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2017-18 Gorton Global Leaders

Haleema Bharoocha

Haleema is a senior at Seattle University studying Sociology. Her hometown is San Jose, California. Her areas of focus include civic engagement and advocacy, domestic policy and sociological analysis of policy making. In her free time, Haleema does CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting, and photography. Her goal is to address inequities within government systems and policies that negatively impact minority groups. In the past, Haleema worked for the Council on American Islamic Relations, Superior Court, and Student Government. She is also a PPIA Princeton Alum. Currently, she is the Interim Director of the Gender Justice Center and Vice President of the Muslim Student Association on her campus. Haleema uses her voice as a Muslim woman of color to amplify the unheard narrative of marginalized groups. Her passion pushes her to thrive in her field, with the long-term vision of transformative change for the Muslim-American community and other minority groups.

Justin Collins

Justin is a U.S. Army combat veteran and senior at the University of Washington majoring in International Relations from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Justin’s primary interests in International Relations are cybersecurity policy and nuclear security policy. For the past year and half, Justin has been the President of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management student chapter at the University of Washington. Justin is also a cybersecurity policy fellow for the International Policy Institute (IPI). While a fellow with the IPI, Justin and seven other undergraduate fellows completed a cybersecurity project for Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Group. Prior to becoming an IPI fellow Justin took part in the 2017 Jackson School Rome, Italy Task Force, where he presented research on the need for US-EU Transatlantic partnership towards cybersecurity international norms to the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott. Outside of school, Justin is an avid athlete he enjoys running, weightlifting, soccer, hiking in the mountains and more.

Nick DeMuro

Nick was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent most of his life in and around the Seattle area. This year he will be a senior at the University of Washington, studying both Political Science and International Studies. After graduating next year, Nick hopes to continue his studies of international relations at the graduate level with the ultimate goal of receiving a PhD. Nick has spent the last two years working for UW’s student government in the Student Senate and the Office of Government Relations, where he has experienced firsthand the peaks and valleys of local politics. In his free time he loves to read, listen to music, and watch as much soccer as possible. A fun fact about Nick is that his middle name is “Taylor” after the singer/musician James Taylor. Unfortunately for him, the name did not bring any gifts of musical talent.

Maggie Douglas

Maggie, born and raised on a farm in Almira, Washington, is a first year graduate student at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy. Maggie is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University, and holds degrees in Political Science and English, with minors in Native American Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Outside of her studies, she works at the Washington Policy Center, assisting in their development department. Maggie is an avid hiker, a political Poindexter, and Victorian novel enthusiast. While working as a Congressional intern in D.C., she met three recent U.S. Speakers of the House, and sat in the last remaining Senate bathtub (the same bathtub President Taft was once stuck in)!

David Edwards

David is a lifelong resident of Kirkland, Washington. He is currently a 3L at the Seattle University School of Law. Before attending law school, David graduated from the University of Washington Bothell. His law school experience has been dedicated to exploring his passion for public service. During law school, David completed legal internships with the U.S Customs and Border Protection Office of the Assistant Chief Counsel and multiple non-profit legal service providers. In his free time David serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee for a non-profit legal organization called Equal Justice Works and a Community Advisor for Evergreen Health. His interests outside of law school include local politics, kickboxing, and stand-up comedy.

Kai Xavier Frenay

Kai was born in Houston, Texas. At the age of seven he moved to the Pacific island of Guam where he attended St. Johns International School. Kai is currently in his senior year at the University of Washington Seattle, majoring in International Studies at the UW Jackson School with an intended graduation date of spring 2018. In addition to being a full-time undergrad student, Kai works for the University of Washington Information Technologies Department and is currently serving as an ex-officio member of the KCGOP. His post-college plans include moving back to Texas where he is considering pursuing a career either in the public sector with the Department of State or the private sector with United Airlines. His hobbies include travelling, learning Korean, and watching football or Game of Thrones. Having lived in Guam, Kai has travelled the Asia-Pacific region extensively and is thus excited to be part of NBR’s GLP.

