Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) founded in November 2004 as a small discussion group of friends meeting occasionally to converse about foreign policy and discuss career choices.


YPFP builds www.ypfp.org, YPFP's website, as an online, global forum for young professionals featuring an event calendar, a blog, and member-written articles.

YPFP holds first event with a federal official: Bob Kimmitt, Deputy Secretary of Treasury.

YPFP holds first big public event on genocide intervention, in partnership with the Georgetown University Law Center.

YPFP launches the Ambassadors Series, offering members the opportunity to engage with distinguished diplomatic representatives in Washington.


YPFP branch established in London.

“YPFP in the Classroom” launched, training over 60 volunteers to foster relationships between YPFP volunteers and DC public school students in order to provide supplementary academic instruction, professional guidance, and exposure to the DC foreign policy world.

YPFP branch established in New York City.


April 2007: YPFP hosts 2005 Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling, speaking on nuclear diplomacy with Iran and international efforts to curb global warming.

May 2007: YPFP’s Civil Military Dialogue inaugural conference, "All Elements of National Power": Military, Civilian, and NGO Perspectives on Collaboration in Post-Conflict Reconstruction Operations;” bringing together young professional and career specialists from the NGO, civilian, and military communities.

September 2007: YPFP launches Discussion Group Series, peer-led communities which promote thoughtful engagement through monthly private meetings and public activities.

October 2007: Refugee Assistance Program launched, serving to provide survivors of oppression, war, and political violence with assistance to build new lives.


April 2008: YPFP branch established in Brussels.

April 2008: YPFP initiates the Global Partners Program, connecting YPFP members with young professionals and international visitors from around the world through roundtable talks, panel discussions, and other activities hosted by YPFP.

June 2008: YPFP holds first annual Affairs of State fundraiser.

October 2008: YPFP launches YPFP Counselors Program, a group of strategic advisers and role models who provide guidance and support to YPFP’s leadership.

December 2008: YPFP receives the 2008 Ambassador Princeton Lyman Global Leadership Award.


March 2009: Event with Admiral Mike Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to an audience of 300 people.

November 2009: YPFP holds its first annual staff retreat, providing training in leadership and planning to over 70 volunteer staff members in its first year.


May 2010: As part of the Transatlantic Partnership Initiative (TPI), DC welcomes YPFP Brussels staff for a capstone conference with keynote speaker Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Jim Townsend, a series of meetings with US government officials, Hill Staff, and think tanks.

September 2010: YPFP Liaisons Program launches, with reception featuring Steve Clemons.


March 2011: YPFP hires its first full time employee.

May 2011: YPFP founder Joshua Marcuse keynotes conference hosted by the US Mission to the EU, in Brussels, Belgium.

YPFP sponsors the first annual Top 99 Under 33 List of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Diplomatic Courier.


March 2012: Gary Barnabo inaugurated as President of YPFP.


January 2013: YPFP launches its first Leadership Incubator module, on Strategic Communications. Subsequent modules launched throughout the year are Social Innovation and Foreign Policy, International Conflict Resolution, Intelligence Tools, Islamic Law and Finance, International Conflict Resolution II (Syria), and Big Data and Analytics.

November 2013: YPFP launches its first hub, in Rome.


February 2014: YPFP launches its Tel Aviv hub.

March 2014: YPFP launches its Nigeria hub.

July 2014: YPFP creates separate membership tier for undergraduate students.