Student Bios

Lorraine Keeler
MPA2
I - International Relations
University of Pittsburgh, 2013
Environment Studies, B.A.
Seattle, Washington
Lorraine came to the Woodrow Wilson School after serving for over 2 years at the State Department in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that she worked in environmental management at a Brazilian mining company, CBMM. She completed her 2019 summer internship at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as a majority staff intern and Rosenthal Fellow. Her interests include Brazil, the Western Hemisphere, environmental management, climate change, and national-level politics. She grew up between Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Pittsburgh and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, she studied environmental studies and Portuguese, and studied abroad in Brazil as a Boren Scholar.
Fatima Khan
MPA1
II - International Development
Lahore University of Management Sciences, 2016
Economics, B.S.
Lahore, Pakistan
Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Fatima developed an interest in public service after running a local volunteer organization. After graduating from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2016, she worked at the provincial chief minister's office on policy implementation pertaining to women's empowerment and protection, law & order, taxation and other social reform. She helped set up South Asia's first one-stop protection centre for female victims of gender based violence. She also led a province-wide women's mobility campaign which focused on improving women's access to public spaces through motorcycle trainings and supply of subsidized motorbikes. Given the knowledge Fatima has gained on-ground by implementing public sector projects amidst challenging environments, at the Woodrow Wilson School she hopes to acquire advanced skills in policy analysis for the successful implementation of policies in developing countries.
James Kim
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Georgetown University, 2014
Finance/Operations & Information Management, B.S.
Port Washington, New York
James worked at ECONorthwest in 2019 to implement promising solutions to housing affordability and learn about managing local economic growth. Before starting his graduate studies, James was a steward of public funds at Federal Aviation Administration working to balance political and financial interests related to drone registration and international aviation fees. He left a career in federal civil service to pursue solutions for alleviating urban inequality. Previously, James spent a year assisting the growth of a campus ministry at Georgetown University. His interest in urban economic development is rooted in the years he spent in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Oregon. James has studied abroad in Beijing and is fluent in Korean.
Lauren Knight
MPP
I - International Relations
University of Melbourne, 2008
Law/Political Science, LLB/B.A.
Sydney, Australia
Lauren is an Australian civil servant with a background in foreign policy, trade and investment. Most recently, she worked at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission facilitating foreign direct investment in the technology sector and managing policy settings for an investment migration program that has attracted over $1 billion in new investment since reform in 2015. Lauren was previously a foreign service officer at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she worked on international sanctions law and WTO trade negotiations at headquarters in Canberra and undertook a three-year diplomatic posting to Malaysia focusing on Southeast Asia regional architecture, trade and environment issues and international security. Lauren hopes to use her time at Princeton to expand her understanding of international economic challenges and to deepen her quantitative skill set.
Marissa Korn
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
Northeastern University, 2016
Economics/Political Science, B.S.
Sarasota, Florida
Marissa attended Northeastern University in Boston, earning a Bachelor of Science in political science and economics while minoring in gender studies. Marissa has centered her career on advancing women’s equality through public policy and advocacy, particularly around reproductive health care access. She developed this passion while interning at the Barbara Lee Political Office, which focuses on electing Democratic, pro-choice women to national and statewide office. Prior to arriving at Princeton, Marissa worked for Community Catalyst, providing technical assistance, campaign strategies, and capacity-building tools to state consumer health advocates promoting affordable health coverage in key states. Marissa also interned under the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means and frequently volunteers for reproductive advocacy causes through NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. Outside of her health care advocacy work, Marissa likes to play board games, watch the Red Sox and visit new coffee shops.
Natalie Kotkin
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Yale University, 2011
French/International Studies, B.A.
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Born and raised in central Connecticut, Natalie has now managed to live along almost the entire Northeast Corridor. She most recently served as special adviser to Philadelphia’s Health Commissioner, where she worked to improve outcomes for children by reducing lead poisoning, removing environmental asthma triggers and addressing social determinants of health. Before moving to the City of Brotherly Love, Natalie spent two years developing and implementing healthcare access programs at the Mayor’s Office in New York City. She began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Washington, D.C., and later in London. Natalie spent the summer at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. There, she supported policy development and implementation of the Flexible Services Program, which will use Medicaid funding to connect residents with housing and nutrition services. In her spare time, Natalie is on a quest to visit every Major League Baseball stadium and U.S. National Park.
Anne Kuhnen
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
University of Texas-Austin, 2013; Johns Hopkins University, 2016
French/History/Humanities, B.A.; Education, M.S.
Fort Worth, Texas
A Texas native, Anne studied humanities, history, and French at the University of Texas-Austin where she organized around human rights issues as a chapter leader and student activist coordinator for Amnesty International. After graduating, she joined Teach For America and moved to Hazard, Kentucky, where she taught math for four years and completed her Master of Science in Education. When she was not out hiking in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Anne was becoming increasingly involved in efforts to foster growth in entrepreneurship, computer science education, and technology careers in the region. At the end of her four years in Hazard, she accepted a Fulbright English teaching assistantship position in the Netherlands, where she had the opportunity to research a successful vocational education model while continuing to work with students. This past summer, she interned at the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities in Paris, a division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Anne hopes to use her experience at WWS to prepare for a career supporting rural economic development.
Rocio Caridad Labrador
MPA1
I - International Relations
Dartmouth College, 2016
Classical Studies/Government, B.A.
