Our teams run this network! They produce all of the content for our website and social media pages, plan and execute campaigns, and oversee special projects. Team members are all virtual volunteers.
Alex Hill | Website
Alex B. Hill is passionate about empowering people to make in their communities. He has a BA in International Relations / African Studies, and is currently a Community Health Worker helping families learn tools for managing healthy eating and physical activity so that they can build on their own motivations for a healthier lifestyle. A fun fact is that he was once chased by an elephant in Uganda.
Alex Talbott | Branding
Alex is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, and believes there is an inordinate number of young adults with the passion and potential to become globally-aware activists, they often just don’t know how to begin. Through this position he hopes to aid in the development of future leaders to represent the United States. As a kid, he was once caught in a dust storm, chased by rottweilers and bitten by a tick all on the same day, and it was one of the funnest days of his life!
Ali Greenstein | Issue Analyst
Ali is a Senior in High School in New York. She was an AIDemocracy Global Scholar in 2012, and plans to study Global Health and International Development in college. She is inspired every day to learn more about important global issues and use the resources she has to make a difference. She is also passionate about music and art, and loves animals, autumn and funfetti.
Ben Wildfire | Issue Analyst
Ben is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, and enjoyes traveling, movies, sports and politics. He’s still trying to figure out how to combine all four into one activity.
Caleb Fritz | Issue Analyst, Issue Analyst Team Lead
Caleb lives in Devon, Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school in 2004 and joined the Army (National Guard) in 2005. Caleb served a year overseas in Iraq from 2007-2008 and started college at West Chester University later that year. He’s getting his degree in Anthropology with minors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Ethnic Studies. Caleb enjoys music, traveling, photography and coffee.
Chris Redmond | Issue Analyst
Chris is a Medical Student at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, and excited to explore the global public health debates that are so close to his heart through this position. A fun fact is that he was the first ever male cheerleader at his high school, much to the dismay of his then girlfriend, who is now his wife.
Colston Reid |Global Citizenship Fellow
Colston is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University holding an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations. A long time speech and debate instructor, Colston has spent the bulk of her professional experience teaching young people how to be effective speakers, advocates, and analysts. She will bring her fantastic understanding of global affairs, experience coaching top forensics students, and wisdom around global leadership to our curriculum and blog.
Ella Belfer | Social Media, Team Lead
Born in Israel and fluent in Hebrew, Ella is a high-school senior living in the Boston Metro area. She was an AIDemocracy Global Scholar in 2012, and plans to major in International Relations, International Development or Political Economy in college. In her spare time, Ella she designs sets for her high school theater, volunteers, and watches copious amounts of BBC News.
Elliot Steinbach | Editor, Journal, Blog Team Lead, Editor Team Lead
Elliot believes that we must think globally, and that youth in the US have tremendous energy to address global challenges. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Vermont, and has worked on an organic farm in India and as a teacher in India. He currently works for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. Fun fact: Elliot has an insatiable appetite for mint chocolate chip ice-cream!
Felicia Lambe | Editor, Journal, Blog Team Lead
Felicia is pursuing an MS in international political economy at the Colorado School of Mines, where she’s studying water policy with a focus on water maximization strategies and alternative agriculture. She also has her JD from the University of Hawaii. Felicia is an armchair hiker and road biker, who is experimenting with a hydroponics set-up for growing veggies in her closet.
Gao Qinglan | Issue Analyst
[SinglePic not found]Gao hails from Ningbo, China, a beautiful coastal city in East Coast of China near Shanghai. He is a graduate student studying Public Affairs at Evans School of Public Affairs in University of Washington. One of his favorite activities since coming to the US is taking road trips to places as far away as San Francisco and Yellowstone. He is also a big sports fan. Gao believes that a better partnership between China and United States will be beneficial to people from both countries. We, as future global leaders, need to understand each other better, politically and culturally. He joined AIDemocracy to use his own understanding and experience to inform his peers about global issues.
