Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship
The J. William Fulbright-Hillary Rodham Clinton Public Policy (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 the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board renamed the fellowship 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 fields including, but not limited to agriculture, civil rights, economic development, education, energy, environment, information technology, justice, law, post-conflict reconciliation, public health, public finance, transportation, and women’s issues advancement.
Candidates must be in receipt of a master's-level (including M.P.A, J.D., M.P.H., etc.) 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.
Meghan Arakelian (Timor-Leste)
Host Country: Timor-Leste
Meghan Arakelian holds a Master’s of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. Her graduate studies were guided by an interest in nutrition policy. She completed an independent study as a member of the Core Writing and Data Analysis Team for the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Global Nutrition Report. Working with a team of graduate student consultants for the World Food Programme, Ms. Arakelian drafted Country Synthesis Reports on nutrition governance for Bangladesh, Nepal, Rwanda, and Uganda. She also completed an internship in Nepal with the World Food Programme, working with the UN REACH Partnership on nutrition governance and multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition.
Prior to graduate school, Ms. Arakelian worked at Philantropia, a development consultancy based in New York, engaging with NGOs working in international development and human rights. While at Philantropia, she designed fundraising plans, researched prospective donors, and provided strategic resource mobilization advice for organizations in over forty countries. Ms. Arakelian has co-led NGO capacity building trainings in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Arakelian hopes to gain experience developing policies to reduce stunting and malnutrition in Timor-Leste. She plans to research holistic approaches to nutrition, specifically operational and technical synergies across relevant ministries.
George Bogden (Kosovo)
Host Country: Kosovo
Placement: Ministry of Trade and Industry
George Bogden will serve as a special assistant at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Kosovo. In this capacity, he will provide support on matters pertaining to treaty succession, international commercial policy, and the implementation of the inter-ministerial Strategic Security Sector Review. During his fellowship, Mr. Bogden will research Kosovo’s inheritance of international obligations.
Mr. Bogden is a D.Phil. candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded a Clarendon Scholarship. Focusing on international law and decolonization, Mr. Bogden has served as president of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group, as well as Book Reviews Editor of The St. Antony’s International Review. His academic coursework has included seminars at the Hague Academy of International Law.
Before beginning his graduate studies, Mr. Bogden received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale College in 2011, serving as the university’s Fox International Fellow in Istanbul the following year. He has completed internships in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Department of State, as well as in non-governmental organizations and research institutions in Washington D.C., Ankara, and Istanbul. He has previously participated in student journalism, co-leading an election study mission to Honduras in 2009.
Over the course of his academic studies, Mr. Bogden has conducted research in international politics at the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Library of Congress, as well as the Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H. W. Bush Presidential Libraries. Mr. Bogden was born and raised in Hawaii.
Robert Carney (Samoa)
Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of Health
Robert Carney's placement is in the Ministry of Health in Samoa. Mr. Carney received a B.A. in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an M.P.H. in Public Health Systems and Policy at Rutgers University. He worked in multiple countries in Latin America conducting research and health outreach. These experiences inspired him to improve the lives of women, transgender peoples, and vulnerable populations through global public health.
Mr. Carney recently worked for the Rutgers Institute for families in research/program evaluation on various projects dealing with domestic violence, LGBTQ victims of crime, disaster recovery, HIV risk in youth, and rural health. At the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, he trained nurses and physicians to administer pelvic examinations, and assess for STI's and cancer. He has also worked in American Samoa for the Department of OBY-GYN collecting data on birth complications. Mr. Carney’s graduate fieldwork consisted of a policy needs assessment for improving victim services for transgender survivors of violence.
As a Fulbright Clinton Fellow, Mr. Carney plans to gain greater cultural competence in serving the health needs of Samoan people and gain experience using evidence-based policy as intervention for population health issues. He will be researching the impact of domestic violence on the health and social well-being of Samoan women and fa'afafine (the third gender community), as well as the effect domestic violence has on birth outcomes. He hopes to provide data that will inform planning efforts for the host ministry.
