Professional Experience

Work Experience

Research Assistant | CSIS, Humanitarian Agenda | Washington, D.C.                                            March 2022 - January 2023

  • Recommended to this role based on superior performance as intern. Drafted and published research products on broad range of topics. Supported senior staff in drafting and editing event materials and written documents. Planned, orchestrated, and executed program events, roundtable/working group meetings, and special projects by developing, editing, and updating informational and promotional materials. Managed intern hiring process.

Research Assistant and Project Coordinator | Metropolitan Group | Remote                  November 2021 - March 2022

  • Hired based on cross-cultural expertise to manage timely and accurate communications and coordination with local partner organizations in Tunisia and government agencies, ensuring project development was responsive to local needs while remaining de-conflicted with host country and government agency protocols.

Research Intern | CSIS, Project on Fragility & Mobility | Washington, D.C.                 September 2021 - December 2021 

  • Provided research, publishing, data analysis and administrative support in developing project initiatives, reports, publications, and partnerships aimed at addressing issues of global fragility, irregular migration, and effective stabilization of conflict settings. Assisted in planning and hosting conferences and working groups with policy experts, political leaders, and international NGOs.

Research Trainee | GLOBSEC | Brussels, BE                                                                                            March 2020 - September 2020

  • Brought in to assist with establishment of new Brussels office which sought to further European Union integration of Slovakia. Conducted research, literature reviews, and analysis of relevant political developments, offering insight to organizational leaders. Drafted LOIs, grant proposals, and research methodologies/plans.

Operations Intern | U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants | Des Moines, IA                          May 2017 - July 2017

  • Supported office operations by providing administrative support, researching public policy and private funding options, and conceptualizing innovative solutions to overcome government budget constraints.

Campaign Fellow | NextGen Climate | Ames, IA                                                                                                 August 2015 - May 2016

  • Connected with political representatives, voters, and community members through campus activism and community events to advance campaign initiatives, educate constituents, and expand support for climate agenda among young voters. Nominated as one of two national representatives to attend CNN Democratic National Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Education & Certifications


  • Master of Science: International Relations & Diplomacy | Leiden University | Graduated: July 2021
    • Coursework specialization:
      • Conflict management and international negotiations training with the Dutch Clingendael Institute
      • Cultural Diplomacy
      • International Law
      • Quantitative Research
  • Bachelor of Arts: Political Science | Iowa State University | Graduated: May 2018 | cum laude
    • Coursework specialization:
      • Human Rights & Humanitarian Assistance
      • Constitutional Law
      • Geopolitics
      • Arabic Language & Culture

Trainings & Certifications:

  • Conflict Sensitivity Training | United States Institute of Peace | November 2021
  • Mediating Violent Conflict | United States Institute of Peace | November 2021
  • 150 Hour Advanced Certification | TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) | May 2021
  • International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Training | Clingendael Institute | March 2020

Volunteer Experience

  • Youth Assembly Delegate | United Nations | New York | January 2017
  • World Congress Representative | EU – IAAS | Amsterdam | May 2015 – July 2015

    Skills and Expertise

    Core Expertise: 

    • Qualitative & Quantitative Research    • Writing & Editing  • Budget Planning    • Project Design & Management     

    • Humanitarian Policy & Practice    • International Security  • International Law     • Conflict Resolution    

    • Humanitarian Financing • Peace-building     • U.S. Foreign Policy     • Cross-cultural Communications

    Technical Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Pardot, Excel, Salesforce, STATA, R, DATABASICS

    Language Skills: English (Native) | Dutch (B1) | Arabic (A2)