Fellowship Staff

The YPFP Fellowship Program is run by an elite staff of young professionals, and is composed of the Fellowship Leadership and Fellowship Editorial Staff.


Fellowship Staff:

Omeed Alerasool, Director & Managing Editor

Omeed Alerasool is the Director & Managing Editor of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Omeed is also an Associate at Charles River Associates, an economic consulting firm. His experiences range from macroeconomic research to geopolitical risk analysis, and he speaks Persian, German, and Spanish. Omeed received his BA in economics and international studies from Boston College. For four years, he also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Kaleidoscope International Journal, Boston College's international relations and global studies journal.

Twitter: @OmeedAlerasool

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Margo Berends, Associate Director

Margo Berends is an Associate Director of the Fellowship Program, and former Sustainable Development Fellow at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Margo works at Global Communities in Washington DC as a Program Analyst, managing international development programs in Brazil, India, and Nicaragua. Prior to joining Global Communities, she interned with the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and taught English in France. Margo holds degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Twitter: @margo_liz

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Elissa Miller, Assistant Managing Editor

Elissa Miller is an Assistant Managing Editor of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Elissa is an Assistant Director at the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, where her work focuses on political, economic, and security developments in Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. Prior to the Atlantic Council, she was a project assistant focusing on international elections at the National Democratic Institute. Elissa received her BA in International Relations from Tufts University in 2014, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a regular contributor for The Arab Weekly. Her work has also been published in Foreign Affairs, Real Clear World, and The Hill.

Twitter: @elissafmiller

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Angelica Serna, Assistant Managing Editor

Angelica Serna is an Assistant Managing Editor of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Angelica supports the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program at the Institute of International Education. She has previously worked at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, the United Nations Development Programme, and Project Concern International. Angelica received her MA in International Law and Settlement of Disputes from the University for Peace in Costa Rica and her BA in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Angelica speaks Spanish.

Twitter: @AngelicaaS_

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Robert Souza, Assistant Managing Editor

Robert Souza is an Assistant Managing Editor of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Robert is a Middle East Research Analyst at The Center for the Study of Targeted Killing, where he monitors developments in international security, particularly those related to Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2016, Robert served as a Four Star Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. In this role, Robert collaborated with Jamestown Analyst Brian Glyn Williams in researching America’s war on ISIL, as well as Russia’s military involvement in Syria. He and Williams have since decided to expand their work into a joint book project. Robert holds an MA in International Relations with a concentration on terrorism and sub-state violence from Suffolk University, as well as a BS in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Paul Sherman, Programming & Communications Assistant

Paul Sherman is the Programming & Communications Assistant with the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Paul is also a Program Coordinator at the Society for International Development – Washington Chapter, an international development NGO. Paul graduated in May 2015 from the University of Michigan with a BA in public policy and a minor in French. In Ann Arbor, he focused on European Affairs and international relations. He served as Co-Managing Photo Editor at The Michigan Daily and Contributing Writer and Online Journal Editor at the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. Paul also gained experience in diplomacy and American foreign policy through internships with the Office of US Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the American Embassy in Paris, France, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Twitter: @pausherm1

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Kevin Ivey, Senior Fellowship Editor

Kevin Ivey is a Senior Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Kevin currently works in production for an internationally-focused TV channel. He previously worked as an editor with Tunisia Live. Kevin earned his MA in International Affairs from George Washington University, with a focus on transnational security policy and sub-state groups.

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Christina Arabia, Fellowship Editor

Christina Arabia is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP).

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Amy Bush, Fellowship Editor

Amy Bush is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Amy currently works for the Committee on Human Rights at the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She earned her BA in International Relations and German from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. While working on her undergraduate degrees, Amy led a trip to Honduras that focused on creating self-sustainable communities. She has also spent time contributing to research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her interests include international human rights and development.

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Michael Crumplar, Fellowship Editor

Mike Crumplar is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is currently an Editor at Communications Development Inc. and has worked on flagship international development reports for organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Mike received his BA in German Studies from the College of William and Mary. He has lived in the Washington DC area for most of his life.

Twitter: @mcrumps

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Zach Dickens, Fellowship Editor

Zach Dickens is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He obtained a Master’s degree in Diplomacy from Norwich University with a focus on international terrorism. Aside from having a broad interest in international relations, his area of expertise is US Foreign Policy and the states comprising the former Soviet Union.

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Nicole Gunkle, Fellowship Editor

Nicole Gunkle is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Nicole currently works at the World Bank in project management for an IT unit. Previously, she has worked at the US Government Accountability Office and has done consulting work for the World Bank and Hungarian National Innovation Office. Nicole received her MA in International Affairs from American University where she focused on European Affairs and International Trade. She also has a BA from Duquesne University in International Relations.

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Joy Caroline Hicklin, Fellowship Editor

Joy Caroline Hicklin is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Joy Caroline is completing her BA in Political Science at the University of South Carolina, where she focuses on the role of media in foreign policy. She also has minors in French and business administration. Now based in Washington, DC, she interns for the communications department at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Joy Caroline is currently working on her thesis on the influence of government on creativity in architecture.

Twitter: @joycarolineh

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Sean McGuffin, Fellowship Editor

Sean McGuffin is Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Sean is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University, with a double major in Political Science and International Studies. Currently he is working at two internships in the Washington DC area. At the Hudson Institute, a foreign policy think thank, Sean provides analysis and editing support on a range of international security topics. At SES, the worlds largest satellite operator, he works in market intelligence and program management. Sean's primary foreign policy interests are in US-India relations, defense technologies, and, more broadly, in Asian geopolitics.

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Danielle Preskitt, Fellowship Editor

Danielle Preskitt, born and raised in Georgia, graduated from Clemson University with a BA in Political Science and Russian Area Studies. During her time at Clemson, she studied abroad in Serbia, researching the dissolution of Yugoslavia, and the Hague. In May 2017, Danielle will graduate from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (MIIS) with a Master's degree in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) with a focus on the Russian language. She is currently writing an honors thesis on Chechen terrorism. Danielle's professional experience has ranged from working at the US Embassy in Panama to a junior due diligence analyst in London. Currently, she is a Landmines and Cluster Munition Intern at the Arms Control Association.

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David Wemer, Fellowship Editor

David Wemer is a Fellowship Editor, and former Europe Fellow, of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). David's writings on European politics have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, Euractiv, and Real Clear World. He is the DC Program Coordinator for the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, a member of the German Marshall Fund's Young Transatlantic Network, and was a delegate at the 2016 Transatlantic Youth Summit hosted by the European People's Party and the International Republican Institute. In 2013, David was awarded the American Historical Association's Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for his work on the economic transition in Slovakia. David received a MSc in European Union Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA from Gettysburg College.

Twitter: @DavidAWemer

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