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Past Marshall Fellows

Jonathan Arias,Special Assistant, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Jonathan Arias serves as Special Assistant to United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and has been part of his staff since taking office. Jonathan is assigned to staff the Senate National Security Working Group, a body founded at the height of the Cold War to host discussions and briefings on cross-jurisdictional national security matters. Jonathan has been a member of several Congressional staff programs hosted by various outside groups such as The Heritage Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson Center and the Foreign Policy Initiative. He also sits on the board of the newly minted Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association as Vice-President and Treasurer. Jonathan studied at Florida International University and Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida.

Cyrus Artz, Policy Advisor to Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-05)

Cyrus Artz is a Policy Advisor to Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05), coordinating defense, veteran, energy, trade, budget, tax and banking issues as well as her day-to-day responsibilities as Secretary of the Republican Conference. Prior to working for Rep. Foxx, he was Professional Policy Staff for the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the caucus of conservatives in the U.S. House, where he handled defense, budget, tax, and other issues. Prior to his work for Rep. Foxx and the RSC, Cyrus worked for the Hudson Institute and completed several internships around Washington, D.C. He also served seven years with the D.C. Army National Guard. Originally from Fargo, ND, he graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal, VA with a political science degree.

Romina Boccia, Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs, The Heritage Foundation

Romina Boccia focuses on federal spending and the national debt as the Grover M. Hermann fellow in federal budgetary affairs in the Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Boccia’s research and writing includes Social Security, pensions, and the effect of federal spending on economic growth. Among her signature products are Heritage’s Federal Budget in Pictures and Federal Spending by the Numbers, two highly visual and popular chart books. She is a frequent contributor to the think tank’s policy blog, The Foundry. Before her promotion to Hermann fellow and senior policy analyst in July 2013, Boccia was assistant director of the Roe Institute. Boccia has been published and quoted in magazines and newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Die Welt (Germany), and The National Interest, and by online news venues such as The Blaze.com and Townhall.com. She frequently appears on national and international television, including Fox News, NBC, PBS, and SkyNews. Joining Heritage in May 2011, Boccia became an associate at the Charles Koch Institute. She previously worked as a policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and interned at the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies. Boccia received her master’s degree in economics from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Va. Boccia is founding member and President of Liberty Toastmasters, whose mission is to develop public speaking and leadership skills.

Irene Dana,Graduate Student, The Institute of World Politics

Irene Catherine Dana was born in 1989 to Col. Matthew L. Dana and Barbara M. Dana. The military lifestyle granted Irene early exposure to foreign cultures and languages, including a three year stationing in southern Germany. This instilled a life-long love of travel, foreign affairs, and security studies. Irene received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in May 2011. In the fall of 2012, Irene spent two months abroad; her travels include Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. Upon returning to the States, Irene was accepted as a spring 2013 intern at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, where she worked for the Government Studies department and was mentored by Dr. Steven Bucci, Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy. In spring 2014, Irene began research work in science and technology trends at the Heritage Foundation, for Dr. James J. Carafano, Vice President of Foreign Studies. Irene is currently pursuing her M.A. in National Security and Intelligence full time, and her estimated graduation date is May 2015.

Fred Ferreira,Policy Analyst, Concerned Veterans for America

Fred Ferreira moved to the United States and Washington, DC in 2010, after spending his life in native Brazil. He currently works as a Policy Analyst for Concerned Veterans for America, having joined the organization in April, 2013. Fred’s responsibilities at CVA include research on defense budgeting and management, veterans affairs and economic freedom and developing legislative priorities for the organization. He is also serving as an Associate at the Charles Koch Institute’s Koch Associate Program. Fred holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brazilian university PUC Minas and a M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 2011. During his graduate studies at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Fred pursued a concentration in US Foreign Policy.

Charlotte Florance, Research Associate, The Heritage Foundation

Charlotte Florance studies U.S. policy toward Africa and the Middle East, concentrating on economic freedom, democratic institutions, development and security cooperation, as a research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.

