Truman-Albright Fellows Program
Stay in the nation's capitol following Summer Institute and be a part of this inspiring yearlong program. The Truman-Albright Fellows Program will take place from September to May of each year.
Each Fellow should be employed in an entry level position by a public service organization and will have the opportunity to participate in both an educational and service component throughout the year in Washington DC. Organizations that have hosted Fellows in recent years include:
- Appalachian Regional Commission
- Brookings Institution
- Center for American Progress
- Department of Agriculture—Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
- Department of Agriculture—Office of Rural Development
- Department of Education
- Department of Health and Human Services—Administration for Children and Families
- Department of Health and Human Services—Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- Department of Health and Human Services—Office of Rural Health Policy
- Department of Homeland Security—United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Interior—Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Department of Transportation—Office of the Secretary
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Human Rights Campaign
- Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University
- Office of Leader Nancy Palosi (D-CA)
- Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
- Pew Charitable Trusts
- Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The 2015-2016 Truman-Albright Fellows will begin meeting this Fall. Please find their bios below:
Azeem Ahmed (AL 13) graduated from Auburn University in 2014 with a B.S. in Finance. He currently serves as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has previously worked to expand affordable housing in Baltimore as an intern with CityFirst Homes, conducted research on child malnutrition as an intern with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh, and helped develop and implement a nation-wide rice fortification program as a Nutrition Intern with the World Food Programme in Egypt. In 2014, Azeem was awarded the Clinton Hunger Leadership Award, presented to one university student each year, for his work in the areas of hunger and poverty reduction. Azeem speaks Urdu, Arabic, and French.
Jamie Bergstrom (MI 14) completed a B.A. in International Comparative Studies at Duke University, graduating with honors. With a focus on conflict, she has worked with displaced refugees in Egypt, as well as resettlement efforts in North Carolina and Michigan. She is a 2014 PPIA Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and was awarded the Oliver W. Koonz Prize for Human Rights. Staying true to her interest in international affairs and social justice, Jamie interned at the Council of American Islamic Relations, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, the Middle East Institute and volunteered with the International Rescue Committee. Throughout her academic career, she conducted researched in Egypt, Turkey, and Israel/Palestine. Jamie also studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and Oxford University’s St Antony’s College. During Summer Institute, Jamie interned at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the office of Near East Affairs. This coming year, Jamie will serve as a Policy Analyst at the Department of Transportation’s Office of International Transportation and Trade.
Tyler Brown (IA 14) is a staff assistant for Senator Joni Ernst. He is an alumnus of Saint John’s University, where he studied Political Science, graduated magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honors society. During his senior year at Saint John’s, he served as President of the Student Senate. In this capacity, he coordinated several initiatives to improve the campus, including the development and implementation of a competition for clubs and organizations to participate in the school’s “Bystander Intervention Training” program, which aims to deter sexual assault. He is passionate about education policy and plans to dedicate his life to closing socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps.
Hope Brinn (DE 14) graduated from Swarthmore College in 2015 with majors in educational studies and sociology. During her time at Swarthmore, Hope conducted research on effective practices to improve college access for low-income students from rural areas. As a Lang Opportunity Scholar, she also ran a mentoring program that paired first-generation college students with high school students seeking to be the first in their families to attend college. Hope is a certified teacher and has spent the last two years working in schools in Philadelphia and Southern California with students from a variety of ages and experiences. This fall, Hope will be working in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services conducting research on effective policy interventions for homelessness.
Ileana Cruz-Marden (PR 13) currently serves as Special Assistant to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court. At the University of Puerto Rico, Ileana focused her research on the impact of U.S. foreign aid policies on political stability and local governance, and she participated in internships with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under former Chairman Kerry and the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico. During Summer Institute, she worked with the Deputy Assistant USTR for South & Central Asian Affairs on evaluating progress in safety standards and workers’ rights in the Bangladeshi garment industry. Prior to SI, Ileana worked at ConPRmetidos, a start-up social impact consulting firm in Puerto Rico and she has since co-founded NxGen International Security Network, a peer-based network for young professionals in foreign policy. In graduate school and beyond, Ileana is interested in exploring the impact of aid interventions, foreign direct investment and trade liberalization on developing economies. Ileana plans on pursuing a career as a policy and program consultant in the field of international development.
