Student Bios

Harrison Diamond Pollock
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
McGill University, 2013
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Harrison was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Before coming to Princeton, he worked for five years in Uganda, Kenya, and the U.S. with Innovations for Poverty Action. Harrison’s work spanned from helping to promote open data and research transparency to managing evaluations of election debates, anti-vote buying campaigns and vaccination tracking apps. He has also interned with GiveDirectly and volunteered extensively with Engineers without Borders Canada. After graduating from WWS, Harrison hopes to work to help create a culture of evidence-based policy making across the world.
Kevin DiFalco
MPP
I - International Relations
University of Colorado-Boulder, 2004; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2014
Aerospace Engineering Sciences, B.S.; Aeronautical Science, M.S.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Major Kevin “Gator” DiFalco is an Air Force officer and fighter pilot. He was most recently the assistant director of operations for the 16th Weapons Squadron at the United States Air Force Weapons School. He was commissioned in 2004 as a graduate from the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since then, he has served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Weapons School, joint operational planning expert, joint/coalition integration expert, and as a scheduler for the largest and most complex flying operation in Air Combat Command. He was recently an Air Force nominee for the NASA Astronaut Class of 2017. With 297 combat hours and 1,800 total hours flying the F-16, Gator has supported contingency and deterrence operations in Southwest Asia, Europe, Africa and on the Korean Peninsula as a weapons officer, mission commander, flight leader and Combined Air Operations Center liaison. Following graduation from the Woodrow Wilson School, he plans to continue his service in leadership roles throughout the Air Force. Gator spent his summer finishing his duties at Nellis Air Force Base and visiting family while traveling to Princeton with his wife and three kids.
Isabel DoCampo
MPA1
II - International Development
College of William & Mary, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Westfield, New Jersey
As an MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School, Isabel is excited to study female empowerment as a pathway to global health and development. She returns home to New Jersey after two years in Chicago, where she produced policy research and communications on global food security, agricultural development, and maternal/child health for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and fundraised for a local sexual assault advocacy organization. Prior to that, Isabel worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia, researching HIV testing behaviors among local youth. An avid singer, amateur guitarist, and aspiring Kristen Wiig impersonator, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in public health from the College of William & Mary in 2015.
Brian Dougherty
MPP
III - Domestic Policy
University of Kansas, 1991; National University, 2010
Communications/Political Science, BGS; Creative Writing, MFA
Atlanta, Georgia
In 1997, Brian founded a college-in-prison nonprofit organization now known as the National Prisoner Education Foundation. Since then, a little more than 2,000 prisoners have earned college degrees while serving their time in lockups throughout the country. The overwhelming majority of these nontraditional students have since secured either pardons, expungements, security bonding to hold white collar jobs, and/or early releases. Brian plans to return to the Foundation upon graduation from the Woo, and he plans to extend its outreach into international markets like Uganda, the U.K. and Canada.
Jessie Durrett
MPA1
I - International Relations
Occidental College, 2013
Diplomacy and World Affairs, B.A.
Nevada City, California
Jessie is from northern California, having grown up both in the Bay Area and in small-town Nevada City. After studying in Latin America, conducting independent research, and interning at the U.S. House of Representatives and at the United Nations, Jessie graduated from Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in diplomacy and world affairs and a minor in Spanish. Before starting at the Woodrow Wilson School, she spent almost four years working for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative hosted at the United Nations Foundation that works to improve household energy access. Jessie is studying international relations at the Woodrow Wilson School, but is also passionate about politics and the interaction between domestic and foreign policy. She plays ultimate Frisbee competitively and enjoys spending time outdoors. After completing graduate school, Jessie aspires to contribute directly to multilateral diplomacy and policy making at the intersection of security and development.
Katherine Elgin
PhD
Princeton University, 2013
Politics, A.B.
