Student Bios

Danielle Hull
II - International Development
Harvard University, 2013
Government, A.B.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Danielle was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she learned how to make authentic gumbo, and peel a crawfish in less than five seconds. She graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2013, with a concentration in government and secondary field in African studies, as well as language citations in French and German. While at Harvard, she studied abroad in Berlin and Bamako. Post graduation, she returned to Bamako to work for the Mali Health Organizing Project, a public health nonprofit, serving first as projects fellow, then as monitoring and evaluation coordinator. After her term in Mali ended, she returned home to work in the office of a local parish - otherwise known as county - councilwoman. In the summer before joining the Woodrow Wilson School, Danielle was able to catch cheap flights to Oslo, Bergen, Paris and Denver.
Sakari Ishetiar
I - International Relations
American University, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Midwest, USA
Bridging the Midwest and the East Coast, Sakari grew up traveling between Houston, Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis before settling in Washington, D.C. A rich background in acting and performance led him to discover the culture and arts of Russia and beyond, awaking both a desire to travel abroad and a last-minute shift into international relations. Sakari received a B.A. from American University-SIS having interned at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and studied to enter government service. After graduation, Sakari contracted for the State Department, where he worked to strengthen counter-WMD security abroad, and traveled to Kazakhstan to participate in the World's Fair Expo 2017 on Future Energy. Last summer, Sakari interned again with State, at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), directly confronting Russian disinformation under a rapidly-changing international framework.
Grace Jackson
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. She has worked for the Department for International Development since 2013 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. Over the summer, Grace worked on investment policy and strategy for the U.K.'s development finance institution, CDC Group.
Hope Jackson
III - Domestic Policy
University of South Carolina, 2012
International Business/Management Science, B.S.
Columbia, South Carolina
Hope is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina majoring in international business and global supply chain and operations management. Since graduating, she’s worked as a business analyst, and in project management, purchasing and contract negotiations. In 2015, she traveled to Kelantan, Malaysia, as a Fulbright English teaching assistant where her classes and camps highlighted the arts, female empowerment, and the effects of racial and socioeconomic barriers. A member of Alpha Phi Omega and Delta Sigma Theta, Hope has always been committed to public service. After spending time post-graduation working at a predominantly African-American school, she wanted to further understand the role of education and economic status in individual and communal achievement. Hope aspires to unite her business and personal experience in ways that will close the achievement gap and create more opportunities for all Americans. Hope volunteers at local theatres and digs poetry, symphonies, travel and action movies.
Mark Jahnke
I - International Relations
Harvard University, 2013; SOAS University of London, 2018
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, A.B.; Development Studies, MSc
Ketchikan, Alaska
Mark grew up between Ketchikan, Alaska, Geneva, Switzerland, and Seattle, Washington, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in Near Eastern languages and civilizations and global health and health policy. During undergrad, he conducted research in Tehran and Esfahan, Iran, and was awarded high honors for his dissertation on Iran’s program to address HIV and AIDS in injecting drug use communities. After Harvard, Mark worked for two years in global health communications and at the U.S. Senate before spending two years working with the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer, with a focus on health education, organizational development, and HIV/AIDS and drug use harm reduction programs. Following the Peace Corps, he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in London reading for an MSc in development studies with special reference to Central Asia at SOAS, University of London, while also working as an intern with the John Smith Trust and the London International Development Centre. A former competitive ice dancer, Mark now enjoys coaching figure skating, running marathons, traveling and Argentine tango.
Jennifer Johnson
I - International Relations
University of Texas-Austin, 2015
European Studies/Government/Plan II/Russian Language & Culture, B.A.
Denton, Texas
Jennifer graduated in 2015 with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, completing a thesis on ethnic federalism in post-communist Russia and studying abroad at Sciences Po-Paris and the Moscow Higher School of Economics. During her undergraduate career, she spent two years as an undergraduate researcher in the Innovations for Peace and Development Lab, investigating the relationship between development aid and conflict. She also completed internships at the Supreme Headquarters of NATO, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a think tank in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to Princeton, Jennifer spent two years working as a program coordinator for the Clements Center for National Security, facilitating the center’s research and programs on the role of history in policymaking. This past summer, she returned to Brussels to work with the policy planning team of the secretary general at NATO Headquarters. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys trying out new recipes, reading non-fiction and listening to live music.
Caroline Jones
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2018
Public & International Affairs, A.B.
Princeton, New Jersey
Born and raised in Princeton, Caroline graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School in 2018 with certificates in Latin American studies and the history and practice of diplomacy. She’s now back at the Woo for round two as a SINSI. In summer 2017, she interned at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. where she worked on the Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Colombia portfolios in the Security Council. The previous summer, she interned for CNN’s flagship international news show, Fareed Zakaria GPS. Caroline’s academic and professional interests lie in U.S. foreign policy, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. Outside of the Robertson basement, she sings with the Princeton University Glee Club and Chamber Choir, drinks a lot of Small World Coffee, and loves backpacking.
Matej Jungwirth
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, WI, in international relations and comparative literature and thus considers Wisconsin his second home. While completing his undergraduate degree, he studied in Amman, Jordan, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at the WWS Junior Summer Institute program. Matej’s senior honors thesis explored the political (mis)representation 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. In the summer of 2018, Matej interned with Caucasus Resource Research Center - Armenia, an Armenian social survey research outfit, where he carried out data analysis, assisted with research design and drafted output reports. When possible, Matej rock climbs, plays soccer, runs and generally strives to spend time outdoors.
Lorraine Keeler
I - International Relations
University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Environment Studies, B.A.