Before joining Heritage in 2013, Florance was a research fellow responsible for international security and foreign policy issues on the federal financial management subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. On the staff of then-Sen. Scott

Brown (R-Mass.), her duties included research on post-conflict reconstruction in Libya and oversight investigations of the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation process and implementation of the Peace Corps Protection Act. She previously worked in Voi, Kenya with a local Catholic Relief Services partner organization, St. Joseph Shelter of Hope, as a program development assistant. She concentrated on sustainable alternative livelihood projects for individuals who tested HIV-positive, under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program, or PEPFAR. Florance also has been part of business enterprises that managed small-scale production projects in East Africa. She has spoken to Catholic service organizations in the U.S. and Kenya about the need for sustainable market-oriented development in Africa. In addition to Kenya, she has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and traveled extensively to more than 30 countries on five continents, spending significant time in Colombia, Morocco and Turkey. She holds a Master of Arts degree in conflict, security and development from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, graduating with the highest distinction. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations with a concentration in international security from the University of Southern California.

Isaac Fong

Isaac Fong, Legislative Counsel, Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)

Isaac Fong serves as a Legislative Counsel for Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03), who is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Fong's portfolio includes such issues as trade, foreign affairs, and defense. Previously, Fong served as a Special Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a Litigation Counsel for the Christian Legal Society's Center for Law and Religious Freedom. Fong obtained a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.



Anna Fronzaglia, Legislative Correspondent, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)

Anna Fronzaglia serves as a Legislative Aide for Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01). Ms. Fronzaglia's legislative portfolio includes foreign policy, sex/human trafficking, domestic values issues, labor, and science/space/technology. She is currently enrolled in the Air Command Staff College through Air University and is studying Leadership & Command, National Security, Warfare, Joint Forces, Joint Planning, and Joint Air Operations. Ms. Fronzaglia is a member of the academic fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a BA in Communications and a Public Relations concentration and minor Medical Spanish.

Stephanie Hammond

Stephanie Hammond,Foreign Policy Legislative Assistan, Office of Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08)

Stephanie Hammond serves as the Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) and provides strategic counsel to the Congressman on foreign policy, human rights, global health, refugees, and religious freedom issues. She also serves as the staff lead for the International Religious Freedom Caucus, a bi-partisan coalition of over 70 members of Congress that addresses global religious persecution. Stephanie has spoken before the UN Fourth Committee, religious freedom and human rights congressional briefings, and has traveled to Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria and met with government officials, civil society groups, and religious communities in Turkey, Cyprus, Bahrain, and Iraq. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and studied at Christ Church, Oxford University.



Alexis Hurter

Alexis Hurter,Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,The Heritage Foundation

Alexis Hurter is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. In this role, she manages the day to day workings of the Vice President’s office. She also supports Dr. Kim Holmes, a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to coming to Heritage, Alexis worked as an administrative assistant to the Senior Pastor and Administrator at Covenant Fellow Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Raised outside of Philadelphia, Ms. Hurter graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Russian. She received The Political Science Research and Writing Award for her senior thesis on Capitalism and Democracy in Russia. Ms. Hurter is proficient in Russian and as a language enthusiast also knows Greek, Latin, and has dabbled in Chinese.



Miriam Keim

Miriam Keim, Legislative Assistant, Office of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12)

Miriam Keim is a Legislative Assistant in the office of Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12). In this position she covers foreign affairs, defense, homeland security, and human rights issues for the Congressman. Miriam received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and her M.P.P. with an emphasis in international relations from Pepperdine University. Before coming to Capitol Hill, she worked at an educational non-profit based out of Wilmington, DE.



