Chris Conklin graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Fordham University in 2014 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in economics. Before and during his studies, Chris served as a Marine Corps Reservist with the 6th Communications Battalion based out of Brooklyn, NY. He completed a deployment to Southern Afghanistan in 2011 where he worked in the area of communications. Following graduation, Chris served as a Community Economic Development advisor with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. He primarily worked with his community’s development association to strengthen their internal management practices and promote community participation. He also assisted the association in carrying out several community development projects. At Yale, Chris plans to focus his studies on migration, demographics, and diplomacy with a particular interest in Latin America.