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 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.
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 2020 - 2021 academic year closed on Friday, September 4. Thank you to all applicants for your interest!
Please direct questions about the WLF program to [email protected].
Current Cohort Co-Chairs
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Field of Study: Social Policy
Current Position: Research Assistant, GW
Aylen Rodriguez Ferrari is a second-year MPP student with a concentration in Social Policy and a Spanish Fulbright scholar. She went to law school and then decided she wanted to contribute to society through the development sector and got a master’s degree in Microfinance. Her specialization is in gender, poverty alleviation, and financial inclusion. She has been working for more than 5 years in the field, in Latin American countries in particular. Aylen moved from Madrid to DC last year and she is fascinated about the nature and culture around the capital. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, reading a book outdoors, and hanging out with friends, she loves picnics!
Hometown: Howell, NJ
Field of Study: Undecided
Current Position: Program Manager, National Center for Victims of Crime
Christa Andersen serves as the Programs Manager for the National Crime Victim Bar Association (NCVBA). Christa has been with the National Center since 2018, previously acting in the role of membership and training coordinator for the NCVBA. In her current role, she assists with the planning, marketing, and execution of training as well as marketing and membership development and retention. Prior to joining the National Center, Christa interned at the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) and the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. Christa holds her B.A. in Justice and Law from American University and is studying for her Masters in Public Policy (MPP) at The George Washington University.