Julie Driver, Advisory Board Chair
Julie Driver is a Program Manager at Peace Corps where she oversees the Fellows/USA graduate school program for returned volunteers. Prior to Peace Corps, she was the marketing manager at Arizona Instrument, a precision instrument manufacturer in Tempe. Ms. Driver earned a M.A. in international business studies with specialties in Chinese and marketing at the University of South Carolina. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese from Arizona State University. Ms. Driver was one of the earliest recipients of the Boren Scholarship, which she was awarded in 1996. She spent two semesters in China as a Boren Scholar.
Julie de Carvalho
Julie Niemczura de Carvalho hails from the rugged coast of Maine. For over ten years, she has divided her time between Brazil and the United States. It was in rural Brazil that she first became interested in innovative approaches to social change and community development, which drove her to pursue a joint degree in political economy and international development at Tulane University. Following graduation, Ms. De Carvalho taught English in South America, and soon after helped to found the Manuel Zapata Olivella Center for Education and Human Development, which serves vulnerable populations in Washington, DC. From 2006-2007, she worked at Creative Associates International, where she strategically pursued funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donors. Ms. De Carvalho joined ConStrat in 2007 as Research Specialist for Western Hemisphere Affairs, using her Portuguese and Spanish language skills to analyze the Latin American media. In 2009, she contributed to the start-up of a social media project, providing technology training and other guidance to new analysts. In addition to leading ConStrat’s international development efforts, she is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Virginia with a focus on global health policy.
Andrea Detjen was a 2003 Boren Fellow in Poland and completed her service requirement with the Department of Homeland Security, where she currently works. She is currently the Department’s liaison to the German Federal Interior Ministry in Berlin. Ms. Detjen earned her master’s degree in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service and holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied German and history.
Stacia Kiraly was a Boren Scholar to Tanzania in 2000. Between 2003 and 2008 she worked for the National Security Education Program office, where she guided NSEP award recipients in their search for federal employment. During this time she co-directed the Boren Forum, recruiting alumni and planning events including the first speaker series and the first annual job fair. Stacia has an M.S. in Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource studies from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and Writing from Knox College. She is currently an advisory board specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Organic Program.
A 2005 Boren Scholar in China, Meg Goehrig is currently studying agricultural and development economics at the Dyson School for Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, where she is a fellow of the NSF-supported Food Systems and Poverty Reduction Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program. Previous to her graduate studies, she worked for the Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program as a Research Specialist and for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, a Pittsburgh-based international nonprofit. Ms. Goehrig has been a member of the Boren Forum since 2005 and has served in a variety of advisory and leadership capacities since 2007.
A native of Macon, Bronson Lee holds degrees in economics and history from the University of Georgia, with concentrations in global affairs and music. As a Boren Fellow, Mr. Lee earned a M.A. in International Economic Policy from the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires. He has additionally studied in Oxford, Verona, and Beijing. Since January 2010, Mr. Lee has been employed at GE as an ECLP with the Government Selling team, which became Enterprise Programs in October 2010. Prior to his career at GE, he was with the U.S. Commercial Service in the Department of Commerce, where he worked with market logistics, free trade agreements, and financing strategies for Latin America and China. Mr. Lee was the Commercial Lead at the U.S. embassy in Brazil during the visit of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and he has taught in an MBA program in Mexico. Additionally he has led stakeholder consulting and partnership engagements with the World Bank and Millennium Challenge Corporation and consulted on global sustainability market strategy and emerging market public-private partnerships for several major corporate clients. Mr. Lee and his family reside in Silver Spring, MD.
Pervaze Sheikh, Ph.D.
Dr. Pervaze Sheikh is a Specialist in Natural Resources Policy for the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Dr. Sheikh assists Members of Congress and their staffs at each stage of the legislative process. He is the legislative and policy expert for issues related to ecosystem restoration (such as the Great Lakes Basin and Florida Everglades); international conservation issues (such as the relationship between climate change and deforestation) and the overall effects of climate change on national security. He has worked for CRS for over 8 years and has authored or co-authored over 40 reports and 150 memoranda in his issue areas. Dr. Sheikh received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Biology, where he studied the ecological and socio-economic consequences of water buffalo and cattle ranching in the floodplains of the Lower Amazon River in Brazil. He also holds a M.S. from the University of Illinois, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Dr. Sheikh was a 1999 Boren Fellow in Brazil and was a co-founder and past director of the Boren Forum. During 2010, Dr. Sheikh served as Chair of the Boren Forum’s Board of Advisors.