Editorial Staff

Volume 30 | 2018-2019


Photo of Margo BerendsMargo Berends 

Margo is a 2019 graduate from the Woodrow Wilson School MPA program. She previously attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, earning degrees in economics and political science. After graduating in 2014, Margo spent a year teaching English in France and then moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked with the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at Global Communities where she managed international development programs in the Middle East and Latin America. Margo was also an active member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), publishing op-ed articles as a Sustainable Development Fellow and serving as the Associate Director of the YPFP Fellowship Program. This past summer, she returned to France for an internship at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). After graduation, she will return to DC as an International Research Analyst at Mathematica. 

Photo of Joelle GambleJoelle Gamble

Joelle is a 2019 graduate from the Woodrow Wilson School MPA program. She received her B.A. in international development studies from UCLA in 2012. She has held research and programmatic internships with the UCLA Department of Economics and U.S. Department of State, Office of Foreign Missions Los Angeles. For five years, she worked in New York at the Roosevelt Institute. She served as the national director for the Roosevelt Institute’s network, a 40-state youth policy organization, for the three years prior to coming to Woodrow Wilson. This past summer, she interned at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Photo of Varsha GandikotaVarsha Gandikota

Varsha is a 2019 graduate from the Woodrow Wilson School MPA program. In 2012, she founded The Orange Leaf, an organization with a mission to engage students in public service. The initiative, whose work has been presented at the office of the Indian ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva currently engages volunteers across the country. Varsha studied mathematics at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University and upon graduation, joined Kepler Cannon, a boutique strategy consulting firm. Her work spanned projects in Hong Kong and New York with a focus on insurance and retirement funds. Prior to Woodrow Wilson, she worked with the state government of Andhra Pradesh as a part of the Economic Development Board, an advisory committee to the chief minister. This past summer, she worked at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Istanbul, Turkey.


Photo of Rebecca LimRebecca Lim

Rebecca is a member of the 2020 MPA class at the Woodrow Wilson School. While she was an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, she interned in the public affairs section of the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang, China, and studied abroad in Shanghai. She graduated in 2015 with a degree in East Asian studies and political and social thought and completed an honors thesis on political dissent in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Woo, she taught English to kindergarten through sixth grade students on a rural island off the coast of Taiwan through a Fulbright grant. Rebecca then spent two years as an analyst at an international law firm, where she worked on cases ranging from high-stakes disputes involving multinational corporations and state-owned entities, to asylum proceedings for victims of domestic violence from Latin America. She is spending summer 2019 interning with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo of Tom ClarkTom Clark

Tom is a current MPA student at the Woodrow Wilson School. After graduating in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Exeter (U.K.), Tom spent the next two years working for grassroots NGOs in the Philippines and Madagascar. He then moved to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, initially supporting a technical assistance project to improve fiscal governance in fragile states, and subsequently project-managing ODI’s Agricultural Development and Policy research program. During this time, Tom also studied part-time for a graduate diploma in economics at Birkbeck College, University of London. After graduating from the MPA, Tom aspires to work in the design and delivery of humanitarian aid for organizations such as the U.N. and the Red Cross. He is spending summer 2019 interning with the World Food Program in Myanmar. He will be taking a year away from his graduate studies to complete an Ullman Fellowship.


Photo of Pat FarrellPatrick Farrell

Pat is a member of the 2020 MPA class at the Woodrow Wilson School. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with degrees in economics, Chinese, and political science and holds a certificate in business and economics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After graduation, he worked as a junior fellow in the Southeast Asia and Chinese Economy programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. and as a research assistant at New York University’s Stern School of Business for projects involving banking, monetary policy, and social networks. Most recently, he worked in Myanmar as a government relations consultant. He is spending summer 2019 interning with the Asian Development Bank in Indonesia.

American University - School of International Service

Austen Brennan
Anh Ta

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Natalie Rowthorn
Jack Stuart

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Mona Bieling

Tufts University - Fletcher School

Megan Duffy
Tawni Sasaki

University of California San Diego - Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

Gustavo Lopez
Laura Vossler

University of Michigan - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Jack Cumming-Meininger
Ryan Ruggiero
William Sims

University of Southern California

Brooke Adams

University of Texas Austin - Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Ryan Duffy

University of Pittsburgh

Erin Frank
Kristin Ronzi

Yale University - Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

Douglas Gledhill
Stephanie Posner


Associate Editors

Alejandro Abisambra
Emily Apple
Katherine Ash
Anthony Chase
Dina Chotrani
Chris Crawford
Thomas Huelskoetter
Newby Parton
Sagatom Saha
Brody Viney
John Vrolyk
Theo Wilson

Assistant Editors

Luciana Debenedetti
Noah Koerper
Bunmi Otegbade
Macklin Scheldrup