Student Bios

Marshall Boyd
I - International Relations
United States Naval Academy, 2004
Systems Engineering, B.S.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Lieutenant Commander Marshall Boyd joins the WWS team after completing his executive officer tour at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he managed a special operations team as the second in command. Marshall is a Naval Officer and active duty Navy SEAL. Commissioned in 2004 as a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in systems engineering, he began his SEAL training immediately after he left the Naval Academy. Over a 14-year career, he has led extensively in various levels of combat, and has executed missions spanning the entire spectrum of Naval Special Warfare capabilities. Marshall served extensively in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. His most recent assignment required him to be a key interlocutor for the U.S. military war effort and fight against violent extremist organizations. Once rounds are complete at WWS, he intends to serve on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, focusing his attention towards DoD policy for special operations. Marshall and his wife look forward to the year ahead, spending time with their new daughter, and exploring Princeton and the surrounding community.
Benjamin Brenner
I - International Relations
McGill University, 2011
History, B.A.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ben’s career started in a dingy room underneath the U.S. Capitol building, where he spent untold hours copying news clips for now-retired Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. Somehow, this (and other things) fed his fascination with government, and he spent the subsequent eight years working in Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). In the Senate, Ben worked his way up from the copy room to become a legislative adviser to Senator Levin, and over those years he focused (unsuccessfully) on crafting policies to reduce U.S. gun violence and (successfully) on supporting public-private research and development partnerships. At DoE, he served as an appropriations adviser to their renewable energy and nuclear security programs, and helped secure billions of dollars in appropriations to maintain astoundingly powerful weapons that he wishes were not necessary. At Princeton, Ben hopes to think through big questions: whether convoluted bureaucratic models can be updated for modern challenges; how to address evolving nuclear threats; whether IT platforms and policies can or should be managed in the public interest; and if he is actually, finally ready to get a dog.
Patrick Brown
III - Domestic Policy
University of Notre Dame, 2011
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Redmond, Washington
Before coming to Princeton, Patrick spent four years at Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest social service networks, working in government affairs and communications. He served as a liaison with the University of Notre Dame in the creation of a research center that identifies and conducts impact evaluations of innovative, effective, and scalable anti-poverty programs. He also spent a year working in local journalism, and completed his WWS internship working on urbanism projects at the R Street Institute in Washington, D.C. He has written for America magazine, National Review, The Washington Post, and First Things, and is returning to the Woo after a year at home with two toddlers.
Brendan Burns
III - Domestic Policy
Vanderbilt University, 2015
Economics/Public Policy Studies, B.A.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Prior to arriving at Princeton, Brendan’s life was a tale of two cities. After growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, he moved west to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Vanderbilt University. There, he studied economics and public policy and developed an interest in public service in the oft-overlooked lower levels of American government. Immediately after college, he went back to Raleigh to work with North Carolina’s Medicaid program. Most recently, Brendan doubled back to Nashville, where for two years he was a Commissioner’s Fellow in the Tennessee Department of Health. Among other projects, he researched and wrote three white papers detailing Tennessee’s past and then-ongoing policy responses to the opioid epidemic, and he helped create a primer for staff on how the Department’s budget is developed and structured. After Princeton, he hopes to test and evaluate programs on the city or state level. When it is not too cold, Brendan enjoys cycling; when no one is around, Brendan enjoys trying to teach himself how to play the piano.
Sharif Calfee
I - International Relations
United States Naval Academy, 1996; Naval Postgraduate School, 2003
Computer Science, B.S.; Computer Science, M.S.
Toms River, New Jersey
Captain Sharif Calfee is a U.S. Naval Officer and serves as a surface warfare officer. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Afloat, he most recently served as the commanding officer, USS McCAMPBELL (DDG 85), an Aegis guided missile destroyer, homeported overseas in Yokosuka, Japan. He has previously served aboard USS ELROD (FFG 55), USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), and USS BUNKER HILL (CG 52), and has deployed throughout the world including the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, Mediterranean Sea, and Arabian Gulf, visiting over thirty countries in those regions. Ashore, Sharif was most recently selected for the Federal Executive Fellowship program and served as the U.S. Navy fellow to the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), the non-partisan, national security policy analysis think-tank in Washington, D.C., where he focused on national security/defense strategy, Indo-Asia-Pacific/China strategy, and artificial intelligence/autonomous systems related issues. He previously served as a strategic planner on The Joint Staff, J-5 Strategic Plans & Policy Directorate where he worked closely with the State Department and Congress on counterterrorism security assistance/cooperation issues. After earning his MPP, Sharif will return to sea duty to command an Aegis guided missile cruiser.
