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.

Trachtenberg School alumnae, including previous Women’s Leadership Fellows, serve as mentors to current participants. Mentors provide fellows with coaching and professional development support. 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 a panel of Trachtenberg School faculty, staff, and students after a competitive application process. Two 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 female cohorts 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.  


For More Information

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

Current Cohort 



Rebecca Bizzarri


Rebecca Bizzarri

Rebecca Bizzarri is a second-year Master of Public Administration student with a focus in Politics, Policy, and Administration. She completed her Bachelor's degree at GW, where she studied international affairs, and double-minored in both economics and women's, gender, and sexuality studies. As a GW Presidential Fellow, Rebecca serves as a university ambassador in a number of campus events and initiatives. She currently works as an Analyst in the GW Division of Safety and Security, where she supports the university's Back to Campus Initiative, in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, watching movies, and fawning over all the puppies she sees in DC.



Nazeefa Hossain


Nazeefa Hossian

Nazeefa Hossain is a second-year Master of Public Administration student with a focus on managing community partnerships. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is passionate about serving survivors of violence. Her focus is to collaborate with law enforcement to improve their methods when working with survivors. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, traveling to new places and is always eager to learn.


Olivia Shaffett


Olivia Shaffett

Olivia Shaffett is a second-year Master of Public Administration student. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in history. While living in Louisiana, she created an editorial platform, Modern Girls, to support and feature women in business, the arts and the non-profit sector. Her advocacy work includes volunteering for Baton Rouge STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) and Planned Parenthood Young Leaders in Action. Olivia is interested in creating and implementing policy that will establish protections and produce further access to resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. When she’s not studying, she enjoys exploring the many local bookstores, comedy clubs and museums that D.C. has to offer.

Rachel Silber


Rachel Silber

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rachel Silber packed her bags for Washington D.C. where she is now a second-year Masters of Public Administration student eager to learn all sectors of the field. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in English and double minor in political science and human rights. She was inspired to obtain her MPA in London, where she interned with a non-profit that worked with domestic violence survivors and a Member of Parliament to help establish more effective law enforcement protocols for reporting. Since moving to D.C., she’s interned at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Amtrak’s Office of the Inspector General. Rachel uses her free time to read fiction, take late night walks to the Lincoln Memorial, and have a drink with friends at Tonic.