Alexia D’Arco has served as President of YPFP since December 2017. Over the past ten years her career has spanned three continents and a variety of professional roles centered around foreign policy and higher education, half of which was spent working in Japan and Germany.
From 2013-2015, Alexia worked as a Program Development Consultant for the TOMODACHI Initiative, a $34 million public-private partnership created by U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council that develops bilateral youth programs between the United States and Japan. She worked closely with corporate donors, NGOs, universities, and grassroots implementers to develop and implement exchange programs for over 16,000 participants age 15-35.
From 2011-2013, Alexia served on State Department political-military affairs teams at Embassy Tokyo and the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where her portfolios included security assistance, defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and planning for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. She received a superior individual honor award and a group honor award for her contributions to the U.S. negotiating strategy to reopen the NATO supply lines in Pakistan.
While pursuing her MA, Alexia worked at The Scowcroft Group, the National War College, and as a teaching assistant for former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. She previously served as Executive Assistant to Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council and as a Program Assistant at the Berlin-based think tank Atlantik-Brücke.
Alexia is a former Fulbright Scholar, Presidential Management Fellow, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation “Hiring our Heroes” Corporate Fellow. She has previously served as an Adjunct Lecturer at Temple University (Japan) and Rhodes College. Alexia is currently a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project, a Senior Advisor at the Frontier Design Group, and an Adjunct at the University of Memphis.
Alexia holds an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She won Dartmouth’s Rintel’s Prize for outstanding undergraduate thesis of the year in the humanities for her groundbreaking research on British and American efforts to de-nazify German POWs in the United States and Britain from 1943-48.
Alexia is a California native who lives in Washington, DC with her husband Neil, an active duty Navy JAG, and their son Owen.