Shannon McNaught, Editor-in-Chief
Shannon McNaught is studying Intercultural & International Communication at the School of International Service. Originally from southern California, Shannon studied Art History and French at the University of Notre Dame before moving overseas to continue her studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Prior to AU, Shannon worked at the U.K. National Commission for UNESCO and has continued to research cultural diplomacy and international arts and cultural policy since beginning her studies. A new arrival to DC, Shannon is usually found wandering the District looking for the best bakeries, bookstores and markets.
Ashley Baek, Director of Operations
Ashley Baek is a second-year graduate student studying Intercultural and International Communication at the School of International Service. She was born and raised in Orange County, California and received her bachelors in International Studies at the University of California, Irvine in 2013. After graduation Ashley joined the Peace Corps and served as a community development/ English language teaching volunteer in Mongolia from 2014-2017. She is interested in the effects of cross-cultural communication between peoples through the use of arts and cultural diplomacy as a tool to promote peace and understanding between nations.
Ariel Leuthard, Director of Submission, Data & Analytics
Ariel Leuthard is a second-year master’s student in the Global Governance, Politics and Security. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Ariel received her bachelor’s degree in international relations, economics and religious studies from the University of San Diego in December 2015. While in DC, Ariel has worked and interned at a number of places including The Israel Project. On the weekends, she loves going to brunch and spending time at any of the District’s museums.
Wendy Atieno, Director of Resources & Training
Wendy is a second-year graduate student studying Global Environmental Policy with a focus on water and urbanization in the global South. She received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science from Principia College in small town Illinois and spent a year teaching and tutoring writing across the curriculum. Following this, Wendy spent three years in Vientiane, Laos, a year of which she spent teaching English as a Foreign Language to the most amazing group of young learners, where she — just like her teachers — attempted to explain the chaos that is the English language. A native of Nairobi, Kenya, she enjoys books on the US immigrant experience, spicy food adventures, and good travel writing.
Adrienne Castellón, Director of Outreach and Media
Adrienne Castellón is a second-year graduate student studying Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution. She was born in California, and bred in the D.C. metropolitan area. She received both a bachelors in Studio Art and a bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. After graduation Adrienne spent a year teaching English in China. She is interested in the protection of indigenous rights and intellectual property as well as the role of art in peace-building. In her spare time she can often be found cooking a new recipe, frequenting the District’s array of art museums, and exploring places that are off-the-beaten-path.
John Carballo, Editorial Director
John Carballo is a second-year graduate student studying Global Environmental Policy with a concentration in climate and energy. He received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to AU, he spent some time in Maryland working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation teaching young students about the Chesapeake Bay. John also worked in a congressional office as the members legislative correspondent. In addition to JIS, he also works as a research assistant and is treasurer for the Society of Global Environmental Politics.
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