Student Bios

Lauren Clark
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Cornell University, 2017
Economics/Government, B.A.
Wallingford, Connecticut
Despite a conviction that she would one day move to where there are no winters, Lauren has spent most of her life in the Northeast. She grew up in Connecticut prior to attending Cornell University where she majored in economics and government. Following graduation, she moved south to complete a two-year stint in Washington at the Federal Reserve as a research assistant, conducting research on payment systems. While in Washington, she enjoyed playing in recreational soccer leagues, frequenting the National Portrait Gallery, and cultivating an indoor succulent garden. Lauren loves to travel (especially to warm places) and visited Madrid and Copenhagen over the summer before beginning at Princeton. She hopes to pursue a career in the public sector creating inclusive policies that combat socioeconomic inequalities.
David José Corcino Paulino
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, 2016
Economics, B.A.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, David’s athletic journey exposed him at an early age to the socioeconomic diversity that existed in his country, as he related with his teammates’ backgrounds and the different issues that affected them; giving him the big picture of a vibrant yet non-inclusive economy. He went on to study economics in the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), where he was fascinated by the idea of applying the quantitative tools and analytical frameworks gained in his training to deliver solutions to the multidimensional challenges that his country faced. As a student, he interned in the country’s Central Bank in its monetary policy department, where he experienced a hands on approach on how to employ monetary instruments to ensure macroeconomic stability. Well along, David was recruited by the country’s most influential think tank where he evaluated the socio-economic impact of presidential financial-inclusion initiatives for rural farmers. Right after graduation, he entered the Ministry of Presidency as a public policy analyst where he was first challenged by wage policy negotiations with health unions in the midst of a health sector reform. He then participated in the commission responsible for advising the president during a renegotiation process of the country’s most important trade agreement, and warned of possible repercussions of tariff-reductions at sector and national levels. Furthermore, David was involved in several structural policies concerning labor market dynamics, infrastructure projects and country competitiveness during his time in the presidency. This past summer, he interned with The World Bank Group in Washington and worked on projects related to Domestic Resource Mobilization. Once he returns to his country, he aspires to lead several industrial policies at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce that aim at enhancing the economic complexity and competitive structure of the country and translate into sustainable and inclusive growth. David is passionate about basketball, and hopes to set up a foundation that places Dominican talents in foreign student-athlete programs, once he returns.
Caroline Corcoran
I - International Relations
University of Texas-Austin, 2014
French/Government/History, B.A.
Plano, Texas
A proud native Texan, Caroline earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, history, and French at the University of Texas at Austin, spending semesters studying in Dakar, Paris, and Washington, D.C. After graduation, Caroline worked in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. She designed, monitored, and evaluated conflict prevention and conflict resolution programs. She also served as member of the bureau’s peace process and mediation support team, providing U.S. diplomats with analytic and technical support to bring conflict parties to the negotiating table, work through mediation processes, and sustainably implement peace agreements. Caroline spent more than a year in Iraq as part of the humanitarian response to the military offensives against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. She managed an emergency livelihoods project to provide income-generating opportunities to Iraqis living in internally displaced persons camps before transitioning to work with Nonviolent Peaceforce, an NGO that provides unarmed civilian protection to vulnerable individuals and fosters dialogue between conflict parties. She spent the summer between years of graduate school in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, followed by a month in Beirut enrolled in an Arabic course. Caroline is attending the Woodrow Wilson School as a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and looks forward to a career as a Foreign Service Officer after graduation.
Maria de Lourdes Corona
II - International Development
Rice University, 2011; Stanford University, 2013
Environmental Engineering Sciences, B.A.; Civil & Environmental Eng, M.S.
Houston, Texas
Marilú is a civil and environmental engineer who has worked on water quality and distribution projects in California and internationally. She has contributed to public sector planning projects that directly affect disadvantaged communities, has assessed emergency conservation and construction projects in response to drought, and has modeled agriculture-related contaminants to inform California’s groundwater policy. Marilú is grateful for her research projects with the National Science Foundation, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, Environmental Defense Fund, and Engineers without Borders. One of her favorite experiences is the evaluation of fogwater harvesting as an alternative water supply for Morocco’s Atlas Mountain communities. Marilú is interested in helping cities apply the growing knowledge of climate change to water and infrastructure policy. Marilú spent the summer with the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme supporting the development of the 2020 World Water Development Report and supporting governments in integrating national and transboundary efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This year, Marilú will join the Water and Environmental Team at UNICEF in New York.
Maia Cotelo
III - Domestic Policy
University of Mississippi, 2016
Economics/International Studies/Mathematics, B.A.
