Future Leaders Program
The Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Future Leaders Program. The purpose of the Future Leaders Program is to cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders in Washington, D.C. The program identifies young professionals who share FPI’s commitment to international engagement, support for America’s allies, expanding political and economic freedom, and a strong military. FPI connects these young leaders with foreign policy experts and former senior government officials, while offering networking, education, and training opportunities with FPI experts and program alumni, as well as media personalities.
FPI Future Leaders participate in monthly dinner discussions with influential foreign policy experts, authors, and practitioners in Washington, D.C. Additionally, participants are invited to a variety of other events hosted by FPI. Former classes of Future Leaders can be found here: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
- Ryan J. Boone, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
- Jason Cammarata, United States Navy
- Elizabeth Cresce, International Republican Institute
- Patrick D. Davis, Senate Judiciary Committee
- Rush Doshi, Harvard University
- Abigail P. Gage, House Armed Services Committee
- Jason C. Geske, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
- Walter Haydock, United States Marine Corps
- Mikaela James, Embassy of Australia
- Gina Jones, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency
- Aileen Kenney, General Dynamics Mission Systems
- Jacqueline Kerber, Senate Armed Services Committee
- Katherine Kidder, Center for a New American Security
- Kevin Kleber, United States Army
- Frank J. Kuzminski, United States Army
- Emil G. Maine, Raytheon Company
- Patrik Maldre, International Centre for Defence and Security
- Lizzie Martin, U.S. Department of State
- Andrés Martínez-Fernández, Visión Américas
- Sean Mirski, U.S. Court of Appeals
- Patrick Monacelli, DRS Technologies
- Chas Morrison, Deloitte
- William Nuland, Dell SecureWorks
- Grant Rumley, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
- Clay Varney, U.S. Department of State
- Rachel Wagley, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Ryan Boone is a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, supporting senior staff in CSBA’s Strategic Studies and Budget Studies programs. In addition to research, he assists in the design and execution of CSBA’s wargames and workshops and serves as one of CSBA’s in-house graphic artists. His primary areas of interest concern the development and implementation of competitive strategies and operational concepts, future conflict, and political-military dynamics in the Middle East and East Asia.
Prior to joining CSBA, Mr. Boone interned in the office of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. Prior to graduation, he interned in U.S. Embassies in Hanoi and Cairo.
Lieutenant Jason Cammarata is an active duty naval aviator, currently serving on the staff of the Chief of Naval Personnel, where he manages acquisition requirements for new air and cyber warfare programs. He was formerly assigned to the “Red Lancers” of Patrol Squadron Ten in Jacksonville, FL, where he qualified as both an aircraft and mission commander, amassing over 1200 hours of flight time in the P-3C Orion.
During his time with the squadron, Jason completed two deployments across three diverse areas of operation. In 2011, he participated in intelligence and counter-piracy missions over the skies of Iraq and the Arabian Gulf. The following year, he directed reconnaissance flights over the South China Sea and the Korean Peninsula, conducting joint exercises with regional allies. He finished his time abroad leading counternarcotic missions out of El Salvador, in support of Operation Martillo, a joint interagency effort aimed at stemming transnational drug trafficking.
Jason was born and raised in Bloomfield, NJ. He attended the United States Naval Academy, graduating with merit in 2008, with a degree in political science/international relations. He is currently enrolled in the evening Masters in Business Administration program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Lisa Cresce is a program officer at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to advancing freedom and democracy. Lisa has worked at IRI for nearly eight years in the Middle East and North Africa division, and the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN), IRI’s unique initiative to increase women’s participation in political processes.
Lisa is now managing WDN’s grants, as well as collaborations with IRI’s six regional divisions. Currently she is working alongside IRI’s Syria team to support moderate, democratic activists standing in opposition to both the Assad regime and Islamist extremists. She has led and facilitated activities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Georgia, Guatemala, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Lisa served as an election observer in Jordan for the 2013 parliamentary elections and Nigeria for the 2011 presidential elections. During her studies at the Catholic University of America, she studied abroad in Italy and in Belgium, where she interned at the European Parliament. Lisa is interested in learning more about how tools within the national security strategy, including democracy promotion, work together and how they could be employed together in a more efficient way.
