Meet the ASG Rising Leaders Program
Class of 2023
In their capstone policy book, the Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leaders Class of 2023 explore significant challenges for U.S. foreign policy.
Joey Arora Senior Vice President of Growth and Partner, The Outpost
Joey is a passionate believer in the power of entrepreneurship to drive prosperity and societal success. As a Partner and SVP of Growth at The Outpost, he specializes in helping companies secure government contracts in the defense industry, with a specific focus on creating more dual-use billion-dollar companies. Previously, Joey served as the Chief Scaling Officer for DoD’s Platform One, where he streamlined operations to accelerate the authorization of commercial software for use on Department of Defense systems. As an Air Force Veteran and Reservist, Joey co-founded AFWERX & AFVentures, connecting entrepreneurs and innovators to accelerate technology adoption and drive Air Force culture change. With a strong record of ecosystem building and entrepreneurial leadership, Joey is driven by mission and passion for innovation in government, as well as an avid soccer player and hiker in the Rocky Mountains. When not working, he loves reading sci-fi and fantasy books.
Megan Ristine Bellingham Business Information Security Associate, Bridgewater Associates
Megan is a Business Information Security Associate at Bridgewater Associates, a global investment management firm in Westport, CT. Megan is responsible for advising stakeholders on key business risk decisions around security policy and compliance, cybersecurity incidents, and data protection. Currently, she focuses on client-facing information security, as well as securing Bridgewater’s trade data and execution pipeline. Before joining Bridgewater, Megan has spent time in both Israel and Palestine through various academic organizations, meeting and interacting with national leaders and non-profits to better understand each side of the statehood conflict. Megan holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The King’s College in New York City and resides in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Tony Bishop Senior Advisor, Office of the National Cyber Director: Executive Office of the President
Tony is currently an advisor in the Office of the National Cyber Director, where he leads the legislative referral memorandum process and reviews interagency clearance. Prior to this role, he was the deputy policy director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. In this role he advised members of Congress on campaign policy and crafted the policy platform for the committee. Before his time at the committee, Tony was the executive director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. In this role, he worked to create and advance public policy to empower the Black community with a voting block of 19 Black members in the Ohio Legislature. Tony has also served as a aide in Congress, European Parliament, and the Ohio legislature. In addition, he also serves as the President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association and holds both a BA and MS from Otterbein University, located in Westerville, Ohio.
Logan Booth Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Global Crisis & Issues, Weber Shandwick
Logan Booth is a Vice President: Corporate Affairs, Global Crisis & Issues at Weber Shandwick. Previously, Logan was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a practicing attorney specializing in commercial and capital markets transactions. At Weber, Logan advises clients on an array of crisis preparedness and response topics including government investigations, healthcare regulations, cybersecurity, environmental disasters, intellectual property disputes, corporate malfeasance, and class action litigation. In addition to his civilian career, Logan is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve, having served in both the Intelligence and Public Affairs communities. He received his BA and MA from New York University, his MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and his JD from Columbia Law School. Originally from New York, Logan currently lives in Chicago, where he is an avid frequenter of the city’s restaurant and craft cocktail scene, Lakefront Trail, and live music venues.
Emma Campbell-Mohn Senior Associate, PwC
Emma Campbell-Mohn is a Senior Associate at PwC, where she works in the Regulatory and Policy Strategy Group advising clients on issues pertaining to policy, regulation, and international affairs. She previously served as a research analyst at Goldman Sachs’ Global Markets Institute, which operates as Goldman’s public policy think tank. Emma earned a Master of Science in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she focused on political economy, security studies, and China affairs. Additionally, she was part of the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she earned a Masters in Management. She graduated with distinction from Duke University. Her writing has been featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post, Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, and Chatham House’s International Affairs.