Kyle Lanham,Graduate Student, Missouri State University

Kyle Lanham is a strategic systems specialist within Lockheed Martin’s Missile Defense and Space Programs. A South Carolinian, born and raised, Kyle attended Wofford College in his native state, where he earned a B.A. in Business Economics and played on Wofford’s football team. Excelling both on and off the field, Kyle graduated cum laude as a two-year letterman, three time Academic All-Conference recipient, and a Southern Conference Champion in 2007. After graduating, he worked as personal detail to Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina until he entered the private sector as an account manager for AFL Telecommunications, one of America’s largest fiber optics manufacturers. Determined to pursue a life goal of contributing to our national security and defense, Kyle re-entered the realm of academia and earned a M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies at Missouri State University’s Fairfax, VA campus. His areas of focus included nuclear weapons strategies, intelligence, and terrorism. Kyle has extensive experience overseas, traveling to South America, Europe, and Central Asia. He also enjoys fishing, cooking, and coaching football.

Emil Maine,Research Assistant, The Heritage Foundation

Emil Maine is a National Security Research Assistant at the Heritage Foundation where he conducts independent research on U.S. defense posture, military budgetary issues, and foreign affairs. At the Heritage Foundation Emil engages with a wide network of government and non-government officials in the foreign and defense policy community and coordinates a coalition of independent volunteers committed to national defense policies. He also serves as an Assistant Editor for the Tel Aviv based Journal of Military Operations and Infinity Journal. In 2013 he was selected as a National Security Fellow by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. His writings can be found on The Foundry and NextWar. Previously, Emil worked as a Research Analyst for Mainstream IT. He holds a Master’s of Art (MA) in Political Science from American University with a concentration in Comparative Politics and a BA in Government from the University of Texas. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Maxwell Malloy, Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)

Coming on board upon Senator’s Toomey’s swearing-in January 2011, Mr. Malloy served as a Staff Assistant. Today, he currently serves as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff. His duties as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff include keeping attendance, manage Chief of Staff’s schedule, organize staff meetings, maintain an organized environment, and overview Staff Assistants and Interns. He also continues to manage tour requests, and room coordinating for constituents and staff. Previously, Mr. Malloy served as an intern for Congressman Charles W. Dent out of Pennsylvania’s 15th District. He assisted upper level staff with memos, briefings, and committee hearings that the Congressman served on such as the Committee of Homeland Security and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Mr. Malloy also handled constituent correspondence, answering the phone, and assisting the Staff Assistant. A native of Syracuse, New York, Mr. Malloy received his bachelor’s degree in History from Hartwick College. At Hartwick, he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and a member of the Cross Country team.

Harrison Menke,Research Associate, American Foreign Policy Council

Harrison Menke is a M.S. candidate at the Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University (Washington Campus). His main research focus is defense technology and national security policy with an emphasis on unmanned systems and ballistic missile proliferation/defense. Since coming to Washington, Harrison has worked at the American Foreign Policy Council and the Center for Security Policy, where he performed research analysis on defense and security issues. Harrison's commentary and opinion editorials have been featured in several outlets such as US News & World Report and Defense News. Before coming to DC, he earned his B.S. in political science from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. During his undergraduate studies, Harrison played on the Missouri State football team where he was a two-year starter at offensive center.

Charles Morrison

Charles Morrison, Research Assistant, American Enterprise Institute

Charles Morrison is a research assistant at the American Enterprise Institute, where he researches and writes on defense strategy, budgeting, and force posture. A graduate of Tufts University, he completed his Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University in December 2012. His research interests include the impact of changing technology on warfare, air and naval power, and the rise and fall of imperial powers. Charles has held past internships in the Pentagon in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, as well as in the Office of the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (Naval Forces). He has also interned at the Heritage Foundation and on Capitol Hill.



