching assistant in France at the high school level, employed by the French Ministry of Education, as well as a teacher of English as a foreign language in New York.
Ms. Muffly holds a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College – Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree with high honors in comparative literature from Smith College.
Dominic J. Nardi, Jr. (Burma)
Host Country: Burma
Placement: Parliamentary Resource Center
Dominic J. Nardi, Jr.’s placement is in the Myanmar Parliamentary Resource Center in Naypyitaw with the goal of helping to improve the resources and research capacity of the Union Legislature (Pyidaungsu Hluttaw). For his academic project, he plans to research access to justice in order to understand when and why cases are brought to the formal justice system. Mr. Nardi is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan Department of Political Science. His research utilizes natural language processing and statistical models in order to analyze constitutional litigation in Southeast Asia.
In addition to his Ph.D. work, Mr. Nardi has served as a consultant to various rule of law projects in Southeast Asia. At The Asia Foundation office in Jakarta, he conducted an assessment of the quality and direction of 28 research projects at Indonesian law schools. He has occasionally worked for Management Systems International as an expert consultant on Burmese politics. Mr. Nardi has also conducted workshops on constitutional law and political science for political activists at Myanmar Egress and the Minerva Education Center in Rangoon.
Mr. Nardi grew up in New York and received a Bachelor of Science from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where he studied International Affairs. In addition, he received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters in Southeast Asian Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He will be joining his wife in Burma later this year.
Rachel Ostrow (Kazakhstan)
Host Country: Kazakhstan
Placement: Consumer Protection League of Kazakhstan
Rachel Ostrow has been placed at the Consumer Protection League of Kazakhstan. Parliamentarian Svetlana Romanovskaya serves as the director and chair of this organization which has the charge of protecting the rights of the consumers of Kazakhstan and engaging communities to solve socially signification economic and political problems to improve the lives of citizens.
Ms. Ostrow’s academic research project involves a qualitative analysis of the impact of the informal economy on Kazakhstani citizens, as well as barriers to formality for entrepreneurs. Ms. Ostrow is a 2014 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she received a Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics, with a concentration in Russian and Eurasian Studies.
Ms. Ostrow served in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan as an English education volunteer from 2007-2009. In addition to teaching English, she designed curricula for and taught courses on the environment, culture, and French language. After completing her Peace Corps service, she worked in the non-profit sector in New York for several years, including time as an intern at a regional office of the American Red Cross in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. As an international education specialist at World Education Services, MS. Ostrow worked to increase educational and workplace access in the United States for immigrants from Commonwealth Africa and the Caribbean. While at SAIS, Ms. Ostrow interned in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Washington, DC office. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts with dual concentrations in Russian and Eurasian Studies and History, after studying abroad in Moscow, Russia and Tbilisi, Georgia.
Ffyona Patel (Haiti)
Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Health
Ffyona Patel’s placement is in the Ministry of Health of Haiti. Ms. Patel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Harvard University and a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from Yale University. Ms. Patel’s professional and academic foci are in strengthening health systems, infrastructure development for health improvement, strategic change management, and continuous quality improvement of clinical operations. She currently works as the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute Fellow in Trinidad & Tobago, providing project management and strategic support for the development of a non-communicable diseases-focused health information system in the largest regional health authority in the nation.
At Yale, Ms. Patel focused on strengthening health systems via data-driven approaches to strategy, management, and policy. She was a teaching fellow for graduate-level courses on comparative health care systems and health policy and was a consultant or student researcher on projects including HIV and aging, chronic disease management, and community health program development. Ms. Patel’s previous work experience includes policy analysis and advocacy for international health priorities at Management Sciences for Health in Washington, DC, evaluation, program management, and strategic change management for health systems, hospitals, and public health programs at the Institute for Community Health in Cambridge, MA, and health disparities clinical research coordination at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Amanda Peskin (Nepal)
Host Country: Nepal
Placement: Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare
Amanda Peskin has been placed in Nepal's Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. Ms. Peskin plans to serve as a consultant on women's rights, specifically issues of inclusion in municipal, state, and federal decision-making bodies. She also plans to research the impact over the past five years of Nepal's Women Development Program, working in tandem with international non-governmental organizations based in Kathmandu.
Ms. Peskin holds a Master's Degree in International Human Rights from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her professional experience spans a variety of fields and countries. Ms. Peskin coordinated an English language immersion program in northern Brazil, helping to build cross-cultural relationships between Brazilian teens and American community college students. Recently, she worked for the Women's Foundation of Colorado researching and analyzing public policy issues that affect Colorado's women and girls. She has also worked in the private and nonprofit sectors in an administrative and grants management capacity. MS. Peskin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Photography from the University of Michigan and has traveled extensively. She hopes to use her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship experience to further her understanding of the nexus between government, civil society, and human rights in theory and practice.
