Class of 2019

Rachel Amanda Piñate, MSFS '19

Rachel is a dual-degree student in the MSFS and MPP programs. Her MSFS concentration is Global Politics and Security, as part of which she focuses on human rights, international law, and diplomacy. For her public policy degree, she is writing a thesis on the relationship between electoral systems and gender-based wage gap.

Ausan Al-Eryani, MSFS '19

Ausan is a second-year Master of Science in Foreign Service student concentrating in Global Politics and Security, with a particular emphasis on the Middle East and LGBTQ issues in the region.

Maha Alaswad, MSFS '19

Maha is a second-year MSFS student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. A human rights researcher by profession, she has chosen to focus her studies on the intersection of human rights and technology within the Global Politics and Security concentration.

Kathleen Aldrich, MSFS '19

Kathleen is a second-year Master of Science in Foreign Service student concentrating in Global Politics and Security. Her regional focus is China and East Asia, and her academic interests include U.S.-China political and economic relations, East Asian policy, trade, and political risk. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Sylvia Amegashie, MSFS '19

Sylvia hails from Woodbridge, Virginia and has strong family ties in Ghana. Her concentration in the MSFS program is International Development. She has strong interests in West Africa, female empowerment, and ways in which the private sector can increase development in Africa.

Tala Anchassi, MSFS '19

Tala is a second-year MSFS student from Lebanon and is part of the BSFS/MSFS dual-degree program. She concentrates in International Development. In May 2018, she completed her undergraduate degree in International Economics. This past summer, she interned at the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) office in Lebanon.

Megumi Aoyama, MSFS '19

Megumi is second-year student in the Master of Science of in Foreign Service program pursuing the International Development concentration. Prior to joining the MSFS program, Megumi was an anchorwoman for TV Asahi in her home country of Japan. Megumi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Kyoto University and speaks Japanese and English.

Katherine Ayanian

Originally from Wayland, MA, Katherine holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to MSFS, she worked for Chemonics International and Jefferson Consulting Group and interned for the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Mission to the U.N Human Rights Council in Geneva. She speaks French.

Michael Battalia

A Washington, D.C. native, Michael has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Prior to coming to MSFS, he worked in strategy consulting with Monitor Deloitte in Beirut and Dubai. He speaks French, Arabic, and Spanish.

Tyra Beaman, MSFS '19

Tyra is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Foreign Service, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. Tyra is a native of Richmond, Virginia and graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, which sparked her love for global affairs and service. In 2016, she graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies.