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Class of 2021

Class of 2021

In April 2021, Schmidt Futures announced its second ISF-North America cohort with 28 fellows from technology, business, policymaking, national security, law, academia, and philanthropy. Read about the fellows below.


Simone Askew

First Lieutenant

U.S. Army


Simone Askew, of Fairfax, Virginia, is currently a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. To date, she has earned her MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and a Master’s in Public Policy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simone served as the first African-American female First Captain in the Academy’s 200-year history and was also the first African-American female Rhodes Scholar chosen from West Point. She now serves as a U.S. Army Engineer in the Washington, DC area.

Katie Bruce

Katie Bruce 

Client Advisor

Bridgewater Associates


Katie Bruce heads the U.S. Advisory business at Bridgewater Associates, a global macro institutional asset manager with over $150bn in AUM. She is responsible for the firm’s strategic partnerships with large public and corporate pension plans, endowments, and foundations, working to help them meet their investment objectives by advising them on the most pressing issues facing global investors.  Katie joined Bridgewater in 2007 as an Investment Associate in the Trading group, where she focused on foreign currency trading strategies.  

Katie received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University and is a CFA® charterholder.  She serves as the Yale Class of 2007 Treasurer and has been selected for the boards of local organizations dedicated to helping the community and breaking the cycle of poverty. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their three children.

Nataliya Bugayova

Nataliya Bugayova

Director of Intelligence



Nataliya Bugayova is an entrepreneur and national security analyst. She serves as Director of Intelligence at Tecsonomy, a new tech-enabled intelligence firm. Tecsonomy maps and monitors ecosystems at the intersection of national security, finance, and technology, such as supply chains. Tecsonomy’s assessments focus on topics such as nanoelectronics, biotechnology, and the high-tech nexus between Russia and China.

She is also a National Security Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), focused on Russia. Prior to Tecsonomy, Nataliya led ISW’s Russia research program. She conducted open-source intelligence analysis of the Kremlin’s decision-making, information operations, and military campaigns from the former Soviet Union to Africa.

Nataliya is the author of “Putin’s Offset: The Kremlin’s Geopolitical Adaptations Since 2014,” and “How We Got Here with Russia: The Kremlin’s Worldview.” Her work has been featured in The Hill, BBC, VOA, and other outlets. She briefed national security officials and military units deploying overseas.

Prior to ISW, Nataliya was the Chief Executive Officer of Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s largest independent English-language publication, in 2014-2015. Nataliya served as the Chief of Staff and Adviser on international financial institutions to the Ukrainian Economy Minister in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 pro-democracy Euromaidan Revolution.

Nataliya holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School. She was a student fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She completed her bachelor’s in Asian Studies at Schevchenko National University of Kyiv and is a native of Ukraine.

Colin Carlson 

Assistant Research Professor

Georgetown University


Colin Carlson is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Global Health Science and Security and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Verena Consortium, an international scientific collaboration building working to predict which viruses could infect humans, which animals currently host them, and where they could emerge.

Dr. Carlson is a global change biologist by training, and studies the relationship between global climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging infectious diseases, with a policy focus on planetary health approaches to climate change adaptation and health security. His work has included research reconstructing the recent extinctions of island seabirds and the Tasmanian tiger; identifying the threat posed by climate change to parasite biodiversity, and the development of the global parasite conservation plan; mapping the global distribution of anthrax and Zika virus; and most recently, the development of methods for the attribution of infectious disease burden and spillover risk to warming temperatures. Since 2020, he has also led the Verena Consortium’s efforts in post-COVID pandemic preparedness research, including artificial intelligence technologies to identify viruses with epidemic potential, machine learning optimized discovery of SARS-like viruses in bats, and forecasting models to predict the relationship between climate change and the next pandemic.

Dr. Carlson holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and has previously worked at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and is a contributing author to the sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and has been featured on Forbes’ and Pacific Standard’s 30 Under 30 lists.

