Student Bios

Alexander Brockwehl
I - International Relations
Union College, 2011
Political Science/Spanish, B.A.
Guilford, Connecticut
Alex grew up near New Haven, Connecticut, home to the best pizza this side of the Atlantic. After studying abroad in Mexico and developing a passion for political theory, he graduated from Union College in 2011 with a degree in political science and Spanish. After graduating, he worked for a year with a nonprofit in rural Ecuador, managing a high school scholarship program and assisting a local artisans’ group and women’s cooperative. From 2012-2016, he worked for Freedom House, a democracy and human rights NGO, where he supported civil society organizations throughout Latin America to advocate before international human rights bodies and inform domestic policymakers about threats to political rights and civil liberties. He also conducted field research on indigenous rights in Peru and mass social protests in Chile. He has worked as a part-time consultant and research analyst for Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press publications. During the summer of 2017, Alex interned as a Rosenthal fellow in the Political Section of the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He then traveled to Greece, Kenya and Rwanda for some rest and relaxation. After graduating, he hopes to continue advancing human rights, whether by working in a policy role within government or conducting research or advocacy in the nonprofit sector. A cellist in his early years, Alex decided to forgo his initial aspirations to emulate Yo-Yo Ma in favor of sports like soccer and skiing.
Alessandra Brown
III - Domestic Policy
Georgetown University, 2009
International Business/Marketing, B.S.
Houston, Texas
Alessandra was born and raised in Houston, Texas and graduated with a degree in marketing and international business from Georgetown University. She most recently resided in Sacramento, California, where she served as a budget analyst with the Department of Finance, overseeing critical public safety infrastructure projects. Before joining Finance, she worked on environmental and land use policy with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, interned with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and organized communities around energy issues in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio. She spent the past summer interning in the New York City Mayor’s Office where she worked on climate policy, traveling to Quebec and Montreal, and visiting family in Los Angeles. After graduating from the MPA program, Alessandra hopes to continue her career in public service in government, and work on policy that assists in the development of sustainable and equitable cities.
Chloe Brown
III - Domestic Policy
Williams College, 2010
Arabic Studies/Religion, B.A.
Santa Barbara, California
Chloe is originally from Santa Barbara, California. She received her bachelor’s in Arabic studies and religion from Williams College, where she studied abroad in Yemen and Egypt and completed a thesis on representations of terrorism in American and Palestinian film. Prior to Princeton, Chloe spent six years working as a theater artist and arts advocate. She produced shows across New York, helped run a monthly new work series in Brooklyn, advocated for more equitable processes within theater institutions, and was an O’Neill finalist for her play about the Manhattan Project. At WWS, her work focuses on urban policy, economic inequality, and expanded access to social services. Most recently, Chloe worked with the Project Management team at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations, where her portfolio included projects on government uses of big data, criminal justice reform, worker safety, and expanded access to city services for non-English speakers. In her free time, she enjoys podcasts, running and the good parts of the internet.
Jennifer Bulley
II - International Development
Washington and Lee University, 2014
Economics, B.A.
Cumming, Georgia
Jenny was born in California but spent most of her life in a small town in northern Georgia. She left home to attend Washington and Lee University where she graduated with a major in economics and a minor in human capability and poverty studies. Throughout her undergraduate experience, her pursuit of serving the disenfranchised led her to internships and study abroad in the Navajo Nation, Ghana, Bologna, Greenland and across the United States, doing projects ranging from economic valuation of a UNESCO World Heritage Site to grassroots youth development. After graduating, Jenny served for two years in Peace Corps Senegal as a community economic development volunteer, where she worked with local cashew farmers and processors to better develop the cashew value chain and improve their business practices. Jenny loves all things outdoors from hiking to climbing to paddling and all things in between. After completing the Camino de Santiago Trail, sections of the AT, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek, she dreams of completing one long distance trek on each continent (except Antarctica).
Jordan Burns
I - International Relations
University of Colorado-Boulder, 2015
Civil Engineering, B.S.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jordan was raised in Colorado Springs and studied civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she managed an Engineers Without Borders program in northern Rwanda and interned with the United States Agency for International Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is a 2014 recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service. Jordan worked as a water resources engineer in Denver before joining the World Bank as a Truman-Albright fellow. She supported the Inspection Panel, the World Bank’s internal accountability mechanism, by handling claims from communities that were negatively impacted by Bank-funded projects and seeking redress on their behalf. As a retired competitive Irish dancer, Jordan stays active by climbing, biking, and getting lost in the mountains whenever she has free time.