Madrid, Spain
Cara was raised across the United States, Spain and France before attending Dartmouth College, where she majored in government and classical studies. After completing speechwriting internships with the United Nations and the European Union at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis, Cara spent a year in Colombia, where she taught English to university students and interviewed former FARC members on a Fulbright grant. Invigorated by what she’d witnessed of the Colombian peace process, she joined the Council on Foreign Relations as a writer on Latin American security and politics, and hopes to delve further into security studies, conflict mitigation, non-state violence, and migration issues while at the Woo. In her free time, Cara enjoys long-distance running, hiking, and hosting.
Michael Lachanski
MPA2
IV - Economics and Public Policy
Princeton University, 2015
Economics, A.B.
Linden, New Jersey
Michael completed his undergraduate work summa cum laude in economics at Princeton University in 2015. Michael was the first SINSI Scholar selected from Princeton University's economics department, the first Fellow to work at the Department of Transportation, and the first Fellow to work at the Department of Commerce. He conducted cost-benefit analyses at the FAA, worked on trade policy at Commerce's Trade unit, and conducted research on administrative records at the Census Bureau. Michael is interested in working at the intersection of academia and policy. Within that intersection he has interests in labor and financial markets, political psychology, and demography. When not studying, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and watching The X-Files, Stranger Things, and Parks & Rec.
Erika Larsen
MPA2
III - Domestic Policy
Hunter College, 2015
Philosophy, B.A.
New York, New York
Erika was born and raised in New York and hopes to spend her career improving cities. Given her obsession with SimCity as a child, she has seemingly always been interested in urban policy and planning. She has interned at the Manhattan Institute, Gracie Mansion, the NYC Council, and the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. In 2013, Erika was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Youth Board. Most recently, she served as wellness manager at the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, where she specialized in public health-related data evaluation, policy analysis, grant writing, coalition building and community outreach efforts aimed at creating solutions towards health equity. She also managed the Child Wellness Initiative, a coalition of over 60 partners working to improve health for Staten Island children and their families by focusing on healthy eating and physical activity. This past summer, she interned at The Burke Foundation in Princeton. When she isn’t thinking about the policies that shape cities, Erika loves listening to musicals, discovering new restaurants, and trying to make healthy food taste surprisingly good.
Lynn Lee
PhD
Georgetown University, 2017; Peking University, 2019
International Politics, BSFS; China Studies, M.A.
Seoul, South Korea
Lynn was born in Korea, spent her childhood in China and studied in the U.S. from middle school. Having been interested in security issues in Northeast Asia for over a decade, she studied international politics and Asia studies as an undergraduate and conducted independent research on China's memory of the Korean War and North Korea's domestic discourse on nuclear weapons. Upon graduation, she won a full scholarship to pursue a master's degree in China studies in the Yenching Academy at Peking University in Beijing. Her thesis analyzed China's contemporary identity in the nuclear nonproliferation regime. At Princeton, she will continue to research nuclear nonproliferation issues in China and North Korea. In addition to her academic work, she worked as a research intern for Korea studies at the Council of Foreign Relations and at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center. In her leisure time, Lynn enjoys playing squash and visiting art galleries.
Mark Lee
MPA1
III - Domestic Policy
University of California-Berkeley, 2012
Business, B.S.
Irvine, California
Originally from Southern California, Mark studied business administration at the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduating in 2012, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he spent five years working in consulting, media, and market research in the federal government sector. In 2017, he began working at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights organization. As the senior content manager of the HRC Foundation’s Public Education & Research program, he oversaw research studies and educational campaigns on a wide range of queer and trans issues, including anti-LGBTQ violence, racial justice, youth well-being, and paid family and medical leave. A lifelong musician, Mark is a semi-professional pianist and vocalist who loves performing and enjoying music of all genres. He is also an avid biker, hiker, adventurous foodie, and self-professed boba tea aficionado. At the Woo, Mark will be concentrating on domestic urban policy, which he hopes to apply toward supporting marginalized communities at the local and municipal government level.
McKenzie Leier
MPA1
II - International Development
Drake University, 2015
Biochemistry, Cell, & Molecular Biology, B.A.
Fargo, North Dakota
McKenzie is a fourth-generation North Dakotan who grew up with the extraordinarily flat land of the Red River Valley in her backyard. After graduating from Drake University, she worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health, then moved to Malaysia as a Fulbright English teaching assistant. After two wonderful years as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital, McKenzie decided she was better suited to be a public health upstreamist than a medical interventionist. She is interested in health and development, both in low-income countries and the Native American reservations of the Upper Plains. She gets overly excited about the gut microbiome, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team, and lefse.
Zhongshu Li
PhD
Peking University, 2015
Environmental Science, B.S.
Beijing, China
Josh is a Ph.D. student in the science, technology and environmental policy (STEP) program at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. With a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and economics (double major) from Peking University, Josh has been exposed to various research frontiers in the realms of climate change and air pollution sciences. In the fall of 2015, he started a new adventure in Princeton as a Ph.D. student, where he developed a special interest on what and how trade policy influences renewable energy industry, especially between U.S. and China.
Rebecca Lim
MPA2
I - International Relations
University of Virginia, 2015
East Asian Studies/Political and Social Thought, B.A.
Burke, Virginia
Rebecca grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in East Asian studies and political and social thought. She studied abroad in Shanghai, wrote her senior honors thesis on political dissent in Hong Kong, interned with the State Department in Shenyang, China, and worked in Taiwan for a year on a Fulbright grant. Rebecca then spent two years as an analyst at an international law firm specializing in complex cross-border litigation. Last summer, she worked on U.S. national security policy as a Rosenthal Fellow at the Department of Defense. Rebecca will try any food at least once, loves learning languages, and dreams of visiting every national park in the United States.

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