Student Bios

Abyssinia Lissanu
MPA1
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2016
Politics, A.B.
Somerset, Kentucky
Abby is an Ethiopian-American hailing from the South, with an interest in international relations and human rights. She also has a deep love for Spain after a semester spent there abroad, which led her to write a senior thesis on new waves of immigration in the country, thus combining multiple interests. She spent the year before starting the MPA working at an NGO in Costa Rica. Abby’s hobbies are travel, running and reading. After graduation, she plans to pursue a law degree and work in the arena of international law, specifically as related to protections of minority or vulnerable groups.
Elizabeth Litchfield
MPP
I - International Relations
University of Chicago, 2008
International Studies/Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, B.A.
Darien, Illinois
Liz joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009. Prior to Princeton, she completed a tour in the political and economic section of U.S. Embassy Algiers where she led a fantastic team of American and Algerian colleagues. Before that, she served on the Libya Desk from 2013 to 2015 as the United States managed political and security challenges in post-revolutionary Libya. Her previous tours were in Amman, Jordan and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Liz grew up in the Chicago suburbs and though she travels the world, her heart is always in Chicago. Following graduation from the Woodrow Wilson School, she will return to the Foreign Service.
Lydia Lo
MPA2
II - International Development
Saint Olaf College, 2011
Asian Studies/Political Science, B.A.
Madison, Wisconsin
Lydia champions people’s value and development. A native Wisconsinite, sinophile, social activist and quasi-engineer, she chose to major in political science and Asian studies at Saint Olaf College. Upon finishing her B.A. in 2011, she began a Fulbright grant to research how civil organizations served labor migrants across Chinese cities. Utterly addicted to the puzzle of urban development and migrant community and slum integration, Lydia continued working in China with INCLUDED to set up an action-based think tank focused on migrant slums and communities. Between her years at the Woodrow Wilson School, Lydia worked as a Policy and Advocacy fellow with Mercy Corps in D.C. After graduation, Lydia anticipates working in urban planning and community development.
David Logan
PhD
Grinnell College, 2009; Princeton University, 2017
Political Science, B.A.; International Relations, MPA
New Orleans, Louisiana
David was born and raised in New Orleans. After graduating from Grinnell College, he returned home to teach U.S. history and coach debate at a New Orleans public school. Three years later, he moved to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to work as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow, teaching English, being humiliated by his students on the basketball court, and learning to eat silk worm pupae. Before coming to the Woodrow Wilson School, he studied Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing and served as a Global Policy intern at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, and completed the summer Middlebury Chinese Language School. He has conducted research for the Brookings Institution, the Arms Control Association, and the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. David completed the MPA degree in 2017 and enjoyed his time at the Woo so much that he decided to stick around and pursue a PhD. In the 2017-18 academic year, he will serve as a fellow in Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies and deputy director of the Center’s Strategic Education Initiative. David’s professional interests lie in arms control, nonproliferation and strategic stability, particularly in the context of the U.S.-China relationship. He spends much of his free time thinking about the state of post-Katrina New Orleans, recruiting people to Woo intramural teams, and exploring hip hop from across the world.
Paulina Lopez Gonzalez
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 2015
Economics/Political Science, B.A.
Puebla, Mexico
Paulina grew up in Puebla and moved to Mexico City for college where she became an avid theatre spectator and an amateur runner. She earned a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science and she is very interested in policy that aims to tackle gender inequality. She holds a certificate in gender, sexuality and law. Convinced of the importance of interdiscipline, Paulina became a member and spent a year as coordinator of a plural youth group that discusses Mexico’s most pressing issues with experts from various fields. Upon graduation, she spent two and a half years working at the economic research division of the Mexican central bank, contributing to research projects related to the analysis of policies that seek to improve the conditions of Mexican women. Paulina is excited to broaden her scope of the policy-making process at the Woodrow Wilson School, where she also hopes to learn from successful gender equality policies within the United States and around the globe. Upon completion of her graduate studies, Paulina wants to return to Mexico to work in one of the many nonprofit organizations that perform outstanding work fighting for gender equality.
Elizabeth Martin
MPA2
II - International Development
Princeton University, 2014
Public and International Affairs, AB
Lewisville, NC
A second-year MPA candidate in the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), Lizzie recently completed a two-year fellowship at the Department of State, where she worked in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and at the U.S. Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna. Through SINSI, she has also served in the State Department Bureaus of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and South and Central Asian Affairs. An alumna of the Princeton University Bridge Year Program, Lizzie completed nine months of service work and language study in northern India before studying public policy, creative writing, and South Asian studies as an undergraduate at Princeton.
Stefanie Mavronis
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 2012
Media and Communication Studies/Political Science, B.A.
Baltimore, Maryland
Stefanie was born and raised in Baltimore. At UMBC, she was a Walter Sondheim Public Affairs scholar and lobbied for worker rights. She made a documentary about the ways indigenous artists and community media-makers in Bolivia were wrestling with the personal and political ramifications of colonization. After graduation, she produced a Peabody-award winning public radio show; her radio journalism work culminated in a long-form report on women and the LGBTQ community’s unique experiences with police brutality and harassment, illuminated by the DOJ’s investigation of the Baltimore Police. She worked as an adjunct lecturer at her alma mater, where her students produced a community-informed radio series on the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. She was part of a group of MPA1s to do graduate consulting work with the Baltimore City Council on public safety and justice reinvestment. During the summer of 2017, she interned at the Community Economic Justice clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California, where she supported affordable housing advocacy, people-centered economic development, and anti-displacement work for low-income, communities of color in the East Bay. Upon graduation, Stefanie plans to return to her hometown to focus on grassroots political organizing and making her city a more equitable place for Baltimoreans of all walks of life to live, grow and thrive. She loves street food, music videos, fashion and thinking about the politics of all those things.