Ben Chang

Benjamin Angel Chang

Andrew W. Marshall Fellow

Center for Security and Emerging Technology


Benjamin Angel Chang is the inaugural Andrew W. Marshall Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, where his research assesses possible end-states, strategies, and technological shocks in long-term US-China competition. He received his PhD in international relations and security studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. His dissertation analyzed the impact of artificial intelligence on the US-China balance of power.

Previously, he was a senior analyst at the Long Term Strategy Group and a program manager at Harvard’s Technology and Public Purpose Project. He holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Tess Deblanc-Knowles

Tess deBlanc-Knowles

Policy Advisor for Artificial Intelligence

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Tess serves as Policy Advisor to the National AI Initiative Office of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is detailed to OSTP from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), where she led the Commission’s line of effort focused on maintaining U.S. leadership in AI research and development. Congress established NSCAI in 2019 with the mandate to make recommendations related to the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.

Prior to joining NSCAI, Tess was the Chief of Staff at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, DC–based foreign policy think tank. Tess has a background in defense policy. She worked at U.S. Special Operations Command on the operational planning team that established the command’s first international liaison division, and helped build and execute the command’s international engagement strategy. She also spent time in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and at National Defense University. 

Tess earned a BA in International Studies and a minor in Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Jared Dunmon

Jared Dunnmon

Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Defense Innovation Unit


Dr. Jared Dunnmon is the Technical Director for Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).  In this role, he brings a technical perspective to problem curation, vendor sourcing and evaluation, and project execution.

Prior to DIU, Jared was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, where he was advised by Prof. Chris Ré.  His research interests focus on combining heterogeneous data modalities, machine learning, and human domain expertise to inform and improve decision making around such topics as human health, energy & environment, and geopolitical stability.  Jared has also worked to bridge the gap between technological development and effective deployment in a variety of contexts including foreign policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, solar electrification at Offgrid Electric, cybersecurity at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, emerging technology investment at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, nuclear fusion modeling at the Oxford Mathematical Institute, and nonlinear energy harvesting at Duke University.

Jared holds a PhD from Stanford University (2017), a B.S. from Duke University, and both an MSc. in Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing and an M.B.A. from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Lisa Einstein

Lisa Einstein 

Master’s Candidate in Computer Science & International Cyber Policy

Stanford University 


Lisa Einstein works to expand access to impactful digital tools and mitigate harms from emerging technologies. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in computer science and M.A. in international cyber policy at Stanford University. Lisa works at the Stanford Internet Observatory and is writing a book with Alex Stamos on trust and safety engineering. She also conducts AI and global computer science education research with Stanford’s Computational Education Lab and leads LTG (ret.) H.R. McMaster’s research team on disruptive technologies and geopolitics. 

With Moussa Doumbouya, Lisa co-founded GNCode, an NGO working to teach coding in Guinea. Lisa and Moussa also co-created a virtual assistant for illiterate speakers of low-resource West African languages. Previously, Lisa taught physics as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea. With some of her students, she co-founded Association des Jeunes pour la Défense des Droits des Enfants (AJDE), a Guinean NGO that promotes girls’ education and combats early marriage and gender-based violence.

Lisa holds a B.A. from Princeton where she studied physics and dance. She danced professionally for several years, including as a member of Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has written about AI, ethics, technology policy, and global science education for Scientific American. Lisa grew up with her twin sister and two brothers in Birmingham, Alabama; Toronto, Canada; and St. Louis, Missouri.

David Gerson

David Gerson

Director of Systems Engineering Technologies

Apogee Research


David Gerson is the Director of Systems Engineering Technologies at Apogee Research, a small company developing technologies for DARPA to enable the military to rapidly adapt fielded capabilities to unpredictable adversaries. A key focus is on enabling the deployment of compositional, heterogeneous systems in lieu of traditional monolithic platforms.

Prior to Apogee Research, David worked at SpaceX on the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets. He was a program manager / integration engineer for the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to land back on land post launch and then was a lead systems engineer planning future generations of the rockets. David has also previously spent time at NASA and DLR, the German Space Agency.