Brandon DeBot (WI 13) is a Research Assistant in the Federal Fiscal Policy division at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), where he focuses on policies including refundable tax credits, inequality, congressional appropriations, and education funding. Originally from Stevens Point, WI, he graduated from Dartmouth College summa cum laude with a degree in Government and Public Policy and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was also the recipient of the Barrett All-Around Achievement Cup and the Colby Prize for Government. At Dartmouth, DeBot competed for the Men's Varsity Tennis Team, leading the team to its highest national ranking in program history and being named Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy. He also worked as a researcher in the Policy Research Shop and as a James O. Freedman Presidential Research Assistant in the Government Department. He plans to pursue a career in economic policy.
Hannah Duncan (AZ 14) completed her BA in Classics at Brown University, graduating summa cum laude. Committed to economic and racial justice, Hannah has coordinated an in-home tutoring program for recently resettled refugee youth, organized campaigns for increased workers' pay, and conducted research about Head Start during the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. She also interned for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, where she designed curricula about the history of juvenile justice for DC high schools and helped coordinate state advocacy campaigns to end juvenile life without parole and other extreme sentences for youth.
Drew Dziedzic (MO 14) completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public and a BA in Economics at Xavier University, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the Craig Menderson Economics Award and the Fr. Father J Finn, S.J. Award for outstanding scholarship and leadership. During his time in college, Drew served as student body president, working with administrators and his fellow students to improve the student experience. Drew also interned for the Public Accounts Committee in the United Kingdom House of Commons, which sparked a passion for budgetary concerns. This year, Drew serves as Truman-Albright Fellow in the Office of the Budget in the Department of Health & Human Services.
Rahfin Faruk (TX 14) completed degrees in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies and a mathematics minor at Southern Methodist University, graduating summa cum laude. Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, he was awarded the school's Most Outstanding Senior Award. Rahfin is the founding CEO of a Dallas microfinance startup, and he has worked at Grameen Bank, the U.S. Department of State, and McKinsey & Company. At SMU, he served as the sole student trustee on the Board of Trustees. He, before that, was the editor in chief of the student newspaper and ran the school's student policy center. Rahfin was a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and he has published original research on microfinance and Bangladeshi development. He actively publishes in the Dallas Morning News and the Huffington Post. Rahfin currently works as a Truman-Albright Fellow at the American Red Cross. He also serves as an advisor for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and as a researcher for a public scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. God gave him two gifts--an arm that can summon a 136 km/hr yorker and an ability to speed eat ghost peppers.
Originally from Basile, Louisiana, Catherine Fontenot (LA 13) grew up in a small town but used her time at Louisiana State University to learn about cultures and people around the world. She earned her BS in Biological Sciences and plans to earn an MD and an MPH. Catherine is focused on addressing racial and socioeconomic inequality and will devote her career to improving health in under-resourced areas, increasing access to health care, and combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Her first year as a Truman- Albright Fellow was spent staffing the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Catherine will spend the next year also in the Department of Health and Human Services, working in the Office of Health Policy of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).
Travis Glynn (WI 12) is currently serving as a Special Advisor within the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the State Department. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Upon graduation, Travis served as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in New Delhi, India, where he taught English to over 500 students and completed research examining the impact of youth leadership programs at low-income schools. Travis is interested in rule of law development and has worked on international security issues with the United Nations, Central Intelligence Agency, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Homeland Security, and the Office of the US Trade Representative.
Mariah Grubb (ID 13) is a Program Associate at RESOLVE, where she assists in convening and facilitating consensus building and policy dialogues and provides project coordination and communications management support. Additionally, Mariah contributes to data analysis, in-depth research, and the production of reports and draft discussion documents for several projects. Her project issue areas include natural resource management, environmental public health, and sustainable development. Prior to joining RESOLVE, Mariah worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and in the Senate where her portfolio included environmental, Native American and judiciary issues. While obtaining her Anthropology degree with a minor in psychology from Willamette University, she traveled to Rwanda to conduct independent field-based ethnographic research regarding the volunteer tourism industry and its true impact on the host communities. During this time, she was also working with one such organization that assisted communities in sustainable business development. Her anthropology thesis provides an in-depth ethnographic analysis of the dialogue between Indigenous populations and the US federal government concerning the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and considers collaborative opportunities to move this discussion and relationship forward in a positive and meaningful capacity.
Tyler Hatch (ID 12) completed his undergraduate degree from the College of Idaho and received degrees in History and Political Economy. Tyler is currently a Policy Analyst at Health and Human Services where he works primarily with low-income and LGBT populations. Tyler currently serves on the board of directors for the Truman Scholars Association, is an avid spin enthusiast, and can usually be found playing on an LGBT intramural sports team somewhere in the District.
