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Ms. Chandrima Das
Ms. Chandrima Das

Dear Supporters!

The International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association (ICAPAA) is pleased to announce that Ms. Chandrima Das, a 2013 ICAP Fellow, was elected to succeed Charlotte G. Kea, as the organization’s president. Ms. Das has served on the ICAPAA board since 2013, including two years as chair of the program committee where she expanded partnerships and programming, such as networking dinners and professional workshops.

On becoming ICAPAA president, Ms. Das said, “I’m looking forward to working with my fellow board members, valued senior advisors, and supporters to ensuring America’s foreign policy leaders represent our country’s growing diversity.” She continued, “Charlotte Kea has been a visionary and dynamic leader whose accomplishments, such as the partnerships with CSIS, The Raben Group, have advanced ICAP’s mission and fundraising efforts, including raising funds for ICAP cohort for the past six years.”

“I’m proud of the work we did over the past six years as we were able to bring more accomplished and wonderful ICAP Fellows into the program who are dedicated to broadening diversity in senior positions,” said Charlotte G. Kea. “Ms. Das will bring enthusiasm, creativity, and a fresh perspective to her role as president. She’s been a tremendous board member and friend and I look forward to supporting her efforts.”

Dr. E. Thomas Rowe, the founder of ICAP remarked that, “Throughout the years, Ms. Das has demonstrated leadership ability in her professional capacity and within ICAP. I have no doubt that she will continue to strengthen ICAP and its Fellows. It is more important now than ever that diverse International Affairs practitioners have their voices heard to solve the many complex problems we face in the world. I can confidently say that Ms.Das will help elevate those voices.”

In her professional capacity, Ms. Das is the Director of Peacekeeping Policy at the United Nations Foundation and Better World Campaign. She is the resident expert on UN Peacekeeping Operations and educates Congress and the Administration on the value of UN peacekeeping as an effective part of the U.S. national security toolbox. Ms. Das holds a master’s degree in Peace Operations and received her bachelor’s in Political Science from Syracuse University. She is also a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She is married to Brent Woolfork, ICAP 2012, and they have a one-year old daughter, Asha.


Thank you for all of your support to ICAP now and throughout the years.

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The importance of diversity in International Affairs has never been more important, and ICAP continues to lead this dialogue.

Greetings, ICAP Supporters!

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, ICAP, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS) convened a conference on “Transformational Leadership in International Affairs,” featuring senior U.S. government and business leaders. The conference examined the strategic imperatives for diversifying the senior ranks of U.S. national security agencies and reviewed cutting edge talent management approaches in leading U.S. global companies. The event featured a keynote address from Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, followed by two distinct panels with senior leaders from national security agencies, including Tom Shannon, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and major U.S. corporations such as Bank of America.  

For more information on the conference, please click on the below Press Release:


Thank you for all of your support to ICAP now and throughout the years.

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Dear Supporter, 


We are excited to annouce this year's 2017 ICAP Class.  Please join me to in welcoming them to the ICAP Family:

ICAP 2017 List of Fellows

Lisa Barton: US International Trade Commission

Francisco Bencosme: Staff of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Annika Betancourt: State Department

Benjamin Chan: Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service

Fan-Li Chou: Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service

Nadia Farra: State Department

Michael Fraser: State Department

Kristine Gloria: Aspen Institute

Osvaldo Gomez-Martinez: Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service

Christina Hardaway: State Department

Sonia Ihenachor: Department of Agriculture/Foreign Agricultural Service

Aaron Johnson: Department of Homeland Security

Michelle Kayser: State Department

Viondette Lopez: Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Kevin Martin: State Department

David Martinez: State Department

Regina Neal: US African Development Foundation

Noelle Ojo: USAID

Imani Pitman: State Department

Carlos Quintana: Department of Labor

Keetah Salazar-Thompson: USAID

Anusha Seneviratne: State Department

Mai Shintani: US Federal Emergency Management Agency

Adam Sotomayor: State Department

Jessica Thomas: Council on Foreign Relations

Carmen Tull: USAID

Ravinder Ubee: US International Trade Commission

Jamila White: AECOM International Development

Parastou Youseffi: Gates Foundation

Esther Zeledon: USAID


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Dear ICAP Supporter, 

In its 20th year, the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP)  is again accepting applications for the 2017 ICAP class!  

With over 470 alumni, ICAP has helped its participants advance to senior positions in all employment sectors, from US Ambassadors at State to executive directors of non-profits to chief executive officers of private businesses.  The training includes an introductory day in Washington, DC, taking place on September 16th,  and a week in Aspen, Colorado, with career advising, peer support, senior mentors, workshops on leadership and policy discussions from September 30th to October 8th. 

The program accepts applications from mid-level professionals during the spring each year. Applicants should be professions who:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to increasing the diversity of senior leadership in the United States in international affairs
  • Are US citizens or permanent residents
  • Are professionals who have been or are now in international careers, with 5 to 15 years of work experience
  • Have an interest in a long-term career in international affairs
  • Have credentials and achievements that demonstrate potential to serve in the highest levels of administration and policy making
  • Have recommendations indicating unusual promise for leadership
  • Are committed to mentoring those junior to them in international affairs

As supporters of ICAP we would love for you to spread the word far and wide to as many potential candidates as possible.  Applications close next week on May 31st. 


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Dear ICAP Donor, 

As we begin to wrap up the first quarter of 2017 we wanted to share with you some updates that the ICAP Alumni Association are doing to progress diversity in international affairs forward: 


New Executive Director

Ambassador Deborah McCarthy has joined the ICAP Alumni Association as the New Executive Director.  Over the last few years the volunteer program team led by the Board of Directors has maintained a high-level of alumni programming for ICAP fellows to continue to grow the network.  We are thankful for their contribution and their continued efforts to provide enriching programs for our membership.  With new staff we hope to continue expand the primary efforts of the Alumni Association including expanding programming for you the members of the ICAP Alumni Association and continuing to raise funds for the ICAP Aspen Fellowship Program.  In order for us to understand your needs we ask that you complete the survey sent to the membership through the ICAP listserve. 


ICAP Alum in the News

Latanya Mapp-Frepp, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global, spoke with Women Deliver on the need to respect and protect women’s sexual health and rights.

Eric Ham, political analyst and author of The GOP Civil War, discussed General Flynn’s resignation from the Trump Administration with the BBC News Channel. 

Lia Miller, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Bolivia was interviewed by Women in Foreign Policy, where she discussed her experience as a Pickering Fellow and the ICAP fellowship. 

Please see the links to the news articles below.    

Save the Date  

This year's "Conference on Diversity in International Affairs" (mid-year reunion) scheduled for April 28-29, 2017 at the Council On Foreign Relations.


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