Rachel Milner Gillers is Director of the Georgetown Conflict Transformation Lab and Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Mediation at Georgetown's Law Center and McCourt School of Public Policy. She has facilitated multi-stakeholder decision making processes and delivered negotiation, mediation, and conflict management workshops for government, industry and non-profit clients worldwide. She specializes in in international development, commercial negotiation, and women and negotiation.
Rachel has worked with United Nations agencies, the International Monetary Fund, global pharmaceutical companies, U.S. federal agencies, the Smithsonian and others to identify and overcome individual and organizational barriers to negotiating better agreements. She holds joint Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she has lived in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Andrea is a second-year MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Florida. After graduation, she worked as a consultant for the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia. Originally from Colombia, Andrea is passionate about international development policy, sustainability, post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding, and gender equality. In addition to serving as the CTL Graduate Assistant, she is a Teaching Assistant in Microeconomics and a Leadership Fellow at McCourt. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, reading, and photography.
Tim is a second-year graduate student studying Global Human Development at the School of Foreign Service. He comes to Georgetown after completing a Fulbright Scholarship and Peace Corps service in Albania. Raised in Chicago, he earned his bachelor’s in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Dayton. In his free time, Tim enjoys running along Embassy Row and the Potomac, reading, and enjoying delicious food with friends and family.
Will is a senior in the College, majoring in Government and History, with a minor in Journalism. He's a proud New Jerseyan, who's passionate about civic engagement and finding solutions for the future. Some places he's previously worked at include the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, The Office of the Governor of New Jersey, and the Office of Congressman Leonard Lance. In his free time, Will can be seen cheering on the Hoyas basketball team and around the Georgetown neighborhood taking photos.
Maddy is a graduate student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service in the Security Studies Program. She is an active duty 2nd Lt in the United States Air Force and following graduation will attend pilot training. Maddy has recently worked as a fellow at the State Department in the office of the Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the Special Representative to Syria. Her interests include refugee issues and Russia. Prior to attending Georgetown, Maddy graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Political Science and will return to instruct the law department's negotiations class.
Farah is a graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Originally from Egypt, she has worked on several development projects, with a focus on Education policy. Before joining McCourt, Farah spent two years working for the German Development Cooperation as a Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Education where she had a leading role in designing and steering the Technical Education reform. In that capacity, she also worked on institutionalizing structures that allowed for joint strategic planning and consensus building, advancing cooperation between the relevant Education stakeholders. Interested in developing economies and conflict ridden counties, her goal is to build a career that brings about a real impact in these areas. Farah is an avid Fencer and is always up for a new travel adventure.
Chenoa Lee is a 2019 Rangel Fellow and second-year master’s candidate studying international development in the Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) Program. Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, she left the Caribbean to pursue a public service career promoting sustainable development. Prior to MSFS, Chenoa was a Program Specialist for Economic Growth at USAID's Bureau for Africa Office of Sustainable Development, where she provided technical support to USAID missions and worked on projects to promote environmental resiliency.
During her undergraduate career, Chenoa completed two internships at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was selected as a Charles B. Rangel Scholar, Gilman Scholar, Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellow, and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellow. After graduation, Chenoa will join the State Department as a Foreign Service Economic Officer and hopes to work on climate and energy policy in developing economies.
Anna is a second year MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She is interested in national security policy with a focus in counterterrorism. Anna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus in political theory from Davidson College. After graduation, she completed the Hudson Institution Political Studies Summer Fellowship, where she further explored applying political theory/philosophy to current public policy. Her goal is to continue this work during and after her time at Georgetown. Anna enjoys meeting new people through her work as a McCourt Leadership Fellow and Student Ambassador. In her free time, she loves reading fiction novels and baking.
Dustin Vesey is a first-year student in the Master’s of Science in Foreign Service and Law (MSFS/JD) dual degree program. He comes to Georgetown after working for nearly two years in the U.S. Senate, where he still works in a part-time capacity helping coordinate Foreign Policy and Judiciary portfolios. Prior to employment on the Hill, Dustin completed a Fulbright Scholarship in rural Malaysia. He graduated with distinction from Yale University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in international relations.
At Georgetown, Dustin is also an editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, is a member of the Global Law Scholars program, and is an Opportunity Scholarship recipient. He is interested in international negotiations, national security, and diplomacy. He enjoys snowboarding, SCUBA diving, backpacking, and generally looks for any excuse he can find to get outdoors. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and was the first in his family to graduate from college.
Rena currently serves as CTL's Law Ambassador. A full bio is coming soon.
ABOUT THE ADVISORY BOARD
Advisory Board Member
With nearly 15 years in various aspects of strategic diplomacy, Mickey Bergman coined the term Fringe Diplomacy to describe the new field he is forging, an innovative discipline exploring the space in international relations just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority.
He manages relationships and private diplomacy efforts in North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, and Africa. Nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Former Governor Bill Richardson; Mickey has led his team at the Richardson Center to facilitate the release of more political prisoners than any other organization. Mickey creates new political capital by leading Professional Exchange Programs to frontier countries such as North Korea, Myanmar, Cuba, Lebanon, and others.
Mickey is Vice President and Senior Advisor at Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; was Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; is a professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he teaches about emotional intelligence in international relations, and consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mickey has published numerous articles, interviews, and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post. Mickey also has been featured as a subject matter expert for television interviews on CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, I24news, Global News, and ABC News Australia.
Advisory Board Member
Victoria is head of organizational management at Protect Democracy, an organization dedicated to defending and strengthening democracy in the U.S. Victoria previously served as director of the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance at Georgetown University.
Before Georgetown, Victoria was senior advisor to the CEO of TechnoServe, an economic development nonprofit that fosters business solutions to poverty. She also advised Fortune 100 companies as a management consultant with Deloitte. Earlier in her career, Victoria worked on democratic development programs globally with the National Democratic Institute and political campaigns with the opinion research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Victoria holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Tufts University.
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Saman Hussain is a certified professional coach, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has several years of experience working in the public sector, with indigenous communities, non-profits and academia. Her work has varied from designing interfaith community dialogue and bridge building to facilitating dialogue around policy making between the federal government and Native American tribes to providing executive and team coaching to leadership teams. Saman was the first Project coordinator for the 9/11 Unity Walk in Washington DC, bringing together over a thousand participants from eleven faith based communities for a walk and dialogue. She also successfully facilitated the first agreement-seeking processes for both the US Department of the Interior, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to develop a federal government policy on how to consult with Native American tribes and Alaskan Natives. Saman also co-designed and delivered a coach training focused on rank, power and diversity, which was instituted into the core curriculum of an International Coach Federal (ICF) accredited coach training program. She has also designed and administered a dialogue program for students at New York University Abu Dhabi that creates space for differences to be explored and understood. Saman graduated from University of Virginia with bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs, concentration in Africa and Religious Studies, concentration in Judaism. She is currently pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Saman is fluent in Urdu, English, and proficient in Arabic.
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Robin is a Program Manager with the Institute for State Effectiveness, a non-profit organization that seeks to address the challenge of accountability and governance through a system-building approach across governments, markets and people. A veteran of Accenture's federal government practice, she is an experienced consultant dedicated to improving governance structures and accountability through design thinking and data-driven decision-making. While earning her Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Robin served as GBNN co-chair and as a facilitator in the HoyasAndHighlanders program. She specializes in Facilitation, Meditation, Human-Centered Design, and Change Management. She originally hails from the Washington, DC area and has enjoyed living and working in the city for the past six years.