Women's Leadership Fellows

The Women’s Leadership Fellows program is a selective cohort of women currently enrolled at the Trachtenberg School who meet monthly to build leadership and community through skills-based workshops, a mentoring program, and networking events. Monthly sessions are led by vetted trainers who volunteer their time and expertise to focus on negotiation, conflict resolution, verbal and nonverbal communication, and management skills. Women’s Leadership Fellows also have the opportunity to network with current and past fellows, George Washington University alumni, and other professionals.

The women are chosen by the Co-Chairs after a competitive application process. Student co-chairs coordinate the planning and logistics of the program in partnership with the Trachtenberg School Administration.


The Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program prepares high-potential women to be successful public service leaders through professional development, mentorship, and networking.


  • Leverage individual strengths and core competencies for leadership success
  • Foster self-empowerment and confidence-building to close the leadership gap
  • Master critical professional skills to successfully navigate workplace complexities
  • Connect dynamic cohorts of women to build community capacity

Apply to Join Women's Leadership Fellows Program

Do you identify as a woman in the MPA, MPP, or Environmental Resource Policy program? Would you like to be part of a selective nine-month leadership program? Applications are accepted at the beginning of each fall semester for the Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program.

Applications for the 2021 - 2022 academic year will be open from August 19-September 3, 2021! 

Apply here.


For More Information

Please direct questions about the WLF program to [email protected].


Current Cohort Co-Chairs 





Malka Berro is a second-year Master of Public Policy student, with a focus on health policy. She is passionate about advocating for those living with mental illness and substance use conditions and is currently working as a policy associate with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. Malka also has worked to advance population health with the National Academy for State Health Policy and interned in the U.S. House of Representatives. She graduated summa cum laude from Antioch College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Spanish language focus. During her free time, Malka can be found chasing after her excitable puppy, singing, or hiking around DC.






Bryanne Colby is a third-year Master of Public Administration student. She graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, concentrating in contemporary cultures and societies. She was a 2013 Teach For America corps member in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has taught for eight years. Bryanne is passionate about equitable policy responses to 21st Century challenges. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and traveling.




Liz Cottle



Liz Cottle is a second-year Master of Public Administration student, focusing on global social policy. She graduated from Binghamton University with a dual Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Psychology. After traveling to Malawi and Haiti, Liz became passionate about sustainable development as a means of addressing global poverty and vulnerable populations, particularly by way of economic development and female empowerment. She is excited to expand her experience in policy after previously analyzing the mechanisms of workforce development, international development advocacy, and inclusive financial lending to merge her understanding of ground-level service, government involvement, and private commitments. Currently she works for Aceli Africa, a nonprofit increasing inclusive private sector investments to the agriculture sector in East Africa. In her free time, Liz enjoys reading, walking her dog, and playing guitar.


Current Fellows (2021-2022 Fellows will be chosen in early September)