Georgia Etheridge | Editor, Journal, Blog Team Lead
Georgia currently lives in New York City, grew up in both Louisiana and California, and received her BA in International Studies from the University of Oregon. This semester she is finishing her Masters in International Relations at New York University, and writing her thesis on indigenous land rights in southern Chile. She loves to travel, meet new people, and be outdoors. Georgia lived in Rosario, Argentina for about 2 years, teaching English and drinking lots of mate. She is excited to work with AIDemocracy to help mobilize young activists who want to use their powerful minds to incite global change!
Greg Bolla | Issue Analyst
Greg is a 2008 graduate of Penn State University, where he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, he lived abroad for almost two years in Chile, Spain and Colombia. While in Colombia, he volunteered for organizations focusing on giving children greater access to education and basic necessities such as food and shelter. He now works for a consulting company based outside of Philadelphia. In his free time, Greg enjoys exercising and sports, especially watching his hometown Phillies, Sixers, Flyers, and Eagles.
Joe Joseph| Issue Analyst
Joe is a high school senior from Newton, MA. He is currently undecided on a college major, but is interested in Journalism and Pre-Law. Joe spends most of his time working on his school paper, The Lion’s Roar, of which he is Editor-in-Chief, but also finds time to play the violin and make killer coconut cream pies. He hopes to make an impact on the world, however small or large, and AIDemocracy is one of the first steps toward achieving that goal.
Jordan Coggans | Issue Analyst
Jordan is currently a candidate for a B.A. in English and Computer Science at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Besides being a tutor in her school’s writing center, she is also an editor for GWU’s literary magazine, The GW Review. She enjoys relaxing with friends, watching Alabama football (roll tide!) and art.
Kari Abromitis | Issue Analyst
Kari is originally from Chicago, but currently live outside Philadelphia. She recently graduated from Villanova University, where she majored in economics and minored in environmental studies. She is currently interning at a non-profit called Soroptimist International of the Americas. One of Kari’s biggest passions is travel. She traveled extensively in Europe while studying in Copenhagen and had the opportunity to volunteer in rural Costa Rica twice. She is looking forward to upcoming trips to Nicaragua and South Africa this year.
Kelly Edwards | Issue Analyst
Kelly believes that the world becomes smaller every year, and every country is connected in one way or another. Kelly believes that by understanding other countries and cultures we can better understand and appreciate our own. Kelly is a junior studying International Studies & Psychology. A student at Texas A&M, Kelly is very serious about college football!
Kelly James | Editor, Journal, Issue Analyst Team Lead
Kelly has a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies, with a concentration in international politics. Recently she completed an intensive course at the University of Jordan in Amman. Prior to graduate school she worked as a Senate Aide, specializing in immigrant and foreign affairs. Currently she is doing contract work for a non-profit focusing on human trafficking, as well as a nuclear energy company. Her interests include travel, cooking, animals and volunteer work.
Krunaal Mody | Issue Analyst Krunaal is a High School Senior in Troy, Michigan, and previously served on AIDemocracy’s Be2021 Team. He’s committed to working with people and organizations to create a sustainable future. His favorite quote is: “When you were born, you were crying and everyone else around you was smiling. live your life so that when you die, you will be smiling and everyone around you will be crying” - unknown
Lily Kernan | Issue Analyst, Journal Team Lead
Lily is a student at Trinity College, currently studying abroad in Rome. She believes our generation has the greatest aspirations to change the world, and she wants to be one of the catalysts that will help us to figure out how. As an economics major she used to worry about GDP, Federal Reserve Funds, healthcare, debt — but no more. Rome has taught her that life always hands you at least one lemon, which means there is no excuse not to make limoncello.
Liz Bobo | Social Media
Liz lives in Orlando, Florida where she is a senior in high school. She was an AIDemocracy Global Scholar in the summer of 2012. In her free time, Liz enjoys drinking copious amount of tea and preparing for her future as a cat lady.
Madel Beaudouin | Issue Analyst
Madel is a sophomore at NYU majoring in Individualized Study with concentrations in economics and international studies. She’s been a Student Teacher at Washington Irving High School and Development Intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Madel has always felt that dedicating yourself to a larger cause allow you to acquire new and different value systems that will encourage success and growth.