Melody Ross (Timor-Leste)
Host Country: Timor-Leste
Placement: Ministry of Education
Melody Ann Ross has been placed in Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Education. Ms. Ross obtained her BA in Linguistics from the University of Texas, where she was a research assistant in a longitudinal study of language contact in the northwest Amazon region. During her MA coursework at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, she focused on language documentation and conservation, particularly in the Baucau district of Timor-Leste. During this time she developed an interest in improving the practices of community language programs. For her Ph. D, Ms. Ross has been gathering preliminary data on the intersection of recently introduced mother-tongue language educational policies, social factors, and personally held language attitudes of the key stakeholders in Timor-Leste.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Ross hopes to explore the possibility of integrating this kind of research into a portable toolkit for program or community leaders to use as a rapid program assessment. Proposals for the implementation of community programs often overlook the need for future evaluation, which can contribute to their overall success or failure. This assessment toolkit is designed to investigate attitudes toward program effectiveness in various groups of stakeholders, as well as gather traditional quantitative measures of effectiveness; in the case of a language or education program, the toolkit would assess parent, teacher, student and community leader attitudes toward effectiveness, as well as traditional benchmarks (i.e., knowledge and comprehension tests). Ultimately, Ms. Ross’s goal is to develop a rapid, portable community program assessment toolkit that requires minimal training, yields reliable data and unbiased analysis.
Laura Sennett (Cote d’Ivoire)
Host Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs, and Vocational Training
Ms. Sennett grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Georgetown University, earning her Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service with a degree in Culture & Politics and African Studies. After college, she received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to work in Hong Kong. Ms. Sennett then worked as a development consultant in West Africa for the Economic Community of West African States, examining regional development issues including trade, education, and health, and the Nigeria Customs Service, conferring program and budget management skills.
Ms. Sennett received a Master’s of International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations (SAIS) where she focused on development economics, quantitative methods for measurement and analysis, and social sector development. While at SAIS, she participated in a study tour in South Africa, examining development priorities and solutions, worked for Global Communities in Liberia, implementing USAID WASH programming and the Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women entrepreneurship training initiative, and consulted for a water, waste and energy social enterprise in Bangalore, India.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Sennett hopes to gain hands on public sector experience in the development of national education and employment policies to further economic development. For her academic project, she plans to identify and examine the issues that are preventing Ivorian youth from gaining employment by exploring the link and current disconnect between education and skills needs in the Ivorian economy.
Matt Solomon (Burma)
Host Country: Burma
Placement: Myanmar Computer Federation
Matt Solomon has received a Fulbright-Clinton placement at the Myanmar Computer Federation (MCF). MCF was established in 1998 by the promulgation of the Computer Science Development Law (1996) in order to contribute to the emergence of a “modern, developed State through information and communications technology (ICT),” MCF is an umbrella organization of all official computer-related associations, working groups, and technical committees in the country. It has been tasked by the Government to provide ICT policy recommendations to government officials as well as to promote ICT investment within the country to support economic development. In addition to his placement at MCF, Mr. Solomon will pursue an academic project in which he plans to examine non-judicial grievance mechanisms, and the extent to which they may provide an effective outlet for development-related complaints.
A Virginia native, Mr. Solomon holds a BA in International Studies and Journalism from New York University, during which time he studied at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He also holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights.
During law school he conducted on-the-ground research on the human rights implications of telecommunications investment in Burma, analyzing relevant enacted and proposed law and policy for the opportunities and risks they present for ICT users and companies. He also conducted research and advocacy on access to education in Rwanda for persons with disabilities, leading a series of community advocacy clinics in rural areas, and consulting with the national government on sustainable implementation of local government outreach in vulnerable populations. He also researched and wrote extensively on international criminal law for Human Rights Watch and Open Society Foundations in New York. Prior to law school, Mr. Solomon worked for Human Rights in China, a New York-based human rights organization.
Micaela Thurman (Kosovo)
Host Country: Kosovo
Placement: Ministry of Local Government Administration
Micaela Thurman will be placed with Kosovo’s Ministry of Local Government Administration. While there, she will support policy planning to integrate Serb majority municipalities into the national government infrastructure. During her placement she will also pursue research on the role of micro lending and entrepreneurial initiatives in integrating Kosovo’s multiethnic communities. Ms. Thurman’s professional experience has focused on increasing the capacity of communities around the world through leadership development programs. Most recently, as a Program Officer with Meridian International Center, she worked with youth in Central Europe and Africa to enhance their leadership and project planning skills to become changemakers in their communities while enhancing their ability to collaborate across borders for mutual development. These programs have contributed to over 50 youth-led communities initiatives in 15 countries. Ms. Thurman has worked with the U.S Department of State and foreign governments in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Western Hemisphere to design programs aimed at identifying best practices in public policy and community engagement on a range of issues from integrating multi-ethnic communities, countering violent extremism and sustainable energy policy.