Anthony Chase
III - Domestic Policy
University of Michigan, 2012
Political Science/Arabic/Islamic Studies, B.A.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Anthony is interested in the economic future of struggling American cities. Before the Woodrow Wilson School, Anthony served as a program director for Humanity in Action in New York. In that position, he led and developed fellowship programs about urban and civic issues in Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Cairo, Paris, Berlin and Warsaw. He also worked as a project manager for Bibliothèques Sans Frontières in Paris and now serves on the board of the organization’s U.S. branch, Libraries Without Borders. He is a fellow with the Urban Design Forum in New York. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Anthony holds a B.A. in political science and Arabic/Islamic studies from the University of Michigan. He loves biking, cooking and Brooklyn.
Dina Chotrani
II - International Development
Princeton University, 2018
Public & International Affairs, A.B.
Secaucus, New Jersey
A member of the 2018 SINSI cohort, Dina graduated from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in global health and health policy, history and the practice of diplomacy, and entrepreneurship. Her policy interests have led her to intern at an immigration law firm, conduct research on human rights and forced migration for The 2018 New Global Agenda, and work on affordable housing policy at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. Dina has also worked in gender equality advocacy efforts in Mexico City and on the United Nations Ivy STEM Connect pilot programs in Tanzania and Rwanda for the U.N. Girls’ Education Initiative. As an undergraduate, she was a student fellow in the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination’s Project on Women in the Global Community and an executive board member of the Ivy Council. After completing her MPA, Dina plans to work in the government, pursuing her interests in global health and humanitarian assistance.
Tom Clark
II - International Development
University of Exeter, 2012
Politics, B.A.
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
After graduating in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Exeter (U.K.), Tom spent the next two years working for grassroots NGOs in the Philippines and Madagascar. He then moved to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, initially supporting a technical assistance project to improve fiscal governance in fragile states, and subsequently project-managing ODI’s Agricultural Development and Policy research programme. During this time, Tom also studied part-time for a graduate diploma in economics at Birkbeck College, University of London. After graduating from the MPA, Tom aspires to work in the design and delivery of humanitarian aid for organisations such as the U.N. and the Red Cross.
Michelle Conway
III - Domestic Policy
Columbia University, 2013
Urban Studies, B.A.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Michelle is a proud New Jersey native. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in urban studies. After college, she began her career at New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, where she managed the organization’s neighborhood revitalization initiatives. In 2015, she took on a position in the office of New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu as a policy researcher focused on topics as varied as murder reduction, healthcare access and affordable housing. She then served as Mayor Landrieu’s director of boards and commissions, overseeing the mayor’s appointments to key policy-making bodies in the city. At WWS, Michelle is focused on domestic health policy. She spent the summer of 2018 at the Center for Health Care Strategies as a member of the payment and delivery system reform team. She supported states making innovative changes to their Medicaid programs, including advancing value-based payment through the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program and improving primary care delivery in Medicaid managed care. Following graduation from the MPA program, Michelle hopes to continue working in health care policy.
Caroline Corcoran
I - International Relations
University of Texas-Austin, 2014
French/Government/History, B.A.
Plano, Texas
A native of Plano, Texas, Caroline earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, history, and French at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, she spent semesters studying in Dakar, Paris and Washington, D.C. After graduation, Caroline spent more than three years in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. She designed, monitored and evaluated conflict prevention and conflict resolution programs. She also served as member of the bureau’s peace process and mediation support team, providing U.S. diplomats with analytic and technical support to bring conflict parties to the negotiating table, work through mediation processes and sustainably implement peace agreements. Caroline spent last year in Iraq as part of the humanitarian response to the military offensives against the Islamic State. She managed an emergency livelihoods project to provide income-generating opportunities to Iraqis living in internally displaced persons camps before transitioning into a role with Nonviolent Peaceforce, an NGO that provides protective presence for threatened civilians and fosters dialogue between conflict parties. Caroline is attending the Woodrow Wilson School as a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs fellow and looks forward to a career as a Foreign Service Officer after graduation.
Maria de Lourdes Corona
II - International Development
Rice University, 2011; Stanford University, 2013
Environmental Engineering Sciences, B.A.; Civil & Environmental Eng, M.S.