Patrick Davis is Investigative Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where his portfolio includes investigations and oversight of national security matters within the Committee’s purview. Prior to his current position, Patrick worked for six years as a Trial Attorney with the National Security Detainee Litigation Team in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice. There he served as the lead attorney for the United States Government in several habeas corpus cases brought against it by Guantanamo Bay detainees, including those of high-value detainees Abu Faraj al-Libi and Mohd Farik Bin Amin.
The cases involved issues of domestic and international law relating to national security, the laws of war, and the Government’s detention authority, as well as unique factual scenarios associated with terrorist tradecraft and armed conflict. In that capacity, he developed the Government’s defense, drafted briefs, and successfully argued cases in federal court. Patrick was a 2012-2013 National Security Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and has also worked for the Department of Defense and the State Department. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Nebraska.
Rush Doshi is a Raymond Vernon fellow in Harvard’s PhD program in Government. Doshi’s main research interests include Chinese and Indian foreign policy and he is proficient in Mandarin and Hindi. His work has been printed in the Wall Street Journal, among other publications. He was most recently an analyst at Long Term Strategy Group where he focused on Asia-Pacific security issues; previously, he researched international economic issues as an analyst at Rock Creek Global Advisors, consulted for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, participated in two studies at the Naval War College, and was an Arthur Liman Fellow at the Department of State. Doshi was a Fulbright fellow in China for one year (2011-2012) where he researched Sino-Indian relations. He has participated in non-governmental security dialogues with former officials from countries including China, India, and Japan, among others. He graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude) with a minor in East Asian Studies.
Abigail is a member of the Oversight and Investigations professional staff team on the House Armed Services Committee, where her portfolio comprises of researching and analyzing pressing national security topics at the Committee Chairman’s direction. Abigail is also a Captain in the Maryland Army National Guard, currently serving as the 58th Troop Command’s Headquarters Company Commander.
Prior to joining HASC and the Maryland Army National Guard, Abigail was an active duty officer in the United States Army, serving in various leadership assignments, including leading her platoon on long-haul convoy missions in Iraq. After Iraq, Abigail worked on a multinational staff in Germany, serving as the Executive Officer of a Headquarters Company with soldiers and local nationals dispersed across three countries. As a Captain, she had the unique opportunity to attend the previously all-male Maneuver Captains Career Course, earning placement on the Commandants List.
Abigail is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Geology, Anthropology & Archaeology. She will begin her master’s studies in the fall of 2016 at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Jason Geske is a Legislative Assistant for Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), where he advises the Senator on Asia economic policy & security, trade, and cybersecurity policy. Prior to joining the Senate, Jason spent 10 years with the Defense Department in various analyst roles, including a deployment to Iraq and a detail to the United States Cyber Command.
Originally from North Carolina, Jason moved to the nation's capital in 2003 to attend Georgetown University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Chinese language and a Master's Degree in Security Studies.
Captain Walter Haydock serves as a Targeting Officer at the National Counterterrorism Center, where he identifies terrorist operatives and disseminates threat warnings to operational agencies. A veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan, he previously served as an Analysis Officer in the First Marine Division’s Intelligence Section and as a Platoon Commander in the First Reconnaissance Battalion. Walter led his Platoon on patrolling, reconnaissance, and disruption missions throughout southwestern Afghanistan during his second tour. He has also led American military advisors in South America - where he helped train the Peruvian Marine Corps in counterinsurgency tactics and marksmanship - and is proficient in Spanish. Walter earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy and his Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he focused his studies on the implications of technological development for national security policy.
Mikaela has worked as a defense policy analyst at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, since May 2015. Her work focuses on defense policy issues impacting the Australia-US alliance, including Iraq, Afghanistan, defense budgets, and US engagement in the Asia-Pacific.