Supriya Gorthy

Supriya is pursuing her Master’s degree in Project Management from Northeastern University, Seattle. She started her master’s degree recently in January 2017, and expects to graduate by July 2018. Supriya is undertaking a concentration named Leading Commerce and Economic Development as part of her degree, which is mainly intended to acquire leadership skills and economic theory, policy evaluation, and policy research as a specialization in Project Management. She comes from a nuclear family where she is the second daughter to her parents, and she is married to a software professional. Supriya got her Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada in India. With a feeling of deep pleasure she would like to introduce you to one of her favorite books Discover the Diamond in You by Arindam Chaudri, which speaks about the “9P’s” an individual should possess to have great success in life.

Kathryn Hudak

Katie is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in International Studies and Germanics. Originally from Anacortes, Washington, Katie spent a gap year in Darmstadt, Germany through the CBYX Vocational Youth Program before beginning her studies at UW. Having a strong passion for the fine arts, Katie also studied ballet for nine years and studies classical voice performance at the Music School at UW. This past spring Katie also had the opportunity to intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she was immersed in the country of her heritage and became the first member of her family to meet and connect with relatives in Lithuania. After graduating from UW, Katie hopes to teach English abroad before pursuing graduate school and a future career in the Foreign Service.

Caleb Huffman

Caleb is an undergraduate double majoring in Political Science and Communication entering his senior year at the University of Washington. He was raised by his mother with four siblings in Onalaska, a rural town in Southwest Washington, and credits her for instilling in him a love of learning. He will graduate in June, 2018 with Phi Beta Kappa, interdisciplinary honors, and departmental honors in both his majors. Caleb is fascinated by the role of communication in politics and aims to promote a more peaceful world. As a Gorton Fellow, he seeks to further understand the intersection between leadership and public policy. He enjoys running, learning about legal dilemmas, and traveling -- having studied in Amsterdam, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Florence, and Rome. While studying abroad in Rome, Caleb was giving a tour of a cathedral as part of a class assignment when he recognized Justice Antonin Scalia fitting in as a sightseer.

Madison Jones

Madison is a second-year law student at Seattle University School of Law, who intends on practicing international transactional law in the future. Madison believes that bridging the gap between culture, enterprise, and jurisprudence is imperative to supporting the global common good. In pursuit of this objective, Madison has independently volunteered in women’s prisons, hospitals, and orphanages in Jinja, Uganda, aided refugee families through the UNM Refugee Well Being Program, and competed at the international level at Harvard’s World Model United Nations Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Throughout this time, Madison also worked as an estate and tax law paralegal at the Wilcox Law Firm, P.C. for seven years, and as an intellectual property law clerk at Peacock Myers, P.C. for the summer of 2017. Madison attended the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in International Studies in May, 2015 and her Master’s in Business Administration in December, 2015.

David Kirichenko

David is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Economics and Political Science. His expected graduation date is spring 2018. As a first-generation student from an immigrant family, David is passionate about giving back to his community and promoting global engagement. He has volunteered abroad with nonprofit organizations in Mexico and Spain. He has also volunteered as a multilingual translator for a local nonprofit organization. Moreover, David aspires to be a leader that serves his community both locally and globally.

Tucker Link

Tucker graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors of Arts in both History and Political Science from Western Washington University. Tucker completed three years of coursework at Washington State University prior to transferring to WWU to complete my undergraduate studies. Home for Tucker is 45 miles north of Seattle in the small town of Stanwood, where he spent a majority of his time skiing or wrenching on cars, primarily late 1980s BMW’s, during his time in high school. As skiing and car modification began to require more time than he had available once in college, he took an interest in competitive cycling. The Western Washington University Cycling Team provided Tucker the opportunity to compete at the collegiate and amateur level across the Greater Northwest Region. During the 2017-18 academic year he will take several courses in economics, mathematics, and English to best prepare for law school in the fall of 2018. During this time, he will maintain an interest in cycling and plans to compete during the spring after having completed a successful 2017 season.

Rachel Paik

Rachel was born in Evanston, IL but considers Washington State to be her true home. Rachel is a senior at the Jackson School and is set to graduate this spring 2018 with a B.A. in International Studies. Her focus is Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Peace, and Security with a minor in Korea Studies. Rachel is a 2017–2018 summer and academic East Asia FLAS Fellow. A few issues Rachel is passionate about include: arms control, international security, and the preservation of human rights. She also loves to paint, travel, and eat delicious food from around the world. Her favorite book to date is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. In her spare time, she is the PR & Outreach Director for an on-campus RSO called Huskies for Opportunities in Prison Education (HOPE UW), and she writes for a student-run, online international affairs publication called the Citizen Weekly.