David got an MS and BS in Aerospace Engineering from Stanford after becoming obsessed with space policy in high school.

Sofia Rose Gross

Sofia Gross

Head of Policy Partnerships and Social Impact

Snap, Inc/Snapchat


Sofia Gross is Snapchat’s Head of Policy Partnerships and Social Impact based in Washington DC. She is also a Public Affairs Officer serving NPASE-E in the United States Navy Reserve. Most recently, Sofia led an initiative that helped over 1.3 Million Snapchatters register to vote and she was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 for Law & Policy. Sofia completed the Technology and Democracy Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School where she co-authored a case study on Civic Responsibility: The Power of Companies to Increase Voter Turnout. Sofia studied International Studies and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at The University of Chicago where she was also Captain of the Varsity Swimming & Diving Team. Sofia currently serves as a strategic outreach advisor to The University of Chicago Admissions Office and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Politics at UChicago. Sofia advises a number of civic organizations including Civic Alliance, 50×2026, Civic Responsibility Project, National Voter Registration Day, Vote Early Day and TurboVote. She loves democracy and Compass Coffee.

Corey Jacobson

Corey Jacobson

Legislative Director

U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)


Corey Jacobson is the Legislative Director for Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), a member of House Leadership. In addition to managing the six-person legislative team, Corey is the Congressman’s chief advisor on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and national security policy. In this capacity, he has worked to bolster city-level diplomacy, improve federal government cybersecurity, and reform the U.S. arms sales process.

Prior to joining Congressman Lieu’s staff, he worked as the foreign affairs advisor to Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and managed the Jewish Member Delegation. He has supported congressional campaigns in four election cycles, served on foreign policy working groups for two presidential campaigns, and led workshops for foreign Members of Parliament. 

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Corey graduated from the George Washington University and holds a Master’s in Global Politics from the London School of Economics. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has completed joint professional military education with Air Command and Staff College.

Kate Kizer

Policy Director

Win Without War


Kate is the Policy Director at Win Without War, leading narrative and policy change campaigns to advance a progressive foreign policy and national security agenda in the United States. She is also a columnist at Inkstick Media, Contributor at Foreign Exchanges, and a Steering Committee Member of the Forum on the Arms Trade. Previously, she served as Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project, where she established the organization’s presence in Washington and was a key leader of the campaign to end U.S. military support for the Saudi and Emirati-led intervention in Yemen. As Digital Campaigner for Demand Progress, she crafted narratives to organize activists online to impact U.S. surveillance reform efforts in Congress. Kate entered foreign policy at the Project on Middle East Democracy before becoming the U.S. Advocacy Officer for a diaspora-led human rights organization focusing on U.S. policy toward Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. 

Prior to moving to Washington, Kate was an early staff member of Dropbox before joining the Charlie Crist for Governor campaign as its Deputy Research Director. Kate has deep expertise in narrative and policy change strategy, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, U.S. arms export policy, democracy promotion, and the post-9/11 use of military force and counterterrorism strategy. Her analysis and commentary has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and The Hill, among others. Kate has been listed as on Washington Life magazine’s Young & the Guest List since 2019. She holds an M.A. in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Andrea Klaric

Andrea Klaric


Flint Global


Andrea Klarić is a Manager at Flint Global, a consultancy that provides advice to global companies on European politics, regulation and policy. She works on tech regulation, with a focus on emerging technologies and data, as well as trade and geopolitics. She is passionate about tackling policy challenges that intersect between these areas. Projects Andrea has led include developing an AI governance framework for a global telecoms operator, and designing a model online safety policy for a major tech company.

Previously, Andrea was a foreign policy officer for the President of Croatia, where she led on briefing the President for her foreign visits and meetings, advised on the matters of economic diplomacy, and supported the speechwriting team. Before this, Andrea worked on trade negotiations at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade.

Andrea graduated from the University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government, with a Master’s in Public Policy. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris, for which she was awarded an excellence scholarship from the French Government. She has also completed an executive education programme for emerging leaders at INSEAD. Andrea grew up in Croatia, and speaks English, French and Croatian fluently.

