Student Bios

Elaine Golden
MPA2
II - International Development
University of Miami, 2015
International Studies/Mathematics, B.A.
Davie, Florida
Elaine was born and raised in the suburbs of South Florida. She made the short move to Miami to receive her bachelor’s degree in international studies and mathematics from the University of Miami. As a Pickering fellow with the State Department, she plans to join the Foreign Service after graduation and hopes to focus her career on the intersection of U.S. economic policy and development policy. She completed an internship in the Political/Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, in 2016. Elaine enjoys drinking smoothies, cracking jokes and exploring new places on weekends.
Marelle Goodlander
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2013
Sociology, B.A.
Prunedale, California
Prior to beginning the MPA program at Princeton, Marelle served as a government relations professional in New York City. In this role she worked with over 20 nonprofit clients to help them achieve their budgetary and legislative goals with the City of New York. Marelle worked closely with the New York City Council and Mayoral Administration to help secure over $20 million in public funding for nonprofit organizations. Her clients included cultural institutions, social service organizations, public media, foster care and senior services, among others. From 2014-2015, Marelle was a Coro fellow in Public Affairs. As a Coro fellow, Marelle completed projects for the NYC Department of Finance, the Working Families Party, FPWA and District Council 1707. Before moving to New York, Marelle advocated for LGBTQ workplace rights at Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, a nonprofit based in San Francisco. She is interested in working with local and state governments to improve the social safety net and housing options for low-income and other vulnerable populations. Marelle earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of California-Berkeley.
Devin Gould
MPA2
II - International Development
Brown University, 2011
International Relations, B.A.
New York, New York
Devin is a native New Yorker focusing on public finance and urban policy at WWS, much to the detriment of his lifelong dream to become a correspondent on the Daily Show. While concentrating in international relations at Brown, he studied abroad in Beijing, China, and was a Critical Language scholar studying Hindi in Jaipur, India. After college, he investigated major fraud cases as an analyst at the New York Attorney General’s Office. He then worked as a budget analyst at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. This past summer, he interned at the Urban Institute researching state and local finance. A true believer in civic engagement, Devin has been a public member on a Manhattan community board and volunteered for numerous local progressive campaigns.
Anita Gupta
MPP
III - Domestic Policy
Rutgers University, 1997; Rutgers University, 1999; University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2003
Pharmacy, B.S.; Pharmacy, Ph.D.; Osteopathic Medicine, D.O.
Princeton, New Jersey
Anita was born in Philadelphia and grew up in a small suburb in nearby Camden County, New Jersey. She currently resides in Princeton and is a well-recognized leader and voice on the prescription and opioid overdose epidemic on both a local and national level. Anita is both a physician anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, and a pharmacist, which allows her to share unique thoughts on this serious public health issue. She has worked for the last ten years in academic clinical medicine both at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia as a professor where she served to train residents and medical students while caring for ill patients with intractable pain. Anita has been a tireless advocate on national media outlets on a broad range of issues related to her specialty, specifically pain and surgery on behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiology and the American Osteopathic Association. She continues to work closely with leaders both on Capitol Hill and the FDA to find solutions to solve the opioid epidemic and pain crisis in the United States. Anita’s interest in domestic policy allowed her to participate in the recent 2017 election on the issue of the opioid epidemic and to engage with leaders on a bipartisan level to discuss solutions to the healthcare system in general.
Henri Hammond-Paul
MPA1
I - International Relations
Washington and Lee University, 2012
English, B.A.
Nyack, New York
Henri was born in Chicago and grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York. He earned a B.A. in English literature from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. For his senior thesis, he built a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond on the University’s campus. Following graduation, Henri served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. He then worked as a programme and policy officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where he was stationed first in Panama and then at Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Most recently, Henri worked as an emergency management specialist for the NYU Langone Medical Center helping the Enterprise ensure business continuity and build resilience to natural and manmade shocks and stresses. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, cooking, traveling and playing with his puppy, Marvin.
Aung Hein
MPA1
II - International Development
Earlham College, 2010; University of Kent, 2012
International Studies/Politics, B.A.; International Political Economy, M.A.
Yangon, Myanmar
For over the past four years, Aung has been a research coordinator at the Centre for Economic and Social Development, a local policy think tank at the forefront of reforms in Myanmar. At the Centre, he led policy advocacy, research and capacity building activities of the Food Security Policy Project team. Prior to his current job, he was a faculty member at the Pre-Collegiate Program for a year teaching classes in international political economy and existential philosophy. Aung went back to Myanmar after the four-year study at Earlham College, the nine-month Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, and the one-year master’s program in international political economy at University of Kent. Along the way, he has cultivated an avid love for playing soccer, and picked up rock-climbing, swimming and sitting out in the sun with friends at various parks.
Phillip Hernandez
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Michigan State University, 2014
Economics/Public Policy, B.A.
Canton, Michigan
Phil spent his childhood just outside of Detroit, Michigan, with his six older siblings. When he graduated high school in 2010, he moved to East Lansing and attended Michigan State University. During his time at Michigan State, he attended football games, worked part time at Pizza Hut as assistant manager, and interned at the Mayor of Lansing’s office, where he was extremely involved in constituent relations. After graduating sigma cum laude with a B.A. in political science and economics, he began working at Public Policy Associates, Inc. (PPA), a public policy research and evaluation firm. His work at PPA included traveling around Michigan, including the western Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island, to visit police departments, county jails and youth homes for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act compliance. Over the summer, he interned at the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities working on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program budget analysis and legislation. In his spare time, Phil enjoys spending time with friends, playing guitar, exercising, cooking and reading.