Previously, Ms. Thurman worked for the Conservative Campaign Headquarters Economic Competitiveness Policy Group in London, England. While there she examined UK policy related to education, transportation and pensions and developed policy recommendations. She is a recent graduate from George Mason University with a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy with an emphasis on international negotiations and development. She grew up in Renton, WA and received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Seattle University.
Erica Trauba (Côte d’Ivoire)
Host Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Environment, Urban Safety, and Sustainable Development
Erica Trauba’s placement is in the Ministry of Environment, Urban Safety, and Sustainable Development in Côte d’Ivoire. Ms. Trauba holds dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and City & Regional Planning from the University of California - Berkeley, where her studies focused on the social determinants of health and equitable community development. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Human Biology and Development Studies from Brown University.
Ms. Trauba has experience working on a variety of healthy urban development initiatives in West Africa. She is a co-founder and former programs manager of the Mali Health Organizing Project, a Bamako-based NGO that improves primary care access for the urban poor. Ms. Trauba worked with WASTE in Gouda, the Netherlands and Bamako, Mali to contribute content to the UN-Habitat book, “Solid Waste Management in the World’s Cities.” Through the Council of Women World Leaders Fellowship program, Ms. Trauba helped with health systems planning in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia, Liberia. In Dakar, Senegal, Ms. Trauba worked with ACI Baobab and local associations to address flooding challenges in informally-settled neighborhoods.
In addition to her professional placement as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Trauba plans to conduct an assessment of sanitation and waste management services in Abidjan, with a focus on rapidly-expanding informal areas. She aims to compile information that may be used to develop inclusive, sustainable neighborhood upgrading strategies.
Marie-Claire Tuzeneu (Samoa)
Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Marie-Claire Tuzeneu will serve as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow within the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa. Prior to her fellowship with the Ministry, Ms. Tuzeneu worked for the Development Cooperation Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). While at the OECD, she helped communicate policy messages to development cooperation decision-makers and the broader international development community. She was also responsible for managing the production process of the Directorate’s flagship publication, the Development Cooperation Report.
Ms. Tuzeneu has a Master in International Affairs from the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po), with a specialization in International Economic Policy. As part of her Master’s studies, she completed a Traineeship with the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club, where she monitored regional trends and drafted a weekly News Brief in English and French. She has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French from the University of Dayton. As an undergraduate, she completed an Honor’s thesis on the impact of the global economic crisis on least developed countries. She spent two months in Togo conducting interviews and collecting data for the central case study.
During the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Ms. Tuzeneu hopes to gain hands on experience with national policy creation and implementation while becoming more familiar with the economy, governance, and culture of a small island developing state. She plans to focus her research project on the monitoring and evaluation of Samoa’s climate change goals.
Lucas Warford (African Union)
Host Country: African Union
Placement: Directorate of Trade and Industry
Lucas Warford will be placed in the African Union Commission’s Directorate of Trade and Industry, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, supporting the AU’s mission of promoting regional integration and development in Africa.
Prior to his Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Mr. Warford has held several positions working on issues of trade, development, and regional cooperation. He was Manager of Strategy and Operations at the New Markets Lab, an innovative non-profit working to promote inclusive economic development in emerging markets by making legal and regulatory systems work for entrepreneurs of all sizes. At the New Markets Lab, he focused on issues surrounding the implementation of commercial law, policy and regulation, especially in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises and women.
Mr. Warford has also worked at the World Bank on regional public health efforts to increase pandemic preparedness and prevention, and for Voluntary Service Overseas, where he co-authored a paper on trade-related policies to address youth unemployment in Africa. In graduate school, his dissertation explored the role of interest groups in affecting government policy to promote trade and industrial development. His proposed research will focus on trade policy implementation in Africa. He plans to select a high-potential value chain and map the implementation challenges for related law, policy, and regulation.
Mr. Warford has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in International Relations from the University of Delaware.
Rebekah Weber (Nepal)
Host Country: Nepal
Placement: Ministry of Agricultural Development
Rebekah Weber received a placement in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development.
Ms. Weber received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. Her science background coupled with an aptitude for law and policymaking made her an effective intern for the Montpelier staff of United States Senator Patrick Leahy. Upon graduation, she served as office manager for the Senator’s Montpelier office, and was then promoted to legislative staff assistant for agriculture, environment, and energy issues based out of Washington, D.C.
After passage of the 2014 farm bill, which Ms. Weber describes her participation on to be the highlight of her career, she returned to Vermont as an AmeriCorps member to tackle the environmental concerns of watershed groups in the Lake Champlain area. Her advocacy of education and communication as tools for creating solutions has helped her build relationships with local communities, state agencies, and farmers.
During her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Ms. Weber hopes to work on policy initiatives that address Nepal’s food insecurity in the face of gender bias and climate change. Ms. Weber grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has also lived and studied extensively in Spain, Scotland, and South Africa.