Erik Lin-Greenberg

Erik Lin-Greenberg

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Erik Lin-Greenberg is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he is an affiliate of the MIT Security Studies Program. His research and teaching examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the use of force. Erik’s work has appeared in academic and policy outlets including Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post.

Erik is a fellow with the Bridging the Gap Project and an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He previously held fellowships at Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, and his dissertation was awarded the 2020 Merze Tate Prize from the American Political Science Association.

He completed his PhD at Columbia University and an MS and BS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to graduate school, Erik was an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and he continues to serve on the Joint Staff as a member of the Air Force Reserve.

The Playbook team at POLITICO world headquarters in Arlington, Va. on July 6, 2016. John Shinkle/POLITICO

Daniel Lippman

White House & Washington Reporter



Daniel Lippman is a reporter covering the White House and Washington for POLITICO. In the past year, he broke news on internal battles at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Agency for Global Media as well as uncovered personnel struggles among political appointees in the U.S. government. Besides writing about political and national security intrigue, he also often writes long-form stories about the Washington political scene for POLITICO Magazine. He was previously a co-author of POLITICO Playbook, the publication’s flagship daily newsletter. 

Before joining POLITICO, Daniel covered environmental news for E&E Publishing and was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He has also interned for McClatchy Newspapers, Reuters, and The Economist. As a freelancer in 2013, he traveled to the Turkish-Syrian border to cover the Syrian civil war for The Huffington Post and

Daniel, who graduated from the George Washington University, hails from the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, where he got his start in journalism at the Berkshire Eagle copyediting obituaries and letters to the editor when he was in high school.

Alex Loehr

Alex Loehr

Chief Technology Officer

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency


Alex Loehr has spent his career bringing modern digital practices to government’s most important missions. As the Chief Technology Officer at the National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Alex is responsible for growing the agency’s technical expertise and empowering its workforce with the tools and processes they need to deliver on NGA’s mission. Alex previously was NGA’s Deputy CTO, where he helped author the agency’s first-ever technology strategy.

Prior to joining NGA, Alex served as Deputy CTO for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and helped launch an updated, personalized and led VA’s API program. Alex was an early member of the United States Digital Service at VA, working with a talented team to build and scale products that enable Veterans to discover and manage their health and benefits online.

Alex’s previous experience inside and outside government also includes In-Q-Tel and the Army Geospatial Research Laboratory. Alex has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Georgetown University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and he lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Lacey, and newborn daughter.

Dr. Mark Lutter

Founder & Executive Director

Charter Cities Institute


Dr. Mark Lutter is the Founder and Executive Director of the Charter Cities Institute, a non-profit building the ecosystem for charter cities. He currently supervises a team of ten that will grow to 20 by the end of the year. The Charter Cities Institute works as a think tank, publishing papers, a podcast, blog, and hosting events, to develop the building blocks for charter cities. The Charter Cities Institute also provides technical assistance to new city developments and governments, working in Zambia, Nigeria, Honduras, and Ecuador.

Mark is also a Strategic Advisor to the Victoria Harbor Group, a firm building new towns in the United Kingdom for the Hong Kong people. He is on the Board of the At Home Foundation, a new nonprofit helping Hong Kong migrants integrate into new countries. He is on the Board of Explorer Academy, a Zambian education platform. He is on the Board of New Science, a new nonprofit building new and improved scientific institutions.

Mark has a PhD in economics from George Mason University. He has won a Emergent Ventures Grant and Pioneer. Prior to launching the Charter Cities Institute, he was Lead Economist for NeWAY Capital, an asset management firm which made early stage investments in charter cities. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune, City Journal, and CityAM.

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke


CITRIS Policy Lab, UC Berkeley


Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley, where she supports interdisciplinary tech policy research to support evidence-based policymaking. She is a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. Brandie was named one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Buzzfeed News, among others. Her research publications, op-eds, and presentations are available at

Brandie has deep expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and internet governance. She studies human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance mechanisms for AI. She is a co-chair of the University of California (UC) Presidential Working Group on AI, which will establish principles and operational guides for the UC system’s use of AI, and is leading a collaboration with the California Department of Technology to guide the state’s AI strategy. She is a co-PI on the NSF-funded “TechHive AI” project, an innovative program to teach high school students about cybersecurity and the ethics of AI.

