STAFF

Patricia Ellis
President
(202) 429-2692
president@wfpg.org

Kimberly Kahnhauser Freeman
Associate Director
(202) 429-2692
kahnhauser@wfpg.org

STAFF BIOGRAPHIES
altPatricia Ellis is President and Co-Founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Group. She previously was a foreign affairs reporter and producer for the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and a producer in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Washington bureau. Ms. Ellis taught at American University’s Washington Semester Program specializing in news coverage of foreign affairs. She also previously did research at the US Mission to the UN, the Center for International Studies at MIT, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and the law firm of Cahill, Gordon and Reindel LLP. In 1989, she was awarded a fellowship at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Ellis was subsequently awarded a fellowship by The Freedom Forum for Media Studies at Columbia University. She was part of the Mac Neil-Lehrer team that won the George Peabody Award for the documentary series on South Africa, “Faces of Apartheid” and an Emmy Award for coverage of the Grenada Crisis. She also participated in the European Community Visitor’s Program and received the Netherlands Universities’ Foundation for International Cooperation Scholarship for graduate study at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

Ms. Ellis is a founding board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chiefs (heads of foreign policy non-profits), and the Cosmos Club. She previously served on the boards of Women’s Edge, The Overseas Education Fund International and the advisory boards of The Public Diplomacy Foundation, Main Street America and the Third World. She also participated in the Media and Foreign Policy Group at Johns Hopkins Foreign Policy Institute and the Media and Foreign Policy Gulf War Project at the Social Science Research Council. She frequently moderates programs and speaks on the media and foreign policy, and international affairs careers. She received a BA in government with honors from Wheaton College, Massachusetts, an MA in international relations from New York University, and a graduate diploma in international relations from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. She speaks French.

 

altKimberly Kahnhauser Freeman, Associate Director of Women's Foreign Policy Group, oversees programming, membership outreach, and mentoring activities, as well as website development and publications. Prior to joining WFPG in 2006, Kimberly completed a Fulbright teaching fellowship in Tirol, Austria; conducted research on DC public housing for Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service; and managed operations for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Politics, during which time she studied at the University of Vienna, the Warsaw School of Economics, and the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland. She is a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and was a founding member of Students Stopping Trafficking of People (SSTOP).  In 2011, she was selected to participate in the Young Turkey/Young America fellowship program sponsored by the State Department and the US Embassy in Turkey.  She studied German and Polish.

 

INTERN BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth Tchagalidze is a senior at American University, majoring in International Studies with a thematic focus on the global economy and US foreign policy and a regional focus on Europe. She recently completed a semester abroad in Brussels, Belgium, where she studied the European Union and NATO. Her specific interests lie within international security and relations between Russia and the West. Elizabeth also attends Middlebury College during the summer, where she is enrolled in the graduate program in the Russian language. She is going to pursue a Master’s degree in Russian at Middlebury College after her undergraduate studies. She has previously interned at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) in Brussels, and the America-Georgia Business Council in Washington, DC. Elizabeth plans to work at a non-profit organization or a think tank focusing on international affairs. She is fluent in English, Georgian, and Russian, and speaks French and some Spanish.

Christine Bangum is a senior at the University of Oslo majoring in Political Science with a minor in Economics, and she is currently in the Washington Semester Program at the American University studying Foreign Policy. She is particularly interested in European politics, climate change and the US Presidential Elections. Christine is on the National Executive Board of the Norwegian Green Party`s youth organization and has been an active member of the Student Parliament at the University of Oslo. She is also part of a board which decides on applications for Norwegian government funding for international projects in Eastern Europe. Christine wishes to pursue a career in academia, politics or diplomacy, and she hopes to work internationally.

Claire Chun is a junior at New York University double majoring in Politics and Social and Cultural Analysis with a focus on Asian/Pacific/American Studies. She is currently studying at NYU Washington, DC as a Global Leadership Scholar. She is particularly interested in learning how international legal institutions and foreign policy are mobilized as arenas for structuring, challenging, and transforming gendered and racialized norms, identities, and roles. She has previously interned for Amnesty International USA and her passion for human rights and social justice is exemplified through her extensive involvement with the student-run organization, Freedoms for North Korea, as a member on the executive board. Having travelled to Japan and Korea every year since she was a child, Claire has a deep interest in East Asian politics and refugee/migrant and women’s rights issues within the Asia-Pacific region. Claire hopes to pursue a career in international law and ultimately work for an international NGO.

Kiera Johnsen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame IN with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and communication studies. In the spring of her sophomore year she studied abroad at the National University of Ireland at Maynooth (now called Maynooth University). She has additionally traveled to Australia, Malta, England and Northern Ireland, France, Mexico and Italy. Kiera’s interests are in journalism and media, civic engagement, war and peacetime violence and women’s rights. For her senior thesis she conducted a quantitative research project on news media’s influence on the political participation of college students and young adults. She was a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Saint Mary’s College Belles against Violence Office. While there she also chaired the Green Dot Committee, a program which serves to educate students on preventing power-based violence. She is interested in pursuing a career in human rights advocacy with a NGO, think tank or non-profit and attending graduate school.

Jessica Jordano is a sophomore at George Washington University, majoring in journalism and mass communication with minors in Economics, Art History, and possibly International Affairs. Jessica is especially interested in the global economy, national security, cybersecurity, and combatting terrorism. Last summer, Jessica was the communications intern at Harris Corporation, an engineering company that creates mission-critical technologies. She aspires to be a foreign policy correspondent or an economics writer for a news platform. In addition to her interest in economics and foreign policy, Jessica participates in frequent volunteer work in the DC area with the community service co-ed fraternity on campus, plays for the club field hockey team, and is also a fashion blogger.