Tianhao He (MD 14) graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Sociology and a Secondary in History, Magna Cum Laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. For his senior honors thesis in sociology, Tianhao used GIS mapping software to conduct quantitative and spatial analyses of all eviction cases filed in Boston from 2008-2014. He volunteered at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau’s Eviction Defense Clinic, mentored students through the Harvard Education Portal, and was the Director of Content of the Harvard International Review. Tianhao has interned at President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force as well as at the White House with the Domestic Policy Council's Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity and the Office of Veterans and Military Families. Tianhao will matriculate at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2017 as a member of the Class of 2020. Before then, Tianhao will be working at the United States Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Policy (headquarters) as a Policy Analyst for the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy.
Brandon Hersey (MS 13) is currently completing a Truman-Albright fellowship with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Department of Health and Human Services. His work focuses on a diverse portfolio of TANF and Job Training and Employment policy issues. In 2014 Brandon graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College. A native of the great state of Mississippi, Brandon has worked closely with several government and non-profits entities within the city of Hattiesburg, serving on the board of directors for organizations such as DREAM of Hattiesburg, an anti-drug and alcohol prevention agency, among many others. Upon completion of the Truman-Albright fellowship, Brandon plans to attend graduate school to seek a degree in public policy.
Pierre Joseph (MA 14) is a proud native of Springfield, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in political science at Amherst College, where he specialized in urban politics, policy and participatory governance. His primary research interests revolve around rising inequality and the production of race, space, and community. At Amherst, Pierre worked as a community engagement advisor, public service internship coordinator through the Center for Community Engagement. He also served as a teaching assistant for the Regulating Citizenship “inside-out” class, a community based learning course with both undergraduate students and incarcerated men. In 2013, Pierre joined the Student Board of Advisors for the Roosevelt Institute, a nationwide group of thinkers and doers – from emerging leaders in 38 states to Nobel laureate economists – where he has worked to push an agenda that redefines the rules that guide our social and economic realities. In 2014, Pierre was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar, the nation’s highest award for undergraduate public service. As a Truman Scholar, Pierre hopes to tackle rising inequality by pursuing a degree in urban planning and business, in an effort to rethink communities, as places where all residents can live, build wealth and prosper. Currently, Pierre resides in Washington, D.C. where he is working as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. When he is not pursuing policy work, Pierre enjoys catching up on TV, playing his PS4, and cooking.
Andrew Keefe (MN 13) graduated from Macalester College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and media & cultural studies. As an undergraduate student, Andy spent his summers managing numerous community-based initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico through the nonprofit Amigos de las Américas. Since college, he has pursued a life of public service, researching DC charter schools at the American Youth Policy Forum, tutoring elementary school children through the Minneapolis Somali- American Parents' Association, and directing a second language learning center in St. Paul, MN. As a Truman-Albright Fellow, Andy will continue to serve as a contract policy analyst within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. After earning his PhD in Sociology, he plans to develop evaluation methods to better support policies geared toward closing socioeconomic disparities in urban communities.
Narintohn Luangrath (OR 13) earned her B.A. from Boston College in May 2014. She studies States’ policies towards forced migrants unprotected by the UN Refugee Convention, in particular, those forcibly displaced due to natural disasters or generalized violence and conflict. Narintohn spent Summer Institute 2014 serving as a student trainee with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), working on issues related to unaccompanied alien children (UAC) arrivals, and the “credible fear” and defensive asylum application processes. Narintohn served as a 2014-2015 Truman-Albright Fellow and Policy Analyst in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she studied refugee social service policy. She currently serves as Resident Scholar at the Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Andrew Lubash (OR 14) completed his BS in economics and political science at the University of Oregon’s Robert D. Clark Honors College and graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During his time at the UO, Andrew worked to advance student legislative priorities in Salem and Washington D.C. through various student advocacy organizations. Andrew also served as a student senator advocating for increased sexual violence prevention programming on campus. His thesis investigated the political implications surrounding Oregon’s recent higher education governance restructuring. Andrew will be working as a Project Assistant Fellow in the Office of Enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He is passionate about advocating for LGBT rights and other social justice issues. He also loves writing poetry and hopes to attend law school.
