2016 Fellows

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Chelsea Green

Fall 2016 Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Education: Stanford University, BA Political Science, 2016

Issues Covered: Brazilian nuclear policy, nuclear weapons in Kazakhstan, strengthening global governance on nonproliferation

Current Activities: Green is research assistant to Professor Scott Sagan at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

Marlee Pittman

Fall 2016 Fellow, Truman Center for National Policy

Education: Louisiana State University, BA Political Science, 2016

Issues Covered: Middle East North African regional peace and cooperation, Countering Violent Extremism, and Democratic Development

Current Activities: Pittman returned to her native New Orleans to work with local residents impacted by natural disasters. Through AmeriCorps she is a Client Services Coordinator at SBP in South Louisiana.

Laura Strawmyer

Fall 2016 Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Education: Indiana University, MPA International Development and Nonprofit Management, 2016
Indiana University, BS Public Affairs, 2015

Issues Covered: Countering Violent Extremism, Women & Peacebuilding

Current Activities: Strawmyer is Policy and Advocacy Associate at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, where she was hired at the conclusion of her fellowship. She works actively with Congress and executive agencies to further a peacebuilding agenda, in concert with AfP members. She also facilitates four affinity groups: Women & Peacebuilding, Nonviolent Action & Peacebuilding, Electoral Violence, and Countering Violent Extremism.

Yousef Bashir

Spring 2016 Fellow, Partnership for a Secure America

Education: Brandeis University, MA, Co-existence & Conflict, 2015
Northeastern University, BA, International Affairs, History, May 2013

Issues Covered: Conflict resolution, climate security, Iran, nuclear security

Current Activities: Bashir is a Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders. He supports the Senator’s Foreign Policy Advisor in various legislative capacities.

Lauren Chadwick

Spring 2016 Fellow, Center for Public Integrity

Education: Columbia University, AB Political Science and Francophone Studies, 2015

Issues Covered: Nuclear security, defense accountability, military spending and preparedness

Current Activities: Chadwick is Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of MSNBC Programming and Development and to the Sr. Executive Producer of MSNBC Specials. She provides research and support on breaking news, long term projects, and potential new contributors. She recently worked on producing and transferring video content to MSNBC’s partner cable platforms ahead of the Global Citizen Festival.


Charles Powell

Spring 2016 Fellow, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Education: Stanford University, MA Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 2014
Brown University, BS Physics, 2013, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, AA Liberal Arts, 2011

Issues Covered: Nuclear security in the Newly Independent States, U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation, WMD terrorism

Current Activities: Powell is a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is currently on assignment to NOAA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, where he represents NOAA’s space and satellite activities to congressional stakeholders. NOAA’s satellites provide fundamental earth observations data that is useful for numerical weather prediction and severe storm forecasts, and account for nearly a quarter of the Department of Commerce’s annual budget.

Julia Watson

Spring 2016 Fellow, Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund

Education: Northwestern University, BA Political Science & Middle East Studies, 2015

Issues Covered: Prevention of violent conflict and protection of civilians