Alexander D'Agostino (Peru)
Host Country: Peru
Placement: Ministry of Education, Directorship of Higher Education
Alex D’Agostino’s placement is in the Directorship of Higher Education in the Ministry of Education in Peru. As a special assistant, he will work with the Directorship in its ongoing efforts to build ties with foreign universities. Mr. D’Agostino received his B.A. in History from New York University, and an M.A. in International Relations from American University with a concentration on Latin America and United States Foreign Policy.
As a Master’s student, Mr. D’Agostino focused on Latin America with his final project a collaborative examination of the recent spike in migration from Central America which was presented to the Department of State, Office of the Vice President, and the Ambassador of Guatemala. During his time as a graduate student Mr. D’Agostino worked at the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, focusing on unfair labor practices. He also completed a position at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, where he focused on exchange programs between Peruvian and U.S. universities. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Mr. D’Agostino worked in Peru, as a coordinator for international volunteers at an after-school program for impoverished youth, as an educational consultant in Shanghai, China, and as a legal researcher and writer focusing on e-commerce and cryptography in New York City.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in the Ministry of Education, Mr. D’Agostino will assist the Peruvian Ministry of Education in strengthening connections between its higher education system and that of the rest of the world. As part of his research project, he will focus on the effects of regulation and accreditation on Peru’s universities.
Sarah DeCuir (African Union)
Host country: African Union
Placement: African Union Commission, Department of Political Affairs
Sarah DeCuir will be placed with the Department of Political Affairs at the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to her fellowship, Ms. DeCuir was the Legislative Director for a Texas state representative, in which she conducted policy analysis, advocacy, and research for the representative. She was also responsible for constituent relations and correspondence.
Ms. DeCuir received her Master’s in Global Policy Studies from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. During her academic tenure, she participated in a multi-year research project on the effects of climate change on political stability in Sub-Saharan Africa, and traveled to Togo to conduct interviews and collect data. Ms. DeCuir also completed an internship with the United Nations Development Programme Regional Centre in Cairo, working on poverty and governance in the context of the Arab Spring and regional political upheaval. She contributed to working papers and reports on gender, development, and conflict. Ms. DeCuir holds a B.A. in Culture and Communication from Ithaca College. She speaks French and Arabic.
As a Fulbright-Clinton fellow, Ms. DeCuir plans to investigate the role of international cooperation in peacebuilding and the effectiveness of a regional, multilateral approach to security. She hopes to explore areas where increased cooperation between the U.S. and the African Union could improve security and decrease conflict throughout Africa.
Abigail Gregg (Timor-Leste)
Host Country: Timor-Leste
Ms. Gregg holds a Masters of Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She received Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California (USC). Ms. Gregg is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician certified by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School.
At USC, Ms. Gregg conducted fieldwork in South LA, Cambodia, and Brazil. Her work in Los Angeles explored food security and environmental health issues, and community response to these problems. In Cambodia, she worked with the SHOAH Foundation and the Documentation Center of Cambodia, recording testimony from survivors and perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide. In Brazil, Ms. Gregg produced an ethnography of street food vendors and their role in cultural and economic identities.
While at Columbia, Ms. Gregg returned to Brazil to work with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the Amazon and their host, the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation. Her coursework at SIPA primarily focused on crisis prevention and response though environmental management. She is currently a research fellow for the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where she is part of a joint research team with Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, addressing Papua New Guinea’s mining sector.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Ms. Gregg intends to focus on natural disaster risk and preparedness in Timor-Leste’s conservation areas and explore options for joint conservation and resilience initiatives.
Marie-Emmanuelle Henry (Haiti)
Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Finance, Directorate General of Taxation
Marie-Emmanuelle Henry’s placement is with the Directorate General of Taxation within the Haitian Ministry of Finance, where she will serve as a special advisor on issues of corporate and international tax policy.
Ms. Henry is a New York licensed attorney. She is currently a Senior Associate in the Tax Services Division of Ernst & Young, LLP, where she is aligned with the International Tax Services practice group.
