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USGLC Welcomes 57 Young Professionals to the Next Gen Global Leaders Network Class of 2024

CRBJ Biz Wire //February 20, 2024//

USGLC Welcomes 57 Young Professionals to the Next Gen Global Leaders Network Class of 2024

CRBJ Biz Wire //February 20, 2024//

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is announcing the 2024 class of the Next Generation (Next Gen) Global Leaders Network, a year-long leadership training, cultivation, and engagement program for a group of diverse and bipartisan young professionals from across the country in support of their own engagement on global development and diplomacy in their communities.

This promising class of future leaders from over 25 states will take part in various classes with USGLC leaders and special experts to gain vital skills on topics including, but not limited to, development policy, media and communications skills, and advocacy training. Throughout the year, they will interact with policymakers and opinion leaders, have opportunities to share and publish their own stories and perspectives, and will ultimately become members of USGLC’s State Advisory Committees. This program continues to be an opportunity for USGLC to invest in the next generation of leaders and future champions of global development and diplomacy.

This year’s class includes 57 young professionals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, representing a broad spectrum of political affiliations and emphasizing the importance of the bipartisan nature of this program.

Here is the 2024 class of USGLC’s Next Gen Global Leaders Network (with titles and affiliations listed for identification purposes only).


Stephanie Manning; Refugee Resettlement Program Director, Global Ties Alabama; Huntsville, AL

Dominic Frattura; Director of Advocacy, North American Interfraternity Conference; Scottsdale, AZ
Alma V. Peralta; International Trade Specialist, City of Tucson; Tucson, AZ


Nikki Narvasa*; Contracts Manager, Lockheed Martin Space; Sunnyvale, CA
Colby Smith*; Marine Corps Officer, Naval Postgraduate School; Monterey, CA


Erin Amsberry; Director of Communications, Colorado Business Roundtable; Denver, CO
Shea Thurling*; Senior Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space, Colorado Army National Guard; Denver, CO

District of Columbia

David Rader*; Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Defense; Washington, DC

Wendell Covell; Deputy Program Director, JFS Delaware; Wilmington, DE


Nicola Brown; President at KOKORO and Practitioner-in-Residence, Bright Ventures; Port St Lucie, FL
Cecilia Gonzalez Herrera; Advocacy Coordinator for Voting Rights, LatinoJustice PRLDEF; Orlando, FL
Randolph Scott; Associate Director of International Affairs, University of West Florida; Pensacola, FL
Gerald Torres-Soto; Miami, FL


Rejoice Jones; Founder, Vower; Atlanta, GA


Suzanne Ryan-Numrich; International Trade Director, Kansas Department of Agriculture; Manhattan, KS


Brody Haverly-Johndro; Attorney, Verrill Dana LLP; Portland, ME


Benjamin Coder; Graduate Student in the Master of Public Policy Program, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota; Maple Grove, MN


Kari Hoggard; Global Programs Research Developer, Convoy of Hope; Springfield, MO
Umama “Umi” Khenissi; Section 3 Manager, Employment Connection; St. Louis, MO
Aloukik SJB Rana; Associate at Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC), The Synergos Institute; St. Louis, MO


Andrew Dominguez Farias; Lobby and Policy Fellow, Asian Community and Cultural Center; Lincoln, NE

New Hampshire

Alexander de Geofroy*; Vice President of Information Technology & Analytics, Agilyx Corporation; Rochester, NH
Ali Sekou; Manager of Community Engagement & Inclusion, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority; Concord, NH
Robert J. Warach; City Councilor, City of Dover, NH; Dover, NH

New Mexico

Megan DeLaRosa; Executive Director of Kirtland Partnership Committee, Director of Public Affairs for Governor Susan Martinez; Albuquerque, NM

North Carolina

Lauren Stikeleather; Associate Director of Education Abroad & Away, Davidson College; Davidson, NC
North Dakota

Zachary Ista; House Minority Leader, North Dakota House of Representatives; Grand Forks, ND


Perrin Clore Duncan; Special Projects Manager, Arnall Family Foundation; Oklahoma City, OK
Austin Hayes; Scholar Program Coordinator, Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK
Aldwyn Sappleton; Deputy Director of Research & Economic Analysis, Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Norman, OK


Jennifer Borrero; Founder of Youth Housing Coalition, United Nations Association; Salem, OR


Subhasree Basu; Team Leader of Oncology, Johnson & Johnson; Hatfield, PA
Stephanie Confer; Project Coordinator for the Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA
David Misner; External Affairs Manager, Pennsylvania American Water; Marysville, PA

South Carolina

Dr. Shaneen Dials-Corujo*; Honors Program Director & Associate Professor, Benedict College; Columbia, SC
Seema Shrivastava-Patel; Chairman of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Carolina Convenience Corporation; Lexington, SC
Tyler Swain Mitchell; Educator for Richland School District 2, South Carolina State Guard; Columbia, SC

South Dakota
Stephen Howard*; Account Service Manager, Daktronics; Sioux Falls, SD
Erik Muckey; CEO, Lost&Found; Sioux Falls, SD


Maria Amalla; Grassroots Advocacy Manager, United Nations Foundation; Antioch, TN
Logan Matthews; Vice President, Cooley Public Strategies; Franklin, TN
Terry Vo; District 17 Councilmember of Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County, API Middle TN; Nashville, TN


Ann Marie Blackmon; Program Specialist, Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC); Austin, TX
Bethany Dunn; Director of Programs, World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth; Dallas, TX
Ryan Garcia; Development Manager, JES Holdings, LLC; Dallas, TX
Scott Kim; Associate Faculty of Criminal Justice, The University of Arizona Global Campus; Plano, TX
Matthew Stazenski*; Director of Air Force Community Partnerships, United States Air Force; Abilene, TX
Albert Torres; Program Manager of Global Policy, George W. Bush Institute; Dallas, TX


Terrell Chandler*; Director of International Programs, Spirit of America; Salt Lake City, UT
Nicole Earnshaw; Manager of International Programs, World Trade Center Utah; Salt Lake City, UT


Amir Abu-El-Hawa; Chief of Staff of the Mason District for Supervisor Andres Jimenez, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors; Herndon, VA
George Bogden; Associate, White & Case; Arlington, VA
Luis Fernandez; Relationship Partner, Bloomberg Government; Woodbridge, VA


Rachel E. Brooks; Project Manager, Microsoft Democracy Forward Initiative; Kirkland, WA
Jordan Kronen; Master of Public Policy Student, Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford; Anacortes, WA


Riley Reed; Corporate Partnerships Manager and Global Impact Professional, GlobalGiving; Pewaukee, WI
Dr. Linda Vakunta; Deputy Mayor, City of Madison; Madison, WI

*Indicates Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.