Mikaela began her career in the Australian Department of Defence, where she spent five years working on Australia’s international defense engagement programs. She provided policy advice to senior Government officials on Australia's alliance with the United States, and worked to deepen Australia's defense cooperation with Japan. Most recently, she managed Australia's largest Defence Cooperation Program with Papua New Guinea.
Mikaela is also the Regional Head for the Asia-Pacific at 180 Degrees Consulting—the world's leading provider of consulting services for non-profits and social enterprises. She also founded Launch Education—a tuition school that specializes in helping students become proficient oral and written communicators.
Mikaela received First Class Honors for her Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Sydney. She has a Diploma in Oral Communication, and speaks French and German. She is married, and is originally from Sydney, Australia.
Ms. Gina Jones currently serves as the Special Adviser to the Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). In this capacity, she leads the development and implementation of strategic initiatives across the Agency. Gina began her intelligence career as an Intelligence Officer in the US Air Force, which included a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Between 2006 and 2008, she served as a Senior Consultant to US Army South, the element responsible for US Army operations in Latin America.
In 2008, Gina joined DIA as one of the initial members of US Africa Command. Within the intelligence directorate, she led a small, multi-disciplined team of intelligence analysts, tasked with infusing analysis and operational planning with socio-cultural analysis. Her analysis directly supported policymakers and operational planners and shaped the command’s engagements with African partner-nations. Gina was recognized for her contributions as a lead analyst within the Intelligence Crisis Cell that supported coalition operations in Libya. Gina has advanced degrees from the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, the University of Kansas, and Boston University. A Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, she is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
Aileen Kenney is a Business Development Manager at General Dynamics Mission Systems. As part of their Maritime and Strategic Studies organization, she works closely with the Navy to develop solutions that allow them to carry out critical national security missions.
Prior to joining the private sector, Aileen served five years active duty as a Naval Surface Warfare officer. She first served as communications officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS DONALD COOK (DDG 75), which deployed to the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa. She then served as Navigator and Public Affairs Officer aboard the Navy frigate USS ELROD (FFG 55), where she planned and oversaw transits in Western Africa, the Mediterranean, Black Sea and English Channel.
Raised in Delaware, Aileen is a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where she was vice president of the women’s rugby team. Aileen holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and minor in French; she also holds a master’s degree of Applied Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Jackie Kerber serves as Special Assistant on the Senate Armed Services Committee where she plays a key role in the overall construction of the Committee’s annual National Defense Authorization Bill. Her responsibilities involve tracking and organizing amendments, monitoring floor action, and assisting the Staff Director to ensure he and the Chairman have all the necessary and current information pertinent to the Bill. Jackie also has oversight of certain areas pertaining to environmental, energy and humanitarian issues.
Before joining the Committee, Jackie worked as a staff assistant in Senator John McCain’s personal office where she drafted correspondence relating to national security and interacted with constituents on their issues of concern.
A native of Virginia, Jackie graduated with a B.A. in political science from James Madison University and is currently attending the Naval War College in pursuit of her Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Her general areas of interest include cyber security and Middle Eastern affairs.
Katherine Kidder is the Bacevich Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, working in the Military, Veterans, and Society Program, where her research focuses on the future of the All-Volunteer Force, women in national security, and the state of bipartisan consensus on national security and defense issues in Congress.
Ms. Kidder is a Doctoral Candidate in Security Studies at Kansas State University, where she focused on congressional-executive relations and the formation of U.S. foreign policy. She writes extensively on military retention and talent management, professional military education, defense budgeting, and foreign aid. Her commentary and analysis has been featured on BBC, NBC Nightly News, The Christian Science Monitor, Task and Purpose, Defense News, and Federal News Radio.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in History with an emphasis on military history and a Master of Arts in Security Studies, both from Kansas State University.
Captain Kevin W. Kleber is an active duty Civil Affairs officer, recently returned from Afghanistan where he worked to train, advise, and assist Afghan National Security forces with security and humanitarian issues. He has previously deployed to Iraq, where he served as an Infantry Platoon Leader and an Executive Officer for an Armor company.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Military Art & Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Kevin is currently pursuing his Masters in Security Studies at the Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is an avid rugby player and runner, and lives in Silver Spring, MD.