Philip Caruso Chairman, No One Left Behind
Philip Caruso is the Chairman of No One Left Behind, the oldest charitable organization focused specifically on supporting former interpreters and U.S. government employees eligible for the Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) programs. He previously served as a legislative fellow at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and for fourteen years as an active duty and reserve Air Force officer, deploying twice to Afghanistan. He continues his reserve service as a Deputy Military Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He received J.D. and M.B.A. degrees with honors from Harvard, where he was a Pat Tillman Scholar, and a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Marcus Coleman Director, Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Following in the footsteps of his mother Maiola T. Coleman and Grandmother Tommie W. Thomas, Marcus Tillman Coleman Jr. serves at the intersection of building public private partnerships with faith-based and non-profit organizations. Marcus currently serves as the Director for the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, one of several centers of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Marcus has supported a number of disaster activations. This includes Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Ida, Ian, Nicole, the Jackson Water Crisis, 2015 influx of unaccompanied children, Operation Allies Welcome and post-incident national outreach after several active shooter and mass casualty incidents. Marcus is an alum of Howard University, American University, Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Obama for America. Outside of his role at FEMA, Marcus stays active with the National Institute of Civic Discourse, Fair Chance, Truman National Security Project and #NextGenNatSec.
Dimitri DeChurch-Silva Law Clerk, United States Court of International Trade
Dimitri is a judicial law clerk at the United States Court of International Trade in New York. His work focuses primarily on the judicial oversight of administrative decisions regarding import transactions into the United States. Prior to clerking in the U.S. Court of International Trade, Dimitri clerked in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky where he played varsity soccer. He also holds an M.A., J.D., and LL.M. from the University of Kentucky and Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Dimitri focused his studies on international business and economic law. He speaks English and Portuguese, and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Dinkel SEAL, U.S. Navy
Joe Dinkel is a son of a Navy Doctor, was born in Cambridge, UK, and grew up overseas. He serves as an Active-Duty Navy Special Warfare Officer. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in English with a minor in Chinese from the United States Naval Academy. Following his time in Annapolis, Joe received a Schwarzman Scholarship and studied at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he earned a Master of Global Affairs. While in school, Joe traveled all over China and the Indo-Pacific region as he researched a security outlook and defense strategy for the One-Belt-One Road’s maritime route. After that, Joe reported for BUD/S Training in Coronado. Upon completion, Joe received orders to SEAL Team FIVE and served overseas in the Middle East and Pacific. Today, Joe works at the Pentagon as the speechwriter for the Chief of Naval Operations—the U.S. Navy’s Joint Chief and highest ranking admiral.
Khyle Eastin Senior Intelligence Analyst, CrowdStrike
Khyle Eastin is a Senior Intelligence Analyst at CrowdStrike, where he focuses on China and foreign and defense affairs in Asia. He is also a co-founder of the National Association for Black Engagement with Asia (NABEA). His professional and academic interest areas include China-related national security, foreign policy, and technology affairs, with a specific focus on China’s space sector. Prior to these roles, Khyle served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China from 2016-2018. He has also studied in the Middle East (Amman and Jerusalem). Khyle holds an MA in Asian studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a BA in International Relations from Pomona College. He is from Minneapolis, MN and lives in Washington, D.C. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, watching and discussing films, spending time outdoors, and playing tennis and ultimate frisbee.
Liana Fix Fellow for Europe, Council on Foreign Relations
Liana Fix is a fellow for Europe at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is a historian and political scientist, with expertise in German and European foreign and security policy, European security, transatlantic relations, Russia, and Eastern Europe. She is the author of A New German Power? Germany’s Role in European Russia Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Fix was program director for international affairs at Körber-Stiftung. She was also a resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a DAAD/AICGS fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Fix was a doctoral fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and associate fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations. From 2012 to 2013, Dr. Fix worked as a Mercator fellow at the German Federal Foreign Office, the EU Delegation in Tbilisi, and the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Esther Im Peace and Security Policy Advisor, Foreign Policy for America
Esther S. Im is the Peace and Security Policy Advisor at Foreign Policy for America (FP4A), where she leads on policy related to China, Iran, North Korea, and nuclear issues. Previously, she worked at the National Committee on North Korea on promoting principled engagement between the U.S. and North Korea in the areas of nuclear negotiations, Track II diplomacy, and humanitarian engagement. In 2015, she completed a Fulbright researcher project in South Korea on reunification policy. From 2013-15, she worked at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations where she covered sanctions, nonproliferation, and disarmament issues during South Korea's second term on the Security Council (2013-14). Esther has a M.Sc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (MSFS) and a B.A. in International Relations-Political Science from Wellesley College.
