#WeAreElliott: Rogelio Cerezo

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Rogelio Cerezo is originally from Panama City, Panama, and South Florida. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Economics & Security Studies from Dickinson College. Most recently, Rogelio provides financial, logistical, and administrative support to the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Having enrolled in the M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, Rogelio seeks to concentrate on security and international development issues, specifically in international education. Rogelio currently serves as a web editor at the International Affairs Review (IAR), is a member of the Elliott School Graduate Admissions Advisory Board, and is a member of the DC Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Latin/Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States.

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#WeAreElliott: Mary Kate Carter

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Mary Kate Carter is a second-year Master’s student studying International Trade & Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) at the Elliott School, concentrating in economic policy analysis. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in French & International Trade in 2018. Mary Kate is particularly interested in the effects of the digital economy on trade and investment policy. She has held several internships in the D.C. area, most recently at the Organization for International Investment and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In both roles, she assisted in international policy advocacy efforts, wrote policy updates for member companies, and organized high-level events for administration officials, foreign diplomats, and Congressional representatives. She will start a new position with the Senate Finance Committee’s trade team in September 2019. Mary Kate is also a certified group fitness instructor with experience teaching HIIT, barre, and kickboxing classes.

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#WeAreElliott: Andrea Bolognesi

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Andrea Bolognesi is a second-year Masters candidate in the International Economic Policy at the Elliott School, concentrating in Finance and International Business. Since August 2018, Andrea has also been a Graduate Research Assistant at the Global Financial Literally Excellence Center (GFLEC) at George Washington University’s School of Business. At GFLEC, Andrea has recently lead the development and realization of on an extensive 10-months report project on the financial situation, behavior, and knowledge of Millennials and that will be published by the end of the year. Furthermore, Andrea has surveyed the national strategies for financial literacy of several countries around the world, becoming an expert in the field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from GW and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the International University of Monaco. During his undergraduate degree at GW, Bolognesi was part of the team that won the first A-10 conference swimming and diving championships’ title in history for the school.

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#WeAreElliott: Yesenia Grajeda Yepez

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Yesenia Grajeda Yepez is a second-year Masters candidate in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program at the Elliott School concentrating on Migration and Security. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Sociocultural Anthropology at GWU in 2017. Yesenia is currently conducting research on Central American migration to her hometown of Yuma, Arizona and is in the process of implementing an app to assist with processing and reuniting immigrant families more efficiently across various U.S.-Mexico border communities. She has previously interned for the Mexican Embassy in DC and worked on International and Consular Relations as well as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. For the past five years, Yesenia has served as Director of the Josefina Yepez Cancer Walkathon, which raises funds for cancer patients in Yuma County, Arizona. During her spare time, she enjoys playing the violin and creating digital drawings.  Continue reading “#WeAreElliott: Yesenia Grajeda Yepez”

#WeAreElliott: Chris Estep

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Chris Estep is in his second year as a master’s candidate in the Elliott School’s Security Policy Studies program, concentrating in U.S. National Security. In 2018, he graduated with a degree in history and religion from Eastern Nazarene College (ENC), where his primary research focused on American diplomatic efforts toward the Vatican during the beginning of the Cold War. His research interests at the Elliott School revolve around the role of congressional oversight in shaping U.S. national security policy. He currently serves as the Digital Communications Specialist at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an independent, bipartisan national security think tank in Washington, D.C.

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#WeAreElliott: Alejandra Gonzalez Torres

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Alejandra Gonzalez Torres is a second-year Masters candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, with a concentration on Nuclear Policy and Intelligence. She received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico Recinto de Rio Piedras in Political Science and Foreign Languages (French and Portuguese). She has worked as an intern at the Embassy of Mexico in the Trade and NAFTA Department in Washington DC and at the Department of State of Puerto Rico. Her interests in science, politics, and energy drove her to concentrate on Nuclear Policy. She is currently an Intern in CLS Strategies working with different accounts in different departments.

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#WeAreElliott: Trevor Howe

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Trevor Howe is a second-year Masters candidate in the European and Eurasian Studies program at the Elliott School, concentrating in European security and U.S. foreign policy towards Russia.  He received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs with a dual concentration in security policy and Europe/Eurasia from the Elliott School in 2018, during which time he studied for a semester in Brussels.  Since his family has Estonian roots, he is interested specifically in Baltic security.  He is currently a graduate assistant and tutor within the Department of Athletics at GW, and is a teaching assistant for IAFF 2094: Europe International and Domestic Interactions starting in the fall.  He also has experience working at the Department of State within the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as at the British Embassy in Washington.  Trevor enjoys staying up to date with American and British politics, strategic board games, and black tea.

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