Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship

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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 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, economic development, education, energy, environment, finance, information technology, justice, public health, and public finance.

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.

2013/2014 Fellows
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David Abrahamson

David Abrahamson David Abrahamson

Host Country: Burma
Placement: Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry

David Abrahamson’s placement is in the Myanmar Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry with the goal of helping the country balance economic prosperity with resource conservation. For his academic project, he plans to research the equitable and environmentally balanced extraction of one of the country’s natural resources. Mr. Abrahamson recently received a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where he focused on environmental policy and management.

Prior to graduate school, Mr. Abrahamson lived in mainland China working most recently as Project Manager for Intertek in Guangdong, where he developed services and delivered trainings to help Chinese suppliers and international brands be more transparent, ethical, and environmentally sustainable. He has also served as Guangdong Program Manager for Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation where he set up the Guangdong Office and managed social welfare and educational initiatives for rural communities, leading to scholarships for hundreds of students. He has also served as an Energy and Ecosystems intern for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Communications and Philanthropy Associate for The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan, and Research Analyst for BSR China. Mr. Abrahamson has also worked with other NGOs in China including Habitat for Humanity International, WWF China, and Daytop Drug Abuse and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Abrahamson grew up in North Carolina, received a Bachelor of Arts from the Colorado College where he studied Psychology, and will be moving to Burma with his wife and son.

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Neil Borland

Neil Borland Neil Borland Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Energy and Mines

Neil Borland received a placement in the Guatemalan Ministry of Energy and Mines. Mr. Borland received his BA in Political Science and Spanish from Vanderbilt University, and a MA in Global Development Policy from Boston University. After completing his MA, he moved to Huaraz, Peru, where he worked for the US-based NGO The Mountain Institute. While there, he was in charge of evaluating the feasibility of using bioremediation to clean rivers and streams in local communities whose water sources have been heavily contaminated by mining activity in the region. From Peru, he moved to Bogota, Colombia, where he worked as a researcher and writer at the Instituto de Ciencia Politica, a Colombian think tank. Neil's writing focused on the economic, social, and environmental impact of extractive industries throughout Latin America. During his Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, he plans to investigate the failures and successes of the Guatemalan government's management and regulation of extractive industries within the country, especially as it pertains to the industry's use of water and its relations with the local communities most affected by its activity.

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Kettianne Cadet

Kettianne Cadet Kettianne Cadet Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Women’s Affairs

Kettianne Cadet’s placement is in the Ministry of Women Affairs in Haiti. Ms. Cadet has professional experience in the areas of conflict resolution, negotiation, and international affairs. She began her career serving as a Victim Witness Advocate in the Domestic Violence Unit at the Middlesex District Attorney’s office. Her experience working with victims of domestic abuse involved assisting victims to use their ability to negotiate on their terms when processing for restraining orders. Ms. Cadet was formally introduced to mediation at Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) where she completed MWI’s Executive Mediation Training. At the age of 21, Ms. Cadet began co-mediating small claims cases in Boston District Courts. Subsequently, Ms. Cadet went on to live in France, where she worked in the French education system as an English instructor where she implemented cross cultural skills in her curriculum. She has also lived in the United Kingdom and in Spain, which allowed her to build her international experience and her proficiency in French, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

Prior to serving as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Cadet co-led negotiation trainings across the United States. She graduated from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London with a Master’s degree in International Relations (2012). Her thesis questioned the principle of neutrality when delivering humanitarian aid in international conflicts. She received her BA in Sociology and in French from Boston College (2010). Ms. Cadet holds a particular interest in women’s role and participation in the mediation realm. In Haiti, she will focus on working closely with Haitian women to incorporate negotiation tactics as they rebuild Haiti. As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Cadet hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that women face in Haiti throughout reconstruction efforts. She plans to use this experience to further advise international organizations on how to approach gender development in developing countries.

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Joshua Cauthen

Joshua Cauthen Joshua Cauthen Host Country: Malawi
Placement: Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security

Joshua Cauthen received a placement in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security of Malawi. Mr. Cauthen holds dual Master’s degrees in Public Administration and International Studies from the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs (2013) and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies (2013), focusing on international development and African affairs. Mr. Cauthen currently works as a Student Fellow at Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), where he provides strategic support for the organization’s grant-making and advocacy efforts around comprehensive security-sector reform, maternal and child health, and agricultural and economic development. Mr. Cauthen also works as a Research Assistant for the Evans Research and Policy (EPAR) Group at the Evans School of Public Affairs, where he conducts research and writes policy briefs for the Agriculture Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. Cauthen grew up in Nashville, Tennesse and received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas Christian University (2007), with an emphasis on international relations. Upon completion of his BA, he served for three years as a program manager at Fort Worth Sister Cities International, where he managed the sister city relationships between the City of Fort Worth, Texas and Toluca, Mexico; Trier, Germany; and Mbabane, Swaziland. During graduate school, Mr. Cauthen completed an internship in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Mbabane, where he developed a plan to improve service delivery standards for the city’s Engineering and Public Works departments, and managed the construction of a new health and social center in one of Mbabane’s informal settlements.

As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Mr. Cauthen hopes to gain hands-on experience in the development of national-level agricultural policy, and learn best practices for maintaining food security while leveraging the agricultural sector to boost economic development. As a supplemental project, Mr. Cauthen intends to examine the effectiveness of Malawi’s farm input subsidy programs on new crop adoption, and explore the relationship between the subsidy programs and incentives to improve the country’s irrigation infrastructure.

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Sean Cox

Sean Cox Sean Cox Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Pending

Sean Cox will receive a placement at the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture where he will be focusing on rural water access issues. He recently completed two MA degrees at Fordham University in New York as a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow in Economics and International Development. He focused on microeconomic and agricultural development. Prior to becoming a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Mr. Cox worked as a program assistant at the United Nations Development Program drafting reports and case studies on local, environmental development projects throughout the world.

During his time at Fordham, Mr. Cox worked at a community development organization in the Bronx where he developed infrastructure and capital improvement projects in collaboration with New York City government agencies. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador where he oversaw and managed the design and installation of an expansive rural water system, one of the largest capital projects in the Peace Corps. Additionally, he partnered and trained local health workers to provide educational outreach to local towns. He attended Boston University on a Presidential Scholarship where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a focus on international affairs.