Israel Ortega

Israel Ortega,Chief Spokesman to Spanish-language news media, The Heritage Foundation

Israel Ortega serves as The Heritage Foundation's chief spokesman to Spanish-language news media, including print, radio, television and online. And as editor of Heritage’s sister website, Libertad (libertad.org), Ortega is responsible both for the content and for marketing it to a variety of audiences, including media, coalitions and legislators. Ortega regularly contributes commentary to prominent Spanish-language newspapers and online publications. He is a frequent guest commentator on major Spanish radio and television outlets, including Univision, Telemundo and CNN International, discussing Heritage's research and analysis across a range of policy fronts. He has appeared on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal as well as digital venues such as National Review Online, Real Clear Politics, the Daily Caller, the Huffington Post and Fox News Latino. Before joining Heritage in January 2007, he was a Capitol Hill staffer for five years -- including a stint as a legislative aide to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and as a press aide to Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Republican Conference. Ortega received his bachelor's degree in government in 2002 from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.



Elizabeth Pertun

Elizabeth L. Petrun, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Elizabeth L. Petrun is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Maryland, College Park. She works for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and is affiliated with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Elizabeth is also a doctoral candidate and fellow at the University of Kentucky (UK) in the College of Communication and Information. Her dissertation, titled “Organizational Response to Perceptual Crises: Managing Substantial Responses to Unsubstantiated Events,” explores how risk perception influences human, social, and physical capital. Elizabeth’s research mainly studies risk and crisis, health, and organizational communication processes. Elizabeth has taught mass media and mass culture, interpersonal communication, and composition and communication at UK. This past summer, she co-taught world media systems to undergraduate students at King’s College, London. Elizabeth was also recently selected as the International Food Information Council’s 2012 Sylvia Rowe Fellow. She has worked with several of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Centers of Excellence in addition to other government agencies. In 2012, Elizabeth was awarded both the UK College of Communication and Information Graduate Teaching Award and the Westley Award for Excellence in Mass Communication Theory and Research.



Michael Sobolik, Intern, The Leadership Institute

Born in San Antonio and raised in Dallas, Michael is a conservative Texan who is happy to be in Washington. After completing his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M in 2010 and studying abroad in China the same year, he interned at the Heritage Foundation in 2011 and managed quantitative research for a published special report that debunks the myth of an isolationist tradition in U.S. foreign policy. From June to August of 2012, he interned at the Center for Security Policy and assisted staff in research on the Law of the Sea Treaty and defense spending. In August of that year, Michael started a two-year master’s program at Texas A&M in international affairs. In his final year, Michael played a significant role in his capstone project by writing one-fourth of a ninety-page policy paper for the National Intelligence Council on the future power balance between the U.S. and China. After graduating in May 2013, Michael accepted a consultant position at the Hudson Institute in July before beginning his internship in Senator Cruz’s office. He also wrote a memo on Russian human rights abuses under Vladimir Putin that Senator Cruz directly quoted in a 2014 speech at the Heritage Foundation. This year, Michael joined the Leadership Institute as a Political Training Intern and is seeking to round out his policy background with a better understanding of communications and activism. He hopes to move back into national security analysis later this year and support conservative leaders in Washington who are working to build foreign policy coalitions within the conservative movement.

Krista Stafford

Krista Stafford, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

Krista Stafford serves as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) where she has worked since 2008. Krista’s portfolio includes foreign affairs, defense, judiciary, entitlements, and health care. She has a particular interest in transnational security threats. Hailing from High Point, North Carolina, Krista studied International Affairs at The George Washington University and concentrated on conflict and security issues. She is also a member of the All-American Clogging Hall of Fame Team.



Caroline Vik

Caroline Vik,Policy Analyst,Minority Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Caroline Vik is a Policy Analyst for the Minority Staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she helps cover Near Eastern, South and Central Asian, and Western Hemisphere issues. Most recently, Caroline worked as the Foreign & Legal Policy Analyst on the Romney campaign, where she worked on foreign policy and immigration. Previously, she served as a political analyst at the EU Delegation to Cairo where she researched, analyzed and reported on Egypt’s political transition. While there, she focused on Egypt’s electoral system and burgeoning political parties, as well as the evolving role of the military and its relationship with the political process. Before that, she worked as an Investment Banking analyst in Morgan Stanley’s industrials group, assisting companies such as Danaher, Deere, and Tyco with acquisitions and capital raises. Caroline is a native of Connecticut, and a graduate of Harvard University where she concentrated in Social Studies with an emphasis on political theory, religion and politics. She has spent extensive time abroad; traveling in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the MENA region, and living in Egypt, France, and India.