Seattle, Washington
Lorraine grew up between Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Pittsburgh and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Driven by a childhood dream to see the Amazon rainforest, she studied abroad in Brazil as a junior and received a Boren Award to study Portuguese. After graduation, she was hired to work in the environmental management department of a Brazilian mining company, CBMM. From there she was hired as part of a State Department critical languages program and in 2016 she began working as a Foreign Service officer in Rio de Janeiro along with a temporary tour in Addis Ababa. While in Rio she began studying Spanish and hopes to find friends to practice with at Princeton. In her free time, Lorraine enjoys knitting, cooking, hiking, listening to podcasts and playing quidditch.
James Kiawoin
II - International Development
Colorado College, 2015
Political Science, B.A.
Monrovia, Liberia
James was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and lived in Ghana and Ivory Coast as a refugee. At age 14, James moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, to join the inaugural class at the African Leadership Academy. He graduated from Colorado College in 2015 with a degree in political science and returned to Liberia to work for Last Mile Health. At Last Mile Health, James worked closely with the Ministry of Health to develop policies and programs to deliver health care to 1.2 million Liberians in acutely underserved rural communities. He is interested in global health, education and public financial management reforms and wants to use his time at the Woodrow Wilson School to develop the necessary skills to design and deliver effective programs to fight poverty in Liberia. During the summer of 2018, James interned in the Management Office of the President's Young Professionals Program (PYPP) in Monrovia, Liberia. The PYPP is a two-year fellowship that places recent Liberian graduates into critical roles to support the Liberian government's top priorities. James spends his free time eating, listening to Paul Simon's music, watching, playing, talking and writing about soccer.
Hanna Kim
II - International Development
Princeton University, 2015
Public and International Affairs, A.B.
Seoul, Korea
Hanna graduated from Princeton in June 2015 with highest honors from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in East Asian studies and translation and intercultural communication. For her outstanding academic performance and leadership, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the Donald E. Stokes Dean’s Prize. Hanna lived in Seoul for fifteen years prior to attending Princeton and studied abroad in Beijing and Oxford. She is fluent in Korean and Chinese. During her undergraduate studies, as a junior fellow of the Stanford Law School China Guiding Cases Project and an intern at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Hanna conducted research on the evolution of case law in China and the relationship between disability and extreme poverty in developing countries. As a recipient of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service fellowship (SINSI), Hanna started her career at the State Department as a Burma Desk officer, which included four months as a political and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma. In this capacity, she covered a wide-range of issues including conflict resolution, multilateral diplomacy and economic development. She continued her government service at the Defense Department as the country director for Indonesia and Timor Leste, leading the organization in the annual Indonesia-U.S. Security Dialogue. She finished her fellowship at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development working as an adviser to the Board of Directors, analyzing the Bank’s equity and debt projects in 38 countries of operation. Hanna is expected to finish her MPA degree in June 2019 with a certificate in science, technology and environmental policy. After graduating from the WWS, Hanna hopes to combine her experiences in diplomacy, security policy and international development to promote sustainable economic growth of countries around the world.
James Kim
III - Domestic Policy
Georgetown University, 2014
Finance/Operations & Information Management, B.S.
Port Washington, New York
James left a career in the federal civil service to pursue solutions for alleviating urban inequality. As a prudent steward of public funds at Federal Aviation Administration, he has worked on balancing political and financial interests related to drone registration, domestic and international aviation fees, and the agency’s investments in internal programs. Previously, James spent a year assisting the growth of a campus ministry at Georgetown University. His interest in urban economic development is rooted in the years he spent in the capital and New York City. James has studied abroad in Beijing and is fluent in Korean.
Elijah Kimani
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Drexel University, 2014
Economics/Mathematics, B.S./B.A.
Thika, Kenya
Elijah grew up in the highlands of Central Kenya and attended the famed Alliance High School, Kenya. He moved stateside to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia where he graduated with a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in economics. Elijah is a former employee of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on fiscal policy and was involved in the publication of several books and IMF working papers, and in missions across Africa. He has previously worked for J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanley in New York City and the Australian Stock Report in Melbourne, Australia. Elijah spent the summer in Accra, Ghana, working at the African Center for Economic Transformation, a pan-African think tank. He also visited Togo, Ivory Coast and his home country Kenya. To unwind, Elijah loves quiet green spaces, a good read, good music, food and occasional photography.
Noah Koerper
III - Domestic Policy
Whitman College, 2007
Environmental Humanities/Philosophy, B.A.
Golden, Colorado
Noah grew up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and earned his B.A. at Whitman College in Washington. Upon graduation, he moved to the Southwest to work as a river guide, outdoor educator, and natural science teacher. He joined U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s staff in 2010, leading public outreach and policy initiatives across Colorado’s western slope and central mountains. In this role, Noah worked closely with Colorado communities to guide the senator’s work in forestry, public land management, and rural development. Amidst this work and later as the senator’s state policy director, he sought to create unique, consensus-building initiatives in search of new ways to address divisive issues such as climate change and resource extraction. After graduating, Noah plans to return to the Intermountain West to rejoin his wife and continue working towards resilient rural communities and sustainable land management.
Natalie Kotkin
III - Domestic Policy
Yale University, 2011
French/International Studies, B.A.
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Natalie is a lapsed international scholar who has fallen in love with the American city. She most recently served as special adviser to Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner, where she worked to improve outcomes for children by reducing lead poisoning, removing environmental asthma triggers and addressing other social determinants of health. Before moving to the City of Brotherly Love, Natalie spent two years developing and implementing healthcare access programs at the Mayor’s Office in New York City. She began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C., and later in London. After graduation, she hopes to work at the intersection of housing and health and to develop innovative approaches to sustainably fund social service programs in cities. In her spare time, Natalie is on a quest to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and U.S. National Park.