Patrick McDonnell
MPA1
I - International Relations
University of Notre Dame, 2011
Political Science, B.A.
Chardon, Ohio
Patrick was born and raised in northeast Ohio. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, Pat joined the U.S. Army and commissioned as a military intelligence officer. During his time in the military, he deployed both to Europe and Afghanistan where he developed an interest in the intersection of law and policy. This past summer, he concluded a second tour in Europe and took some time off to be with his family. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School, Pat hopes to work in the public sector on security issues.
Mary Ana McGlasson
MPP
I - International Relations
North Park University, 2001; University of Washington, 2005
Nursing, B.S.; Nursing, M.N.
Mesa, Arizona
Born in Kentucky and moving frequently around the USA as a child, Mary Ana spent most of her teen years in Mesa, Arizona. After obtaining her B.S. in nursing at North Park University in Chicago, she spent two years as a traveling ICU nurse before obtaining her master’s in nursing at the University of Washington to become a family nurse practitioner. After a successful decade as an FNP, Mary Ana began working intermittently with Doctors Without Borders and then transitioned to a full-time career as a humanitarian aid worker with Relief International in 2012. From her first exposure to the Syria crisis in 2012, she remained in the Middle East, managing large-scale humanitarian programs in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Mary Ana will be joined at Princeton by her beagle, Murphy, and a Turkish street cat named Sebastian.
Margaret Menold
MPA2
II - International Development
Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
French, B.A.
Centreville, Virginia
Maggie grew up in Virginia outside of D.C. and received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to coming to the Woo, Maggie was a program officer at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) with the Regional Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/STI programs. While at PAHO, she coordinated the USAID-PAHO Umbrella Grant Agreement which funded technical cooperation in maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and health systems strengthening in Latin America and the Caribbean. This past summer, she interned with Rise Up, a program of the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, which advances health, education and equity for girls, youth and women. As part of her internship, Maggie spent a month in Malawi to support the Let Girls Lead/ENGAGE initiative aiming to reduce child marriage in the country and provided technical assistance in project management and fundraising to Rise Up’s Malawi partners.
Leyla Mocan
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Pennsylvania, 2014
Statistics, BSE
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leyla was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and spent her high school years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Most recently, she served as the special adviser for the Office of Economic Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department until January 2017. While there, Leyla helped the office manage a policy portfolio covering all domestic U.S. economic issues. She worked on a variety of topics, including housing, infrastructure, economic security, student loans and generally monitoring the macroeconomy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration at the Treasury Department, Leyla worked at the Federal Reserve Board in the Global Financial Institutions section of the International Finance Division. She earned her B.S. in economics with a concentration in statistics and minor in mathematics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Andrew Moyseowicz
MPA1
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Emmanuel College, 2011
History/Political Science, B.A.
Alexandria, Virginia
Andrew was raised in a military family and lived in California, Hawaii, Virginia and Italy before graduating from high school in Brussels, Belgium. He attended Emmanuel College in Boston where he received a degree in political science and history and was an intern for U.S. Senator John Kerry and U.S. Representative Katherine Clark. Upon graduating, he joined AmeriCorps VISTA for two years, where he worked to develop program capacity in Boston-area homeless shelters. After moving to Washington, D.C., Andrew became a federal civil servant at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was an industry and trade policy analyst for the U.S. manufacturing sector. He has traveled in over 35 countries across five continents and enjoys weight lifting, writing and playing music. After graduating from WWS, Andrew hopes to return to government service while pursuing his goal of earning a dollar in all fifty states as a street performer.
Margaret Mullins
MPA2
I - International Relations
Georgetown University, 2010
International Politics, BSFS
Atlanta, Georgia
Margaret was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in international politics with a focus on the Middle East, studying abroad in Egypt and Qatar. Following graduation, she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense before commissioning as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. She deployed to Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and later served as an aide-de-camp and analyst for U.S. Army Europe in Germany. She spent this past summer working in Atlanta as a policy advisor for a state representative. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys running, reading and getting lost in new cities.
Jaime Najarro Soto
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2011
Political Economy, B.A.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Jaime moved to the Bay Area after graduating high school in Honduras. He attended a local community college before transferring to the University of California-Berkeley, where his coursework focused on the political economy of late industrialization and development. After graduating, Jaime worked as a multi-subject tutor, while volunteering at a college-access nonprofit that targeted low-income, minority students in Silicon Valley. He then moved on to work on the design, implementation and evaluation of professional development and performance evaluation systems for teachers and principals at Oakland Unified School District as an Education Pioneers fellow. At WWS, Jaime wants to develop a more thorough understanding of how to foster efficient and effective collaborations among public, nonprofit and private sector organizations to improve educational, career and socioeconomic outcomes for low-income individuals. In addition to his MPA, Jaime is also pursuing an MBA, with a concentration in operations and strategic management, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2017, Jaime interned for the Pacific Northwest team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he worked on education projects centered in the Seattle area.
Taylor Nelson
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of Michigan, 2011
English, B.A.
Troy, Michigan
Taylor, a native of Troy, Michigan, grew up just north of Detroit. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked in the education field spending two years as a Teach For America corps member in Decatur, Georgia, and one year teaching English as a second language in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Most recently, Taylor served as executive programs coordinator for the City of Detroit’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, focusing on integrating refugees into Detroit and connecting immigrant communities to municipal and community resources. After obtaining her MPA, Taylor hopes to return to Detroit and support both native and foreign-born residents by increasing their access to economic and workforce development opportunities. When not re-acclimating herself to the world of academia, Taylor enjoys exploring new places, speaking French, reading millennial think pieces and reminding people that Detroit never left.

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