Mr. Cox has spent time in Guatemala working, studying, and traveling. During his Fellowship, he hopes to continue his research on best practices in rural water systems and contribute to expanding water access and livelihood improvement to the rural population of Guatemala.

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Jessica Dolcy

Jessica Dolcy Jessica Dolcy Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Jessica Dolcy received a placement in the Haitian Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Ms. Dolcy grew up in New York and received her BBA in Marketing from Pace University (2007). During this time she interned for several international apparel organizations including Levi Strauss & Co and LVMH in various communication and branding capacities. Afterwards she worked in a promotional marketing firm where she worked with clients such as Google and Microsoft.

She received her MBA in Management Systems from Fordham University (2012) where she focused dually on global sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Ms. Dolcy worked for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation as a researcher and editor for an educational resources site and the UN’s Department of Public Information as an intern in the publishing division. During her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, she plans to focus on the establishment and expansion of Special Economic Zones with regards to large scale manufacturing facilities.

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Timothy Philip Fadgen

Timothy Fadgen Timothy Fadgen Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Office of the Attorney General

Tim Fadgen received a placement in Samoa in the Attorney General’s Office. Mr Fadgen grew up in Clinton, Massachusetts and received a BA in history and social thought and political economy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1998). After graduating Mr. Fadgen studied international relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University focusing in intercultural communication and negotiation and worked on a project on post-conflict mediation and conciliation in Northern Ireland. He received his MA in 2000. After working for Massachusetts state government, Mr. Fadgen attended the University of Maine School of Law graduating with a JD in 2004. Mr. Fadgen worked in labor and public interest law until taking up a position as Assistant Attorney General in American Samoa where he assisted executive officials with public policy advice, primarily on health policy. This experience led to Mr Fadgen’s doctoral work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His thesis concerns the historical and contemporary dynamics of international organizations and indigenous professionals in the process of policy transfer to developing countries. He is examining mental health policy development in Samoa and Tonga. Mr. Fadgen completed his PhD in July 2013.

Mr. Fadgen’s goals for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship are to gain a deeper understanding of the Samoan people and the policymaking process. At the same time, he hopes to strengthen the relationship between Samoa and America generally through his work with the Attorney General’s office in forming a new community law center. During the fellowship, Mr. Fadgen will study capacity building within Samoan governance institutions by exploring policy collaboration between central government and village governance structures in the disaster response and recovery policy area.

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Jeanine Finley

Jeanine Finley Jeanine Finley Host Country: Ethiopia
Placement: Ministry of Water and Energy

Jeanine Finley received a placement in the Ethiopian Ministry of Water and Energy. Ms. Finley grew up in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Her academic career began at Howard University where she obtained a BS in Biology. Her passion for natural resource management developed while living in a rural village in central Madagascar as an environmental extension agent in the Peace Corps. Upon leaving Peace Corps, Ms. Finley worked at Africare HQ in Washington D.C. as a Program Manager. Africare provided her with the opportunity to travel and work in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Senegal. This experience helped her cultivate a desire to focus on the water sector and a drive to advance sustainable and equitable solutions for managing water resources in the developing world.

Prior to departing for Ethiopia, Ms. Finley will complete her MA from American University in Global Environmental Policy. Since beginning her MA program, Ms. Finley has gained experience in the Nile Basin region through an internship and fieldwork with the World Bank Office of African Water Resources Management. Building on this experience, she will conduct research for her MA thesis through a Boren Fellowship in Uganda. This six month Fellowship will be spent studying Swahili and conducting an institutional analysis of the major actors governing Nile Basin water resources in Uganda. Upon completion of her thesis work, she will travel to Ethiopia for the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship. Ms. Finley considers the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship to be an experience that will help inform her studies in Nile Basin water governance and cooperative management in East Africa. Working in Ethiopia will also allow her to bring together a range of previous experiences with actors working in water resources management in Africa. She plans to carry out a research project that will contribute to effective policy development in the areas of women and water, and institutional design for equitable water governance.

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Bibi Gnagno

Bibi Gnagno Bibi Gnagno Host Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Justice

Bibi Gnagno received a placement in the Ministry of Justice within the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Ms. Gnagno was raised in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire, and moved to California where she graduated from High School and attended Smith College graduating with a double major in Political Science and French. After college, Ms. Gnagno accepted a position as a case assistant working with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. She then attended NYU’s graduate program in Paris, France where she researched and wrote a thesis focused on the acculturation and integration of third generation French Algerians born in France. Upon returning to the U.S., Ms. Gnagno attended NCCU School of Law and interned in Paris at a firm specializing in the protection of privacy rights. She participated in NGO legislative research while interning in Washington D.C in the Africa section of the International Center for Not-For-Profit law. While there, she helped to set up a Limited Liability Company in Afghanistan as well as translated documents in the online library from French to English and edited articles published in ICNL’s quarterly publication Global Trends. During her third year in law school, she traveled to Abuja, Nigeria to work with women and children who had been trafficked and learned about NAPTIP, the first agency to create a law against human trafficking. Ms. Gnagno received an MA in French with a focus on Language and Civilization and a Juris Doctor.

During her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Ms. Gnagno plans to research and identify the root causes of the conflict in Côte d’Ivoire that led to civil unrest in 2002 and develop strategies that will establish a relationship with community-supported organizations, which have close ties with their local constituencies. In turn, she will be able to aid in the government’s attempts to solidify its recent transitional judicial processes while working with the Ministry of Justice.

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Benoît Healy

Benoît Healy Benoît Healy Host Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children

Benoît Healy has been placed in Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Solidarity, Family, Women and Children. Mr. Healy carried out independent research on religious behavioral restrictions and the feasibility of engaging men as allies for grassroots women’s empowerment projects while working with the Auroville Village Action Group, a NGO focusing on women’s issues in rural Tamil Nadu, India, prior to receiving his MA in International Affairs from the American University of Paris. He obtained his BA in History and European Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, he hopes to explore the possibility of using peace and reconciliation processes as an opportunity to create dialogue around deeply-entrenched social norms and taboo subjects in post-conflict areas. His work with the Ministry will examine how government-sponsored women’s empowerment initiatives can benefit by targeting men as allies. Specifically, his research will assess the impact of efforts seeking to address social norms negatively affecting women’s health and social equality, and the application of such efforts within the framework of the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in Côte d’Ivoire.

