Global Partnerships Advisor,
Presidential Management Fellow
U.S. Department of State
Secretary’s Global Partnership Initiative
Amanda Gant, Project Manager
at CRDF Global
Director of Consulting Programs at Compass
Senior Business Analyst
The Brookings Institution
Department of Commerce
DATE: Friday, April 7
LOCATION: Home (location given to student RSVPs)
Aldrinana Leung is a partnerships advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State, focusing on women’s economic empowerment, STEM, and private sector collaboration. She joined the Department in 2012 as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, where she developed public-private partnerships that strengthen U.S. diplomacy and development initiatives around the world, particularly around entrepreneurship, STEM education, youth empowerment, and diaspora engagement. Aldrinana has served in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Burma. Previously, Aldrinana worked at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, UNESCO, and UNDP at the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Aldrinana is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and holds a master’s in development management from the London School of Economics.
Amanda Gant is currently a Small Business Lending Officer at Latino Economic Development Center where she evaluates small business loan applications for entrepreneurs in the DC area. She previously worked with the non-profit CRDF Global where she developed and organized startup boot camps and virtual mentorship programs to support technology startup entrepreneurs in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Amanda has long had the entrepreneurship bug, selling bracelets on the beach of her hometown of Cocoa Beach, FL since middle school, and it was this experience which inspired her to study international development at Georgetown, with the goal to empower others to realize their dreams by starting their own businesses. Amanda has also researched technology’s role in improving microfinance outreach in Kenya. Amanda holds a master’s degree in International Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. While at GU, Amanda was active in Pep Band, Escape, Center for Social Justice and the UNICEF Student Group.
Justine Wu is Director of Consulting Programs at Compass, an organization that provides nonprofits with pro bono consulting teams to improve effectiveness and outcomes and engages the business community in the nonprofit sector. She has served disadvantaged communities from a young age and has worked with nonprofit boards, foundations, and the private sector. Before joining Compass, Justine worked in strategy and evaluation at Single Stop USA, investments at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and investment banking at BofA Merrill Lynch. She served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of NYC and co-coordinated the Wharton Nonprofit Board Leadership Program. Justine received her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in Political Economy from Georgetown University. She is an active volunteer and mentor in the DC region.
Krystle Corpuz,Senior Business Analyst for ACDI/VOCA, has more than four years of international development experience working with multilateral and bilateral donor agencies. She has worked as an associate for GHD Pty. Ltd in Manila, Philippines and Social Impact, Inc. in Washington D.C. She has supported and led proposals and projects for USAID, ADB, World Bank, UNDP, and AusAID focused on environment, climate change, governance, health, education, and agriculture. Krystle enjoys being a foodie, reading buzzfeed, and grilling.
Lin Fu is currently a Visiting Fellow at The Brookings Institution. She is also concurrently a Research Fellow with the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development and a PhD Candidate in Cornell’s Department of Government. Her research interests include political economy, economic development, science and technology policy, and SME growth. Prior to Cornell, she worked for a number of years in finance and project management consulting. Lin holds a BSFS in International Economics from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and a MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics. While at Georgetown, she was a member of the SFS Academic Council.
Darien Batzer Luce (SFS’08) has been a Foreign Service Officer since 2014. Her first posting was Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she adjudicated non-immigrant visas and served as the Deputy Fraud Prevention Manager. Her next assignments are in Guangzhou and Beijing. Prior to joining the State Department, she oversaw health projects in Guatemala for a USAID contractor. Darien also served as a Rural Community Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica. She started her career in the translation industry, with a focus on marketing and financial projects in Spanish and Portuguese. Originally from Kailua, Hawaii, Darien is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Martin Skold (SFS ’05; SSP ’09) is currently pursuing his PhD in international relations at the University of St. Andrews, with a thesis titled “Winning A Race With No Finish Line: Assessing the Strategy of Interstate Competition,” that seeks to build a framework for the analysis of the strategies of states competing for hegemony in a given region of the globe. Before that, he served in the U.S. Department of Defense as a counterterrorism analyst, and briefly as a legislative assistant to a Congressmember whose name you might recognize. In his spare time, he and his partner in crime Christina Goodlander like to travel to faraway places, which is an incentive for him to finish his dissertation.
Shelly Zhao (SFS ’09) is an international trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, where she focuses on trade policies on China at the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to government service, Shelly worked at the US-China Business Council as a Manager in Business Advisory Services, providing information, advocacy, and program services to US companies doing business with China. Shelly also researched US-China commercial issues at the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission and at Dezan Shira & Associates in Shanghai. Shelly grew up in Honolulu and Beijing and moved to Washington, D.C. to study International Politics at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She received her master’s in Chinese Politics and Diplomacy from Fudan University.