Valerie Brusilovsky works as a Foreign Affairs Specialist at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). NNSA’s mission is to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation and reduce the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism around the world. The most difficult step in the development of an improved nuclear device is acquiring weapons-usable nuclear material. Within NNSA, Valerie works for the Office of Material Management and Minimization in the Nuclear Material Removal program. There, she is responsible for working with international partners and facilities to remove or dispose of excess highly enriched uranium (HEU) and plutonium, working to minimize, and when possible, eliminate weapons-usable nuclear material around the world.
David Watkins recently graduated with his MBA from the Lacy School of Business at Butler University in Indianapolis. He is currently serving as Director for Network Operations for the Indiana Small Business Development Center - an SBA resource partner with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. David primarily works in the areas of strategic planning, international trade & export assistance, and economic development.
Evan Hill is currently completing a master's degree at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where he is concentrating in international security policy and conflict resolution. He served as a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellow in International Relations in the office of Senator Chris Murphy in the summer of 2018. Prior to beginning his studies at Columbia, Evan worked as a Middle East researcher with Human Rights Watch, based in Beirut, Lebanon, from 2014 to 2017. Evan previously worked as a journalist in the Middle East, where he covered the Arab Spring for Al Jazeera English. He has contributed to the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, the Economist and others. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and is professionally fluent in Arabic.
Madison Cassell is currently on the fundraising team for Congresswoman Jacky Rosen's campaign for U.S. Senate in Nevada. She graduated from The University of Texas with a dual degree in Rhetoric & Writing and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures.
Cameron Combs is enrolled in a dual MBA/MPP program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Harris School of Public Policy. He is joining McKinsey & Co as a Summer Associate.
Shelby Thompson is currently a Program Analyst for the defense contractor, JRC Integrated Systems, INC. Shelby has spent the last year providing support for the construction and testing of the new COLUMBIA class of submarines. Following her fellowship in 2015, Shelby completed an M.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech.
Rebecca Braun is currently an Associate at Boston Consulting Group, collaborating on strategy projects across myriad industries including global health, aerospace, and technology as well as the public sector. Previously, she interned in the office of US Senator Chris Coons and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon (2013-‘15). She plans to go back to graduate school in the near term.
Elaine is pursuing her Master of Public Policy (MPP) at the University of Chicago with a focus on education and international development. She is also a USAID Donald M. Payne Fellow and will be joining the USAID Foreign Service upon graduation in June 2019. This summer she is assigned to the USAID Ethiopia Mission in Addis Ababa to work on issues pertaining to literacy and education in conflict zones.
Chris Harper is pursuing his PhD in geophysics at the University of Oregon. He works with Josef Dufek whose research group focuses on modeling volcanic processes.
Christian is currently finishing his work as a lecturer of Applied English at The University of Hong Kong, where he has spent the past three years. In the Fall, Christian will begin his graduate studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.