Fellows Directory

Allison Bream 2010-2011 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Ethiopia Northwestern University Class of 2010

Alumni Update:

Since completing her fellowship, Allie has worked at One Acre Fund, a social enterprise that helps African smallholder farmers increase their crop output. She is currently a People Operations Senior Manager, focusing on implementing strategic initiatives designed to help the organization’s staff work more effectively. She is based in NYC, but frequently travels to East Africa.

Fellow Bio:

Allie (Northwestern ’10) is a Social Policy and Gender Studies major from Martinsville, NJ. At Northwestern, she co-directed the Global Engagement Summit, a capacity- building conference for young change-makers from around the world. She has completed a community development project in Gulu, Uganda and researched public housing in Muscat, Oman. Allie has worked at the Clinton Global Initiative University and World Relief. Allie is thrilled to be working in Ethiopia next year and looks forward to learning how to cook Ethiopian food and getting to know the other fellows.

Riley Brigham 2013-2014 Fellow with Maru-a-Pula, Botswana Davidson College Class of 2013

Riley is from Roxbury, Connecticut, and graduated with a degree in Anthropology from Davidson College. She has a strong interest in international studies and has spent significant time studying abroad in Spain, Nepal, and Tanzania. Her studies focused on the Spanish language, the Tibetan education system in exile, and on conflict resolution and international development in Africa. While at Davidson she was a fellow in the Chidsey Leadership Development Program, a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee, and served as a tutor to first and second grade students at an after-school program. Over the summer she worked at the International Institute of Los Angeles in the Child Development Division to help provide free childcare to immigrants, refugees, and families of low socioeconomic status. Riley is looking forward to exploring the Botswana culture through the local community and learning from the students.

Michael Broache 2007-2008 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Tanzania Princeton University Class of 2006

Fellow Bio:

Michael Broache graduated from Princeton in 2006 and went on to complete a one-year master’s program in international relations at Cambridge. At Princeton, Michael majored in the Woodrow Wilson School and wrote his thesis on police reform in Afghanistan. His master’s thesis explores why developing countries provide troops to UN peacekeeping operations. At Princeton, Michael rowed lightweight crew, was a member of the Opinion Board for The Prince, and was the alumni relations chairman at Cloister. At Cambridge he spent most of his free time at the river, either rowing or coaching. Michael will be headed to Kibondo, Tanzania, in August to start his fellowship with the International Rescue Committee.

Alexandra Broner 2014-2015 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Somalia (based in Kenya) Stanford University Class of 2012

Hailing from NYC, Alexandra has a B.A. Honors in International Relations from Stanford University, where she consolidated her regional specialization and quantitative/qualitative research training through an M.A. in African Studies with a concentration in political economy and security. While abroad, Alexandra studied conflict resolution and post-conflict development economics through programs at University of Oxford and Hebrew University. Outside of the classroom, Alexandra conducted research in West Africa for her B.A. Honors Thesis, Measuring government reform progress in post-conflict states: A comparative case study of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Alexandra has also pursued her interest in topics such as poverty eradication, gender-based violence, infectious diseases, food security, and political accountability across sub-Saharan Africa through work as a Stanford research assistant; RTI International research intern; USAID policy intern; Stanford in Government International Fellow at Ghana’s Center for Democratic Development; and Stanford Graduate Teaching Assistant for Global HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. She looks forward to working for IRC, learning Swahili, horse riding, and exploring Kenya. Following the fellowship, she plans to work in social impact investing in the developing world, and eventually return to school to pursue an MBA/Ph.D.

Avery Brown 2011-2012 Fellow with UN World Food Programme, Benin Stanford University Class of 2011

Fellow Bio:

Avery (Stanford ’11) is an International Relations major and Economics minor from Minneapolis, MN.  At Stanford, she was co-president of the Stanford Association for International Development (SAID) and involved with FACE AIDS.  She studied abroad in Paris and worked with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) in D.C.  Avery also spent two summers in Africa volunteering in a Maasai village in Tanzania and interning with Idasa- An African Democracy Institute in South Africa.  In Benin next year, Avery is excited to explore West Africa, learn about the Kingdom of Dahomey and meet new people.

Hannah Brown 2014-2015 Fellow with International Rescue Committee, Tanzania University of California, Davis Class of 2012

In 2014 Hannah received her MA in Global & International Studies from UC Santa Barbara, focusing on human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Her MA thesis was titled, “How Mitigating Conflict and Building Lasting Peace Prevents Genocide and Mass Atrocity: A Ugandan Case Study for Central Africa Today.” She spent fall 2013 in Uganda, where she worked in Patongo, Northern Uganda, conducting field research and volunteering with PCCO, an organization engaged in counseling individuals traumatized by war. She also lived in Kampala, interning in the POL/ECON section of the U.S. Embassy where she worked on human rights issues. In 2012 Hannah graduated cum laude from UC Davis with a BA in International relations and Sociology focused on development in Africa, during which she studied abroad in Botswana. She has also spent time in Washington, D.C. working with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation Division and working with Africa Action. When she’s not reading books on Africa, you can catch her rapping to Tupac or hitting the beach! Hannah is very excited to spend her fellowship year in Kasulu, Tanzania working with the International Rescue Committee!

Erin Buchholtz 2011-2012 Fellow with African Impact, Zambia Princeton University Class of 2011

Fellow Bio:

Erin (Princeton ‘11) is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from Rosalia, Washington. While at Princeton, she played on the women’s club basketball team, was a leader for the freshmen pre-orientation community action program with the Student Volunteers Council, and was a member of 2-Dickinson Co-op. A defining experience of her time at Princeton was studying abroad in Kenya with the EEB department her junior spring and then conducting her thesis research there during the summer. This led to her pursuit of an African Studies certificate. She looks forward to working in Livingstone and seeing Victoria Falls next year as a fellow with African Impact.