Lachlan Carey
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Sydney, 2013
Economics/Government and International Relations, BComm
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Lachlan grew up in Sydney, Australia, and graduated from Sydney University in 2013. His final year was spent writing a thesis on the power dynamics financial institutions exhibit over the policy-making process, focusing on how this influenced Australia’s experience during the global financial crisis. With this in mind, Lachlan spent a year on the campaign trail for Australia’s next treasurer, Joe Hockey, in an attempt to better understand the proverbial sausage making process. Somewhat disheartened by partisan politics, he moved into the public service as a policy analyst with the Australian Treasury. The majority of the next three and a half years was spent providing policy advice to the treasurer and conducting macroeconomic research on the relationship between Australia and its largest trading partner, China. This researched was focused on the mounting financial risks in China’s economy and how this relates to their development prospects vis-à-vis the dreaded “middle income trap”. Additionally, as China became more and more of a scapegoat for economic problems in elections overseas, Lachlan developed an interest in the relative importance of trade versus technology in the declining labor share of income, rising inequality, stagnating productivity and rising political populism. Following graduation from the Woodrow Wilson School, Lachlan hopes to help develop policy solutions that minimize further negative implications arising from these trends. Meanwhile, when he’s not worried about the fate of humanity, Lachlan is most likely to be either in a cinema, listening to a podcast or at a music festival somewhere. He’s a pretty enthusiastic traveler and always ready to change plans for a new adventure.
Juan Pablo Castro
II - International Development
University of Florida, 2008
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Bogotá, Colombia
Juan Pablo grew up in both Colombia and the United States, and graduated with a degree in economics and political science from the University of Florida. He joins the Woodrow Wilson School after working for several years on crisis-response programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He has led the design, management and implementation of projects aimed at building stability and local governance, fostering civic engagement, supporting reintegration processes and countering the influence of violent extremist groups in different parts of Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Juan Pablo also led the design of programmatic and operational frameworks that enabled USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) to deliver assistance throughout Syria from Turkey for the first non-humanitarian USAID program responding to the Syrian crisis. He is looking forward to challenging his own notions of what successful and responsible crisis-response interventions are with the Woo community. Despite lacking both musical talents and cooking abilities, Juan Pablo is an avid consumer of emerging music and food from around the world. Thus, he is eager to see what Princeton and its vicinity have to offer. Upon graduation, he plans to continue working in addressing both violence and conflict; however, from what angle and where remains to be determined.
Erin Cheese
III - Domestic Policy
Creighton University, 2015
Applied Physical Analysis/Energy Science, B.S.
Omaha, Nebraska
A Nebraska native, Erin graduated from Creighton University with a B.S. in applied physical analysis and energy science. Prior to attending Princeton, she was a Science and Technology Policy fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative in Washington, D.C. Erin managed the National Community Solar Partnership and the Solar in Your Community Challenge to expand access to low and moderate income households and nonprofits across the country. Fair warning: she talks about solar a lot. This past summer, Erin road tripped across the Midwest to visit her sisters followed by camping in Montreal. After graduation, Erin would like to become a leader in renewable energy policymaking.
Emily Chen
III - Domestic Policy
Princeton University, 2017
Civil and Environmental Engineering, BSE
Denville, New Jersey
Emily grew up in a small town in New Jersey with her parents and two older sisters. A member of the 2017 SINSI cohort, she graduated from Princeton University with a civil and environmental engineering degree and certificates in German language and culture and geological engineering. Emily spent the summer of 2016 as a Princeton Brazil Global fellow, researching the effect of air quality on respiratory and cardiovascular health at the University of São Paulo Medical School. During the previous summer, she interned at the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Regional Planning where she compiled regional data on renewable energy for the biannual report and assisted the director of the Energy Monitoring division. As an undergraduate, Emily worked on several environmental initiatives, including organizing a Princeton contingent to the People’s Climate March and a campus energy savings competition. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing, cooking and traveling.