Elizabeth Ralph

Elizabeth Ralph 

Deputy Editor                                                                                                                     



Elizabeth Ralph is deputy editor of Politico Magazine, which she helped found in 2013. She has also written on the race for the Covid-19 vaccine and is editor of Women Rule, Politico’s journalism and event series covering gender, power, politics and policy. Elizabeth graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she was a history major. She loves to ski and once retraced Hannibal’s campaign across the Alps.

Sofia Ramirez

Sofia Alessandra Ramirez

Master in Public Affairs (MPA) Candidate in International Development

Princeton University


Sofia Alessandra Ramirez is an incoming Economic Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State. She recently received her Masters in Public Affairs in International Development at Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as a Research Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, forecasting political developments and macroeconomic indicators for countries in Latin America, and at the Council on Foreign Relations as the Research Associate for the Latin America Studies Program.

Sofia has previously worked as a Summer Associate at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, where she screened the financial viability and developmental impact of finance projects in Latin America, as a Research Assistant at Justice in Mexico, a think tank dedicated to improving security and the rule of law, and as a congressional district intern.

Sofia graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of San Diego, with a BA in International Relations and Asian studies. She is a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. She received a Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin Chinese, a Fulbright grant to Taiwan, the 2019 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Latin America fellowship. Her languages include Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese. Sofia loves to dance, travel, and learn about astrophysics in her free time.

Rashida Richardson

Rashida Richardson

Visiting Scholar, Rutgers Law School

Incoming Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, Northeastern University (July 2021)


Rashida Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science at Northeastern University and a Senior Fellow in the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund. Rashida researches the social and civil rights implications of data driven technologies, including artificial intelligence, and develops policy interventions and regulatory strategies regarding data driven technologies, government surveillance, racial discrimination, and the technology sector. Rashida has previously worked on a range of civil rights issues as a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers Law School, the Director of Policy Research at New York University’s AI Now Institute, Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union of New York (NYCLU), and staff attorney at the Center for HIV Law and Policy. Rashida currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, Board of Directors of Lacuna Technologies, the Advisory Board of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Board of Directors of Lacuna Technologies, the Board of Directors of the College & Community Fellowship, Advisory Council of Foxglove, Advisory Board for Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, Advisory Board for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and she is an affiliate and Advisory Board member of the Center for Critical Race + Digital Studies. She received her BA with honors in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.

Alexandra Siegel

Alexandra Siegel

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science, University of Colorado Boulder


Alexandra Siegel is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, as well as a faculty affiliate of New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics and Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab.

Her research examines conflict and repression in the digital age in the Arab World and other comparative contexts. She explores topics such as the role of religious and political leaders in exacerbating or mitigating intergroup conflict; how activists and mass publics respond to repression; and how disinformation spreads during conflict. Collecting original datasets of hundreds of millions of social media posts and using text analysis, machine learning methods, and experiments, her work develops new measures of how elites and everyday citizens interact in real time.

Her research is published or is forthcoming in journals such as the American Political Science Review, World Politics, and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. She has also written for the Washington Post, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Project on Middle East Democracy. Her work has been featured in the Economist, the New Yorker, the BBC, the Independent, Vice News, and other outlets.

She received her doctorate in political science from New York University in 2018 and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab. She is a former junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former CASA fellow at the American University in Cairo. She holds a bachelor’s in international relations and Arabic from Tufts University.

Ken Sofer

Ken Sofer

Advisor for Policy & Planning

International Rescue Committee


Ken Sofer is the Advisor for Policy & Planning in the Office of the President at the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian organization supporting crisis-affected communities in more than 40 countries around the world. In his role at the IRC, Ken provides policy analysis on issues ranging from the war in Libya to the Ebola crisis in the DRC to trends in adherence to international humanitarian law. He has led strategic-level policy development at the organization on topics such as the geopolitical and humanitarian implications of the Covid-19 crisis, the evolving nature of global conflict, and how the climate crisis impacts displacement and humanitarian crises.

