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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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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Monika Jones Chapman is a first-year student in the Masters of International Policy and Practice (M.I.P.P.) program at the Elliott School, concentrating on international security and gender. She received her B.A. from George Mason University in Government and International Politics and has a graduate certificate in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Monika is also a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University and an inaugural recipient of Alexandria’s Top 40 Under 40 distinction. Additionally, Monika is a career civilian at the U.S. Department of Defense, specializing in human capital strategies for the Defense Acquisition Workforce. An avid supporter of local non-profits, Monika is the Chair of the Vola Lawson Breast Cancer Fund, former Chair of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, and member of Women in International Security.
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Sandy Maroun will be graduating with her Master of International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School this Friday! She concentrated in refugee policy and programs, climate change and conflict resolution. In addition, she has a Master of Communication and Media, a BA in Political Science and a BA in Journalism, all completed in her home country of Lebanon. She currently works as a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Beirut, where she generated analysis and reports on the humanitarian situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In addition to Lebanon, Sandy has worked in Nepal as part of the emergency response following the earthquakes in 2015, and in north Greece, as part of the humanitarian refugee response in 2016. Sandy enjoys learning about and debating current events, traveling, and meeting and working with people from different cultures.
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Rebecca Wolfson is a graduating student from the Masters in International Policy and Practice (“MIPP”) program at the Elliott School, concentrating in international development and security. She received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Additionally, she recently received her J.D. from George Mason Law School. Particularly, she is interested in rule of law, conflict resolution, and international development. Since her family is originally from Romania, Rebecca is particularly interested in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She was recently a research assistant at the National Security Institute, analyzing various topics pertaining to global security. She also has experience in international development and security during her time working at various NGOs. Rebecca enjoys musical theater, traveling, and meeting people from all over the world.
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Doris Ibekwe was born and raised in Nigeria where she earned her first degree in law at the University of Benin, after which she went to London for a Master’s degree in General Law at the Brunel University London. She has previously worked Ikpeazu Chambers & Co, M.A & Co., and the Nigerian EXIM Bank. Doris currently serves as the Events Chair for Organization Of International Students (OID) at the Elliott School and will be interning with UNDP Washington, D.C. this summer. She is finishing her first year in the Masters in International Development Studies program at the Elliott School.
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Matthew Schaffer is a first-year master’s candidate at the Elliott School studying Security Policy Studies, with a concentration in Transnational Security. He received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Foreign Policy at Gonzaga University, including a term at American University in DC with the Washington Semester Program and a term at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Additionally, he was selected by Gonzaga to represent the University for the 58th Air Force Academy National Security Assembly in 2017. Previously, Matthew interned on Capitol Hill with the House Republican Conference, tutored Arabic speaking international students, and taught US national security to high schoolers from all over the country. He currently interns at Counterpart International as a program assistant. After finishing his education, he is aiming to join the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer and eventually join one of the intelligence agencies later on.
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