Ms. Henry received her Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. As an LLM Candidate at NYU, she conducted research on the OECD’s BEPS Action Plan and its implications for developing countries; she also served as a student editor to the Tax Law Review. Additionally, Marie-Emmanuelle holds a Masters 2 degree in French and European Business Law from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in Paris, France. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Ms. Henry performed multinational complex securities litigation work at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. Marie-Emmanuelle also previously served as a Dean Acheson Clerk at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and as a Legal Trainee in the Global Securities Practice Group of the Law Offices of Baker & McKenzie in Paris, France.
Ms. Henry is a former White House Intern, and a former Intern with the American Embassies in Paris, France and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Jonathan Keesecker (Burma)
Host Country: Burma
Jonathan Keesecker is a Michigan native. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Central Michigan University. He later served as an AmeriCorps member in Massachusetts where he supervised education campaigns focused on water resource management. Afterward he spent three years in Washington D.C. working with the non-profit organization Food & Water Watch, first as a community organizer and later as director for the Great Lakes region.
Mr. Keesecker recently completed his Master of Public Policy degree at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, focusing on international development, supply chain management, and environmental sustainability. In 2013, he served as a William Davidson Institute Fellow in Yangon, where he worked with the impact investment fund Village Capital researching social entrepreneurship in Burma. Mr. Keesecker returned to Yangon the following year to research trade promotion and foreign direct investment on behalf of the Germany Agency for International Cooperation and faculty at the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Mr. Keesecker hopes to support equitable and sustainable economic growth in Burma through policy analysis that promotes entrepreneurship and responsible use of natural resources. As a supplemental project, he hopes to research sustainability measures in Myanmar’s tourism industry and analyze the impact of new investment on the country’s water resources.
Carey Kluttz (Cote d'Ivoire)
Host Country: Cote d'Ivoire
Carey Kluttz has been a Consultant with the World Bank for three years, where she focuses on issues related to good governance in the extractive industries, primarily in West and East Africa. She also works on open contracting, a global movement working to promote disclosure and participation in public contracting. She has designed and implemented capacity building programs for civil society organizations and government agencies, including facilitating trainings and action planning for a multi-stakeholder coalition in Burkina Faso, advising on monitoring and evaluation capacity for an NGO in Rwanda and Burundi, leading program outreach in Tanzania, and providing strategic guidance to civil society actors in Côte d’Ivoire.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Kluttz served as Executive Director of the Bridges of Understanding Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to fostering understanding between the United States and of the Arab world. She was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization and served as the link to a wide network of participants, donors, Board Members, and partner organizations, advising them on the foundation’s operations, activities, and purpose.
Ms. Kluttz holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Anthropology from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies with Arabic from the American University of Paris (AUP), where her thesis focused on nonviolent resistance. Ms. Kluttz currently serves as the President of the AUP-DC, AUP’s Washington Alumni Chapter. She is proficient in Arabic and fluent in French.
Sarah Lupberger (Peru)
Host Country: Peru
Placement: Ministry of the Environment
Sarah Lupberger has received a Fulbright-Clinton Placement in the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. In addition to her ministerial work, Ms. Lupberger hopes to research how mechanisms of coordination between ministries can be improved to better protect the country’s natural resources.
Ms. Lupberger recently graduated with a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. As a masters student, she was interested in how decisions are made about managing natural resources, specifically how institutions with more participatory and inclusive decision-making processes can lead to more equitable policies that better address the needs of marginalized peoples. Her thesis focused on the process through which forest policy reforms are being undertaken in Peru, and their practical potential to improve the livelihoods of forest-dependent peoples. This research project included over 50 in-depth qualitative interviews with policy-makers, NGO representatives, international donors and local stakeholders in Lima, Madre de Dios, and Ucayali.
Previously, Ms. Lupberger worked at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C., where she focused on forest and electricity governance. She co-authored a comprehensive set of indicators that can be used to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in forest governance. She also worked with Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales in Lima to develop a study on national capacity to implement REDD+ in Peru.
Ms. Lupberger received a B.A. in international studies with honors from the University of Chicago. Her honors thesis examined the role of Mayan cultural identity in promoting community forest management in northern Guatemala.
Carmen Paraison (Cote d'Ivoire)
Host Country: Cote d'Ivoire
Carmen Paraison will serve as a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Cote d’Ivoire. Her ministerial placement is in the process of being confirmed. Ms. Paraison earned a B.A. in French Language Studies from DePaul University. After teaching English in France for one year with the French Ministry of Education, she went on to earn an M.A. in International Policy Studies with a concentration in International Trade Policy and Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. As a graduate student, Ms. Paraison worked in Haiti with Yunus Social Business, which supports local entrepreneurs to solve social problems through business-led approaches. As a social business consultant, she helped secure a loan for a Haitian agribusiness that currently contributes to reforestation and local job creation. Upon earning her M.A., Ms. Paraison worked as a consultant for an Illinois company that assisted American companies expand into foreign markets. She is currently gaining logistics experience with DHL Global Forwarding.
Ms. Paraison’s primary areas of interest include social and economic development, business, foreign direct investment, international trade, and entrepreneurial initiatives. During her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Ms. Paraison looks forward to working on these issues as well as gain hands-on experience in developing national policies to support sustainable economic growth. Her academic project will focus on how the Ivorian government is promoting international trade and facilitating foreign direct investment. She will also explore the diversity of new businesses and investments in Cote d’Ivoire since its political conflict. Ms. Paraison hopes to use her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship experience to further her understanding of the nexus between government, socio-economic development, and international trade in theory and practice.
Martine Prompt (Haiti)
Host Country: Haiti
Placement: Ministry of Public Health
Martine Prompt has been placed at the Haitian Ministry of Health. She was raised in New York City and received a B.A. in psychology and English from Queens College, CUNY. She then worked as a clinical care coordinator in radiation oncology at Downstate Medical Center, and became interested in the social determinants of health and ways to promote health equity. She received her Master’s in Public Health, Health Services Management and Policy from Tufts University School of Medicine. Her professional and academic foci are social determinants of health and improving health literacy skills of vulnerable groups, mental healthcare, maternal and child healthcare, health promotion and prevention.
Ms. Prompt has over five years of experience working in health care both through direct patient care and administration. She worked as a social care manager at Neighborhood Health Plan in Massachusetts, which provided health insurance for very low income individuals in which she partnered with Mass Health (Medicaid) on quality improvement initiative that help mentally ill members connect with providers.
At Tufts, Ms. Prompt was a program associate at the Brookline Department of Public Health where she led the annual campaign "Clean Hands for Good Health" and managed a database for the medical reserved corps as part of emergency planning. In addition, she completed a position at Cambridge Health Alliance's Zinberg Clinic as a quality improvement intern focusing on strategies to improve HIV and AIDS education for newly diagnosed non-English speaking immigrants. Her Master’s thesis focused on improving the health literacy of Haitian immigrants in the Boston metro area. She received a "Honos Civicus" award through Tufts Tisch College of citizenship for her commitment and work within the community.
As a Fulbright-Clinton fellow Ms. Prompt plans to continue to improve health literacy skills of vulnerable populations as a vehicle to improve their overall health and promote health equity. She also plans to work on overall strategies to help reduce maternal infant death rates in rural areas of Haiti.
Alexis Ramos (Ukraine)
Host Country: Ukraine
Placement: Ministry of Education and Science
Alexis Ramos’ placement is in the Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine. Ms. Ramos was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. and moved to Berkeley in 2008 where she received a dual B.A. in History and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of California- Berkeley. At UC Berkeley she served as the Managing Editor of The Troika: An Undergraduate Journal for East European, Eurasian and Slavic Studies. Upon graduation, she went on to earn her bilingual (English/French) M.A. in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland.