Shehab Chowdhury
II - International Development
Baruch College, 2014
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Brooklyn, New York
Shehab is a Brooklynite, born and raised. He attended Baruch College, CUNY where he studied economics and political science. Most recently, he served as a Community Engagement fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where he fostered global citizenship through community engagement programs focused on nutrition, well-being and empowering youth. With his work on grassroots advocacy for UNICEF in the United States and his storytelling instincts, Shehab worked on building bridges to make Americans empathize with situations children face around the world. Prior to that, he worked on an innovation project through the CUNY-UNICEF Design Challenge and served as a Colin Powell fellow at the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. He is also a district committee facilitator in District 39’s Participatory Budgeting in Brooklyn. This past summer, Shehab returned to New York City where he interned at City Hall with the First Deputy Mayor of New York’s Office, learning how the city functions, operates and provides service delivery to 8 million plus New Yorkers. Shehab enjoys writing short stories, eating pizza, exploring cities and unreasonable ideas.
Kevan Christensen
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Stanford University, 2010
Earth Systems/International Relations, B.S./B.A.
Tempe, Arizona
Kevan grew up in the sunny suburbs of Tempe, Arizona, and earned degrees in earth systems and international relations from Stanford University, where he developed a passion for issues around sustainable international development. After graduating, he worked at the U.S. Department of State on global hunger and food security policy. Eager to travel and see development challenges first-hand, he then worked in Bangladesh on a Fulbright scholarship, conducting research on how vulnerable communities are adapting to climate change. For the next four years, he lived in Kenya and worked at the social enterprise One Acre Fund, supporting the testing and implementation of innovative ideas to help smallholder farmers increase their harvests and incomes. In addition to the MPA at WWS, Kevan will be pursuing a J.D. at Stanford Law School. With the joint degrees, he plans to focus on international human rights policy and how improved governance and the rule of law can reduce conflict and facilitate inclusive economic development.
Michelle Conway
III - Domestic Policy
Columbia University, 2013
Urban Studies, B.A.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Michelle is a proud New Jersey native, born and raised in Scotch Plains. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in urban studies. After college, she realized her lifelong dream of moving to New Orleans. She began her career as an AmeriCorps member 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 most recently served as Mayor Landrieu’s director of boards and commissions, overseeing the mayor’s appointments to key policy-making bodies in the city. She hopes to continue her career in public service in her home state. Michelle is an avid yogi, adventurous eater and dedicated home cook. She began her studies at WWS after a summer of traveling to Zambia, Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Amy Coppernoll
I - International Relations
University of Southern California, 2012
International Relations, B.A.
New York, New York
Amy spent her first year at the Woodrow Wilson School developing her national security expertise and quantitative skillset, which complemented her experience coordinating Human Rights Watch’s advocacy at the United Nations. This past summer, she served as a Harold W. Rosenthal fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense where she worked on stability and humanitarian affairs in the Office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. A New York City native, Amy traded the East Coast for Los Angeles, graduating from the University of Southern California School of International Relations, where she was a Michael Sullivan Award recipient. An Arabic language buff interested in vulnerable populations, she studied in Morocco through a Critical Language Scholarship, and in Egypt and South Africa. In the past, Amy completed internships with the U.S. Department of State in Rwanda and Relief International in Egypt, which spurred her passion for public service, civil-military relations, and the nexus between human rights, humanitarian assistance, and counterterrorism response.
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.
Ileana Cruz-Marden
II - International Development
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 2013
Political Science, B.A.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Born in Western Massachusetts, Ileana spent most of her life in San Juan, Puerto Rico, before moving to Washington, D.C. In Washington, she worked at the U.S. Association for UNHCR, a nonprofit partner of the U.N. Refugee Agency on strategies to increase awareness, community engagement, and corporate partnerships to support refugees around the world. Prior to USA for UNHCR, she served as special assistant to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Supreme Court. Ileana began her career at ConPRmetidos, a start-up social enterprise in San Juan that develops public-private partnerships focused on urban resiliency, youth unemployment and diaspora engagement. As a Truman scholar and Gates Millennium scholar, Ileana graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.A. in political science and international relations. Ileana began her studies at the Woodrow Wilson School after a quick visit with family and friends in Puerto Rico.