The Fellowship Program is a primary component of YPFP's Thought Leadership Department. The Program is run by an elite staff of young professionals, and is composed of a Leadership Council and Editorial Staff.
Fellowship Leadership Council:
- David Wemer, Director & Managing Editor
- Robert Souza, Assistant Managing Editor
- Angelica Serna, Assistant Managing Editor
- Paul Sherman, Programming Coordinator
- Madison Galdi, Program Assistant
- Scarlett Ho, Program Assistant
Fellowship Editorial Staff:
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.
Valerie Bilgri is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Valerie currently works for the US Department of State, covering digital economy and data privacy issues with the European Union. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a BA from Syracuse University. When not wrangling government bureaucracy, Valerie is an avid traveler, cook, and oenophile, sharing her adventures at @sipnslurp.
Peter Boal is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He has previously worked for Migrate Middle East North Africa, a Jordan-based firm that focuses on lowering barriers to entry in emerging markets. Prior to that, he worked for the Middle East Institute, a Washington, DC-based think tank. Peter received a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.
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.
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.
Owen Daniels is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is also an assistant director for the Middle East Peace and Security Initiative in the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he worked on the defense analysis team at Aviation Week magazine, and has also worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-US) and the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) in Amman, Jordan. His analysis has been published in Politico, The Diplomat, The Huffington Post, The Hill, and The Yemen Times, among others. He earned his BA with honors from Princeton University in international relations.
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.
Philip Esterov is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He earned his BA in Central and Eastern European History from the University of Maryland. Philip recently worked as an intern in the US House of Representatives for Maryland Congressman John K. Delaney.
Rebecca E. Gomez is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). Rebecca is currently contracted by the US Department of State where she collaborates with the private sector on security abroad. She earned her MA in International Political Economy from the Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium, where she worked with the Trans-Atlantic Business Council promoting US-EU cooperation on trade and economic issues. Rebecca is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.
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.
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.
Jack Ketcher is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He holds an MSc in International Relations from the University of Glasgow, where he focused on territorial disputes in the South China Sea. In 2015, Jack was awarded the Remmel History Award from the Department of History at Westminster College for his research into counterinsurgency and nation-building during the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
Michael Sexton is a Fellowship Editor at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP). He is a Senior Analyst at The Chertoff Group working in security services. Michael holds a Master's from the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, where he served as a Columnist and Associate Editor at the Georgetown Security Studies Review. He completed his Bachelor's degree at the University of Chicago with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.