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David Kienzler

David Kienzler David Kienzler Host Country: Malawi
Placement: Ministry of Mines

David Kienzler received a placement in the Government of Malawi in the Ministry of Mines where he will work on oil exploration negotiations. Prior to his placement, Mr. Kienzler has worked on access to justice issues and prisoner rights reform for a local NGO in Cameroon, and on human rights and conflict at the International Center for Transitional Justice in South Africa. Most recently, Mr. Kienzler worked at Conflict Risk Network in Washington, D.C., where he engaged with corporations over their responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to improve the behavior of resource extractors operating in conflict-affected countries.

Mr. Kienzler grew up in a log cabin in Springfield, Illinois before attending college and law school in New York. He graduated cum laude from New York University with a degree in political science. He received his juris doctor from the New York University School of Law where he focused on international human rights.

During his Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Mr. Kienzler plans to research the steps governments take to address their disparity of experience when negotiating resource extraction agreements with multinational corporations.

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Katelyn Leader

Katelyn Leader Katelyn Leader Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation

Katelyn Leader has been placed at the Haitian Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation. Ms. Leader holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies from Oxford University (St. Antony’s College) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (2009), where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Her MPhil thesis examined post-earthquake rural migration in Haiti and its significance for rural development and political/economic decentralization. She conducted her research in the Central Plateau, where she learned from Haitians about the strengths and challenges of peasant life; she hopes that her research will ground and complement her work in the Ministry of Planning and intends to build on it during her Fellowship. Prior to beginning her MPhil, Ms. Leader was a paralegal specialist at the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Department of Justice, responsible for extradition and evidence sharing matters. As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Leader seeks to foster cross-cultural dialogue while expanding her understanding of the complex demands of development planning and coordination, specifically with regard to rural areas.

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Max Levin

Max Levin Max Levin Host Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Health and the Fight against AIDS in the Directorate of Forecasting, Planning, and Strategies

Max Levin received a placement in the Côte d’Ivoire in the Ministry of Health and the Fight Against AIDS in the Directorate of Forecasting, Planning and Strategies. Mr. Levin graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Language Studies. He then spent two years in Paris, France, where he completed a dual French-American Master’s degree program, receiving an MA in International Affairs from the American University of Paris and a Master II from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Returning to Washington, D.C., he spent three years working for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, where he researched best practices in the implementation of public health law and policy. In spring 2011, he received his JD from Georgetown Law, having focused his legal studies in the field of global health law.

Mr. Levin has spent the past two years working on issues of health system reform. He worked as an assistant research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, where he conducted qualitative research on the implementation of the U.S. health reform law. He now serves as a senior consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop content for the health reform law’s Health Insurance Marketplaces. For the academic component of his Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Mr. Levin will conduct qualitative research on the implementation of recent reforms to the Ivory Coast’s health care system.

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Charles Martin-Shields

Charles Martin-Shields Charles Martin-Shields Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of
Communications

Charles Martin-Shields has received a placement at Samoa’s Ministry of Communications. A native of North Carolina, he received his BA in German Studies (2005) and MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (2010) from American University in Washington, D.C. After college, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa from 2005-2007, working on literacy programs in secondary schools. Upon returning from Samoa, Mr. Martin-Shields worked for the U.S. Institute of Peace, developing conflict analysis training programs. From 2011-2013 he was a program director at TechChange Incorporated, specializing in technology applications for development and peacebuilding. In this role Mr. Martin-Shields provided expertise and training on technology, conflict management, and peacebuilding for the UNDP, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, World Bank, and private-sector development firms.

Mr. Martin-Shields is currently a doctoral candidate at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His research focuses on how civilian communication technologies can increase the effectiveness of peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. While with Samoa’s Ministry of Communications, his research will focus on how mobile phones and internet connectivity enhance local capacity to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters.

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Andrew Palomo

Andrew Palomo Andrew Palomo Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Education

Andrew Palomo received a placement in the Ministry of Education of Guatemala. Mr. Palomo earned a BS in Biology from Villanova in 2005. After graduating, he began working for a non-profit organization as a counselor for youth in the child-welfare system. In 2007, Mr. Palomo began working on his Master’s in Social Work and became interested in how social protection programs help people overcome certain barriers. During this time, he spent some time working for UNICEF in Panama examining the impact of new social protection programs on children in Latin America.

While in Guatemala, Mr. Palomo plans to examine how social protection programs incorporate the viewpoints of indigenous and Garifuna communities. Mr. Palomo hopes to establish relationships with local communities in order to investigate the inclusions of these communities in the policy decision-making process. The overall goal of his projects is to lay the preliminary work for his dissertation.

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Megan Quirk

Megan Quirk Megan Quirk Host Country: Burma
Placement: Yangon Heritage Trust in Burma

Megan Quirk received placement at the Yangon Heritage Trust in Burma. Ms. Quirk was raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and received her BA in Economics from Smith College. After graduating, she worked for several years as an editor in nonfiction book publishing, working on books of political and social significance with authors ranging from Barbara Ehrenreich to Noam Chomsky. With aspirations of becoming a practitioner in the public realm, and she returned to school to receive her Masters in Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.

Prior to becoming a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Quirk spent three years at the New York City Department of Transportation, where she managed traffic planning and safety initiatives while working on expanding the role of community outreach in project planning. During her Fellowship, she plans to investigate traffic congestion mitigation strategies and the links between conservation and economic development. Her work at the Yangon Heritage Trust will focus on zoning and planning issues, strengthening external relations, and capacity development.