Jonathan Jeffrey Chief of Staff, WHOOP
Jonathan Jeffrey is the Chief of Staff at WHOOP, a Boston-based wearable technology company. He supports the CEO’s strategic initiatives and helps lead the company’s international growth efforts. Prior to WHOOP, Jonathan was the Business Lead to the CEO of Activision Blizzard, the interactive entertainment publisher of some of the world's most popular video games including Call of Duty, Candy Crush, and World of Warcraft. Earlier in his career, Jonathan was as associate at The Asia Group and the personal research assistant to Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns. He previously lived in Beijing, where he worked at the National Basketball Association and received a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University as part of the first cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in history.
Brittany Morreale Foreign Area Officer, Indo-Pacific Region, U.S. Air Force
Maj. Brittany Morreale leads the NATO Logistics Exercise Section responsible for planning and executing training for NATO Alliance and Partner Nations. As a Foreign Area Officer with a specialty in the Indo-Pacific region, she utilizes political-military expertise and R&D experience to support alliance modernization and innovative approaches to multi-domain challenges. Brittany Morreale is a 2010 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, where she majored in Physics and minored in Japanese. As a Rhodes Scholar, she completed her MPhil at Oxford University. Brittany served as a physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory and at the DST Group in South Australia as part of the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program. Brittany led the Plans and Engagements section at 5th Air Force until 2021. Maj. Morreale earned a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and currently serves at NATO SHAPE. She enjoys trail running, travel, and writing.
Ahmad Nasir U.S. Army Green Beret, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Ahmad Nasir is a U.S. Army Captain and Green Beret in 5th Special Forces Group and recently completed command of a Special Forces A-Team. During a recent combat deployment to Syria, Ahmad and his team conducted special operations to defeat ISIS, build partner capacity, and leverage cohesive coalition effects. Prior to joining the Special Operations community, Ahmad underwent rigorous military training across the United States and also served as an Air and Missile Defense Officer. Ahmad's first assignment after commissioning into the U.S. Army was as a political-military desk officer at the U.S. Department of State where he addressed security assistance and cross-border issues for Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ahmad earned a B.S. from West point where he won a Truman Scholarship, and earned an M. Phil from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. Ahmad is currently based in Tennessee, but calls Alaska home.
Max Neuberger Founder and Publisher, The Circuit | JI | EJP
Max Neuberger is the founder and publisher of The Circuit, Jewish Insider and EJP. After working on the presidential campaign of Jon Huntsman Jr. in 2012, Max launched his media company with the goal of briefing and convening a broad spectrum of leaders around the news of the day. Across politics and policy, business and culture, philanthropy and social impact, each publication is also dedicated to introducing new ideas, initiatives and individuals to its readers and members. In 2022, Jewish Insider interviewed and profiled nearly 300 candidates running for the House and Senate across the U.S. In 2017, Max partnered with CNN and other publishers to launch an app-based inbox for newsletters called Debut Inbox. Max holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from Touro University and an M.A. in International Business and Policy from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Shannon Payne Senior Program Manager, International Exchanges and Advocacy, WorldDenver
Shannon is a public diplomacy practitioner living in Denver, Colorado. At WorldDenver, Shannon oversees the Denver metro area’s participation in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and WorldDenver's advocacy efforts in support of international exchanges. Through the IVLP, the U.S. Department of State’s flagship professional exchange, Shannon connects rising global leaders with their Colorado counterparts in support of U.S. foreign policy goals. Shannon previously interned with the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, an experience that sparked her love for exchange programming. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her M.A. in International Studies with a specialization in Public Diplomacy from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Shannon was born and raised in England, where both of her parents served in the U.S. Air Force. She speaks French and Russian.