Oxford, Mississippi
Maia was born in Uruguay, but has spent most of her life in Oxford, Mississippi. Determined to understand how her passion for the Uruguayan national team (Uruguay Noma!!!) persisted over the years while the rest of her Uruguayan national identity faded, she opted to attend the University of Mississippi to partake in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College World Cup Initiative. The initiative’s focus on examining soccer and the world-wide event from multiple angles (e.g., history, sociology, economics) exposed Maia to the beauty of multidisciplinary study and led her to pursue a B.A. in international studies, economics and mathematics. Between her soccer passion projects and studies, she helped found and grow Ole Miss’ Dance Marathon branch, a student organization that has now raised over half a million dollars for the only children’s hospital in Mississippi. After graduation, Maia moved to Washington, D.C., to work for EAB, an education best practice research firm. Prior to her studies at Princeton, Maia dedicated her time to interviewing secondary and post-secondary education leaders about their top concerns, researching and analyzing existing practices to address those concerns, and presenting the most promising findings to member institutions. This past summer, she interned at The College Board in Washington, D.C., focusing on K-12 policy.
Matthew Cournoyer
III - Domestic Policy
Northeastern University, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Cranston, Rhode Island
Matt grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, and graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. After working on Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, he served in Senator Warren’s D.C. office in several communications positions, most recently as press secretary and speechwriter. A Harry S. Truman Scholar, Matt’s academic and professional interests center on social policy, urban policy, public administration and organizational management. His focus areas include developing affordable housing and strengthening the social safety net. This past summer, Matt interned with the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey in Trenton, where he provided research support for the Network’s policy and advocacy staff. Matt lives with his wife Noreen, daughter Grace, and pet rabbit Martini -- once voted “Cutest Exotic Pet” on Capitol Hill. In his free time, he enjoys running and cycling along the D&R Canal, spinning indie folk and Americana LPs, and cheering on Boston’s sports teams.
Christopher Crawford
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2012
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, B.S.
East Lansing, Michigan
Chris is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the environmental policy program, studying biodiversity conservation through the lens of agricultural land use change. As demographic, technological, and environmental forces change the spatial distribution of global agriculture, Chris is particularly interested in regions where agriculture is being abandoned or repurposed, and the environmental trade-offs these changes represent. Where do these transitions present opportunities for habitat regeneration in former agricultural fields, and how might policy be designed to harness these opportunities and encourage conservation? Chris aims to answer these questions by leveraging global datasets and geospatial analysis tools while drawing on the fields of ecology, environmental science, and economics. Prior to graduate school, Chris worked at the nonprofit Sustainable Conservation in San Francisco, working to encourage river restoration in California’s Central Valley and prevent the use of invasive plants in gardening and landscaping. Chris graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012, and likes riding his bicycle, taking pictures of clouds, and listening to Swedish music.
Luciana Debenedetti
II - International Development
University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
Government & Politics/French Language & Literature, B.A.
Washington, D.C.
Luciana was born in Argentina and grew up in Maryland. At the University of Maryland, she was a Banneker/Key Scholar and Gemstone program student, and held leadership roles in the Honors Program, Language House, and Ashoka U Changemakers. She developed her interest in public affairs as a Humanity in Action fellow analyzing the legacy of the Solidarity movement on Poland’s civil society and democratic transition. After college, she worked at Namati supporting advocacy campaigns on the SDGs and coordinated a global network of legal empowerment practitioners, which included organizing conferences and trainings in Uganda, Ghana, Jordan and Argentina. Prior to starting at the Woo, Luciana worked in the Latin America and Caribbean division at Chemonics International managing USAID-funded projects, primarily in Colombia, focused on human rights, economic development and financial inclusion. This summer, she interned at Innovations for Poverty Action in Bogota, Colombia, assisting with policy engagement and business development initiatives, and baseline surveys for new impact evaluations. Luciana is interested in urban development and understanding how cities balance economic growth and social inclusion, both in the U.S. and abroad. In her free time, she enjoys taking advantage of the cultural and recreational activities around D.C., and perpetually catching up on New Yorker articles.
Raul DeLaRosa
III - Domestic Policy
San Jose State University, 2007
Political Science, B.A.
Hollister, California
JR grew up in Hollister, California, where he spent much of his time playing, working and learning outdoors in the surrounding orchards and fields. At a young age, he developed a passion for protecting the environment and ensuring that all people have access to clean water, air, and land. From 2011-18 he served in multiple environmental leadership roles as an appointee of California Governor Jerry Brown. In those various roles, he has enjoyed working on transformative climate change policies, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy and transportation sectors in California. Most recently, he has coordinated efforts to measure, plan for, and adapt to climate change impacts, such as wildfires and sea-level rise, throughout the state. In his free time, JR enjoys connecting with family and friends, learning to play songs from the Beatles, and backpacking.
Joseph DeLaTorre
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Los Angeles, 2012
Political Science, B.A.