Nate Walton

Nate Walton, President, Sachem Strategies

Nate Walton is president of Sachem Strategies, a public policy consulting firm. During the 2012 election cycle, Nate served as one of the youngest members of the Romney/Ryan campaign’s National Finance Committee. He served as the host of 20 fundraisers and achieved the highest fundraiser status, “Stripes.” Nate also served on the campaign’s defense policy working group, providing research and analysis on defense spending, military readiness, and national security. Previously, Nate worked as a project manager and researcher at Harvard. In this role, he worked on a U.S. Defense Department grant that designed innovative technology systems for measuring American military/humanitarian interventions. While at Harvard, Nate also founded and managed the Afghan Students Initiative, a group that brought Afghan scholars and Harvard faculty together to discuss and debate the future of the region. Nate has been active in Republican politics since he was in high school. While in college, he served as state chairman of the nationally recognized Maine College Republicans, and has held leadership roles on multiple gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. Nate earned a B.A. in political science from Bates College, where he served as class president. He also holds a M.P.P. from Brown University, where his concentrations were U.S. political institutions and international relations.



Sara Yaqubi, Graduate Student, The Institute of World Politics

After receiving her B.S. degree at Loyola University Chicago in Anthropology, with an emphasis on European history and Russian, Sara Yaqubi entered the United States Air Force. In the military, she learned to overcome challenges in physical endurance and leadership that she had never faced before as a student. Whether it was undergoing basic training or dealing with administrative problems, Sara learned the meaning of working together as a team to ensure success and accountability when things didn’t go as planned. In the last several years, she acted as her commander’s right hand in overseeing that all administrative, personnel finance, and disciplinary actions for over 500 soldiers ran smoothly. While on active duty, she sought opportunities in joint missions that involved foreign affairs within the Department of Defense. Even after her entry into civil service, Sara continued to search for careers that dealt with national security affairs within the State Department, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security. And as a graduate student at the Institute of World Politics, she have had the opportunity to study the development of our nation’s national security history from its formal inception in 1947 to the many organizations in place today that deal with every aspect of diplomacy, defense and security.

Robert Zarate, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Initiative

Robert Zarate is Policy Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that educates and engages U.S. decision makers, journalists, and the public on the critical importance of U.S. global leadership in matters of security, diplomacy, international trade, and human rights and democracy promotion. Prior to joining FPI, Zarate worked several years as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2009 to 2011, he served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, focusing on foreign affairs, national defense, homeland security and immigration, appropriations, and other issues. He also worked as lead staffer for Congressman Fortenberry’s Help HAITI Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-293), which President Obama signed into law on December 9, 2010. Before the Hill, Zarate worked as a Research Fellow at the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that educates decision makers, journalists, and the public on nuclear proliferation issues, from 2005 to 2008; as an independent consultant on nuclear issues from to 2003 to 2005; at Wired News, reporting on the intersections of national security, technology, politics, law, and business, in 2002; and as a Policy Analyst at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C., where he focused on e-commerce and international controls related to the import, export, and use of encryption and other dual-use items, from 2000 to 2001.

Ari Zimmerman, Military Legislative Assistant, Representative Trent Franks (AZ-08)

Ari Zimmerman is the Military Legislative Assistant to Representative Trent Franks of Arizona’s 8th congressional district, whom he supports on all national security-related matters. Before joining Rep. Franks’ office, Mr. Zimmerman worked in the office of Congressman and LTC (ret.) Allen West’s office, as a staff assistant, legislative correspondent, and military legislative assistant. In 2012 he was awarded a Heritage Foundation Congressional Fellowship and a Foreign Policy Initiative Congressional Scholarship. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Zimmerman earned a B.A. in Public Affairs from Indiana University and is currently enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College.


Brandt Anderson

Brandt Anderson currently serves on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs where his responsibilities include conducting oversight of the Veterans Health Administration, preparing and staffing Committee hearing, and researching and writing on veterans’ health care policy and legislation. Mr. Anderson joined the Committee in October 2014 after serving eight years as a Captain and CH-47F pilot in the United States Army. During his time in the Army, Mr. Anderson served in various roles culminating with an assignment advising the Afghan Air Force under NATO Air Training Command in Kabul. In this assignment, Mr. Anderson trained Afghan pilots and facilitated the development of the Afghan’s own techniques and procedures leading to missions without a coalition presence. Prior to advising, Mr. Anderson served as a Company Commander with the 10th Mountain Division. Mr. Anderson’s company of CH-47’s served as the primary air assault force in eastern Afghanistan and supported US, Coalition, and Afghan special operations forces. Mr. Anderson’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, multiple Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Mr. Anderson earned a BS in Business Management with a minor in Religion from Southeastern University and was commissioned through the Army ROTC program at Florida Southern College. Originally from south Florida, Mr. Anderson now lives in Washington, DC with his wife and young son.




Rebecca Buchheit

Rebecca Buchheit currently works in Policy Services at The Heritage Foundation where she helps to educate members of Congress and their staff on issues of foreign policy and national security. Rebecca formerly worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer for a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Her experience also includes foreign policy research with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission). In 2011, Rebecca was sent as a delegate to the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA 63) at West Point United States Military Academy. There she actively contributed to round table discussions on education as it pertains to foreign policy and wrote an official policy recommendation published in the West Point Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences (UJSS). Rebecca also studied British Counterterrorism at Oxford University, Christ Church College. Rebecca holds a Master of Arts degree in Statecraft and National Security Affairs from the Institute of World Politics. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German Language and Literature at Franciscan University of Steubenville.




Lisa Cresce

Lisa Cresce is a program officer at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy. Lisa has worked at IRI for seven years in the Middle East and North Africa division, and the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), IRI’s unique initiative to increase women’s participation in political processes. Currently, Lisa manages WDN’s grants, as well as collaborations with IRI’s six regional divisions. She has led and facilitated activities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Georgia, Guatemala, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Lisa served as an election observer in Jordan for the 2013 parliamentary elections and Nigeria for the 2011 presidential elections. During her studies at the Catholic University of America, she studied abroad in Italy and in Belgium, where she worked at the European Parliament.




Joshua Holdenried

Joshua Holdenried will join the inaugural class of The Public Interest Fellowship Program (TPIF) in September 2015. TPIF is a two-year program which will provide a variety of pertinent, foreign policy experiences at a number of different organizations, including think tanks, publications, and political campaigns. Joshua is currently clerking with The BGR Group this summer, a leading lobbying and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. He is also a research assistant to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and current Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland. Prior to his summer clerkship and research work, Joshua was a legislative aide to the late Representative Alan Nunnelee from Mississippi. Joshua is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he received his B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. Joshua is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies. Joshua is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee.




James Mazol

James Mazol is the Legislative Director for Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1). He manages the congressman's legislative operation and handles the defense and foreign affairs portfolios. Previously, he served on the House Armed Services Committee. He is a PhD candidate at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and a graduate of George Washington University and the University of Richmond.



Jim McDavitt

Jim McDavitt is a Research Analyst with CENTRA Technology, Inc. in the Homeland Security & Risk Analysis Division. He currently supports projects with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Previously, he worked with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) providing onsite support for situational awareness activities through geospatial analysis and the Department of Justice implementing the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) across the National Network of Fusion Centers. Before becoming a contractor, Mr. McDavitt interned for the Committee of Homeland Security where he assisted staff with memos, briefings, and preparation for committee hearings. He also has experience at the State and Local level supporting Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University, where he majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Political Science and Networking and Security.