Mara Menahan (MT 14) is an illustrator with an interest in environmental change. Currently, Mara is working at the United States Botanic Garden doing botanical illustration. As an artist, Mara uses science illustration, cartography and graphic design to connect people with nature through visual storytelling. Her work has been published by Camas Environmental Magazine and used by several organizations including the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, Montana Audubon and the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Wilderness Foundation. While not doing art, Mara earned degrees in environmental studies, geography, and climate change studies at the University of Montana, working to address environmental change in her community. She represented her university at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw and biked across Bhutan with youth from the Himalayas to explore the regional impacts of our changing climate as part of the inaugural Bhutan Ride for Climate. Mara also demonstrated sustainable ways of urban living as a two-year resident of the University of Montana Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology through ecological design.
Donya Nasser (FL 14) recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University where she studied Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies as an Honors student and McNair Scholar. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality and reproductive justice on both a domestic and international level; empowering women, youth, and minorities to become civically engaged and run for office, and contributing to Middle East/Iran policy and combating stigmas and stereotypes. She has interned for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Donya is currently the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations. She is also a Member of the Advocates for Youth Young Women of Color Leadership Council, as well as the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board. She has previously served as the President of the College Democrats of America, AAUW Youth Representative to the United Nations, and Executive Director of the St. John’s University Roosevelt Institute. She intends to pursue a joint degree and prepare herself for a career in public service and foreign affairs so to be in a position to better serve women and underrepresented communities across the country and the world. She also hopes to positively influence U.S. Policy on Iran while empowering the Iranian-American community through her advocacy efforts and leadership. Donya was a 2014 Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman, a recipient of the WIN Young Women of Achievement Award in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy, and an awardee of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center’s Student Prize. She has been featured on ABC, Al Jazeera, HuffPost Live, and MSNBC. She lives in Washington, D.C. and serves as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Patrick Oathout (TX 13) was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is completing his Truman-Albright Fellowship on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. Patrick just returned from Athens, Greece, where he spent the year teaching English and Debate on a Fulbright Scholarship. During his year in Greece Patrick witnessed the country’s IMF default, the austerity referendum, and the election of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. A Point Scholar, Patrick graduated from Duke University with a double major in Philosophy and Public Policy. At Duke, he was Student Body Vice President, a student representative on Duke’s Board of Trustees, a columnist for the Duke Chronicle, and the Founder of the Duke Colloquium Fellows. Outside of Duke, Patrick has worked in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, has developed a mobile application for the City of Houston, and has worked at refugee resettlement organizations in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Jordan. Additionally, Patrick has received awards from the Clinton Global Initiative and Duke University for developing a mobile application for entrepreneurial refugees. Patrick has also placed nationally and in the State of Texas in Impromptu Speaking and Student Congress.
Rellani Ogumoro (CNMI 11) is from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Sociology-Anthropology and a minor in Gender Studies from Eastern Oregon University in 2011. Rellani works for the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She looks forward to learning more about government-to-government relations, energy and economic development, as well as the protection of treaty rights and sacred places for future generations. Prior to her placement at Interior, Rellani interned for the Commonwealth’s Delegate (non-voting member of Congress) and then worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, she coordinated a national stakeholders meeting at the White House to draft the federal government’s response to human trafficking, drafted million dollar research projects to evaluate the human services in insular areas and assisted with consultation and community engagement for Head Start research in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Rellani is Refaluwasch from the island of Saipan.
Raised in Hemingway, South Carolina, Emmanuel Pressley (SC 14) saw early the doors and opportunities that a good education can open. Pressley graduated from Hemingway High School as the first African- American male valedictorian in June of 2011. He further his education to Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He has interned for the 16th Circuit Court Family Division in Kansas City, Missouri under the Honorable Martina L. Peterson and the Queens County Supreme Court in Queens, New York under the Honorable Martin E. Ritholtz and Common Cause New York. In April of 2014, Pressley became a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Emmanuel graduated magna cum laude from Claflin University in May of 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Politics and Justice Studies. Currently, he has completed an internship at the Pentagon in the Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity and for the next year he will completing the Truman-Albright Fellowship. As a Truman-Albright Fellow, Pressley will be working with City Year in Washington, DC. He plans to pursue a dual degree program attaining his JD/PhD in an effort to be a Civil Rights attorney, teach and create a nonprofit organization entitled Second Bridges.
Molly Rockett (CT 14) completed a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, earning University Scholar and Honors distinction for her research in judicial politics and judicial campaigning. During her time at UConn, Molly worked to promote women’s political empowerment and encourage young women to run for office by hosting campaign-training and political skills building conferences. Molly ran a successful campaign for public office in her hometown of Somers, CT and is currently serving out that two year term on the Somers Board of Education. This year, she is so excited to work in voting issues as a Democracy Fellow for Fair Vote in the Truman Albright program. In her free time, Molly enjoys re-reading Harry Potter books at random, knitting really poorly made scarves, and going to see all superhero movies that come out in theaters (As long as they are Marvel superhero movies – All DC Superhero movies, she waits for the DVD.)
