Student Bios

Ana Billingsley
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Hunter College, 2013
Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, B.A.
San Francisco, California
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ana moved to New York to attend the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College where she majored in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino studies with a minor in public policy. After graduating from Hunter, she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Court Innovation conducting assessments with justice-involved men in East Harlem and Newark, New Jersey. Ana went on to become a New York City Urban Fellow at the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) where she facilitated job-readiness workshops for incarcerated women. She most recently served as the director of Workforce Development at the DOC, overseeing employment and reentry programming for young adults on Rikers Island. Upon completing her graduate degree, she plans to work on local criminal justice policy reform, with an emphasis on diverting women out of the criminal justice system. Ana is an alumnus of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at University of California-Berkeley, and the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Wagner.
Peter Birke
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Washington University-St Louis, 2013
Economics, B.A.
Madison, Wisconsin
Peter attended Washington University in St. Louis, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. Upon graduation, he interned at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, where he assisted research on the changing geography of poverty in U.S. metropolitan regions. He went on to work for New York City government for nearly three years, first as a New York City Urban Fellow and then at the Department of Small Business Services, where he was part of a strategic planning team advising City Hall on emerging economic development issues. For the past two years, Peter worked at the Markle Foundation leading projects for their Skillful initiative and Rework America Task Force. Upon graduation, Peter hopes to develop policy solutions that build prosperous and equitable regional economies in the United States. Peter enjoys lap swimming, cycling, reading and baseball. He hails from Madison, Wisconsin, but family ties and the vast reach of WGN bred him to become a die-hard Cubs fan.
Samantha BonenClark
MPA2
I - International Relations
University of Florida, 2014
Spanish, B.A.
Ocala, Florida
Samantha was born in Virginia, but grew up in Ocala, Florida, a town known for being the racehorse capital of the world. She swam middle distance freestyle for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for two years before transferring to the University of Florida (UF). At UF, Sam studied abroad in Nicaragua, spent a summer in Mexico City with the Department of State’s Economic Section, and graduated with a major in Spanish and a minor in Latin American studies. Since graduating, she has served with the AmeriCorps program, City Year, in Miami, Florida, worked in program management with the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement and completed a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Campinas, Brazil.
Marshall Boyd
MPP
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
MPA1
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.
Jennifer Bulley
MPA2
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).
Brendan Burns
MPA1
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.
Jordan Burns
MPA2
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.
Sharif Calfee
MPP
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.
Lachlan Carey
MPA2
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.
Anthony Chase
MPA1
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.
Erin Cheese
MPA2
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
MPA2
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.
Dina Chotrani
MPA1
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.
Kevan Christensen
MPA2
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.

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