Chris McLachlan

Chris McLachlan is currently a government consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Prior to working at Booz Allen Hamilton, he served as both a Defense Policy Research Associate and Intern for Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04). In Congressman Forbes’s office he supported the Defense Policy Advisor in researching Navy budget issues, defense technologies, U.S. force posture in the Asia-Pacific and defense strategy. Chris has also served as a Researcher with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). At CSIS he focused on China’s naval modernization and its implications to U.S. force posture in the Asia-Pacific. Chris has also been published in CSIS’s cogitAsia, The Diplomat and Information Dissemination. Chris attended the University of San Francisco, majoring in International Studies with a concentration in East Asia. Chris is a native of northern California and currently resides in the District of Columbia.



Kyle Nappi

A native of Ostrander, Ohio, Kyle Nappi graduated magna cum laude and with research distinction from The Ohio State University in December of 2012, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. At age 12, Nappi initiated what would become a global outreach campaign aimed towards the collection of biographical and personal narratives from surviving military veterans. In the span of a decade, Nappi obtained more than 4500 accounts from military veterans in 23 countries, including the last witnesses to World War One. At a young age, Nappi demonstrated an ability to effectively communicate and build lasting relations, with his efforts featured in over 200 global media outlets including BBC, Stars and Stripes, and The Huckabee Report. Nappi also traveled to the battlefields of Guam, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima with surviving World War Two veterans. As an undergraduate, Nappi’s research, discipline, and meticulous work ethic solidified two internships within the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon: one as a John Glenn Fellow preforming defense policy research and the second as a public affairs task force advisor. Driven by a curiosity to understand the functionality of bureaucratic organizations, Nappi wrote his undergraduate senior thesis on the history of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense of Policy. Through his current role with Booz Allen Hamilton, Nappi provides consulting expertise to a defense client for various IT policy, governance, efficiency, and strategic communication initiatives. Nappi also serves in a volunteer capacity as the Director of Social Media for the United States World War One Centennial Commission, supporting state, university, legislative, and outreach efforts.





Jiro J. Oka

Jiro J. Oka is currently a graduate student with the Johns Hopkins University studying global security studies with a concentration in strategic studies. Mr. Oka is also currently serving as a U.S. Government contractor and has previously served in student developmental capacities with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cal Poly Pomona University Police Department. He has also previously served with the Claremont Institute writing on ballistic missile defense issues. Mr. Oka holds a B.A. in political science from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and will be completing his graduate degree in August of 2015. He is a native of southern California but currently resides in the northern Virginia area.



Kristina Olney

Kristina Olney is the director of government relations and outreach for In Defense of Christians (IDC), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the preservation and protection of Christians in the Middle East. Ms. Olney directs the organization’s grassroots outreach efforts to the Middle Eastern Christian diaspora communities across the United States and represents the organization and manages key relationships with the legislative branch, the executive branch, and international institutions, and domestic organizations. Prior to joining IDC, Ms. Olney served as the government relations associate for the Foreign Policy Initiative, where she helped manage relationships on Capitol Hill and the planning, logistics, and coordination for a 10-week foreign policy program for congressional staff. Ms. Olney has also served as the associate director for government relations at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a fellow on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Ms. Olney graduated with a B.A. in international relations from the Australian National University and is a M.A. candidate in international economic relations at American University. Ms. Olney is fluent in French and proficient in Arabic.