Mashal Zaman | Global Citizenship Fellow, Social Media
Mashal is a student at Stony Brook University in New York and is studying Political Science. Her hobbies include studying ancient cultures and being a dedicated Arsenal fan. She is proud of is being a JFEW International Relations and Global Affairs Scholar and helping international students adjust to life in the States by being an English Pal. She joined AIDemocracy because the organization focuses on youth global engagement and she wants people her age to be informed about current world events and take action on issues they are passionate about. She believes that youths have the power to achieve anything and that even one can change the world.
Mindy Colglazier | Editor, Blog Team Lead
In addition to writing and editing, Mindy loves bikes. She believes that biking is good for you, for the environment, and it’s fun! One of Mindy’s favorite quotes is: “If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” – John Irving.
Nicki Totiyapungprasert | Movement Builder
Nicki was was born in Thailand and grew up in Hurst, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth,Texas. She is currently studying Political Science with a minor in International Studies as a Junior at the University of North Texas. She enjoys blogging, reading the news, watching Olympic sports even in non-Olympic years, trying exotic foods, trying to get her friends to try exotic foods with her, baking, and traveling. While visiting family in Thailand, Nicki became inspired to pursue a career in international affairs. She joined AIDemocracy to engage in a network of globally-minded youth and achieve a shared goal of bringing youth awareness to the issues affecting the international community. She believes that youth can not only bring about positive change for their own community but for the world community as well.
Pragya KC | Global Citizenship Fellow, Social Media
is originally from Nepal but she moved to the United States with her family when she was 9 years old. Currently, she is studying Economics and Spanish at the University of Washington; more specifically, her interests lie in the field of international and developmental economics. Aside from her studies, she’s extremely emotionally invested in sports (mainly soccer and tennis) and she also enjoys blogging, reading and watching movies. She joined AIDemocracy because she believes that this organization addresses key concepts that are required for democracy: youth involvement and, the fluidity and availability of information. She believes that youth participation can be extremely powerful when campaigning for change and social justice. Therefore, youth consciousness must to be elevated so that they are more engaged in the global community in order to act as vehicles for universal democracy.
Que Newbill | Global Citizenship Fellow, Social Media
Que hails from Atlanta, GA. A recent Grinnell college graduate, he now works as a Scoville Fellow and Middle East Research Analyst in Washington, DC. Before that, Que worked as a research intern at the Center for Strategic Studies (Amman) and studied Arabic in Jordan. He also worked as an associate on a statewide California health and demography-related project. Que performs as slam poet in spare time and teaches in various afterschool programs.
Robin Schwartz | Issue Analyst
Robin believes that engaging our generation is essential to evolving as a successful country and people. She has a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies, and currently works as an HR Coordinator at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. A favorite quote: “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alexander Hamilton
Sarah Ingles | Issue Analyst
Sarah is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, with a degree in Politics and Government and Latin American Studies. She’s currently working for the President’s Re-Election Campaign in Columbus, Ohio. She studies abroad twice – once in Guanajuato, Mexico, and once in Salamanca, Spain, and has also traveled throughout Italy and Morocco. Her favorite quote is: “The sum of all human wisdom is not contained in any one language” by Ezra Pound.
Sofia Ahsanuddin | Network Coordinator
Sofia is a freshman at the Coordinated BA/MD program and the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. In addition to obtaining her MD, she plans on majoring in political science or Middle Eastern/Islamic studies. She was an AIDemocracy Global Scholar in 2010 and 2012. Sofia has also interned with the Temple of Understanding at the United Nations, and is currently an intern for the Young Professionals Chronic-Disease Network.
Triza Brion | Issue Analyst
Triza is a first year MPH student at Drexel University with a keen interest in global health. Triza wants to expose the many health disparities and inequities in the U.S. and abroad while empowering youth to question and subsequently improve existing health policies and systems. Fun fact: Triza once skipped right into a tree; needless to say, she was not the only one laughing.