In 2013, Ms. Ramos joined the Teach For America Corps and taught History in East New York, Brooklyn while earning her M.S. in Teaching and Curriculum at Fordham University. Ms. Ramos founded her school’s Debate Team and the History Regents course for 8th graders. She served on the school’s leadership team as the 8th Grade Chair and was a Good to Transformational Leadership Fellow for Teach for America.
In Summer 2014, Ms. Ramos participated in seminars and research on post-conflict development in the Balkans, particularly in Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia. She has studied in Poland throughout her undergraduate and graduate career and speaks Polish, Assyrian, and French. Ms. Ramos harbors a love of languages, particularly Slavic languages, and is self-taught in Serbo-Croatian (Bosnian) and Ukrainian.
Ms. Ramos will utilize her background in education to assist in implementing Ukraine’s higher education reform plan.
Matthew Richmond (Malawi)
Host Country: Malawi
Placement: The Office of the President and Cabinet, Department of Human Resource Management and Development
Matt Richmond received a placement in the Department of Human Resource Management and Development in Malawi, where his work will be in support of the Public Service Reforms Commission. The Commission was established by President Mutharika to chart the direction and priorities of public-service reforms to improve service provision, make appropriate recommendations and to establish development partnerships to achieve stated goals, and to develop a monitoring and evaluation system to ensure that reforms are implemented effectively.
Prior to Mr. Richmond’s fellowship in Malawi, he was the Director of Policy at EdBuild, a nonprofit focused on improving equity in the U.S. education system. In this role he developed and wrote on policy priorities related to state financial formulas, political boundaries, and disadvantaged populations. He also provided analysis and recommendations to the State of Georgia’s Education Reform Commission and developed a suite of sophisticated tools for on-the-fly financial modeling of potential reforms. Previously, Mr. Richmond worked as a Research Analyst at the Fordham Institute, where he authored “The Hidden Half: School Employees Who Don’t Teach” and co-authored “Financing the Education of High-Need Students.” His work has been featured on NPR: Marketplace, The Huffington Post, RealClear Politics, Education Week, and other media outlets.
While in school, Mr. Richmond helped develop a small NGO in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on providing education and nutrition to children in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa. As a volunteer, he designed a contract and framework for a micro-savings program for business owners, built a web presence for the organization, and travelled the country interviewing leaders, cataloguing best practices.
Jonathan Sanchez Leos (Ukraine)
Host Country: Ukraine
Placement: Ministry of Youth and Sport
Jonathan Sanchez Leos received a placement with the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sport. Mr. Leos graduated with a master's degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he was the President of the Latino Student Association and a Grace Abbott Fellow. During his graduate studies, Mr. Leos worked as a substance abuse counselor for the Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. After graduation, Mr. Leos was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF), and worked on programmatic initiatives for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Department of Justice. He most recently worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a Senior Policy Analyst. Mr. Leos was a visiting Professor of Social Work at St. Augustine College.
Prior to serving as a PMF, Mr. Leos worked as a Mayoral Fellow for the City of Chicago and a Community Organizer on the City’s Southwest side. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in Slavic Languages & Literatures and Political Science, where he was a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. During his undergraduate studies, he received a travel thesis research award to travel Moscow, Russia and studied in Cheboksary, Russia for an academic year with the American Field Service.
As a Fulbright-Clinton Fellow, Mr. Leos will research policy initiatives in the area of substance abuse treatment and prevention, as well as youth diversion programs. He is especially interested in the development of state and NGO partnerships in this area.
Aaron Sayama (Timor-Leste)
Host Country: Timor-Leste
Aaron Sayama was most recently a Planning and Policy Development Specialist with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), Georgia's executive agency for criminal justice and victim's services policy. In this position, Mr. Sayama served as the program manager for an array of federal and state criminal justice programs, from gun and gang violence reduction initiatives to drug and alcohol treatment programs. Mr. Sayama's research and work at CJCC focuses on systemic criminal justice issues, such as the submission of sexual assault kits in Atlanta, implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and pre-trial reform in state courts.
