The U.S.S. Constitution in Tripoli during the Barbary Wars.

2022 Class of Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellows

May 20, 2022

The Founders’ Foreign Policy Fellowship is a five-day-long intensive series of seminars that examine the distinctive moral and political principles of U.S. statecraft as understood by its Founders.

Intended for recent college graduates and early-to-mid career professionals with an interest in foreign policy broadly understood, its purpose is to provide participants with an understanding of what the Founding Fathers envisioned as the role of America in the world and to connect that timeless vision to the contemporary national security, commercial, and human rights policy issues we face today.

CSS is happy to announce the 2022 class of Founders’ Foreign Policy fellows:

Dr. Scott Abel has worked with the University of Michigan, the National Library of Singapore, Kean University, and Union County College. He received a B.A. in history from Washington College in Chestertown, MD, a master’s from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.

Mr. Jakub Bartoszewski works in the energy industry with a focus on oil and gas trading. He has an M.A. in international affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A&M University and a B.A. in economics from New York University.

Mr. Marco Carralero is a consultant at a multinational services firm. Previously, he worked at Tesla, served as a 2019 Publius Fellow, and was a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship recipient. He lives in Southern California.

Dr. Jennifer Chisholm recently completed an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship in the U.S. Department of State as a foreign affairs officer. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Ph.D. in sociology in October 2019.

Mr. Matthew Cookson has experience in international missions and has worked at The Heritage Foundation and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in marketing.

Mr. Jacob DePeralta works for the president’s office at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a master’s from Pepperdine University School of Public Policy with a specialization in national security and international relations. Before CSIS, Jacob worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and human rights departments.

Dr. Elizabeth Ervin is an adjunct professor with the University of Mount Olive and a recent D.B.A. in business administration leadership from Walden University. She is an award nominated researcher and a sixteen year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry. She has multiple publications focused on work-life harmonization in regulated industries and learning management.

Mr. Trevor Guy has held a variety of positions serving in government at both the state and federal level. He is specifically interested in U.S. policy toward NATO and Eastern Europe.

Mr. Gage Klipper has a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University and an M.A. in international politics and military affairs from The Citadel. He has worked as a social media consultant for conservative politicians and organizations, and is currently interning at the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life.

Ms. Mazuba Mafwenko is a Fulbright scholar from Zambia, who is pursuing her master’s in public affairs at the Harry S. Truman School of Government and Public Affairs, University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a B.A. in international relations from the University of Pretoria and an honor’s degree from the University of Cape Town respectively. She is an aspiring career diplomat.

Mr. Roy Matthews is a public policy associate at the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure in Arlington, VA where he researches energy, transportation, and infrastructure issues. He is a graduate of Bates College, a former Fulbright fellow, and a former intern at The Heritage Foundation,  American Enterprise Institute, and in the office of Senator Tim Scott. His pieces on energy and security have been published in The National InterestRealClearEnergy, and RealClearWorld.

Mr. Daniel Patterson is a consultant who specializes in the delivery of technology programs for government clients. He is currently supporting the U.K. Ministry of Defence. He studied philosophy and politics at the Universities of Glasgow and Sydney and is keenly interested in international relations, freedom, and enterprise.

Ms. Cassandra Ponzi is a 2022 graduate of Ashland University and the Ashbrook Scholar Program where she majored in history and political science. She will continue her education in Ashland’s M.B.A. program in the fall and will be working as an admissions representative for Ashland University.

Ms. Emily Rees is a program associate at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni where she writes about higher education and philanthropy and manages social media and digital presence. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2020 with a B.M. in music performance and has a private flute studio.

Ms. Ashley Simons is a recent Queens College graduate with a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in political science. Highlights of her college career include internships at the White House, NASA, and the U.S. Department of State. This summer she is working as a docent at the Montauk Lighthouse. She has an interest in the growing problem of cyber threats and how it affects both national security and individual citizens.

Mr. Andrew Song is a senior at Yale University, studying global affairs and energy studies. He is the battalion commander for Yale Naval ROTC, a Stanford Gordian-Knot Defense Innovation Scholar, a William F. Buckley Jr. Student Fellow, and has authored several military publications. He will be reporting to Naval Nuclear Power School after graduation to begin his training as a submarine warfare officer.

Mr. Titus Techera is executive director of the American Cinema Foundation and host of the A.C.F. movie podcast. He is a scholar of political philosophy and culture critic for Law & Liberty, the Acton Institute, Modern AgeReturn, and the European Conservative.

Mr. Cameron Vega is a 2021 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow studying international organizations, nuclear statecraft, and Eastern Europe at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He received a B.A. from Arizona State University in both political science and the great books and his senior capstone was on the permissibility of nuclear weapons in just war theory. He is originally from Mesa, Arizona.

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