#ElliottProud: Rebecca Wallace

Rebecca Wallace, MA International Affairs, Class of 2011, #ElliottProud Alumni

Rebecca Wallace is the Deputy Director of the Office of Peacekeeping Operations (IO/PKO) and a civil service officer at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, she served the Senior Economic Advisor in the Office of Economic and Development Affairs, the Senior Peacekeeping Advisor in IO/PKO, as Advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and as a peacekeeping advisor for the UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before joining the Department of State, Rebecca worked for the Future of Peace Operations program at the Henry L. Stimson Center in DC and as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo.  She graduated with a master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from the Elliott School of International Affairs at GW. Rebecca has one husband, one child, two dogs, and four chickens.

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#WeAreElliott: Noelle Cohn

Noelle Cohn, MA International Affairs, Class of 2022, #WeAreElliott Current Student

Noelle Cohn is a first-year Masters candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, concentrating in International Security and Global Gender Policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations with minors in Italian and European Studies in 2018. Noelle is interested in the feminist I.R. theory and how our understanding, and implementation of security policy can be approved through using a gendered analysis. She is particularly interested in gender and disarmament. Noelle currently serves as the president of the D.C. Student Consortium on Women, Peace and Security, a student-led organization that aims to — in collaboration with the US Civil Society Working Group on WPS (U.S. CSWG) — promote awareness of the implications of gender in security and foreign policy. This summer, she’s interning at the International Development Group LLC (IDG) on the Projects and Proposals Team, supporting current Road Evaluation and Monitoring Projects, new business proposals, and Gender Analysis. Noelle enjoys reading, spending time with her dog Dolly Pawton, and working at Trader Joes in D.C.

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#ElliottProud: Kerry Porter

Kerry Porter, MA International Development Studies, Class of 2012, #ElliottProud Alumna

Kerry Porter is the Deputy Director and Washington Unit Chief of the Office of International Media Engagement (IME) at the State Department, coordinating strategic messaging on U.S. foreign policy to international audiences. She joined IME in 2014 as a Presidential Management Fellow and completed rotations as a political officer in Embassy Baku (Azerbaijan) and a social media coordinator at the Africa Regional Media Hub (Johannesburg). Prior to her position at State, Ms. Porter spent three years at an international NGO, Education Development Center, in the Research/Communications and Business Development units.  Before working in education development, Ms. Porter supported new media for a women-focused non-profit and was an educator in areas as diverse as inner-city Baltimore and the mountains of Northeast China. Ms. Porter graduated in 2012 from the Elliott School with an MA in International Development Studies. She lives in Takoma Park with her husband and their neurotic rescue cat, Leeloo Dallas Multipaws.

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#WeAreElliott: Ebony S. Thomas

Ebony S. Thomas, Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP), Class of 2022, #WeAreElliott Current Student

Lieutenant Colonel Ebony S. Thomas is a US Army Officer currently serving in NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. She is entering her third semester as an online Master of International Policy & Practice (MIPP) student at the Elliott School. Lieutenant Colonel Thomas has served in military assignments all around the world from Bosnia Herzgovina; Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, to South Korea.

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