Prior to joining the IRC, Ken worked as a Senior Policy Advisor and the Associate Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, a think tank based in Washington, DC. In his role at CAP, Ken oversaw the day-to-day operations of the National Security team, managed a series of senior-level track II dialogues, and authored more than 40 policy papers on issues ranging from the criteria for a successful Iran nuclear deal to understanding factions within China’s 2012 leadership transition.

Ken received his BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Southern California and an MPA in International Relations and Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is originally from Hermosa Beach, California and is the proud child of a Japanese immigrant and Iraqi-Jewish refugees.

Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

J.D. Candidate

Yale Law School


Mark Stevens is a recent graduate of Yale Law School and will begin serving in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser in September 2021. He previously served as a fellow at the department during the Obama administration, where he focused on U.S. policy on the Levant region of the Middle East. During this period, he also briefly reported on political conditions in northern Syria from the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mark subsequently worked for a private research initiative undertaking humanitarian assessments in contexts of crisis and displacement. Through this work, he helped conduct assessments in Uganda and northern Syria to assist international NGOs and UN agencies in their emergency responses. A native of District Heights, Maryland, Mark holds a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Camille Stewart

Camille Stewart

Head of Security Policy

Android & Google Play, Google


Camille Stewart is an industry-recognized, cyber-authority with significant experience providing solutions to critical security policies and directives affecting global intelligence programs across the public and private sectors. Named the Global Head of Product Security Strategy at Google, Camille advises Google’s products on federated security and risk. Prior to that, Camille led Google Play & Android’s cybersecurity, privacy, election integrity, and mis/dis-information policy and strategy as the Head of Security Policy. Before joining Google, Camille was a manager in Deloitte’s Cyber Risk practice working on cybersecurity, election security, tech innovation, and risk issues for DHS, DOD, and other federal agencies. Through her professionalism and leadership in the field, she progressed to serve under the Obama administration as the Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber, Infrastructure & Resilience Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.

Her professional achievements earned her recognition from a multitude of entities throughout her career including her being selected as 2021 Changemaker of the year by Microsoft, 2020 Cyber Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the 2019 Cyber Security Women of the Year in the “Barrier Breaker” category, the 2018 New America Black American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader, the 2018 National Urban League Cyber Connoisseur Honoree, a 2017 DMV 40 under 40 Trailblazer Awardee, and the 2016 Women in Technology Rising Star Awardee. Camille serves on the Board of Directors for The International Foundation for Electoral Systems and GirlSecurity and on the Advisory Board for Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, & Conflict Transformation (WCAPS).

Lucas Tse 

Examination Fellow

All Souls College, University of Oxford


Lucas Tse is a DPhil candidate and an Examination Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, where he writes about the international and economic history of China in the modern world. His current research is on China and international organisations in the mid-20th century.  

He received a BA from the University of Chicago and an MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and where he was awarded the Feinstein Prize for Best Dissertation. He lives in Oxford and London.


Aaron Zelinger

Forward-Deployed Analyst

Palantir Technologies


Aaron Zelinger helps democratic governments utilize technology to enact data-driven policy and strengthen their critical institutions.

As a forward-deployed analyst at Palantir Technologies, he has worked alongside governmental organizations in the United States, Latin America, and Asia to leverage data platforms against challenges including Warfighter battlefield preparation, interagency pandemic coordination, and cyberespionage detection.

Aaron also serves as a Visiting Research Associate with the Office of Condoleezza Rice, where he develops policy recommendations at the intersection of technology and geopolitics for global leaders on issues such as safeguarding elections, expanding internet access, and enabling economic resilience amid automation and roboticization.

A California native, Aaron holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. He is a graduate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation Honors Program and a George P. & Charlotte Shultz Fellow in Modern Israel Studies.