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Sangeeta Rana

Sangeeta Rana Sangeeta Rana Host Country: Nepal
Placement: Pending

Sangeeta Rana has experience in public health research and practice, as well as direct patient care. Prior to joining the fellowship, she managed a policy research team at Boston Children’s Hospital that developed measures of quality of care for national use. She has researched national health policies in the US, China, Brazil, and Ghana, and has worked globally in public health and medicine. She received a Master’s in Public Health in Health Care Management and Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health (2012), a medical degree from the University of London (2009), and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). Following the fellowship, Dr. Rana plans to continue working in global health policy, specifically in supporting public sector institutions to improve access to high quality care.

She is interested in supporting health systems and improving quality of care in resource limited settings. Through her fellowship, Dr. Rana will evaluate quality of care in primary health care centers serving vulnerable populations. Based on the results and identified needs, she will work with local stakeholders to develop quality improvement strategies that contribute to and complement government efforts to improve access and quality.

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Andrew Riplinger

Andrew Riplinger Andrew Riplinger Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Andrew Riplinger received a placement in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa. Mr. Riplinger was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated Summa Cum Laud from DePaul University with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Psychology. Afterwards, he began working in global public health as a Project Director on a grant from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to implement HIV prevention programming for youth across the country of Kenya. He also served as the Executive Director of the Rafiki Collaborative, a non-profit organization he founded with his colleagues, where he worked to forge partnerships with NGOs in Kenya and build organizational capacity to provide health and education programming in their communities. While working in the field of global public health Mr. Riplinger grew interested in environmental policy and its impact on human health and international development efforts. He then completed his MA in International Studies from DePaul University, where he graduated With Distinction after completing a thesis on climate change policy and international sustainable development.

While working at the Ministry Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa, Mr. Riplinger plans to investigate climate change adaptation policy priority areas for small island states. He hopes that the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship will help prepare him for a career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. State Department.

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Michael J. Spolum

Michael J. Spolum Michael J. Spolum Host Country: Burma
Placement: President’s Office – Office of the President

Michael Spolum received placement in the President’s Office of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. A Colorado native, Mr. Spolum holds a BA in Asian Studies from St. Olaf College (2004) and a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy from Duke University’s Center for International Development (2012). Mr. Spolum’s research at Duke focused on environmentally sustainable hydropower development and complementary corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies designed to enhance vulnerable rural communities’ resilience to socio-economic and climatic shocks. Prior to attending Duke, he was the Assistant Director of a Bangkok-based business and risk consultancy.

Mr. Spolum also has extensive experience as an independent development consultant. He has partnered with multinational energy companies, grassroots communities, international NGOs, the World Bank, and the Thai and Tanzanian governments on issues that include: rural electrification, renewable energy policy, food and nutritional security, climate change adaption, and forestry management. During his fellowship, he plans to investigate “green growth” policy options that will support pro-poor economic development and help ensure long-term climate resilience and resource use efficiency are incorporated into the fundamental structure of Burma’s local and national economies. In particular, his research will focus on the role that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis can play in supporting evidence-based policy making and economic planning at both the micro and macro levels. Mr. Spolum’s goal is to positively impact the trajectory of Burma’s poverty alleviation and resource development strategies at a critical juncture in the country’s history.

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Daniel Trusilo

Daniel Trusilo Daniel Trusilo Host Country: Nepal
Placement: Pending

Daniel Trusilo’s Fulbright-Clinton placement is expected to be in the area of disaster preparedness. After completing his Bachelor of Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Trusilo was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. During his service, he deployed to Iraq where he worked as an Operations Officer for an embedded Military Transition Team in al Diyala. In addition to Iraq, Mr. Trusilo served as part of the U.S. Army North Atlantic Treaty Organization and in U.S. Army Europe Headquarters. After leaving military service as a Captain, Mr. Trusilo carried out a double-degree masters program in International Affairs with the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and the Fletcher School at Tufts University, in which he focused on issues of human security and humanitarian intervention. He is currently working at the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to the United Nations in New York City.

Mr. Trusilo is looking forward to conducting research on the social networks in Nepal that can be reinforced to increase community resilience. He believes that it is critical for both the government and partner organizations to identify and foster best practices to reduce vulnerabilities in developing countries. At the conclusion of the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Mr. Trusilo hopes to leave his research with his future ministry and Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium so that they will have more tools with which they can craft realistic and sustainable policies.

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Jodie Vanyo

Jodie Vanyo Jodie Vanyo Host Country: Malawi
Placement: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management

Jodie Vanyo will serve as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Malawi’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management. Ms. Vanyo grew up in western Pennsylvania and received her BAs in Journalism and Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University (2007). After graduating, she further developed her Spanish-speaking skills in Chile, working as an English teacher for the UNDP's English Opens Doors program. Through this experience, she discovered her passion for poverty alleviation and international development. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Vanyo moved to Texas and worked as a program planner, grant writer, and data analyst for several non-profit health centers in San Antonio. In 2011, she began her Masters in Global Policy Studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Through her monitoring and evaluation internship with Peace Corps in Senegal (2012) and graduate research into Mozambique's urban resiliency to climate change, she became interested in the ties between food security, economic development, and climate change vulnerability in Africa. After graduating in 2013, she worked as an HIV and Healthcare Reform policy analyst for the Texas Department of State Health Services while waiting for her Fulbright–Clinton Fellowship to begin.

As a Fulbright–Clinton Fellow, Ms. Vanyo plans to leverage her program design, policy analysis, and climate change management skills to help Malawi execute its National Climate Change Program. In addition to her work with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management, she will focus her academic research on the effect that Malawi's rapid urbanization rate will have on the country's food security, poverty, and economic growth.

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William Vu

William Vu William Vu Host Country: Côte d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Agriculture

Willia Vu’s placement as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow will be in the Ministry of Agriculture of Côte d’Ivoire. Mr. Vu grew up in San Francisco, California. He attended the University of California, San Diego where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies. Upon completion of his degree, he served with the Peace Corps in Togo (2008-2010) as a Small Business Advisor. In his village community, he jumpstarted several village savings and loans associations, worked on HIV and malnutrition regional campaigns, and helped develop a Moringa tree plantation.