The Plains, Virginia
Katherine is a third-year Ph.D. student in security studies interested in grand strategy, civil-military affairs, alliance dynamics and national security decision-making processes. She is also the director of the Center for International Security Studies’ Strategic Education Initiative. Before commencing her graduate studies at the Woodrow Wilson School, Katherine worked at the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution. There, she focused on U.S. grand strategy and global political trends, contributing to several books and projects. While in D.C., Katherine also worked with a defense research firm. Katherine speaks Swedish, Russian and French, and her most recent research project brought her to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. She grew up on a family farm near Middleburg, Virginia, and enjoys photography, tennis and traveling.
Johnathan Falcone
MPA1
I - International Relations
Yale University, 2011
Economics, B.A.
Flemington, New Jersey
John is a native of the beautiful Garden State and currently serves as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. After graduating from Yale University in 2011, he became an investment banker in Barclays Capital’s Financial Institutions Group. Desperate to escape “the cube”, John chose to trade the congested city streets for the open ocean, and earned his commission as a Naval officer in 2013. He has deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa and Western Pacific onboard the USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and the USS JOHN S MCCAIN (DDG 56) in support of the Global War on Terror, Freedom of Navigation Operations, and Ballistic Missile Defense. As a U.S. Navy Fleet Scholar Education Program fellow, John will return to an operational sea-going command after his studies at Princeton. He is focusing his studies on the inter-relationship between regional security and economic development. In his free time, John enjoys playing lacrosse, spending time with his wife and college sweetheart, Tara, and hiking with their dog, Ruger. They look forward to a stable residence for 22 months following temporary homes in five states and two countries during their first three years of marriage.
Maura Farrell
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
American University, 2013
Economics/International Studies, B.S.
Indianapolis, Indiana
Maura is an MPA candidate focused on the intersection of economic policy, business and social impact. She first became interested in social impact when she volunteered in Kolkata for a year after high school. She returned to India several times throughout college, twice as a Critical Language Scholarship recipient in Bengali. After graduating from American University with a B.S. in economics and international studies, Maura worked at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., analyzing the efficacy of various state and federal programs. She then returned to South Asia to work at Innovations for Poverty Action in Bangladesh. At IPA, she managed a randomized controlled trial examining the effects of payroll digitization in the garment sector on financial inclusion. She hopes to continue working to expand financial inclusion by improving the regulation and development of financial services. Prior to joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Maura spent the summer interning with a fintech startup in Medellin, Colombia.
Michael Fletcher
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Washington University in Saint Louis, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Baltimore, Maryland
Mike was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He received his B.A. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was also a pitcher on the baseball team and had the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile. After graduation, he worked in Baltimore as an intake paralegal for Maryland Legal Aid Bureau confronting issues related to housing, family law, and financial issues that afflicted clients. He then worked as a paralegal at the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division Voting Section where he had the unique opportunity to observe the function of the office transform after the pivotal Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision. Following that seminal case, Mike helped some of the attorneys prepare for litigation, challenging a Texas redistricting plan as well as a state voter-ID law. After two years of law school at the University of Pennsylvania, his concentration in the MPA program is domestic politics. He has specifically been working on voting issues and criminal justice reform. This past summer, he interned with the Democratic staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Seleeke Flingai
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011; University of Pennsylvania, 2016
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, B.S.; Cell and Molecular Biology, Ph.D.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Seleeke graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in brain and cognitive sciences. He then completed his Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During his doctoral studies, Seleeke also served as a monitoring and evaluation consultant with the international non-profit vaccine access organization, Energize the Chain, for which he developed a comprehensive framework to monitor and evaluate the health, economic, and social impacts of the group’s efforts in Ghana. Since arriving at Princeton, his focus has shifted from international to domestic as he explores the relationship between race, place and health. This past summer, Seleeke interned in the public health department of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the Boston metropolitan area, where he worked to integrate racial health equity work in the agency’s planning considerations. After graduation, he hopes to work in neighborhood and city planning and development with a lens that centers the health and well-being of marginalized communities. In his free time, Seleeke enjoys (temporarily) learning musical instruments, having long discussions about music and culture, learning new recipes and compiling an endless library of books.
