Fellows collaborate with U.S. policy-makers on leading-edge research and high-profile publications for a global audience.

Eight Jackson School students have been named Kerry Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Jackson students are among 19 students selected this year.

Part of the Kerry Initiative founded by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change and the 68th US Secretary of State John Kerry YC ’66, the Fellows collaborate with U.S. policy-makers on leading-edge research and high-profile publications for a global audience touching on issues from the global environment to democracy and technology.

“Each year, the number of applicants to be Kerry Fellows grows, as does the list of fellowship alumni working everywhere from the State Department to USTR and parliaments around the globe. It’s fast becoming a powerful network of thinkers, doers, and practitioners supporting each other,” said David Wade, who directs the Kerry Initiative.

“This year’s selectees, our sixth cohort of Fellows, each bring a diverse set of strengths, talents, and lived experiences to the work ahead, spanning everything from service in uniform to service in legislatures and agencies domestic and global. They will learn from each other, and whether their passions are climate change, technology, democracy, or global justice they will make a difference in a very complicated world. We hope this Fellowship will help them do that, which is exactly what Secretary Kerry and Dean Levinsohn envisioned when they created it,” Wade added.

The eight Jackson students are:

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Darryl Alexander

Darryl Alexander is an MPP student focused on developing economic policies that address environmental and social injustices. Before coming to Yale he served as an Americorps VISTA in Allentown, Pennsylvania, managing a coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments focused on mentoring underrepresented youth to fill future STEM jobs. He later went on to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia, where he advised NGOs and municipal governments on project planning, grant writing, and program management. He also led a series of environmental activism camps throughout the country. Afterwards, Darryl moved to Houston, where he co-founded a nonprofit focused on engaging local residents around policy issues related to environment, voting, and transportation. During the protests following the murder of George Floyd, he pivoted to co-found Mutual Aid Houston, an abolitionist organization focused on providing support to black and brown Houstonians most affected by the pandemic. At Mutual Aid Houston, he played an integral role in raising and distributing over $750,000 through direct cash transfers and disaster recovery programming. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with a BS in psychology. After Yale, Darryl is interested in working as a social policy advisor.

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Karam Alhamad
Karam Alhamad is an entrepreneur, fintech visionary, international development professional, and policy advocate with over nine years of experience in grants development, management, research, monitoring, and evaluation, and five years of experience working with USAID/OTI, NEA/AC, and DFID funded programs. Between 2011 and October 2020, he managed the implementation of tens of projects in eastern and western Syria, focusing on quality improvement, program design, start-up, and effective implementation. He has extensive experience and knowledge of Syria and the Middle East, including in-depth knowledge and experience researching topics ranging from armed group dynamics to civil society organizations to local government entities and service provision. He was a lead researcher on Eastern Syria with extensive experience developing and leading presentations on complex dynamics in Syria. He has developed a broad network of activists, community organizations, media personnel, and local council members on the ground.
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Graeme Clements
Graeme Clements is a first-year MPP candidate at Yale, where his research interests include economic mobility and national security. Before coming to Yale, Graeme served as a director at Kingfish Group, a family office-backed private equity firm in San Francisco that provides growth capital to small- and medium-sized companies. He also worked as an investment banker on the UK M&A Team at Morgan Stanley in London. In addition to his finance roles, Graeme serves as an Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, working with a unit based at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island that produces analysis and perspectives on global naval issues. Graeme received a BA in international relations from Stanford University and an MSc in African studies from Oxford University, where he wrote a dissertation that explored the use of grocery stores as instruments of economic development in South Africa.
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Hayoung Choi

Hayoung Choi is an MPP student and Fulbright scholar focused on human rights and public policy. At Yale, she is exploring her interest in the intersection of human rights and sustainable development through interdisciplinary approaches. Before coming to Yale, she worked as a consultant for Human Rights Watch, where she gained hands-on experience with research on human rights violations in the two Koreas, as well as fundraising and public outreach. Through her career as an international journalist for nearly 6 years, she built strong communication and networking skills. Hayoung also published multiple analytical and investigative stories on labor conditions and social strife in Korea as a Seoul correspondent for Reuters. Her in-depth coverage of human rights activism and constant interactions with local NGOs led her to pursue graduate studies in public policy. Hayoung was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, and received her BA from Korea University in 2016. Hayoung is looking for professional opportunities at international human rights organizations where she can conduct human rights research and do policy advocacy activities leveraging international human rights mechanisms. 

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Caroline Finley Dill
Caroline C. Finley is a first-year student at Yale’s Jackson School, pursuing an MPP in global affairs. She commissioned as a naval officer with the United States Naval Academy Class of 2022, graduating with a BS in Political Science with Honors and a minor in the German language. She was selected as one of 20 members of her class allowed to pursue immediate graduate education through the Officer Scholarship Program. Her research focuses on alliance theory and world order politics, specifically the future of the transatlantic partnership in the United States' grand strategic shift to the Pacific. Much of her research is inspired by her work with the Secretary of the Navy’s International Affairs Division at the Pentagon.
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Marley Miller
Marley is a Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) candidate at the Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs. Born and raised in London, Marley spent the last seven years before he started at Yale working for the UK government on a range of national priorities – from leading on energy and transport in the Prime Minister’s Brexit Negotiations team to advising the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on measures to support communities to adapt during the Covid-19 pandemic. His most recent role was as HM Treasury’s Head of Global Financial Partnerships, leading the UK’s work to improve trade and regulatory cooperation with other international financial services centers, from Switzerland to Japan. Marley holds a First-Class Honors degree in economics from Durham University and a Master’s in economics from the London School of Economics. At Yale, Marley is focused on studying international approaches to addressing the challenges he worked on for the UK government, in particular those linked to raising living standards, improving access to affordable housing, and developing more sustainable energy systems.
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Manuela Nivia

Manuela Nivia is a Master in Public Policy in Global Affairs candidate at the Jackson School. Before arriving at Yale, she served as an international development fellow in Santiago, Chile, where she contributed to the design, development, and implementation of a pilot program that supports young migrant and refugee women. She previously worked at a philanthropic foundation in Washington, D.C., where she managed a multi-million-dollar portfolio of development grants across Mexico and Central America related to issues of food security, conflict mitigation, and rule of law. One of her favorite initiatives in this role was a four-year community pilot that served victims of gender-based violence in El Salvador. Manuela graduated with the highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in global studies and double minors in social and economic justice as well as geography. During her undergraduate career, she completed an honors thesis on grassroots peace activism in Colombia for which she was awarded the Douglas Eyre Award for Excellence. After Yale, Manuela plans to work with international development and human rights organizations in Latin America. 

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Paulina Prasad

Paulina Prasad is an MPP Student at the Jackson School of Global Affairs focusing on the nexus of international development and climate sustainability. Prior to her time at Yale, she lived in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English at a local high school. She spearheaded the development of the first English language camp in the region and coordinated after-school youth clubs with the local community center. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Paulina was hired as an environmental specialist for Sun Mountain International, a company that specializes in environmental monitoring and compliance for USAID-funded food security projects. She worked out of the Quito office with Sun Mountain for over two years where she gained exposure to USAID procedures and documents. Her clients were in numerous countries with a large geographic breadth, which allowed Paulina to become familiar with different cultures as she worked with clients to strengthen their project’s environmental resilience and adaptation. At Yale, Paulina is focused on partnering with countries in the Pacific region and Latin America to create economically and environmentally sustainable policies with a particular focus on infrastructure and the built environment. Paulina received her BA degree in international relations from Boston University in 2018.