Ana Rosa Quintana

A research associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Ana Rosa Quintana specializes in U.S. policy toward Latin America. She concentrates largely on issues of security cooperation, democratic governance and economic freedom. In addition to writing research papers, Quintana contributes posts on Latin America to the think tank’s online news outlet, The Daily Signal. Her work has been cited in media venues such as Fox News Latino, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Diario de las Americas and PanAmPost.com Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, Quintana studied in Minas Gerais, Brazil, on a scholarship sponsored by the Department of Defense. Before joining Heritage in 2013, she was a student trainee at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She also held internships at Virginia-based International Relief and Development, where she worked on rule of law issues in Latin America, and at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she worked on civilian-military cooperation. Quintana holds a Master of Arts degree in global security studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both from Florida International University. She also received certificates in National Security, Latin American and Caribbean studies. She was a scholar in the university’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship Studies.



Nicholas Rodman

Nicholas Rodman currently serves as a Professional Policy Staffer for the Republican Study Committee handling defense, foreign affairs, homeland security, intelligence, energy, trade, and agriculture. He previously worked for the House Armed Services Committee, for the subcommittees on Readiness and Seapower and Projection Forces. Prior to this experience, he worked as a program associate at the Jamestown Foundation focusing on Eurasian energy resources, Russian military capabilities, and instability in the Caucasus region. He has also interned at the American Enterprise Institute, and clerked at Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers, a Washington-based lobbying firm. Nicholas attended the University of Chicago, majoring in political science with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa, and is a native Washingtonian.



Michael Sargent

Michael Sargent is a Research Assistant in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. His research analyzes trends in federal spending, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and the national debt. He also examines transportation and infrastructure issues as well as Internet regulation. Sargent is a regular contributor to The Heritage Foundation’s news platform, the Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in national outlets such as The Hill and Real Clear Policy. Some of his signature products include the annual Federal Budget in Pictures, a visual chart book that dissects and depicts trends in fiscal policy, as well as All About the Money, a guide to the effects of federal spending and national debt for Millennials. Prior to his post as Research Assistant, Sargent was an intern in the Roe Institute at Heritage, focusing on budgetary issues and entitlements. Before joining Heritage, he served as an intern in the finance office of a presidential campaign in New York, NY. Sargent is a graduate of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, where he earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics. He currently resides in the District of Columbia.




Elaine Wilson

Elaine Wilson serves as the Director of Government Relations at The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Formerly, she served as Senator Tom Cotton's Legislative Advisor--where she advised him on a broad range of issues, including foreign policy, national security, veterans, judiciary, and trade issues. She has worked on Capitol Hill since 2009, after she graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Prior to working for now-Senator Cotton, Elaine served as Senior Legislative Assistant while Cotton was a Member of the House and as a Legislative Assistant to Former Congressman Don Manzullo of Illinois (as well as Scheduler and Legislative Correspondent).




William Wolfe

William Wolfe currently serves as a Legislative Assistant to Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), handling Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans issues, as well as Rep. Brat’s Education and Workforce Committee portfolio, and a variety of other issues as well. He has been working as a staffer on Capitol Hill for over three years, previously working for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND). Prior to working on the Hill, he did a short stint as a property manager and insurance salesmen. William graduated cum laude from Covenant College in 2010, where he majored in History and played varsity men’s soccer. Originally from North Carolina, he now lives in the Capitol Hill area with his wife.




Matthew D. Zolnowski

Matthew D. Zolnowski is a Policy Analyst at J. A. Green & Company, a government affairs firm in Washington, DC. In this role, he tracks U.S. Government policy and assists clients with achieving their regulatory, advocacy, and business development goals. Clients served by Mr. Zolnowski span the gamut of defense industrial base tiers, from the Fortune 100 to small businesses. Mr. Zolnowski also serves as the Director of Research Programs at Labyrinth DC, a private consulting and research practice that focuses on the supply chains of materials critical for the manufacture and function of U.S. and NATO weapon systems. Select materials investigated by Mr. Zolnowski include — but are not limited to — rare earth elements, “conflict minerals” (3TG), and ammonium perchlorate. Mr. Zolnowski earned an A.B. in History from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London.



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