Houston, Texas
Marilú is a civil and environmental engineer who has worked on water quality and distribution projects in California and internationally since graduating from Stanford and Rice. She has had exposure to public sector planning projects that directly affect disadvantaged communities, has assessed emergency conservation and construction projects in response to drought, and has modeled agriculture-related contaminants to inform California’s groundwater policy. Marilú is grateful for, and enthusiastic about, her varied research projects with the National Science Foundation, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, Environmental Defense Fund, and Engineers without Borders. One of her favorite experiences was the evaluation of fogwater harvesting as an alternative water supply for Morocco’s Atlas Mountain communities. Marilú is interested in helping cities make decisions about water resources and infrastructure, applying the growing knowledge of climate change to state and federal water and infrastructure policy, and contributing to sanitation policy in the realm of international development. For example, she is interested in how cities can respond to the growing volatility of water supply and to changing demands on water resources caused by climate and population change. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Marilú spent the summer wrapping up the design for San Francisco’s wastewater treatment plant, riding with Stanford’s equestrian team, biking around Lake Michigan and Chicago, and traveling.
Maia Cotelo
III - Domestic Policy
University of Mississippi, 2016
Economics/International Studies/Mathematics, B.A.
Oxford, Mississippi
Maia was born in Uruguay, but has spent most of her life in Oxford, Mississippi. Determined to understand how her passion for the Uruguayan national team (Uruguay Noma!!!) persisted over the years while the rest of her Uruguayan national identity faded, she opted to attend the University of Mississippi to partake in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College World Cup Initiative. The initiative’s focus on examining soccer and the world-wide event from multiple angles (e.g., history, sociology, economics) exposed Maia to the beauty of multidisciplinary study and led her to pursue a B.A. in international studies, economics and mathematics. Between her soccer passion projects and studies, she helped found and grow Ole Miss’ Dance Marathon branch, a student organization that has now raised over half a million dollars for the only children’s hospital in Mississippi. After graduation, Maia moved to Washington, D.C., to work for EAB, an education best practice research firm. The past two years, Maia dedicated her time to interviewing secondary and post-secondary education leaders about their top concerns, researching and analyzing existing practices to address those concerns, and presenting the most promising findings to member institutions.
Matthew Cournoyer
III - Domestic Policy
Northeastern University, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Cranston, Rhode Island
Matt grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. After working on Elizabeth Warren’s successful 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, he served in Senator Warren’s Washington office in several communications positions, most recently as press secretary and speechwriter. A Truman Scholar, Matt’s academic and professional interests are focused on social, economic and urban policy. He lives with his wife Noreen, baby Grace, and pet rabbit Martini. In his free time, Matt enjoys running, board games and watching Boston sports.
Christopher Crawford
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2012
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, B.S.
East Lansing, Michigan
Chris is a second-year Ph.D. student in the science, technology, and environmental policy (STEP) program, where he is working to illuminate the various trade-offs of biodiversity conservation and inform the policies that are designed to encourage conservation on private lands. He is interested in what changing agricultural land use trends mean for conservation, and harnessing these new opportunities to restore marginal lands to maximize their value for biodiversity, ecosystem services, and people, especially along rivers and streams. He is also interested in the role of restoration and conservation on private lands in building resilience into the mosaic of habitat patches to help species adapt to a changing climate. Before landing in Princeton, Chris worked at Sustainable Conservation, where he collaborated with the horticultural industry to stop the sale of invasive plants and worked with farmers, government agencies, utilities, and environmental organizations to facilitate riparian restoration projects in California’s Central Valley. Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, and likes riding his bicycle, taking pictures of clouds, and listening to Swedish music.
Julieta Cuéllar
III - Domestic Policy
University of Texas-Austin, 2012
Government, B.A.
San Antonio, Texas
Julieta grew up all around the state of Texas. As an undergraduate, she focused on the recent conflicts and transition to democracy in the Balkans, as well as immigration in France. Julieta was also an Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) fellow. After graduating, she spent four and a half years working at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a global network of museums, memorials and memory organizations, headquartered in New York City. While at the Woo, Julieta is focusing on urban policy and planning, particularly approaches to tackling affordability in cities. Julieta interned at Isles, Inc. in Trenton during the spring 2018 semester. She did her summer internship in Austin, Texas, at Travis County's Economic Development and Strategic Investments Department, crafting the county's approach to getting a new transportation project approved and conducting research on affordable housing policy.