Frank Kuzminski is an active duty Army officer assigned to the Headquarters, Department of the Army at the Pentagon, where he serves as a strategic planner.
A Polish immigrant, Frank grew up near Chicago, IL and enlisted in the U.S. Army before earning an appointment to West Point. Commissioned in 2004, Frank has served in various leadership positions as an infantry officer, including a combat deployment to Iraq during the Surge, and a two-year tour of duty in South Korea. Outside the military, Frank enjoys cycling, reading and spending time outdoors. His policy interests include nuclear security and nonproliferation, cybersecurity and strategic land-power.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He lives in Washington, DC.
Emil Maine is a member of the Corporate Strategy Group at Raytheon. In this capacity he is responsible for developing Raytheon’s forecasts of defense markets, both domestic and international, as well as identifying trends in the defense landscape that support senior leadership decision making across multiple forums. Emil is also the Director of Operations at the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) and serves on the Defense Reform Committee of the Project for the Common Defense.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Emil was a research assistant in The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy Studies, where his work focused on the international security environment and defense budgeting and strategy.
He is a former National Security Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a former Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute, in addition to being a former Heritage Foundation George C. Marshall Fellow. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from American University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas.
Patrik is an Atlanticist with a special interest in European defense, cyber security and trans-Atlantic as well as Estonia-U.S. relations. He is currently working as a non-resident Junior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS, a Tallinn, Estonia-based think tank) where he focuses on international cyber policy. Previously, Patrik was a diplomat in the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he held the position of Desk Officer for Cyber Security Policy.
In addition to his foreign policy roles, Patrik has also completed his mandatory military service as a sergeant and squad leader in the Estonian Defence Forces, volunteered in an artillery platoon of the Estonian Defence League, and is currently serving as Liaison Officer to the United States for the Estonian Reserve Officers’ Association.
Patrik holds an M.A. in International Relations with a specialization in international peace and security from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and a double-B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Finally, Patrik is an active participant in a variety of forums that aim to increase connections between up-and-coming foreign policy professionals on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Elizabeth Martin works in the Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, where she manages grants to civil society organizations focused on protecting and advancing human rights in East Asia and the Pacific. Previously, Lizzie served in the Office of India Affairs in the Department of State's Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. She also has experience in service delivery and advocacy through work with non-governmental organizations addressing women's issues, child welfare, and disability rights in northern India.
As a fellow in the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative, Lizzie is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in international development at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Originally from North Carolina, she has an AB in public policy from Princeton, where she studied development, gender issues, and creative writing.
Andrés Martínez-Fernández is a Research Analyst with the consulting firm, Visión Américas. His research focuses on political, security and economic issues in Latin America. Andrés regularly produces reports analyzing these topics for associates and clients of Visión Américas. He also assists in managing the firm’s online and social media presence.
Prior to joining Visión Américas, Andrés worked as a Program Coordinator at Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development, where he was responsible for supporting and implementing international education programs funded by USAID, the Department of State, and universities from across Europe and Latin America.
Andrés holds a Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He also received a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Upon completing his degree, Andrés was selected to participate in The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program, where he interned with the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, focusing on western hemisphere issues. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Sean Mirski is a clerk in the chambers of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Last year, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. While there, he served as Supreme Court Chair for the Harvard Law Review and was an oralist on the school’s winning Ames moot court team. In addition to taking a wide variety of foreign relations, national security, and international law classes, he interned in the legal offices of the Department of Defense and the Department of State. While at law school, he also contributed regularly to The National Interest and Lawfare.
Prior to law school, Sean was a Junior Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was co-editor of Crux of Asia: China, India and the Emerging Global Order. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2011 with an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. His foreign policy interests include the impact of China’s rise on the international system, the balance of power in East Asia, and international law.
Patrick Monacelli started with DRS Technologies in 2010, working closely with LTG Jerry Sinn, USA, Ret., in their Tactical Systems Group. Currently, he is part of the Washington Operations team, serving as the International Strategy and Business Development Analyst. In this position he works closely with company leadership to expand the firm’s international footprint. He primarily focuses on the Middle East and Asia regions.