After his service, Mr. Vu completed a Master’s in Public Affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School concentrating on Development Studies. During his graduate studies, William worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Liberia (2012) to improve coordination and enhance service delivery to refugees and host communities along the Côte d'Ivoire-Liberia Border. He supplemented this previous project by returning to Côte d'Ivoire (2012) to co-author an electoral security assessment for the 2015 Presidential Election.

With his fellowship, he plans on evaluating the government's role in strengthening agricultural markets in Côte d'Ivoire, and initiating projects that facilitate access to local and regional markets for rural communities. As part of his academic project, he plans to examine the potential for agribusiness to enhance the livelihoods of Ivoirian youth in rural communities and mitigate conflict.

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Jessica Watterson

Jessica Watterson Jessica Watterson Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of Health

Jessica Watterson’s Fulbright-Clinton placement is in the Samoan Ministry of Health. Ms. Watterson received her Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley and her BA in Biochemistry from New York University. She has over seven years of experience in the field of public health and has traveled and worked in over twenty countries. Ms. Watterson has worked as a health educator for women living in the slums in Kolkata, India and as an AmeriCorps Member with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Ms. Watterson has also worked with Doctors Without Borders to increase awareness for issues in health and human rights using publications and events. She previously worked at the Ministry of Health in Samoa, through the Council of Women World Leaders, where she contributed to policies and programs covering topics such as child and adolescent health, sexually transmitted infections and food and nutrition. She has also been an active member of a team that is utilizing mobile phones to improve immunization rates in India and won first place in the Maternal and Child Health category of the 2013 Big Ideas @ Berkeley Competition.

In addition to her professional placement as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Watterson will be investigating the effectiveness of mobile phone reminders to improve maternal and child health. During the Fellowship, she hopes to gain further experience in health policy-making, to continue to learn about Samoan culture, and to contribute to policies and programs that address some of Samoa’s most pressing health issues.

2012/2013 Fellows
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Megan Banick

Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Education

Megan Banick served in the Directorate of Standarization, Evaluation and Educational Research within the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, consulting on research design and data analysis related to various education topics such as intercultural-bilingual education quality, civic education through student government, and international standardized testing. She authored a project for the Ministry on parents’ perceptions of the importance of education in Guatemala, spending a semester working living and working with indigenous families in a rural village. Previously interning at a local Guatemala NGO, she supported an agriculture and microbusiness training program. Further, as an observer of a local mayoral candidate's campaign, she gained a stronger understanding of the complex challenges facing democracy and public participation in rural, indigenous areas.

Ms. Banick has experience in preschool through adult education, having spent time working with bilingual education in Spain, vocational training in Chile, and immigrant/refugee education in the United States. Completing an MA in International Development at the University of Denver, her research interests include education reform and political economic development in Latin America. She received her BS in Modern Languages and Marketing Communications from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. As a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow, she furthered her understanding of institution building in a development context, how to support large-scale educational reform, and methods for integrating marginalized populations into public life.

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Rebecca Bartlein

Host Country: Cote d'Ivoire

Placement: National Institute of Public Health

Rebecca Bartlein was an inagural Fulbright Public Policy Fellow in Cote d'Ivoire's Ministry of Health, National Institute of Public Health (INSP). Ms. Bartlein assisted in several capacities during her Fellowship, including: proposal writing to rehabilitate the INSP library and archives, evaluating patient retention of pregnant women in antenatal HIV care to inform future policies and guidelines, and helping to establish an ethics committee and research ethics training at the INSP. As part of a PEPFAR initiative, she mentored three teams in the development of public health program evaluation protocols. In addition, she participated in preparations for the strategic planning workshops for INSP and the Ministry of Health more broadly.

Prior to being a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow, Ms. Bartlein was the research coordinator for the Global Medicines Program in the University of Washington Department of Global Health. In this capacity, she focused on the development and integration of pharmacovigilance programs into health systems. Ms. Bartlein received her MPH from the University of Washington (2010) in the Leadership, Policy and Management track and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (2004). Ms. Bartlein also served with the Peace Corps in Senegal as a health educator and previously worked with the International Organization for Migration in the Philippines resettling displaced persons.

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Joshua Dankoff

Host Country: Cote d'Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Justice

Joshua Dankoff will be placed in the Ministry of Justice, Department of Civil and Criminal Affairs, Child and Youth Protection in Cote D'Ivoire.  Mr. Dankoff graduated magna cumlaude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2011), where he was a ChildLaw Fellow. Licensed to practice law in Illinois, he works as a consultant focusing on strengthening child protection and juvenile justice systems in Africa. Mr. Dankoff carried out an assessment of the juvenile justice system of Cameroon. His research interests include the relationship between formal and informal justice mechanisms in Africa.

Mr. Dankoff has a Masters in Development Practice (2007) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Bachelors of Arts (2002) from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. Previously, Mr. Dankoff worked for three years at the Firelight Foundation, in Santa Cruz, California. He has lived and worked in Cameroon and Nigeria, and traveled extensively in West Africa. With this Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, Mr. Dankoff hopes to gain insight into the workings of a post-conflict Justice Ministry.

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Justine Davis

Host Country: Cote d'Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Education, Directorate of Pedagogy and Continuing Education

Justine Davis served in Cote d'Ivoire's Ministry of Education, Teaching and Continuing Education Branch from September 2012 until June 2013. Ms. Davis holds a dual-language Master's degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Originally from North Carolina, Ms. Davis graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, African concentration. She then worked in the French education system as an English instructor for two years. She has spent considerable time in West Africa, studying abroad in Ghana and Senegal, and completing field research for her Master's thesis in Côte d'Ivoire. Her thesis examines the Commission Dialogue Vérité et Réconciliation in post-conflict Côte d'Ivoire and its relationship with civil society actors. During her fellowship, Ms. Davis contributed to the reconciliation process in Côte d'Ivoire, by collaborating with the Ministry of Education on the implementation and evaluation of the newly instated Human Rights and Citizenship Education curriculum. Specifically, she assessed how teacher's adapt the program to the various age levels, while also assessing student's learning and behavior changes regarding human rights. She developed a repertoire on education policy that incorporated civic values as a form of conflict resolution in Africa.