Olivia Hompe
MPA1
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2017
Public and International Affairs, A.B.
New Canaan, Connecticut
A SINSI scholar from New Canaan, Connecticut, Olivia graduated in 2017 from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School with a certificate in Near Eastern studies. In the summer of 2015, she interned at Running Start, a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to increasing the involvement of young women in politics. In the summer of 2016, she worked in the intelligence community, serving as an honors intern in a unit that augmented her knowledge of the Arabic language and U.S. foreign policy. In addition to her academic studies, Olivia played on the varsity women’s lacrosse team at Princeton. In her free time, she loves playing various sports, cooking and doing crossword puzzles. After completing her MPA at Princeton, Olivia plans to work in the government, pursuing her interests in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
Peter Hoy
MPP
III - Domestic Policy
Wesleyan University, 2005; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 2014
English, B.A.; Criminal Justice, M.A.
Brooklyn, New York
For the last decade, Peter has worked in government oversight and investigations at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, an agency that investigates police misconduct. Managing a squad of investigators, he has supervised hundreds of cases, including police shootings, deaths in custody and stop-and-frisk cases. Before joining the City of New York, he worked in journalism as a reporter at Forbes magazine. Peter was born and raised in New England and attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He is accompanied in Princeton by his wife, son and dog.
Zehra Ijaz
MPA2
II - International Development
Yale University, 2010; INSEAD, 2017
English, B.A.; Business Administration, MBA
Karachi, Pakistan
Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Zehra holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University. In addition, she recently finished her MBA at INSEAD, having spent the 2016-17 academic year on a middle-year-out studying in France and Singapore. Zehra spent her summer vacations in college taking a break from Victorian novels to pursue an interest in global health and development. She worked at a sexual health nonprofit in Pakistan, studied the use of public educational theater in Swaziland and South Africa, and interned at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in New York. Before coming to Princeton, Zehra worked at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), a public health consulting firm, managing health projects in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Her projects were funded by a variety of international donors and focused on issues ranging from HIV/AIDS to family planning. After completing her MPA1 year at the Woo, she did a summer internship at Root Capital, an impact investing fund investing in agriculture businesses in Latin America and Africa.
Sakari Ishetiar
MPA1
I - International Relations
American University, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Midwest, USA
Coming to you live from the Midwest, Sakari lived in Houston, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis before awakening his passion for travel. Having a background in acting and performance theater transformed into a skill in international communication as he found many opportunities to travel abroad. Sakari completed his undergraduate degree in international relations at American University in Washington, D.C., interning at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and becoming curious about a career in the USFS. Determining first to explore public-private partnerships, he was hired as an international communication-focused specialist for government contractor, Gryphon Scientific, where he worked to strengthen counter-WMD security in North Africa and Southeast Asia. This past summer, Sakari traveled to Kazakhstan to volunteer and participate in the World’s Fair Expo 2017 themed on Future Energy. His foreign languages are French and Russian.
Grace Jackson
MPA1
II - International Development
Oxford University, 2012
Politics, Philosophy and Economics, B.A.
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Grace grew up in Oxfordshire in the south of England. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, she joined the U.K. civil service. Since 2013, she worked for the Department for International Development covering Lebanon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Iraq. Grace spent two years living in Freetown while working on the Ebola response and was most recently based in London, where she led DFID’s Iraq policy team.
Matej Jungwirth
MPA1
I - International Relations
Beloit College, 2014
Comparative Literature/International Relations, B.A.
Prague, Czech Republic
Matej is a native of Prague, Czech Republic, and earned his B.A. from Beloit College in international relations and comparative literature. While completing his undergraduate degree, he studied in Amman, Jordan, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at the WWS JSI summer program. Matej’s senior thesis in international relations explored the political status and agency of displaced Azeris and Palestinians. After graduation, he returned to the Czech Republic to work as a foreign policy adviser to Czech Senator Václav Láska and as a programme coordinator of the Ecology and Foreign Policy programs at the Prague office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. When possible, Matej rock climbs, hikes, runs and generally strives to spend time outdoors.
Michael Kachel
MPP
I - International Relations
University of Newcastle, 2001
History, B.A.
Newcastle, Australia
Michael was born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, where he developed a lifelong addiction to politics and the beach. After studying history, he joined Australia’s Foreign Service in 2003. He was first posted to Indonesia where he covered domestic politics and human rights. After returning to Canberra, he worked as a policy adviser to the foreign minister and attorney-general. He later served as an exchange officer to the U.S. State Department before undertaking his most recent posting to Washington, D.C. In his spare time, Michael enjoys hanging out with his much more accomplished wife and five year old son. He speaks Bahasa Indonesia.
Yuka Kaihori
MPP
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Waseda University, 2008
Political Science, B.A.
Omiya, Japan
Yuka was born in Japan and grew up spending her school years in Toronto, London and Tokyo. Her interest in people’s identity led her to study political science at Waseda University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she joined Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and engaged in Japan’s ODA projects in Bolivia, Sudan and South Sudan. From 2013 to 2016, she was in Nepal which she now calls her second home. In Nepal, Yuka led development programs in various sectors from local governance to agriculture and tourism, with the highlight of designing a program to support the restoration of Nepal’s cultural heritage which was damaged by the earthquake in 2015. Most recently, Yuka was the program officer at JICA’s Research Institute where she worked with researchers on themes such as quality growth in Africa and impact studies of JICA projects. At Princeton, she looks forward to acquiring research skills using well-being indicators and hopes to reflect these perspectives in future ODA projects. In her free time, Yuka enjoys walks with her husband, cooking weekend breakfast (especially soups), and chatting with her aunt using the newly introduced auto-answer Skype.

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