World Affairs

Aspen Strategy Group Rising Leaders Program Class of 2021

March 29, 2021  • Aspen Strategy Group

The Aspen Strategy Group’s mission is to convene decision makers in resolutely non-partisan public and private forums to address key foreign policy challenges facing the United States.

In line with this mission, the Aspen Strategy Group’s Rising Leaders Program brings together young professionals between the ages of 25-35 to discuss policy solutions for many of the world’s most complex problems. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and sectors, all Rising Leaders have one thing in common – their passion for national security and foreign policy.

We are excited to announce our inaugural cohort of motivated young professionals. To learn more about the members of our class, please click here.


Class of 2021

Paul Bezerra
Assistant Professor, United States Air Force Academy

Virginia Boney
Senior Manager, Public Policy, Amazon

Brittany Carter
Chief, Cyber Programs & Weapon Systems, United States Air Force/Secretary of the Air Force/Legislative Liaison Office

Tara Chandra
PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley

Rachele Clegg
Political Associate, People For the American Way

James Di Pane
Research Associate and Program Manager, The Heritage Foundation

Catherine Eng
Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Hammad Hammad
Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State

Jack Hanley
Naval Officer, U.S. Navy

Erik Jacobs
Independent Author and Researcher

Jacqueline Koo
Government Relations Specialist, International Operations & Policy, The Boeing Company

Erica Lee
Analyst, United States Department of Defense

Eric Lindsey
Manager, Strategy and Analysis Group, Northrop Grumman Corporation

David Livingston
Senior Advisor, United States Department of State

Theresa Lou
Professional Staff Member, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

Mari Manoogian
State Representative, Michigan

Rachel Myrick
Assistant Research Professor of Political Science, Duke University

Philippe Nassif
Advocacy Director, Middle East, North Africa, and The Americas, Amnesty International USA

Brigid Otieno
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Elisa Santana
Policy Strategist

Jennifer Schuch-Page
Principal, The Asia Group, LLC

Alyza Sebenius
Journalist, Bloomberg News

Sahil Shah
Policy Fellow, European Leadership Network

Patrice Smith
Director, Hamilton Place Strategies

Matthew Stevens
Corporate Strategy Development, Lockheed Martin

Dale Swartz
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Jarod Taylor
Foreign Area Officer, U.S. Army

Helen Toner
Director of Strategy, Center for Security and Emerging Technology

Zoe Weinberg
Fellow, Schmidt Futures

Tobin Williamson
Assistant to the Executive Director, Louisville Metro Government

Joshua Wofford
Lieutenant/Helicopter Pilot, United States Coast Guard