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Hannah Hoover

Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Public Health and Population

Hannah Hoover's placement was with the Unité de Programmation et d’Evaluation (UPE) at the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. During her tenure, Ms. Hoover provided technical support to an inter-ministerial task force charged with the organization of Haiti’s first national forum on NGOs, as well as facilitating a consultation process to revise existing laws that regulate NGO activities, two policy goals of the Haitian government. Ms. Hoover also supported the UPE’s work to conduct a census and GPS mapping of Community Health Workers (CHWs) throughout the country, as well as to develop a standardized training curriculum and accreditation system for CHWs.

Ms. Hoover holds a Masters in Public Health from DePaul University in Chicago and a BA in English from Earlham College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa; she is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. She speaks French and Haitian Kreyòl and has worked with international communities in the U.S. and abroad for more than nine years. Prior to accepting the fellowship, Ms. Hoover served as the Associate Director of Refugee Health Programs at Heartland Health Outreach in Chicago. She has lived and worked in Haiti in several other capacities since 2003: post-earthquake, she conducted research on culturally-specific manifestations of stress and participated in the development of a training on best practices for delivering trauma-informed care for front line service providers; she also coordinated community-based HIV-related programming in northern Haiti for several years.

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Alison Horton

Host Country: Bangladesh
Placement: Ministry of Primary and Mass Education

Ali Horton is currently working at the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education in Bangladesh. Her work includes critical examinations of education policies in the developing world, and the effects of those policies on national-level strategies for social equality and poverty alleviation. Ms. Horton is a PhD student in Geography at Rutgers University. In 2011, Ali worked as an intern for BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), conducting fieldwork to evaluate their non-formal education program. Inspired by the Bangladeshi people and their dedication to improving access to education, she has since focused her studies on Bangladesh, development, and the Bengali language. Now, as a Public Policy Fellow, Ali is working directly in the Ministry of Secondary Education in Dhaka. She is assessing the impact of the world-renowned Female Secondary Education Stipend Program, which provided small financial incentive to all girls to remain both unmarried and enrolled in school. Since 1994, the initiative has succeeded in greatly increasing girls' enrollment in secondary schools, and is credited with reducing national rates of fertility and early marriage. Currently in its third phase, the program has shifted to a "Pro-Poor" philosophy, and now provides stipends to the country's poorest girls and boys. Ali is synthesizing all existing data on this new adaptation, and conducting additional field work in both rural and urban schools. She is looking to critically assess how the recent program changes are impacting enrollment, drop-out rates, and early marriage. Additionally, she is working with village populations to evaluate how the change may be effecting prevailing social norms surrounding education and gender.

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Udoaku Camilla Ihentu

Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Education

doaku Camilla Ihenetu's placement is in Guatemala's Ministry of Education.  Ms. Ihenetu was previously a special assistant in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the Department of Energy.  Prior to this position, she served as an Associate Director of Policy in the Office of the First Lady, working to support the Let's Move!and Joining Forces initiatives. Prior to joining the First Lady's Office, she served as a special assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior. Ms. Ihenetu received her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Division I athlete. She also received her M.A in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A native of Denver, Colorado, Ms. Ihenetu has completed extensive research on Latin American culture and politics and hopes to explore the engagement of youth in civil society as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow.

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Katie Jajtner

Host Country: Dominican Republic
Placement: Ministry of Industry and Commerce

Katie Jajtner's placement was at the Dominican Ministry of Industry and Commerce in economic research for international trade agreements. Her main task was to research relative competitiveness of Dominican goods in the European and US markets. Additionally, she assisted co-workers in finding more appropriate tools for monitoring bilateral trade and participated in continuing education with the WTO's online learning courses.

Ms. Jajtner grew up in Port Washington, Wisconsin. She reports owing her interest in cultural affairs to her family who exposed her to many different cultures by living abroad and hosting twelve foreign exchange students. As an undergraduate, Ms. Jajtner studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs and Spanish at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She has recently completed two Master's degrees at Fordham University in New York in International Political Economy and Development and in Economics.

Ms. Jajtner's was a small business volunteer with Peace Corps Mauritania. She also completed a summer internship at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco with the Economic and Political sections. Currently Ms. Jajtner is pursuing a doctoral degree in Economics at Fordham University, and plans to continue her career in public policy and international development economics following completion of her degree.

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Aaron Johnson

Host Country: Thailand
Placement: Ministry of Justice

Aaron Johnson's professional placement is in the Office of the Permanent Secretary at the Thai Ministry of Justice. He is currently assigned sole responsibility to research and author a report analyzing Thailand’s ability to adhere to the United Nations’ minimum standards of treatment for prisoners and those on probation. This project allows him to focus on the challenges that the Thai criminal justice system faces in providing adequate living conditions for those incarcerated, adults and juveniles, as well as the provision of rehabilitative services. Mr. Johnson also researched conditions for death row inmates and the provision of mental health services for inmates. In addition Mr. Johnson had the opportunity to assist the Republic of Zambia’s Department of Justice’s visit to Thailand this past September, which examined best practices within the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection and to serve as a Ministry of Justice representative to a high-level meeting with several stakeholders in a program called the Southern Thailand Empowerment and Participation (STEP). Co-partnered with the United Nations Development Programme, the STEP project is to enhance community empowerment and public participation in local governance processes in Southern Thailand. This past April and May, Mr. Johnson also collaborated with the Thailand Institute of Justice (TIJ) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls for both public prosecutors from the international community and other stakeholders by assisting in the revision of UN basic standards. He also participated in multiple criminal justice-related forums ranging from preparations by ASEAN departments of corrections and probation’s to coordinate policies for the incarceration of foreign prisoners as well as measures aimed to strengthen cooperation in areas such as the extradition of fugitives and dissemination of legal information for prosecutors.