Matthew Peppers Global Intelligence Data Analyst, Alphabet
Matthew is a Global Intelligence Data Analyst at Alphabet, where he creates structured risk methodologies and quantitative analyses that help diverse teams across the company address issues like energy resilience and physical security planning. Before joining Alphabet, Matthew worked as a geologist for Chesapeake Energy where he established his interest in the relationship between energy production, policy, and security. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster.
Kelly Piazza Associate Professor of Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy
Kelly Piazza (Senters) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. She received her B.A. from Lafayette College in May 2013 and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2018. Kelly specializes in comparative politics and studies civil-military relations, strategic competition, gender, corruption, political regime transitions, and the political economy of development both in Brazil and in the broader Latin American region. She has published on these topics in World Development, the Latin American Research Review, and Latin American Politics and Society, among other outlets. The Lemann Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the United States Departments of Education and Defense have supported her research, professional development, and fieldwork in Latin America.
Sara Plana U.S. Department of Defense
Sara Plana currently serves in the U.S. Department of Defense as Senior Intelligence Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security. She was a 2021-2022 postdoctoral fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania and a 2020-2021 predoctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Her research expertise is in proxy warfare, escalation dynamics, military organizations, civil-military relations, and control over the use of force. Previously, Sara served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy on Turkey defense policy, as a summer associate for RAND, and as an analyst for the Department of Defense. Sara received her PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her AB in Government from Harvard University. A proud Latina, she is a first-generation American, a daughter of Cuban immigrants, and a native of South Florida.
Ian Platz Senior Program Officer for Security Sector Governance and Reform, U.S. Institute of Peace
Ian Platz is the Senior Program Officer for Security Sector Governance and Reform at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). His work focuses on providing innovative technical advice and coordination to USIP’s security sector governance programs and projects. Before joining the institute, Ian worked for the U.S. Department of State. His experience includes leading the development of counterterrorism law enforcement and military capacities of partner countries in East Africa and enhancing the security sector governance of Central European partner nations to provide security in an effective, transparent, and accountable manner. Ian earned both his master's and bachelor's degrees at Missouri State University. Although he has lived and worked in many places, his heart and soul will always belong to his childhood home of the Ozarks.
Christina Powell Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Christina is a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer. She is currently stationed at U.S. Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia where her portfolio covers human trafficking, bilateral anti-corruption efforts and labor reforms for migrant workers. Previously, Christina served at U.S. Consulate Rio de Janeiro where she adjudicated non-immigrant and immigrant visas, supported Mission-critical efforts to protect U.S. citizens and reported on Brazilian elections. In 2016, Christina was named a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow. She obtained her master's degree in security policy studies, with a focus on intelligence and military operations, from Georgetown University. Christina has prior experience as an analyst in the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security and working for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Christina is an alumna of the University of Maryland and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Christina speaks Portuguese and Gulf Arabic and has also studied Spanish.
Dan Punaro Manager, ServiceNow
Dan Punaro is a leader on the ServiceNow Federal Team and a reserve officer in the U.S. Army. In his role at ServiceNow, Dan, and his team, support clients within the national security space leverage modern technology to better support the mission and drive digital transformation. As an Army reservist, Dan is a mission element lead on a Cyber Protection Team. His team focuses on cyber threat intelligence as well as defensive cyber operations. Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington and his MBA from San Diego State University.
Keome Rowe Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Keome (pronounced Key-men) currently serves as a Watch Officer in the U.S. Department of State Operations Center, where he monitors events, prepares briefs for senior department officials, and helps facilitate communication between the Department and the rest of the world. Starting in August 2023, he will move to the Bureau of East Asian Officers and serve as a desk officer for South Korea. He is also a Foreign Service Officer and previously served in China and Pakistan. He previously worked as a foreign policy fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives and city government in Fort Worth, Texas. Rowe earned a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) and an M.A. in international relations along with Certificates of Advanced Study in security studies and conflict resolution, all from Syracuse University, and obtained a bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University. He speaks fluent Mandarin, Urdu, and Spanish.