Mr. Sayama graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a Masters in Public Administration in 2013, specializing in public policy and public management. During his graduate studies, he interned with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. At UGA, he served as a Graduate Assistant with the Archway Partnership, which assists local governments across Georgia with economic development plans. Mr. Sayama received his B.A. from UGA in International Affairs with a minor in Linguistics and studied extensively in China. Mr. Sayama was born and raised in Georgia.
For his Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Mr. Sayama’s research will focus on the capacity of public and legal institutions in transitional states to carry out justice for both offenders and victims.
Dana Swanson (Burma)
Host Country: Burma
Placement: Women's Organization Network Myanmar
Dana Swanson has been placed with Women’s Organization Network Myanmar (WON) in Yangon, Burma. WON, which was founded in 2008 in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, is an umbrella organization of thirty organizations that advocates for peace, justice and equality for women in Burma. In addition to her work at WON, Ms. Swanson will research legal frameworks to enhance women’s access to primary healthcare services.
A native of Mount Desert Island, Maine, Ms. Swanson holds a B.A. in political science from Barnard College and a J.D. from Fordham Law School, where she was a Crowley Scholar in International Human Rights. During law school, Ms. Swanson conducted NGO trainings in Burma for women’s groups preparing for UN universal periodic review, conducted on the ground fact-finding on LGBT rights in Bangladesh, worked in Phnom Penh, Cambodia researching mental health issues confronting the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, worked with Middle Eastern refugees seeking resettlement and participated in field visits to Jordan and Lebanon, led a student delegation investigating housing rights in Haiti, and was the Executive Notes and Articles editor of the Fordham International Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Swanson worked in public health in India and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Laura Wang (Samoa)
Host Country: Samoa
Placement: Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Laura Wang received a placement in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa, where she will focus on climate adaptation and access to international climate finance. Ms. Wang is interested in how Samoa navigates the international agenda after the 2015 Conference of Parties in Paris, where an international climate agreement is expected to be reached.
Prior to receiving the Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship, Ms. Wang has primarily focused on energy and climate policy. Most recently, at the Center for Clean Air Policy, Ms. Wang worked with developing countries in Asia through on-the-ground engagement and policy analysis on nationally appropriate mitigation actions that may seek international support, primarily on renewable energy and distributed generation. As an Executive Fellow on Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s energy team, she supported his senior advisors on a wide range of climate change and renewable energy issues in the State of California, including the Green Building Executive Order, energy efficiency financing for public schools, and the low-carbon fuel standard under AB 32.
Ms. Wang's interest in climate adaptation on small island developing states is influenced by her experience as an AAUS scientific SCUBA diver and overall fascination with the ocean. She conducted science diving trips to the Republic of Palau, Guam, and Catalina Island in California, and studied natural resource management at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Ms. Wang graduated with both her M.A. and B.S. from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar.
Tsione Wolde-Michael (African Union)
Host Country: African Union
Placement: African Union Commission, Department of Economic Affairs
Tsione Wolde-Michael will complete her Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship in the African Union Commission’s Department of Economic Affairs. Ms. Wolde-Michael’s academic interests have intersected with public history and policy to highlight the histories of marginalized groups and provide policy recommendations on issues ranging from economic diplomacy in East Africa to gender and security in Eastern Europe. She has received fellowships and awards for her research from organizations that include the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Ms. Wolde-Michael’s professional experience in public history includes working as the Writer/Editor for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the country’s first national museum dedicated to tackling this diverse and complex subject matter. Her work involves shaping content development and permanent collections for inaugural exhibitions, including the Slavery and Freedom exhibit. Ms. Wolde-Michael has conducted policy analysis for the Business Diplomacy and Economic Affairs Department at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis Ababa. This work helped the Ministry to better attract and maintain foreign direct investment, and required coordination with local ministers, policy experts, international business investors and the World Bank. Ms. Wolde-Michael holds a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Macalester College where she was a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Harvard University and is also affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s policy working groups at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.