Mr. Johnson is a doctoral candidate majoring in political science at Northern Illinois University. He has professional experience in both academic and non-academic fields, as a Congressional Relations intern at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, and as an adjunct instructor of political science at the College of Staten Island. Mr. Johnson also has had extensive international experience. He received an MA in International Studies from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (2006). He studied abroad at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand (2009). And as a Boren Fellow (2011-12), Mr. Johnson spent the past year in Thailand conducting research for his dissertation which explores the role of the judiciary in Thai politics and society as well as studying Thai language at the University of Payap and Chulalongkorn University, respectively. He anticipates that the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will enhance his own professional development and his understanding of the Thai bureaucracy.

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Sabrina Khan

Host Country: Bangladesh

Placement: Ministry of Health

Sabrina Khan is currently serving in a placement in the Ministry of Health- Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Government of Bangladesh. She collaborates with colleagues from the DGHS, USAID and Japan International Cooperation Agency and is currently serving as a key author in a report reviewing the current status of the vital statistics data collection system and identifying areas requiring improvement and prioritizing actions according to a WHO framework. She is also working on the Annual Report for 2013. She routinely assists as an editor/translator for various quick turnaround deliverables and expects to hold training sessions for SPSS and Biostatistics. Ms. Khan was previously employed by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where she served various clients including the U.S. Army, the IRS, and the U.S. Coast Guard on projects that primarily involved conducting quantitative and statistical analyses, resulting in providing data-driven policy-related recommendations.

Ms. Khan graduated from Harvard University with an SM in Biostatistics. She received a BS in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. Ms. Khan worked as a graduate student intern at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh, where she analyzed data from a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of Zinc supplement in preventing acute diarrhoeal episodes in children under five. In addition to fluency in Bengali, she has basic conversational knowledge of Arabic.

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Roushani Mansoor

Host Country: Bangladesh

Placement: Ministry of Law

Roushani Mansoor worked for the Ministry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs in Bangladesh. She assisted with various projects including implementing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, supporting corruption prevention practices, and digitizing the land registration process. Most notably, she helped with training programs for Bangladeshi judges and lawyers designed to introduce civil mediation and plea bargaining. Roushani conducted research on barrier to access to justice for women consisting of field interviews with local, village women in conjunction with BRAC. She also helped support a USAID-funded project, “Justice for All,” by identifying barriers, constraints, and gaps to draft overarching Gender Action Plan to be utilized throughout the project. Roushani graduated with honors from the Washington College of Law at American University and is awaiting admission to the New York Bar. Her legal research has focused on public international law including access to justice, state recognition, and ceasefire negotiations. Roushani worked as a Senior Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group managing a team to facilitate legal and policy work product. Previously, Roushani worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Commercial Law Development Program, assisting with programs on commercial law topics such as technology transfers and intellectual property protection standards. Roushani received her BA in International Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Joshua Martin

Host Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Planning and Development

Joshua Martin was an inaugural Fulbright–Clinton Fellow in the Strategic Coordination Cell of the Ministry of Planning and Development of Côte d’Ivoire, where he did his best to help the Ivoirian government assert its self-driven development priorities through better aid coordination mechanisms. He also provided strategic guidance to Côte d'Ivoire's National Committee on Eligibility for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, involved primarily in passing reforms related to corruption and the business environment. Josh is a recent graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School's Master in Public Policy program, concentrating in Political and Economic Development. He has previously held posts at Princeton University and Cordoba Initiative, and consulted for USAID, the World Bank, the National Democratic Institute, and Caerus Associates in Washington, DC. In addition to his professional experience, Josh has performed original research on development institutions in Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sudan. He received his BA from New York University in Middle Eastern Studies and Economic Development, and speaks fluent Arabic and French, with enough Farsi to order kebabs.

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Marsha McIntyre

Host Country: Jamaica
Placement: Ministry of Industry and Commerce

As a member of the inaugural class of the J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship, during 2012 and 2013, Ms. Marsha McIntyre served in the Government of Jamaica's Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce where she focused on international trade and economic development issues. In particular, Ms. McIntyre was integrally involved in the Government of Jamaica’s priority economic growth initiative, the Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative. Launched in 2012, the Initiative is aimed at radically transforming Jamaica’s economy by establishing Jamaica as a global logistics hub. Entering the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce in the nascent stage of the Jamaica Logistics Hub Initiative, Ms. McIntyre was a key member of the unit involved in developing the policy and legal framework for the Initiative. Ms. McIntyre also joined a small team of advisors to the Minister of Industry, Industry and Commerce, primarily focusing on guidance regarding international trade matters.

Ms. McIntyre also worked at JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency, on strategic projects aimed at assisting exporters and prospective investors to capitalize on existing trade and investment agreements and to explore future agreements. In these roles, Ms. McIntyre used her J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship to gain a deeper understanding of the economic development challenges facing Jamaica and to further mutual understanding between the Governments of the United States of America and Jamaica.

Ms. McIntyre graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 2001 with a degree in anthropology, and from Harvard Law School in 2004, where her thesis research focused on the development of legal institutions within Jamaica and the Caribbean. She previously worked as an attorney in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser where she advised the Department's Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs on international trade law and policy issues. Since 2008, she has worked as an international trade attorney helping private sector clients advocate for changes in U.S. government international trade policy and navigate the complex international trade regulatory scheme.

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Alex Merkovic-Orenstein

Host Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Placement: Ministry of Agriculture

Alex Merkovic-Orenstein served in the Ministry of Agriculture of Cote d’Ivoire. His main project was to create an agricultural information system powered by mobile phone text messages. Prior to his placement in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Merkovic-Orenstein served as the World Food Programme’s Technical Assistant to the Ministry of Gender in Rwanda where he oversaw programmes focused on gender equality in rural development. He has also worked on programmes in Chad, Ghana and Malawi with different NGOs and UN Agencies.

Mr. Merkovic-Orenstein holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in Middle East Studies from Florida State University, where was a 2009 Truman Scholar. Alex speaks fluent French and can embarrass himself in Arabic and Kinyarwanda.