Elliot Silverberg Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense
Elliot Silverberg is an analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense. Previously, Elliot was a digital policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration. In this capacity, he covered global digital services and trade issues and helped coordinate Commerce's early design of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) digital economy component. Prior to joining the Commerce Department, Elliot worked at Access Partnership, a global technology policy consultancy, and The Asia Group, a business advisory firm specialized in the Indo-Pacific. Elliot was also a research fellow at the Pacific Forum in Hawaii and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in Washington, and has written for various outlets. Elliot holds a BS summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and an MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Carissa Smith Vice President of Government Relations, FOX
Carissa Smith currently serves as Vice-President of FOX Corporation for Government Relations. Just recently she served President Joseph R. Biden as Senior Advisor of Public Engagement for Women and Girls and Health at the White House where she liaised for equity and equality with key stakeholders. While at the White House, Smith was tasked with outreach nationally and internationally to formalize the first-ever published National Gender Equity Strategy. During the 2020 elections, she served as National Women’s Vote Director for Joseph R. Biden’s winning campaign. Her experience includes serving Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, the Ohio Democratic Party and the House Majority Oversight Committee under Chairman Elijah Cummings. Smith is an alumna of American University's We Lead Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bowie State University. Smith was awarded HBCU Buzz's 2022 30 under 30 and was profiled in Essence, Pop Sugar and The Grio.
Alex Tymchenko Cyber Operations Officer, U.S. Space Force
Alex Tymchenko is a Captain in the U.S. Space Force currently serving as Operations Officer and Cyber Warfare Operator for U.S. Cyber Command. In this role, he leads the tactical planning and execution of cyber effects operations in support of global information warfare campaigns. Alex grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon and attended Yale University, where he received dual B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Sciences. Upon graduation, he commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and served in various space and cyber operations assignments, including cyber defense of satellite communications and space-based missile warning systems. In April 2021, he commissioned into the U.S. Space Force as part of the initial cadre of cyber warfare professionals selected to stand-up the new service. Alex is currently stationed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
Camilla Vogt Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper
Camilla Vogt is a Legislative Assistant in the office of U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper. Her portfolio covers defense, foreign affairs, homeland security, veterans, and appropriations. She previously led policy development on the senator’s campaign and served in legislative roles with Senator Michael Bennet and then-Representative Jared Polis (CO-02). Outside of public policy, she spent three years working with social entrepreneurs at business accelerators in Colorado, Guatemala, and the United Kingdom. Camilla holds a master’s degree in public policy with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rotary Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College. Camilla is currently enrolled in the Fleet Seminar Program at the U.S. Naval War College and is a 2022-2023 Penn Kemble Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. A dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, she speaks English, Spanish, and French.
Suzanne Wrasse Communications Director, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jim Risch
Suzanne is a longtime communications aide in the U.S. Senate, with a career working for leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). Originally from Illinois, Suzanne relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2010 and began her work in the Senate Republican Conference under Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). She then served as deputy press secretary and press secretary to Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), during his final years as ranking member of SFRC. Following his retirement, Suzanne moved to the office of Senator Jim Risch, serving as his press secretary and communications director, and then as his director of outreach and policy adviser on the Small Business Committee during his time as chairman. Senator Risch became chairman of SFRC in 2019, and Suzanne has served as communications director since that time. Suzanne graduated from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia with a B.A. in political science and communications, with a minor in Spanish.
Nahyun Brianne Yoo Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Brianne Yoo is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security responsible for leading internal DHS coordination to develop unified policy positions and strategic approaches on matters related to critical infrastructure, community resilience, and climate change. Prior to this role, she spent five years at DHS Components – CISA and FEMA. Her UN internship in NY and a public health course in Switzerland sparked her interest in sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. Brianne was a Boren Fellow in Japan conducting research on policies implemented after the Fukushima accident. Her graduate capstone project included fieldwork in Brazil conducting a feasibility study in scaling up Waste-to-Energy technology. She is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate specializing in China at the National Intelligence University. She earned an MPA from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is fluent in Korean, speaks and reads Japanese, and has studied German.