Sasha Frankel
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
George Washington University, 2010
Economics/International Affairs, B.A.
Columbus, Ohio
Prior to enrolling in the Woodrow Wilson School, Sasha worked in international development on issues of health financing and health systems strengthening in Washington, DC. After graduating from George Washington University, she spent a year as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Bartin, Turkey. At Woodrow Wilson, Sasha is focusing on domestic health and aging policy. After her first year, she interned with the Center for Health Care Strategies in Hamilton, New Jersey, working on improving health plans that serve individuals eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Sasha is pursuing a dual degree and spent last year at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. This past summer, she interned in medical strategy at Cardinal Health, a health services and distribution company in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, Sasha plays soccer, cooks soup and listens to myriad podcasts.
Travis Frederick
PhD
The Ohio State University, 2014; Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017
International Studies, B.A.; International Affairs, M.S.
Fairfield, Ohio
Travis is a first-generation college student from Fairfield, Ohio. Prior to attending the Woodrow Wilson School, he worked for the Behavioral Modeling and Computational Social Science lab at the Georgia Tech Research Institute on issues ranging from measuring deception and cohesion in online video games to modeling Soviet theories of information warfare. His experiences in public service include working in the Policy Management Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and in the Executive Office of the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Travis has conducted field research in Cambodia, Argentina, South Africa and Russia. However, despite his informative fieldwork and research experience, he still considers receiving top marks at the seventh-grade state science fair to be his most prominent achievement in research to date. Travis’ current research interests include international security policy, civil-military relationships, and linking micro-cognitive processes to macro-social phenomena.
Joelle Gamble
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of California-Los Angeles, 2012
International Development Studies, B.A.
Riverside, California
Joelle is a native Californian, hailing from Riverside. She spent most of her life in the Golden State, receiving her B.A. in international development studies from UCLA in 2012. She has held research and programmatic internships in the UCLA Department of Economics and U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions Los Angeles. For the last five years, she’s worked in New York at the Roosevelt Institute. She served as the national director for the Roosevelt Institute’s network, a 40-state youth policy organization, for the three years prior to coming to Woodrow Wilson.
Varsha Gandikota
MPA1
II - International Development
Lady Shri Ram College, 2015
Mathematics, BSc
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Varsha was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. While in high school, she founded The Orange Leaf, an NGO with a mission to engage students in public service. In 2012, she presented the organization’s work at the office of the Indian ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. She currently leads the initiative with a volunteer network spread across projects in multiple states of the country. Varsha studied mathematics at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and upon graduation, joined Kepler Cannon, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Her work spanned projects in Hong Kong and New York with a focus on insurance and retirement funds. Beginning in 2017, she began work with the state government of Andhra Pradesh as a part of the Economic Development Board, an advisory committee to the chief minister. After graduation from WWS, Varsha is interested in working against education inequality in India, beginning with a remote village in Telangana, her mother’s native place.
Elizabeth Garlow
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Kalamazoo College, 2007
Political Science/Spanish, B.A.
Detroit, MI
Elizabeth has worked across public and private sectors to build collaboration and align resources to support thriving local places and economies. She launched her career working in domestic microfinance with ACCION USA, where she helped launch the “Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream” microloan and small business coaching program nationwide. In 2012, Elizabeth returned to her hometown of Detroit to build an organization called Michigan Corps to support Detroit and Michigan’s economic transformation through social enterprise. She founded the Pure Michigan Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, seeding social enterprises with funding from business and philanthropic leaders to tackle chronic unemployment, among other challenges in Detroit and Flint. Following her graduate internship at the White House, Elizabeth served as a Community Solutions fellow at the White House, working with the Obama Administration to reform the Federal government to work better for cities, towns and tribal communities across the country. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and as a TedX speaker. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and is pursuing her Master in Public Affairs degree at Princeton University.

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