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Joshua Monthei

Host Country: Thailand
Placement: Ministry of Transport
 
Joshua Monthei is serving in a professional placement in the Government of Thailand's Ministry of Transport, Office of the Permanent Secretary. His current duties include conducting comparative research on high speed rail plans in Thailand and the United States. He is also working with the Ministry at a series of public meetings throughout Thailand identifying key infrastructure projects. Mr. Monthei received his BA in Sociology from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan with a concentration in urban planning and development in Thailand. His Master's thesis focused on transportation planning and social equity issues in Bangkok. His previous professional experience includes time as an Asia Pacific Leadership Fellow and Research Delegate with the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and as an International Coordinator for the Urban Development Institute Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition, Mr. Monthei has studied sustainability and environmental leadership issues in northern Thailand with the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute. His studies focus on equity and access challenges tied to transit services for low-income residents. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow Mr. Monthei a unique opportunity to work alongside Thai policy makers in a country where urban growth continues to present unique challenges.

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Kimberly Renk

Host Country: Dominican Republic
Placement: Ministry of Youth

Kimberly Renk was an inaugural Fulbright–Clinton Fellow placed in the Dominican Republic Ministry of Youth, whose mission is to support the development of Dominicans ages 15-35. In the Ministry of Youth, Ms. Renk worked within the Vice Ministry of Public Policy to form partnerships with foreign organizations in order to support the institutional strengthening of the Ministry. Her primary role was as the lead on coordinating a national forum on youth public policy in conjunction with the USAID program Alerta Joven. Before participating in this Fellowship, Ms. Renk was an associate at the law firm WilmerHale in Washington, DC. At WilmerHale, she worked on a number of litigations and investigations, including a case representing the Government of Puerto Rico and a pro bono land rights suit on behalf of an African tribe. Prior to her work at WilmerHale, Ms. Renk worked as a legal advisor in the Liberia Ministry of Labor as a Transnational Law Institute/Carter Center Law Fellow. In this capacity, she helped coordinate the completion of the Ministry's draft labor code and managed a public awareness campaign on new laws and policies. Ms. Renk received her law degree from New York University School of Law. While in law school, she interned at the Center for Assistance to Indigenous Peoples in Bluefields, Nicaragua and the Rural Development Institute in Beijing. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in Mass Communications and minored in Spanish. Ms. Renk speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

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Yuliya Shmidt

Host Country: Guatemala
Placement: Ministry of Energy and Mines

Yuliya Shmidt's placement was in the Ministry of Energy and Mines in Guatemala. She worked for the General Directorate of Energy on renewable projects including translating the governing renewable energy law, helping streamline renewable application processes and produced a final report on the geothermal energy laws of other countries along with a series of suggestions for Guatemala to create its own geothermal law. Prior to the Fellowship, Ms. Shmidt was the lead analyst for renewable energy policy for the Division of Ratepayer Advocates at the California Public Utilities Commission. She has served as an expert witness on major renewable facility proposals as well as contributed to numerous renewable electricity proceedings on behalf of California's consumers. Prior to working on renewables, she was an analyst on demand response and other customer programs. Ms. Shmidt holds a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz; both with an emphasis in international policy. She wrote her master's thesis on Tikal National Park in Guatemala where she lived for three months while conducting interviews to understand the management of natural resources and tourism. With the Public Policy Fellowship she hopes to expand her expertise in renewable energy to Latin America.

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Taylor Steelman

Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Office of the Prime Minister

Taylor Steelman held a placement in the Prime Minister’s office in Haiti. She has a master’s in International Relations from Yale University and a BA with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. In Haiti, Taylor worked with senior advisors to the Prime Minister to create project management systems, reports and program analysis. She collaborated with more than 20 government offices and foreign donors to report progress and blockages on the Government’s priority programs worth more than $500 million. She trained new staff on the PM’s data reporting needs and collected information on more than 150 infrastructure projects. She also led a study of capacity-building reforms underway across the Government to advise the National Human Resources Office on strategic planning priorities. The dataset she built was the first of its kind to categorize development projects according to their impact on national governance. Finally she proposed business plans and financing schemes for public transport solutions to Port-au-Prince’s extreme traffic congestion. When she left they were ready to contract for a feasibility study. Taylor has worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, DC, for a microfinance bank and a leadership development NGO in Burundi, and taught at Yale University. She is currently writing and enjoying the outdoors, and preparing to launch a career in development consulting.

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Andrew Tarter

Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Planning

Born and raised in Haiti, Andrew Tarter has always maintained a keen interest in all things Haitian. His master's research, which was fully funded through two US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships in Haitian Creole (2008-2010), culminated in an anthropological outcome-evaluation of Haiti's largest tree-planting project, approximately 30 years after the first seedlings were planted. Mr. Tarter is currently finishing a PhD in anthropology from the University of Florida, where he has taught undergraduate courses for the Department of Anthropology as well as the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His PhD coursework has been fully funded through the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship (2010-2015). As an inaugural J. William Fulbright – Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow, Mr. Tarter's professional placement was in the cabinet of the Prime Minister, at the Ministry of Planning and External Cooperation, in the government of Haiti. Tarter worked most-closely with the governmental unit that coordinates the activities of NGOs operating in Haiti, helping to implement policies for NGO registration, and monitoring and evaluation. These measures will help ensure that the activities of NGOs meet the existing laws, policies, priorities and best-practices of the Haitian Government as it takes steps to strengthen its autonomy. After the term of his fellowship, Mr. Tarter returned to the rural Haitian countryside to complete his PhD dissertation research. Tarter’s research, which focuses on Haitian farmers who plant or maintain and harvest trees—independent of any external assistance—has been jointly-funded by both the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. His research methods include long-term participant observation and ethnographic interviews, as well as intensive survey-based research. What will emerge from Tarter’s research is a clearer understanding of the social, ecological, economic, and spatial factors thought to differentially affect the retention and management of tree-covered land. Tarter will also create and test a regression-analysis-based predictive land-use model, which will help identify those farmers most-receptive to or already engaged in tree-planting or retention. Tarter's research has the potential to influence future policy-makers; tree-planting and reforestation efforts remain major priorities of both nongovernmental and governmental organizations in Haiti. Beyond Haiti, Mr. Tarter is also interested in development, ecology, GIS, social network analysis, ethnographic film, research design, research methods, and anthropological theory. He hopes to eventually work in academia, the public sector, or as an independent researcher and consultant.