The WFPG's Young Professional Network is a member-led discussion group open to all WFPG student and young professional members. The Network hosts professional development, mentoring and smaller substantive issues discussions in person in DC, NY, and online--as well as networking happy hours and social events. During our informal virtual and in-person roundtables, mid and senior-level professionals join our Network members for informal discussions about their career paths, current projects, and their experiences in the field. Network members select topics, speakers, and lead the conversations. Check out our upcoming virtual career programs and YPN events!

Join the YP Network: When you register as a WFPG member, you will have the option to join our networks in NY and DC, as well as our virtual network. Learn more and join the WFPG

Contact our Co-Chairs: Have questions for the network co-chairs or ideas for speakers or events? Email us at [email protected].




2020-2021 EVENTS
Galentine's Day Happy Hour
The Ins and Outs of a Presidential Transition
Samantha Vinograd, CNN National Security Analyst
Holiday Foreign Policy Trivia
Vice Presidential Debate Discussion
Real Talk, Grad School Edition
Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace: When and How to Speak Up
Theresa Loar and Allison Ford, WFPG Board Members
Adapting to the New Normal and What That Means for You
What is it Like Being a Foreign Service Officer in a Time of Crisis?
Gillian Apfel, Rome-based US Foreign Service Officer
New Plans, New Programming and Kicking off the New Year
Gretchen Ehle, Atlantic Council
Becca Balis, UNICEF Consultant
Allison Ford, United Technologies
Diana Caley, USAID Office of Food for Peace
Simone Peloquin, Impl. Project
Suzanne McGuire, US Department of Defense
Menaka Nayyar, US Foreign Service
Summer Happy Hour: Real Talk, Grad School Edition
January Kickoff Happy Hour
Beatriz Ciordia
Beatriz CiordiaBorn and raised in Pamplona, Spain, Beatriz is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations at New York University with a Fulbright scholarship. Until recently, Beatriz was part of the International Coordination Team at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations aimed at empowering women to become change agents in conflict-affected countries. As a journalist, Beatriz has written stories on migration, human rights, gender equality and free press violations in Latin America, which has become her regional area of interest. She has always been very passionate about global affairs, and has worked with a number of news outlets and firms in Spain, Belgium and the United States in research, consultancy and journalism.
Aline Guzik
Aline GuzikAline is a Mexican student pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), concentrating on Urban & Social Policy and Management. Before moving to New York City, Aline was a public servant at two of Mexico’s chief social protection agencies. Most recently, she supported the work of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, performing statistical and qualitative analysis on social development related topics. She’s currently working as a graduate consultant to Fundación Corona, advising on innovative financial mechanisms to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Colombia. She also serves on the Executive Board of Columbia University’s Mexican Students Association. Aline holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana.
Hadia Sheerazi
Hadia SheeraziHadia is completing a dual MSc. in Sustainability Management and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, and is the Program Manager of the Carbon Management Research Initiative (CaMRI) at Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Her research and advocacy focuses on the intersections of sustainability, climate action, carbon management, DRR, gender, and peace and security. She is the first winner of the UNDP-administered King Hamad Youth Empowerment Award to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Hadia has served as a Delegate at UN ECOSOC and World Bank youth forums, and Ambassador for the ONE Campaign and Girl Rising. She was previously a UN SDSN Local Pathways Fellow, Net Impact Climate Fellow, and post-grad Fellow for Columbia’s Women, Peace and Security Initiative.
Anna Zhang
Anna ZhangAnna Zhang is a student at New York University’s Stern School of Business, double majoring in Finance and Management, with a minor in French. Before joining the WFPG New York YP Network Steering Committee, she completed a semester abroad in Florence, Italy in the fall of 2019. At NYU Stern, she is the Vice President (Engagement) of the Economic Development Group, which examines the relationship between economic growth and sustainable development. She is particularly interested in the intersection between business and human rights. She was previously an intern to the Chief Commercial Office at Shopee (Singapore), an ecommerce platform based in Southeast Asia. 
Kristin Bruno, Young Professional Co-Chair
Kristin BrunoKristin Bruno is a Senior Associate in Digital Strategy and Analytics at The Pew Charitable Trusts with 7+ years’ experience in foreign policy, technology, and analytics. Her professional interests include gender empowerment, counterterrorism and countering white-nationalism policy, and international development. Kristin received her MA in International Affairs from Boston University and holds a BA in Political Science. While at Boston University, Kristin was the co-President and co-founder of the graduate women’s organization, Dean’s Ambassador, a board member on the Provost’s Graduate Student Advisory Board and was appointed to a Graduate Research Assistantship. In 2018, Kristin was awarded a research grant for travel to Amman, Jordan to interview UN Women fieldworkers and government officials on the topics of gender, violence, and political movements. | LinkedIn
Kristen Folkerts, Young Professional Co-Chair
Kristen FolkertsKristen Folkerts currently works as Coordinator for the US-Africa Business Center at the US Chamber of Commerce, where she focuses on the North and West African regions. Her professional interests include African affairs and expanding policy beyond the development paradigm, international trade, women’s empowerment, and project management. She also has a passion for health, specifically mental health, and previously volunteered as an EMT-Basic. Kristen graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in International Affairs and French. She spent a semester abroad in Senegal, interning for a women’s economic empowerment organization and studying microeconomics and health. Before working at the US Chamber, she worked for Creative Associates International, a private global development company in the DC area. | LinkedIn
Alice Calder, Student Co-Chair
Alice CalderAlice recently graduated with an MA in the Department of Economics at George Mason University. She also graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA in philosophy and political economy. Previously, she worked in the operations office of the Institute of Economic Affairs, in the Koch Associate Program as a Development Associate at Mercatus & IHS, as well as the Koch Internship Program at CEI. Alice's research interests include immigration, international trade, and the intersection of economics and culture. | LinkedIn
Katarina O'Regan, Student Co-Chair
Katarina O'ReganKatarina recently graduated with an MS in Foreign Service at Georgetown where she focused on human security issues, specifically within the context of migration and displacement. Previously, she worked at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh, British Embassy in DC, Partners in Health Liberia, and NDI. As a graduate student, she interned with Refugees International, the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and IOM in Uganda. She was also a teaching assistant to Dr. Madeleine Albright. Katarina previously attended Fordham, where she studied abroad in Tunisia and graduated with a BA in International Studies. | LinkedIn
Natalie Winston, Young Professional Co-Chair
Natalie WinstonA recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, Natalie moved to Washington, DC in January 2018 to begin her career in foreign policy. Previously, she has worked in research, communications, non-profits, and think tanks. She is currently working as a program assistant in the Office of Food for Peace at USAID. Her areas of interest include US foreign policy, European & Eurasian affairs, gender and women's rights, humanitarian assistance, and international development. | LinkedIn