Lien Pham

Lien is excited to join The Gorton Center Global Leaders Program with a strong interest to learn about leadership from Senator Gorton. Lien will be a junior at the University of Washington and is studying Communication. She has lived and worked in four different countries included Vietnam, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A highlight of her work experience was when she opened her own English Center in Vietnam for disadvantaged children. Additionally, she took on a key leadership position with the publication of her former college’s annual journal. Aside from school, she is currently working as a program coordinator with the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area. Lien’s goal after graduation is to open a non-profit organization for the benefit of disadvantaged children in the developing world. Lien is very passionate and hard-working and believes that this program will help to develop her moral leadership.

Rachel Platin

Rachel is from Newcastle, Washington. She is a senior at UW and is a double major in Political Science and Economics. She is graduating this spring. An interesting fact about her is that she spent this summer hiking all over Washington and studying for the Law School Admission Test, as she is planning to attend law school right after undergraduate graduation. She spent 9 months during her junior year as an intern at the Washington Policy Center, which sparked her interest in the public policy world. She has also been very active in her sorority Alpha Xi Delta, and has held two positions on the executive board, Financial Vice President and Chapter Life President. Rachel is an avid sports fan and consistently follows the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks, as well as Husky Football!

Quillan Robinson

Quillan was born and raised in north Seattle. He is going into his senior year at the University of Washington, and will graduate in June 2018. Quillan is majoring in political science and international studies, with German as his language focus. His interest in international affairs began with a State Department sponsored youth exchange trip to Azerbaijan his sophomore year of high school. As an undergraduate, he worked on the campaign to pass a state carbon tax, and interned in the office of Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, DC. Quillan hopes to use his past experiences, and the opportunities and connections presented by the Global Leaders Program, to build a career crafting pragmatic, bipartisan solutions to local, national, and global challenges. In his free time, Quillan likes to fly fish in the Cascades, read biographies, and cheer on the Dawgs.

Ethan Talbott

Ethan is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. After graduating, Ethan worked in a variety of roles in higher and international education, but he knew I eventually wanted to pursue a career in foreign policy and international development. That, coupled with a desire to move to the West Coast, led him and his wife Jen to move to Seattle so he could pursue a Master of Public Administration degree with an international development focus at the University of Washington. Ethan will be finishing his degree in June 2018 and hopes to work for the US State Department in a diplomatic role after graduating. As a fun fact, he was an extra in the Will Smith movie “Concussion” and was standing next to him in one of the bar scenes. Will Smith is a really nice guy in person and even did an impromptu concert between film takes!

Ernie Tao

Ernie is from Vancouver, Washington. Growing up next to the beautiful Columbia Gorge, he enjoys the outdoors and Washington’s diverse wildlife. As a senior at the University of Washington, he studies Political Science and Biochemistry. Upon beginning his undergraduate studies, he worked as an EMT in the City of Seattle, and then later moved on to work as a Firefighter/EMT in Skyway, Seattle. These experiences catalyzed his passion for public health, and he is particularly interested in the social determinants of health as a major contributor to disparities in health outcomes. When he graduates in 2018, he hopes to use background in field medical work, research methods, and policy analysis to develop evidence-based health policy to promote individual and community health.

Connor Whitney

Connor is a senior planning to graduate in spring 2018 with a degree in Political Science, from the University of Washington. Connor spent his childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia where he and his family travelled across South East Asia. After moving to Washington, Connor attended the International School in Bellevue. Connor spent part of his junior year in the Czech Republic, where he studied European identity and politics. Beyond the classroom, Connor has a passion for learning different cultures, languages, and histories, and intends on traveling after graduation. He spends his free time reading, playing soccer and volleyball, and spending time with family.

Alex Wirth

Alex is senior at the University of Washington with an intended major in International Relations from the Jackson School of International Studies with a minor in Human Rights Studies. Alex went to high school in La Conner, Washington, but was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. With a special interest in the impact of international politics on development, security, and the economy, Alex has worked during college as an intern for the United States Department of State and as a Strategic Intelligence Research Fellow for Microsoft. Beyond international relations, Alex is also passionate about higher education policy, particularly in the state of Washington, and has served as the Director of Government Relations for the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Outside of school, Alex is an aspiring decent chef, a music nerd, a fan of kayaking, and an avid geocacher (please ask!).

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