2017-2018 Women's Leadership Fellows Cohort

Natalia Abrahams PhotoNatalia Abrahams is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Trachtenberg School focusing on refugee and immigration resettlement policy. She graduated from Clark University with a degree in history with a global focus, concentration in holocaust and genocide studies, and a theatre minor. Natalia has previously worked with STAND Anti-Genocide Coalition and Ascentria Care Alliance in their immigration and legal assistance programs. In pursuing her professional and personal goals, Natalia looks forward to exploring all D.C. has to offer.


Carol Baillie PhotoCarol Baillie is a decorated U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) veteran with eight years of experience in incident management, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction and oil spill response. Hailing originally from Huntington Beach, Calif., she recently moved to Virginia to attend the George Washington University to pursue her MA in Environmental Resource Policy. Her most recent position was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she worked with the toxics release inventory program. Carol is passionate about everything she pursues and incorporates the USCG core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty into her daily life.


Emily Del Monroe PhotoEmily Del Morone is in her final year of pursuing her MPP. She currently serves as the press secretary and as a senior legislative assistant handling education and labor issues for Congressman Sander Levin (D-MI). Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Emily spent two years teaching math in rural Mississippi with Teach For America. She is a 2011 graduate of Michigan State University.


Deon Glaser PhotoDeon Glaser is a manager at AtSite, Inc. where she provides building energy and environmental consulting services to private companies. Her expertise spans program development, project management, organizational redevelopment, team leadership and relationship building. Previously, Deon worked for ten years as director for the U.S. Green Building Council, spearheading the improvement of the LEED green building rating system to better address the needs of projects internationally. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy from the George Washington University. She has particular interest in the intersection of race, poverty and inequality in America and plans to focus on Social Policy.


Isabella Higgins PhotoIsabella Higgins is a first-year MPP from Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating with a BA in women's and gender studies and sociology, she worked as a research assistant investigating the relationship between insurance coverage and receipt of contraception. Isabella then went on to work at Ipas, an international NGO working to make abortions safe and legal. She is currently working as a Health Care Intern with MomsRising, a grassroots advocacy group. In her free time, she enjoys baking, watching documentaries and exploring D.C.


Kim Johnson PhotoKim Johnson is a first-year MPP student and a policy intern with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Before attending the Trachtenberg School, she received her MA in psychological sciences as well as her B.S. in psychology from James Madison University (JMU). After receiving her Masters, she worked as a health educator and advocate for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence at JMU. Having worked directly with survivors, she wants to explore the broader impact of policy on survivors’ access to resources and to address the root causes of power-based violence through policy-based initiatives.


Maya Pendelton PhotoMaya Pendleton is a coordinator at BEST Kids, a nonprofit that partners with the District of Columbia’s child and family services agency to provide mentorship to children in foster care. Previously, Maya served as an intern with Freedman Consulting. Her research focused on creating opportunities for low-income communities in urban areas through technological innovation. She holds a BA from Georgetown University where she studied government, African American studies, and women’s studies to explore the relationship between race, gender, and larger social institutions. Maya is pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration with a focus in social policy. Her commitment to place inclusivity at the center of policy discussions drives her work.


Catalina Reguerin PhotoCatalina Reguerin is a second-year MPA student at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School, with a focus in technology policy. She currently works at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), working on border security programmatic and policy strategy. She has spent her career with CBP and is looking forward to continuing her professional development there, applying firsthand her policy specialization and WLF experience. A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park, Catalina received her BA in criminology and criminal justice, with a minor in human development. Catalina loves solo traveling internationally, exploring and learning about new cultures.


Dwitipriya Sanyal PhotoDwitipriya Sanyal is a second-year MPA student with a focus on international development and program evaluation. She is currently interning at the World Bank's Enabling the Business of Agriculture division, within the development economics group and pursues parallel research interests with the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. Prior to moving to Washington D.C., she obtained a masters degree in economics from in India. She has previously worked in the international development field at UNICEF, Bangladesh, and ABA ROLI. She hopes to take up leadership roles within the development realm to develop and better implement solutions to the most pressing policy challenges.


Samantha Sears PhotoSamantha Sears is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the George Washington University with a focus in social policy. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications - public relations and a minor in pre-law. Transitioning from having her own event planning business, Samantha's goal is to apply the skills she learns in her studies toward evaluating and reforming the mental health system in the United States. Although her background is in public relations and event planning, her true passion was found when she worked with nonprofits such as Liberty in North Korea and Riverside Life Services. Samantha hopes that her life and work experiences are a solid foundation to the experiences yet to come.


Anna Teye PhotoAnna Teye is a first-year MPA candidate from Ghana with a passion for women's empowerment initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa. Anna is also a recipient of the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for women, an award given to international women scholars who pursue a U.S. education in the hopes of returning home to create change in their nations. She holds a BA in international studies and women's and gender studies from Denison University. During her undergraduate experience, Anna conducted field research in Accra, Ghana, exploring the implications of micro-finance, healthcare and educational nonprofit programs on homeless women, and examineding the disconnect between the theoretical foundations and sustainable application of women's empowerment discourse in the nation. She currently works as an admissions coordinator in the office of undergraduate admissions at the George Washington University, and loves to sing and adorn herself with the bright fabrics of her home country.


Shanise Williams PhotoShanise Williams is a first-year MPA student with an interest in housing and urban policy. After graduating from Saint Joseph’s University she served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she assisted with the launch of one of the first 5 Promise Zones. The West Philadelphia Promise Zone is a federal anti-poverty initiative based on a collective impact model, and Shanise worked in housing and resident engagement. Within this role she worked with federal, municipal, non-profit and community organizations to plan and implement a series of housing workshops to bring resources and services to community members. Afterwards, she worked at the Fair Housing Rights Center in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she completed intakes for victims of housing discrimination and led fair housing rights trainings for housing providers, nonprofit agencies and youth aging out of the foster care system. Her work in housing and community development grew her passion for public service and inspired her to attend the George Washington University, where she is excited for the plethora of learning and engagement opportunities.