Samuel Ritholtz (NY 13) is the Václav Havel Human Rights Fellow at Perseus Strategies, LLC. Previously, he worked for the Daily Beast and wrote for its Women in the World Foundation. He has conducted research in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America on issues pertaining to the rights of marginalized populations. Samuel graduated from Cornell University with a B.S., magna cum laude, with Distinction in Research in international agriculture and rural development with a focus in development economics. Samuel is a Truman Scholar and a United Nations Youth Ambassador for Voices of African Mothers, an African non-profit organization that advocates for women and children. He is fluent in Spanish.
Hannah Sherman (NY 14), a Brooklyn native, completed a BA in Government (with a concentration in International Relations) and Spanish at Bowdoin College, graduating cum laude. She is primarily interested in Latin American economic development, and aspires to empower Latin American women through increased economic opportunity and access to resources. Hannah previously spent a summer working for FINCA International and learning about microfinance in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, as well as seven months volunteering at an educational and social service organization in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. This summer she interned at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and participated in Summer Institute. For the next year Hannah will be a project associate at the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. After that she hopes to return to Latin America and spend some more time working in the field. In the future she plans to pursue a joint Master’s in International Studies and an MBA. She loves hiking, skiing, and playing Canasta.
A 2011 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Shoshana Silverstein (VT 14) was homeschooled in Hyde Park, Vermont. While studying Government and Public Policy at Dartmouth College, Shoshana incorporated Native American Studies and Federal Indian Law into her coursework, developing an interest in the field. She is now pursuing this interest professionally as a Truman-Albright Fellow in the Office of the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of Interior. At Dartmouth, Shoshana served as an executive editor for the Law Journal, president of J Street U, and as moderator of the Palaeopitus Senior Society. She was a Dickey Center for International Studies War and Peace Fellow, a Rockefeller Leadership Fellow, and a Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellow. She interned in D.C. for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and studied economic policy reform in India. Shoshana plans to pursue a J.D. and Masters in Public Policy.
Harmann P. Singh (NY 15) is the Government Relations and Policy Fellow at SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund). He graduated from Columbia University with a joint degree in economics and mathematics in 2015. He is a Truman Scholar and has served as a Fellow at Hillary for America and as an intern at The White House. Harmann has published articles in the Huffington Post and Columbia Spectator on youth empowerment, has served as a student editor for a book on human rights violations in India, and has spoken at various forums—including the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions—on issues of gender equality, minority rights, and human rights violations. At Columbia University he served as the founder of Project Identity, on the executive boards of Columbia Sewa and Columbia Orchestra, and as an Interfaith Fellow with the Chaplain’s Office. In his spare time, Harmann is a classical percussionist and has performed in Lincoln Center and as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic. As the only member of his family born in the United States, he hopes to attend law school and leverage his education to empower underprivileged and marginalized communities through law and policy.
Alexis Taitel (NV 14) completed her BA and MA in International Studies and earned a minor in Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma, graduating summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Alexis’ love of travel grew as she studied abroad at the University of Oxford in England, Kyungpook National University in South Korea, and Bilkent University in Turkey. In the summer of 2013, Alexis earned the Cortez A.M. Ewing Public Service Fellowship and served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. She was later invited to serve as a Rapporteur at three of the State Department’s international conferences on nuclear nonproliferation in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Austria. Alexis currently lives in Washington, DC and works at an anti-human trafficking non-profit, Polaris, in the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). Alexis recently accepted a contract position with the U.S. Department of State to work as a Program Analyst in the same office where she previously interned. She will begin this position sometime in the next few months, pending security clearance. Alexis is interested in working to protect human rights and promote gender equality, but she is more broadly interested in helping people and serving those in need. In her free time, Alexis likes trying new vegetarian dishes, traveling, and enjoying the outdoors.
Grace Trimble (KY 14) graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Political Science and History earning the honors of Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Sullivan Award and University of Kentucky Otis A. Singletary Award. Grace competed as a four year varsity letterwoman for the women’s tennis team at UK. During her four years at Kentucky, she continued her work with her non-profit 501(c)3 athletics and education program, which she founded as a junior in high school. Grace is currently serving as the Correspondence Manager for the Office of Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky during her time as a Truman-Albright Fellow.
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