Ariel Fanger joins the Aspen Strategy Group upon her graduation from Emory University. Last summer, Ariel worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of State where she supported the incoming Ambassador to Chad, wrote a spotlight piece for State Magazine on the Professional Development Unit’s recent reforms, and volunteered at both the 2016 Counter ISIL Conference and the 2016 Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities Under ISIL Conference. She also worked as an intern at the Massachusetts Treasury where she conducted policy research on the wage gap and coal industry divestment. Ariel graduated from Emory in May 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. At Emory, she was involved in Emory College Council, Emory Tour Guides, Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, and Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Ariel grew up in Needham, MA, and is an avid student of Arabic, Middle East studies, and U.S. foreign policy. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, playing tennis, traveling and trying all of of the wonderful brunch spots in D.C. In the future, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in conflict resolution or foreign service, and ultimately pursue a career in Middle East policy.