Patrick graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a BBA in Business Management and a minor in Business Computer Information Systems. He grew up in Frederick, Maryland and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Charles Morrison is a consultant at Deloitte where he currently assists the Pentagon in implementing strategic cost reduction efforts. Prior to Deloitte, he worked in the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he concentrated on American defense spending and strategy.
His writing has appeared in The Hill, Real Clear Defense, Breaking Defense, US News & World Report, inFOCUS Quarterly, and the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s Defense Security Brief. He also contributed to the research and drafting of the Congressionally-mandated 2014 National Defense Panel report. Charles graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 2011 and holds an M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Will Nuland is a team lead at Dell SecureWorks’ Counter Threat Unit, where he drives research focused on cyber threat intelligence, malicious actor profiling and the geopolitics of computer network operations. Previous roles in the information security sector include performing native language research in the German cyber underground, providing briefings on the development of national capabilities in cyber defense and managing teams covering information security threats for a portfolio of international businesses and public sector entities.
Will holds an MA in German and European Studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, a BA in Comparative Literature from New York University and has worked for the United States Congress and the European Commission. Additionally, he helped develop and launch the Berlin-based online foreign affairs journal atlantic-community.org and has worked as a researcher for think tanks in Germany and the United States. Will is a native of Connecticut and currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and one year old daughter.
Grant Rumley is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), where his research focuses on Palestinian politics, the Israel-Palestine peace process, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining FDD, Grant was a visiting fellow in Jerusalem at Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, where he researched Palestinian policy formation and the campaign at the United Nations. While in Jerusalem, Grant also founded and edited The Jerusalem Review of Near East Affairs, an independent, non-partisan website providing analysis on the region. In 2014, Grant was also a teaching assistant at Al Quds University in Abu Dis. Prior to his time in Jerusalem, Grant was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton focusing on antiterrorism and Middle East issues.
Grant holds a Masters in Islamic and Middle East Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelors in International Relations from Michigan State University. In 2010, Grant studied Arabic at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and from 2012-2013 he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN, The National Interest, and The Atlantic, among others. A native of Marysville, Michigan, Grant lives in Washington DC.
Clay Varney is a military analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State, covering conflicts, militaries, and insurgent groups in the Middle East and South Asia. His analysis regularly reaches high-level officials at the White House, National Security Council, State Department, and Defense Department. He also frequently briefs diplomats, military officers, and other policymakers.
Prior to the Department of State, Clay was an analyst with the Office of Naval Intelligence covering foreign navies. He has also served with the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot in the Pentagon, where he provided time-sensitive worldwide intelligence to the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Navy Staff, and with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.
Mr. Varney is currently pursuing an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence at the National Intelligence University and also holds an M.A. in International Security from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a political science major and a minor in Islamic Studies. He also studied at the American University in Cairo as a National Security Education Program Boren Scholar. He lives in Washington, DC with his fiancée.
Rachel Wagley is Director of Government Relations and External Affairs at NBR. As Director of Government Relations and External Affairs, Ms. Wagley leads NBR’s engagement with Congress and the media. She also works closely with the executive team and research group leaders to deepen the foreign policy community’s understanding of the Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining NBR, Ms. Wagley served as Policy Director of U.S. Campaign for Burma. In this capacity, she advised governments, international financial institutions, businesses, NGOs, and civil society organizations on trade and investment, ethnic reconciliation, and sustainable development in Burma/Myanmar. Ms. Wagley also built strategic partnerships and spearheaded outreach initiatives. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and radio outlets, including the Emory International Law Review, the Global Post, Democratic Voice of Burma, BBC, and Voice of America. She previously worked with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and the Harvard Political Review.
Ms. Wagley holds a BA from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude with high honors in field. After completing her studies, she received a Fulbright grant to research and taught in Uttaradit Province, Thailand. Her research pursuits include religious freedom, ethnic conflict, technology and law, and property rights. Ms. Wagley has worked extensively with refugees across Southeast Asia, and she speaks Thai.
The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.