Whittier, California
A Southern California native, Joe’s interest in policy began during his time living abroad in the Air Force, an interest that turned into a passion during the 2008 housing market crash. Joe left his job in high-rise construction and returned to school to pursue a career in policy. After graduation, Joe moved to Washington, D.C., and interned with Representative Louise Slaughter and the Rules Committee before joining a communications firm. Joe has worked supporting causes, philanthropies and Fortune 100 companies on issues ranging from the opioid epidemic to expanding California’s EITC. After graduating from the MPA program, he intends to work on issues concerning the regulation of markets and labor, seeking to bolster worker protections to battle rising inequality. Joe spent the summer prior to attending WWS visiting family and friends in California, attending outdoor concerts and movies with his wife, and either riding or fixing his vintage motorcycle. He completed his summer internship at the State of New Jersey’s Office of Innovation.
Tyler DeRubio
III - Domestic Policy
State University of New York-Geneseo, 2014
Economics/English, B.A.
West Babylon, New York
After growing up on Long Island, New York, Tyler attended SUNY Geneseo to pursue a dual bachelor’s degree in economics and English literature. While in school, he volunteered on political campaigns for democrats throughout New York State and interned with the majority leader of the New York State Assembly researching social impact financing. After graduation, he moved to New York City and spent four years at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget overseeing the finances of NYC Health + Hospitals – the largest municipal hospital system in the country. He completed his summer internship at the Office of Evaluation and Research in the New York City Department of Social Services. After graduating from the MPA, Tyler plans to continue working on state and municipal policy issues and is particularly interested in the nuts-and-bolts of government operations and intergovernmental affairs.
Francisco Diez
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Yale University, 2014
Ethics, Politics & Economics, B.A.
Brooklyn, New York
Francisco was born to Mexican immigrants in upstate New York and spent his adolescence in Minnesota, but calls Brooklyn, New York, home. He studied social policy (especially as it was practiced by the Latin American “Pink Tide”) and egalitarian theory at Yale University. Upon graduation, he found himself in Cape Town, South Africa, teaching himself Portuguese while researching the anti-poverty programs of Mozambique. A passionate democratic socialist, he worked for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign for president, first as an organizer, then as a national Latino outreach strategist. Somehow, after all of that, he became TED Conferences’ curation researcher. Last summer, Francisco conducted strategic research for the New Jersey state office of the Communications Workers of America, supporting their organizing efforts and legislative advocacy work. After the Woo, he hopes to aid working-class movements for justice in all its forms.
Stephanie Dimos
I - International Relations
College of William & Mary, 2015
International Relations, B.A.
Indianapolis, Indiana
A Midwesterner at heart, Stephanie was born and raised in Indianapolis before moving to the East Coast to attend The College of William and Mary. While always interested in international affairs and a career in public service, Stephanie found her passion for international aid and development in a social entrepreneurship class that included a field experience in the Dominican Republic. Once she acknowledged the dream of running a coffee shop with directly sourced, sustainably grown coffee was not in the cards at age 20, she moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating in 2015 and began working for Executive Secretariat at the National Security Council at the White House, where she served two administrations including heavy involvement in transition efforts to ensure foreign policy efforts continued amidst the changes. After graduating from WWS, she hopes to continue a career in public service with the government or a multilateral organization, focusing on humanitarian assistance implementation and policy in order to combine her interests in security and aid. Over the summer, Stephanie interned with Mercy Corps in Bogota, Colombia (working for a Woo alum!), where she supported their Post-Conflict Humanitarian Assistance contract with the Department of State, and had the opportunity to travel to several field offices to conduct interviews with program beneficiaries. In her free time, she explored Bogota and other cities in Colombia. Stephanie loves exercising, spending time outdoors, planning her next travel adventure, and spending time with family and friends.
Alli C. Divine
I - International Relations
Northwestern University, 2016
Political Science/International Studies, B.A.
Madison, Wisconsin
Alli was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She attended Northwestern University where her studies focused on the Syrian conflict, the political economy of the Arab Gulf states, and Arabic. After graduating in 2016, she worked at Northwestern’s Qatar campus helping develop and improve programs to connect students between the sister campuses. After a year in Qatar, she joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a junior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program in Washington, D.C. Alli returns to the Woodrow Wilson School after spending the summer of 2015 at the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute. This past summer, she interned at a local nonprofit in Beirut, Lebanon, doing conflict and migration research.
Nathan Eckstein
I - International Relations
Princeton University, 2016
Public and International Affairs, A.B.
Chicago, Illinois
Hailing from Chicago, Nathan graduated cum laude with an A.B. from the Woodrow Wilson School and a certificate in Latin American studies. From 2017 to 2019, through the Scholar in the Nation’s Service Initiative, Nathan worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, both as a desk officer in Western Hemisphere Affairs and as country director for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. For his service, Nathan twice received the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. Nathan is a photographer and a dancer, having done ballet since age five. After graduation, he hopes to join the Foreign Service.